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I've released version 2.0.0 of my RSS to ActivityPub converter! This now provides functionality I'd hacked in to - it requires OAuth 2.0 authorization for someone to create a new AP account for an RSS feed.

I used to run this service "in the open" but was overwhelmed by spammers. Now the admin of a Mastodon (or Pleroma or any federated server that is an OAuth 2 provider) can provide this converter as a service solely to members of their instance.

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I've been building a Facebook Events style event organizing system for the Fediverse. It's based on the simple, open source, privacy-respecting event organizing tool

The attached video is a work-in-progress preview and shows compatibility with Mastodon. My hope is to get it working with lots of software, including stuff like Friendica that supports events and calendars.

Check out more at my Patreon:

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I finished my stint as a Mozilla Fellow and now I'm relaunching my Patreon with a focus on, well, fixing social media.

This means I'm going to continue my concerted work trying to make the fediverse a better place, in the form of best practice guides for running instances, external advocacy, and technical tutorials and training so that more people can contribute software to the fediverse at large.

You can read a partial summary of my work so far at my new Patreon page!

Portland / PBA x City Council corruption 

I recommend this read if you are interested in power brokering in Portland. It explains how the PBA lobbies the city and funds their candidate slate with money ... from the city to solidify right of center and pro-capitalist policy. I don't agree 100% with the author, but putting aside the editorializing the facts detailed are worth reading.

If you ride a bike: tell me about your bike.

Kneiffii is his noise/collage project:

Cross of Forgetting is a collab with some other folks and sits somewhere on the grungey spectrum:

Bathhouse is his old hardcore project:

and Prayer Generator is our collab noise project:

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Particularly excited about the addition of the "multiple choice" toggle to polls. Did you know that Mastodon supports multiple choice polls? It does, but it's a hidden feature where you have to click the round buttons to the left of your poll choices while making the poll. It's so weird.

Anyway this makes things clearer.

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Here's everything that is coming in v1.0.8 (which I will release once I have tested it here on Friend Camp for a few days):

CSS did not compile and somehow accidentally made look like this. I like it. I think I'll keep it.


Fun tomato fact: if you freeze a tomato with the skin on, all you have to do is run it under hot water for a few seconds and you can just kind of squeeze the skin off of it.

And frozen tomatoes keep for a very long time -- basically you just lay them on a pan to freeze them initially so they don't stick together, and then put them in a container. I leave the skin on until I have to use them. It's a lot easier than canning, though it does take up more space per tomato.

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Today I took a couple of height-of-summer tomatoes that I froze, ran them under hot water, slipped off and discarded the skins, microwaved for a couple minutes to thaw, chopped them up while still soft-but-structured, threw them in a pan with a chopped jalepeno and salt and cumin, brought to a simmer, turned off the heat, and ended up with a nice little chili-tomato salsa.

If you are a admin and would like to be notified whenever there is a new release, you can follow @hometown_releases

This account updates whenever a Hometown release comes out. I recommend after following, going to the profile and clicking the "notification" bell icon to get notified like an @-mention whenever this posts (which is not often). That icon won't be there if you don't follow it first, by the way.

Mastodon instance wrapped

- You migrated to 56 instances this year
- You thought of 7897 instance names
- You bought 2 domain names
- You posted 3 toots

Human chess: chess variant where playing the top engine move is forbidden.

"Players can claim their opponent’s last move was a top engine move.
Claims are settled by engine evaluation of the position. If opponent’s move matches the top engine move, the claimant wins the game - if not, they immediately loose.

Checkmating loses the game, (always top engine move). Instead, players seek to force their opponent to make a top engine move. "

Feeling like your Spotify Wrapped is a little... predictable? Shake it up

This new "Society for the promotion of radical analogue games" seems like it might be up the alley of a few people here

Nevar forget the Quadro Tracker, the device sold to police agencies allegedly able to track anything, which instead of a circuitboard was revealed to just have ants glued to paper with epoxy

This new "Society for the promotion of radical analogue games" seems like it might be up the alley of a few people here

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Hometown is adapted from Mastodon, a decentralized social network with no ads, no corporate surveillance, and ethical design.