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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 gath.io

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: patreon.com/posts/organizing-o

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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!

patreon.com/tinysubversions

*slaps roof of your shorts* this bad boy can fit so many crabs in it

@danbruno Ys 8 is 60% off on Switch so I am finally going to try a modern Ys game (I recall playing Ys on SNES as a literal child and bouncing off)

CS4 (spoilers now!) 

@darius Also I saw that someone has been working on a better translation of Nayuta no Kiseki, which is a spinoff unrelated to the main series (probably?) but also a really fun game if you haven't tried it

CS4 no spoilers 

@danbruno just finished act 3. Damn

FYI If you want to find Twitch Streams without viewers, there's https://nobody.live

It's mostly good to find obscure streamers, but also odd ones once in a while

I came across an actual cactus on a desk somewhere

Being unfriendly 🤝 Enivironmental concerns
being able to lead to war

Covid rapid test psa 

Just a reminder that the rapid test is about 80% effective in diagnosing symptomatic Covid cases. If you’re asymptomatic, it’s about 30% effective — less accurate than a coin toss.

If you’re concerned about a Covid exposure but you don’t have symptoms, get a PCR test, not a rapid test! I don’t know why clinics are offering rapid tests to everyone regardless of symptoms, but I don’t know why anyone is doing anything in 2020 tbh.

(Source of my stats: nytimes.com/2020/11/02/health/)

@darius but once again ignoring the threat posed by the entrenched clergy

the deep friars

Getting members of the medieval bourgeoisie to sell each other out... flipping burghers

I forced Grace on the scale today. I want to keep track so I avoid unintentionally overfeeding her or spoiling her with too many treats.

if you are interested in coding/how computers work and need a distraction tonight, may i suggest amos/@fasterthanlime@twitter.com?

last week, he published a deep dive into how rainbow tables work: https://fasterthanli.me/articles/whats-in-a-rainbow-table

his series on how file operations work under the hood is also good: https://fasterthanli.me/series/reading-files-the-hard-way

uspol, election, nice ad-free tool 

Alex Gaynor made this tracker that shows you detailed updates on votes in uncalled states as they come in to the NYT data feed

alex.github.io/nyt-2020-electi

pdxpol, orpol -/+ 

While I am gutted about the mayoral race here (I wanted Ted Wheeler out), I am glad that as a state we decriminalized possession of essentially all illegal drugs, which some estimates show will reduce drug-related imprisonment for possession by about 90%. Also the state measure to (eventually) legalize production of psychedelic mushrooms is cool too, I'm excited to see how it affects PTSD therapy.

We hope you're ready to learn the backstory of one Steven Steel because it's time for today's episode, "Canceled for Shaving a Monkey"!!

https://explainjojo.com/episodes/s06e05.html

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