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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!

covid, nyc 

activitypub/mastodon question! when I broadcast a status with an attachment from bookwyrm to here, the image shows up as "Not available", but if you click it, it links you to the image. is there something obvious I'm doing wrong?


It's my birthday today. Boost this!

From 9AM to 6PM today (3/27) if you make a donation of $10 or more to the Second Harvest food bank of Southern Louisiana to help feed children, seniors, and service industry workers affected by the pandemic using the link:

And send me your donation receipt, I will make you a 10-song themed playlist on the streaming service of your choosing.

Every $10+ donation submitted within that time will get a playlist.


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United States federal student loan payments are being deferred until Sep 30. Don't pay your federal student loans until then. No interest will accrue and it won't affect your credit score. (Most student loans in the US are federal but uh make sure yours are before doing this.)


"On Monday, workers say they will refuse to accept orders until Instacart provides hazard pay of an additional $5 an order, free safety gear (hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and soap) to workers, and expands its paid sick leave to include workers with pre-existing conditions who have been advised by their doctors not to work at this time. Workers say the strike will last until Instacart agrees to these terms."

I wish I was a little bit shorter
I wish I was a porter
I wish I had a girl with some bags, I'd transport 'er
I wish I had a client with some tight Samsonites like a luggage hoarder

Covid19 education 

For folks who want something Patreon-esque but don't want to deal with Patreon and its various issues, this new alternative might be worth looking into:

It seems to be a middleware API that lets you handle your own payments and manage the communications/perks/levels yourself.

Right now I am not in a situation where I need/want to look into this further but others might want to.


At my in-the-basement desk, which is thankfully right by a window. My partner's and my rings are on a chain around my neck for hand-washing reasons.

Behind me is an old Tyler Stockdale print that reads "Sometimes Things Change".

Do they ever.

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Required reading, right now. It took me about ~12 minutes to read it out loud, slowly, to my partner. Read it.

Walk away.

Easy cooking tip from an Iranian-American guy 

Oregon stay-at-home order, info 

uspol, coronavirus 

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covid19, food 

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Friend Camp

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