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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!

programming, regex, + 

I always feel like a wizard when I use the "word boundary" feature of regex

This was my Windows 95 desktop wallpaper for a very long time. It was one of the most beautiful calming things to me age 13 or so.

tired: henlo smol bean
wired: Hello, normal-sized bean.

First use of this Snapchat sticker, am I doing it right?

Lol I saw people on Twitter posting this article headlined "Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots" but it's based on research that hasn't gone to print yet and so there is nearly zero way to check what their methodology was and I got...... real mad about it....

Also WOW there is a lot of bad quantitative social network analysis research out there

food and death, I guess 

we fear olive loaf because it is a reminder that one day, we will die. a pimento mori.

uspol +/- 

I just gave money to a campaign that I am excited about but because I am required to give my address for political donations it means I am going to get shitloads of political mailings to my house (I already do but this will add to the pile)


T.G.I.M.S. (thank goodness it's mango season)

Please enjoy the new online exhibit Post Hoc, with work by

Agnieszka Kurant
Christian Bök
Daniel Temkin
Derek BeaulieuForsyth Harmon
Lauren Lee McCarthy
Lilla LoCurto & Bill Outcault
Olia Liaina
Manfred Mohr
Mark Klink
Renée Green
Sly Watts
Susan Bee

responses by

Amaranth Borsuk
Craig Dworkin
Daniel Temkin
Fox Harrell
Mary Flanagan
Paul Stephens
Simon Morris & Valérie Steunou

It's at

new twitter feature, +? 

I mean ultimately the use case this is designed for seems to be: celebrities get to have insincere performative chats with one another and the public gets to watch. But it might have overall positive effects on Twitter regardless

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new twitter feature, +? 

New feature being tested on Twitter seems like it might have been inspired by Mastodon and other Fediverse microblogging software. They are rolling out a thing where you can set, on a per-tweet basis, whether the tweet can only be replied to by your followers, or whether it can only be replied to be people @-mentioned in the tweet itself. (The latter seems to me like having a DM thread that the public can read.)

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Friend Camp

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