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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

Technical question about Zoom 

How can I construct a Zoom shortcut url if I know both the room ID and password for a meeting I'm invited to? I'm not sure how they hash passwords for URLs so it's not as easy as just sticking the password in.

(Any other way to generate the shortcut url for a meeting I'm invited to but don't "own" would be equally helpful.)

I vastly prefer this to the week in March 2020 that people thought covid-19 came from flying mammals aka Bat Fear Week

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My keynote for ActivityPub Conference 2020 is now online a few days before the conference begins! Since it's a fully remote conference, the idea is you can (should?) watch the talks before the interactive/live sessions later this week.

Here's the keynote, which is about ways to provide value to users that CANNOT be re-centralized by the big corporations: conf.tube/videos/watch/b8d6c88

And all the other talks, which I'm excited to watch: conf.tube/video-channels/apcon

Evan's talk is a really good companion to mine, where he offers a lot of examples of apps that are missing from the ActivityPub ecosystem but also talks in more detail about some of the incentives that big corporations have to chase ("engagement", for example) that community-based social software providers simply do not.

conf.tube/videos/watch/c79457a

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I reference OAuth a lot in my talk, and I can already tell that @aaronpk's discussion of OAuth 2.1 is going to be of interest to anyone who wants to develop the "suite of community apps" pattern from my presentation.

conf.tube/videos/watch/3235195

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My keynote for ActivityPub Conference 2020 is now online a few days before the conference begins! Since it's a fully remote conference, the idea is you can (should?) watch the talks before the interactive/live sessions later this week.

Here's the keynote, which is about ways to provide value to users that CANNOT be re-centralized by the big corporations: conf.tube/videos/watch/b8d6c88

And all the other talks, which I'm excited to watch: conf.tube/video-channels/apcon

@darius gave the perfect closing keynote to #apconf2020 in "Let's Play and Win Our Own Game" by helping us think from the perspective of: what are the centralized systems failing at, and what can we do that they can't? Lots to think about here! https://conf.tube/videos/watch/b8d6c88a-0e73-46dd-9e35-d4645bb12db8

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Using node, 2012: Oh cool, here's a little library that does what I want, that will save me some time

Using node, 2020: Dependabot: this library has had 20 breaking changes in the past year and all the old ones have security vulnerabilities so you have to upgrade

Flu and pneumonia vaccines 

Your medical provider should know not to do it, but don’t get both vaccines in the same arm, and possibly don’t get them at the same time. This is mostly for our elders, but anyone getting these — these vaccines can heighten each other and cause a more severe set of side effects. Stay safe! Get your vaccines safely!

If you want to follow the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure podcast that @courtney & I do with our friend Eliz, this is a great time to start. We have moved on from the anime (since we covered all of it to date) and just yesterday started on Part 7 of the manga. Part 7 aka Steel Ball Run is a full series reboot in a new timeline so if you have never even read JoJo's, well, this is an ideal starting point. It's also the best arc of the series, so read along with us!

@explainjojo

explainjojo.com/episodes/s06e0

Podcast Recommendation: Explain JoJo 

So the folks over at @explainjojo just started podcasting about part 7. I already read it (because of then) and I'll try reread along.

If you have always been meaning to give JoJo a shot, this could be a great opportunity because the podcast is not only hilarious it also adds so much information and context for stuff that it is a really great companion to enjoy JoJo.

You can also do it with the other parts, and watch the animes too. It is really a great podcast and it increased my enjoyment of JoJo greatly. I can't recommend it enough.

The podcast, JoJo on the other hand has some OOF stuff in it so it is hard to recommend to anybody, even tho I love it.

Wine Label 

Like the high brow vineyard connoisseur I am, I buy wine based entirely on how much I like the label.
Case in point,

anyone 🤝 a novelist
being able to tell that story

here's a recording of big ol' lecture I wrote & delivered for BMOLab and Vector Institute last month, entitled "Language Models and Poetics," in which I claim that computers not only *can* generate poetry, but in fact they can *only* generate poetry.

bmolab.artsci.utoronto.ca/?p=8

the discussion touches on GPT-n (of course), speech act theory, William Carlos Williams' _Spring and All_, Frank Lantz (twice), and more 🎶

(the audio didn't come out great, happy to supply text/slides to interested folks)

Update: I've tried out a bunch of solutions and unfortunately Roam is the only one that offers real block-level transclusion that isn't a messy hack. I've decided to continue paying for Roam but also pay for Obsidian in the hopes that they (or some other non-hosted or self-hosted solution) manage to figure it out.

For a short example of block-level transclusion in action see here youtu.be/O413tVCseio

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oh you know, just thinking about how all the money wasted on useless bullshit like "cloud gaming" could fund an expanded state education department for like half a century

Busy working tonight but decided to stream the upper right corner of my monitor again

twitch.tv/tinysubversions

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Friend Camp

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