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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!

output from the finished version of previously mentioned soft sound generator. 8-bit 8KHz audio generated by a little C program soon to be published in the zine!

all fruits are broken 

If a goose wore socks would it wear them like this or like this Cyber Monday sale 

Tip: follow a heck ton of #bots to make your timeline unmanageable busy and filled with glitchy art and queer jokes and nonsense

Working on UI for a secret next-gen game streaming platform

@jplebreton @vogon, "Geopolitics is a very sensitive subject," and this likely contributed/led to stuff like

"I asked Bill Gates who's the moral compass of Microsoft because I figured it's him, he's the guy at the top. But he pointed to me and said 'That's your job.'"

Just learned about a woman in computer science history: Elizabeth Fong. She spent her career at the National Institute for Standards and Technology, and is mentioned as attending data standardization meetings in RFC-316 (1972). She was heavily involved in the effort to standardize SQL in the 1980s.

Here's a 2014 interview with her:

And a brief autobiographical sketch on being awarded for 48 years of service at NIST:

My biggest complaint about the python programming language is that when people capitalize it in the middle of a sentence I think they're talking about Pynchon and then I'm let down when I look a little closer

This may seem like basic stuff but I constantly commit the error of, "Wow I admire the work of a person on certain moral/ethical/political issues, surely we will get along."

Advice I would give my younger self: if someone has a reputation for fighting for a cause you believe in, that says nothing about whether they are a kind person. If you meet or interact with them, it will go as well as if you met someone at random you've never heard of.

If someone has a reputation for kindness, then meeting them will probably go well. I've never regretted meeting someone after a person I trust said of them "Wow person xyz is the nicest, kindest human being I know."

selfie, cat 

Is there any documentation on the *usage* of full text search for Mastodon instances that use it? There's plenty of documentation on how to install it but I mean from a user perspective. I'd like to know if there are advanced operators for things like time of post, or your basic AND/OR/NOT logic operators.

Is anyone here caught up on the latest Jojolion because the only thing I want to do is talk about this month's issue

I'm looking forward to this conference next spring at Rutgers Camden, focused on repair & maintenance.

It will feature a workshop led by @darius who "will lead a workshop that focuses our attention on how to address our broken social media landscape by learning how to create and maintain small social networks".

Thx for the tip @jeffreymoro

Beeb interview with Wendy Carlos in 1989, showing how she mixes instrument voices on her antique Moog in the raw on the fly.

In my mind this is what @casey does all day long

(from this brochure describing the Tektronix 4002 Graphic Computer Terminal, )

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