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I have just released Hometown v1.0.5+3.5.2!

No new features, just bringing things up to parity with the latest Mastodon v3.5.2. Lots of cool new features thanks to their team and contributors, though.

We will have some Hometown tweaks/fixes/features coming soon though!

github.com/hometown-fork/homet

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I've released version 2.0.0 of my RSS to ActivityPub converter! This now provides functionality I'd hacked in to rss.friend.camp - it requires OAuth 2.0 authorization for someone to create a new AP account for an RSS feed.

I used to run this service "in the open" but was overwhelmed by spammers. Now the admin of a Mastodon (or Pleroma or any federated server that is an OAuth 2 provider) can provide this converter as a service solely to members of their instance.

github.com/dariusk/rss-to-acti

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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

now there's a sentence you don't see every day:
> BRIEF OF THE ONION AS AMICUS CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONER

So for #looptober I am going to use Sonic Pi and change a live coded loop daily. I will post the code to this thread as sort of a month long changing loop.

Wow, this is very interesting. Smalltown is a new fork of Mastodon specifically for civic communities looking to host their own social media. It is being developed at Ethan Zuckerman's lab at UMass Amherst.

publicinfrastructure.org/2022/

(It's explicitly inspired by Hometown and very nicely links to my Patreon on their github, too.)

I'm in Wired today talking about why social media bot detection tools that social scientists and others rely on are largely bullshit:

wired.com/story/bot-hunting-is

A geoduck is what you get when a psyduck mates with a geodude.

Oh hey, there's a new host in, uh, town.

fedi.monster/

I have no affiliation with them and literally learned about them approximately thirty seconds ago but they have been around since 2017 apparently. I don't know when they started hosting Hometown but it's cool that they are!

amazing move masto host, i am happy to introduce you all to https://fedi.monster , 9€ per month for a personal instance and i barely look at your database size we all share the costs

I've made @lyresdictionary
its own homepage, including a development blog. My thought is to use it to write about future updates to the bot, as well as some words about how it works and how I think about it.

http://www.inthescales.com/projects/lyres-dictionary/

OK this is pretty cool: built-in translation is coming to Mastodon, funded by the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme.

https://github.com/mastodon/mastodon/pull/19218

What if this headline but it's

> "Texas man captures 'man-eating dinosaur crocodile'" thought to be a myth

and then the article is about how there is a fabled news headline about a crocodile but experts believe the headline never was published

iheart.com/content/2022-09-14-

An artist friend is selling this shirt that says 1312 in cuneiform and you better believe I ordered one immediately

djinn.storenvy.com/products/36

I opened an issue on Mastodon to suggest a code change that would save on network requests to GoToSocial instances.

https://github.com/mastodon/mastodon/issues/19217

Currently, if the PublicKey ID for an Actor is not at the same url (plus fragment) as the Actor itself, Mastodon will always refetch the key during signature verification

Since Mastodon does already have the key stored for that Actor if the Actor has interacted with the instance before, this is rather wasteful of resources, which is especially noticeable on smaller instances which deliver to Mastodon inboxes.

My suggestion is to add a field like public_key_uri to Account database entries. The appropriate Actor for an incoming request could then be selected from the database with something like SELECT * FROM accounts WHERE public_key_uri = 'https://example.org/users/someone/main-key'; Then if the instance had the Actor stored already, it would not need to make a remote call to the origin instance to validate the signature.

I would try to implement this myself, but I have almost no experience with Ruby, so I’m not sure where I would start.

Are there any Ruby-doers out there who could do such a thing?

I have upgraded Dolphin Town to a version of Mastodon that is actually compatible with much of the fediverse again. So you can like. Follow and interact again from other servers.

dolphin.town

You can follow me at @e

What is the nearest body of water to you?

"At age 15 I subscribed to One [a homophile movement magazine], which I had found in the local library research section. I was visited at school by a US Postal Inspector, and accused of receiving obscene material through the mails. My parents were also visited, and the subscription was stopped, with no charges pressed. (Yes I lied, saying I was 18, to get the subscription.)"

W. Charles Clark, "Stonewall and the S/M Lifestyle", Checkmate 14, 1996; reflecting on his youth (c. 1950?)

** spoiler ** for the museum of mechanics: lockpicking 

the fact that the secret achievement is for playing the game for two hours & one minute – just long enough to no longer be eligible to return the game – is pure catharsis.

store.steampowered.com/app/173

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