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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!

this same ranking could be "Pynchon novels sorted by the number of truly bad puns I remember from each book, in descending order"

Pynchon novels ranked 

This is delightful - a deep dive into the history and semiotics of the packaging of 70s code-cracking board game "Mastermind"

"The two people featured on the cover, however, were not, in fact, an oligarch and his consort, but Bill Woodward—the owner of a chain of local hairdressing salons who lived near the Invicta Plastics factory—and Hong Kong-born Cecilia Fung, a computer science student at the University of Leicester who had been approached on the street by the agency organizing the shoot."

I'm at Carnelian Coffee in PDX and they have an excellent cold brew (truly exceptionally good) and also minerals on display and books on minerals you can buy?? Also shocked that the minerals appear science themed rather than mysticism themed. (Nothing wrong with witch crystals but science rocks are more my aesthetic.)

Making Meetable Easier to Install 

We hope you're ready for extended discussion of the Spice Girls because it's time for today's episode, "I Am Thou, Thou Art I"!!!

I took snippets of the DEC BASIC-8 manual for the TSS/8 operating system and inserted them into a poetry generator. This is the poem. (The randomizer runs the same every time (no seeds though I could fake it) so this is in a sense *the* output.)

You know what's fun? Pressing a button and making this thing click and whirr and blink.

Having fun with BASIC-8 interpreter on the PDP-8/e at the Living Computers Museum in Seattle. Made a weird little landscape/flag generator.

legend of heroes riffing 

Mozilla just laid off 70 fantastic people. If you can help them - open positions, offering helpful conversations and references, anything else - please say so.

Use #MozillaLifeboat as an umbrella tag for easy finding. (It's already flowing on the birdsite.)

If you've been affected, I'm happy to chat directly. Also have some open positions (see rest of this thread). But doesn't have to be today - take time to recover if you can.

Most of all: thank you folks for making the web better.

Illich is interesting to me because he argues from positions that are neither recognizably left nor right nor center. When libertarians tried to claim him as one of their own he fought back, saying (paraphrased) the free market is the most destructive of all institutions. Yet he is also firmly against large scale social welfare programs, preferring more local scale entities. If I had to pin a broad label on him it would be anarchist but even that doesn't seem right.

Re-reading Ivan Illich's "Deschooling Society".

"The pupil is [...] "schooled" to confuse teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence [...] to accept service in place of value. [...] Health, learning, dignity, independence, and creative endeavor are defined as little more than the performance of the institutions which claim to serve these ends, and their improvement is made to depend on allocating more resources to the [...] agencies in question."

I appreciate that this person picked a tag that also describes their state of being while tagging

Hey #blogging #fediverse, tell me your favorite blogging engine and why you like it!

Bonus Q: Does it have an API for clients?

PS: if you fine folk could boost this beyond my instance, I'd appreciate it.

"For centuries, Islamic designers and craftsmen have made geometric patterns just by drawing straight lines and circles with a compass and straight edge... Tilemaker lets you build layers of lines and circles, mimicking their actions. As you experiment drawing different intersections of line segments and circles you will discover new patterns, just as they did!"

This (free) app is super fun and it seems it was created to share a bit of Islamic culture/history.

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