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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!

"More Than a Feeling

Emotion detection doesn’t work, but it will try to change your behavior anyway'

Frank Pasquale

Hello Fediverse!

This is call for feedback and comments on the initial Fediverse Enhancement Proposal (FEP):

FEP-a4edc7b: The Fediverse Enhancement Proposal Process

FEPs are intended to be documents that provide information that improves interoperability and general well-being of the Fediverse.

This may include technical things but also social and cultural best-practices and experiences.

new work from me in the ISEA 2020 Art Programme: Reconstructions reconstructions.decontextualiz an infinite computer-generated poem with a nested chiastic structure

the lines are generated by sampling a variational autoencoder ( trained on a bunch of public domain poetry ( each line is paired with another resulting from the model's reconstruction of the original line with words reversed

This was brought to you by this truly excellent Miley Cyrus cover of "Zombie" that people are talking about on Twitter today

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There's a little-noticed mistake in the recording for "Zombie" by The Cranberries where in the pre-chorus the lead singer sings "and their bombs" twice! I fixed it so you can hear the song the way it was intended.

You're welcome!

pandemic daily life thoughts 

I feel a little bit like a medieval serf when I think about restaurants. The idea of sitting down in a place and having people come and bring you food cooked to order while you carry on conversing with your compatriots seems like an experience reserved for kings and their court

Just FYI, a bunch of my bots and sites are down right now due to a planned data center migration. This includes

They should be back up within, oh, 6 hours or so depending on how this migration goes.

We hope you're ready to learn about the advantages of being dragged by your own horse because it's time for today's episode, "I'm Not Here To Win, I'm Here To Make Friends"!!!

Do you miss meeting people? Here. You can make some people and meet them.

Do you miss meeting people? Here. You can make some people and meet them.

the existence of bimbo implies the existence of beaven and bell

Fizzy Water Fans: If, hypothetically, you owned a Carbonating Device from a Popular At-Home Fizzy Beverages Company that has, at times, been "somewhat to extremely problematic", I am here to tell you that this company in Wisconsin will refill your CO2 canisters by mail:

In case you didn't see it, I released a little demo of Gloam, the procedural spooky-cute village generator I've been working on, for all the people who've expressed interest in poking at it:

Happy October! (boosts welcome)

The best thing about palindromes is you can always make them longer by adding the word "poop" at the beginning and end

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Friend Camp

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