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I'm extremely pleased to launch Run Your Own Social: How to run a small social network site for you friends.

This is a guide book to running a small, tight-knit federated social network server. It comes from my year of experience running Friend Camp. It's focused largely on SOCIAL solutions, though it does touch on the technical.

I've tried to keep it technology-neutral, and it should be a pretty easy read for anyone who's been on the fediverse for a while.

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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!

Anthony Braxton is one of my musical heroes, an innovative composer & improvisor who respects no boundaries whatsoever. He also writes music in a highly idiosyncratic graphical system of symbols. Graham Locke delves into Braxton's signs here in a wondrously thorough read:

young thug has a new album out and the official page lists a dozen places to listen to it and like... I just want to buy the mp3s, but not from Amazon or Apple. and this appears to be not an option

I met a traveller, vorpal sword in hand,
Who said--"two vast and trunkless raths of mome
Rest by the Tumtum tree. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a frumious visage lies, whose frown,
And manxome lip, and sneer of cold command,

Because I’ve had to tell 2 different people this in the last day:

Use ice packs on muscle injuries, not heating pads! Ice is an anti inflammatory, and it helps flush old blood out of the injury by constricting the blood vessels. Then as the site warms up again, fresh blood flows in. 20 minutes on/off for the first couple days.

Yay ice packs!

Played a few hours of Eliza, Zachtronics' new game.

It's fantastic.

one of these books is cursed

the other is called "the humanure handbook"

I'm on the quiet floor of this library and there are two people having a prolonged BUT QUIET conversation! As in not speaking above a whisper. This is me commending them for doing what they are supposed to do per the posted quiet floor rules.

fascist rally in PDX 

Fun fact: each book scanned for the Internet Archive has a unique identifier, usually the title of the item, or its first 16 characters; the volume number, or 00 if there isn't one; and the first 4 characters of the author. So:

9/11 sincereposting, death 

the design of twitter & other follow-boost services like tumblr or mastodon is fundamentally untenable and will always create conflict on such scales that people will feel like their only response is violence

portland / white nationalists / safety reminder 

Are any folks going to be at MozFest this year? (I'm sad that I can't make it to Prague for the main AP conf thing that is happening)

I keep having this problem where I see two versions listed of the same software, like


But if they're in a directory listing they are often listed using lexical sorting like this


And then my brain sees v4.1x.x and v4.5.x and thinks, oh! 4.5.1 is the newest release, I'll grab that.

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Friend Camp

The decentralized web is about trust. You should only join Friend Camp if you personally trust Darius Kazemi with your social media data. You probably only have that level of trust if we are IRL friends or have been internet friends for a long time. Generally speaking this is a small, closed community. In the end, Darius is the arbiter of what is allowed here. If you don't have a good idea of the kind of behavior that flies with Darius, again, you probably shouldn't join this instance. In the interest of specificity, we do have a code of conduct and privacy policy which you should read. Friend Camp features several modifications that were requested by our users. * you can log in via any subdomain, which means you can log in to multiple accounts in the same browser session (for example, log in once on and then as another user on * they are no longer called "toots", they are now "posts" * if you have a locked account and you get a follow request, a reminder appears under your "post" button (on normal Mastodon mobile it is otherwise buried in a sub-menu and you might not see it for a long time) * the emoji dropdown is a neutral smiley face instead of the cry-laughing smiley @mentions are rendered as "@user" for a Friend Camp user and "@user@domain" for remote users. This helps clear up when you follow two people who have the same username on different servers. * there is a "never ask me again" checkbox on the confirmation for clearing your notifications -- more info here * When an mp3 link is in a post, we also embed an inline mp3 player. git commit here * 500 characters of profile text git commit here, requested by @deerful Important Bit from the Privacy Docs: If you want decent privacy (the info doesn't leave this server), the only way to do that is to set your account to private, only accept friend requests from other users, and only ever @ mention other users. Once you start talking to people on other servers, all bets are off. Any private message you send to someone on another server could be looked at by the admin of a different server. This is kind of like email: if you are on a private email server, and you send an unencrypted email to a gmail account, congrats, Google now has the content of that email. But also, you do this every day, so, hey. The internet! Our beautiful icon is based on photo3idea_studio from, licensed CC 3.0 BY. It has been modified by!