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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

Untitled Goose Game meets Judith Butler in... Gander Trouble

There will not be a recording of this session -- in part because it's my first time running it! Don't worry, there will be plenty of asynchronous content around this available in the near future, just not a recording of this one.

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If you work at an organization for public benefit and have thought "I wish more people here knew what was going on in the fediverse" ... you should pass this on to them!

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I'm hosting a webinar about trust and safety on the fediverse this Thursday, Dec 8th at 12pm Eastern. It's an introduction to the state of content moderation and community safety here.

I hope it will be useful to people at civil society organizations who have perhaps heard about Mastodon and the fediverse and would like to know more about where there are gaps in funding and services, and places where orgs could potentially help augment what's already happening.

RSVP: meedan.com/event/webinar-trust

I feel like I've said this a bunch but I also know that lots of people don't actually know this yet: Flash Forward is ending for good at the end of the year. Here's a post about that and what comes next: flashforwardpod.com/2022/12/05

now ChatGPT seems really impressive and all but you have to remember that you can be tricked into thinking a rock has feelings by drawing a cute face on it

@rajeshbilimoria @irwin

Yes!! I was just thinking this morning about the overlap between the mental style of “on bullshit” and what we’re seeing coming out of gpt chat

it may also be why tech bros and investors are so bedazzled by it — they live in a world where bullshitting is regarded as a totally normal and valuable thing to do

(It reminds me also of the type of argumentation you see in debating teams — the point is often just to make *an* argument, not a correct one)

I taught three courses at Stanford for ten years and one course at UC Berkeley for four years and I wish I had followed up on my hatred of grading -- what it does to both educators & learners, as well as questions about whether it enhances or inhibits learning. More recently, Ungrading has come into its own, based on and advancing older pedagogies. @Jessifer has provided a great bibliography for those who want to learn more:
jessestommel.com/ungrading-a-b

#education #pedagogy #learning

🎧 Les émulateurs is on-line!

lesemulateurs.beyondmatter.eu/

You can listen, generate & download a soundscape based on your path. Text transcription available.

:amiga: Emulation is not only computational and it is not copying or imitating but a conscious translation, adaptation and modulation—perhaps reworking and interpreting something you like and attracts you.

👻 Today, there is no controversy regarding the material aspects of networked digital culture—it is well understood that we live in a material world. However there are always fuzzy ghostly forms that trick us, like sound, like assets. This work is perhaps ultimately about such cultural abstractions: from packets, databases, and networks to assets, datasets, and models.

🎙️ Voices are from Adam Bobbette, AGF, Alexandre Monnin, Bhavisha Panchia, Cinthya García Leyva, David Benqué, Dusan Barok | Monoskop, Esther Leslie, Fabian Muniesa, Gavin Mueller, Jace Clayton, Leigh-Claire La Berge, Livia Nolasco-Rozsas, Magnus Eriksson, Morgan Stricot, Olia Lialina, Peter Szendy, Possible Bodies (Jara Rocha & Femke Snelting), Rose Mary Lee, RYBN, Sarah Badr and me.

✨ Tnx Matt Nish-Lapidus @emenel and Bani Haykal for working with me in the audio-programming and the sound design.

🟡 You can also listen to a selection of soundscapes in the exhibition at ZKM.

I made a PR to Mastodon to see if they are interested in merging the exclusive lists feature from

github.com/mastodon/mastodon/p

If you would like to follow along with the development of the next version of Hometown, you can track the features and fixes I have planned here:

github.com/orgs/hometown-fork/

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New release! In version 1.0.8 we have a handful of new features including:

- more explicit multiple-choice poll toggle
- ability to keep your local-only posts if you have automatic post deletion turned on
- RSS opt-out (privacy-oriented admins can set opt-out to default true for all users who haven't set theirs)
- some technical changes that will make it easier for 3rd party clients to support Hometown

Full notes here: github.com/hometown-fork/homet

Hometown v1.0.8 (Mastodon 3.5.5)

Hello! This is an upgrade to Hometown that fixes some bugs and adds a few new features. The Mastodon version remains at 3.5.5, so no changes there.

New user-facing features

Fixes

Behind the scenes stuff

The full list of pull requests and issues is also available here: https://github.com/orgs/hometown-fork/projects/1/views/1

This release is up to date with Mastodon v3.5.5, so please check there for individual patch notes if you're upgrading from Mastodon 3.5.3 or lower.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are upgrading from Mastodon 3.5.2 and you are getting weird compilation errors, make sure you are running at least Node v12.22.0, 14.17.0, or any version of Node 16. If you're totally lost, you can run node --version to check what version you're running, and installing Node is different in every environment so best to google for "how to install node 16 on [describe your web host or linux version]".

If you're installing Hometown for the first time, please follow the instructions on the wiki. You should have Mastodon v3.5.5 installed. Follow those instructions to install Hometown v3.5.5+hometown-1.0.8.

Upgrading from v1.0.7+3.5.5

If you already have Hometown installed and are upgrading from v1.0.7, do the following:

  • back up your DB as always: pg_dump -Fc mastodon_production > backup.dump

  • git remote update && git checkout v3.5.5+hometown-1.0.8

  • bundle install

  • yarn install

  • Migrate the DB: RAILS_ENV=production bundle exec rails db:migrate

  • Precompile the assets: RAILS_ENV=production bundle exec rails assets:precompile

  • Restart all Mastodon processes

It's a new era: for the last 4 years I have had my account here opted out of search engine indexing. But now I think it makes sense to have my public posts indexed (and probably has made sense for a while).

#mastoAdmin

jortage.com/ takes the "duplicate every image across every fedi server" model and deduplicates as possible at the media storage level

self-hosting an instance and outsourcing media storage has been for me a nice balance

i just upped my contribution a bit

thought you should all know about #jortage

I'm on the latest episode of Scoring Notes (a podcast about music notation technology), talking about our new music-scanning feature at Soundslice:

scoringnotes.com/podcast/from-

"The fact that the decentralized web isn’t decentralized is not a secret. Plenty of people can see that Web3 is centralizing far faster than Web2 ever did, they simply don’t care. They’re hoping to position themselves in such a way that they either become part of the monopoly, or at least get bought out for a nice chunk of change along the way."
escapingtech.com/tech/opinions

Oh wow, Gerry Lawson has a Google doodle today. I met him once, not long before his death, he seemed very nice and it was nice to thank him for his contributions to videogames.

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