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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

I've built these things and run them for tens of thousands of people and even at that small (felt very big at the time) size, they just fell apart so quickly. you need them to be community run and to limit the need for wide moderation.

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help pixel pay for college :boost_requested: 

hello friends

I just got my final bill for my last year of college. $17,200. I only get about $2,000 in loans. That still leaves $15,200.

I currently live with my transphobic parents and cannot sustain living here after school. I've paid for all of my schooling through working up to five jobs at a time up to now, but with each year that passes by, the school has been rolling back my financial aid and it has been very difficult to keep up. I'm still living on a meal a day.

If you'd be willing to toss coin to a neurodivergent, queer, trans, east/southeast asian person, my handles are below.

https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/pixouls
https://liberapay.com/Pixouls/
https://account.venmo.com/u/pixouls

Thanks to everyone who has supported me thus far.

#introduction

I'm an #AppleII hacker best known for cracking thousands of disks: https://archive.org/details/apple_ii_library_4am?sort=-date

Passport cracks a lot of disks automatically: https://github.com/a2-4am/passport

I also preserve still-protected disks: https://archive.org/details/wozaday?&sort=-date

Anti-M boots a lot of protected disks: https://github.com/a2-4am/anti-m

Pitch Dark, an Infocom text adventure pack: https://github.com/a2-4am/pitch-dark

Total Replay, an arcade pack: https://github.com/a2-4am/4cade

Million Perfect Letters, a shifty word game:
https://github.com/a2-4am/million-perfect-letters

I love the summer solstice, but I also am acutely aware that it means the days get shorter for the next 6 months :(((

Paul Slocum, software developer who has been curating, conserving, and selling digital art since 2006 wrote an excellent and extensive survey of the effects and problems in the takeover of networked culture by creepto-capital.

He couldn't find a suitable publication for his critical perspective which speaks volumes about the state of media institutions which made a name and raise funding precisely promoting the opposite values to those of blockchain culture and now are totally integrated and participating in the cultural and economic distortion described by Paul.

Do read and share widely.
https://www.qotile.net/nft/

I could complain about a lot of other things in my garden but there is no question that my peas are loving this cold, wet, long spring.

These are Magnolia Blossom Sugar Snap Peas from Adaptive Seeds: adaptiveseeds.com/product/vege

If you are interested moving to labyrinth.social (or just setting up an alt here) please send me a DM!

You can find out more info about the server here:

https://github.com/thomasmdickinson/lab-soc-about

For the moment I will not be inviting strangers, only a small number of people I’m already acquainted with.

Once again I have defied the gods and written another newsletter. The biggest news in this one is that my poetry zine, Schatzi, is now available for purchase online at Bishop & Wilde!

shopbishopandwilde.com/used-bo

mailchi.mp/647896388a98/public

Better lighting photo of Kim. I think I need to hit this with a varnish to even out how shiny it is because some of the paint I used high gloss media with and some dried more matte.

Just in time for #WholesomeWednesday here's the latest addition to our #GoatGang.

She's a little bit wobbly on her hooves and as of now still unnamed.

Any suggestions #Fediverse?

I'll attach a handy poll in the follow-up Toot.

#GoatsOfMastodon #goats #MastoGoats

agitprop + dealing with spam 

problem: I get invited to Whatsapp crypto spam groups all the time 😔
opportunity: finally, an audience for my insufferable shit!

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