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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!

Is anyone here caught up on the latest Jojolion because the only thing I want to do is talk about this month's issue

I'm looking forward to this conference next spring at Rutgers Camden, focused on repair & maintenance.

It will feature a workshop led by @darius who "will lead a workshop that focuses our attention on how to address our broken social media landscape by learning how to create and maintain small social networks".

Thx for the tip @jeffreymoro

Beeb interview with Wendy Carlos in 1989, showing how she mixes instrument voices on her antique Moog in the raw on the fly.

In my mind this is what @casey does all day long

(from this brochure describing the Tektronix 4002 Graphic Computer Terminal, )

I just posted a new 16 page backup story exclusively for Patreon backers. It was a experiment to try and write and draw 10 pages in 10 hours but ended up being 16 over 4 different days. Still fun though!

"A lot of times you don't get the praise until you leave. And when you throw up your hands and say 'Oh man I quit, I'm so tired of this' -- 'well you can't leave, you're the greatest we've ever had!". Really? Well why didn't you tell me that back then? Why do you wait until now?"

-Frank Vest on running a Fidonet node (~39:07)

tbh this is one reason I would never run an open reg fediverse instance. Friend Camp users are great at letting me know they appreciate my work... because we're friends!

@darius i still vividly remember having conversations about cyberpunk novels over FidoNet and waiting a couple of days for responses to posts to travel around

"It was fairly easy for a small number of people to wreak a large amount of havoc. It's also easy to lose perspective on that, and realize that on a large scale, the network crawled on. It breaks up into little pieces and it reforms and it doesn't really matter, because underneath there, there's people who are using the network technology to do some thing [...] and they just don't have to pay attention to any of it [...] It runs in spite of the idiots."

- Tom Jennings (~37:02)

The FidoNet chapter from BBS: The Documentary (2004) is I think required viewing for fediverse admins.

Bulletin board services (BBSes) were pre-web online communities with forums, mail, games, etc. FidoNet was/is basically a volunteer-run federation layer that let BBSes communicate with each other.

The video talks about FidoNet's growing pains, especially around governance & a mismatch between what users wanted and what the sysops felt was required to maintain the net.

and now a nano-NaNoGenMo entry cc @nickmofo

python -c "from collections import defaultdict as d;import sys,random;' ');x=list(zip(w[:-2],w[1:-1],w[2:]));y=d(list);[y[j,l].append(k) for j,k,l in x];print(' '.join(w[:2]+[random.choice(y[a,c])for a,b,c in x[1:]]))" <pg2489.txt

replaces words in stdin at random with other words occurring in the same 1-word context window—sort of a minimalist word vector similarity replacement

sample output:

NaNoGenMo 2019 

Idea: Twitter bot that finds extremely long tweet threads and just replies "And we call it... The Aristocrats!"

(don't actually automate this, it would reply to like, threads about war crimes and medical fundraisers)

I always feel better when I'm reminded that even can't keep their certs up to date sometimes

Was writing up an RFC written in 1972 by a random grad student who was compiling some statistics and I looked him up and he would eventually go on to found America Online



I love the weird little easter eggs that programmers have always put in their programs. Like this remote job entry program by RAND Corporation in 1972 which featured a "BYE, BYE BANANA" message when you quit.

over the past few years I have made a whole bunch of tutorials for creative coding with p5.js and put them here: creative-coding.decontextualiz I made them primarily as notes for me to follow along with when I'm teaching, so they're sketchy in some parts (and very out of date in others). but some (non-student) folks have told me recently that they found the tutorials useful, so I'm sharing here in case they might interest the fediverse!

(btw text is BY-NC licensed and the code examples are all CC0)

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