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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!

boy howdy -- mastodon makes it easy to migrate instances, that is wicked smooth

I hope Comradery ends up as promising as it looks. A co-op for ongoing creative support instead of having to use Patreon. Personally, wanting to focus more on my writing and having more options in the future for being financially supported is exciting.

Is there a concept (like a specific cognitive bias or logical fallacy) that describes the human tendency to see evidence of something highly shocking happening a small number of times, and then to assume that the highly shocking thing must happen often, in spite of evidence to the contrary?

A mundane example is someone hearing about a person being hit by lightning and then hyperfixating on the possibility that it might happen to them. Less mundane: the "stranger danger" panic of the 80s & 90s.

I think Google should save everyone a lot of time and effort and jump straight to discontinuing new services:

"We are proud to announce that Google Kitchen Tools will no longer be available on Sep 1st 2020, nor has it ever been available. Should you wish to export your Google Kitchen Tools data, you should be aware that there is no data, as Google Kitchen Tools has never existed.

The Google Kitchen Tools Team"

👋 I am going to try posting here more — specifically about all the stuff I’ve been looking into regarding cooperatives, governance, and building organizations

portland protest safety alert, riot ribs, twitter thread 

Extremely unsettling thread regarding how the org that has been feeding people in front of the police building have had their stuff taken over by a violent grifter. DO NOT SEND DONATIONS TO RIOT RIBS, the real organizers are trying to get the word out that this guy has stolen thousands of dollars. And if you're in Portland, DO NOT go to the blue tent, riot ribs as we knew it is not operating right now.

Had to do this when I noticed David Mitchell playing a cop in Peppa Pig

Free idea: a Crusader Kings or Europa Universalis type strategy game based on Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities, where the point of the game is to forge nation-states through the development of national print-languages and various forms of cultural, legal, and military coercion (but with a focus on the cultural stuff)

If you were having trouble loading the web app or posting earlier, this has been fixed.

Meanwhile, I've been porting over @darius's support for ActivityPub Articles and inline images from the Hometown fork of Mastodon.

It has been extended to work with the changes in Glitch-soc and Monsterfork and is still highly experimental.

"I've only ever struggled with docker as a dev, it might be a nice change of pace to struggle with it as a sysadmin."
- me, just now

new bloops4u: holy phone compression edition

my first drum sequence on my digitakt!


(also here, bc holy phone compression:

You can now use readme-scribe, a GitHub Action I just published, to automatically update a repository's markdown files (like its README), using markscribe and its powerful template engine.

You don't even need to install or host anything!

"Extreme digestive plasticity suggests that eating com-
petition records are quite biologically impressive, especially in the context of
carnivorous species and other human athletic competitions." So proud of our silly species!
New article: Modelling the maximal active
consumption rate and its plasticity in
humans—perspectives from hot dog
eating competitions

FELLAS, is it gay to centralize? You're basically coming together at a center 😔

Fellas... is it gay to attract? It's literally arousing interest 😳😔

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