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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!

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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 - 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.

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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!

so many people use filters to remove/not see posts with certain words or phrases

putting asterisks, misspelling, or abbreviating things means they miss the filter for others

be careful taking habits from other places and applying them here

Statistics terminology question 

This is pretty much the answer to 2:

Short of it is, given r1=0.9 and r2=0.8, the correlation r3 of A to C must be somewhere in the range of 0.458 and 0.981. So we can infer upper and lower bounds of correlation but not anything precise, and the lower bound is WAY worse than r1*r2 (and maybe this is coincidence but I suspect not, the mean of the range is r1*r2)

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Statistics terminology question 

Is there a term I can search for that describes the following:

- Study shows that A is correlated with B, r=0.9
- Different study shows C is correlated with B, r=0.8

The term I'm looking for is the "implied correlation" (my term) of A and C. 1) is it even epistemically valid, 2) how to calculate the implied r

My instinct tells me 1) is "sort of" and 2) is simply r1 * r2 but my instinct is often wrong. Also does Bayes' theorem somehow apply here??

it's time for a BOT ROLL CALL (long) 

RNN bots:

@Democritus_Junior - trained on Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy - an endless nonsense dictionary
@vulgar - 18th-century criminal slang

@gravidum_cor - Oulipian twin of Burton-bot - Oulipian twin of GLOSSATORY

@voronidols - colouful mysteries of symmetry

Procedural generators:

@Kerlossal - parody of a noted art blog
@amightyhost - an army of procedurally-generated warriors
@reviewofbots - the Bot Review of Books
@isoTropes - the periodic table vs TVTropes
@talkingbotblues - the Talking Random Wikipedia Page Title Blues
@verbquests - failed text-adventure actions
@VictoriaBotter - a hard-earned thirst deservers a big cold bot, and I mean "thirst" in both senses

I feel like the older I get, the more curmudgeonly I get. But, I feel like I'm getting curmudgeonly not in a "fuck you assholes, get a job" way and more in a "fuck you assholes, take care of each other" way.

hiii my name is Never. i'm a 37 year old trans jew.

I wrote some books. You can get them for free or pay at my website

I co-founded a clothing line called undying apparel. It's at

You can see what I'm working on now at​

And occasionally I'll throw some music of mine online over at

I was defending Excel as an obvious candidate for best programming language for beginners (I consider the syntax and the runtime environment to both be part of the core language; in the case of Excel you can't separate one from the other)

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Got into a discussion with someone on Twitter about what makes a programming language "good for beginners". They seemed to want to talk about syntax and stuff. My questions are:

- how hard is it to install
- how easily can you import useful data and output results in a useful format
- how likely is a beginner to know someone who can help them solve problems they run into
- how many resources (tutorials, example code) are out there
- can you easily do all this without the command line

The New Stack just published an interview with me called "Why Developers Should Experiment with the Fediverse":

complaining about Google Meet 

I'm at the point where I'm seriously considering dusting off an old laptop to just use for meetings so I can have my development machine free

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complaining about Google Meet 

I complain about this all the time but I just *love* how Google Meet absolutely tanks my CPU. Opening it in Chrome instead of Firefox does improve performance slightly (which, lol thanks Google) but ugh. I am sometimes in purely informational work meetings and it would be nice to multitask while they are on topics that aren't super relevant to me. Sucks.

Why should #developers be interested in the #Fediverse? I spoke to @darius, who (y'all probably know!) runs a Mastodon instance called Friend Camp, about why developers should experiment with open protocols like ActivityPub & how becoming a hosting provider is a way in.

The New Stack just published an interview with me called "Why Developers Should Experiment with the Fediverse":

the next Tropico game is going to have to let you blow the people's money on Bitcoin

tabletop gaming aid opinions 

awhile ago I prototyped a gaming aid that uses a thermal printer to generate stuff (hirelings, NPCs, weather, foods/drinks/potions, monsters, events, maps, mazes, puzzles, etc). The output can be filed away for later reference.

I built it because I don’t like using computers/screens at the table. during COVID this device wasn’t useful but I’m thinking of picking it back up, refining it, and posting a build guide.

if you play tabletop RPGs does this appeal to you?

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