@anna I added a "Blob" category to our emoji picker. Mr. Blobby is in there as an honorable mention :blobby:

This is the first time I've ever seen this on a google search.

Peggy Karp's RFC 247 is the first RFC to make me laugh out loud since the early RFC 100s I think

Going though my Computer History Museum photos and I found the original copy of this 1971 Telnet system diagram from RFC 158. Now you can compare the charming pencil on lined notebook paper to the official scanned version that's been the only one available for decades.

I love this stuff, it reminds me that the internet was invented by humans jotting things down on whatever paper was at hand and not godlike programmers planning everything exquisitely.


Discovered that Google Drive will OCR photos of documents. This came from a photo I took of a typewritten document. The actual characters themselves are mostly correct. The styling is... amazing

Wrote a little bit about the Culler-Fried On-Line System at UC Santa Barbara, which was kind of like Mathematica but in the late 1960s. It used a dual-tier keyboard and they had a hell of a time figuring out how to make it communicate over the 7-bit ASCII that Telnet on the ARPANET required.


@LadyMargaret btw you reminded me of something that Emma asked me to do that I forgot: credit you for doing the bulk of the work on the local-only indicator spacing change! I didn't include this in the original release notes but just updated it github.com/hometown-fork/homet

minor 9/11 synchronicity 

Working on getting barebones ActivityStreams/ActivityPub Event support in Hometown. So far I'm rendering incoming events with a google calendar link, my hope is to support other cals and maybe create/attach an .ical or similar to posts.

(This is prep work for a simple federated invite-people-to-your-events site that will probably use huge pieces of gath.io)

This photo of me doing karaoke at XOXO has strong orb energy

The best part of today was being roped into a group bald people shot

Hey, the Eyeo Festival talks are now online! I know some of you were asking to see my talk that included this slide. Well, it's here!


I found this passage in a blog post promoting a blockchain-based media verification tool--basically a "blue check" saying that a video is not doctored (whatever THAT means).

I feel like these solutions to "fake news" are almost as bad as the problem, with a whiff of accelerationism to them.

There has to be a better solution to "we don't know who to trust" than "trust no one".

Original post: medium.com/amber-video/controv

I'm in Copenhagen enjoying the famous "little mermaid" statue

I made a new bot called Handshake Meme Bot, you can follow it at @handshake! Will post 4x a day.

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