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RFC-7 led me down an unexpected computer history rabbit hole where I learned about GORDO, an operating system that was quickly renamed to... SEX. Yeah.

write.as/365-rfcs/rfc-7

You can follow along with my series commenting on the first 365 RFCs here @365-rfcs

I am going to cheekily take this opportunity to promote the album on here, since I wasn't here when it came out :)

Some friendcolleagues and I wrote and produced it for February Album-Writing Month - 14 songs (we managed 15!) in 28 days, proceeds to charity (Youth Music).

The facts that it was made (a) by committee and (b) within a month do show, but I'm still really proud of it :)

softwire.bandcamp.com/releases

So I'm in a really nice local group for cis spouses of trans partners and one of them was like "How do you know so many trans people?" and I was like "ummmm I know a lot of computer programmers and poets?"

RFC-5 was an early (eventually abandoned) proposal for delivering rich applications over ARPANET. Specifically it was conceived as a way to connect to Doug Englebart's "mother of all demos" computing system remotely from a more typical OS! My writeup:

write.as/365-rfcs/rfc-5

You can follow along with my series commenting on the first 365 RFCs here @365-rfcs

New episode of Too Much Not Enough! @deerful and I talk about mobile music production, aka making songs on your phone and other portable computer devices! toomuchnotenough.site/episodes

First time I've seen an extensive list of pronouns in a dropdown on a conference registration (this is about half of them, it cut off and scrolls). This is for Internet Freedom Festival 2019

I’m going to be more active on Mastodon in 2019, and I’ve also started blogging again at http://texting.com/

Aesthetic realism holds beauty to be a real property of works of art, there to be discovered by the discerning viewer.

Ontological realism holds that physical objects exist independently of our own minds.

Epistemological realism is the view that statements are true, or false, independently of whether we believe them to be true or false.

— Adapted from Baggini & Fosl, The Philosopher's Toolkit

is it gay to adorn? Because you're making more beautiful and attractive 😳😔🤔

*slaps roof of Iran* this bad boy can fit so many Isfahans in it

Next week! #SanFrancisco #bayarea Catch me giving a small presentation about #indieweb, #fediverse and how and why people can switch over at https://wafflejs.com/

When I was a kid my Mum got me and my brother a game for the Amstrad called "Osprey!"

"The object of the game is to allocate wardens to help the ospreys successfully nest, rear young and survive the hazards that threaten them."

Very sad to say that to my like 5 year old self it just wasn't as fun as Harrier Attack, based on the Falklands War, but I love her for trying.

https://www.mobygames.com/game/osprey

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Friend Camp

The decentralized web is about trust. You should only join Friend Camp if you personally trust Darius Kazemi with your social media data. You probably only have that level of trust if we are IRL friends or have been internet friends for a long time. Generally speaking this is a small, closed community. In the end, Darius is the arbiter of what is allowed here. If you don't have a good idea of the kind of behavior that flies with Darius, again, you probably shouldn't join this instance. In the interest of specificity, we do have a code of conduct and privacy policy which you should read.

Friend Camp features several modifications that were requested by our users.

  • you can log in via any subdomain, which means you can log in to multiple accounts in the same browser session (for example, log in once on friend.camp and then as another user on alt.friend.camp)
  • they are no longer called "toots", they are now "posts"
  • if you have a locked account and you get a follow request, a reminder appears under your "post" button (on normal Mastodon mobile it is otherwise buried in a sub-menu and you might not see it for a long time)
  • the emoji dropdown is a neutral smiley face instead of the cry-laughing smiley
  • @mentions are rendered as "@user" for a Friend Camp user and "@user@domain" for remote users. This helps clear up when you follow two people who have the same username on different servers.
  • there is a "never ask me again" checkbox on the confirmation for clearing your notifications -- more info here
  • images in a CW'ed post are collapsed behind the CW. When you expand the CW, you can see the whole image immediately. more info here
  • When an mp3 link is in a post, we also embed an inline mp3 player. git commit here
  • 500 characters of profile text git commit here, requested by @deerful

Important Bit from the Privacy Docs

If you want decent privacy (the info doesn't leave this server), the only way to do that is to set your account to private, only accept friend requests from other friend.camp users, and only ever @ mention other friend.camp users. Once you start talking to people on other servers, all bets are off. Any private message you send to someone on another server could be looked at by the admin of a different server. This is kind of like email: if you are on a private email server, and you send an unencrypted email to a gmail account, congrats, Google now has the content of that email. But also, you do this every day, so, hey. The internet!

Our beautiful icon is based on photo3idea_studio from www.flaticon.com, licensed CC 3.0 BY. It has been modified by @casey@friend.camp!