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i think i'm going to start sharing abandonware & projects on hiatus. today it's...

~ holm ~

an abandoned wander game prototype about traversal and place.



giving shitty people any attention whatsoever, even trolling them, is not radical or cool


Giving the basics of how decentralized social networks work and how people talk to each other outside their servers #csvconf

@darius presenting on the decentralized web at #csvconf !! You might see him on here talking about his work as a Mozilla fellow playing around with #ActivityPub


reminder that the performance/reading event for the class I teach on computational creative writing at NYU is tonight (7pm in Manhattan) specifically designed to appeal to the perhaps narrow but always amazing intersection of "people interested in computation" and "people interested in the literary arts." and, uh, in this case, "people who are in NYC and able to attend tonight." but if you're in that intersection, I tell you what, this event is FOR YOU

Blood: Fresh Supply, an update of the cult classic 1997 DOS first person shooter Blood is out on PC today:

You know what videogame they should make into a movie? THE GODFATHER (2006, multiplatform). This open world shooter follows a low level mafioso in the Corleone family. I'd love to see it expanded to focus less on the mission-based minutiae of how one would go about placing a horse head in the bed of an uncooperative movie studio executive and instead on the dynamics and personalities in the family that led to the need for such an action.

Maybe if that's successful someone could write a novel.

I'm at in Portland, OR, and just saw a good talk about basic bash commands that you can use to clean up data sets, ideally line-based, well formatted data like CSVs or log files. I didn't know about the `cut` and `tr` commands!

$ echo "MyCity,MyState,IWant:TheThingAfterTheColon,MyCountry" | cut -d',' -f3 | cut -d':' -f2

--> TheThingAfterTheColon

Here's the full talk with all the example bash commands.

Me: Check out this thing I wrote

All: ...

Me: Check out this thing I... that I generated with a neural network

All: HA omg

If you've been following the walkout at Riot Games, you might be interested in what happened in 1998 when developers at a Canadian game studio threatened a walkout. (Spoiler: working conditions were improved.) I wrote about it for Vice Games (formerly Waypoint) today.

I wrote a review of federated blogging software I can't hyperlink the review directly but here's the general page:

Anyway I highly recommend it! It's been great for @365-rfcs

"All Star" But Every Time They Say "All Star" The Video Stays The Same Speed

I got a lot of questions last week at @ML4ALL about how I was able to turn around the conference videos so quickly, so I put together a little behind-the-scenes video showing a walkthrough of my whole setup and workflow, including biking all the gear in and out! 🚲🎥🎉

videogames, SRPGs 

selfie, eye contact, link spam, partner posting, BIG ANNOUNCEMENT 

there'll be a reading/performance event for my computer-generated poetry class at NYU this thursday: it's at 721 Broadway in Manhattan, 7pm, free admission. I'm really excited about the work and the students this semester—if you're in NYC I hope you can be there!

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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 and then as another user on * 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 * 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 users, and only ever @ mention other 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, licensed CC 3.0 BY. It has been modified by!