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Does anybody else ask if other people do the same things that they do?

Fit for a King, an Ultima IV inspired sandbox world, releases today. It’s really good. I’ll let their own words sell it:

“ Marry everything. Execute everything. SPEND IT ALL. Live the ultimate fantasy in this Henry VIII simulator, and humiliate France with your wealth and excess, or die trying. Who's going to stop you? God? Nope. You're also the Pope.”

(I explained this concept at a party to some very nice people who work at Twitter and they seemed really jealous that I get to work on stuff like this)

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!

keanu 🤝 A popular president
being able to do no wrong

with training, dogs 🤝 person
being able to open doors

Farriers 🤝 Blacksmiths
being able to shoe horses

Fire Emblem Three Houses may end up being the first game I ever finish, immediately do New Game+, and then immediately do New Game+ AGAIN

"religious, but not spiritual" is my new term for any technological solutionism

My friend Gabi Ivens likes to make the point that this is not even about "trustlessness" but rather about moving your trust from humans into a technology stack. "Trustlessness" is a marketing term; "trust the software" would be a more honest term to use.

I sometimes say it's about "trusting the math" but actually that gives it too much credit because it's really about "trusting the math that has been implemented by humans in software" -- aka technology.

god, can't believe it's almost 2018 already

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".

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Remember when they told us we wouldn't always have a calculator

The hard part is figuring out what to do with local-only posts when an instance moves back to Mastodon. I wrote down my current thoughts on how this might work, both on short-term and long-term solutions:

My next big plan for Hometown is a clear and safe migration path BACK to vanilla Mastodon. That way there's not a huge commitment to trying it out, and if something happens to me or the project, you can always go back to regular Mastodon.

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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!