can't help but respect Stewart Brand's Amazon review of "From Counterculture to Cyberculture"

although i can't remember the old mtv news clip where it is profiled

i think about this a lot: Seth Godin’s first book “E-Mail Addresses of the Rich and Famous” (email addresses for Billy Idol, Toni Morrison, Al Gore, Paula Poundstone, the "voice of barney,” etc)

I'm at the residency now. which is wonderful. we should figure out a way to have a Friend Camp residency where we all hang out and work and someone else cooks and pays for it.

weird request ...but does anyone have a preferred brainstorming/oblique strategies/word cloud/whatever app? I am ordinarily pretty good at coming up with titles for projects, but in this case, it's about something that is all punned out (the future/science fiction) and i'm feeling a little bit out of it today. Nothing sounds right and maybe seeing relevant words mapped out could help

Usually I go to the Wordnik website when I'm stumped, but would like to try something new

the sharing-links-to-things-you-haven't-read lobby is entirely supporting the writing-about-subjects-you-haven't-bothered-to-research industry

right now I wish I had pieces of pottery glazed with the world “meritocracy” on them, so I could smashing them one by one on the pavement (won’t do this, but cathartic to imagine)

Posting this to remind myself to write *on the weekends* when the likelihood of a story (like the publishing grifter) to break and throw me off for the day, is low

the NYer profile of the publishing grifter (Dan Mallory) upset me the same way the Fyre fest docs did. Media/art/publishing institutions hand opportunities to people like that. Gatekeepers have been trained to eat up that kind of toxic charisma, while actual talent — modestly packaged — has very little chance of going anywhere.

i will never understand why people share links to things they themselves haven't read yet.

hahahaha i just got to the rave scene in the Expanse. A show that is ....absolutely incredible for worldbuilding and also super boring somehow in characterization and plotting?

damnit i missed movie time again!! putting it my calendar next time

also lmao at anyone who shared a link to the $5/month Buzzfeed news "membership" as if that actually could or would make a difference

i find it just a little depressing to watch people on twitter share journalism job listings that are almost certainly going to field 500+ applications and hire from within, or through networking, or totally randomly

the shutdown is sort-of over and my dad walked away from a major car crash unharmed so i guess today is...good-ish?

i refuse to let autocorrect on my phone learn "quilette" and end up texting about it with whatever comes up, usually "quilter" but also "quirk legend" etc

absolutely the best thing about winter is wearing stretchy fleece leggings under pants.

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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
  • 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 @emma

Important Bit from the Privacy Docs

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