Pinned post

"The Welfare Marketplace: Privatization and Welfare Reform" by Mary Bryna Sanger.

Pinned post

Hello! I'm Stephen. Here's a real :

I've been a lawyer for ~8 years. For 6 years I represented marginalized folks in Ohio's courts, mostly appeals. For the last 2 years I've worked in systems and data for public defenders. Now I live in NYC and work in the Bronx.

I work with , , process/systems improvement, , , , and where all of that intersects. Let me know if you want to talk about any of that! (Also into , , , my cat)

Update: saw the famous duck again. Still very beautiful, and still tons of people crowded around whenever he appears.

The mandarin duck was hiding when I visited today, but these fellas were happy enough to pose.

"Political activism here [in Appalachia] is ever-brimming with life-and-death urgency... 'Ours is a region that makes graveyards for mountains, because companies have made our mountains into graveyards,' wrote queer historian Elizabeth Catte."

This is the place where I work, and I'm very proud of the things we do here.

"The Courts See a Crime. These Lawyers See a Whole Life."

I just had my first ever Arkansas Black apple, and it was absolutely lovely. Anyone else a fan?

food! Show more

Stephen boosted

moby dick was the sailor. you're thinking of moby dick's whale

I’ve been working as a waitress in a cocktail bar.

work (+) Show more

work (+) Show more

Stephen boosted

sext: i follow through on changes while you set my intention to make changes

I'm eating an apple, and sometimes when I eat apples I think about my grandfather. He was kind, but his kindness took weird shapes sometimes. He used to bring me and my siblings fruit when he visited on the weekends, and he could perfectly slice and core an apple with just a pocket knife. He also spoke fluent Czech.

Grandpa never taught me anything about either of these skills. Instead, he and grandma would talk in Czech whenever they wanted to hide something from us.

uspol: election night prediction Show more

uspol: election night prediction Show more

Stephen boosted

uspol, election culture Show more

It’s not as shocking, but exciting to me: I also saw my first ever palm warbler today.

Show more
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

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!