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

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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)

This is absolutely typical Lucky behavior when I’m trying to pack for a trip.

This is how we make big plans for 2019 in our office.

Oh also episode one didn’t have opening credits, but episode two does, and these credits rule very hard.

I just watched my first ever episode of “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure,” and I can’t even express how elated I was when it ended and it did the “to be continued...” / Yes’s “Roundabout” thing from the meme. That’s where it’s from!!

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who called it the fundamental frequency and not The Mighty Mighty Bosstone?

Most years I don’t realize it happened until it’s over so I intend to maximize my enjoyment this year.

It’s AGDQ time! I really love watching AGDQ streams.

Saw a great horned owl for the first time ever today, and also this guy!

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The Audubon exhibit is my favorite thing at this museum. My second favorite is that they use “New-York” in their name as a hyphenated compound adjective. They take this so seriously that their acronym is “N-YHS.”

The New-York Historical Society has a huge collection of Audubon prints, and each month they pick a different bird to do an exhibit on. This month is the prairie warbler.

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I’m finally watching “Mission: Impossible: Fallout” (cool colon set-up). Tom Cruise is so fun to watch doing action things, so I’m very excited.

I'm one of those people who wished "Blade Runner 2049" was slower so I could see more of the sets and buildings and stuff. Even Ridley Scott thought that movie was too slow.

I think the old guy from Yemen at the bodega is worried about my health. He split a chia-seed juice thing with me and wouldn’t let me leave until I took a handful of his roasted almonds with me.

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An old man two tables away just said “I just watched Spider-Man 2 this week, and it was excellent.”

The son just recited the “Michael with a B” vine for the family. So wholesome, so exquisite.

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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

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!

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