I'm presenting at my first ever "academic conference" in November, and I am decidedly not an academic, but actually I think I wrote a pretty convincingly academic-sounding description for my talk!

brands, twitter 

Day two of trying to learn Arabic: I now know approximately three letters, four vowels, and no words.

park shenanigans 

Got a sunburn and a workout legal observing at Trans Day of Action today. Also I saw how great it is when people who often feel unsafe get to feel safe, but also how hard it is out here for so many people. Seriously honored to be a legal observer at these kinds of events.

I feel like our fearless leader @darius deserves better than this but it's the best I could do

@casey kinda like this one but not sure I could get the name any closer

A fun game someone on Twitter invented: try to reconstruct your name as best you can using the Pokémon fusion generator (pokemon.alexonsager.net/). Wasn't satisfied with my first name so I tried both names!

Ok I did not understand how much of a disaster these scooters were until I saw them in Baltimore. They are just all over, no designated spots, just scattered.

I made a killswitch for my guitar! My first actually completed electronics project. The goose helps me remember which side is the input. I accidentally melted a bit of the plastic enclosure while soldering. That is how you can tell it’s homemade.

I asked a coworker to test a Google Form I configured before we send it to staff, and she left this comment at the end of the survey.

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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 friend.camp and then as another user on alt.friend.camp) * 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 friend.camp users, and only ever @ mention other friend.camp 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 www.flaticon.com, licensed CC 3.0 BY. It has been modified by @casey@friend.camp!