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lol there's a note in my medical record that says that i love trees

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i know i shouldn’t be leaking these before the keynote tomorrow but i just can’t help myself

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this is just to say 

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I'm extremely pleased to launch Run Your Own Social: How to run a small social network site for you friends.

This is a guide book to running a small, tight-knit federated social network server. It comes from my year of experience running Friend Camp. It's focused largely on SOCIAL solutions, though it does touch on the technical.

I've tried to keep it technology-neutral, and it should be a pretty easy read for anyone who's been on the fediverse for a while.

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Join us for a special @IndieWebSummit edition of Dat Night around 6PM on Saturday, June 29th @rumors_studio! There will be lightning talks, time to make things, snacks to eat, and new friends! Tickets & info at

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I gave a short (15 min) talk at CSVConf last month about federated social media, trust, and how we can better define community boundaries. In particular, I discuss the importance of local-only content that never federates, and the ability to tag other servers as "trusted" and federate things only to those servers. That last idea is something I call "neighborhoods".

Non-youtube direct mp4 here:

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*slaps roof of a meter* this bad boy can fit so many centimeters in it

somehow ended up at two Teen Hotspots™️ this afternoon and the rumors are true: the kids are wearing JNCO pipes

tech 🦓​ 

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[grabs mic and talks into it way too close] instead of just participating in the uber strike on may 8th -- which you should definitely respect and not scab -- maybe you should reassess your relationship to both uber and lyft, which have effectively interchangeable labor relations

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my parents wrote down the DOS commands i needed to start programs on some notebook paper and i’d get up suuuuper early and go type them letter by letter, had to get my fix, no time to put on pants

omg y’all i asked my mom if she had pictures of me on the computer and she was like duh you were always on the computer

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🚨🌳🌷 April Dat Night is 1️⃣ week away! 🌱🌻🚨
Join us at 6PM on Monday, April 22nd!
This month we're hosting a p2p study hall of sorts. Come share your current projects & ideas, and meet some new peers & collaborators.
Tickets & info at

this is a single use (!!!!!!!) oscilloscope from 1962 used to record nuclear bomb tests, the green part swung open is basically a polaroid camera; put in some film, detonate your bomb, grab the photo of the output and haul ass away from this thing because it’s both very hot and dangerously radioactive after the blast

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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!