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My cat woke me up at the crack of dawn and I've been unable to get back to sleep. So far this morning:

  • I wrote in my journal
  • I watered the garden
  • I thinned the carrots (a long overdue task)
  • The wiring in the sconce in my office seems to have fritzed out (the bulb went out and no matter what bulb I put in, it won't light up)
  • My domain still isn't showing the proper CNAME records, so SendGrid can't authenticate and I can't continue setting up my for-friends Friendica server.


It's a mixed bag, but I'm feeling grouchy about it. I'm about to write a friend a letter; perhaps that will help me feel better.
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And I learned the word "sconce". Small victories.

 

This is your occasional reminder that right-libertarians and anarcho-capitalists don't actually care about abolishing tyranny. They just want to privatize it.


 

I thought I'd be able to open my Friendica server to friends as soon as my reverse proxy was set up, but it turns out I still need to figure out how to set up an email server on a VPS and use it for system emails so that Friendica password notifications, etc. actually get delivered.

This project is neverending! And I feel like I'm missing crucial information for setting up a mail server.
 
Yes, otherwise your Friendica node will try to use the built-in mail() command, which relies on whatever MTA is installed on your server.
 
Roger that. Thanks, Hypolite.


 

This is cool.
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Wait, it's at the intersection between my home street and my kid's school street!

 

RT @jialanw
Oh dear. Yup. Second graph actual data from California.

Rational expectations is utterly dead to me. # # #
Image/photo

 

Fun with home network administration: All my sites on one machine went down because I forgot to tell that computer's firewall to allow traffic from the proxy, so it dutifully blocked it.

(facepalm)

 

I'm setting up my dedicated Friendica server now, and with it up and running, I now have the following computers in my house:

  • Desktop
  • Laptop
  • Wife's laptop
  • Household server
  • Friendica server
  • Raspberry Pi reverse proxy
  • Raspberry Pi emulator

...plus smartphones and a tablet, of course.

This escalated quickly.

I also need to figure out a nice way to store my servers so they're not just sitting on the basement floor...
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I absolutely love everything I'm hearing about the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone in Seattle.

We need more of this. We need more examples that help people see that maybe, just maybe, anarchism isn't the scary thing they've been taught it is.

 

@Friendica Support

What's the difference between folders, categories, and tags on Friendica? They all occupy a similar conceptual space in my head, but I know they function slightly different from one another.

If I can understand the differences, I may work on updating the documentation to be clearer about this.
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As I see it (and it might differ from officially intended use):

- tags are, well, tags. They federate and can be used across various systems (not just your server but others too, including different social platforms) to categorize posts, search for them, form trends, users can subscribe for tags that interest them.

- categories are Friendica-only feature and they allow to sort your posts by topic so you can find them later. Categories are public so visitors of your Friendica profile can browse your posts by category.

- folders are another Friendica-only feature, another way to categorize posts. They are non-public so only you see your folders. Also you can save others' posts into folders so you can find them later. If your server expires old posts, it is possible to exclude saved posts from expiration.
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This is exactly the kind of explanation I was looking for. Thank you!

 

I was today years old when I learned about Inkscape's "Inset" and "Outset" features.

God, I love Inkscape.

 

my copyright reform wish list (US-based):

[ ] copyright lasts 5 years automatically, can be renewed for 5 more years after that, then it's public domain
[ ] illegal to demand a creator transfer ALL copyrights in order to receive payment/awards/work contracts
[ ] if the creator dies less than 10 years after the work is copyrighted, their descendants cannot claim the copyright unless a transfer is stipulated in a will or other contract. otherwise public domain

 

Oh damn oh damn oh damn.

I got my reverse proxy working. Which means I can now have multiple servers on my home network.

Which means I can finally set up my dedicated Friendica box for my instance for my friends! 😁

 

I don't think I really understood what it was like to have my morale boosted until I saw this video from a 2018 French protest of a retired boxer beating back riot cops.

 

The FBI’s Washington Field Office “has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence” in the violence that occurred on May 31 during the D.C.-area protests over the murder of George Floyd, according to an internal FBI situation report obtained exclusively by The Nation.

 

if you're feeling like this isn't worth it, or afraid there's no point, or that riots don't work

here's a Minneapolis councilman saying that the council is looking into how to entirely disbanded their police force and replace it with something entirely different

https://twitter.com/MplsWard3/status/1267891892722831361?s=19

 

It is thanks to the work of Black Lives Matter activists and organizers that in the last week, police abolition has ceased to be an unspeakably radical idea.

 

What are the appropriate feelings for when the president of your country vows to use the military against civilians, for when people of color continue to be murdered with impunity by police, for when 100,000 of your countrypeople have died to a pandemic due to government inaction, for when the federal government has threatened to punish websites whose behavior they dislike, for when journalists are being shot at and arrested, for when there appears to be a full-scale mass mutiny by the highly-militarized police because their ability to commit brutality unchecked was threatened?

Asking for me. Because I'm feeling so lost and empty and wrecked right now.
 
Anything except "delighted" I suppose. I'm in the same wreck.
 
I'm with you in solidarity, Hypolite. This is a hard time.

 

A standard RPG dice set has seven dice: d4, d6, d8, 2d10, d12, and d20.

I really just want a set in deep, rich, translucent gem tones, a different color of the rainbow per die.

 

"OH GOD WHAT'S WRONG--oh I had beets last night."

Every fucking time.

 

Saw all those reports about Trump taking aim at 'social media companies' so I took a look at what he's pushing to be amended: https://www.eff.org/issues/cda230

This isn't "social media companies", or "businesses", it's *everything*. Every website every forum every Fedi instance, every FTP server and gopher hole. Absolutely everything.

I severely doubt they'll go ahead and change/revoke this because it'll make all forms of accessible servers liable for whatever snippets of media is on them as if the server owner themselves has authored them.

What's odd is how the media keeps focusing on the 'social network' aspect and not noticing the magnitude of what we're talking about. You'd think they'd notice. :blobthinking:

Full legal text: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/47/230

 

This is a year old, but it's a nice primer on some of the tactics that Hong Kong protesters used effectively. Good to keep in mind.

I'm curious if anyone has any other consolidated English-language resources on practical mass protest tactics, whether from Hong Kong or not.

 

Twitter: Respectable Lawyer on Twitter (Respectable Lawyer)


 

Could barely sleep last night because of anxiety.

I finished Sarah Kendzior's Hiding In Plain Sight this week, and it's chilling. It is so apparent that we're witnessing an autocratic consolidation of power, the transformation of a (nominally) liberal democracy into an autocracy.

Bill Barr, supposedly in charge of ensuring laws are applied justly, chuckles and says history is written by the victors. The president's unelected son-in-law says there's no reason right now to believe the election won't be held on November 3rd as planned, suggesting that's even up for debate. Today, the White House is preparing an executive order that will weaken Section 230 protections because "conservative viewpoints are being censored".

It's happening so quickly. And it seems nobody wants to see it.

 

I set up a Git forge on my home server today. It was remarkably easy, and though I still only barely understand Git, it's really cool that I can host my own.

I've got my own personal Git forge. I'm working on my own little social network for my friends and myself (as seen here). I've got my own little cloud thanks to NextCloud. Bit by bit, I'm pulling my data back under my control, and I love it!

I'm really looking forward to leaving Goodreads. I'm eagerly watching @Readlebee and @[email protected]'s Book Wyrm, because federated social reading? Yes please.

# is so rad.
 
Good question! I think it's an intersection of learning more about Git in general, getting more comfortable with directly editing configuration files in an open-source operating system, and exploring self-hosting more.

I set up a repo for my homepage on there. I don't need it for that project, of course--I could obviously just use Git locally, and will continue to do so--but I figured it was a good learning opportunity.

In the future, I may use it with a friend as we work on customizing and developing add-ons for my Friendica instance.

 


 

I think I’m starting to understand Git?

To be clear about where I’m coming from and what this means, I’m not talking about the intricacies or the inner workings or anything like that. I have spent a couple years completely baffled by the absolute basics of Git, while also recognizing it as a useful tool and kinda fumbling around to interact with it for other people’s projects.

But I think I turned a corner today where I realized how useful it could be on my own computer and for my own projects, and I set up a Gitea instance on my personal server. I think I’m starting to understand the barest minimum.

And hey, that’s kinda cool! 😀
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Observations from a Pandemic


I'm gonna use the comments on this post to share observations from this weird time.
 
"Stay safe," reads the reader board outside a Sizzler.
 
I'm forgetting how to live in a city. My car feels unfamiliar. When I walk down the sidewalk, the bubble of my awareness is smaller. I almost forget to look both ways before crossing the street.

 

Spotify is buying up all the popular podcasts and removing them from the commons in order to drive you to their platform.

Podcasts have somehow stayed open access, built on standards, and just (mostly) work. Moving them to a proprietary platform just so a few people (ie: not you) can make money is bad for everyone who isn't making money. (ie: you.)

 

computing enthusiasts: microsoft is supporting linux apps in windows and adding DX support! this is amazing!

me, cynical:
embrace
extend <-- you are here
extinguish

 

I have a radically different idea for dealing with this problem.

Twitter: steele on Twitter (steele)


 

It is somehow both incredibly empowering and incredibly disheartening to identify that the source of my computer's recent freezing and stuttering appears to be running out of memory and swap space.

Empowering because, yay, I read the logs and noticed something!

Disheartening because, crap, now what?

I can add swap space, but I'm more curious about why this is happening so I can fix it at the source.

 

I'm so happy to have found Friendica and the Fediverse. I first discovered Friendica back in 2014, when I was just starting for the first time to think about federated social networks. Now, 6 years later, not only am I running my own instance, I'm also a few projects away from opening it up to my friends and actually hosting my own social network.

My biggest contribution to the project is typically dropping in on Github issues to make feature requests, which I'm sure makes me a bit of a gadfly. But I have deep appreciation for @Hypolite Petovan and the other devs who keep this amazing project running.

Happy birthday, Friendica!

Today is #, the 12th birthday of the first post published on the # by @Evan Prodromou on #.

Back in late 2016 I'm glad the # (comprising OStatus/ActivityPub-compatible social networks) and the # (comprising Diaspora-compatible social networks) welcomed me when my # account was frozen and I was (and still am) too stubborn to give in to their demand to give me back access to it.

I've been contributing to # ever since, mostly through dogfooding through my own single-user node.

Happy Birthday to us and thank you to everyone who has contributed or still is contributing to this mind-boggling common project.

 

Getting my printer/scanners working on Ubuntu is driving me up the wall.
 
These are all supposedly the same printer.

I just want to pick a printer from the Print dialog and have it work, damn it.

 

Can't see the colors red or blue without devolving into factional fury? Hate touching things of the bad colors? Is it ruining family game nights? We made a version of a card game that won't provoke your inchoate rage, because this is fine and normal.

 

The existence of billionaires (and, soon, trillionaires 🤮) is morally repugnant.

Hypolite Petovan reshared this.


 

Twitter: Jennifer Wright on Twitter (Jennifer Wright)


 

My thumb keeps drifting toward the Twitter icon on my phone this morning, and then I remind myself, "I'm having a lovely morning, why would I ruin it?"

Trying to break the habit of starting my day with the hellsite.

 

Friendly reminder: "X as a service" is just a misleading corporate euphemism for "pay forever for not owning it".

"Software as a service" actually means "pay forever for not owning the software".

"Games as a service" actually means "pay forever for not owning games".

"Infrastructure as a service" actually means "pay forever for not owning the hardware".

And so on.

There is no "cloud", it's just other people's computers
 
Here's the deal. More and more software becomes exclusively "as a service". And corporations deliberately use the language reserved for goods to advertise their services.

"BUY this song on iTunes" sets the expectation that this song will stay with you forever.

"BUY this live-service DRM-protected game" sets the expectation that this song will stay with you forever.

It won't. It can be taken away from you any moment. For no refund.

"as a service" - is a deliberate propaganda term to set the narrative of "ownership being obsolete".

"No one is confused here" is a pretty disingenuous statement. Ross Scott talked about this in terms of games, there's a video link in the thread.