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This is my #introduction to the Fediverse. My name is Levi, I am a #nerd.

I spend most of my time trying to find ways to improve life through the application of technology. I am an avid #SelfHosting advocate and have a fairly extensive #homelab setup.

More recently, I have been exploring ways to reduce my reliance on #BigTech and to embrace more #decentralized tools.

If you want to follow the professional side of these endeavors, check out Nerd Butler where I continue to evolve tools and techniques for people and businesses to do more with their technology and wrestle back control of the tools and services that affect our lives every day.


Unsurprisingly, #LinkedIn is the last large #social media platform I am engaging with. Still plenty of value there for me. It makes me think that the #toxicsocial nature of platforms occurs when they get too large with no specific purpose or context. A large community can work if there is agreement on social norms. The norms of LinkedIn are close to the norms of a corporate workplace. It keeps guardrails on interactions in a way that purely "social" platforms can't replicate.

I showed this to my wife. She got upset.

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In the latest Vergecast, they joked about The Verge mastodon instance and that somebody will just do it

I guess, I am that software developer with a vengeance: https://theverge.space

#TheVerge #mastodon
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On related note, https://glitch.com is *awesome* for ActivityPub/Mastodon hacking /cc @anildash
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ok so i just wanna say: Buster Keaton would have RULED TikTok.

- silent comedy meant to be accompanied by music
- clever use of editing and backgrounds (see fig. 1)
- dangerous stunts people would totally try to copy

thanks for coming to my TED talk 🐘

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my high school history teacher once showed us a bunch of buster keaton films and for the first 30 seconds we were like "this is gonna be so dusty and lame" and by the end we were rolling in the aisles
@prehensile my introduction to him was the National Film Board of canada classic, The Railrodder. i seem to remember it being his only colour film? it has sound, but he never speaks.
@prehensile Silent comedy in general holds up better than anyone expects, but Keaton in particular is timeless. I think it’s to do with his laser focus on the visual gag.

Chaplin was great too, but his sensibility was more Victorian so his work tended to tilt towards melodrama, which as a genre declined in popularity 100 years ago and never really came back again.

Keaton feels more modern because he doesn’t care about the plot. It’s just there to provide scaffolding for him to construct gags around. You don’t feel him straining to make you cry the way you can with Chaplin; he just presents you with these exquisite little puzzle boxes and dares you to figure out how he built them.

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There are three main timelines on here:

🏠 Home - Posts from people you follow, plus posts featuring hashtags you follow

👥 Local - Public posts from people on your server

🌎 Federated - Public posts from people on any server

On the official Mastodon app, Local is known as "Community" and can be accessed by clicking the magnifying glass 🔍 and scrolling across to the Community tab.

There are no algorithms hiding or moving stuff. You see all the posts for each feed in chronological order.

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I think of the timelines as Friends, Neighbors, and Neighbors’ Friends respectively (home, local, federated).

Friends’ Neighbors come through when friends boost them.

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First edition of the Building the Open Home newsletter for 2023 has landed! 💌

https://building.open-home.io/open-home-approval-factor/

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I have not read one of your newsletters before, but the "Home Approval Factor" section is exceptional. Thank you for that and for continuing to work on building an inclusive community. It is rare to see any kind of organization bring public attention to anything that doesn't paint it in the shiniest possible terms. Planning to use your newsletter as an example when I am talking with people about online communities.
Thanks so much for this. The old WAF term always felt anachronistic in how dismissive it felt. It is a good change if a bit overdue and I'm glad to see my favorite OSS project pushing it!


Whether you care about open source home automation or not, you should read the section of this newsletter entitled "Home Approval Factor" What a great job of addressing sometimes thorny issues in an online community. Done here with understanding and grace. Big props to @Home Assistant

I have not read one of your newsletters before, but the "Home Approval Factor" section is exceptional. Thank you for that and for continuing to work on building an inclusive community. It is rare to see any kind of organization bring public attention to anything that doesn't paint it in the shiniest possible terms. Planning to use your newsletter as an example when I am talking with people about online communities.


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Happy users make us proud of the work the #Nextcloud community does every day!
“Best open source software I ever worked with”

“This product is a MUST for anybody who cares about data security and data sovereignty”

Favorite on Capterra, thank you! 😍

https://www.capterra.com/p/161572/Nextcloud/reviews/

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I've been running my own instance for my family for years now and I'm loving it.

i couldn't figure out how to load the image from a url but this is the webpage and it is better because there is more contextual information https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/hogarth-gin-lane-t01799
is there a robot/maker hub?

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Big thanks to #ElonMusk honestly. Although he misleadingly frames it as "your" fault, what he is explaining here is that #Twitter's algorithm is designed to pour oil on every fire it sees.

Some of us have been pointing out how dangerous that is for years now.
Elom Musk tweets:
"Trashing accounts that you hate will cause our algorithm to show you more of those accounts, as it is keying off of your interactions.

Basically saying if you love trashing *that* account, then you will probably also love trashing *this* account. Not actually wrong lol."

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During his 50-year career drawing Peanuts, Charles Schulz avoided strips that touched on political issues. He made a notable exception when it came to book banning with a series that started on October 23, 1972, more than 50 years ago. You can read all 15 strips through this link. Enjoy!

https://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1972/10/23

#LoveForTexas #DefeatTedCruz
Peanuts cartoon strip. Linus and Sally at a librarians desk requesting "The latest book by Miss Hellen Sweetstory." Linus reacts, "BANNED?!!" He turns to Sally saying, "It's been banned from the school library! I can't believe it! How could anyone bane such a neat book as "The Six Bunny-Wunnies Freak Out"?

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Lmao. Our job is safe, folks.

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Another in the series of "I bet you didn't know Nichelle Nichols did this!" In the late 1970s, Nichelle worked with NASA on minority recruitment for the space program. The first astronaut class after NASA put out the film below included people who would go on to become the first African-American and first American woman in space! :trek_tos_uhura: 🚀
#NASA #MLKDay2023 #RIPNichelleNichols #StarTrek

Watch "Nichelle Nichols - NASA Recruitment Film (1977)" on YouTube
https://youtu.be/Lca9_EDMcX0

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#BabyYoda Season 3. The most somber action series in history. But I'll be watching anyway.

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My latest newsletter: Maine's Bangor Daily News prints a heavily-edited version of #MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Here's what they left out: https://www.readtpa.com/p/mlk-i-have-a-dream-speech-edit?sd=pf
#MLK

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Additionally...

Here's what that paper ran on the day of King's speech...

https://www.readtpa.com/p/mlk-i-have-a-dream-speech-edit
Newspaper: Bangor Daily News, Wednesday, August 28, 1963: "Today’s the day for the much publicized “civil rights” march upon Washington. We hope it is staged without serious incidents.

At best, however, it is going to paralyze normal activity in the nation’s capital for the day. Huge traffic jams are considered inevitable. This is bound to result in wholesale absenteeism in government offices. Those who have business in Washington that can wait will stay away.

Millitant minority organizations such as the Black Muslims and American Nazi party aim to put on disruptive demonstrations of their own. A large law enforcement army has been recruited, including firemen, National Guardsmen and, on a standby basis, federal troops. All in all, we can’t think of a better place to stay away from today than Washington, D.C., the seat of the nation’s government.

And what is the purpose of this big show? To center attention on a fact which we would think every American must know by this time: that Negroes do not fully enjoy the civil rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution."

(Continued at the link in this post)

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I think it's pretty amusing how so many schools are blocking TikTok and AI sites and such from their own networks, as if the students didn't have wireless data plans on their own phones.
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Numbers don’t lie
Data depicting real life numbers between D and R administrations.

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A few observations re: the "building an audience v building a community" debate, esp as regards writers/artists/creators who are Twitter escapees: attempting to build an audience in this age of profound advertising fatigue is almost useless. Build community. Don't get hung up on overnight success, which is both rare and temporary. Instead, stick with the people who stick with you. It takes years with an s! But it's worth it.

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@djloehr @gregpak I can imagine a Twitter replacement for celebrities that is much more like how most people use Twitter: a place that celebrities announce stuff and do light interaction with fans. Distinct from Mastodon.

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In early 2023, #Mozilla will stand up and test a publicly accessible instance in the #Fediverse at Mozilla.Social.

More info here: https://blog.mozilla.org/en/mozilla/mozilla-launch-fediverse-instance-social-media-alternative/

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me, rekt, standing in the smoking ruins of the point i was trying to make as i slowly shrink and transform into a corncob: “deep lesson in this”
A Twitter thread of three tweets that say

“A simple question to ChatGPT vs Google. ChatGPT delivers a precise and concise answer. Google can do neither.”

“But ChatGPT's answer is wrong. It should be 7:00 min/mile”

“Deep lesson in this”

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Why are ethics questions always like:
"is it ethical to steal bread to feed your starving family?"

And not:
"is it ethical to sell bread when families are starving?"

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I agree with most of this list (10 best #sci-fi books of all time). But let's debate a bit. I am baffled as to why Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (aka the #Bladerunner book) is always included to the exclusion of #Neuromancer or Snow Crash.

I find Phillip K. Dick's books to be slow and overly symbolic. But I'd love to hear from others what I am missing. #science-fiction
https://www.werd.com/best-science-fiction-books/
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Uit @DeGroene

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@DeGroene @Noud hij is ijzersterk en daarom de post.


Looking at this site, I feel like I'm staring into the eyes of a snake. I am fascinated, terrified, and drawn to it all at the same time. I know I shouldn't sign up. For many, many reasons. I also know that by next weekend, I am gonna push that button. #chatgpt #replika #AI
https://replika.com/

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Oh wow. I know there have been a ton of debates and discussion about quote tweet functionality and whether it's good or bad (I'm on the "I think it would be good" side), @hildabast has put together a VERY detailed review of all research on the topic. Her take based on that: it is not a major vector of abuse, as some claim. https://absolutelymaybe.plos.org/2023/01/12/quote-tweeting-over-30-studies-dispel-some-myths/

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This is useful context, and I personally agree that I would like QTs to be available.

But I've come to understand that the *framing* of this question is different on Mastodon than elsewhere - less "Should everyone be allowed to QT everything?", more "People should have control over *who* can QT them".

It's traditionally been viewed as entirely about tech and society. Here, it's about *consent*. IMO, that's a healthy take on the idea...