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So I have an announcement. I sent an email to my work saying that I wanted to be able to focus on my work on taking advancing the federated social web to the next level. Read: better security / abuse resistance, richer interactions, virtual worlds.

How will I be funded to do this? I don't know. I do know that the state of the political world scares me enough that I feel I have to do this. If you want to support me:

Wish me luck. More updates soon.

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privacy is your local scope where you perform your local reasoning

maybe people who don't think privacy is important are okay with programming by only mutating global variables

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the safest way to use computers is still abstinence

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Hi! You may most likely know me as co-editor of ActivityPub, the decentralized social network message which is more-than-likely how you're actually receiving this message!

Other things you may want to know:

- I'm a user freedom activist (free software, free culture)
- I post a lot of leftie politics stuff
- Expect lots of tech posts around lisp, decentralized network stuff, obscure-ish programming history

"about to be murdered" is a convenient time to quit

@hiemstra X11R5 was a markov bot with a few different outlets, most of them shut down now. Most famously, it was on, the main hub of the fediverse, where it absorbed and spouted licensing and FOSS and programming nonsense all day long. My favorite bot of all time.

The Twitter version acted more like a hyperactive tweenager.

There was also a "news podcast" named "cybersauce world news", pulled from the weekly news, read in a monotone robot voice. I listened to it regularly.

Old X11R5 quotes, from the , all from a single page

> Gnome's help is not unix
> fontana, imo (biased), it's almost universally true that makes any given right clearly than . But we're debating v2
> Juggling video codecs, resolutions, aspect ratios, pixel aspect ratios and bitrates in my hand
> Why don't i have no privacy

X11R5, you live on in my heart

people make all sorts of neural network bots today and none of them are IMO as funny as X11R5 was, a simple markov bot

Monday night I was working on my dissertation until 8:30 then prep for my Tuesday am class until 1. Tuesday night we had a guest speaker & a dinner so I was on campus until ~9. Yesterday I was grading until 10:30. But after class today I get to hop a plane to MA for the weekend! Tonight I get to see @cwebber , pet my cat, and take a weekend away from grading and research :)

I really miss @mlemweb, but conveniently I will be picking her up from the airport tonight! Looking forward to this weekend together.

Biking to the coffee shop wearing the only hoodie (and not particularly thick at that), which is the only warm article of clothing I know where it is, at 35F this morning convinced me that I should get some other warm articles of clothing

so much has changed and so much has stayed the same on the fediverse in the last 10y

I'm so close to the end of this thing for my current job, and then I'll finally have some breathing room

but in the meanwhile I'm feeling stressed and depressed.... I've gotta deliver on it tonight... people are counting on me... I've been burning at both ends for a few week trying to leave people in an ok space...

Updated list of #ActivityPub projects in development and/or ready to use:

Twitter -> #Mastodon and #Pleroma

DropBox/Google Drive -> @nextcloud

YouTube -> #PeerTube ( @Chocobozzz )

Instagram -> @pixelfed and @anfora

GrooveShark -> @funkwhale

MeetUp -> @GetTogetherComm

Medium -> #Plume ( @BaptisteGelez ) and @write_as

Reddit -> @prismo and Anancus ( @tuxether )

Google Calendar -> @calendar_social

Feedly -> #ReadAs ( @write_as )

500px -> @peerpx

#Fediverse #federation

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