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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

did a manual correction of some time tracking in org-mode and accidentally entered the wrong hour number and amused to see the time tracking entered as negative

glad I fixed this so I don't have to pay my clients for this time helping them

setting up the shell of the website using Haunt

why wouldn't you want to define your website layout in sexps, just sayin'

tired: I bought this device, but it isn't a real computer
wired: I bought this device, but it isn't a computer I control

no idea why mastodon's web interface, when logged in, is mostly fine but the mastodon about page eg when logged out on this ancient x200 nearly grinds the computer to a halt

that seems... nonsensical

Since I don't really have functioning opengl on this machine I'm back on stumpwm, but enough time in gnome leads me to keep moving the mouse to the upper left when I mean to switch workspaces again...

man, forgot how noisy this machine is. I probably need to open it and clean out the fan.

otoh it's already really nice to have a proper second monitor again.

Well I'm back up and running again on ye olde X200 for now.

Things seem to be working... I'm going to miss having opengl support until my main machine is repaired tho

Well, I was able to get up ye olde x200 up and running with guixsd again

I'm gonna miss stuff like opengl in the meanwhile ;P

server issues too

feeling depressed by all these problems happening at once when all I want to do is make cool things

gonna go lie down for a while

Trying to move from one computer to another because my main machine is having problems and my backup server is deciding that now is a great time to start flaking out too.

Why does everything have to break at once...

Chris Webber, the co-editor of ActivityPub (which enables Mastodon, Pleroma, Peertube, etc.) is inventing the next generation protocol for decentralized social games & online collaboration.

It is really important work.

I am convinced that there are institutions out there that would give him a grant to work on this.

Foundations? Boston-area universities? If you know of one, please consider nominating him!

Please boost!

@cwebber The nation state is not even all that old and is really born after feudalism as a new sort of bureaucracy - "rule from desks" - replacing the royal council. Bureaucracies excel at self-preservation and so don't usually dissolve by themselves.

I posted this last year in my neighborhood Facebook group

China's Communist Party is attacking and disappearing Marxist students who are fighting for workers' rights

I get frustrated by things, but I really am privileged to be able to live a fairly magical life where I can work on the things I think are really important and which matter. Trying to use that to build things so that others can too.

Emailed Purism tech support. The good news is that I do have other laptops I can use that are in not great but functioning shape in the interim, it's just going to be some extra time to set them up again (which I'm a bit short of right now, but at least I have options)

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Octodon is a nice general purpose instance. more