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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

I've realized several times in the past though that many peoples' exposure to decentralized/distributed systems is only "blockchains", so that leads to a lot of confusion. Other systems are available, such as the classic actor model.

Nobody has really standardized what a blockchain means though so honestly you can argue that git with signed commits is a blockchain.

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tired: blockchains solve everything

tired: blockchains don't solve anything

wired: blockchains (meaning merkle tree + distributed consensus) solve a very specific problem at high cost: a global ordering of events in a decentralized system

Well that was probably as overwhelmingly directed of a response as it could have been.

Writing down my final observations for later and going to go take a nap. Thanks, internet!

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I'm either on the verge of a breakthrough or exhaustion.

yes yes yes YES I am seriously making progressssssss

Brief update: CapTP things are starting to work, omg omg omg omg!!!!

Ok time to go offline again!

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I am going to work mostly-offline for the rest of the week, until I have a working CapTP prototype. I'll be back on occasionally to check messages but won't be very responsive.

Wish me luck.

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tfw you rewrote your macro to use something that was builtin in the language because you assumed it was more performant than what you would do but actually it pretty much did the same thing you were already doing with some extra generality

There was a time where I thought (and was preparing for) being more of a front-lines nonviolent direct action activist for social change.

Instead, I became a very indirect activist... more of an communication tools plumber. But these days that's the most effective I can be...

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trying to turn my deep fear of what's happening with the world into further motivation to get work done in the limited ways I know how to push the needle :\

uspol, internet 

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