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: https://www.patreon.com/cwebber
Wish me luck. More updates soon.
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! https://www.w3.org/TR/activitypub/
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
Some musings about properties of different transport systems https://dustycloud.org/tmp/vattp-routing-musings.org.txt
Updated the mega thread where I've been documenting learning about and implementing CapTP with some of the necessary toe-dipping into VatTP (or MachineTP) which seems necessary with 3-machine handoffs. Still excavating information from the past... https://groups.google.com/g/cap-talk/c/xWv2-J62g-I/m/Evq-tw5MBAAJ
So, because a lot of @spritelyproject's architectural design stems from the work on Electric Communities Habitat, I've done a lot of spelunking about its history...
But "why did it die?" I've been saying ".com crash" but... this post claims more: https://web.archive.org/web/20110723083144/http://thecan.org/in/communities.html
I'm pretty spent today coding-wise anyway. Gonna print these docs out, make some tea, relax, and go over them with a pen... the only good way to read documentation as dense as this...
Given what an enormous amount of time I've spent reading erights.org, how did I not read all the VatTP pages before I started this work...? :\ http://erights.org/elib/distrib/vattp/index.html
Also, unearthed an old review of the protocol from Hal Finney https://web.archive.org/web/20160418225821/http://www.eros-os.org/pipermail/e-lang/1999-November/003008.html
(I mean all of those steps always have some level of overlap, it's more what the level of focus is)
My work has been a cycle of co-building technical foundations, getting people excited, then community development (as people build stuff better than I would have on top), repeat?
I've been in steps 2+3 for ActivityPub for ~3 years; starting to move from 1->2 for @spritelyproject...
oh well I post what I like to post, and posting about progress keeps me excited about the work... even if it's deep in the weeds...
but making *tangible demos* is what gets most others excited (well, me too!)... so, really looking forward to what I'll be able to show off soon
This year's public domain day was a doozy, with a flood of works from the 1925 entering the public domain, including vast swathes of the Harlem Rernaissance and F Scott Fitzgerald's classic Gilded Age/coming-of-age novel The Great Gatsby.
Avatar by David Revoy (based on a tiny sketch by me)
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