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Announcing ActivityPub Conf 2020!

Following a successful inaugural conference in 2019, we have expanded APConf 2020 to a four day event that will occur entirely on line via Big Blue Button!

The CFP is open through July 8 at:

We invite proposals for birds of a feather topics and 30- 60 minute talks related to ActivityPub. Register online ( or feel free to email us with questions ( )

On a related note, it turns out that the length of our outline is inversely proportional to the length of our episodes. This week we had a minimal outline which turned into a much longer episode than we've put out thus far. The good news is ... hopefully it's fun ;)

This week on @fossandcrafts, @cwebber and I look at the ways people enjoy their hobbies (games/FOSS/crafts) using the framework of the "Eight Kinds of Fun" and MDA!

New episode of @fossandcrafts where @mlemweb and I apply the game design theory of "The Eight Kinds of Fun" to examine the varying things people get out of contributing to FOSS projects and crafting in general:

@mlemweb @valhalla The show is CC BY-SA and unfortunately both of us are very busy... but we would *love* help with getting a transcript up on the show. If a volunteer wants to help us by either transcribing manually or writing a script that even does a reasonable-approximation transcription of episodes, we'd be happy to use and publish that!

New episode of @fossandcrafts which struts @mlemweb's expertise: textiles and history :D

Ever wondered how the traditional process of making clothing worked, starting at raw materials? @mlemweb walks you through the process: from sheep to sweater!

Plus it turns out that spinning fiber and spinning nostalgic political narratives has gone hand in hand for millennia! Hear examples spanning from Ancient Rome to the modern day!

This week's episode of FOSS & Crafts is dissertation-adjacent! @cwebber and I talk about how textile production has been used historically to frame the narrative of a nostalgic past! Plus, I give the basic rundown of the process it takes to get from sheep to sweater.

Episode 3: Textile production and a nostalgic past

@mlemweb walks us through how traditional textile production works, from sheep to sweater!

Plus hear how narratives of spining/knitting/etc have been used to advance political agendas through history!

We have reached the point in the day where I can have full conversations with my cat that she replies to. This always makes me happy in a "maybe this quarantine is affecting me more than I thought" kind of way.

(We feed the cat at lunchtime, & near food-o-clock she gets vocal)

New episode of @fossandcrafts out! @mlemweb and I break down some ways we could see machine learning advancements impacting our work, also seen through a historical lens of other automation/technical advancements

Episode 1: Collaborative Storytelling with Dice!

Hear how narrative role playing games can be used to weave together stories as a group, how we believe this could be useful for free culture production, and how to run your own stories/games!

This morning Missy discovered a whole bag of toys that were never unpacked when we moved. I helpfully dumped them on the floor for her. She's having some trouble focusing on any one toy. Now she's just laying on the floor in the middle of them too overwhelmed to play with any of them.

I kinda feel like this is an accurate representation life with ADD as well

We've submitted the podcast to itunes etc so it will eventually be searchable via your favorite podcatcher, but for now if you want to listen to @fossandcrafts you can do so directly from the website (, or copy and paste the rss url ( in your podcatcher.

Yay! I'm co-hosting a new podcast @fossandcrafts with my favorite person, @mlemweb!

We've already put out our first episode:

More here:

(BTW we have an IRC channel, on! It could use some more internet friends!)

How do @cwebber and I's interests intersect? We made a whole podcast about it! On @fossandcrafts we're looking forward to exploring all of the interesting things the commons has to offer.

Our first episode is up now and explains our vision for the show and what led us to this point.

ActivityPub Conference CFP deadline is TODAY! Get in your proposals folks! We want to hear YOU talk!

CFP for ActivityPub Conference ends Wednesday! But why wait? Get in your talk proposal today!

Who needs a light table when you've got a clear storage container lid and a flashlight?

Just reminder that the CFP for ActivityPubConf2020 is open through July 8 (one week from today).

Visit for more info or email us at if you have any questions.

The conference will take place online October 2nd - 5th 2020.

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