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: https://conf.activitypub.rocks/#cfp
We invite proposals for birds of a feather topics and 30- 60 minute talks related to ActivityPub. Register online (https://conf.activitypub.rocks/#register) or feel free to email us with questions (firstname.lastname@example.org )
New episode of @fossandcrafts! @mlemweb and I are joined by @vickysteeves to talk about open and reproducible research, FOSS and library sciences, and even a conversation about what the FOSS world can learn from game modding communities! https://fossandcrafts.org/episodes/21-vicky-steeves.html
My favorite episodes are ones that emphasize interdisciplinarity and gosh does this episode ever meet that criteria!
It was also great to have a chat with someone whose interests in academics, computing, and fiber arts intersect so much with my own!
I'm supposed to be editing the next episode of @fossandcrafts right now, but due to the state of US politics I think the only real options are to either continue doomscrolling or all out escapism. Productivity doesn't seem likely tonight ...
And now for a VERY important episode of @fossandcrafts to me... Episode 20: Hygiene for a computing pandemic https://fossandcrafts.org/episodes/20-hygiene-for-a-computing-pandemic.html
Both handwashing and ocaps involve a kind of "Don't X where you Y" (I'll let you fill in the biological version). The evidence for ocaps is overwhelming (see show notes). Let's make computing safe!
Wash your hands, save a life.
Separate identity and authority, save a user.
On this week's episode of @fossandcrafts @cwebber and I take an ambling drive through the snow dusted Berkshire mountains and ponder on the necessities of hygiene both for the real life pandemic and a computing pandemic.
Episode 20: Hygiene for a computing pandemic https://fossandcrafts.org/episodes/20-hygiene-for-a-computing-pandemic.html
How can we give users a safe and healthy computing environment?
We explore a solution with ample evidence (ocaps), and explore parallels with the (retroactively surprising) fight for handwashing acceptance.
I'm using the time I would usually be traveling during Christmas week to record demos of me spinning with various drop spindles and distaffs and dressing and weaving on the Roman 2 beam loom I built for the Experimental Archaeology Addendum of my #dissertation
Really excited about the just-released episode of @fossandcrafts: "Mallory Knodel on bits and bytes and human rights"! https://fossandcrafts.org/episodes/19-mallory-knodel.html
We talk a lot about the overlap between tech issues and human rights, so it was a real treat to have on Mallory whose job is literally about that connection! I had no idea of the historical overlap between defining human rights and defining tech standards!
This week on @fossandcrafts we talk to Mallory Knodel, Chief Technology Officer for the Center for Democracy and Technology, about why it's important to have diverse interests represented within technical standard-making.
Episode 19: Mallory Knodel on bits and bytes and human rights https://fossandcrafts.org/episodes/19-mallory-knodel.html
Mallory Knodel joins us to talk about being a public interest technologist at a social justice org and the (historical, even!) overlap between defining both tech standards and human rights.
Me: Shivering in a long sleeve shirt and a sweater
@cwebber : "You look cold ... Why are you cold?"
Me: "Because we have different preferences for how to heat our house in the winter"
@cwebber : Goes to thermometer, "what? it's already set at 65!"
Me: "Exactly! I'd prefer 68, you'd prefer 62, so I shiver at 65
@cwebber : magnanimously bumps it up to 66 and I go back to huddling under a blanket at my desk.
We also happened to discuss how both @brainwane and @cwebber had used their hobby skills to make fundraising materials for @conservancy . It just so happens that the Conservancy is once again in the middle of their annual fundraiser, so if you're in a position to do so, maybe consider contributing? https://sfconservancy.org/supporter/
Let's get crafting folks!
New @fossandcrafts episode where @mlemweb and I interview our friend @brainwane about... well, all sorts of things! Sketching, standup comedy, maintainership, learning skills in "no big deal contexts", fanvids, etc etc etc... https://fossandcrafts.org/episodes/18-sumana-harihareswara.html
But also just every time @brainwane says something, I end up walking away and thinking about it... pretty much all the time. If you enjoy this episode, you might want to read more of her writings! https://www.harihareswara.net/writings.html
Episode 18: Sumana Harihareswara on sketching, standup, and maintainership https://fossandcrafts.org/episodes/18-sumana-harihareswara.html
We're so excited to have @brainwane on the show! So many great topics our title couldn't capture them all... also "no big deal contexts" for learning skills, fanvids, and more!
When editing @fossandcrafts sometimes we have guests and have to do "multi-track editing" in audacity... which is a bit more work than single track. @mlemweb sometimes edits but previously only did the single track ones but I wrote up a tutorial for her... so why not share it with you? https://dustycloud.org/misc/audacity-multi-track-tutorial.txt
For a long time I've said semi-jokingly, "Don't worry, nobody takes my ideas seriously." I've used that as a self-defense mechanism so that I can a) be humble and b) explore ideas that seem promising but are not yet popular.
But people seem to keep taking me seriously, especially lately... so... maybe I need a new strategy...
Digital Humanities, Roman Material Culture, Textile History, Art History PhD Candidate, Free Software in Academia. Code weaver: Racket and Python.
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