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> Is man a sort of novelist of himself who conceives the fanciful figure of a personage with its unreal occupations and then, for the sake of converting it into reality, does all the things he does—and becomes an engineer?

📚 from "Man the Technician", Jose Ortega y Gasset

Here's my current goals document, what I call Doty Plan 2017:
npdoty.name/plan

I feel a little uncomfortable posting a link to this document, even though I've never put it behind access control. But maybe it's worthwhile to make our goals public.

Do others maintain a personal "mission statement" or a goals document?

* Bookmarks of mission statements (personal and organizational): pinboard.in/u:npdoty/t:mission
* Replying to Ben on his draft personal mission statement: bcc.npdoty.name/Re-a-personal-

I like this model: donate money so that organizers can mail petitions with information and pre-paid postage to people in Florida, to put the restoration of voting rights to a statewide ballot.
florida.ourstates.org/

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Now seems like a good time to remind everyone that our platform is designed to help you avoid wasting money in excessive payment processing fees.

P.S. Ruy Lopez (e4 .. Nf3) is the best opening for white, here's the paper: arxiv.org/pdf/1712.01815.pdf

AlphaZero is given the rules of chess and 4 hours playing itself in order to become the top-rated chess program in the world!?

📚 _Naked Lunch_, by William S. Burroughs.

Closely reading the text, especially in the moments most stream of consciousness, most poetic and disturbing without a clear plot, reminds me of the challenge of meditation, of focusing and re-focusing just on the current moment or experience.

Mastodon does support blocking entire instances, but those blocks aren't subsequently visible in the UI and aren't included in the blocklist export:
github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

Mastodon is also importing/exporting single-column .csv files (no metadata included, so the same format is used for blocklists and followlists), with each line as:
username@example.instance

Twitter exports and imports lists that consist in Twitter UIDs (long numeric strings), as .csv files (although there's only one column); Blocktogether supports the same. A little frustrating, since it requires an API call to turn a UID into a URL or screenname.

What format do Mastodon blocklists take? Just a list of accounts, or of whole instances too? Could we start work on a block format that works for Mastodon, Twitter and the Web in general?

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Could we use ActivityPub for playing correspondence chess in public?

I can send moves to the other player, and CC the public, and others can comment on each move, fave and boost, reply with "?" for a bad move, and replay the game later with an appropriate client. A server in the know could render the current state of the game.

On building institutions and designing for community standards:
"While I agree that the outsize power of large social networking platforms can be harmful even as it seemed to disrupt old gatekeepers, I do want to create new institutions, institutions that reflect our values and involve widespread participation from often underserved groups."

bcc.npdoty.name/Re-Tear-down-t
/cc @cwebber @aaronpk

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How do we combine (or separate) identities in this federated universe? I'm mostly @npd right now.

Should I syndicate posts to multiple accounts? Talk about separate topics on separate servers?

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!