Image by tigerbarf, via The Body Is Not an Apology

"Your disability is the direct result of society's failure to accommodate the entire spectrum of human existence, NOT a flaw within you."

I have new work in this amazing SFPC exhibition at Westbeth Gallery in NYC

I'm showing letterpress prints and a short video piece based on this project (mastodon friends have seen a lot of WIP posts about these pieces)

the gallery is open tomorrow and thursday (jan 22nd & 23rd), please go visit if you're in the area and have the time! I should've promoted this before the opening but I'm really bad at remembering to do things like that!

augh my back

it's amazing how much better my back feels when I do stretching exercises every morning vs when I don't (and how much I feel it when I start again)

Reflecting on my 2 years on the fediverse, I've said some dumb shit I regret, had falling outs with people I respect and haven't lived up to the expectations of everyone.

This year I'll be working on myself, and if I've let you down, I'm sorry.

Thinking about this quote in the context of my note-taking and personal wiki obsession: 'Any system that must be perfect in order to deliver value is deeply flawed.'

So, there's this concept of "implicit feudalism" in online communities. Essentially, the vast majority of online communities - from old-school forums, to facebook groups, to large platforms like Twitter and Facebook themselves, even to fediverse instances - they're all run as dictatorships by default. It's built into the software - you'll have a top admin who has full, unconstrained power, they might delegate mods who have some limited powers, and anyone else has to listen to what these dictators and lords tell them. We talk about "federating" here in the fediverse, but each individual community - as far as I'm aware of - is a little dictatorship. A federation of dictatorships is not a free society, anymore than the UN, an international body composed of "liberal democracies" and authoritarian regimes is truly democratic. We need a way to start governing online communities through actual forms of democracy.


I've been building a Facebook Events style event organizing system for the Fediverse. It's based on the simple, open source, privacy-respecting event organizing tool

The attached video is a work-in-progress preview and shows compatibility with Mastodon. My hope is to get it working with lots of software, including stuff like Friendica that supports events and calendars.

Check out more at my Patreon:

Strip personhood status from corporations and give it to our rivers, lakes, mountains and forests

ROMAN SOLDIER: halt, strange person! where are you from?
TIME TRAVELER: i come from the future. what are your names?
ROMAN SOLDIER: my name is QUINTUS, as i am the fifth child in my family. my comrade is SEXTUS, for he was the sixth child in his family. what is your name?
ROMAN SOLDIER: [starts counting on his fingers as his eyes open in fear]

Very excited for @manyver_se to finally be released on iOS! SSB is a lovely group of people and fascinating bit of p2p tech that mirrors human social relations. An iOS release makes the community much more accessible

Tired: micro-aggressions
Wired: micro-compassions

2020 is the year of Linux on the Desktop because only GNU/Linux users run desktop machines anymore

are you an internet user? do you feel like a giant noob in terms of security habits, practices and software? would you like to make your communications a bit more difficult to barge into, perhaps protect some files specially well?

i'm offering free practical infosec guides for newbies, not very technical stuff that can be used day-to-day along with an assesment of what you might need.

:boost_ok: I'm desperately looking to help out, so seriously, hit me up if you're interested.

* no TSA/security theater
* no ID checks or mandatory gendering
* free wifi
* quiet car (the conductor cheerfully described it as "a library-like atmosphere")
* not overbooked (i have both seats to myself at the moment)
* normal atmospheric pressure and air circulation
* get to watch the landscape zip by
* traveling slowly eases jet lag and locale disorientation

highly recommend

Very happy to have found and the fediverse in 2019. Feels like a much more suitable home for me as a social simulacra into the 2020s

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