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Gab and the decentralized web

As a proponent of the decentralized web, I've been thinking a lot about the aftermath of the domestic terrorism that was committed in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life synagogue over the weekend, and how it specifically relates to the right-wing social network Gab.

In America, we're unfortunately used to mass shootings from right-wing extremists, who have committed more domestic acts of terror than any other group. We're also overfamiliar with ethnonationalists and racist isolationists, who feel particularly emboldened by the current President. Lest we forget, when fascists marched in the streets yelling "the Jews will …

It's hard to imagine a centralized way of banning websites online.

Seems like the fediverse/Mastodon world is moving towards shared instance block lists, i.e. pick some people you trust and import their block list. For now it doesn't seem to be a proper automated feature, just random github repos like the (awesomely named) BLOCKchain.

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I'm 30 minutes into using Ubuntu 18.10, having upgraded from 10.04, and I am pretty smitten so far. Seemingly gone are the days of hours and hours of repairing all kinds of driver issues and configuration settings after upgrade! :knocks wood:

10.04?? You were actually using an 8 year old version? o_0

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Many folks share screenshots of their phone home screens. These are often intriguing to look at, but what I'm really interested in knowing is what you set as your browser homepage? Here's mine!

It's been about:blank for a few years now :) used to use some service (start… .io?) back in the day

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Hi, I'm Eli and my hobbies include:

  • Grocery shopping late at night
  • Taking the dog out for walks late at night
  • Ironing clothes late at night
  • Running...

In other words: I like listening to podcasts. Listening to podcasts is really my only hobby. I do other things as an excuse to listen to podcasts.

heh. I like podcasts in theory, but I spend too much time just doing things on my PC, so it's not a good situation for actually listening to them…

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Let Me Link to You

So wait. Where are you?

I guess I’m caught in my filter bubble again. After #DeleteFacebook, maybe you went back to your bicycle and your Polaroid camera. But maybe you’re out there still—can I still find you?

Hey, I have an idea! Just tell me where you’re at. A link to your personal blog or home page or whatever it is.

Not a business or a software project. Not a venture. Just your zany vaporwave page or your sobering, grief-stricken page or your low-key photos of old train cars page. Video, audio, telnet—whatever kind of link. …

🎉

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lemoncurry 1.10.0: what's new and what's next?

lots of stuff is new, since i haven't posted a changelog since 1.9.4! let's focus on the important things i guess?

  • all my html templates are jinja2 now instead of vanilla django - jinja2 is faster and also much more capable, since it supports pretty much arbitrary python expressions rather than a very strict specialised syntax
  • lemoncurry now natively serves avatars through the libravatar protocol, which is basically like an open distributed version of gravatar? sadly, the main libravatar server later announced that it's shutting down in october :( my implementation will still work at least, …

Awesome! I store everything as microformats2 json, even configuration and such. I kinda went overboard with the storage system though: all nested objects (like replies) are extracted into their own entries and querying has to reassemble the object, looking up any nested object by url :D This is not very fast...

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  • I’m looking for an outliner!
    • Why I’m looking
      • I’ve been creating outlines since high school. I started with pen and paper, then moved to text editors—first Word, then Google Docs, and finally, plaintext files. I’ve been creating plaintext outlines for about 5 years. I typically save my outlines as Markdown and export them using Pandoc if they need to be shared with other folks. I use outlines to take notes, plan projects, create documentation, and as todo lists. I’m a plaintext junky. Whenever and wherever I can, I use plaintext. I edit plaintext with either Neovim…

I use vim-orgmode with Orgzly on Android. There are orgmode apps for iOS too, but I don't know how good they are.