Today, May 1, is International Workers' Day! It commemorates the sentencing to death of eight anarchist workers in Chicago who were framed for throwing a bomb at police who attacked a strike demonstration in May 1886 https://shop.workingclasshistory.com/products/the-incomplete-true-authentic-and-wonderful-history-of-may-day-peter-linebaugh
Hi new fedi folks!
I run a mastodon instance on the fediverse called Cathode Church. It’s aimed at trans folks (or genderweird, questioning, yknow), especially makers & tinkerers. This includes writers, coders, and more — or you could just like the vibe.
If this sounds like you, or people you’d like to hang out with, first up, check out the Tenets (rules & expectations): https://cathode.church/about/more
Then if you’re still keen, apply for an account on the homepage.
If you’ve got any questions about the instance, or my role as admin, or how I run the server, feel free to contact me. If you’re curious about our moderation practices, @moderation publicly toots about major moderation decisions.
@zebark All true. but in fairness, ActivityPub was only published and stable in 2018. Twitter happened a decade earlier. And the visibility issue is going to be a challenge here, once any of these instances gets really larger. It's my lay understanding that just the database issues will radically change with millions of instance users, vs thousands. Assuming that's all solvable, it's absolutely a better model to start from going forward.
WOW. Yeah I've been on mastadon for like only five days now but I'm already flabbergasted at the world that should have been... https://www.w3.org/TR/activitypub/#Overview
Like literally how did we all agree to just NOT have interoperable social networks??? Looking at the activity pub docs makes it clear how ridiculously easy that would have been. You want my content? Just GET my outbox. Want to send me something? Just POST to my inbox. The server can be anything you want, just format your messages in this (VERY INTUITIVE!) way. It's so simple it's STUPID.
I'm very new to all of this, so I'll admit that there's a lot I don't know, but what is painfully obvious right now is how, yet again, the tendrils of Capitalism have fundamentally altered the STRUCTURE of the Internet to make it less open, less empowering and generally WORSE for most users. However, what's also becoming clear is that it does not have to be that way, and being here is in some small way, bringing about that better possible future.
Excellent post-mortem on the influx of users to Fosstodon after Elon Musk bought Twitter (or tried to?). https://hub.fosstodon.org/elon-twitter-post-mortem/
I mostly use this account for posting art, but I also help run an arcade nonprofit called Death By Audio Arcade in New York!
We are currently looking for indie arcade games to show for a 3 month residency on the Wondercab, one of our arcade machines that lives at Wonderville!
If you're a game designer who's always wanted to see your game in an arcade, please submit! It's free! (but please only submit games that you made)
FYI for newbies
Twitter has algorithms to get you engaged. Mastodon does not. So in order to enjoy Mastodon you have to take some time to reach out and find content and follow folks that you enjoy. Don't expect Mastodon to send you random popular posts to keep you engaged, you have to curate your own feed. But this is good! It gives you control.
This is utterly delightful.
I’m John (He/They). I’m a game designer, creative technologist, digital gardener and FOSS enthusiast. I like thinking about systems, futures, rocks and time. I’m about to graduate from ITP at NYU where I’ve been making a variety of oddities.
Excited to find friends!
The Cretaceous Period (145 to 66 million years ago) seashore in Alabama vs how Alabama voted in the 2016 election: