"A fundamental flaw occurred in our design; we over-valued the role that instances should play altogether. While there is nothing wrong with blocking an instance or two, the network effect of having this be the foundation is re-centralization."

This paper by @cwebber is so good. It analyzes foundational problems inherent in the current state of federated social networks and then looks toward developing a solution.


CW: Sexual harassment in STEM 

Re-posting this 🐤 thread from 2018 which, sadly, is still relevant:

#WomenInSTEM who talk about #harassment and sexual misconduct get a lot of antagonistic & unhelpful replies.
@shrewshrew and I (a woman & a man in science) tried to categorize them. #9ReplyGuys



Jupiter photographed by NASA's Juno probe this Tuesday…

Garden sprites

After a cold night and low morning sun, the moisture captured in the wood of my garden fence evaporates into wisps of steam that dance and sway in the breeze. It is mesmerising to watch.

#photography #BlackAndWhite #steam

The #kubernetes registry is moving!

Images for control plane components, as well as for the "pause" container (used by the "pod sandbox" for every pod) are moving from k8s.gcr.io to registry.k8s.io.

This will give you faster image pull speeds (yay!) *but* might break some scenarios; e.g. if you have some IP address filtering in place for the registry.

For more details →


at some point maybe it would be worth doing a fediverse thread breakdown of the ideas in ocappub gitlab.com/spritely/ocappub/bl and how the work has continued over at @spritelyinst because everything I wrote in 2019 is now super, incredibly relevant

(I am anticipating a crash/collapse of the fediverse in its current form at a not too distant future; hopefully we'll have more answers ready by then, but this is a multi-year project)

Having run my own test mastodon server, I can tell you that boosting is REALLY important. That's how posts propagate between servers that are not federated together.

I may get a bit technical, and it can be hard to describe but it's something like this:

Let's say that you have 2 servers, A and B that are not connected. They have their own federated timelines that is vastly different.

let's assume they have their users @a@A and @b@B that are mutuals. If user @a@A sees something interesting on theirs federated timeline and boosts it, user @b@B will see that on their own home page. But more importantly server B will now know about and download that post, and everyone else on B server will be able to see that post on their own federated timeline!

And that's why you boost, guys! It helps posts to spread.


transgirls take over the future of the p2p internet 

My dear friend @mikaylam did a fresh implementation of the blog example code from Heart of Spritely for finishing her undergrad capstone spritely.institute/static/pape

We did a multiple-stakeholder-interests-upheld demo with (for convenience) a very minimal web rendering also, from this section of the paper spritely.institute/static/pape

This is fully peer to peer, using Spritely's distributed networking code. It might not look like much, but it's an awesome moment. Mikayla had to be able to understand all the core ideas of Spritely and independently implement and explain each to get to this point. Nice work.

Oh, and... just wait till you see what the text says. @mikaylam took a better screenshot of that, I'll let her follow up with it.

Beautiful illustration of where people are concentrated.

If you squint, you can see Australia and New Zealand.

Map by Alasdair Rae visualcapitalist.com/cp/3d-map

Je vais faire un petit point sur une polémique qui agite le monde de la « lutte contre la désinformation » autour de « Facts and Furious ». Si vous ne savez pas de quoi il s’agit, faites qqes recherches sur Twitter et YouTube (taper Idriss Aberkane + Facts and Furious par exemple).
Il s’agit d’une polémique qui montre hélas très bien les angles morts du « tout au factchecking » que nous sommes plusieurs à pourfendre depuis des années. Cc @juliehaviland2 @stephlamy

don't tell the pigeons, but i rather like magpies. this australian woman was rescued by some wild magpies & became quite a #magpie whisperer. #birds #birdwatching #wildlife


Quand Hubert Vedrine donne une leçon de journalisme.

S’il fallait UNE vidéo pour décrire les limites de l’«information» en continu, ce serait celle-ci.

Implacable leçon de journalisme.

#politique #médias #Vedrine

In case you don’t believe the same equations govern #motion in the #atmosphere and the #ocean.

Video by Tristan Heth in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

So, the European Union has set up its own Mastodon instance, EU Voice, as an official channel/platform for all its many institutions - what a great initiative social.network.europa.eu/about
#TwitterMigration #europe #Diplomacy #Transparency

h/t Richard Hull @Richard_Hull

Le rapport Meadows, "Les limites de la croissance" fête ses 50 ans.

Ce document, commandité par le Club de Rome, a marqué les esprits et il est devenu une référence incontournable.

Mais connaissez-vous le Club de Rome ? Cette instance est encore en activité et vient de publier son 54ème rapport (Les Limites de la Croissance étant le tout premier) Earth For All, A Surviving Guide For Humanity.

Petit résumé ⬇️ ⬇️

#ecology #ecologie #limitesdelacroissance #rapportmeadows #clubderome

If you enjoy someone's post on #Mastodon go ahead and click the star. If someone tells you that's meaningless because there's no #algorithm, ignore them. Sure, boost the post too if you want others to also see the post, but don't think telling someone you like what they posted is somehow unimportant. In real life I don't tell someone, "good job," or "well said," or "I love that," for the sake of some algorithm, I do it because I'm human and they are too. It's fundamental to being truly social.

Our Father on Mastodon,
Harold be thy name.
Thy follows come,
Thy toots be done,
On the Fediverse as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily boosts,
And forgive us our replies as we also have forgiven those who have replied against us,
Lead us not into Twitter,
But deliver us from the evil one, Elon Musk.
For the kingdom, the power and the favorites are yours forever,
Amen 🙏

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A private instance for now :-)