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Walkaway Chapter 2- Spoilers ahoy 

There are good ideas in this book on federated social interaction, that the 'default' of their world maps to the silo-ed social media giants of ours. We are the people that choose to walk away, with all the pain that leaving our friends and families in the 'default' entails. Some of us schleppe our entire social media persona across with us, but eventually pare it down to the bare-bones ID's we have now.

Even our ability to choose to defederate from other instances embodies the walkaway ideal. If an instance is not amenable to moderation requests etc, you can just defederate and walk away. If there's anything the book tells us, is that we hold the power of our own social structure, and that those who refuse to be good people will inevitably end up lonely, on the losing side of history.

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Walkaway Chapter 2- Spoilers ahoy 

Every time I read this book, I'm taken with how similar the walkways are to our fediverse.

We have the ability to create these hubs of humanity, make them our homes, talk to other hubs using an open standard. We can integrate the best features of these instances into our own, make changes and put them out there for any other instance to use.

If an instance becomes hostile or abandoned, we can export our data and walkaway. The federated walkaway process is similar to that in the book. You can join another instance or create your own, keep the best of your old instance, or just start new.


Hey, any reason that my Tusky (stable) refuses to auto complete people when I try to @ them?

the magic potion is stored in the gauls.

Anyone got a handy guide for young adults just out of Uni, on how to actually human and live? UK specific, if possible.

Boosts appreciated.

Walkaway, Ch. 1 

Doctorow said the many names for Etc. was inspired by his eastern european background, where his relatives would have many different names, giving name, Yiddish name, Americanized name when they came to the states...

You can see similar in his book Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, where the characters names change through the book.

The character Etc. has said his parents picked his names from an old census list of names. Doctorow has said that's how he might choose character names, if only as placeholders, take from the top for common, the bottom for uncommon.


So what to read for the #TechnicolorRainbow book club?!

Thinking something easy because of the holidays coming up, short stories are always good.

But I think a good inaugural read for this Fediverse bookclub would be Walkaway by Cory Doctorow, a techno utopian revolution-against-capitalism-and-the-rich burning-man hacker post-scarcity-gift-economy novel.

It's been talked about before here, so we know it's good material, and if you already read it then don't need to read again but if you do then it should be an easier one.

But any and all suggestions welcomed, if anything ideas for next reads.

Walkaway, Chapter 2 

I've always wondered how well a git-based organisational system would work. Ideally, its sound, as issues can be raised and cleared, there's wiki functionality, and a history of work.

The ideal of communal living has always been interesting to me. The idea of doing things according to your ability to them, because they need to be done, rather than reward, is very much utopic. It reminds me a little of the Federation in Star Trek.

Most of the time, when I speak to people about it, they bring up the same sort of negative argument that's posted in the book, that people can just be lazy and let others provide for them.

β€œIt doesn’t work at all in theory. In theory, we’re selfish assholes who want more than our neighbors, can’t be happy with a lot if someone else has a lot more. In theory, someone will walk into this place when no one’s around and take everything. In theory, it’s bullshit. This stuff only works in practice. In theory, it’s a mess.”

a new (to me) twist on the joke-punch-line-winking-dog meme.

and Q!

CW for alcohol reference, pun, eye contact


i like to eat spicy food when i'm sick cause i like imagining the germs dying in a fire

Flight attendant: Is there a doctor onboard?

Dad: *nudging me* that should've been you

Me: Not now Dad

Dad: Not asking for a Developper to help, are they?

Me: Dad, there's a medical emergency happening right now

Dad: Go and see if β€œIt's GNU/Linux, not Linux" helps

Oof. Generating a vanity domain is pretty CPU intensive.

Once that's done, I'll be able to link it to my mastodon node!

Until then: slowness :loading:

Happy all! Elliott has had a busy day of begging for food and sleeping, so is taking a well-earned nap!

For anyone that's running a instance on :

Do you need an entirely separate mastodon instance for both Tor and Clearnet, or can you effectively have both addresses point to the same server?

Boosts welcome.

Just tried to upgrade the RAM on my server with a shiny new 8GB stick....

Looks like it's DOA. Now I have to send it back to amazon and wait for a new one. My poor ESX server. Looks like another 4 days wait (at least). :REEEEsuka:


Private Internet Access (PIA VPN) is getting bought by Kape and the new owners have a shady past and have been known to sell user data.


So, when attempting to use git to manage my Mastodon instance...... :battery_full:

I managed to pull the branch that had none of my custom changes, and a completely different docker-compose file. :battery_ok:

I then proceeded to bring up my mastodon, screwing with all of my containers. :battery_low:

For whatever reason, it refused to revert container names and volumes, however much I tried. :battery_empty:

After eventually switching to the correct branch, and judicious use of 'docker-compose down', everything came back up!

But no luck, as my reverse proxy couldn't see the server. :loading:

One nginx restart, and logs started flowing! :battery_full:

We're all back online now, but I blame @mike for giving me well written instructions that I dutifully ignored.

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