Sean Tilley

San Francisco, CA

A geek, apparently.

  • 2018-12-20T01:57:51Z via Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Who still uses these days? Asking because I'm legitimately curious.

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    Yeah @ben, I noticed some of your activities say things like "drank a beer at This Brewing Company". That's pretty cool, I didn't know you could do custom activities like that!

    Sean Tilley at 2018-12-20T23:39:55Z

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    Oh, hi, I'm still here. You keep coming and going yet I'm still here.

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2018-12-21T03:34:06Z

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    I think that was one of the main ideas behind, that every action is an (v1) entry like post, like and ones that my script uses like listen.

    ben at 2018-12-21T07:32:16Z

  • 2017-07-24T17:31:54Z via To: Public

    The #Front inbox app we use for team collaboration at work just got an update recently, and it's Pretty Terrible™.
  • 2017-07-23T23:13:27Z via To: Public

    It's time to take my broke ass down to the grocery store with a cup full of coins. #CoinStarLyfe
  • 2017-07-23T22:23:12Z via To: Public

    Site migration's almost done. Cross-posting's all set up for syndication, protocol support's turned on too. Now I just need to get pictures!
  • 2017-07-23T20:41:47Z via To: Public

    Today, I'll try to scrape up data off of some of the other Hubzilla hubs I've been residing on, and I'll import them back into my site. With luck, I should be able to recover posts going all the way back to 2014. :)
  • 2016-10-11T06:43:36Z via Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I can now safely claim to be a city dweller. After an argument over my taking of a parking space, I have returned to find that someone smashed out all of the windows of my car.

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    It stinks that some jerk did that. at 2016-10-11T13:23:46Z

  • 2016-10-07T00:06:09Z via Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Seeking Collaborators for We Distribute

    When I started @We Distribute , I did so in the hopes of covering all of the exciting development going on in the federated / distributed communication space. I somewhat envisioned the channel to serve as a topical analogue to the likes of OMG! Ubuntu or WebUpd8.

    Coverage has always been somewhat spotty, due to my own personal time constraints, as well as the fact that I am sometimes behind on covering announcements from various projects. While I hope to once again get back in the saddle soon, I'd like to take the opportunity to reach out to my contacts within the space.

    In #Hubzilla, it is possible for multiple people to administrate a channel. This includes collaboration on the integrated wiki (found here, in its sparse form) as well as post creation and scheduling. From there, We Distribute federates to Diaspora and Friendica, and cross-posts to, Libertree, and GNU Social.

    In short, I am looking for volunteers who would like to write updates for their projects of interest (#Diaspora, #Friendica, #Hubzilla, #Pump, #Libertree, or anything else), and help coordinate on putting together regular updates for the rest of the federated web to read. We Distribute is something of a meta-syndication, in the fact that it is leveraging the federated web to report on the state of the federated web.

    If anyone is interested in this undertaking, please shoot me an email:

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  • 2016-09-05T20:45:08Z via To: Public

    Sean Tilley updated his cover photo

  • 2016-09-04T01:05:08Z via To: Public

    Thoughts on shutting down

    I am sorry to say that I can no longer afford to host my own hub. In moving to the Bay Area, I have realized that rent costs a much higher amount than it does in Peoria, even in a shared housing situation outside of SF.

    Currently, I spend $200 a month for hosting. Some might argue that's a disproportionate amount, or that I bought an overpowered server to host my hub on. Maybe that's true. However, I have come to realize that I might need to take a step back from hosting for a while so that I can sort out other aspects of my life.

    Obviously, I have very much enjoyed using #Hubzilla and seeing it develop into a thing of beauty has been very rewarding for me. I have particularly enjoyed developing themes for it. There are many other facets of the platform that I wish to continue exploring.

    I wish to still be a part of this great community. If anyone is running a community hub and would be willing to host my channel and @We Distribute there, I would be happy to migrate.

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    I really hope you will consider moving your server to a $10/mo VPS from DigitalOcean, Linode, Vultr or similar.  It would be a shame to lose some diversity in the ecosystem.

    Benjamin Cook at 2016-09-05T16:33:51Z

    Currently, I am on DigitalOcean. I'm not sure a $10 VPS will be quite enough to host a Hubzilla instance comfortably.

    Though, it is an interesting thought...

    Sean Tilley at 2016-09-13T18:34:04Z

    I'm hosting two Friendica servers, one GNU Social server and an old Statusnet server with a total of estimated 100 users on a "real" server that costs 50 Euros per month. It has 16 GB memory in total. My old virtual server with 32 FGB costed about 40 Euros per month.

    Ike at 2016-09-13T20:46:59Z

  • 2016-09-04T00:31:50Z via To: Public

    From a sociological point of view, this made for a fascinating read.

    #^Discrimination by Design


    "You can’t talk about discriminatory design without mentioning city planner Robert Moses, whose public works projects shaped huge swaths of New York City from the 1930s through the 1960s. The physical design of the environment is a powerful tool when it’s used to exclude and isolate specific groups of people. And Moses’ design choices have had lasting discriminatory effects that are still felt in modern New York.

    A notorious example: Moses designed a number of Long Island Parkway overpasses to be so low that buses could not drive under them. This effectively blocked Long Island from the poor and people of color who tend to rely more heavily on public transportation. And the low bridges continue to wreak havoc in other ways: 64 collisions were recorded in 2014 alone..."

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  • 2016-08-30T05:53:28Z via To: Public

    Ship of Theseus

    Fun idea for a #Hubzilla webpage: tell a story and modify it with javascript. The effects of the javascript fire off as the user scrolls through the story.

    I've been wanting to create a story that changes and rewrites itself. Perhaps you've scrolled down to the end of a paragraph, and when you scroll back up, you notice that the last thing you read is already different. Maybe parts of the story have transformed in a way that


    The structure of a sentence can be maintained through leverage of a language template. For example, the structure between the two sentences below are nominally the same.

    Version A
    The weight of his arm hung heavy as he grabbed his gun.

    Version B

    The ballast of her shoulder shifted slightly as she gripped her sword.

    To some extent, entire sentences and paragraphs of this nature could be crafted, then stored in a bank of text snippets. If the snippets are composed in a coherent fashion, they can be interspersed through a template that assembles the story.

    In a sense, this is Mad Libs with sentences.

    From there, divs are referenced through something like Twitter's scrollspy library, which can then tell a script what part of the page the user is focused on. We can guess which paragraphs are out of view, and change what they say by loading another sentence bank within a defined set of regions.

    From here, two parallel halves of a story can be woven together to forge a larger narrative.


    Multiple points of reality overlap one another to tell a multifaceted story. Something has broken, either in an individual person's point of view, or in the way things actually work. Different shreds of reality get the point across, while referencing a macguffin device that causes the whole story to be the way that it is.

    Maybe someone has the macguffin and it can directly affect the people living in the other stories somehow. Positively or negatively.
  • 2016-08-29T17:00:51Z via To: Public

    If you like Hubzilla, consider making a donation!

    #Hubzilla now has a landing page up and running on BountySource's Salt tool. Salt lets donors support their favorite FOSS projects with either a one-time donation, or a rolling monthly contribution.

    #^Support hubzilla on Bountysource


    Hubzilla is a decentralised community server utilising decentralised identity and access control.

    I'm a big fan of the project, and I hope to see more people use and support it!

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  • 2016-08-24T23:18:04Z via To: Public

    Now that I'm officially living in the area, the true hunt for an apartment in the SF Bay Area begins. I am sending applications and emails all over, and intend to tour a number of different places throughout the week.

    If anyone in the area knows of a place that's available for under $1.1k per month, please reach out! I'm considering various living arrangements.
  • 2016-08-19T17:39:45Z via To: Public

    This reminds me so much of the soundtrack to Cowboy Bebop. #ToddTerje #NowListening

    TODD TERJE - Alfonso Muskedunder
    by Todd Terje on YouTube

  • 2016-08-16T00:57:57Z via To: Public

    Turning the page

    In about a week, I will be stepping onto a plane to begin a new chapter in my life. It's pretty surreal to think about - to be frank, I never thought that I would get to this point.

    I am finally in the process of moving to San Francisco. This is five years after I started working for a little startup company in the SF Bay Area, a Mission Street company of people trying to hack together a social network on their own terms. That I even became employed there is an utter fluke, and is the fulfillment of a juvenile dream of mine.

    Things have changed. Their focus has shifted, and over the last three years, we have worked together to help nearly 2,000 crowdfunding campaigns from Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. I was their first hire at this new venture, and have grown into a role where I get to solve hard problems every day. I have acted as a remote worker in all that time, from my dining table in #Peoria.

    Part of me is beyond excited. Part of me is terrified. Part of me is very, very sad. I wish that I could take the people involved in my life and take them all with me. Life doesn't work like that, though.

    In taking this next big step, I am leaving behind everything I've ever known and loved. I am saying goodbye to my closest friends, who have had a massive impact on how I live my life. I am saying goodbye to my family, who I already only see every once in a while. I am saying goodbye to a town that I am comfortable in, and I am saying goodbye to someone who I am madly, passionately in love with (and always will be).

    I've cried a lot about this, because it's painful. In fact, I'm still crying right now. But this move is something that I have to do for myself. You can't finish a good book if you never proceed beyond a comfortable chapter. Otherwise, there's not much of a story.

    To everyone who has been present and close in my life - thank you for being here for me. Thank you for opening up and sharing so many beautiful things about who you are and what you care about. You have given me so much drive to keep living, even at the points where I felt like I didn't want to anymore.


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    It's been great watching you grow over the years. Hopefully, you'll grow even more through the challenges you're taking on with this relocation. at 2016-08-16T01:21:14Z

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    I have family and friends out there, hope you find an affordable place to kip.

    B. Ross Ashley at 2016-08-16T01:44:41Z

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    Yeah, best of luck. Seriously :)

    AJ Jordan at 2016-08-16T03:39:37Z

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    Good luck, and be patient. Re-creating 'home' in a new place takes time, but it can be done with friends that help (in the old and new place).

    Laura Arjona Reina at 2016-08-16T13:36:08Z

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  • 2016-08-09T21:38:55Z via To: Public

    Idea for a #RenPy-based game: you work in a call center for secret paramilitary operatives like Solid Snake. It's your job to gather and assess information for the operative so that he doesn't get himself killed in action.
  • 2016-08-09T03:05:54Z via To: Public

    You can cover a lot of people with a blanket statement, but it won't make anybody warmer.

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  • 2016-08-03T15:58:34Z via To: Public

    Hanging out in Indiana with the #BackerKit team. We're getting ready to set everything up for #GenCon 2016!

    Thomas from Team BK, playing Pokemon Blue on his PocketCHIP.

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  • 2016-08-01T17:28:44Z via To: Public

    I know some people probably don't like Chelsea Manning for her involvement in leaking classified information, but punishing someone with indefinite solitary confinement for an attempted suicide is about as inhumane as our prison system can get. It's bad enough that the prison system refuses to recognize her gender transition, and is all too happy to put her alongside male inmates without any consideration for personal safety.

    This situation just sounds hellish all around. You may think that this is a justified way to treat a prisoner, but frankly nobody deserves this.

    #^Chelsea Manning Faces New Charges, Indefinite Solitary Confinement Related to Suicide Attempt


    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning received a document from Army officials today informing her that she is being investigated for serious new charges related to her July 5th attempt to take her own life. If convicted of these “administrative offenses,” she could be placed in indefinite solitary confinement for the remainder of her decades-long sentence.

    #ChelseaManning #prison #transgender

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    The alleged "reasoning" behind this is so outrageous!

    Bd Sn at 2016-08-01T17:48:58Z

  • 2016-07-18T14:50:47Z via To: Public

    When a system cannot admit fault in taking a person's life (despite a vast body of evidence), then the people must stand up to denounce it.

    #^Is California preparing to execute an innocent man?


    Kevin Cooper was sentenced to death in 1985 for the brutal slaying of  Douglas and Peggy Ryen, their 10-year-old daughter Jessica, and 10-year-old Chris Hughes in Los Angeles.

    Petition here: #^


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