Sean Tilley

Metamora, United States

A geek, apparently.

  • 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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  • 2016-07-15T06:38:25Z via To: Public

    New Experimental Theme - Bookish


    I've been wanting to make something like this for a while. Bookish is a variation of the #Hubzilla layout that makes use of only 2 regions instead of 3. The goal is to emphasize long-form content as well as a more blog-like layout.

    It's still pretty experimental, and I'm still playing with it. I'm thinking of allowing color customization for the main color highlights, and I'd like to investigate the best way to set the Cover Photo widget just above the profile tabs. I'm pretty happy with where things are going, though.



    Check it out at: #^
  • 2016-07-15T04:55:41Z via To: Public

    Tom Waits - Drunk on the Moon
    by Sapir Yakov on YouTube

    Tight-slacked clad girls on the graveyard shift
    'Neath the cement stroll
    Catch the midnight drift
    Cigar chewing charlie
    In that newspaper nest
    grifting hot horse tips
    On who's running the best

    I've been getting into #TomWaits a bit more, and I've been really enjoying both his earlier and later music. His voice is much less rough here, and sounds like a slanted, edgier version of Frank Sinatra or Harry Connick Jr.

    And I'm blinded by the neon
    Don't try and change my tune
    'Cause I thought I heard a saxophone
    I'm drunk on the moon

    I'm particularly impressed by his hooks, which sometimes shifts the music in a strangely pleasant way.
  • 2016-07-13T06:32:15Z via To: Public

    The new #Jamendo looks ridiculously nice. I'm going to use it for a while for the sake of #CreativeCommons music discovery.


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    Drawback is you can no longer search by license. For me, that's a show-stopper.

    Douglas Perkins at 2016-07-14T04:27:41Z

  • 2016-07-12T06:36:02Z via To: Public

    Where is the Anarchist Vegan Free-Software Creative Commons Cooperative that I can run away to?

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  • 2016-06-30T17:38:28Z via To: Public

    We Distribute now has a wiki!

    Although it is merely a humble beginning, I am very excited to be building out a wiki for @We Distribute . #Hubzilla ships with a ligthweight integrated wiki feature now, and I hope to use it to the fullest. I may also be interested in opening up the wiki for collaboration editing at some point, though you will need to use Hubzilla to do so.

    Thanks to @Andrew Manning for developing this amazing feature, and for putting up with my many questions involving getting the thing to work. :)

    You can see a small (very incomplete) preview of what's to come here: #^We Distribute - The Federation Wiki

    #decentralization #federation
  • 2016-06-16T21:51:24Z via To: Public

    This is true horror.


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    totally running my plates

    Kete Foy at 2016-06-18T23:05:07Z

  • 2016-06-16T18:48:23Z via To: Public

    "If organized religion is the opium of the masses, then disorganized religion is the marijuana of the lunatic fringe." - Robert Anton Wilson


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  • 2016-06-15T20:15:26Z via Web To: Public CC: Followers

    Hooray, is back!

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  • 2016-06-05T19:42:11Z via To: Public

    Good luck with understanding anything.

    Started working on this guy again. I've been procrastinating for a while because the overall piece is very complex, and requires many different layers. On the bright side, #Krita is an amazing app for drawing with a pen tablet, and has allowed me to develop an entirely new coloring technique all on my own.

    I may offer prints on this one, it has a much higher resolution and level of detail over previous works.


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  • 2016-06-04T18:27:20Z via To: Public

    This is fucking hysterical. #MongoDB

    Episode 1 - Mongo DB Is Web Scale
    by gar1t on YouTube

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    I had used the Teletubbies....big HUGH!! :-)

    gledof at 2016-06-04T18:41:44Z

  • 2016-06-03T17:43:14Z via To: Public

    Just got this bad boy in the mail. #MythicLegions #Kickstarter


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  • 2016-06-02T01:42:33Z via To: Public

    Oh, Todd Terje, what have you done to me?! I've got 800 names in my rolodex, and they're all yours.

    Delorean Dynamite
    by Todd Terje - Topic on YouTube

    #ToddTerje #NowListening
    Terjerine dreams...

    lfam at 2016-06-02T02:49:44Z

  • 2016-06-01T17:32:04Z via To: Public

    This dude is a piece of shit and has no place in being any kind of spiritual leader.

    #^James Dobson: Kill Transgender People Using Public Bathrooms


    Evangelist James Dobson says transgender people using public bathrooms should be shot.

    In an anti-Obama rant the Focus on the Family founder said that transgender people using public restrooms should be shot. Writing for World Net Daily Dobson complained about President Obama’s order to “every public school in America to open all its bathroom facilities including those that are in use by a member of the opposite sex.” Dobson wrote:

    Would you remain passive after knowing that a strange-looking man, dressed like a woman, has been peering over toilet cubicles to watch your wife in a private moment? What should be done to the pervert who was using mirrors to watch women and girls in their stalls? If you are a dad, I pray you will protect your little girls from men who walk in unannounced, unzip their pants and urinate in front of them. If this had happened 100 years ago, someone might have been shot. Where is today’s manhood? God help us!

    In short, Dobson is giving Christians permission to shoot transgender people using a public bathroom.

    #Transgender #LGBT

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    >> Sean Tilley:

    “[...] Evangelist James Dobson says transgender people using public bathrooms should be shot. [...]”

    So very "christian" of him...

    JanKusanagi at 2016-06-01T20:02:20Z

    >> James Dobson:

    “100 years ago, I walked into the wrong bathroom, and then, they shot me!”

    Kete Foy at 2016-06-01T23:24:01Z

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    James Dobson is still alive?

    Stephen Michael Kellat at 2016-06-02T02:54:07Z

  • 2016-06-01T17:16:19Z via To: Public

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  • 2016-06-01T15:25:05Z via To: Public

    I've been really enjoying #LibreFM / #GNUfm recently. It's a very good alternative to #LastFM - it'd be interesting to find unobtrusive ways to hook it into federated web applications. It integrates really well with my music player.

    You can see mine here: #^

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    LibreFM is nice, I've used it on and off. I just haven't found a good use case for social/sharing of music listening for myself :-)

    sazius at 2016-06-01T15:39:34Z

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    I'm not that concerned about it. If the CIA can determine that I'm a dangerous person because of my listening habits, so be it.

    Sean Tilley at 2016-06-01T18:09:51Z

    > Sounds a bit like you have Nothing To Hide.

    Nah, I've always thought of that argument as a bad one. Of course people have things to hide. It's just that I'm not that worried about music listening habits. Can someone scrape that data and monetize it? Probably. But I'm putting it in a public place willingly.

    Sean Tilley at 2016-06-02T17:46:08Z

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  • 2016-06-01T06:08:20Z via To: Public

    Apparently, #IStandWithHateSpeech is trending on #Twitter right now.

    Humans are truly fucking disgusting sometimes, aren't they?

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  • 2016-05-26T04:31:11Z via To: Public

    San Francisco, CA

    As we peer along the horizon next to the coast, we see that the sky is cut up with black lines of all shapes and sizes. Coupled formations of patterned bricks, iron, and glass stretch from under the crust to boundless heavens, looming above all that walk the earth. As we glance along Mission Street, we can observe two things: it is raining, and someone is late for work.

    Harry Johnson stands erect against the storm, dripping from the endless downpour of rain. Wet, tired, and beaten, he fumbles his way down the colorful sidewalk. His phone is dead, and his wallet is empty. Even his Pebble watch is running on emergency battery, since it hasn’t been charged all week.

    Around 21st Street, his bladder had started feeling full, and he could feel a chafing in his loins from his sweaty day-old underwear. Now he is at 14th, rushing to get to 10th, and is wondering to himself whether his inability to find a bathroom was due to being in a rush, or if he just has too much anxiety to deal with strangers right now.

    “Happy Tuesday!” a homeless man covered in blankets calls out. Harry tries to ignore it, and then hates himself for doing so. At the very least, he could feel good about feeling bad. If he turned around, maybe he could give the bum his leftover $10 burrito.

    Fuck that. He needed that.

    He tries to avoid his guilt by changing the topic. If Harry had any sense of spirituality, he could try to comfort himself with thoughts about God or Karma or spiritual oneness, but none of those things mean anything to Harry. Instead, Harry tries to think of old video games, and he smiles to himself.

    He even dares to enjoy humming tunelessly, the bastard.

    God, he needs to pee so badly. He can’t take his mind off of it; his thoughts were captivated by flowing watery imagery and heavenly singing about release. Words repeat in his head over and over. He wish he lacked the pride to simply find an alley. Pissing his pants in little league was easy, so why worry now? #UnfinishedFlashFiction #RandomWriting

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  • 2016-05-24T17:29:37Z via To: Public

    "Because blockchain is consensual, after a certain point of centralization, the rules of the system depend on very few users. For example, the bitcoin “update” would be unviable if the two more Chinese mining organizations had refused to implement it. A network of nodes designed this way has a power structure with clear centralizers—the owners of infrastructure—that in the end presents a threat to the distributed future of the Internet."

    #^The blockchain is a threat to the distributed future of the Internet


    The blockchain will be very useful for registering large corporate capital markets and making cross-border banking transactions, but as a system for the development of everyday applications on the Internet, it’s a danger to the distributed structure of the network.

    In effect, this particular distributed technology will essentially be beholden to relatively few actors - the few that can financially afford to run their own blockchains and hold a mass of data. Trying to depend on it as an end user unfortunately creates more problems than it solves.
    No doubt it'll be great for businesses and the finance industry. But for user-facing distributed communication systems, it will be next to worthless.

    Discovered via @Bob Mottram

    #blockchain #distributed

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    I agree that the bitcoin style blockchain is vulnerable to this. However, to say that it's because of "consensus" is wrong; there's a spectrum of consensus resolution methods, and bitcoin's method is just one.

    For example, Stellar's consensus protocol provides a path out of trusting actors who become untrustworthy while still providing a general consensus system.

    Christopher Allan Webber at 2016-05-24T19:40:09Z

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    That's all very well and good, but the larger problem with blockchains is that they're relatively heavy in terms of memory size. The article lists an example about Twister that is very compelling, in the sense that in order to use Twister, one has to download the entire blockchain to local memory first.

    In a sense, this is a very real limitation of leveraging the power of the blockchain to end users - if anything, only entities that could afford dedicated resources would be able to do anything with it. This is all very well for treating the blockchain as a banking ledger, which might inevitably happen, but for distributed communication networks that have any level of activity on them, this could actually end up causing more harm than good.

    Sean Tilley at 2016-05-24T20:46:18Z

    Take a look at SAFE,, which doesn't even have a proper blockchain and thereby sacrifices transparency and verifiability for performance, and the reason is exactly that they want to build not primarily a financial system, but "user-facing distributed communication systems".

    Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) at 2016-05-25T06:35:23Z

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  • 2016-05-22T23:24:33Z via To: Public

    Sean Tilley updated his profile photo


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