2016-09-04T01:05:08Z via deadsuperhero.com To: Public
Thoughts on shutting down deadsuperhero.comI 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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2016-09-04T00:31:50Z via deadsuperhero.com To: PublicFrom 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 deadsuperhero.com To: Public
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.
The weight of his arm hung heavy as he grabbed his gun.
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 deadsuperhero.com 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 deadsuperhero.com To: PublicNow 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.
2016-08-16T00:57:57Z via deadsuperhero.com To: Public
Turning the pageIn 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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2016-08-01T17:28:44Z via deadsuperhero.com To: PublicI 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
2016-07-18T14:50:47Z via deadsuperhero.com To: PublicWhen 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: #^http://www.savekevincooper.org/pages/petition.php
2016-07-15T06:38:25Z via deadsuperhero.com To: Public
New Experimental Theme - Bookish@Themes+
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: #^https://github.com/deadsuperhero/hubzilla-themes
2016-07-15T04:55:41Z via deadsuperhero.com To: Public
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 deadsuperhero.com To: PublicThe 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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2016-06-30T17:38:28Z via deadsuperhero.com 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
2016-06-16T18:48:23Z via deadsuperhero.com To: Public"If organized religion is the opium of the masses, then disorganized religion is the marijuana of the lunatic fringe." - Robert Anton Wilson