Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of AmericaWed, 01 Apr 2015 00:11:34 -0500 
My DJ friend is #homeless, and his laptop broke. He's trying to get the thing fixed, but needs a little help.

Click here to support Help DJ Bird repair his laptop.


Hey guys! I'm David Bird, Aka DJ Bird. I am a dj in Peoria, Illinois, playing for glorious establishments such as the riverfront park, the back yards of various houses, and even occasionally inside if a house or two.

I play music mostly for free, choosing to help advance my community instead, but this has left me in a precarious position. Playing 2 to 4 free shows a week for the last year has taken its toll on my equipment, and my MacBook air has had it's logic board fail. This has left me unable to spread New music to the community, and has also taken with it mastering and mixing work for several local artists and producers that I offer my skills as an audio engineer to. Many of these guys are under age, in school, and unable to afford a good engineer, so my services keep them from having to worry about the quality of their releases.

I am asking for your help replacing the logic board on my computer, so that I can go back to work for the music community of Peoria. I hope I struck a chord with you, won't you help us strike a few more?

Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of AmericaTue, 31 Mar 2015 11:55:50 -0500 
To my many #queer and #transgender friends, this is for you. Don't let people get you down for how you self-identify; you are beautiful the way you are. For those that transition, remember that you are doing it for yourself and no one else.

Thomas Willingham
 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:41:18 -0500 
I don't want everything else.  That's the only culture I like!
Thomas Willingham
 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:42:53 -0500 
Also Image/photo
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of AmericaSun, 29 Mar 2015 23:09:20 -0500 
#Shpongle was transcendent and amazing. Here's a video of the Shpongletron 3.1 in action.

#^Shpongletron 3.1
by Elizabeth Nelson on YouTube
 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:31:14 -0500 
... much fun every time!

this was while Sphongle was playing last year at Earthcore:

Sean Tilley
 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:01:30 -0500 
That's awesome! Yeah, his show visuals are absolutely mind-blowing.
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of AmericaSat, 28 Mar 2015 10:32:11 -0500 
Off to Chicago to see #Shpongle! Things are about to get weird.
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Sat, 28 Mar 2015 10:48:51 -0500  from Diaspora
easy for you to say
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of AmericaFri, 27 Mar 2015 15:24:15 -0500 
Well, I'm having a hard time walking a straight line. Seein' two of every single neon sign. Well now, you'll find me downtown, gracefully facedown, just wishin' I could be alright. #NowListening #TheDevilMakesThree

#^The Devil Makes Three - Gracefully Facedown
by Richard Wood on YouTube
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of AmericaFri, 27 Mar 2015 14:04:05 -0500 
I wish I could say that women appreciate a man who is skilled at using a semicolon in sentences; I've always been one to delude myself with hopeless fantasies.
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 07:31:04 -0500  from Diaspora
Sadly it doesn't mention punctuation.
Thomas Willingham
 Sat, 28 Mar 2015 13:00:14 -0500 
Most importantly, it's lacking a serial comma.  Illiterate fucking memetards.
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of AmericaWed, 25 Mar 2015 20:44:34 -0500 
I need to get my wiki back up and running again, but sometimes I ask myself: do I really want to go through all of that work trying to set up #MediaWiki all over again?

I know there are alternatives. I'm mostly used to MW; I like their layout and interface for the most part. But getting everything the way you want it to be is a real pain.
 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:30:26 -0500 
Well, I personally don't like MediaWiki. I'm using DokuWiki for a while and love it. It's easy to install, has many plugins and its syntax is more intuitive to me.
 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:20:08 -0500 
@Thomas Willingham That's no wiki sir. No revision control, no wikisyntax, no way to create new wikipages on the fly.

Yes docuwiki is great to.
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of AmericaWed, 25 Mar 2015 20:36:45 -0500 
The best way to ruin everyone's day would be to start a #GMO food company and name it Organic.
Charles Roth MPC
 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:52:21 -0500  from mustard
This is an unfortunate but interesting legal case.
Will Hill
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:44:38 -0500  from Diaspora
That case is a step in the right direction from prior cases where Monsanto claimed patent violation and sued the victims of contamination for damages, but the results are the same. When your formerly organic crop starts producing toxins because a GM crop was planted next door, you are no longer producing an organic crop. That destroys the years of effort it takes to get your crop certified as organic and your ability to sell at the premium you deserve.

This is why some countries have banned all GMOs, the companies making them are irresponsible and often malicious. Monsanto knows that their GM corn, alfalfa, and other crops for miles around.

For some reason, we don't make polluters pay. Our fish are contaminated with mercury that coal plants still spew. The world is covered in lead from decades of leaded gasoline, that was completely unnecessary. The total cost of this pollution is much greater than the economic gains of the few polluters.
Sean Tilley
 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 01:04:30 -0500 

I'm going to start formatting events like this.

Frankly, I think it's good practice. It might be cool to point out public events on a map.

Starts: Wednesday 25 March, 2015 @ 1:03


Thomas Willingham
 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:17:53 -0500 
One could generated a named map from the word used in location.  That's probably beginner level.
Mike Macgirvin
 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:04:43 -0500 last edited: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:06:59 -0500  
No - good call. If there's no map plugin we should just display the string.


If somebody wishes to modify the map plugin to also include the location string, since a map of 4 wheeling street is kind of missing some valuable context in the absence of the text '4 wheeling street'; please #makeithappen
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of AmericaTue, 24 Mar 2015 12:16:10 -0500 
Definitely worth checking out. I myself am not vegan, but occasionally I stumble across really tasty dishes.

Theatre XTheatre X wrote the following post 1 week ago
In case you didn't know, that #vegan cookbook I started is available to download via torrent:

#diaspora #food #diet #health #cooking #cookbook #recipes #torrent #lifestyle
Thomas Willingham
 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:56:55 -0500 
The "any old shit" philosophy will definitely keep me out of your dining room.

Mike Macgirvin
 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:15:37 -0500 
I can vouch for Theatre's personal character; he's a good guy

I originally had this perception as well, which is why I was so surprised at the choice of distribution site.
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of AmericaTue, 24 Mar 2015 12:01:11 -0500 

This was actually kind of a fun read. I have slipped into depressive states of absolute #nihilism before, but the attitude presented here actually comes across as funny and somewhat agreeable.

Nihilist FAQs
Over the past few years, I have received hundreds of questions and comments about the NIHILISTS' CORNER web site. Of the questions, the following have been the most commonly asked: The following letter is one of my favorites because it includes many of the comments and questions that come up frequently...and it's so passionately expressed. you guys...
 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:39:59 -0500 
The views expressed there are very close to my own. And yes, when I found out that nothing actually matters (I do believe in that), I became very depressive for years. Also because it was my "spiritual journey" that lead there, and such a journey is all about finding sense and meaning in life. Ultimately, it lead to me searching for truth, finding nothing, and huge amounts of belief systems dropping away one by one for years.

That was devastating. But then came the point when I asked myself: "Hmmm, but what's so bad about that, actually? Why do I feel bad because I can't any special meaning anywhere? What do I need sense and meaning for?"

And it started to get better. A LOT better. :-)

Utimately, not believing in sense or meaning doesn't really change anything at all.
 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:46:32 -0500 
P.S.: Also note that "the big black void of nothing" and "creation at play/Leela" describe the same thing.
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of AmericaMon, 23 Mar 2015 19:40:41 -0500 
This is something that I'm working on fleshing out. I think directories are something that are desperately needed on the #Diaspora side of things. If any #RedMatrix experts have any suggestions on fleshing this out, that would be extremely helpful. I intend to have something fairly comprehensive before proposing it to the Diaspora dev community.

Some pieces in the entry were borrowed from Red's GitHub wiki, so it may need some updating. I'd also love to cover some of the more recent development with directories, including designating a pod/hub as a directory server and the concept of realms.

Proposal:User Directories in Diaspora - diaspora* project wiki

This proposal is a work-in-progress. The purpose is to revisit some of the core ideas in how user discovery is currently done within Diaspora as well as the wider free web. At the moment, Diaspora has three pieces of the puzzle regarding user discovery. These three methods have historically played a part in how Diaspora users end up connecting on the network.
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of AmericaMon, 23 Mar 2015 14:55:07 -0500 
The pride of knowing the very best! Icelandic Ultra-bluuuue. #AdultSwim #Infomercials

#^Icelandic Ultrablue | Infomercials | Adult Swim
by Adult Swim on YouTube
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of AmericaMon, 23 Mar 2015 13:07:51 -0500 
Sad to see that #Libertree may be winding down in development.

We once started Libertree as Diaspora’s upstream had become unresponsive, stagnant, and even dismissive. Libertree development has reached a similar state (without “dismissive”), and recent fragmentation has indicated to me that there is no way to fix this anymore unless we got an infusion of new people to work on the code.
-Rekado, Libertree team.

Sad to see this happen. For the most part, Libertree was a small development team with an equally small but very dedicated userbase. As of today, the two main servers, Maple and Oak, are up and running, but the project is at risk of stalling out if they don't get any more developers.

It seems that at this point few people are interested in alternative social networks — myself included. I think web-based distributed social networks are the wrong approach to solving an ill-defined problem.

Michael Vogel
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 01:26:53 -0500  from Friendica
@Arto Donations do work for the big Diaspora servers. I'm personally paying about 30€ per month for the server that hosts two Friendica servers, one GNU Social server and one Statusnet server. I don't need money from my users for that. (But I really would like to get chocolate from them)

I think: As long as the servers are small, then there always will be people who are able to pay them.
 Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:42:22 -0500 
@Michael Vogel

I'm at about $60 per month, which is fine at the moment since I once again have a full-time job. As long as I can keep it, it's no problem. You're right, I think if my servers remain where they are now, maybe grow 20%, it'll not be a problem. If they do grow beyond that, I can always close new registration and re-direct new registrations to other hubs on the matrix. Keeping it small (ish) is the key.
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of AmericaSat, 21 Mar 2015 23:04:44 -0500 
@Zot Imaginarium+

Imagine if you could have a platform kind of like redred%23matrix, but it was pared down to only providing group channel functionality as a forum. Maybe a forum could be set up as a single channel, or perhaps different channels could represent different topics.

Visually, it would look like any old message board (IPB, SMF, and PHPBB come to mind), but it would allow for remote users to join the board, post messages, and privately send messages to each others' inboxes. Members could subscribe to forum channels on their own Red hosts, or just as easily only interact through the forums if they wanted to. Posts could federate to people if they wanted them to.
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Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:57:28 -0500  from Diaspora
Zot Alors!
Sun, 22 Mar 2015 11:37:48 -0500  from Diaspora
Sat, 21 Mar 2015 04:59:03 -0500  from Diaspora
No banana :(
Thomas Willingham
 Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:41:35 -0500 
Bad news, I'm afraid.  The missus says I have to sell the smiley pack to Microsoft for one billion dollars for use in Skype.  It's MIT or FFS depending on which version you're using so it won't go away, but the new maintainer is Microsoft...

I did send a letter - hand written snail mail - to the Reading office, but they haven't replied with an offer yet.
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of AmericaThu, 19 Mar 2015 17:17:24 -0500 
There is a small glitch with the affinity slider in which the right handle of the slider appears to the far right of the tool, but overall I think this is an improvement. I started using the affinity tool at the recommendation of @Mike Macgirvin to improve my stream (less memes, more long posts), and I think this actually looks really good now.

Sean Tilley
 Sat, 21 Mar 2015 23:53:57 -0500 
I started using it because I have a lot of Diaspora contacts, some of which really love to reshare picture posts. I enjoy them every once in a while, but sometimes it's nice to shuffle through to people that I interact with more.

Though, the argument could be made that Collections filtering works really well, too. They can complement one another.
Mike Macgirvin
 Sun, 22 Mar 2015 02:29:49 -0500 
There's a place for both mechanisms in our bag of tools for finding signal amongst what may appear at first glance to be noise. Everything we can use to cut through the "millions of people clamoring to be heard" and get to stuff that matters to us personally is welcome.
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of AmericaThu, 19 Mar 2015 13:36:06 -0500 
This could be a game-changer for 3D printing and fabrication.
Ars Technica - New nonstop 3D printing process takes only minutes instead of hours


A team of researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill have developed a new 3D printing process that may be fast enough to change the tide for 3D printing. Their process allows for the continual printing of objects using a liquid interface in a single step, unlike the previous step-wise processes.
Letter Bomber
 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 03:07:42 -0500 
It's getting publicity now because of TED2015 BTW. Probably he's looking for funding... Not saying that's a bad thing

TED BlogTED Blog wrote the following post 2 weeks ago
Opening Gambit: Session 1 at TED2015
#^Opening Gambit: Session 1 at TED2015


Marina Abramovic speaks at TED2015 – Truth and Dare, Session 1. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED

“It takes courage to uncover the truth,” says Chris Anderson, opening the first session of TED2015, Opening Gambit. “The speakers this week — their courage and brilliance are going to rewire your brain. This dare thing is not just for them — it’s for all of us.” These six speakers set the tone for Truth & Dare:

The mega-challenge of our times. Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd offers a prediction: Relations between China and the United States will shape the future of the world. In the next decade, he says, China is projected to surpass the US as the world’s largest economy, meaning that for the first time since the rule of King George III in the 18th century, the world’s largest economy will be a non-liberal-democratic, non-Western, non-English-speaking country. He calls this quiet revolution a “mega-change” that is the “biggest since the start of the 21st century.” Drawing on a lifetime of study of Chinese politics and culture, Rudd suggests that China and the US are mismatched in their attitudes toward one another. Are the two superpowers doomed to conflict? No, says Rudd: “We need a framework of constructive realism.” Being realistic about what China and the US disagree on and pragmatic about what they can do together – for example, addressing climate change – is the only way forward.

What fear distracts us from. When he was a kid, foreign policy strategist David Rothkopf remembers crouching with a coat over his head in school, in drills for nuclear war. The difference between then and now? There was actually something to fear then, says Rothkopf. At the time of September 11, 2001, there were only 100 core members of Al Queda, says Rothkopf. And yet “we rearranged our entire national security apparatus in the most sweeping way since the world wars,” he says. “I would argue that fifteen years later, there are more terrorists and more terrorist casualties. The region from which these attacks emanate is more unstable than at any time in history.” Meanwhile, he suggests, we are in the midst of “the fabric of society being rewoven” — thanks to the Internet. And our government, gridlocked and partisan, is simply not having the conversations and debates that need to be had. For example: If a country launches a cyber-attack, how do we deter them? How do you control insurgent groups who have access to intelligence on their smartphones that would once have been classified? Is access to the Internet a human right? If so, what do we do about countries that restrict the web within their borders? “The dialogue isn’t happening [in Washington],” says Rothkopf. And it needs to. Because we’ll ultimately be measured “in our inability to get together scientists, technologists and government leaders to start coming up with, if not the right answers, at least the right questions.”


A 3D print during the talk by Joseph DeSimone at TED2015 – Truth and Dare, Session 1. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

A 3D printer inspired by Terminator 2. 3D printing is a misnomer, says chemist Joseph DeSimone, because it’s actually more like 2D printing over and over again. Regular 3D printing is slow and mechanically weak, and the choices of material are far too limited, says DeSimone. “There are mushrooms that grow faster than 3D printed parts,” he jokes. On stage he does a live demo of a new kind of printing technology called “continuous liquid interface production,” which uses light and oxygen to “grow” objects from a liquid, rather than adding layers on top of layers. Working 25 to 100 times faster than other 3D printers, his technology creates a smooth surface finish from biodegradable materials that can be very elastic – all created at a much faster rate than with a traditional printer technology.

Motion microscopes, object microphones. “Something can be perceptually invisible and still be numerically significant.” That’s the idea that guides the work of MIT computer scientist Abe Davis. He starts by showing a “motion microscope,” software that amplifies subtle movements in video too small for the eye to see. Next, he shows how any object can become a microphone, and how a silent video of a bag of chips can reveal — through imperceptible motion — what song is playing in the room. Finally, he shows how that same invisible motion can allow you to predict how an object would move if pushed or pulled. He shows a video of a bush that appears still, and demonstrates how with a click of a mouse he is able to make it bounce up and down. And yes, all of this is hard to wrap your mind around. So consult our full recap of this talk for more.

Reverse DJ with sonic precision. Next, Brooklyn trio Moon Hooch gave TED a lesson in cave music: a deliriously rich collision of jazz and electronic dance music. First, with the drum as a conductor, a thumping, syncopated undercurrent creates a dance club feel. This gave the saxophones, which used innovative extensions to control and muffle their resonance, free rein to play off each other in alternating tempos and complementing rhythms. With suspended builds and drops on the drum and reverberating sax solos, Moon Hooch melded the “sonic precision” of EDM with the spontaneity of jazz. And, through an exhilarating mastery of control and improv, they were, in, their words, a reverse DJ: playing live music to emulate synthesized sound.


Moon Hooch performs at TED2015 – Truth and Dare, Session 1. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED

Do you trust me? In 1974 Marina Abramović was sitting in a gallery letting total strangers do anything they want to her: touch her, hurt her, even kill her. As the performance artist tells her story, she asks the audience to do something unusual, even daring: To be blind and trust her. Abramović describes to a blindfolded audience the feeling of fear, helplessness and complete vulnerability as she let gallery goers do as they pleased with her body. This mix of risk and trust colored the rest of her career: from a performance in which her lover Ulay pointed an arrow straight at her heart, to their three-month breakup in which they walked toward each other from either end of the Great Wall. It was her 2010 performance, “The Artist Is Present,” at MoMA, that made a major shift in Abramović’s career. Every day for two and a half months she sat across from an empty chair where she invited anyone to sit silently. The pain and suffering she saw on people’s faces inspired her to create the Marina Abramović Institute, an art center where you are required to commit six hours of your time in the service of Marina – to switch off, sleep, sit, stand, and learn to drink water again. “Nothing will happen if you always do things the same way,” says Abramović. In the spirit of personal fear, she concludes her talk by asking every person watching to stare into the eyes of the person next to them for two minutes. To be silent, and to finish a day of truths and dares.

Image/photo Image/photo
Andrew Drummond
Sat, 21 Mar 2015 08:30:50 -0500  from Diaspora
So it just takes stereolithography, one of the oldest types of 3D printing, and makes it faster. It's not hacker-friendly right now because the material is still expensive and non-recyclable.

If someone comes up with a photopolymer that is thermoplastic and/or easily biodegradable, with an abundant feedstock and cheap production process, this could take off.
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of AmericaThu, 19 Mar 2015 01:15:10 -0500 
First attempt at feed republishing through channel sources. Would be kind of neat to slowly pull in a bunch of random ActivityStream things from different web apps.

DeadSuperHeroDeadSuperHero wrote the following post 2 weeks ago
Mike Macgirvin
 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 02:15:31 -0500 
Let me know if sourcing fails. I've had no problem with sources and I've got several - but a couple of folks say it isn't working so there may be something different happening with newer ones. My older ones  have been working just fine for ages.
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of AmericaWed, 18 Mar 2015 21:23:59 -0500 
This actually looks like a pretty good WYSIWYG editor, actually. The context menu reminds me of the toolbar used by #Medium as well as #Tumblr. It might not be bad for long-form blogging, which I feel the need to do more of. Some of the functions shown here are overkill, but the design in this seems very beginner-friendly.



This doesn't seem like it would be too hard to do as an add-on of sorts; I guess the challenge is two-fold:
  • Hijack the existing post editor with this one.
  • Making sure the output is properly saved as bbcode/markdown so that everything displays correctly.
Paolo Tuscanhobbit
 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 06:55:29 -0500 
 HothThu, 19 Mar 2015 09:32:42 -0500 
We can do that.