Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of America (Map)Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:28:10 -0500 
There's a growing trend of politicians in the US and abroad that are speaking out against cryptography in tech. Many of them push this narrative in the interest of extending government surveillance of the masses; some of these people insist on pushing surveillance all the way down to the operating system level.

The problem with this logic is that it's completely impractical to enforce - ecommerce requires crypto for secure monetary transactions to work, private communications between government and corporate departments often need to be encrypted, and good encryption practices on the web protect end users from things like phishing and spoofing of real websites.

There are dozens of serious use cases for crypto; to suggest that only "evildoers" want to hide their communications is a straw man thrown up against an abstract computing security practice.

It's not unlike the argument that "everything should have a backdoor for government surveillance". If everything has a back door, there's an inherent attack vector in every piece of software for non-government entities to target.

Jeb Bush wants “a new arrangement with Silicon Valley” to ease crypto


Y'know, because only "evildoers" want to protect their communications.
Sat, 22 Aug 2015 00:26:15 -0500 from Diaspora
I guess we could all switch back to BBSs and Gopher. Let everything air out. See how they like that.
Will Hill
Sat, 22 Aug 2015 09:33:09 -0500 from Diaspora
It's about deciding who controls your computer and who's allowed to publish. It's really that evil and stupid.
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of America (Map)Thu, 20 Aug 2015 19:33:44 -0500 
"...the one thing people tend to realize at moments like this is that they wasted a lot of time when life was normal. It's not just what they did with their time, it's not just that they spent too much time working or compulsively checking emails. It's that they cared about the wrong things. They regret what they cared about - their attention was bound up in petty concerns, year after year, when life was normal..."

Sean Tilley
 Thu, 20 Aug 2015 21:31:25 -0500 
Not for me, but I'm technically not on Hubzilla yet. :P
Mike Macgirvin
 Thu, 20 Aug 2015 22:43:18 -0500 
There are still a couple of cases where the tags haven't been removed - particularly in the Diaspora markdown converter.
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of America (Map)Sat, 15 Aug 2015 16:48:03 -0500 
"He bit into his Capitalistic fatburger, and chewed through greasy tendons and processed cheese on a bun mostly made of wheat and sugar. He had paid 12 dollars for the privilege - 4 dollars more than the hourly wage of the person who made it for him. It was Good, but not Very Good.

A somewhat healthy hormone-injected cow in Iowa had died for this. He remembered that if he didn't finish the sandwich, all that was left of the creature would end up in a landfill eventually - the proverbial postmodern burial ground for unwanted things.

A pop song tunelessly echoed in the background - he couldn't make out the words, but they probably carried the same amount of meaning, regardless of whether he could hear them.

He took another bite of the engorged salted beef monstrosity, and mused on ways to dismantle the government."
Ryan Molecke
Sun, 16 Aug 2015 01:52:38 -0500 from Diaspora
My boss at my last company hated Arby's. And I love Arby's, and I used to constantly tease him about it. I just thought of that and laughed for about 10 minutes :) Ahhhhh, thank you. I'm so glad I don't work there anymore. I eat meat and I'm a capitalist who hates the government so this story is probably about me, I guess :D
Sean Tilley
 Sun, 16 Aug 2015 21:40:15 -0500 
I suppose the fun of it is that it could be about anybody. We aspire to make sweeping changes to our world, but at the same time have to resign ourselves to taking part in less-than-ideal situations.
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of America (Map)Sat, 15 Aug 2015 01:51:25 -0500 
I was in an interview recently regarding the minimum wage, labor barons, and some of my work with @Fight for a Living Wage - Peoria, IL+ . You can listen to it below!

#^6 - 20 - 15 - THE FIGHT FOR 15 by 1470 & 100.3 WMBD
by 1470 & 100.3 WMBD on SoundCloud
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of America (Map)Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:45:54 -0500 
If you haven't started watching this series, please give it a chance. It's basically an existentially-crushing Sesame Street, and it's brilliant. Also, strangely catchy. #DontHugMeImScared

Bugs Bane
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 02:14:38 -0500 from Diaspora
I'm seriously considering showing this to my 5 year old who is fed a constant diet of Disney princess films by her mother.

Am I a bad parent?
Bugs Bane
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 02:28:47 -0500 from Diaspora
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of America (Map)Thu, 13 Aug 2015 12:37:41 -0500 
This is awesome. Since starting two years ago, #BackerKit has had over 1,000 customers use its service. We've come a really long way since we've started.

BackerKit: 1,000 Projects - BackerKit


BackerKit started as a simple searchable list of backers (Kickstarter didn’t have this feature in 2010).  We had zero idea if anybody would find it useful, let alone pay us any money for it.  We started by reaching out and talking to project creators to discover what they needed to build their dreams. It helped that we completed fulfillment for...
Jason Robinson
Thu, 13 Aug 2015 12:51:31 -0500 from Diaspora
Awesome! :)
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of America (Map)Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:07:21 -0500 
A stereo for every type. — Strange Feelings


In social media and blogs online, there are stereotypes for virtually every type of person. Rather than individual characters in a story, they are instead caricatures that symbolically represent a type of gross logical reductionism. This phenomenon is particularly rampant in social media, where one bad opinion of a person can transform to represent everything about that person as a whole. It’s easy to forget whether there was ever anything good about a person at all.
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of America (Map)Tue, 11 Aug 2015 12:17:23 -0500 
I rather miss running #Linux all the time. I'd love to get a good #KDE distribution up and running on my Macbook Air.
Le Joueur de flûte RequeteChe
Wed, 12 Aug 2015 20:06:38 -0500 from Diaspora
USB is more an option to check out, our running lightwight LXDE for "special purpose". KDE is way to heavy to work properly over USB i think. Actuall i'm working on a live-usb edition and will need testers! .. :-O
 Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:18:09 -0500 
Here's a tutorial, not sure if it still applies. The process usually involves partitioning the HDD with Disk Utility or similar application, installing rEFInd to access the boot menu, then installing Linux.

For starters, I'd suggest playing with a few distros in VM. If there are particular apps you need, check they are available for the distro. Even better if the distro's wiki has a page for your Macbook Air model, sometimes with notes about hardware support. If you run into problems you can always jump on their IRC channel for help.

USB booting is slower but can be done. Works fine with Gnome, but KDE should be okay.
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of America (Map)Sun, 09 Aug 2015 15:52:18 -0500 
@Channel One+ It appears that something changed in a recent update, and my avatar is no longer getting federated to #Diaspora?

This seems to affect all of my channels at the moment; I'm unsure as to what caused this to happen exactly. Any ideas?


Seems to otherwise be okay on Zot networks, so this is a little odd.
Jason Robinson
Mon, 10 Aug 2015 01:02:23 -0500 from Diaspora
It's ironic these kind of plugins kinda work against net neutrality than for it ;)
Sean Tilley
 Mon, 10 Aug 2015 01:32:47 -0500 
It's certainly frustrating, to say the least.
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of America (Map)Sun, 09 Aug 2015 14:02:57 -0500 
I have had a few very significant experiences lately that made me reconsider the way I approach living my life. As such, I have come up with a list of adjustments that I believe will help me to be a happier person. Maybe it will help you too.

  • Do not hold onto petty grudges. Those can make you sick from the inside out, and can lend credibility to the illusion that you had no faults in a given situation.
  • Similarly, do your best to not cling to anger. It is all too easy to revert to feelings of anger to cover up feelings of fear, hopelessness, and helplessness.
  • Stand up for yourself. You are not a doormat for the world to step on.
  • When writing, try to mimic the narration style of a people who do nature documentaries. Their use of the English language is exceptional, and they can give you some ideas about how to become more articulate.
  • Focus on the qualities you want to have, and invest yourself in simply having them. It helps to think about your own presence, how you compose yourself, and how you behave. Do not despair at the qualities you think you lack; things probably aren’t as bad as you assume them to be.
  • Be honest and sincere in your apologies.
  • When experiencing a disagreement, try to understand the opposing point of view. Be polite; if the other person does not know something directly applicable to the argument at hand, try to educate them without putting yourself on a pedestal.
  • Do not raise your temper. Instead, maintain a calm demeanor, smile, and be kind.
  • Never pursue unkindness with the intent of bringing someone else down.
  • Instead of arguing, try debating — and if you’re not debating, at least try to share your point of view, even if you have a disagreement with someone on a topic.
  • Do your best to be articulate while also being concise; use as many words as necessary to illustrate an idea without totally going overboard.
  • Do not be afraid to cry. It reflects something very beautiful in your heart.
  • Do not be afraid to admit when you are wrong. Everyone is capable of being wrong some percentage of the time, you included. To admit error is a strength in and of itself.
  • Go boldly in directions where even you may be afraid. Sometimes, the best parts of life involve conquering your worst fears.
  • Don’t focus too much on being macho. Truth be told, the world tends to make people hard, and hardness can be mistaken as being the only set of features that makes a being attractive. But the world very desperately needs kinder, softer people.
  • Watch documentaries, and read about history when you can.
  • Dress up nicely for work, if you can. You will thank yourself every time.
  • Take consistent care of hygiene. Give yourself as little excuse as possible for feeling gross. Conversely, don’t go overboard on trying to cover things up; try to use just enough of something to smell pleasant, but not overpoweringly so.
  • Find new ways to expand your vocabulary. Words can give you the power to express new ways of thinking.
  • More important than politeness — pursue kindness. Being polite is a virtue, but kindness involves a much deeper level of investment.
  • Instead of pointing out why you think people are wrong, ask them about things in a constructive way to push them to logical conclusions
  • Keep working on your ideas and theories — some of them are likely to be very good. Any breakthrough takes time and effort.
  • Express yourself through creative thinking — this not only applies to arts, but the pursuit of mathematics and hard sciences as well. Creativity does not only apply to the humanities.
  • Exercise regularly, but do it for yourself. Do it specifically because you want to.
  • Do things for yourself because you want to do them, not because you want to impress other people.
  • Try talking in the mirror to illustrate ideas regarding where your head is. This can be useful for a number of things, from presentations that you have to give to comedy routines to serious conversations that need to be had.
  • Always shower, and always wear clean clothing. Life is too short to go through it feeling gross and self-conscious.
  • Don’t beat yourself up over lost time. As long as you’re alive, you still have time to change things as you see fit.
  • Thank your lucky stars that you are alive.
  • Avoid vices that resemble escapism. It’s fine to party and have a good time — but consider whether you can find happiness in sobriety. This is fundamentally important.
  • Wake up early and enjoy the sunrise. Take a nice walk if you can — you’ll find that it suits you.

#happiness #lifestyle #advice
 Mon, 10 Aug 2015 08:57:44 -0500 last edited: Mon, 10 Aug 2015 09:00:18 -0500  
for jake ;) but i do know what you mean mate

#^Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum
by Stumonkie on YouTube
 Mon, 10 Aug 2015 09:00:17 -0500 
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of America (Map)Wed, 05 Aug 2015 19:26:15 -0500 
Looking into animation methods for game characters. I'm a huge lover of pixel art animation, but it requires an ungodly amount of time to create every frame for any given movement. Usually, you have to use a paint app and zoom way in to meticulously edit pixels around to create the illusion of motion. You then have to put each iteration into a frame, and then tell an app to treat the frames like a flip-book.

On the other hand, cut-out animation is what you see in newer iOS-style games, but it doesn't really retain the same classic look, because everything is in a higher resolution. Basically, this entails making one fancy picture, cutting it up into multiple pieces, assigning those pieces to digital bones on a skeleton, and stitching it back together. From there, moving the bones will move the individual parts accordingly. This technique ultimately takes less time because characters in a game are dynamic. They can react to collisions, and bones can be made to move in a number of ways.

Truth be told, I'm not really sure what to do here. I want to maintain a retro style, but I don't want to spend an obscene amount of time creating every frame.

Thu, 06 Aug 2015 01:20:12 -0500 from Diaspora
Been thinkinf about this recently as well. May i recommend looking at some of the designs on

Think about making individual body parts and sticking them together for certain situations. Like, head-profile-neutral, head-profile-happy, head-profile angry. As a base, you can just use head-profile and build off of it. And glue the head-profile-angry to torso-profile and arm-profile-sword, etc.
Theatre X
Thu, 06 Aug 2015 02:53:14 -0500 from Diaspora
I used to code games on BYOND:
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of America (Map)Wed, 05 Aug 2015 14:52:03 -0500 
Every kindred spirit you fall in love with is in a relationship with someone else, attracted to a gender/sex configuration that isn't yours, or very seriously only wants to be your friend. Some people will not neatly fit into a category, and will instead just string you along.

Every person that falls in love with you is either someone you only want to be friends with, is not the gender/sex combination you’re looking for, you don’t feel a romantic connection with, or otherwise expresses interest at the very times that you’re already invested in someone else.

To add further to the paradox, many people that would be good fits for one another never actually hold conversations or speak up about how they feel. Also, there is no formal system of courting.
Mike Macgirvin
 Sat, 08 Aug 2015 06:12:25 -0500 
I recall the angst of the early 20s. I also recall talking to this old dude who said not to worry about it and that things would take care of themselves. I ignored him at the time, but you know somethig? He was absolutely right. I look back now on a whirlwind of hedonism and debauchery that stretched on for decades. This all began about the time I stopped worrying about it. If you want a dog to come to you, don't chase it. You'll just scare it away. Grab yourself a bone and have a seat.
Sean Tilley
 Sat, 08 Aug 2015 13:51:53 -0500 
If you want a dog to come to you, don't chase it. You'll just scare it away. Grab yourself a bone and have a seat.

This is excellent insight, actually, and applies to far more than just relationships.
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of America (Map)Wed, 05 Aug 2015 13:46:35 -0500 
@Themes+ To any theme developers out there: do you experience any weirdness with the widths of your aside panels? I've tried using both em's and percentages to calculate widths for regions; this method used to work fine, but it's kind of a mess now. Trying to figure out the best way to adjust my themes.

What's the best way to adjust these so that the width of regions are visually consistent across different window sizes?




Haakon Meland Eriksen
 Wed, 05 Aug 2015 23:54:25 -0500 
@Mario Vavti - could aside width be set from the theme's scheme form under Display settings?
Mario Vavti
 Thu, 06 Aug 2015 00:45:16 -0500 last edited: Thu, 06 Aug 2015 00:48:04 -0500  
@Haakon Meland Eriksen there is no easy way to do this since some design elements rely on this width...
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of America (Map)Wed, 05 Aug 2015 12:52:03 -0500 
If there was one true calling I had in life, it's writing disparaging comments on my local newspaper's Facebook posts.
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of America (Map)Tue, 04 Aug 2015 11:55:37 -0500 
Something that I've really wanted to get into involves creating games. I have long kept notebooks and filled them with ideas for stories that I wanted to tell, and have wanted to one day turn them into something playable.

There's just one problem: I'm not sure about what tools I should be using. One paradox that I struggle with is that many accessible tools for indie game developers typically rely on C#, Mono, Unity, or otherwise some kind of proprietary / Windows-specific tools.

But, I don't want to use those things. I want to make games that are entirely Free Software. The whole point is that I want to make indie games where people can crack open the source code, see how things are done, and make their own variations (or at least use the assets for their own games).

So, where does that leave me? What tools does that leave me with?

There are a few options, however they are rather limited. I am not a great programmer, and I typically would like to minimize the amount of work I have to do to put a game together. What I'd really like is to have something similar to Adventure Game Studio, as that tool made me happiest. (Sadly, it's Windows-only with little hope for a native editor port)

#FreeSoftware #GameDev
Olivier Migeot
 Fri, 07 Aug 2015 02:48:29 -0500 
If you want to use JS (or derivative) to make your games, Phaser is a damn good way to do so.
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of AmericaTue, 28 Jul 2015 22:48:32 -0500 
@Use Cases+ I've been musing over this for a little while now. We all know that channels can like one another, and they can also message each other, connect, and rate.

So basically, you would have an extension that would load a picture, profile data, orientation preferences, allow people to block each other, and somehow discover one another by comparing distance between cities.

The funny thing is, the platform can in fact do most of this on it's own. All you would need would be a simple customized interface for a few interactions, notifications if people mutually like each other, a way to see who looked at you (already exists), a decent discovery method, maybe a privacy default for strangers using the app, and people to use it.
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of America (Map)Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:26:43 -0500 
@Channel One+

At some point, we're going to need to make the proverbial jump from one repo to the other. Is there anything that current RedMatrix hub admins need to do in order to make the switch?
Michael McKinsey
 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:28:08 -0500 
@Iko  I answered Mike at the same time as you were responding - this is a test server in that at the moment it serves no purpose other than me using it to talk to everyone here.  I am evaluating for a project that needs several pieces and hubzilla/redmatrix may fit the bill for quite a bit of it, but this is not likely to be used at a production level for quite some time.  I will try importing what little content I have here, and if that works out it will be fine, if not I would rather be using what is being worked on and current so I will just start off from there.  The project I am working on is more of a community experiment using a bunch of different open source tools to create something than a software project, though we may end up creating some software if need be, I am trying to find as many pieces to the puzzle as possible already available and to add what we need inside the development of already running projects as much as possible.
 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:56:52 -0500 
If you have some time to play around with it then by all means try profile import. The load issue I had surfaced 1-2 days after install. Other than that the data import itself works.

Also, careful if you were to re-install with the same domain and channel name. Mike mentioned some subtle bugs might arise in such cases. There's some problem with signatures when you reinstall and reuse your channel name (some locations like Channel One seem to think there are two of me on the same hub) and another small issue. Use a different name if you don't want to deal with the hassle.

Just a heads-up of potential side-effects.
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of America (Map)Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:04:53 -0500 
Centralized social media is about to become so much more horrible.

Twitter is deleting stolen jokes on copyright grounds


It now appears Twitter is using its legal authority to crack down on these tweet-stealers. A number of tweets have been deleted on copyright grounds for apparently stealing a bad joke.

#Twitter #DCMA #Copyright #Censorhip
 Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:06:02 -0500 
This is a good move.  I was very pissed off when that porn star (I can't remember which) got all the credit for that offensive joke she stole from Bash.
 Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:14:29 -0500 
Everyone is like "Wah, you can't write rape jokes, that's bad"

I'm like "she didn't write it, it was on bash fifteen years ago".

They're like, "you're missing the point".

I'm like "yeah, I suppose the point is if you are going to steal a rape joke from Bash, it should be it isn't rape if you kill them first, not the surprise sex one".

They're like "you're a bastard".
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of America (Map)Sat, 25 Jul 2015 02:00:39 -0500 
After nearly five years of being without it, I now have a driver's license! I can now legally drive a car!
 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:38:17 -0500 
Towing a trailer with a 1,000l cube full of water falls into the same category.
Adam Robertson
 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:40:43 -0500 
We also have cars out of necessity. We live in the foothills, where all roads are hills and twists.
Sean Tilley
 Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, United States of America (Map)Sat, 25 Jul 2015 01:59:41 -0500 
@Channel One+ Would it make sense to offer some customization on sane defaults for a given hub? On the one hand, I could understand why people might not want that - on the other hand, it seems to require a conscious effort on the behalf of a user on a hub to allow people to like / comment on their posts after connecting with one another. This can be adjusted if you know how to adjust your permissions yourself - but many newcomers might not know that, and might not care to fix them.

For community-building purposes, it may not be a wholly bad idea to allow comments and likes as a default setting for new channels that register.
Mike Macgirvin
 Sat, 25 Jul 2015 02:22:04 -0500 
A site or plugin can change any of the permission defaults, but that sounds like a bug. For the normal social role, connections should be able to comment and like. The restricted role is debatable, and the private role might wish to choose who can comment. I don't remember the specifics of all the roles off the top. I thought this was all working fine. So there's either a bug or we haven't adequately warned people of  the consequences of selecting a very private role