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In an attempt to apply Hintjens' ideas around problem-focus more broadly, I invited ChatGPT to provide input on my World Problems issue tracker. is an example.

Feel free to add more or comment.

If you like the idea of voice assistants but it's gotta be open source you've probably heard about MyCroft AI and their Mark II device. Neon is an alternate OS build based on OpenVoiceOS.

I made this video showing some of NeonOS and my experience getting it to do a couple things on the Mark II.

Instagram closed my account and I'm really not sure why. Community guidelines they say but I don't even know what I posted weeks ago. I couldn't find the account when trying to appeal. Maybe I shock-horror mentioned the fedi. Unsure.

Bottom line: Instagram closes accounts without reason or recourse. Good.

🥳 I'm pleased to announce that "FEP-1b12: Group federation" has just been finalized. Find the document at

👆 This FEP (Fediverse Enhancement Proposal) describes how groups are implemented in existing Activitypub platforms using `Group` actors. This is the fourth standards document to be finalized under the FEP process and continues efforts to help interoperability across the fediverse.

🛖 View other proposals and submit yours at

📽️ A big misunderstanding on software quality (from a Pieter Hintjens talk)

The old model of collaboration in the ZeroMQ community was like this. There was a guy who was the main author. He would write code. It would be very clever. A genius man. There was a friend of his who was the main maintainer and he could understand git and branches and merges and packages and makefiles and autoconf and all this very complex stuff and he could talk to the first guy.

Their brains would synchronize with this amazing shared state which involved lots of beer and meetings in strange locations. These two were a very good team. They made amazing software which was very fast and didn't crash. It was amazing and good.

Then there were all these other guys who were using it and contributing to it, but the contributions had to go through a mailing list to one of these two guys here, who would then look at the mailing list patches and say, "Hmm we don't like your patch. We don't agree with your patch. We think your patch is.... We don't like it! You know it's basically our baby so if we don't like it... well we'll think about it. Your code is badly indented. Hmm, no."

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Pieter Hintjens talk at EuroPython 2014 is a must watch. So glad to have found a higher quality version to add to the Magic Stone video library.

What is the internet?

A stack of protocols.

That stack is defined among thousands of RFCs. One of the first (RFC 3) is about writing RFCs.

Kind of a fun to read in light of and .

Been taking notes on videos and books for a while. Figured it was time to start publishing some of them starting with favorites, meaning stuff I'd listen to or read more than once to get the most out of it.

Here's legendary processor designer Jim Keller on Lex Fridman's AI podcast.

New PeerTube instance, new video.

This one about the MyCroft AI Mark 2 hardware and why I wanted to check out an open source digital assistant.

Working on one for Magic Stone but that'll be limited to Hintjens/C4 and Magic Stone-related projects. Would be great to learn of one for personal/variety vlogs.

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I'm sad that went down. I had rehosted some Hintjens videos there. Any suggestions on a sustainable PeerTube/fedi video hosting platform to move to?

Here's a quick video about Fediverse Enhancement Proposals.

If you're not familiar with this fediverse-native standards process then hopefully this clarifies some things.

I asked ChatGPT about going inside vs the drive thru but it went above and beyond.

Reading a timeline full of boosts feels like tapping a core router. How are you?

Another video journal, this time talking about starting to write daily and how its been beneficial.

Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. -- Albert Einstein

Appreciating for the ability to pin a list to the main nav bar.

Added my personal issue about boosts in lists at

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Creating magic through evolution of the Fediverse. Running Ecko, a community-driven fork of Mastodon managed using the Collective Code Construction Contract (C4) by the Magic Stone Community. C4 is a protocol for asynchronous, non-blocking, distributed, problem-focused software development.