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Hi all. This account is no longer in use. Check out @tom.

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Hi, I’m Tom!

33, he/him, ace, loosely cis. Live in MA, heart belongs to RI.

Podcaster, writer, data analyst, tech dilettante. I like to post fandom stuff. Expect Doctor Who, Homestuck, Nintendo, Star Wars and others.

Habitual shitposter: my dumb jokes are not for everyone but they’re for me. I’m relatively new to the fediverse so please be patient while I unlearn birdsite norms. Zero patience for fascists, terfs, racists, etc.

More about me here! nowwearealltom.com/hi/

Hi all. This account is no longer in use. Check out @tom.

My plan was originally to keep using mastodon.cloud until I felt comfortable with the technical sysadmin aspects of running labyrinth.social before migrating there permanently, but you know what? fortune favors the bold, I’m just gonna do it.

shout out to schlaugh, a small private social blogging platform run by friend of mine which as far as I know has always had end to end encryption on DMs.

schlaugh.com

It's very strange to me that Mastodon DMs are still currently stored as plain text.

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As I think about eventually inviting people to join me on this server, I've been considering the security/privacy implications of being a random person who invites some friends to join a server you control or even physically own.

And also, some issues inherent to federated models

In some ways it's a lot thornier than the security issues on big corporate platforms

github.com/thomasmdickinson/la

the maintainer of hometown is apparently planning to implement a feature where, when you're composing a post, images have some kind of indicator that you haven't added a description. which would be nice because I am bad at remembering to add them github.com/hometown-fork/homet

negativity, covid, hospitals 

one of my closest colleagues at work was hospitalized this weekend with covid. I think she's gonna be ok, she's back home now. Still scary.

I'm real tired of hearing "I'm so glad the pandemic's over," or "Let's accept that we're all gonna get it eventually."

Especially tired of "You'll be fine if you get it, you're young." You don't know other people's health situations. This colleague is 25 but that's not a reason to assume she has no particular risk factors

WOW. Yeah I've been on mastadon for like only five days now but I'm already flabbergasted at the world that should have been... w3.org/TR/activitypub/#Overvie

Like literally how did we all agree to just NOT have interoperable social networks??? Looking at the activity pub docs makes it clear how ridiculously easy that would have been. You want my content? Just GET my outbox. Want to send me something? Just POST to my inbox. The server can be anything you want, just format your messages in this (VERY INTUITIVE!) way. It's so simple it's STUPID.

I'm very new to all of this, so I'll admit that there's a lot I don't know, but what is painfully obvious right now is how, yet again, the tendrils of Capitalism have fundamentally altered the STRUCTURE of the Internet to make it less open, less empowering and generally WORSE for most users. However, what's also becoming clear is that it does not have to be that way, and being here is in some small way, bringing about that better possible future.

It feels a little silly to me that I went from mostly forgetting the existence of the fediverse, to suddenly starting my own server, in the course of a couple weeks. But I like having a project to tinker with

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won't be using it for a while but after much trial and error I got labyrinth.social/ up and running on linode. "lab-soc" for short.

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Oh by the way here is a fun fact about me.

I was the first person to back the Undertale kickstarter in 2013. For that reason, my name is the first one to spawn in the end credits when the list of 2k+ backers appears.

I just happened to be online when toby posted it to twitter, and I backed it immediately before I even really knew what it was.

I still find it kind of funny that I'm right above ggdg who worked on the game

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(Never did one of these because I didn’t realize it was a norm here. It’s a good norm)

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Hi, I’m Tom!

33, he/him, ace, loosely cis. Live in MA, heart belongs to RI.

Podcaster, writer, data analyst, tech dilettante. I like to post fandom stuff. Expect Doctor Who, Homestuck, Nintendo, Star Wars and others.

Habitual shitposter: my dumb jokes are not for everyone but they’re for me. I’m relatively new to the fediverse so please be patient while I unlearn birdsite norms. Zero patience for fascists, terfs, racists, etc.

More about me here! nowwearealltom.com/hi/

if you were wondering what happens when oulipo.social (doesn't allow the letter E) meets dolphin.town (only allows the letter E): dolphin.town/users/e/updates/2

the other day I was having dinner with my parents and I was listening to TMBG and my dad asked me "what do these guys do for a living" and I've never felt so defensive in my life. I was like "DAD they're a REAL ROCK BAND. They do sold out shows and they have grammys"

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