Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
Nice email template you got there, guvna.

Hi there,
I reached out last week but haven't heard back. I wanted to see if there was an opportunity to sponsor a post on Mastodon hosted on toot.cat.
Please see my initial email below.
Best wishes,

On Sat, Mar 17, 2018 at 3:15 PM, Glen Wilks <glenwilks91@gmail.com> wrote:

    Hi there,

    I just read #science - Toot.Cat, I've shown it to some colleagues and we think a collaboration between us could work well. I represent a digital marketing agency currently working with a leading architecture and design firm. We would like to feature a unique piece of content on your site on behalf of our client. For the privilege, we'd be happy to pay you somewhere in the region of $30.

    Let me know your thoughts.

    Best wishes,


P.S. I checked, and there was no previous email from that address. This is clearly trying to push the recipient's "missed opportunity" emo button.
Woozle Hypertwin
  last edited: Wed, 09 May 2018 16:34:02 -0400  
Hold the presses, I take that back -- the quoted email was actually received on March 17; it just took Thunderbird awhile to find it.

So maybe I should send him a polite email saying "no"? Or should that be "hell no"?

...and then the idea of posting it with a "sponsored content" CW starts creeping into my head... but I bet it's too long to fit into a toot anyway.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
PZ Myers was asking about federated alternatives to Facebleck, so I pointed him here (oops, shouldn't have capitalized the Z). We'll see if anything comes of this...

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
Yet another item in the long list of small problems with MediaWiki:

I'm trying to move a set of pages from one place to another. I've created a template to link to members of that set -- so when I've moved the pages, I just have to change the template instead of going to each page and updating the link(s) on that page.

(Yes, I could just create redirects -- but those tend to become double-redirects, i.e. broken, over time.)

I can get a list of all the pages where the template is used -- but not a list of all the actual target pages to which those pages link, which is probably a much smaller number.

I guess I can search for all the page titles that match the template... but that seems crude.

There's also no way (without checking all the "what links here" results) to see if any of those pages are linking directly to a page I want to move, rather than going through the template.

I may just have to risk (probably) killing some internal links, because I don't have the time to check each one properly.

The way it should really work is that once a page exists, any links to it should refer to its unique ID rather than its title (aka location), at least by default. (I can imagine that being able to link explicitly to a title could still be useful, but it would be an edge case.)
Woozle Hypertwin
Also, I keep getting caught in a dilemma where I have a list of things on a page, and the links go to subpages of that page. I want to name the list page "{thing plural}", but the parent page for each of the subpages should be "{thing singular}".

Current example: "Linux/commands" is the obvious title for a page that lists commands in Linux, but the title for the page for each command should be "Linux/command/{name of command}" (note the singular).

There are solutions, but none that are problem-free.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
As discussed on Mastodon some time ago, I've become leery of the "dystopian future" trope in popular fiction -- especially where it seems to be supplanting hope for any real improvement. We're increasingly living in a dystopian future, however benign it may seem in some ways; those of us who choose to stay informed are all too aware of the risks we're running by continuing on this path, and the people whose lives are being harmed and destroyed by what is already happening. We despair of ever coming to a better place again. While many of us have ideas about how we can help improve things, we lack a shared vision of what a positive future might look like, given where we are at present.

I've also noted that it would be nice if there were a libre fictiverse -- a fictional universe that was freely available for anyone to write for, to present in film, audio, or whatever other formats they want, and to profit from that work however they like without having to get a license from a copyright holder.

For example, there have been dozens or even hundreds of fan-produced Star Trek films, often of studio quality (certainly exceeding the production values of the original series) -- but the fans who produce these works are not allowed to exchange copies or viewings for money, and the corporate owners of the various key pieces of Star Trek "intellectual property" keep a tight leash on what they are allowed to do, backed by occasional threats of legal action.

Given as well the dystopian nature of many recent Star Trek novels -- which completely negates the whole point of Trek and is something I could write about at greater length -- the time seems ripe to combine the two: create a fictiverse with an optimistic view of the future that is available for everyone to build on however they wish.

I've got some worldbuilding ideas (and maybe stories) I plan to post, but others should feel free to run with any of it in whatever direction they wish. Fork on!
Stuart Butterworth
I started work on something a while back (I think i was for CampNaNo back in April) that I abandoned pretty quickly as a) I couldn't figure out how to tie it all together, and b) a better idea came along, and I can't help but feel that this would be perfect.
Karma - A Comedy Of Justice would feature a central story arc, with an effectively infinite series of inter-twining, branching series of anthology stories. Basic concept - a man discovers that he has lived a previous life, and been reincarnated because of the actions he performed in that life. It soon becomes obvious that the universe is playing a massive practical joke on him, as every human who has ever lived is him in either a past or a future life...
And now I've written all that out, it sounds utterly crap...
Maria Karlsen
No it doesn't sound like crap but it sounds very complicated and difficult to sort out;-) Like...is he is own father? And mother too?
Stuart Butterworth
That's the general gist - he is his own son, daughter, mother, father, brother, sister, friend, mortal enemy...

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  last edited: Fri, 01 Dec 2017 08:35:19 -0500  
(It's about time I tried some serious posting here...)

It's important to always follow due process.
2017: Liberals politely invite neo-fascists to debate their opinions in TV, then prove them wrong with their witty arguments. White supremacy, *phobia and neo-fascism promptly disappear from the public discourse.
(via Antanicus @ social.coop on the Mastodon network)

Well... okay, it's important for the oppressed to follow it. The oppressors have more important things to do. The spice must flow.

It's also important that the oppressed not appear to be reasonable about things like due process, so that it's fair if the oppressors won't follow it [either].

This is how actual Fake News is created: not by lying about the facts (usually), but by distorting popular perception (in this case, popular perception of The Feminist Position(tm)).
by Ijeoma Oluo‏
Verified account @IjeomaOluo

"Yeah so check this shit out:

today I got a call from a major national paper I'd never worked with before, offering work...

Saying they were writing an editorial about these recent sexual harassment and abuse cases. They were going to write about how it's great that women are coming forward, but that we need to treat each case individually and remember due process.

They wanted to know if I would write a rebuttal to their editorial.

I was like, um... call me... I need more info.

This woman calls me, says basically the same thing... they're glad women are coming forward but they support due process etc. Would I write a counter to that?

I'm like, "no, because of course I believe in due process, but I'll write a response. "

I say I'll happily write about how their priorities are skewed and that the due process that's missing is the due process for the women coming forward. & if anything, these stories of years of abuse are testament to men getting more than due process.

And maybe instead of immediately trying to recenter the concerns of men because, like, 5 white dudes got fired, we should wonder about the countless women whose careers never even got off the ground because when they were harassed, there was NO process, let alone due process.

She says she'll ask the editors and get back to me.

She calls back a few minutes later and says, "what they want is to write that they believe in due process...& they want you to write that you don't. &if a few innocent men get fired it's worth it to protect women...

"Will you write that? "

I'm like, "NO."

So now I'm sitting here like [pictured]

Because to me, this is how this shit looks: they wanted to write a "reasonable" editorial that makes them look compassionate yet responsible while slyly shifting this debate back to the needs of men...

While I play the role of feminazi yelling, "FUCK DUE PROCESS FIRE ALL DUDES."

And an actual response to their shit, pointing out how their debate is contrived misogynistic bullshit is not at all what they want.

So dudes can shit their pants in fear &label us as unhinged vigilantes and they can go back to ignoring abuse while looking like the good guys.

And they wanted to use me to do that.

This is an insult to my work, an insult to my intellect, and an insult to every person who has been brave enough to come forward with abuse.

And so much of this discussion is deliberately orchestrated like this.

I'm still trying to wrap my head around what just went down. But for now I'll say this: don't be manipulated into prioritizing abusers over the abused. Look at the debates happening & always ask: who benefits from this dialogue the way that it is?

Note: I misspoke on first tweet. My first contact with them was via email, not call. They emailed me & then I told them to call me.
(via Nila Jones on G+)

There's a follow up here (Tweet, comment) which almost makes me madder than the above, and is redeemed only somewhat by the fact that USA Today was apparently unable to find someone else they could present as an Angry Feminist(tm) to write their rebuttal.

(Incidentally, this kind of exposes the whole sham of their "unique feature" of presenting a rebuttal to every editorial position: they get to choose the position the rebuttal takes. That's not how it works, guys; you're presenting this as an open forum where all ideas are free to be challenged, but what you're creating is an instrument for manipulation... and don't try to tell me that isn't exactly what you intended.)

The author here seriously deserves a medal for her integrity in refusing to take money in exchange for playing the part they tried to assign her (and probably losing any possibility of writing for them ever again), and USA Today deserves a workplace revolt to prevent this kind of thing from ever happening again.

(adapted from posts on Google+ here and here)
Maria Karlsen
Oh wow. Thanks for sharing.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
(Her post is actually from yesterday, but for some reason I couldn't share it then.)

maritroniuitymaritroniuity wrote the following post Wed, 29 Nov 2017 18:24:07 -0500
Hello, My name is Mari. I am a trans lesbian in her mid-30s from Central California. I like to write a bit every now and then. Nothing too special yet. I love making new friends, follow me, if you like.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
Ok, looks like it works the same as G+. My comments on Layer 3 are not showing up.

Too bad that couldn't at least be an option.

Becka SuttonBecka Sutton wrote the following post Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:28:38 -0500
So introductions I guess
Hello Everybody :-D

I'm Becka and I'm a middle-aged British fantasy writer and wannabee artist. I also conlang and make maps in Campaign Cartographer. Recently I've been messing around with Blender and Audacity (not at the same time)

Feel free to follow me. I love making new friends.
Becka Sutton
On the one hand that's a shame on the other the way tumblr works with no comments and infinite reshare chaining is perhaps not idea.
Woozle Hypertwin
I was thinking that it could be an ideal hybrid... but I'm only slightly disappointed; the formatting options in HZ are much more flexible than either G+ or Tumblr. If I really want to, I can quote from a reshared reshare and copy the formatting from the reshare, since it's all markup instead of being hardwired in.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
I wanted to check the behavior of resharing a reshared post. On Google+, you only get the contents of the original post (unlike Tumblr, where you get all the reshare comments as well, leading to posts that are a long chain of reshares with many of them having their own comments added).

This (layer 3) is a reshare of my reshare (layer 2) of Becka's post (layer 1), but I didn't add anything when I originally reshared... so I'll post this and then try to reshare it (layer 4).

Becka SuttonBecka Sutton wrote the following post Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:28:38 -0500
So introductions I guess
Hello Everybody :-D

I'm Becka and I'm a middle-aged British fantasy writer and wannabee artist. I also conlang and make maps in Campaign Cartographer. Recently I've been messing around with Blender and Audacity (not at the same time)

Feel free to follow me. I love making new friends.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
Becka SuttonBecka Sutton wrote the following post Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:28:38 -0500
So introductions I guess
Hello Everybody :-D

I'm Becka and I'm a middle-aged British fantasy writer and wannabee artist. I also conlang and make maps in Campaign Cartographer. Recently I've been messing around with Blender and Audacity (not at the same time)

Feel free to follow me. I love making new friends.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
As noted elsewhere, I was unexpectedly high-functioning on my first day of driving after SRS.

(I haven't posted about this much at all on Hubzilla, so for those in the Zotiverse reading this: I've been transitioning to female for just over a year now, and had SRS 19 days ago.)

I'm not actually supposed to be driving until Wednesday at the earliest ("3-4 weeks" was the directive from my surgeon), but I've been healing ridiculously well also and Harena is recovering from a cold -- so I drove her to her lab appointment this morning, then to lunch, then home... and we were out of staple foods for the ex-kids (who don't drive yet), so I needed to go to Funny Girl Farm to get eggs and bacon and to Costco for some other things -- and while I was there I thought I'd pick up our prescriptions, and I thought I should get Nissa charged back up again finally and take her for a spin...

The following things then happened:
  • went to charge up Nissa - found battery was at 0.0 volts, charger thought it was disconnected and wouldn't even attempt to charge
  • got out ratchet wrenches, removed battery, put it in Kestracel (primary car)
  • drove to Funny Girl Farm -- closed on Mondays, oops
  • decided to go straight to Costco rather than going home first as originally planned; did this without any sense of panic or despair
  • ...oh wait, Sears first to get a new battery (it's, like, one month from end of warranty, so if Nissa killed it again -- as her electrical system is wont to do -- I'll take my lumps)
  • ...where they said they'd need to test it, should take about an hour, can we have a phone number
  • ...so I gave them my cellphone number, again without any sense of panic or dread about receiving a phone call while doing other stuff, and headed over to Costco
  • got gas at Costco
  • ordered prescriptions refill for Harena and self; did not panic about having to do not only a prescrip for someone else but also two of them at once
  • ordered pizza for The Hypertwin Gang
  • did shopping; apparently did not forget anything (and also found organic eggs, negating the need for a stop by the Co-op on the way back... and got some roast chicken for H, who needs to avoid gluten)
  • found that although my prescrip was ready, H's was not; made decision to get them both simultaneously after checking out, did not panic or vacillate about making this decision
  • paid for groceries, took them to car, put everything properly in insulating bags
  • went back in and picked up prescrips
  • ...and pizza
  • ...except that Sears called while I was waiting for the pizza and said that the old battery was fine and I could come pick it up, and we had a conversation about timing and I didn't panic and I gave them accurate information about when I was likely to be able to pick it and I didn't feel terrible afterwards
  • ...and then I got the pizza and decided I could swing by Sears on the way back, so I did that and picked up the battery (no charge for the charge)
  • ...and even though I don't often drive home from there, again I did not panic about having to figure out how to get home and actually ended up taking a pretty sensible route...
  • ...which took me right past the Co-op, but did not panic or second-guess myself about this happening
  • Got home and requested help unloading without feeling guilty.
So... I'm just wondering if this is The New Order of Things, or if I was just going off mental energy I've been storing up over the past few weeks. I'd think that usually I'd be feeling more timid than usual, being out of my routine and so on, so I tend to think it isn't stored-up energy... and I've been feeling somewhere between emotionally-muted and tranquil since waking up from the anaesthetic, so I think I'm more inclined to say this is something to do with that.

...oh, and I did all that wearing my "Transition" shirt:

After finishing the pizza, I installed the battery and cranked Nissa to make sure everything was ok (it was, except I need to top off the steering fluid again) -- and then left one of the terminals disconnected in case it's awhile before I can drive her again.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  last edited: Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:41:44 -0400  
I need to start making a list of all the musicians on Mastodon who post their work online. Here's what I have so far:
Cross-posted here; maybe people will toss me some more links.
Any moosicians in Hubzilla fedspace? (Is anyone even reading this?)
Woozle Hypertwin
@Mario Vavti - Where do you post or sell your music?

I made a separate page for Hubzilla musicians: http://htyp.org/Hubzilla/people
Rex Mundi
Hey @Woozle Hypertwin I appreciate you compiling this list. I'm not a musician but I do like music and am always looking for new stuff

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
Just on a whim, I used git to pull the latest Friendica to my server and see if it would do anything towards fixing its inability to leave maintenance mode.

It changed what the maintenance mode page looks like, but that's about it.

I wonder if they fixed the MySQL syntax issues I found. I could find out by going through update.php, but I'm not even supposed to be working on this right now.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
I just went digging through the database of my old Friendica site (which I never could get working again after a migrate-and-upgrade earlier this year) looking for contacts to re-federate with.

Most of them were Diaspora, and with few or no exceptions the last activity on their profiles (where still available) was 3 years ago. I added connections to a few of them anyway.

Friendica was much rarer.

Then I went hopping through the local Hubzilla directory, and added a few more people.

Nothing new showing up in my "activity", but maybe they have to confirm or something... or maybe there hasn't been time for HZ to fetch the posts...

There were also a dozen or two real people accounts on my node (and hundreds of bots); I wish there was some way to export their accounts and re-establish them here.
Woozle Hypertwin
Oh, and I also checked out a few pods here -- https://podupti.me/ -- but most of them didn't give any individual usernames. I wonder if there's some way to federate with their user directories.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
So, after you've posted a post, how do you tell what the permissions were set to?
I thought I had set a post so a particular person could see it, but they can't, and I don't know why.
Woozle Hypertwin
FOUND IT -- you have to look in a different place from where the privacy control would be. If the post is private in any way, there's a little lock-icon to the left of the poster's name; click on that to get visibility.
Woozle Hypertwin
So the problem I'm having now is that when I go to the profile of the intended recipient ( @Harena Atria ), it shows no connections -- but when I select "Edit Connection" from the drop-down, it shows the connections I had intended.

Or are "privacy groups" different from "connections"? If so, how do you edit connections? There's nothing under "Connection Tools" that seems applicable.
Woozle Hypertwin
Apparently the problem was that Harena hadn't accepted the connection -- so even though she was showing up in my connections, we weren't connected.

The reason she hadn't accepted it is that the email notification's subject header was very generic, and didn't mention me (the account trying to connect to hers) at all -- so she ignored it, and didn't realize she needed to do something.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
== 1998 ==

Me: Hey everybody, we need to start using the world wide web to interact and organize!

World: <crickets>

== 2005 ==

World: WTF, George W. Bush got re-elected. <discovers blogging>

== ~2007 ==

Your Relatives and Classmates: Ohai, Facebook is cool.

== 2011 ==

Me: Wow, Google+ has potential but it needs a lot of work and Google needs to listen more to its users.

Google+ users: Yep. Some of us are leaving.

Google management: <insert propaganda here>

Google+ users: ...and now more of us are leaving.

Me: Hey everybody, we need to be exploring federated social media! Diaspora, Friendica?

World: <mostly crickets>

== 2017 ==

World: Hey, we need to be exploring federated social media because online harassment Nazis and general idiocy! How about Mastodon?

Me: Cool! But let's also keep looking for (or building) federated full-featured social networks, too, because Mastodon is more like Twitter than FB/G+ and we still need places like that.

World: <shrug>

Me: Oh hey, here's this Hubzilla thing that looks like it's tolerably usable and replicates a lot of the functionality of G+/FB, and I don't mean just the posting streams. It's got all kinds of stuff.

World: <crickets>

Tune in next week for another exciting episode...

(I hope this doesn't come across as bitter or anything; it's just how this process has felt.)

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
  • The "web pages" module lets you restrict access, on a page-by-page basis, to whichever group or individuals you prefer. This is something I have been seeking for many years now. (Also, unlike posts, you can change the access after posting.)
  • It also supports multiple markup formats, including BBCode (same as posting), raw HTML, and something called PDL. I have no idea how to do PDL markup; as near as I can tell, it's this, which looks like it could be any number of formats. Which one is Hubzilla referring to? Is there some kind of <!DOCTYPE>-like markup to let you choose?
  • The "wiki pages" module isn't really a full-featured wiki (not that I expected it would be); you have to manually create the pages you link to, rather than links to nonexisting pages allowing you to create them automatically. It does, however, support font sizes, and keeps an edit history. (I don't know if there's a syntax guide anywhere, or if the syntax goes beyond header-size and [[links]].)
  • Hubzilla's BBCode supports bulleted lists and tables but not (as far as I can tell) font size, font color, or numbered lists. (I'm not sure there's a syntax guide for the BBCode either, but at least buttons and pop-up hints are provided for that.)
  • In BBCode content, when you insert a link using the button, a preview is generated -- and you can edit the preview (this is good).

Page description language - Wikipedia
In digital printing a page description language (PDL) is a computer language that describes the appearance of a printed page in a higher level than an actual output bitmap. An overlapping term is printer control language, which includes Hewlett-Packard's Printer Command Language (PCL). PostScript is one of the most noted page description languages....

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
Hubzilla questions currently remaining:
* Can other users see my folders? How about if I give them a link? (Can anyone access this: https://hub.iseeamess.com/network?f=&file=politics)
* How do I access my tags? I know how to add them, and I can see tags on a post, but how do I find posts for a given tag?
* ...and then there's this "categories" thing. Is that an alias for tags? We'll see after I post this, but tentatively it looks like yet a third way of grouping posts.

From the other end: I want to group a bunch of posts together and provide a link to the group. Is there a way to do that? Is there a way to do that for public posts that will work for anonymous (not-logged-in) users?
Stuart Butterworth
I'm logged in, and can't see any files, at least on mobile.
As for the other questions, I've been meaning to look into that, will experiment when I get home.
Woozle Hypertwin
Does that link allow you to see any posts, though? (I'm talking about posting folders, not file-storage folders. It's a feature that doesn't seem to be enabled by default, and I think the account owner has to enable it.)

Hang on, the link I gave earlier is malformatted. Try this: https://hub.iseeamess.com/network?f=&file=politics
Woozle Hypertwin
Apparently tags do show up as links under each post, which can then be used as public links.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
This thing seems to handle phone browsers pretty well, both Chrome and Firefox.

I can't take a photo directly into a post, as in Mastodon, but it looks like I can take a photo into HZ's photo manager and then share that. Will try that next.

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  last edited: Fri, 09 Jun 2017 06:43:08 -0400  
Well hey -- I upgraded Hubzilla to 2.4, and suddenly it's letting me log in now.

I had totally forgotten I even installed this thing until it suddenly emailed me a reminder that the cron job hadn't run in nearly a month.

Now I need to figure out how it works...
Woozle Hypertwin
I figured out how to do the plugins, fwiw. If you ever get to that point again and get stuck, let me know.

Configuring certain of the plugins, however, seems to be largely undocumented. It's as if they expect you to already know where to get certain pieces of information, or what they mean...
I've always found that undocumented software is usually indicative of OSS that isn't quite ready for the big time - or Microsoft...
Woozle Hypertwin
Woozle Hypertwin updated their profile photo