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Steve Ivy

My Omnivore is now overflowing with things to re-read and blog about, I will never catch up.

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Omnivore - open source "read later" site and app

I was introduced to by someone on Mastodon (can’t find the reference now, but thanks whoever you were)!

Omnivore is a “read later” app like Pocket, but free to use and open source. I’ve found the website to be well done, though there are some issues right now:

  • The iOS app freezes pretty often, so I do most of my reading on my Mac
  • The Firefox extension is easy to use but the “set labels” feature doesn’t seem to work, and I general want to label/tag everything.

#readlater #opensource

Steve Ivy

I can’t seem to find documentation on what content types #Mastodon supports in the actual “status” content. I’ve seen posts with inline links and basic formatting, but don’t know how to post them.

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Steve Ivy

When you’ve managed to make it too hot for cacti to survive, you’ve broken the desert. #climatechange #cacti #heatwave

Cacti need to cool down at night or through rain and mist. If that does not happen they sustain internal damage. Plants now suffering from prolonged, excessive heat may take months or years to die, Hernandez said.

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Steve Ivy

Discord #poetry

the joys of online chat the growing branching living conversations violently mulched and spread inches thin on line-ruled floor stacked and strung one by one a flowing river frozen into immobile ice

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Steve Ivy

Probably not the new site logo and slogan, but you never know…

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Climate Change in micro

This is a little picture of what #climatechange means: Sitting on my back porch in Arizona this morning at 5:45am, enjoying only the second summer monsoon rain this season. Sipping a coffee in a damp wind, with the temperature at 82ºF (28ºC). 2023-08-08 at 4.28.13 PM.png

I realized that – after nearly a month of temperatures over 110ºF (43ºC), a record-breaking length of time even in Arizona – I had forgotten what 82º felt like. This is not typical, normal, or a cyclic phase.

This is a permanent, ongoing, man-made problem.


Replying to a Mastodon post from the blog

Fedi/Mastodon programmers… with the #MastodonAPI, and given a url to a post on any instance (assuming I have access to the toot from my account), how might I get my instance to fetch it and give me a “local” ID that is suitable for passing as the “inReplyToID” in a toot payload?

Wondering if I need to:

Would that be the “local” ID?

#MastodonAPI #fediverse #programming #blogging #indieweb

#mastodonapi #fediverse #programming #blogging #indieweb

Steve Ivy

Dammit I started a branch on Goldfrog to play with the #micropub api, and now that it’s in pieces on the editor floor, I have 3 more features I want to add. #indieweb #blogging

(One is adding the ability for a note or post here to be a reply to another post on Mastodon.)

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An Education for Settlers on Indigenous Peoples Day

Yehuda Rothschild republished (with permission) a presentation by Lara A Jacobs, Mvskoke citizen and Native scientist, on settler colonialism - what is it, what is colonization, what happened when settlers (in North America) arrived.

The whole thing is excellent, and I hope there’s a video version, or one is done one day.

Some particular points I want to mention/synthesize:

Colonization is not a historical event, but a continuous process that requires ongoing support through social and legal systems and institutional violence.

Colonization doesn’t just mean moving in and kicking out indiginous people, though it definitely means that. It’s also continued occupation of their “lands, waters, and environments”, the forced breakup of families and communities through unjust and cruel laws and foster systems, the intentional obliteration of native peoples’ languages, cultural practices, and value systems (often through forced fostering and the original residential homes).

We (the White European Settlers) operated – and still operate – under a value system and ideologies that are manifestly destructive (the following is quoted):

  • Conquer and defeat their surroundings
  • Biases against undeveloped areas
  • Associated uncivilized areas with evil
  • Commodity-based utilitarianism (e.g., extractive practices)
  • Extraction of ‘natural resources’ (e.g., forest products, marine fisheries, mining, etc.)
  • Capitalism

All of these in direct opposition to the beliefs, ideologies, and practices of Native cultures and communities, which had been existing largely in balance with their environments for many thousands of years before settlers arrived.

There is much much more in the slides that were shared and I’m grateful to Lara and Yehuda both for making these available.

#colonialism #settlercolonialism #whitesupremacy #education

Steve Ivy

If I was going to work in #government and had my choice it would probably be at the US Digital Service.

We collaborate with public servants throughout the government to address some of the most critical needs and ultimately deliver a better government experience to people. We work across multiple agencies and bring best practices from our various disciplines.

Also found out they are now hiring #remotework employees, a few years ago they were DC-local only. 🤔

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Steve Ivy

Nothing’s wrong, GameRant. Shot 2023-08-04 at 1.20.02 PM.png

And it’s your #tracking I’m blocking, not #advertising (well, ok, it’s that too)

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Newbern, Alabama: No Elections for 60 years

I recently learned about a small town in Alabama that has not held a public election for more than sixty years. The town is Newbern, Alabama. While nearly eighty-five percent of the town residents are Black, before 2020 the town never had a Black mayor.

An unbelievable and yet completely believable story of voter suppression in the deep south

Guy Nave, Jr gives a well-written and succint history of voting rights for former enslaved Black people in the south, then tells the story describing the incredible “hand-me-down” white mayorship in the majority-Black town.

“We’ve never had an election out here. We don’t have ballots and machines to do it.” Stokes became mayor in 2008, when he inherited the position from Haywood Stokes Jr. Their ancestor, Peter P. Stokes, served in the Confederate Army and “owned” enslaved Black people when Newbern was a cotton plantation town.

#voter-suppression #racism #voting-rights

Steve Ivy

A tiny fediverse wishlist:

  • Quote toots
  • A real DM implementation w/ E2E encryption (black-box, ie. even the host cannot read them)

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Check your Voter Registration Status

From the Black Voters Matter Fund mailing list (I can’t find a web link for this on the website):

Georgia Voters, Your Voter Status Is At Risk

Hundreds of thousands of Georgians could see their registrations canceled, causing concerns among voting rights advocates. The Georgia Secretary of State plans to remove 191,473 inactive voters, citing outdated lists. While accuracy is essential, this will disenfranchise voters in the process. Protect your right to vote - check your status today at, and stay informed about these changes. Let your voice be heard in Georgia’s elections!

It’s a good reminder for all of us - especially anyone who believes in actual Democracy, justice, and law - that that the GOP’s “best” chance these days is to repeatedly attack our voting rights, most particularly those of oppressed “minorities”.

(“People of the global majority” I saw someone brilliantly describe those we often call “people of color”.)

Steve Ivy

Anyone got a recommendation for a good RSS reader for Android (like NetNewsWire on iOS)?

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Steve Ivy

Been wanting to re-focus on the ol’ blog here, and a friend told me about – there’s a local event tomorrow night so going to go hang out and work on some longer posts with a bunch of other writers :) #writing #blogging #community

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