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The Smithsonian announced today that they have released 2.8 million images into the public domain (CC0 license). In celebration of this I made a bot you can follow that will post one random image from the set every 8 hours:

@si

For more on the imageset, see here: smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian

Attention #Mastodon sysadmins! A new release with some security fixes will drop on Thursday, prepare to upgrade -- we'll release 2.9.x, 3.0.x, and 3.1.x versions to make sure you have the easiest time upgrading for this.

Just a friendly driving tip from a 27 yr veteran truck driver. If you are passing a large tractor trailer. Mash the gas and GO! Dont slow down like you are trying sneak past a sleeping dog.
Dont linger around us. We literally can not see you. And the longer you are there the higher the chance that something could happen. So mash the gas and tote that ass on by. Please!

#Mastodon 3.1 is out! 🎉

github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

Among other things, bookmarks, admin announcements with emoji reactions, improvements to mod tools and loads of other fixes!

Hey #fediverse experts. I'd like to host an instance for an #environment #protection #ngo but since they obviously care about resources and I heard that #mastodon has a heavy footprint I struggle to find a middle ground. Do you have ideas what to do about it? I e.g. heard about #rustodon but it is nothing near production ready yet.

Boosting is highly appreciated. :)

Dino 0.1 is released! 🎉

Dino is a secure and open-source application for decentralized messaging. It uses the XMPP (“Jabber”) protocol and is interoperable with other XMPP clients and servers. We aim to provide an intuitive, clean and modern user interface.

Release blog post: dino.im/blog/2020/01/dino-0.1-

🎉 First release candidate for #Mastodon 3.1.0 is out for testing:

github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

There are security-related fixes, improvements of admin functions like search by IP, announcements, bookmarks, and more.

if you're starting an "instance of one" you *really* need to fully examine your options before choosing a particular piece of software. I would recommend doing your homework before jumping directly into this.

Now releasing: FediverseCast episode 3!

In this episode I talk about how the Fediverse doesn't actually solve any of social media's problems... but how it might!

fediversecast.com/2020/01/13/f

#podcast

Put your phone down. Step away from the computer. Not forever, just for a couple minutes.

Now we're going to war and I'm still angry about those kids in cages.

USPol 

I called my Representative this afternoon to lodge a request that she urge House Judiciary to introduce new articles of impeachment for Trump's catastrophic mishandling of the situation in Iraq and Iran. (I also took the opportunity to remind her that Flint still doesn't have potable water.)

If you live in the US, when you get the chance, I suggest you do the same. (Representatives also have email contact via their government website, if you're phone-anxious.)

Why don't public agencies run ActivityPub compliant web services? If I'm being taxed at least that public money should fund a fellow fedi admin.

Hello Fediverse! After FAR too long of a break, I'm happy to share FediverseCast Episode 2!

fediversecast.com/2020/01/06/f

I want to try for ~1 episode per week in 2020. In order to do that, the show is moving away from a primarily interview-style format to just me @kevinflo discussing topics solo

Hope you enjoy. Boosts appreciated! #podcast

In early 2017 I was tired, and disappointed, and about to leave federated networks. Then one amazing Fediverse user reminded me of the remedy:

"Learn to rest, not to quit".

Perhaps someone here needs this advice now.

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Jon Leibowitz's choices:

jonleibowitz.social

jonleibowitz.social is a single-user instance!