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I'm once again preparing to set up my own Friendica instance. Anything I should especially be aware of? Is the information correct that I don't really need to bother with setting up a bridge to facebook since they aren't going to let me in anyways?
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♲ Mike the Friendican
My name is Mike Macgirvin. I am a software developer.
I'll get to the point.  Help us save the web.

Getting Facebook (and Google) out of our private lives is the most important technical challenge facing the web in this generation. We MUST do this, as the grip of control is reaching further and further where it doesn't belong - and the implications for the future are positively scary for humanity.

The way we must do this is to take back our personal and social communications.

I'VE ALREADY DONE THIS. I started a project two years ago to provide decentralised and distributed social communications. That project is now called Friendica. The project website is at and code is at

Friendica WORKS today (unlike similar projects which are still struggling at basic communications after two years, and after squandering huge amounts of money). Along the way I've asked people what they needed, I've listened to the community, and we've built an entire open development eco-system around Friendica.

It's time to take it to the next level. In order to do this, I need to devote full time to it and be able to hire a competent visual designer to help implement the vision.  The new project is called simply "Red".  Red is a social network - but at the same time it is unlike any social network that has ever existed.

Like Friendica, it can do anything that Facebook can do - except monitor, and track, and "use" all its members and their activities for marketing.

Like Friendica, Red is a completely open platform that is decentralised and distributed and will run on commodity servers, with all servers treated as equals. Like Friendica it is extensible via themes and plugins/addons. Like Friendica it will be the only distributed social service which offers strong (and non-intrusive) permission control for profiles, web pages, and photos.

But we're going a LOT further than that.

Here's what we're doing...

1. We're changing the out-dated concept of "friends" vs. "not friends".  Relationships in the real world are a continuum between "intimacy" and "total strangers". How we relate to individuals and what we share with them depends on where they fit in that spectrum. This spectrum is built into the Red experience.

2. The distributed social web suffers from the adage "only geeks run servers". We're going to change that. We've got a business model. We will get organisations and individuals to provide enough servers to support everybody on the planet because there's a profit motive. Many sites will offer free service, some will charge for extra features, such as huge numbers of friends and additional photo space. Subscription revenue will pay for running the hardware. Geeks can also run their own servers for family/friends and get it all for free.  The ability to obtain revenue and monetise the service will be built-in to the software. Whether you choose to use it is a personal (or business) choice.

Advertising on the web has gotten us into this situation. To get out of it, we have to draw a line in the sand. No advertising. No monitoring and no tracking. Our credo and reason for existence is that our customers are YOU and your PRIVACY is what we are being paid to protect.  Period.

3. We already know from building decentralised social systems that sites come and go and people move to other servers. We're building MOBILITY into the Red protocols.  You'll download your private key and address book to a thumb drive and be able to  communicate from any device or desktop, through any Red server on the planet - privately, to all your friends and associates. If you can still connect to your old server, we can get everything we need from there and you don't need to download it. Sure, you will also be able to save your posts and photo albums, but what we discovered in practice is that the most important thing about moving between server hubs is the ability to preserve your relationships.  You can pop up at any Red site at any time and still have all your friends.

4. The other thing we learned from Friendica is that one "interface" does not make everybody happy. Neither does one set of features. So along with the Red "look and feel", we are completely revamping the "theme" system to make it easy to build additional applications on top of our decentralised communications infrastructure. You can have dating sites, church social clubs, learning centers and more. You can have desktop apps and mobile/pad apps and web apps. These are all just templates you apply to our/(your) social framework. Also, these can either connect with the rest of the Red "grid", or they can be standalone and offer completely different functionality. Secure and private social communications are provided by a back-end engine, and we'll provide tools so you can build anything you wish on top of it.  We have an existing API which is already compatible with a few dozen third-party clients. We will be adding to this to provide access to our full range of privacy features.

I'm building Red today. I'm also heavily involved in Friendica and keeping it running smoothly.  But look - reality bites some times. I'm a family guy holding a day job. There isn't enough time in the day to pull this off. Everybody developing Friendica is/are volunteers.  The work ahead is monumental. If I'm doing this part time it's going to take 2-3 years.

So I'm looking for crowd funding to allow me to work on this full time. I'm a good project developer, but I also require the assistance of at least one good visual designer who can transform these ideas into a slick web interface. Visual design is something you have or you don't have, and I don't have it - so I need help.

I'd like to fund this project for my own salary and one designer and one capable server for one year - and I believe that by the end of that time we will have the means to be self-sustaining. If I can hire a couple of other people to help out, it will happen quicker. Time is of the essence. We're rapidly losing control of the web to the forces of darkness.

Everything we do is and will be published openly and you can track our progress.

I will be working with one or two crowd sourcing applications to launch an official campaign, but you can donate today - just PayPal and send this to a friend or three and help me get the word out.

Help us save the web.

Thank you.

Mike Macgirvin
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Readinglog for the beginning of July
After I didn't really find a lot of quite time to read (not that I could complain about the time I had and the way I spent it) and even less time to post an update on the books I'm reading, I've finally got around to post an update.

I read through Something Wicked This Way Comes on a quite steady but slow pace and finished it more than a week ago. Ray  Bradbury certainly knows how to get the things he wants to get across neatly packed into the elements of his story. At the end of this book he built up a lot of tension towards the final battle to fight of the carnival's evil demons. That was when things started to get a bit confusing. For one I'm not alltogether sure how Will's father finally came from being a bookworm who seems useful at best when it comes to going through the archives for old reports on similiar incidents to the hero of the day who fights off the forces of evil by exposing his unburdened laughter and love. To be fair I cannot really tell if this is due to the transformation not being introduced properly, which would be a deficit in regards to story-telling. I guess this introduction was supposed to happen around the late night talk in the family's garden. I guess I might be biased in two veines regarding that point. In special regards towards the aforementioned transformation it might simply be that I have an aversion for such romanticized father-son relations. I'm totally okay with old mages, priests, leprechauns and talking horses coming out of nowhere and telling the protagonist about his true destinity (it's cheap and all but can be fun) but I don't see why any logic would dictate that (male) heroes need a father who neglects them their whole life only to finally give them a pat on the shoulder right on time for the turning point of the story when only the spots are on.

In a similiar manner, I can't really warm to Bradburry's simple truth in the hearts of the people which is occasionally combined with what seems to be outright technophobia. But maybe I'm just confuisng him with the likes of Disney studios who routinely plaster every story in that vein. The sour taste of their Wine might have spoiled my taste for the grapes here.

Ironically, a few days ago, I've started reading another work by Bradbury, who recently died, if you haven't been aware. I'm already  80 pages into The Martian Chronicles although I only got into it on a short train trip. It seems quite entertaining so far and also doesn't appear to be that romanticized as Something Wicked That Way Comes was to me. Again, that might only be the case because it's set on Mars in a (to that time) future and romanticizing comes off a bit more naturally and humorous in that case.

In between the two,  I've frantically read through HalbEngel by Tobias O. Meißner. I wont comment much on it here since it is a German book, I'm writing in English and to my knowledge there aren't any translations of Meißner's works available. Which is a pitty, since, as HalbEngel has me convinced once again and for all, when it comes to a master of recent German literature, Meißner is the way to look. I can't wait to reread the first and read the second volume of Hiobs Spiel (Hiob's Game) before the third volume is released in autumn, which I've already preordered.

Additionaly, I'm more than halfway through the audio-book of American Gods and perhaps will comment more on that one as soon as it is finished.

This might take a bit longer than expected though, since my Kindle broke again. Can't say I'm really satisfied with the build-quality. 

Guess I'll close this post with a shoutout to the @Book Club who I would very welcome to be a bit nosier again.
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@Book Club I think I'm starting a small backlog of my current leisure reading here. Is it already possible for people to get rid of these posts, as they are filed to the category "readinglog" in case they feel spammed?

I would also be interested in software you folks use for keeping your log updated. I used to utilize BookCatalogue on my Android phone but I didn't export my collection before doing a system udate. Therefore, the collection remains on the SD-card but has been rendered unusable. The application also is losing a lot of charm since I can't use it to scan barcodes of the epubs I read, since there aren't any. Although it might be possible to get a script in place that extracts the bibliographical information out of the epubs and generates a QR-code for that. But in that case I might be better off compiling the infos from the epub (is there any at all) directly into a database/logfile. Anyway, in the end it would seem ideal to have something that utilizes BibTeX or a similiar standard. 

So here goes the entry for now:

On June 10th I finished reading Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms which I had started about a week earlier. I still can't get myself to  imagine #Hemingway as a very likeable person. Most of his characters and especially his narrator just seem so cynical. In this volume I was most troubled by the character of Catherine Barkley who most of the time appears to be blatantly naive. On the other hand, she might as well be enormously cynical. In any way, Hemingway remains a great narrator and spins a net between his characters that is at the same time very clear but also gives food for thought still after the last page has been turned.

On the very same day I started Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes which is starting off as a great childhood story of misteries and will surely keep me awake some extra time each night but will also give me peaceful sleep afterwards.

Yesterday I began listening to the audiobook of Neil Gaiman's American Gods, read by George Guidall. So far everything about this one seems to be great fun.
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Nothing to add here…

♲ Paul Taylor
Absolutely bloody marvellous piece from themacgirvin:

♲ Mike
Somebody asked me...
Somebody asked me - "Why are you building a social network? Do you really think you can challenge Facebook?"

If you've looked at Friendica and what we're all about, you'll quickly see that I'm not building a social network. You aren't even close.

So then, why am I trying to convince people they should use Friendica?

Indeed. I work my butt off on this project and get nothing in return but ridicule and scorn for trying to do something good for the benefit of humanity.

But, if you really want to know, here's why... Because "Social networking" is a business model from 2005. "Social networks" are obsolete. I want to get rid of them. I want to break down their silly little walls and open the internet so people can communicate with their friends without requiring a U.S. owned corporation to act as a go-between. Communicating with people is not a business model. It's what we do - and it's what the internet was designed for. Not selling stuff. That came later, and screwed up everything. 

We don't need to agree to let people spy on our email. Why do we think that we have to accept people spying on our other online conversations and claiming ownerships of all our thoughts and photos?

What I'm building is a free internet without walls - and where people can share with their friends and not have to "sell their soul to the devil" to do so.  It may look a bit like a social network but it is much more than that. It is freedom.

That's why I'm doing this.
Spremberger Str., Cottbus, Germany
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It's a good morning in #Cottbus, after all. Equally enjoying the sun and the #Organon.

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Chor HS Lausitz & BTU Cottbus : Rolling In The Deep

YouTube: Chor der HS Lausitz & BTU Cottbus (MarbleCakeMusic)

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Ja, das Anklicken des Links und anschließende Anschauen bei YT scheint irgendwie praktischer zu sein, als das Abspielen im Stream. Wüsset aber nicht, wie ich das Video anders hätte einbinden sollen.

Aber es macht mich glücklich, dass es dir Freude bereitet hat. (:
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A few impression from last weekend's trip to Peitz
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Janis Joplin: D'you ever see those mule carts ?
Dick Cavett: Yeah.
JJ: They, er, there's a dumb mule on there right and a long stick with a string and a carrot, and it hangs over the mule's nose, and it runs after it all day long. Some ...
DC: Who is the man in this, in this parable, the mule, or the person holding the carrot ?
JJ: No, the woman is the, is the mule. Chasing something that somebody's holds her way. Constantly chasing her man ...
DC: Yeah.
JJ: ... who always eludes her. Well, they always hold something more than they're prepared to give.
DC: I have to defend my entire sex, ladies and gentlemen! The burden of the defense.
JJ: Go right ahead!


Listening to old LPs while preparing to work through the last paragraphs before starting to rewrite the whole ~30pages written so far.
Got to keep aiming for a realistic look on what lies ahead. If that's not asked too much.
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Nils Reichert is now friends with Adrian Lang

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