We will sob. We will ache. We will be overcome with grief & sadness.
We will also remember. We will savor her words & voice left to us & this world. Perhaps most importantly, we will keep a piece of her alive within us forever.
@mike, this last year for me has been one of excruciating loss. There are days I feel my chest may collapse within me & I will breathe my last. Today is another such day.
I know it's cheesy & nerdy, but I hope this image will be of value to you & others. 💙 🙏
I'm a tad private and preferring to avoid the federated instances. 😬 If you're on #theliturgists instance, let's follow each other on this journey!
❤️ 🍌 🐐
You can find my introduction here as a follower-only 'toot':
Final Flight. 06 May 2019. Tampa Bay, Tampa.
How can the Fediverse build user trust? Instance admins theoretically agree not to exploit us, but can there be assurance? How do we also know our data is safely and properly stored? Maintaining regular backups should be a requirement for all operators. Goodness, an instance shouldn't even be able to run unless that is the case.
_sighs_ I don't have answers to this.
I WANT to trust and love the Fediverse. Unfortunately, this recent data loss seriously breaks trust.
On July 2, the PixelFed instance I've been using suffered critical data loss & the last backup was FIVE months old. Every image, comment, like, followed, & follower are gone. Every externally shared linked--broken. This should NOT happen on social networking sites. For many people, such losses can be personally devastating. We cannot trust corporations with our data because they'll abuse it. Yet, can we really trust small & numerous instances to keep our data safe?
I'm VERY troubled by a terrible weakness within the Fediverse today. Each instance (e.g. mastodon, peertube, pixelfed) is operated independently according to standards that are intended to build trust. Our data is "safe & won't be exploited." The con? _Poorly managed instances!_
Are admins creating regular backups? You can choose an instance based on user numbers, activity, and uptime, but how can we know if the instance is being managed well technologically?
Discourse is more intuitive and familiar to most used when compared to other platforms such as Slack. However, you maybe still wish to check out this handy tutorial: https://discourse.theliturgists.com/t/how-to-discourse-new-user-guide/
Mike's dream is to create an online community that is 1. controlled by The Liturgists (to protect your data), 2. easy to use, 3. has robust anti-harassment features, & 4. protects privacy and anonymity. This Discourse community has the ability to do that and more!
If you login & register with your Patreon credentials, you'll also be able to converse in the Patron-only section without having to rely on the hosts to create posts on Patreon.
The Liturgists want to see you there! Join us today!
Sunflower. 27 June 2019. Our Family Farm, Florida.
Back with my family after much too long away. It seem those sunflowers around our garden are coming up. 😊
This was so very moving.
I'm Gay - Eugene Lee Yang
Eugene comes out as gay in his original, deeply personal music video, featuring music by ODESZA.
Am I crazy or did lightboxes disappear from PixelFed some time ago?
Self-Portrait. 21 April 2019. Windy Point, Santa Catalina Mountains.
And btw, Liturgusts... "follow me! " 😊
Why this thread?
I generally DON'T want my posts visible outside this instance. The solution? Setting toot privacy to "followers-only." This limits interaction though. Perhaps this thread will allow privacy-conscious users more visibility.
REMEMBER, toots set "public" federate out to all connected instances & they're crawled by search engines. Make sure this is your intention.
Public toots show a 🌎.
Followers-only toots show a 🔒.
Example of public toots via Google: http://bit.ly/masto-priv-ex
👋 FOLLOWERS EXCHANGE:
A follow request thread for privacy-conscious users 🔐
The only way to keep your posts from becoming publicly visible on the Internet is to post "followers-only." Unfortunately, this limits interaction with other Liturgists to only those who follow you.
If you wish to exchange follows with other Liturgists here, respond with "follow me" to indicate that you wish to be followed and will follow in return.
I'm gonna click that number two some time. Maybe even the 3 or 4.
In all things uncertain except my love for others, seeking the Divine, and living life meaningfully.
This is an instance for folks who follow The Liturgists Podcast, The Alien & The Robot, and other things The Liturgists create.