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Jun 18
DJ Shelenn at the RockHouse
Tue 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Shelenn Ayres
Weekly 1-2 hour event in the RockHouse parcel of the Melody region at 3rd Rock Grid. Come join us! When you get to the region, click RockHouse on the teleport board. See you there!

Blues music today from now until 6 pm Eastern Time. Enjoy!

A little blast from the past for those inclined ;)

#Peertube I am looking for an alternative for livestreaming video from a laptop to the Internet. I know I can do this with YT but can I do it with Peertube?

Out of the blue, I remembered BigBlueButton servers do this. I set-up an experimental BBB server once over a year ago, but turned it off. I found out about that system because they are heavily linked to the open source Moodle online college system. You can run a BBB server as a stand-alone. Depending on the server's set-up you can record the live stream. Because it's designed for MOOC/MOOT's having lots of viewers is a cinch. You can do interactive boardroom stuff with it too.

I've never looked for public servers, but there must be some. Or if you can find a friend at UCLA, you might get access to one. You can try it on the official BBB demo server,, and they have tutorial videos about it too.

We ran a BBB server a couple of years ago. It can be a resource hog but we didn't find many people liked it unfortunately.

Saw some new thing worth mentioning. My local Drupal group found a new thing for remote meetings. They used Google Hangouts in the past and it was pretty lame bandwidth. The new place we're going to meet is on which happens Wednesday. Seems like an always open chat room type thing. You get a subdirectory of your selected name that the stream runs in.

If they didn't have a free version, I wouldn't have mentioned it.

We use virtual worlds for meetings. You experience a virtual presence as well as have chat and voice communications. This is far better than 2D meeting platforms and tools IMO. It combines 3D avatar technology with a social experience i.e. social virtual worlds.

O I C. I know that the [matrix] backend system supports VR type live streaming.

Most people use Riot to interact with Matrix instances.

Thanks that is interesting to know about! (I should clarify where am headed with this project.)

I have a virtual world running on an open source multi-user social virtual world server rendered by open source client viewer software. The virtual world has several purposes so moving it to another platform is not an option.

One purpose is to provide access via a URL "looking into" or watching the virtual world without interaction in the virtual world itself. The watcher can observe dynamic interaction with the virtual world by other avatars or non-playing characters via this URL. My mother envisioned a virtual world where people can use 3D to learn about gardening. She is no longer able to use her tablet or laptop so accessing the virtual world with the client application is not an option for her. But, giving her a URL to a livestream of that virtual world will allow her to see her vision in real time and enjoy a unique virtual garden similar to the one near her since she is no longer able to get out and garden in her offline life.

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Researchers: Bitcoin's Carbon Footprint Equal To Las Vegas | AP

he virtual currency bitcoin is responsible for the same amount of carbon dioxide emissions as a city like Las Vegas or Hamburg and efforts to reduce its climate footprint should be considered, researchers said Thursday.

A study by researchers at the Technical University of Munich and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, examined how m
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Where would I find someone to run a gofundme campaign on commission only or on a volunteer basis to raise monies for people in need of financial assistance?

From what I see, the average expert crowdfunding agency charges 1k-3.5k upfront plus 25-35% commission which is not affordable for people who find themselves in need due to circumstances beyond their control like cancer, debillitating disease, accident, layoff, business failures due to political tariffs, etc.

Any ideas? Let's crowdsource some knowledge folks! Possible crowdfund services might be gofundme or justgiving

I should say multiple campaigns since each case will be different. This could be an opportunity for commision only work for someone who works from home that would like to pay it forward yet still earn some income. The idea is to establish this as a service available to people who don't know how to run their own campaign, don't have the energy to do so, or have tried and failed.

You'd probably have to find someone willing to start such a foundation from scratch...

Existing structure exists for the business side of things. What is needed is a team of like-minded individuals who believe in the mission and are crowdfunding experts.

Jun 12
DJ Shelenn at Club Chocolate
Wed 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM City
Shelenn Ayres
Two hour event at Club Chocolate in Keng City. Join us for Smokey Blues NIght! When you get to the region, click Club Chocolate on the teleport board. See you there!

Stream is up early for your listening pleasure ;)

Theme Developers

Are there theme developers out there that want to create additional themes for Friendica?

It would be great to have some more crowdpower on that topic. If you are interested, just visit

#Friendica #Theme #Federation #Fediverse #developer #development

This is the house that Trump built... false reports of a man with a gun created a panic leading to senseless and inhuman injuries. #StopTheViolence

Sad for a life to end this young - Hillary's younger brother passed on at age 65.

Jun 4
DJ Shelenn at the RockHouse
Tue 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Shelenn Ayres
Weekly 1-2 hour event in the RockHouse parcel of the Melody region at 3rd Rock Grid. Come join us! When you get to the region, click RockHouse on the teleport board. See you there!

Pride Music in celebration of June Pride in the US



$18,000? How very small-minded, petty, and frankly stupid, of this woman. Hardly worth the risk. Then again, to have been a state official and refer to FLOTUS as an "ape in heels" already shows how small-minded, churlish and dull-witted she was.


It never seems to end since Trump attracts criminals like a magnet. I think we've barely scratched the surface.

Nader has been informing keeping himself out of prison for years - mob ties if I remember correctly but in the case of Trump, foreign government backchannels etc are involved. Looks like he left the country then came back thinking he was in the clear LOL

Yeah, I've commented for years that these GOP people seem stunningly self-confident and cocky. That's never a good idea because it almost always backfires.

There is a reason why they are far-right in the first place. Mental deficiencies of various kinds.



DC Pride 2019

Happy Pride! Events in DC kickoff tomorrow. Stay safe and dry :)


Trevor Project

While I loathe fakebook, a friend of mine is raising money so I wanted to share this with the Fediverse... it's a worthy cause for all of us who are like-minded here:

The Trevor Project if you know anyone that might donate please share the link -

Alison Redford reshared this.

May 21
DJ Shelenn at the RockHouse
Tue 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Shelenn Ayres
Weekly 1-2 hour event in the RockHouse parcel of the Melody region at 3rd Rock Grid. Come join us! When you get to the region, click RockHouse on the teleport board. See you there!

Both interesting and concerning to see the advancement of technology and techniques that can provide greater accessibility yet also fake lip sync that is so difficult to detect as fake.

OMFG! That's such a good #deepfake ... i love it!

Canny AI: Imagine world leaders singing

#video #music #johnlennon #imagine #deeplearning #ai #art

It's not a comprehensive idea but the videos used have the same main color profile because only the lips are adjusted. A search could match to the original content. Simply cropping might thwart that though. I guess extensive watermarking signatures for peoples original content might do the trick.

BTW: Just saw this piece (surprisingly from an eBank) about the #Deepfakes problems and half-way down the article they discuss two active measures currently combatting the problems.


Friendica release candidate 2019.06-rc available

Today we have branched off the release candidate (RC) for the upcoming 2019.06 release of Friendica. Since end of March, we fixed some bugs and added some interesting new
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