The more we get together…

Susan was able to get a video of Clover singing with em knowing. It starts out with Clover’s rendition of the refrain from The More We Get Together. The next part is the naming of our friends, as e begins…

“…Pocoyo, Ellie, Gautham, papa, Judy, Gautham, Judy, Diana, Justin, Liz, momma, papa, Maggie, momma, maiki, momma, momma!”

Judy + Wikipedia

Judy is being a rock star:

Neil and I coded a phone gateway for the English Wikipedia on Twilio. You send it a text with your search query (like “Barak Obama” or “Seattle”) and it calls you back in a few seconds and reads you the entire text of the article. =D

The code is at

Judy goes on to explain how the convergence of community efforts from various individuals and groups are allowing em to create helpful and interesting tech. Also, e is getting a free trip to the Berlin hackathon, so that is hot.

The development here really is useful, too. A couple of years ago we were looking at using something similar for Oakland Local, where you would find a number and extension to call on stickers placed around the city which would be updated with recent news and history pertaining to that location. At the time there were only expensive services that provided that functionality.

I am looking forward to seeing it develop. Now, we just need to get Judy to blog a little bit more often… ^_^

Moving on

So, the journey of being harassed, and communicating with the server owner at Evocraft has come to an end. Now what?

Well, first of all, the server now has the rules listed when one joins, and require a player to accept them to gain access to certain features of the server. The screen shot shows the interface:

I think that is a step in the right direction, and I like to think I had something to do with it. It is reaffirming to me that the way to enact positive change is by speaking up and discussing an issue.

Redstone is a gateway circuitry

The other thing that I am happy to share is Unfortunately, my timing isn’t great, since according to the information page on Reddit (edit: and an updated post), “the power supply committed suicide. everything’s down until I get another PSU now :(“.

Anyhow, Malmater and I have been playing there for about a week or so, and we are having a blast. It isn’t PvP or survival like the other server, but it still allows for a great amount of expression. I’ve met some cool people, and we actually spent time showing off our creations to each other. It is a completely different experience, of course. ^_^

I found it because I told Judy that I was looking for a civil server, and I might as well look for one that is explicitly LGBT-friendly. She pointed me to that info page and I was able to contact the server owner and get playing.

I would wear a dress

Aside from that, over the weekend the news hit about the LAN party that is prohibiting women from attending, based on their idea that women are treated poorly by the other participants (or some such nonsense; read Lesley’s post, it is an excellent breakdown).

Of course there is frustration, and even heartbreak, upon hearing this, but I see it as a Bat-signal. We have an opportunity to discuss this now, and we as gamers shouldn’t pass up this chance. I am sure there will be emotions running hot, and a lot more frustration, but this is important. And if you are curious about what some other people are saying on the subject, may I point you to the gaming article on Geek Feminism Wiki?

And remember, the first move of the conventional person will be an attempt to invalidate and shutdown the conversation. Don’t lose your voice! Be bold! And if you need, contact me; there are places I know of where your voice will ring loud and clear. ^_^

StatusNet Widget

I was looking for a widget to post my status updates to. I saw that Judy was was rocking something in her sidebar, so I decided to try out the StatusNet Widget.

Because I am running a personal instance of StatusNet, I ran into the issue that Judy had earlier, about how the usernames in replies were linked to the site that generated the feed, rather than where that user lived. I decided to take my own advice, and contacted the plugin developer.

When I woke up the next day I had a reply from evgeni. Sweet! And despite my broken promises, I finally got around to testing it out. Edit: you can test it right now, as well; the git repository is at

There is now an option to pass markup through, which solves the username linking issue. It is a checkbox, off by default. I understand eir point, since “in theory Twitter and co could inject any markup (incl JavaScript!) into my site.” However, I host my own instance, so I have less to worry about there.

While I think it would be nice to be able to set that option per syndicated service, I wouldn’t want to complicate it anymore; the widget is so simple, it is literally just putting in URLs and it does the rest.

If you are using StatusNet and want to get your updates into WordPress quickly, check this out, it is very dope. Thanks Evgeni! ^_^