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Pixelfed federates and supports remote follows

The Instagram alternative Pixelfed, which is part of the fediverse as this blog is, now supports following accounts from outside the Pixelfed instance. Much thanks to the developer for making this happen! This is a major milestone on its way to its first stable release.

I’ve successfully send a post from Mastodon (the Twitter alternative in the fediverse) and received it in my Pixelfed account. I’ve replied on the post in Pixelfed and this reply is then visible on Mastodon. That’s how federation works!

This is a post I made on Mastodon. It arrived in Pixelfed. I’ve replied to it with my Pixelfed account, which arrived back on Mastodon.
This is the same post, but shown in Pixelfed.

Some problems still exist, that they are working hard on to fix:

  • You can’t follow people from other Pixelfed instances. This is of course a big bug that I’m sure will be fixed soon.
  • You can’t follow accounts from all fediverse software yet. E.g. following someone from Pleroma (another Twitter alternative) doesn’t yet work

I’ve also tested remote follow with Friendica (the Facebook alternative), Peertube (the YouTube alternative) and this WordPress blog, but no luck yet.

The photos I used in the test posts are of actress Genevieve Buechner taken by www.instagram.com/djuansala.

Clean up tumblr import

I guess I’ll be deleting everything from all those imported posts that is just a reblog. I may be some time…

Why did these get imported in the first place?

Anyway, after that I’ll have to go through the image uploads and remove the photos that are no longer attached. That should leave just the posts and photos that I actually made on tumblr. I’ll go through the attachments, fix the videos that got broken and reupload the photos from the originals. Then it’s time to actually set up the category pages.

We have to vote to stop the fascists

The European elections are happening, e.g. this Thursday in The Netherlands, and we have to vote to stop the fascists.

This may sounds overly melodramatic and I wish it was. Fascist movements are rising at several places in the world and it is madness that we let it happen again. It is madness to be able to say it in this day that these movements are here again.

They are fueled in part by Russian misinformation. The propaganda tries to break up the western world, which is most easily done by getting the western societies to disintegrate themselves. Breaking up the EU is very much part of that plan.

The EU was founded to promote better relations among the European states in the hope we never need to have a war with each other again.

The extremist movements are also fueled by the growing sense that people should only look after themselves and not care about others. People nowadays don’t want to share their relative (!) luxury with people who have even less. They don’t want to provide a safe haven to people fleeing war. Somehow they think it is people’s own fault that they are ruled by a brutal dictator raging a war on his own people. They don’t want people coming in from other European countries providing cheaper and better labour, even though those are simple market forces. Fight for your market share by being cheaper or better and remember that it is unfair to argue that they have to live worse lives just because of where they are born.

In the EU we help each other out. Now there are refugees coming in from the south and people in north and west Europe resent having to help out sheltering them. But next time, when a stream of refugees comes across the North Sea, we of course demand the assistance of all these other countries. Next time our economy is down, we argue we should be able to work where there is demand. How could we not?

Hidden money streams of the ultra rich are fueling policies of hate. Ultra rich people that could solve poverty in a heart beat. But the economically downtrodden are fighting their fight, believing in populists’ slogans. How do these ultra rich sleep at night.

Somehow the idea has risen that it is unfair that fuel prices rise when it is running out and destroying the environment. That it is somehow unfair that governments increase the fuel prices to force people to change their ways, literally. That it is somehow left-wing politics to demand free use of resources that do not exist. No, that is right-wing politics: to not care what this does to others, including future generations.

We in The Netherlands are the ultimate example that we need the EU. We are simply too small to go it alone. On our own, any environmental politics will have no impact. You need to do that with the whole EU, and use the EU to get the world on board.

So let’s vote for pro-European parties this election. Let’s make sure the institutions are not crumbing from within by the machinations of dark forces. Let’s make sure this culture of me-me-me and us-before-them does not survive and that the principles of solidarity and shouldering the burdens together win. Let’s care, about others and about our future.

Gail Bowman has posted new beautiful photos of Jenna Ortega on her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gailbowmanphotography/p/BvTUYhLg1jo/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1i2tcggrc9t8y. It’s worth checking her Instagram, there are more photos of Jenna.

Une Enfant du Siècle – Alizée

I finally completed my collection of Alizée studio albums. I didn’t have her fourth album, Une Enfant du Siècle. Since it was out of print, I had to get it second-hand. There’s something about having a real CD and booklet to hold in your hand over a digital download. Maybe I’m just old-school, maybe it’s the great photography by Camille Vivier. Here are some examples of the included photo’s:

The music is easily the most inaccessible she’s made. Quite experimental, no easy hooks, quite varied. But I like that: if I want to hear a copy of some of her other albums, I put in that CD instead.

Helena Bonham Carter in Twelfth Night

Helena Bonham Carter in Twelfth Night, pouring tea
Helena Bonham Carter in Twelfth Night
Helena Bonham Carter in Twelfth Night, almost kissing Imogen Stubbs who is dressed as a man

Helena Bonham Carter and Imogen Stubbs in Twelfth Night
Helena Bonham Carter in Twelfth Night, sharing a tender moment with Imogen Stubbs who is dressed as a man

Helena Bonham Carter and Imogen Stubbs in Twelfth Night
Helena Bonham Carter in Twelfth Night, sitting on a sofa with Ben Kingsley

Helena Bonham Carter and Ben Kingsley in Twelfth Night
Helena Bonham Carter in Twelfth Night, giving seductive side-eye

Helena Bonham Carter in Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night is a film from quite a while ago, based on a play even longer ago. Here Helena Bonham Carter and Imogen Stubbs give stellar performances in the ultimate love triangle.

Copyright notice: even though I took these screenshots, the copyright remains with the original owner

Chloë Grace Moretz in Kick Ass 2

Close up of Chloë Grace Moretz as Hit Girl in Kick Ass 2
Close up of Chloë Grace Moretz as Hit Girl in Kick Ass 2

These are some screenshots I took of Chloë Grace Moretz in Kick Ass 2. She is so good, in every film and also in this film. There are basically two characters she plays: the superhero Hit Girl and the normal teenage girl just starting high school Mindy Macready. I love how these personalities are different, even though they are the same person and how her growth moment in the film is when she learns to integrate the two.

Close up in a car of Chloë Grace Moretz as Hit Girl in Kick Ass 2
Chloë Grace Moretz as Hit Girl in Kick Ass 2, having a drink and laughing with the character Dave / Kick Ass, in front of a photo of Hit Girl's father Big Daddy.
Chloë Grace Moretz as Hit Girl in Kick Ass 2, sitting on a bed in a pink room in full Hit Girl costume

There’s also this interplay between Mindy and her guardian, Marcus. They both know they’re lying to each other and they are both keeping up the pretence. At one time Marcus busts her on a lie reminding her she’s 15, not 5, so she just switches to a more age appropriate lie…

Chloë Grace Moretz as Mindy / Hit Girl in Kick Ass 2, talking to her guardian Marcus
Close up of Chloë Grace Moretz as Hit Girl in Kick Ass 2, talking to her guardian Marcus

Copyright notice: even though I took these screenshots, the copyright remains with the original owner

Heather Nova’s crowdfunding campaign for her new album Pearl

Tumblr import done

Installation out of plastic bottles at Glow Eindhoven 2015.
Glow Eindhoven 2015. Photo by me.

So the import from my Tumblr into my WordPress is done. Over 2000 posts… And it has become a right old mess. Here’s what I noticed so far:

  • Titles on Tumblr text posts are optional. Apparently on WordPress (or just in this theme, I don’t know) they are not. So the import tool has made the whole text of the post as the title, showing up like that in recent posts lists, archives, etc.
  • Photo sets are presented as square thumbnails, losing the layout that was in Tumblr. Often there’s a mix of portrait and landscape photos and I chose the layout to have the correct areas of the photo visible in the preview. Because Tumblr, and probably WordPress, lack the focal points that Mastodon has.
  • The previews of photos in photo sets in Tumblr are presented much nicer and closer together than they are in WordPress
  • Photo sets that were posted on mobile in Tumblr, which displayed incorrectly on the Tumblr web, also import incorrectly into WordPress. On mobile the photos were previews that you could tap to see the full image. On Tumblr web, and now here after the import, the photos are just low res inserts in a text post. It is related to the fact that on mobile, the posts no longer have different types: they have different blocks of content, same as this new WordPress editor. However, all older interfaces read those as text posts.
  • Videos, at least posted on Tumblr mobile, import as a single image. That’s not good.
  • The import tool imports everything, also reblogs. I guess that’s just how Tumblr presents the content. I would have been ok with just importing the original posts. But then, what about those reblogs where I added text or photos? I’ll be adding category classifications to these posts so they can be easily found.

I also don’t really like this WordPress theme. Maybe I should practice some more (I will make several test posts) or tweak it. Some early gripes:

  • Titles don’t seem optional
  • Fonts, especially titles and the author blurb, are way too large
  • There doesn’t seem to be a side bar, everything is in the footer
  • Featured images don’t work
  • It’s unclear where your post ends and the next one begins

I’ll probably be fixing some of the older posts that suffered most from the import. And as I said I will be making some text posts. I’ll be trying the various gallery features and see how to emulate the Tumblr mobile experience.