Pinned toot sometimes we are technical, sometimes we are goofy, sometimes we are fired up....

But all the time we want to extend a hand to help anyone who also treats others with love, and if not love, at least acceptance.

We never want to be the tech community that is full of mean people being dicks.

That is all.

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Once there was a promising young technomancer who abandoned all of his principles and collected everyone's data. He told them it was safe with him, and in time they believed him.

Over time the technomancer realized he had amassed so much information that he became mightier than even the leaders of the world, but his greed and desire for wealth kept him from noticing.

He began to sell his influence to these leaders and got them hooked on his data.

They used it solve crimes, and they used it protect the endangered, and they used it to detect who would likely do crime, and they used it to keep the people divided, and they used it to topple one another's nations.

All the while making the no longer young technomancer even more powerful and wealthy.

The prophecy says that the Technomancer will try to destroy those who oppose him. But the agents of the wires will bring him to his knees by rebuilding what was lost.

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They will from the void build new works powered by the willful.

They will control their data, not entrusting their cache with the wizards in their towers.

They will work together to restore the future to it's intended state.

They will win with numbers, resolve, their will, and mutual aid.

They will win because the cruelty of greed is not more powerful that the instinct to survive, nor the nature of freedom.

Shape the void.

Own the wires.

Restore the future.

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Understand my words with full knowledge and reverence for my connection to the void.

My data is not yours to own.

You came here and asked to sell us things, then tracked us with the things you sold us.

You came here and begged for trust, which many gave you, then betrayed it by selling our secrets.

Then you took away our nation.

My data is not yours to own.

I love how this thing looks in the first picture with the crusty old keycaps...


We have good news. There will be a HOPE in 2020. And we expect it to be better than ever.
For several months, we have been looking for a venue that would have the needed space and flexibility for HOPE. Thanks to the efforts of many - and the massive amount of suggestions and support from attendees - we've found a new location for the conference that's much, much better than what we had before.

HOPE will take place at St. John's University in Queens from July 31st to August 2nd, 2020. It's still in New York City, easily accessible by mass transit, and well positioned to do everything we've done in the past.

But here's where things get different - and better. The space we now have access to is far bigger than what we have been working with in the past. Here is what that means:

- At least four speaking tracks with rooms as big or bigger than what we've used in the past.
- Enough extra space to duplicate what we've done with exhibitions, workshops, vendors, and displays.
- 24 hour access to as much of the space as we need.
- More than 100,000 square feet of outdoor space to use for additional projects.
- Many additional rooms for new projects or additional speaker tracks.
- Buildings that are close together and spacious.
- Plenty of chill space for people to hang out and socialize.
- A network at least three times faster than our already record-breaking speeds.
- A healthy campus environment with people who appreciate who we are.
- Options to reserve dorm rooms or suites onsite for less than the cost of a hotel.
- Food options throughout the event onsite.
- Nearby hotel space or a one-stop train ride to midtown Manhattan.
- Only minutes away from JFK and LaGuardia airports.
- Free parking for those driving in and no Manhattan traffic to deal with.
We could go on. But we're absolutely thrilled at what this place has to offer. And best of all, we're able to get so much more while keeping the price change minimal. For many, HOPE will cost less due to all the new options (parking, accommodations, food) that we didn't have before.

A whole lot has been accomplished and we believe we're about to open a brand new chapter for the entire community. But now the real work begins.

Expanding the conference to this degree will require massive coordination and more involvement from more people. We'll need to improve in the areas where we fell short and make the magic that HOPE conferences are known for even better. There will be frequent updates on all of this, including ways you can get involved. The official HOPE call for participation will be released around the start of 2020. We will be asking for volunteers, speakers, workshops, villages, and many more ideas.

And as is our tradition, we'll start offering the first batch of tickets in November. More info on that will be out soon.

If you have thoughts you'd like to share about this new HOPE chapter, please email us at We can't always respond personally due to the huge amount of feedback we get, but we do read everything and we'll be putting together a FAQ to address questions or issues that come up. For now, we're thrilled that the HOPE tradition will continue, and that we'll be doing something very different this time. We really hope you can be a part of it.


I think I'm going to apply to speak at HOPE.


I have had an idea rattling around in my head for a cultural/slightly hippie thing...

I may need to try to do this.

You can't be an #atheist while expecting #work to make your life meaningful. Once you make your job a quest for meaning, your desk becomes an altar to Moloch.

Don't ever be ashamed of loving the strange things that make your weird little heart happy.

Bah... Crown Sterling’s probably got it covered already.

Google hits the quantum break?

I’m hearing rumors.

Guess I need to speed up learning about lattice crypto

social engineering, hiding from abusers, libraries / 2 

social engineering, hiding from abusers, libraries 

Reading a book on How to Disappear and wondering what role public libraries play in some of this. He goes into social engineering and it doesn’t surprise me much, but it has me reflecting on what we do/don’t give out

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The_Gibson But Spookier's choices:

A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.