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It’s such a great honor to be invited to speak at IAAPA! I attended my first IAAPA back in 2017, been participating on discussions since 2018, and I have…

Gregg (and Dana Ware and Alexandre Teodoresco 🎪) thanks so much for the sober and real talk about the challenges of creating experiences in virtual spaces (I won’t say the M word). As you all mentioned the distribution network isn’t there yet and it is key that any experience created in a virtual space be accessible by any device…headset, mobile, laptop, etc.

I also can’t thank you enough for addressing failure. Too many of these talks gloss over the hard part and only celebrate the end result. All of the lessons (and reasons for success) come from the failure along the way and we should never shy away from talking about it.

Looking forward to what you all do in the near future.

Now that the ActivityPub plugin for WordPress is mature I’m going to attempt to use only my WordPress based site as my gateway to the Fediverse. The Friends plugin should make this feasible. I’m also hoping to eventually use the Indiepass app  for reading/writing. Don’t quite have the reading part sorted out yet tho. I may follow you again from my domain. Don’t be alarmed.

Really great reminder from the EFF about protecting yourself in the Fediverse (and on the internet in general). Remember, Mastodon (and many other ActivityPub based services) are a public square and should be treated as such!

Not that you asked…but I’m not leaving Twitter…yet. Just reducing my exposure. As usual I post to first and I’ll be hanging on Mastodon as it is delightful over there. Either way you can follow me on any Fediverse platform either @vaughn or  See ya there.

Google doodle image in 8bit style portraying Jery Lawson playing video games.

Today’s Google Doodle pays tribute to Jerry Lawson. A video game pioneer I hadn’t known about until a recent Netflix documentary…which is tragic. Learn about Jerry and then go play the doodle:

NPR also posted an article about it today