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Our first interview of the new season continues with Sean Tilley of We Distribute. We talk curating video via “Frown Tube,” San Francisco’s chilly weather not seen on TV, and the service industry. We also discuss how funding the things we love and keeping them going is a difficult thing when their competing with “free” centralized services.

  • Sean is using Pleroma, a social network that federates with Mastodon and others using the Activity Pub protocol.

  • Our guest is experimenting with FunkWhale, a social network with sharing music at its core (Also using Activity Pub).

  • Peertube is a YouTube replacement from the world of open source. Sean explains how it works.

  • A really great human in the fediverse, Wakest, gave Sean this list of 40+ fediverse projects in the works.

  • During the recording, Jacky was in the chatroom asking questions and contributing to the conversation.

  • Sean used to work at BackerKit.

  • What’s Paul using right now? He’s been playing with

  • Sean brings up a topic we will cover with another guest this season, the IndieWeb.

  • One of the cores of IndieWeb is Publish on your own Site, Syndicate Everywhere (POSSE).

  • Manton Reece is the developer of

  • Paul and Jacky (in the chatroom) talk about funding issues and Sean shares how Eugen Rochko, the developer of Mastodon is paid.

  • The Patreon alternative discussed is called LibrePay.

  • Apple nerd Paul likes & subscribes to, Maximum Fun, and RelayFM.

  • Chris is using to have his own instance on Mastodon (You should message him and join it.) The service is maintained by the amazing Hugo.

  • One of Chris’ favorite projects is PixelFed from the amazing Dansup.

  • Discovery is a big discussion in the episode, and Paul mentions directory services. Mastodon has Trunk which associates people with subjects.

  • Sean recommends Halt and Catch Fire despite not really liking television. He also likes Mad Men.

  • Sean is currently reading The Living Dead: Switched Off, Zoned Out— the Shocking Truth about Office Life.

  • Chris suggests the fiction version of Sean’s book, a series called The Laundry Files from Charles Stross.

Find Sean Tilley using that link. Find us on Twitter and Patreon. Thanks to our moms for listening, to our spouses for putting up with our recording and thanks to you for listening.

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