Other notes:

I won't leave my position until I am certain everything is running smoothly. My departure is not imminent. It will be a month or two at soonest.

Additionally, I'm looking for people who are willing to administrate There's Life (manage the servers, finances, etc.) for the foreseeable future. This is a one-way transfer, and I'd like the new administrator to commit to administrating the server for at least a year.

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There's Life Announcement and Request (long) 

Hello, world! Or, more specifically, the community.

I hope you all are doing well and are having incredibly enjoyable days.

The announcement: I'm going to be stepping down as administrator of There's Life. I will be increasingly busy with work, school, and family in the following months and I was wisely advised to pass my role to someone else.

I'm not going to write some farewell address, since I'm not leaving just yet. Instead, I am currently looking for another capable administrator who would be interested in taking my place.

This would involve:

  • Administrating the server (updates, general sysadmin stuff)
  • Administrating the website (managing federation, descriptions, helping people with their accounts, etc.)
  • Guiding the direction of There's Life

Along with any other miscellaneous tasks these require.

There are many people who can manage a server, but fewer are likely to be willing to handle all of these.

All other projects related to There's Life, including the Plume instance, Funkwhale instance, and all future plans, will be continued or ended according to the discretion of the new administrator.

Yes, I'm looking for another "BDFL". Unless the community is coordinated enough to manage everything by itself, this is the primary option available.

The whole transition will take place over a certain amount of time and will involve lots of communication (text messaging, video calls) to ensure that the new administrator will be faithful and trustworthy.

Primary qualifications:

  • Has some experience with system administration (it need not be professional)
  • Is a follower of Jesus (this is a Christian community)

If you'd like to discuss this and possibly consider taking this position, please come chat over Matrix. My ID is @mott:matrix.org

Feel free to ask any questions you may have about this.

More information about this will be posted in the coming weeks and keep the process transparent to the community.

re: Apple CSAM scanning 

Though it's highly likely Apple will just try to let this cool down and then release it casually in some upcoming iOS version.

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Apple CSAM scanning 

The screeching voice of the minority actually made a difference. This makes me happy, though it isn't over yet.


Bible study 

Today we'll be studying John 16 at 20h UTC (an hour later than normal), which is in just over 4 hours.

As usual, everyone who would like to join is welcome, regardless of religious background.

Simply click this link to join:

Several people have already said that they plan to attend, so it should be particularly fun today.

Again, today we begin at 20h, an hour later than we normally start.

See y'all then. 🙂

Here are a few things related to making technology more humane, cooperative, and free.

Humane Tech: humanetech.community (@humanetech)

Cooperative Technology: cooperativetechnology.codeberg (by a few from Mastodon)

Small Tech: small-tech.org/ (by @aral)

Ethical Design: ind.ie/ethical-design/

Feel free to share others you know.

I know many people aren't aware of some of these, and it helps us to see what others are doing so we can learn and work together on solutions.

Interesting tidbit: transliterated into a Latin script, the Hebrew equivalent of my name is Yoshiyahu.

I think screenreaders can actually make sense of that.

It's interesting how conversations play out in public on the Fediverse (and social media in general). Most conversations in real life happen in closed, non-recorded settings. But on social media, you always have an audience, and what you say is recorded by default.

It tends to make you interact with others in a different way when you think about it. If you're being watched, you'll act differently.

It reminds me of "Social Cooling": socialcooling.com/

Bible study 

The Bible study will be starting very soon.

Simply click this link to join now:

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Bible study 

Saturday at 19h UTC we will be studying John 15.

Anyone is welcome to join, as always. Simply click this link to join:


We live at the mercy of every institution we interact with, and it's disgustingly undignified.


(by @Yujiri)

Some of David's words of repentance after committing adultery with a woman and killing her husband:

Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a right spirit within me.
Don’t throw me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation.
Uphold me with a willing spirit.

Psalms 51:10-12 (WEB)

Sung by Keith Green: youtube.com/watch?v=mD2PJ0xbAd

With God as our leader
We cannot fear
With Him as protector
He's always here

(related: Joshua 1:9)


What am I?

Well, I'm counting in base 6.

I have 1 2 3 4 5 10 11 12 13 14 fingers in base 6. Equivalent to "10" in decimal. Same with the rest of the figures.

More info here if you're interested: theres.life/@josias/1067680968

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An obvious thing I disregarded for some reason: something like this could easily be added to There's Life's fork of Mastodon.

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Actually, I should bring this up again.

What would you like to be most implemented in a new Mastodon web client?

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I find myself wanting easy voice messages on Mastodon again. Maybe it's time to start work on my front end again that implements it natively.

Yeah, that's what I'm going to spend the evening working on.

(for more context, see theres.life/@masterofthetiger/)

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There's Life

A family-friendly social network (Mastodon instance) devoted to the new life found in Christ.