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I split my time between three accounts:
- Morning thoughts and dog pix: @trevorflowers@xoxo.zone
- Maker/machinist/manufacturer chitchat: @trevorflowers@machines.social
- Web-ish XR: @trevorflowers

Controller testing for the @OpenXR powered version of @openbrushapp is nearly done! Sadly it looks like we'll be dropping support for the Logitech VR Ink, as there's no interaction profile available 😢 @logitech @SteamVR any chance of getting it supported in the future? 🙏

I'd prefer see-through AR but a Lynx R1 running Wolvic might be the first rig that I don't need to create myself but I could see using as the first instance of my personal stack. There's still a lot of untrustworthy hardware in it but with OpenXR and WebXR abstractions whatever I build could be at least somewhat portable.

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I wonder if I'll ever make/take the time to create a personal XR stack that I can stick with until death. Right now I skip between hypercorp stacks. It's not altogether terrible but it definitely feels like I'm a visitor whose travel visa can be revoked at any time.

As usual, Kai XR is producing solid and accessible tech for people outside of the XR echo chamber.

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What's interesting to me about this totally unsubstantiated headline is how I immediately assumed that it was probably true. So, that's a confirmation bias that I need to control.
gamerant.com/rumor-google-stad

Good news, the ForgeFed funds allocated by NLNet are still available to use! Until October 1. So I'm going to spend the next 2 months working hard on ForgeFed and Vervis ^_^

Planning to do 4 of the 20 tasks in the funding plan:

* Teams, groups, roles, access
* S2S object capabilities
* Opening and merging Pull Requests
* Pull request lifecycle and code review

Huge thanks to NLNet for funding this important and precious work!

@NGIZero

--fr33

Dear LazyWeb: Please create a Wider Web game that is like Tetris but the blocks are huge and they fall around me like the stonework of a tower. Best played in a swivel chair with no tether because there will be a lot of turning to see blocks falling into the walls behind me.

A Dream to Create An Open Metaverse Community: Shares Jesse Alton - YouTube youtube.com/watch?v=0Q1QWQdIEt

Can you even imagine how big the field would almost immediately become if Meta started working on fully open hardware (including open patent pools), a fully open software stack fronted by the Oculus Browser, and higher level standards for space and identity interop?

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MZ framed Meta and Apple competition as a battle between open and closed but that's a false dichotomy. Yes, Meta are 100x better than Apple about making the Wider Web possible. But, it's all funded by surveillance on untrustworthy locked hardware.

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Here's one to think on: With the $billions that Meta spent on XR they could have created rigs that are fully open and trustworthy, from the chip designs all the way up through the optics and then to the browser. They're one of the major reasons that WebXR exists and they ship the most capable and standards-based immersive browser. Parts of their org fully understand how to work on open tech.
tech.slashdot.org/story/22/07/

Well, I didn't forsee a $100 price increase on the Quest two years after it shipped. I wonder what would happen to sales of it and other stand-alones of they stopped using loss-leader pricing.

It is deeply nice that Mastodon doesn't display like and forward counts for toots. I didn't realize what a mind fuck that is until I left it behind.

While I was in there I also updated to Mastodon 3.5.3 which, I believe, lets us go to space.
Or something.

Well, that was weird. The widerweb.org web cert appeared to be expired to browsers but certbot was convinced that it was still valid. I asked it to reinstall the same cert and now browsers receive a cert with a few more months on it.

Join us this Wednesday at @open_metaverse@twitter.com ! We will spend the FULL HOUR on demos. and more. 14:00UTC July 27, 2022. Spread the word! Sign up to demo here:

docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAI

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Wider Web

Wider Web is a Mastodon instance for people who Trevor Flowers knows and are of the open web and/or XR persuasion.