ActivityPub Fediverse Void

Composable with microservices in the backend

I was listening to the Decoder podcast, where Jay Graber (the CEO of Bluesky) was interviewed, and it reminded me of a mental trap that I often fall into. It’s much better now because I detect it a mile away and successfully stop myself fast.

When I start a new project, I devise a grand plan. It all looks perfect in my head, like magic. Then, I deconstruct that grand plan into reality. I call this process first principles reversal. I start stacking ideas on top of ideas, forcing squares into circles until I achieve a Frankensteinian creation.

During this process, I am in awe of myself, in a state of absolute arousal. I’m a genius. Then, when I attempt to build my vision, I realize how complex it will become. Little by little, things start to not make sense, and in the angst of moving forward, I keep adjusting course and forcing pieces of the puzzle into places they do not belong.

After some time, I completely forgot what I was trying to achieve in the first place and created something that makes little sense because there are much simpler solutions that basically accomplish the same thing.

I am not saying saying that this is the case with Jay Graber. I don’t know Jay, and I have never used Bluesky or read through Bluesky’s documentation (who in their right mind would want to read that). Plus, I don’t believe Jay would be hired as CEO of a multimillion-dollar project if that were the case. I am just sharing that I enjoyed listening to the podcast because it reminded me how much better I feel when I stop myself from this mental trap.


Fediverse: what can we do now that we couldn’t before?

After listening to the DotSocial Podcast episode “Moving the Fediverse Forward at FediForum and Beyond, with Johannes Ernst of Dazzle Labs“, a question stuck with me and I think is very relevant: What can we do now that the Fediverse exists that we couldn’t before?

One example Johannes Ernst provides is someone trying to make money with Linux instead of considering what it allows since it’s free and open.

A similar situation happens with the Fediverse. I don’t believe the aim should be “How can I make money with this” (I have seen people wondering that question time and again) but “What can one do that wouldn’t be possible before”.