Community Open Thread 28 - July 14, 2023

Happy Friday, everyone!

I am currently working on the monthly newsletter which is also when I procrastinate the most because I have to (get to) click on all the cool apps y’all made over the previous month. As a fan of 2048, I have been getting pretty good at this Melding game - featured in our latest edition of Last Month on Glitch.

Another thing I get to do is search for places where you all are sharing your Glitch apps, here and off the forum. I’ve been, of all things, drawing boxes using this Y generator app that generates starting points for boxes which I found shared on Reddit awhile back. And here on the forum, @supercat441’s esoteric language, Bluefun has give me a lot to click through and explore. I love esoteric languages and also defending what esoteric means; Glitch used to be built in Coffeescript and devs would always be like “why are you using an esoteric language?” and I’d be like “that’s not what esoteric means!!!”

Okay, anyway, I’m going to go back to working on the newsletter, but I’d love some more rabbit holes to go down while I procrastinate with the next item on my todo list. What are you creating, using, and spending your attention on these days? Sound off below and see you on! :large_blue_circle::package:


Love the game! Btw, on the install page, this piece of code prevents it from being scrolled, hiding some information:

html {
  overflow: hidden;
  overscroll-behavior: none;


  • Anthropic just launched Claude 2
    Claude 2 is an improved version of the original Claude. If it’s not available for your country/region, try using a VPN (you only need VPN to create account, I recommend proton VPN) Link:

  • As Threads App Thrives, Experts Warn of Meta’s String of Privacy Violations
    New Threads user? Whichever Meta app(s) you may use, experts warn that you should be aware of privacy violations across the board. Johana Bhuiyan explains how the company is mishandling sensitive information, including:

    • Meta can and will collect a great deal of data about their users, including sensitive data such as health and fitness information, financial information, location, and browsing history.
    • They can see the types of content you view and how you interact with it.
    • They can send this data to third parties without your knowledge.

    What about you? Will you be using threads?

  • Yes, I am already using it
  • Yes, I will!
  • Yes, if more people join
  • Yes, if it had more features
  • No, I won’t
0 voters

I quit Facebook and Instagram several years ago so it’s easy for me to simply not use Threads, but I understand that for some folks it may be the only way to connect with friends and family - I hope those folks use it to find alternatives!


Based on the iOS App Store screenshots, Threads looks like it’s merely a corporate attempt at a Mastodon clone.

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I got it because why not, it’s more or less a clone of Twitter. While it’s neat Facebook created a competitor to twitter, I can’t see myself using it that much. Social media is just a big shouting match most of the type, and I’m trying to avoid it. :person_shrugging:


what will the code be next month if it gets even hotter :sweat:




that melding game is fun. but its pwa doesn’t cache one of the js files it needs. and I’m on a trip with roaming data off :skull:

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How long has it been since I last said anything? Oh well…

  • I set up Home Assistant, Pi-hole, and Peertube on one Raspberry Pi
  • I set a Raspberry Pi on fire by accident (JK, it had a heatsink and fan)
  • I learned how to TypeScript and got a mental diagnosis for clinical depression and insanity
  • Been messing with ChatGPT/GPT-4 via OpenAI’s handy API. The new Functions feature is awesome- especially giving it a JS interpreter. It already knows to use it for any math equation it has to do… :despair:
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I recently set up NextDNS, but I’m wondering if pi-hole might be a better option. I have 2 Raspberry Pis at home, and I’m considering installing it on one of them if it’s worth it.

By the way, I highly recommend trying out PALM 2’s official API as well. It was a great experience for me, and I managed to get access within 1 day by using a VPN (since it only allows requests from the US).

I already HAVE the Palm 2 API! I had it since Day 1 :slight_smile:

I also had it minutes after the launch on the I/O, but unfortunately, it was not available in the EU, so only recently I got access via a VPN. :)

Late too the party here, but nearly the only reason I still use twitter rn is to get some live updates from security researchers and get funny memes and laughs, if people did that on threads I might subscribe to them when they impl ActivityPub which would be interesting.

However a friend did send an interesting article recently in the context of threads activitypub:

It explains what google did we with XMPP in the past which I actually did not know about, but I do know about XMPP being a protocol.