Hey! I’ve got some unexpected news! My apology-generating bot is now a living chattering bot on Mastodon! I’ve always wanted to make a twitterbot, but my bots tend to be too verbose for 140 characters. Mastodon is the perfect place for SorryBot to live! You can follow SorryBot on Mastodon at botsin.space/@sorry!!
This new version is written in a Tracery grammar and hosted by a friend’s app. At some point I want to learn node.js and use George Buckenham’s Tracery Node library to make Polly into a more robust bot that can respond to mentions with apologies specific to input text (like what happens on the version hosted here). Once I do that, I’ll also be able to port Valerie into a Mastodon bot as well. She’ll be more useful there and also will conveniently promote Sailing Rough Waters some more (remember that? Man, I sure wish I was still that cool).
In other news, I finished my onboarding modals for Mastodon. At some point I’m going to do a write-up on the pedagogy that went into their design. For now, if you join Mastodon you’ll be greeted my modals.
My horror chapbook is still chugging along. It has a name now! Jovian Flesh & Fauna. Hopefully now that my Mastodon modals are done, I can step back from Mastodon development and focus more on poetry.