bär works

Matt Baer

before we begin...

  1. Like life itself, this document is ever-changing and unfinished.
  2. Existence precedes essence.
  3. Some of what you read might be [wait.hacking.] propaganda.
  4. Other writing was crafted by Facebook's engagement algorithm.
  5. It is ...
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now that we've started...

  1. I'm Matt Baer
  2. I design and build software and write and do other things, too
  3. As with all things on the internet, verify sources, question the author's authority, and don't take things too seriously.

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  1. #shouldvestayedhome — selfies from the underwhelming world outside. Preview.
  2. さまよう (Samayou) — save useful URLs while you travel. Built on a trip to Japan.


  1. Write.as — private-by-default blogging. Start writing.
  2. Read Write.as — a reading space for Write.as. Start reading.
  3. WriteFreely — a community writing space. Start a blog.
  4. WriteFreely.host — painless community hosting. Start a community.
  5. Submit.as — simple writing submission. Accept submissions.
  6. HTMLhouse — a real-time HTML editor. Create a site.


  1. Snap.as — photo galleries and essays. Get notified.
  2. Read.as — ActivityPub-enabled reader. Look.


  1. Remark.as — privacy-first comments. Look.
  2. Draft.as — simple text collaboration. Look.
  3. Jot.as — private note-taking. Look.


  1. Capture.as — website screenshots as a service. Look.

support my work

I'm building humane, privacy-focused software on principle above all, supported by a sustainable business model. If you like that, you might:

I could also use your help getting WriteFreely into your local public library.

You can also help us by spreading the word about Write.as — whether in a blog post, to your Instagram followers, or to friends and family in real life.

the frozen moments

More galleries published on Snap.as.

the written thoughts

Most of my concerns are Trending on Facebook. But when my squishy human body distracts me from my Twitter feed, or my iPad or phone dies and some original thought comes to mind, I publish it on Write.as.

Read here.


The writing goes on — all of the Write.as Blog, our transparency blog, my WriteFreely development blog, various anonymous blogs on Write.as and individual posts.

the code

While I wait for code-writing AI to take my job, I program for fun and pine for the days of punchcards, chanting: It can be this way forever! The computers will do what I say...

  1. cdr - static site generator for creating mixtapes in 2020.
  2. make medium readable again - a browser extension to make Medium less annoying. People say it's cool.
  3. htmlhouse - web application for quick, anonymous HTML publishing.
  4. nerds - telnet server enabling users to publish text online.


Want to talk or type? Find me in real life or via email, respectively.

Email is echo bWF0dEBiYWVyLndvcmtzCg== | base64 --decode or (if you don't know what to do with that) combine:

I use Signal for messaging and you should, too (email me for my phone #). PGP key on Keybase. Code on GitHub. Bite-sized complaints about software on Twitter. Remember to throw out your TV and delete your Facebook.

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