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Matt Baer

before we begin...

  1. This site is ever-changing and unfinished.
  2. Some of what you read might be [wait.hacking.] misinformation.
  3. Other content was surfaced by Facebook's news feed algorithm.
  4. It is ...
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  1. I'm Matt Baer
  2. I make software that I hope is good
  3. As always, verify sources, question my authority, and don't take things too seriously.


This site is a kind of "digital garden," as they say. I first tilled its soil in late 2015, and it's since grown and gathered thoughts old and new.

Some pages you find may be old and withered; others, tended over years. I present a few select ones here, as a guided in­tro­duc­tion. The rest will be for you to discover.





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  1. #shouldvestayedhome — selfies from the underwhelming world outside. Preview.


  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. Snap.as — photo galleries and essays. Share photos.
  5. Submit.as — simple writing submission. Accept submissions.
  6. HTMLhouse — a real-time HTML editor. Create a site.
  7. CSShorse — a WriteFreely theme builder. Create a theme.


  1. Remark.as — privacy-first comments. Look.


  1. Draft.as — simple text collaboration. Look.
  2. Attach.as — file hosting for your blog. Look.


  1. Public Bio — one page for all your links. Look.
  2. Read.as — ActivityPub-enabled reader. Look.


  1. Listen.assomething something with audio. Look.
  2. Jot.as — private note-taking. Look.


  1. Code.as — privacy-first code hosting. Look.
  2. Capture.as — website screenshots as a service. Look.
  3. Embed.as — rich media embeds. 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: write.as/matt


The writing goes on — sketches on Micro Matt, 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 2021.
  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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