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I was a bit freaked out by some loud recurring booming outside. Took a few minutes and I decided it must be fireworks and I was slightly less unsettled. I couldn’t think of why there would be such a large number of them this late at night. Finally realized that it’s the Chinese New Year … Continue reading

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Sat, 25 Jan 2020 07:08:51 +0000


And of course he’s got some Xerox art in here as well! 😉

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 07:08:49 +0000


I’ve just noticed that in addition to my relatively obvious user RSS feed on Goodreads, there’s a separate hidden feed of just my reading status updates. It’s of the form https://www.goodreads.com/user_status/list/#######-user-name?format=rss where #######-user-name is the typical user number and name combination at one’s profile page.

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 06:35:16 +0000


I have challenged myself to read 20 books in 2020.

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 05:43:20 +0000


A dramatic reframing, and apparently a very much needed one. This (and the referenced article within it) are a must read. I’ll have to think about this and revisit the broader idea a couple of times to really digest it.

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 03:46:29 +0000


I had posted about watching Tim’s experiment and a fellow academic replied to me via Mastodon that about a reverse experiment from 1715 that may be of interest: @chrisaldrich Everything old ( from 1715) is new again The Bird Fancyer’s Delight (Walsh, John) – IMSLP: Free Sheet Music PDF Download Although strictly speaking, the goal … Continue reading

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 01:24:07 +0000


Incidentally when I read this article, I saw a pop up of a book by the paper that is an anthology of essays presumably published by the site. Is this becoming a common thing now to help create ancillary streams of revenue for newspapers and magazines? I saw one the other day for a series … Continue reading

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After several years of giving back no data, apparently YouTube has changed at least some of the markup and metadata on their site so that parsers are returning richer data now. I’m thrilled to see that as of this morning putting in traditional YouTube permalinks now allows the parser in David Shanske‘s awesome IndieWeb Post … Continue reading

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 20:23:00 +0000


A potentially useful tool for porting data from Instagram to one’s website.

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 15:12:33 +0000


It’s been almost a year and a half since I’ve done much with Instagram. As a result, in part, I take fewer photographs and mean to fix that. I still need a new set up to pull content back to my site, but I spent some time to port my backlog of photos from Instagram … Continue reading

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 07:29:24 +0000


Possibly twice as long as it ought to be, but entertaining. The dogs manage to bite it more than their riding companions.

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 02:49:47 +0000


Instagram filter used: unknown Vroman's Bookstore Hasting Ranch

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Thu, 23 Jan 2020 23:33:42 +0000


A fascinating experiment of taking birdsong and translating it into music. This is pretty cool!

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 23:24:38 +0000


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Pardon the English, parce que mon français est trĂšs mal.  You indicate at the bottom of the post (the rough English translation is mine)  Bonus : c’est bien plus facile pour moi d’ajouter un texte à wallabag (au hasard) que de stocker un fichier audio pour une « consommation » facile. L’audio me demande toute une mise en Ɠuvre assez … Continue reading

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 17:52:33 +0000


Bill, I’m not sure I follow your question. What problem are you trying to solve? If take a stab and read it as “how could one subscribe to a subset of content from a WordPress website”, then it helps to know that the core functionality of WordPress automatically includes feeds for all the taxonomies (and … Continue reading

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His teeth apparently came from slaves… ugh.

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Just one thin mint… RIP

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 23:59:47 +0000


Wow! Definitely worth the read for reframing one’s view on life.

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Wed, 22 Jan 2020 22:57:32 +0000


This looks like a stunning long read! I love that the Press Herald bundled it up into an e-book as well. I wish more newspapers did this sort of aggregate publishing.     

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 22:56:54 +0000


I’d love to get a bundled e-book copy of this 31 part series. And what do you know the newspaper actually published one! I wish more newspapers would do something like this. Imagine a bound book for big coverage of things like the Trump Impeachment from the Washington Post or the New York Times?

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 22:55:29 +0000


Bookmarking to order a copy when it comes out.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 22:52:26 +0000


Holy crap that’s a lot of tracking for one site. What’s worse is that I can’t imagine really what or how they would honestly be monetizing it to their own benefit without selling me out as a person.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 22:50:23 +0000


Some great lists of CSS related resources linked here.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 22:40:18 +0000


Some interesting recommendations here. I’ll look into several of them.

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Why is the ancient art of meter seemingly so lost in our language now? Apparently we need to bring back the trivium and quadrivium into our educational system. Can’t wait to play with this generator…

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 22:04:11 +0000


I like the idea of having a generator for tangential taxonomies for improving search. How could I build this into my website?

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 22:01:08 +0000


I’ve always thought it would be kind of cool to be a museum security guard… Punking visitors might not have occurred to me, though this sounds so much more legit.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 21:59:06 +0000


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I love the idea of this. Since the 80’s are having a resurgence in throw-back theme parties, people should definitely rent Xerox machines to practice this lost art form. Practicing this with kids is an even more fun idea. Where’d I put my Xerox machine???

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 21:53:02 +0000


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