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You don't seem to have author markup that Monocle can show (may be a Monocle bug). And you don't seem to have an avatar anymore 😢

hm, the testing tool can find the h-card.

I didn’t have it for a brief period right after deploying the new engine, maybe monocle cached its absence? (o_0) or it doesn’t support that way of finding the card (would be odd)

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As I've embraced indie post types, such as reposts, I've noticed that actually I've been using them wrong.

Looking at https://indieweb.org/bookmark#Repost it appears I've been conflating a "retweet" on Twitter with a "repost", thinking they were the same. Alas, they are not, and it makes more sense to be a bookmark.

I've since updated the posts using the wrong type and will get things right next time!

hmm, but https://indieweb.org/repost very much says “retweet from your own site”, and the bookmark page says you should only use bookmark when not reposting content.

Looks like bookmark works better for long articles, but repost for short, tweet-like notes.

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Recently I've noticed that all sorts of ephemeral content (that is gaining traction in the current world, sadly) - be it Instagram Stories (especially videos since they can't be just screenshoot), Snapchat messages (it's its selling point) or some weird stuff like MTS's "Доступ" ("Access") exhibit and its ads (about content with limited access that may disappear or something) littering the infospace and my VKontakte feed (the only service besides Instagram I still access directly rather than via my reader) clutters up my mind with anxiety. I like content. I like good content. But I'm anxious about losing data and losing access to that content.

Fear of losing something is a part of human psychology (and as I seem to be one of Homo Sapiens, it affects me too). And disappearing content stimulates that fear, leading to more engagement with corporate apps that guard access to the content. Take Instagram stories, for example - there is no API, there is no way to read these in a user-controlled environment, and all of it disappears within 24 hours of being posted! The lack of API seems to be exactly for enforcing these rules - because if Instagram would let others hit its API (which does not exist at all right now - thank you Facebook) - oh no, they could save a story on their hard drives! or even archive them somewhere! oh no this is so scary! (it isn't)

This drives users to constantly check their Instagram app for people's new stories. What if Instagram set the "story" content lifetime to only one hour? It would drive you mad, wouldn't it? so thanks people who invented that concept for at least not driving users completely insane. But it still does bad things (at least with me).

There could be a solution - do not use stories at all! But then you'll miss things because other people do use "stories" to get their content online. So for now in this struggle around this "feature" the only winners are corporations.

Please don't use stories. Don't help corporations drive people like me insane.

My “favorite” is when YouTube videos disappear. When Basho went out of business, they deleted their channel with all the conference talk recordings on it. I found my favorite talk on my hard drive, but I didn’t archive anything else. Another example is #RightsRun the 24 hour Sonic 06 Twitch stream, of which only clips remain it seems :(

Now I youtube-dl whole channels.

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Remember when Palm Pilots had an IR transmitter and you could download a "universal remote" app and turn off any TV?

I need that right now to turn off this annoying TV in the hotel bar.

My Android phone has an IR blaster :)

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Blockchain is heartbreaking.

As a computer scientist, I love it. It’s a fundamental breakthrough: the first open participation distributed consensus algorithm ever. That’s a big deal.

As an engineer, I can’t responsibly recommend it to anyone for anything. It’s slow, unreliable, immature, hard to use, and functionality impoverished. It’s a database that hates you.

Truly heartbreaking.

But blockchain is not (just) about open participation. It’s about trustlessness (“well actually” there are “permissioned blockchains” but that’s just a glorified/terrible variant of Git pretty much). And society is built on trust. As Nicholas Weaver puts it, blockchains (trustlessness) is good for one thing only: censorship resistance, i.e. evading the law. It’s just the only option for thing like ransomware. For everything else, systems with trust are many many orders of magnitude more efficient.

And I’d say systems without trustlessness can be “open participation”. Dename was a pretty cool idea.

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So, now if you reply to my posts, the discussion will be easier to follow, since the post I'm replying to is shown above my reply. Isn't it awesome?

Note that reply contexts are archived. If you change your reply, there's no way for me to know that you changed it and update the reply context automatically!

heh, I have posts denormalized in my database (so, always referenced by URL) — after receiving an update webmention for a post, the updated version shows up in all reply contexts.

(at the cost of some complex and not-very-fast PL/pgSQL procedures :D)

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ToDo: develop a habit to open my indie reader instead of my social networking apps

heh i just quit twitter

my habit now is lobste.rs, the orange website and some subreddits (/r/Buttcoin especially) and tumblr

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I’m trying to embed a link to my full h-card into my posts as a p-author property. Tips on how to do it are welcome. #indieweb


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The #HardenedBSD Cavium ThunderX2 system has been fully paid for. Just gotta wait until it comes in.

Anyone know what the state of KVM on #Linux arm64 is?

It’s pretty good. I run FreeBSD on Scaleway’s ThunderX1 KVM VPS.

I/O was awfully slow though, until I discovered that it was because MSI-X was not used because of some silly blacklist thing. Fix: hw.pci.honor_msi_blacklist="0"

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For a host of reasons, I've decided to go dark on social media for the remainder of 2018. If my experiment is successful beyond that time, I'll just keep it going.

Originally, I'd intended to do this just for the month of December, but as I sat around the Thanksgiving dinner table yesteryday, surrounded by family and friends, I asked myself: "why not now?"

So, now is the time.

There are two reasons:

The first is that, ordinarily, if a company was found to be furthering an anti-semitic smear in order to protect itself from accusations that it had allowed illegal political advertising in order to influence an election, I probably wouldn't buy goods or services from that company. Particularly if they tried hard to hide that news. The fact that this company has ingrained itself in nearly every aspect of modern life doesn't mean it should be excused - in fact, it makes its actions exponentially more disturbing.

Similarly, other social networks have not exactly shown themselves to be exemplars. While I firmly believe that the web is a net positive for democracy which has provided opportunities for everyone to have a voice, social networking companies have largely shirked the responsibilities of the privileged positions they have found themselves in. We use them more than any other source to learn about the world - but they've chosen to serve us with algorithms that are optimized to maximize our engagement with display ads rather than nurture our curiosity and empathy. Emotive content tends to rise to the top, which has real effects: we're more divided than ever before in the west, and in countries like Myanmar, social networking has been an ingredient in genocide.

I don't want my engagement, or engagement in the content I contribute, to add value to this machine.

The second reason is that it doesn't make me feel good. Partially this is because of the emotive content the algorithms serve to me, which takes a real emotional toll. Partially it's because the relationships you maintain on social networks are shallow. In some cases, they are shadows of real, deeper relationships, but they don't serve those relationships well; posting feels like emotional labor, but has little of the emotional effect or intimacy of real communication. It's an 8-bit approximation of friendship where the conversations are performative because they're always in front of an audience.

One of the things that was stopping me from withdrawing from social media is a worry that people will forget about me. Many of my friends are overseas, and we don't see each other on a regular basis. But I've decided that this is manufactured FOMO; my really meaningful relationships will continue regardless of which social networks I happen to use. The idea that Facebook is an integral part of my friendships seems more toxic the more I think about it.

Finally, I'll admit it: I'm kind of depressed. Social networking has been shown to make people more so. Cutting it out for a while seems like an okay thing to try.

I removed all my social apps on my phone and replaced them with news sources and readers. So here's where to find me for the next little while:

I'm cutting out Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Mastodon completely. (Mastodon doesn't suffer from the organizational issues I described above, but by aping commercial social networking services, it suffers from the same design flaws.) As of tonight, I won't be logging into those platforms on any device, and I won't receive comments, likes, reshares, etc, on any of them.

I will be posting regularly on my blog here at werd.io. If you use a feed reader (I use NewsBlur and Reeder together), I have an RSS feed. Yeah, we still have those in 2018. But if you don't, you can also get new posts in your email inbox by subscribing over here. I've set it up so you can just reply to any message and I'll get it immediately.

You can always email me at ben@benwerd.com, or text me on Signal at +1 (510) 283-3321.

I'm not removing any accounts for now - I'm simply logging out. If this experiment continues, I'll go so far as to remove my information.

Please do say hi using any of those methods. And if we find ourselves in the same city, let's hang out. I'm hoping that this experiment will lead to more, deeper relationships. But for now: this is why you're not going to see my posts in your usual feeds.

This indieweb thing here also has similar concepts (replies etc.), why doesn't it count as social media? :)