Not sure who we have from Edinburgh on m.b., but if there's anyone here interested in Python or Data, PyData Edinburgh restarts in-person meetings this Thursday Evening. Free sign-up on meetup.
Topic: Data Drift.
Test post to see how Micro.blog handles SVG.
Hex Map of 2019 UK General Election Winning Party and Propotions of Votes and Seats.
TIL that if you use
open bar/foo.pdf in a (Mac) terminal, Preview.app doesn't notice if the doc changes. Whereas if you do
(cd bar; open foo.pdf), it does. I'm amazed (a) I never noticed that before, and (b) that it has that limitation.
In case anyone is interested, I've been upgrading the Wikipedia entry for Micro.blog and some related pages. And others could too! If anyone has good authoritative references, please add them or pass them on to me.
I don't understand emoji.
On my Mac, the micro.blog discover pagepage and menu emoji are nothing like the ones in the posts:
Are the ones on the left images from a different platform?
Look what turned up!
Also, @manton, I loved your opening to the conclusion 'Bare with me', but as a reserved Brit, I'll decline if it's OK, until we know each other better 😉.
In a world of instant gratification, one of joys of ordering books and CDs from artists and indies is that they often take a while to show up. When they arrive, it's like a wonderful present from past you to present you.
I think I just found the original Articles of Faith for Micro.blog in two paragraphs of @manton's book:
—From Your blog in Indie Microblogging, (Part 4), Manton Reece. https://book.micro.blog/your-blog/.
Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver. https://njr.prose.sh/demon-copperhead 📚
TIL about Aberystwyth Noir, novels by Malcolm Pryce: Aberystwyth, Mon Amour • The Last Tango in Aberystwyth • The Unbearable Lightness of Being in Aberystwyth etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_Pryce. Sounds great!
@manton Your book is really good. I knew you'd thought a lot about this, and expected it to be good, but it's really good (Parts 1 and 2, so far, anyway!) Not sure there's another platform with such solid philosophical underpinnings, except maybe the internet itself.
I see that the Wikipedia entry for "Blog" — en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog — says that "According to critics and other bloggers, Blogger is the most popular blogging service used today." That feels...dated, and intrinsically silly.
Rediscovering the notion of "remaindered links" too. Kinda great.
In further further news, Apple claims you can disable Private Relay using View ➔ Reload and Show IP Address (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT212614); but I don't have that in Safari, even with Option. Firefox works, however, so I can edit Wikipedia.
In other news, I've discovered that you can't edit Wikipedia if you have Private Relay turned on, because it blocks you, even if you're signed in.
@manton I'm sure we could do more, actually... I really did the bare minimum. But we should possibly (as a user community, rather than you) upgrade the m.b page itself, reference your book, possibly highly m.b as a different bit of the Fediverse on the main Fediverse page. Generally try to make it top notch. Maybe a hobby for me (and others???) over xmas.
Looks like the m.b entry on Micro.blog could use a bit of expansion too. Might do some of that over the next couple of days. Also not sure the world's best (draft) book on Microblogging features on Wikipedia...
@manton Why are the access dates in the citation for yesterday, you ask? Well, Wikipedia won't let me make 'em today. Maybe because I did it just before 08:00UTC, which I suppose is yesterday in California!
@manton I can't believe I didn't notice m.b was missing from the Wikipedia Fediverse page when I was linking to it. Will add. Micro.blog doesn't support OStatus or Zot (or Diaspora), right? (They're not mentioned anywhere I can find.)
@manton I'd hate the prompts less if they said something like "Prefer apps? We have apps! [link]" rather than the typical passive/aggressive "Install our native app: [OK | I'll do it later]"
@danielpunkass Such a great track (Life's Been Good). It's been too long since I listened to it. Thanks for the reminder!
@manton Thanks! I hate those "download our app" prompts too. Don't have to do those. But maybe make it slightly easier for people to know they exist!
@jean Sounds good. Sent you an email; hoping I guessed your address right! Doesn't seem to have bounced...
TBH, @jean, after listening to Manton and Daniel talk about what you’ve done elsewhere, my main hesitation in writing this was that you might have it all covered and resent unsolicited advice. Hope it’s helpful/useful/positive!
@manton: My post of 09:15 is from Blogger's RSS feed (it still exists!), which I have hooked up to Micro.blog But it seems to have linked the RSS not the post. Is that a known problem?
@jean: Ran out of characters or would have tagged you too: Marketing Micro.blog: www.scientificmarketer.com/2022/12/marketing-micro-dot-blog.html
Marketing Micro.blog: www.scientificmarketer.com/2022/12/marketing-micro-dot-blog.html @manton @danielpunkass
Test post 2022-12-17. Given the slightly bizantine way I post, wondering if this still works.
Managed to break posting to micro.blog in my weird, home-grown system for doing that. This post is just a test post to check that it's now fixed.
If you use launchd/launchctl, but don't know its history, I found a great talk from its creator, Dave Zarzycki, explaining its philosophy. "Launchd: One Progam to Rule Them All". www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjrtySM9Dns Highly recommended.
The biggest Swift surprise so far is that while variables are strongly (statically) typed, values are not. It's not a huge surprise that 1 can happily be any numeric type. But I'm amazed that [1, 2, 3] can be a set as well as an array. Wild!
The two worst things so far in Swift would have to be string handling (which seems wilfully verbose and unpleasant) and error handling, which also seems very clunky.
One thing I thought looked weird/clunky in Swift from afar, but on using seems quite nice, is optionals. They definitely take a little getting used to, but once you do, they're quite elegant.
Overall, I'm really impressed with Swift. Lattner & co seems to have managed to combine loads of the features of modern dynamic languages into a strongly-typed, statically checked language, resulting in something that can be fast, expressive and "safe".
Starting back on Swift again after [consults blog] ... a couple of years. Obviously the language has moved on a bit; as have I. Quite impressed with the language design so far...but with some gripes. Will probably start posting at njr0.github.io/cli-swift/ again.
Steve Richards brought his Rock'n'Roll Politics to the Edinburgh Fringe. He essentially stands and talked about politics for an hour (Brexit, mostly, of course). He's both insightful and articulate, and well worth hearing. There's a sporadic podcast version too.
The Edinburgh Fringe also had a new solo show from Rowan Rheingans, called "Dispatches on the Red Dress". This was music, dance and storytelling from her German grandparents during and after WWII. Powerful, brave, humane and unusual.
The Edinburgh Fringe is just winding up for 2019. Too many of the people I've been to see over many years have died, so I made a conscious effort to find new people this year. Westward the Light, Camille O'Sullivan and (not so new) Archie Fisher were all excellent.
Given my recent decision to start learning Swift "properly" (hence the CLI-Swift blog, I am watching the WWDC livestream with an even more interest than usual!
Dates. 'nuff said.
Probably most people here with any interest in Swift already know more of it than I do. But if you are starting out, and particularly if you like command-line tools and have experience in other languages, you might like my new blog cli-swift.
I spend a lot of time devoping on Macs, but I am not a Mac Developer. Thus far, for me, the Mac has been the best Unix box you can buy, with a good GUI. But I'm starting down the slippery slope of learning Swift.
@hartlco Finally, (very minor point). It says "18 following", meaning that I am followin 18 people. But I think the language suggests 18 are following me. (Word order matters more in English, without cases, than German.) "Following 18" would be clearer.
@hartlco Secondly, Any plans for a dark theme? Especially a really beautiful dark theme like Twitterrific's? I know these things are superficial, but they affect the experience a lot, imo.
Linea Sketch is an app so good it might get you to buy an iPad + Pencil. Ged Maheaux, one of its developers, is interviewed on Tim Chaten's iPad Pros podcast. Go listen!
A happy side-effect of posting my iPhone home screen here a few weeks ago is that after having to set up my phone as a new device (don't ask...), it acted as a handy reference.
The problem with passwordless logins is that I don't record them in a password safe. So when asked hard questions like "Email address", a guessing game begins!
I hereby resolve to make entries for passwordless logins!
WSGI, WSGI, so good they named it twice.
—with Apologies to The Beautiful South and their excellent song, Liars' Bar.
Tamara Lindeman (a.k.a. The Weather Station) discusses her latest album on the Kreative Kontrol podcast #384: overcast.fm/+BHbTtdodE.
Really compelling, insightful discussion.
Bruce Schneier's cogent take on Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2018/03/facebook_and_ca.html.
First post from MicroDB since the clocks went forward here in Scotland.
I wonder if my handling of daylight savings time is any less buggy than Apple's always seem to be?
The pitch for unlocking with Apple Watch: you sit at your keyboard; it unlocks.
The reality: ~30% it unlocks; ~60%, it spins for ages then says the connection is too weak; ~10%, it looks like it's failing but isn't and you type your password into Terminal/Emacs/Slack...
Went to Glasgow yesterday for a DataFest event, Delivering Industrial Value from Data Analytics, organized by Stephen McArthur of University of Strathclyde. Passed this street art on George Street.
As a lover of dictionaries in general, and the OED in particular, I really enjoyed this Guardian Long Read Inside the OED: can the world’s biggest dictionary survive the internet? and podcast by Andrew Dixon.
Leaving Cleartune in its rightful place, even though it no longer runs, is my message to the developers that I'd really like them to update it!
@manton: Here's an example.
2018-03-16 --03-16 2018-W1105 2018-075
@manton: I've just been experimenting with posting code fragments to micro.blog. Multimarkdown produces a code element inside a pre element with a few lines, but the micro.blog apps don't seem to obey the linebreaks. Is that deliberate?
d = datetime.datetime(2018,3,16)
TIL that ISO 8601 supports not only plain dates, "naïve" datetimes and datetimes with timezone information, but also weeks (like 2018-W30), week-based dates (like 2018-W20-2), dates without years (like --04-17) and ordinal dates.
The "hd" in "hd-json" isn't high-definition: it's "human-friendly, date-aware json".
Proposal for hd-json:
Any valid json + unquoted date/time literals in ISO 8601; trailing commas on lists and in dictionaries are ignored.
I was working with some textual data yesterday that included right-to-left characters in amongst left-to-right ones.
Like these: أبوظبي
The results were stranger than I expected!
The web can be weaponised — and we can't count on big tech to stop it.
— Tim Berners-Lee, today's Guardian.
Very relevant to Open/Indie Web.
A few years ago, I was working informally on a centralized tag-based database called Fluidinfo, brainchild of Terry Jones. Now I'm trying to re-invent Fluidinfo in distributed form, as MicroDB.
Introducing MicroDB (blog post).
A Distributed, Tag-Based Database for Annotating Anything and Everything.
Very interesting (re. 1Password to Pass).
Might follow suit.
I’m currently 100% Apple ecosystem (except Linux servers), but I suspect those days are drawing to a close. Thanks for writing up, @jack.
TFW you think you're connected to your test server but nothing is working, and then all your test posts show up on the real server!
(Sorry for the line noise.)
the whole shebang—finally (em-dash).
£240 for a "depot repair" of a just-under-two-years-old Apple Watch whose battery would no longer consistently last a day.
Replacement died c. 18:30 first day :-(.
"Rather, as in all good science, the evidence comes from careful observations, in this case done by Edwin Hubble, who continues to give me great faith in humanity, because he started out as a lawyer and then became an astronomer."
— Lawrence Krauss, A Universe from Nothing.
"Everyone (with the exception certain school boards in the United States) now knows that the universe is not static but is expanding and that the expansion began in an incredibly hot, dense Big Bang approximately 13.72 billion years ago."
— L. Krauss, A Universe from Nothing.
"It is commonly assumed that Einstein worked in isolation in a closed room for years using pure thought and reason, and came up with him beautiful theory, independent of reality (perhaps like some string theorists nowadays!)"
— Lawrence Krauss, A Universe from Nothing.
I'm always amazed Apple doesn't use iPad Pros with Pencils to get people sign work authorizations etc. in their stores.
I think think they'd make the cost back many times over as more people saw how fantastic the Pencil is.
You can tell a lot about a web company’s priorities from its front page.
If there’s a huge sign-up box and you have to hunt to log in, it’s not really interested in its customers.
BackBlaze & iCloud get it right; @Github, Slack, Flickr, Dropbox, & Twitter, not so much.
Proposals for PyData London submitted with hours to spare. If you like Python & Data Science, it's the place to be. CFP closes tomorrow.
I remember hearing physicist Neil Turok explain cosmic strings as being "missing angles in the universe", but I've never actually seen one before. (Source: Guardian iPad app, 2018-03-01).
@manton That's weird. My post appeared twice on Micro.blog, but it only seems to be there once in the RSS. I wonder if this one will double too?
@manton Really like what you've done with micro.blog. Joined a while ago but was keen to add support for micro.blog to a crazy tag-based database I'm playing around with. It's just starting to work!
I've been playing about adding a micro.blog feed to a little tag-based database I've been building. It (cough) took a few attempts to get it right!
In the unlikely event that anyone's been listening, apologies for the noise.
Maybe this will be bold?