Marty McGuire

Archive for February 2017

Tue Feb 28

Thanks to Abbey Burger Bistro for sheltering us in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast.

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2017-02-28/

post from Whither the Storm? Ep 20 - Held Up in a Burger Joint
Jonathan and Marty find themselves trapped by a rare February winter thunderhail storm. Jonathan plays the Martysplain card.
Mon Feb 27

Site updates: Syndication links

A commonΒ IndieWeb principle, after "Own Your Data" is Publish on your Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere .

In general, this means that you should make posts on your own site, then copy the post to silos like Twitter, Facebook, etc., to reach the folks in those communities. To complete the process, include links on your site from the original post out to the syndicated copies.

One fun reason to do this is that tools like brid.gyΒ use syndication links in order to backfeedΒ comments and reactions from silos like Facebook and Twitter to your own site.

I'd been collecting these links for a while and displaying them in a "hidden" way - so tools like bridgy could see them, but a human reading the page would not.

Yesterday I added a "See also:" section that includes links out to any syndicated copies of my posts on other sites.

AeroPress Wall Holder LE (Two Parts)

A nice wall-mountable organizer for your Aeropress parts.

I chopped the design AeroPress Wall Holder LE by jspiro into two parts in FlashPrint. This allowed the print to fit on the bed of my Flashforge Finder.

Here’s the updated STL file for printing: AeroPress_wall_holder-two-parts.stl.

In keeping with the license on jspiro’s design, this design is licensed Creative Commons CC-BY 3.0.

Sun Feb 26
↩ Replied to https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:56074

We've been filling up SD cards with episodes of the We Have to Ask Podcast, so I thought it was time to get a little more organized.

To that end, I printed this nice and simple SD card holder by mandy2tom:

Printed on a Flashforge Finder.

Fri Feb 24
β˜… Liked https://aaronparecki.com/2017/02/24/24/day-66-quill
post from Day 66: Nicer UI for Uploading Photos in Quill #100DaysOfIndieWeb
Today I cleaned up the interface for uploading photos in Quill. It was getting messy, since I had been slowly adding stuff to it, like support for multiple photos, supporting a Media Endpoint, etc. So here's how it works now!

This Week in the IndieWeb February 18 - 24, 2017

Audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for February 18th - 24th, 2017.

You can find all of my audio editions here.

And maybe you can subscribe with whatever you consume podcasts with on huffduffer.

Music from Aaron Parecki’s 100DaysOfMusic project: Day 48 - Glitch, Day 9, Day 11

Thanks to everyone in the IndieWeb chat for their feedback and suggestions. Please drop me a note if there are any changes you’d like to see for this audio edition!

Episode 5 of Lawful & Orderly: Special Visions Unit is now available for watching on YouTube! L&O:SVU is a weekly live-streaming police procedural set in a fantasy universe played (loosely) with D&D 5th Edition rules.

https://youtu.be/oOeAd0LJUmk

I had a blast playing GM for this episode! Thanks and love to the L&O crew and the jury (a.k.a. our livestream viewers).

Tune in Mondays at 8pm Eastern for the next live episode at twitch.tv/TheRPGAcademy!

Wed Feb 22
β˜… Liked https://aaronparecki.com/2017/02/22/15/
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A cocktail on the table and a bike on the floor. 🍸🚲😍 #bromptonlife
Tue Feb 21
↩ Replied to https://stream.jeremycherfas.net/2017/a-podcast-about-the-indieweb
post from A podcast about the Indieweb
Further to my note about a new #podcast about #indieweb things, I listened to Marty McGuire's rendering of This Week in the Indieweb. I really enjoyed it, even though I had read the text version. Production and audio were top notch, and it was very clear. My only quibbles concern …

Jeremy raises some great points here that mirror some of my own worries about trying to summarize the discussions happening on the IndieWeb wiki and the many #indieweb chat channels.

When I had the initial idea to do an “audio edition” of This Week in the IndieWeb, the question of “who is the audience” seemed to have an obvious answer: folks who would read the newsletter but preferred an audio edition.

However, it quickly became clear that doing a “direct read” of the newsletter β€” where much of the content is names and links to changes on wiki pages β€” wouldn’t make a lot of sense when spoken aloud. So, my first crack at the format evolved into answering a slightly broader question: “how can I explain these updates to someone who might not already be familiar with the wiki?”

My short (and unhelpful) answer is: this is hard. The discussions on the wiki tend to be very technical, jargon-heavy, and touch on an extremely wide set of topics. In the first episode, I attempted to give some structure with groupings like “IndieWeb Events”, “Software and Services”, “Silo Updates”, “Silo Issues”, etc., but I agree with Jeremy that it is still very fast and dense. While I want to keep the podcast short (less than 10 minutes), I think a next positive step would be to give topics more time to breathe with some explanatory commas that give context.

It is my hope that projects like this podcast will help find new ways to phrase and frame the things that the IndieWeb community are doing and talking about, helping to reach new folks. I have a feeling it is going to be a lot of work. :}

Thanks to our special guest, you, for picking up the phone now and buying the products in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2017-02-21/

Mon Feb 20
↩ Replied to http://boffosocko.com/2017/02/20/this-week-in-the-indieweb-february-10-17-2017/
post from 🎧 This Week in the IndieWeb February 10 – 17, 2017 (audio edition!)
Listened to This Week in the IndieWeb February 10 - 17, 2017 (podcast) by Marty McGuire from martymcgui.reAudio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for February 10th - 17th, 2017

Thanks for the write-up! I would absolutely love to see multiple folks posting IndieWeb audio content, including interviews and deeper discussions. Maybe aggregated at IndieNews and converted to podcast format there?

β˜… Liked http://boffosocko.com/2017/02/20/this-week-in-the-indieweb-february-10-17-2017/
post from 🎧 This Week in the IndieWeb February 10 – 17, 2017 (audio edition!)
Listened to This Week in the IndieWeb February 10 - 17, 2017 (podcast) by Marty McGuire from martymcgui.reAudio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for February 10th - 17th, 2017

Site updates: Tags and Media Fragments

Over the weekend I created an English audio version of the most recent This Week in the IndieWeb newsletter. This led to some great discussion in the #indieweb chatΒ about improvements and next-steps in creating a podcast from audio posts on one's own website. Today I added a couple of features to my site towards that end.

First up, I added support for "tag aggregations" - essentially, pages that list all posts with a certain tag. So, any future editions of this audio newsletter that I post can be tagged with "this-week-indieweb-podcast" and will then show up on the "This Week in the IndieWeb Podcast" page. It should soon be possible to feed that page to a tool like GranaryΒ to convert the feed on that page, with its audio entries, into an RSS feed suitable for subscribing with a podcast app.

Next up, I added support for "Media Fragments", a W3C recommendation that allows linking to a specific timestamp to start (and even stop!) playback of video and audio. Aaron Parecki's recently implemented this on his own siteΒ and was kind enough to share the implementation! Now, you can create links that jump to a specific time of any audio or video post on my site.

For example, if you want to quickly jump to the part of the This Week in the IndieWeb audio edition that contains info about the next upcoming Homebrew Website Club meetings, it looks like this:Β https://martymcgui.re/2017/02/18/151503/#t=54

Media fragments could enable some fun things, such as a list of links that index directly to particular sections of a long recording.

Aaron also documentedΒ a fun way to use media fragments for attribution of other people's audio or video posts. For example, my audio newsletter made use of several of Aaron Parecki's pieces from his 100DaysOfMusic project. I gave attribution by linking to Aaron's posts from my post, and because Aaron's site supportsΒ Webmentions, you can see that my post shows up in the "mentions" list for one of the clips I used. With media fragment support, it should be possible to have the mentions on Aaron's post link directly to the exact portion of my audio post where it appears!

Features like this give me hope that it could be possible to make an IndieWeb podcasting experience that is richer and more interactive than the current directory model.

Sun Feb 19
β˜… Liked https://aaronparecki.com/2017/02/19/4/day-61-media-fragments
post from Day 61: Supporting Media Fragment URIs for Video and Audio #100DaysOfIndieWeb
Yesterday, Marty McGuire published an audio version of the IndieWeb "This Week" newsletter, and shared the link in our chat. Aside from being a fantastic production, this also sparked some discussions about Webmentions. His podcast uses a few of of my 100Days songs, which he …
Sat Feb 18

This Week in the IndieWeb February 10 - 17, 2017

Audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for February 10th - 17th, 2017

Thinking about doing this as a regular thing, if I can get the production time down. Feedback welcome!

Music from Aaron Parecki’s 100DaysOfMusic project:

Thu Feb 16
πŸ“— Want to read Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki ISBN: 9780751532715
Tue Feb 14

πŸ—“οΈ BIG’s Free Open Mic featuring Hostel!

Single Carrot Theatre 2600 N Howard St Baltimore MD 21218
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Come out this Wednesday for the return of the Baltimore Improv Group’s Open Mic!

The open mic is free to attend and free to perform at and is open to improv, standup, and sketch performances.

Just want to get some reps in? Put your name in for a chance to play in with BIG mainstage troupe Hostel!

Wed Feb 15
β˜… Liked https://aaronparecki.com/2017/02/14/22/day-56-quill
post from Day 56: Added a Reset Login Button to Quill #100DaysOfIndieWeb
This morning, Marty mentioned that he was having trouble with Quill because of my previous change where I updated the default scope to "create" instead of "post". (I documented this change as part of Day 51, but I suppose it could have been its own 100days project itself!)Β 
Tue Feb 14

Thanks to our guest Andy McIntyre for taking us above and/or beyond in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2017-02-14/

What a great and spooky time this past Saturday at Valentine’s Day with GHOST PARTY! Thanks to everyone who came out!

Missed it? Catch an abbreviated version of the show tonight following the Baltimore Improv Group’s The Conservatory show, featuring Fractal.

Tickets available here!

Wed Feb 8

HWC Baltimore 2017-02-08 Wrap-Up

Baltimore's February 2017 meetup for Homebrew Website ClubΒ met at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center on Feb 8th.

Notes from the "broadcast" portion of the meetup:

martymcgui.re - reworked his micropub server to support the media endpoint he was working on last time. also added venue pages to his site for event locations. made progress on event-posting micropub client (eventually will be released publicly). also added support for deleted posts with dt-deleted and meta http-equiv status 410 gone.

jonathanprozzi.net - refactoring site templates. spent a lot of time debugging some simple problems, h-cards. wants to figure out a way to track incremental work on website when other work things are crazy so threads don't get lost. wants to keep segmenting his Hugo template while maintaining mf2 stuff. goal is to get to working on appearance of his site theme.

jjuran.org - currently working on a CV on his site. first use of img srcset to feed high-res images to clients that want them. uses his own Perl-based static site generator that is "showing its age". working on his own programming language so he can spend most of his time writing code in a high-level language.

We discussed the challenges of building your own tools for fun vs. starting from the goal of posting more (e.g. via Wordpress).

Left-to-right: martymcgui.re, jonathanprozzi.net,Β jjuran.org

We hope that you'll join us for the next HWC Baltimore on March 22nd back here at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center.

Photo for HWC Baltimore 2017-02-08!

Fri Jan 27

πŸ—“οΈ Homebrew Website Club Baltimore 2017-02-08

Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center 1045 Light St. Baltimore MD 21230
πŸ“† Add to Calendar: iCal | Google Calendar

Create or update your personal web site!

  • Finish that blog post you’ve been working on.
  • Demos of recent IndieWeb breakthroughs.
  • Share what you’ve gotten working.
  • Ask the experts questions.
  • Join a community with like-minded interests. Bring friends that want a personal site!

Any questions? Ask in chat: http://chat.indieweb.org/today#bottom

Optional quiet writing hour starts at 6:30pm. Meetup begins at 7:30pm.

More information: http://indieweb.org/events/2017-02-08-homebrew-website-club

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1281314895296846/

Wed Feb 8

https://martymcgui.re/2017/01/27/163523/

TONIGHT! Come on out to Digital Harbor Foundation tonight starting at 6:30pm for some time to work on your personal website with some friendly, helpful folks doing the same!

Quiet writing hour starts at 6:30pm and is a great time to work on that blog post, register that domain, or anything you’ve been meaning to set aside time for.

Meetup begins at 7:30pm - show off what you’ve been working on, talk about what you’re planning, ask questions, share advice, etc!

Can’t make it in person tonight? Hop in the #indieweb chat and give us a shout!

Thanks to our guest Hallie Herz for keeping things natural on this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2017-02-08/

post from Do I Have To Go Outside? β€’ Ep 182 - Sally Jones
Jonathan and Marty learn about camping in the Himalayas from their new friend Sally Jones. Jonathan answers your challenges in Rock and a Hard Place.
Fri Jan 27

πŸ—“οΈ CryptoParty Baltimore

Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center 1045 Light St. Baltimore MD 21230
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You lock your doors, so why not lock up your data? It’s 2017 but it’s time to party like it’s 1983! (todo: think of a third clever thing to say about crypto before posting this event)!

The first(?) CryptoParty Baltimore will take place at Digital Harbor Foundation (1045 Light St. Baltimore, MD) on February 4th, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm!

A CryptoParty is a meetup that is free and open to everyone, but especially folks without prior experience, who want to learn and share knowledge about ways to protect yourself in the digital space. Bring your laptop, smartphone, tablet, and/or USB sticks to try the tools and apps directly at the CryptoParty!

For more information and to RSVP, check out the Baltimore CryptoParty page at: https://www.cryptoparty.in/baltimore

Please spread the word! If you like, there’s a printable 8.5”x11” flyer available here: https://www.cryptoparty.in/_media/cryptoparty-baltimore-2017-02.pdf

Wed Feb 1

A lovely reminder from Maki Naro that we got the cyberpunk dystopia that we were promised in the 90s.

https://thenib.com/cyberpunk-dystopia

πŸ“— Want to read Effective Devops: Building a Culture of Collaboration, Affinity, and Tooling at Scale by Jennifer Davis ISBN: 9781491926307