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This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition • August 19th - 25th, 2017
Show/Hide Transcript Audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for August 19th - 25th, 2017. This week features a brief interview with Tom Brown recorded at IndieWeb Summit 2017. You can find all of my audio editions here. You can subscribe with your favorite podcast app on huffduffer. Music from Aaron Parecki’s 100DaysOfMusic project: Day 85 - Suit, Day...

Thanks to our guest Blue for her keen insights in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2017-08-29-072024/

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What Are You Looking At? • Ep 36 - Cecilia Lopez-Cruz
RSVP'd to an event https://2017.indieweb.org/nyc

Dalberg Global Development Advisors NYC 99 Madison Avenue, Floor 17, New YorkNY

I'm going!

Looking forward to another great IndieWeb event in NYC!

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition • August 19th - 25th, 2017

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Audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for August 19th - 25th, 2017.

This week features a brief interview with Tom Brown recorded at IndieWeb Summit 2017.

You can find all of my audio editions here.

You can subscribe with your favorite podcast app on huffduffer.

Music from Aaron Parecki’s 100DaysOfMusic project: Day 85 - Suit, Day 48 - Glitch, Day 49 - Floating, Day 9, and 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!

Homebrew Website Club Baltimore September 20, 2017

Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center 1045 Light St., BaltimoreMD, 21230

Join us for an evening of quiet writing, IndieWeb demos, and discussions!

  • Create or update your personal web site!
  • Finish that blog post you’ve been writing, edit the wiki!
  • Demos of recent IndieWeb breakthroughs, share what you’ve gotten working!
  • Join a community with like-minded interests. Bring friends that want a personal site!

Any questions? Join the #indieweb chat!

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

More information: https://indieweb.org/events/2017-09-20-homebrew-website-club

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/129602354328830/

Homebrew Website Club Baltimore September 6, 2017

Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center 1045 Light St., BaltimoreMD, 21230

Join us for an evening of quiet writing, IndieWeb demos, and discussions!

  • Create or update your personal web site!
  • Finish that blog post you’ve been writing, edit the wiki!
  • Demos of recent IndieWeb breakthroughs, share what you’ve gotten working!
  • Join a community with like-minded interests. Bring friends that want a personal site!

Any questions? Join the #indieweb chat!

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

More information: https://indieweb.org/events/2017-09-06-homebrew-website-club

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1748593935440549/

★ Favorited https://eddiehinkle.com/2017/08/23/13/article/
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HWC Frederick 2017-08-23 Wrap-Up
Frederick’s August 2017 meetup for Homebrew Website Club met at the Urbana Regional Library on August 23rd. This is the first official meetup for Frederick! Below are notes from the “broadcast” portion of the meetup. eddiehinkle.com (Eddie) - Has been working on a pretty long-term project of porting his website from Jekyll (static site) to Angular (a JavaScript framework). Talked...

HWC Baltimore 2017-08-23 Wrap-Up

Baltimore's second August 2017 meetup for Homebrew Website Club met at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center on August 23rd.

Below are notes from the "broadcast" portion of the meetup.

jonathanprozzi.net (Jonathan) – Had been working on a wedding site with Hugo and making progress. Got really frustrated with adding image galleries, which required a lot of extra tools. Realized that he could accomplish the same thing in WordPress really quickly. So, spent quiet writing hour starting over in WordPress. At this point, just wants to have it done, rather than spending time learning something new along the way.

martymcgui.re (Marty) – Since last time has been thinking a lot more about delivering transcriptions with audio content. Did more experimenting with Audiogram, and found the BBC's fork, which supports subtitles and transcription editing, but also depends on a lot of private BBC infrastructure out of the box. Is now able to get timestamped transcripts by combining an audio file and long-form text transcription using a tool called gentle. Then by feeding that into a hacked-up copy of the BBC's Audiogram can generate video with hardcoded subtitles. Here's an example from the most recent This Week in the IndieWeb. Pretty neat! Also experimenting with providing a text transcript of the audio newsletter along w/ the audio via a simple HTML details/summary elements with an iframe. Example here.

Other things:

  • We talked about use cases where static sites are great (simple project sites) and not-so-great (lots of media files).
  • We also chatted a lot about the future of the This Week in the IndieWeb audio edition, making the content more accessible, making it more engaging.
  • We also talked about being aware of when it makes sense to use manual tools vs. trying to creating automation, such as the tradeoffs with using "manual" video editing tools vs. tools like Audiogram.
Group Photo
Left-to-right: martymcgui.re, jonathanprozzi.net

We hope that you'll join us for another HWC Baltimore, which will next meet on September 6th and again on September 20th at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center! 

Photo for tonight’s HWC Baltimore!

Here’s an interview with Jean MacDonald from the most recent This Week in the IndieWeb.

🎧 Full Episode:

https://martymcgui.re/2017/08/19/140447/

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This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition • August 12th - 18th, 2017
Audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for August 12th - 18th, 2017. This week features a brief interview with Jean MacDonald recorded at IndieWeb Summit 2017. You can find all of my audio editions here. You can subscribe with your favorite podcast app on huffduffer. Music from Aaron Parecki’s 100DaysOfMusic project: Day 85 - Suit, Day 48 -...
RSVP'd to an event https://martymcgui.re/2017/08/07/114608/
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Homebrew Website Club Baltimore August 23, 2017

Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center 1045 Light St., BaltimoreMD, 21230

I'm going!

Interested in having a personal website? Got questions about the web? Join us Wed Aug 23rd at Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center!

Thanks to Jonathan Monroe for braving the traffic to DC and the lines at Otakon for this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast](https://wehavetoask.com/)!

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2017-08-22-073137/

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What Do The Pros Say? • Ep 68- Otakon 2017
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Testing out my #hamradio rig on my tiny bike for #biketheeclipse

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition • August 12th - 18th, 2017

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Audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for August 12th - 18th, 2017.

This week features a brief interview with Jean MacDonald recorded at IndieWeb Summit 2017.

You can find all of my audio editions here.

You can subscribe with your favorite podcast app on huffduffer.

Music from Aaron Parecki’s 100DaysOfMusic project: Day 85 - Suit, Day 48 - Glitch, Day 49 - Floating, Day 9, and 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!

★ Favorited https://aaronparecki.com/2017/08/16/22/
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It's real now! Here's a sneak peek of the cover of my new book "OAuth 2.0 Simplified", released at the end of this month! #oauth #oauth2
🔖 Bookmarked http://audreywatters.com/2017/08/13/teach-history
Teach History

“We must teach history – and teach with an eye toward de-colonization, anti-racism, and justice. For everyone who expressed shock about Charlottesville and insisted that “this isn’t America,” it’s pretty clear that your history classes failed you. Because this is America. We have to fundamentally alter how we teach history – and that means teaching about hate, not just love. It means teaching about American evils, not just American exceptionalism. It means teaching about resistance too, not just oppression. And it means rethinking all the practices tied up in our educational institutions – systemic and interpersonal practices that perpetuate this weekend’s violence.”

“We must teach history – and teach with an eye toward de-colonization, anti-racism, and justice. For everyone who expressed shock about Charlottesville and insisted that “this isn’t America,” it’s pretty clear that your history classes failed you. Because this is America. We have to fundamentally alter how we teach history – and that means teaching about hate, not just love. It means teaching about American evils, not just American exceptionalism. It means teaching about resistance too, not just oppression. And it means rethinking all the practices tied up in our educational institutions – systemic and interpersonal practices that perpetuate this weekend’s violence.”

★ Favorited https://stream.jeremycherfas.net/2017/owning-my-audio-clips
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Owning my audio clips
In the past couple of days, prompted by Marty McGuire's write-up, I raved about the potential of Audiogram to help promote the podcast by making it easier to share audio clips to social media -- by turning them into video clips. This afternoon, having managed to get tomorrow's episode edited early, and having had to chop quite a few interesting digressions,...
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Oh! Hmm. I had not thought of that!

Are you interested in the video clips, or would a feed of the audio be enough?

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Hi Marty, is this downloadable / subscribable so I can listen offline on my commute?

Hi Rob! There is an RSS link that allows you to subscribe in the sidebar on Huffduffer:

https://huffduffer.com/tags/this+week+in+indieweb

I am planning to get my own feed together and add it to a few podcast directories soon, which will make it a lot more discoverable.

I (finally) watched the video of this session from IndieWeb Summit 2017:

https://youtu.be/C0Cv10b83RE

One of the most powerful ideas discussed is the “algorithm that works for you”, to avoid information overwhelm.

Time to nudge the folks that started working on Together after the session!

https://cleverdevil.io/2017/richard-its-early-but-at-last-weekends-indieweb-summit-in

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Richard, it's early, but at last weekend's IndieWeb Summit in Portland, a small group of us started tinkering on what we hope could be the Timeline of the Open Web. At this point, it's wireframing and prototyping, but check it out! We call it "together" and you can find more information on it on the IndieWeb wiki - https://indieweb.org/together - and on GitHub - https://github.com/cleverdevil/together/ I believe that the what users will want isn't a traditional feed reader, but somethi...
Richard, it's early, but at last weekend's IndieWeb Summit in Portland, a small group of us started tinkering on what we hope could be the Timeline of the Open Web. At this point, it's wireframing and prototyping, but check it out! We call it "together" and you can find more information on it on the IndieWeb wiki - https://indieweb.org/together -...

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition • August 5th - 11th, 2017

Audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for August 5th - 11th, 2017.

This week features a brief interview with Anton Podviaznikov recorded at IndieWeb Summit 2017.

You can find all of my audio editions here.

You can subscribe with your favorite podcast app on huffduffer.

Music from Aaron Parecki’s 100DaysOfMusic project: Day 85 - Suit, Day 48 - Glitch, Day 49 - Floating, Day 9, and 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!

Syndicating Audio Posts with WNYC's Audiogram Generator

I publish a few different podcasts and often find myself advertising new episodes by syndicating new posts to various social media silos.

Sadly, few social media services consider audio to be "a thing", despite often having robust support for video.

I'm certainly not the first person to notice this, and the fine folks at WNYC have taken this audio sharing problem head-on.

Enter the Audiogram Generator, an open source project that runs on NodeJS and uses FFMPEG to take samples from your audio files and munge them into short videos for sharing on social networks.

Here's a quick rundown of how I got the Audiogram Generator running on my macOS laptop using Docker.

I use Homebrew, so first I installed docker and docker-machine and created a new default machine:

  brew install docker docker-machine
  docker-machine create -d virtualbox default

Once that finished, I set my environment variables so the docker command line utility can talk to this machine:

eval $(docker-machine env)

Next, it was time to download the source for the audiogram generator from GitHub and build the Docker container for it:

  git clone https://github.com/nypublicradio/audiogram.git
  cd audiogram
  docker build -t audiogram .

Finally, I could run it:

  docker run -p 8888:8888 -t -i audiogram
  npm start

Once up, I pointed my browser at http://192.168.99.100:8888/ and I saw pretty much the interface that you see in the screenshot above.

The basic usage steps are:

  • Choose an audio file
  • Choose a template
    • Templates w/ images are hardcoded into the app, so if you want to use them with your own images you'll have to make changes to the source.
  • Choose a selection of the audio that is less than 300 seconds long
  • Add any text if the template requires it
  • Generate!
  • Download
  • Upload to silos!

I made a sample post to my own site using a selection of an interview and then syndicated that post by uploading the same video to MastodonTwitter, and Facebook.

I don't yet know exactly how I'll choose what portions to share on each silo, what text and links to accompany them to encourage folks to listen to the full episodes, and so on. There are also some quirks to learn. For example, Twitter has a maximum length of 2:20 for videos, and its cropping tool would glitch out and reset to defaults unless I stopped it "near" the end.

Thankfully, there is a very detailed Audiogram Generator usage doc with lots of examples and guidelines for making attention-getting posts.

For the near term I want to play with the tool to see what kinds of results I can make. Long-term I think this would be a really neat addition to my Screech tool, which is designed for posting audio to your own website.

How do you feel about audiograms? I'd love to hear other folks' thoughts!

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I learned about it from them, for sure. I set up a copy of WNYC’s Audiogram Generator. It’s fun!

https://medium.com/@WNYC/socialaudio-e648e8a5f2e9

HWC Baltimore 2017-08-09 Wrap-Up

Baltimore's first August 2017 meetup for Homebrew Website Club met at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center on August 9th.

Below are notes from the "broadcast" portion of the meetup.

djfalcon23 (Derek) – been on break of web dev to learn Android dev. Set up a schedule to work on his portfolio site on Wednesdays. Has a WIP site up at djfalcon23.github.io with a landing page. Next steps are modals to display the content for the main sections, a carousel for other photos. After that, it's time to make a project page for his LED backpack with brake and turn signals for cyclists.

jonathanprozzi.net (Jonathan) – started a new Hugo project for his wedding which will be his "Hugo project" so he can feel free to move his main site over to WordPress. Bought and set up a new domain and a new Hugo project for that.

polarfire.net (Isaac) – In town visiting Marty. Spent quiet writing hour tracking down the source for his Pelican-based site which was last updated 2014 and getting the dependencies installed. Likes starting side projects, so might port it to Hugo. Many of his projects are related to owning his data on a home server. Next major step there is setting up backups w/ duplicity.

martymcgui.re (Marty) – Did some reading from the folks at @meetgretta (formerly signl.fm) and learned about a tool called Audiogram from WNYC. It generates videos from audio files for sharing on silos that have good video sharing support but not audio, which is most of them. Made an example post with an interview with Ben Werdmüller from the This Week in the IndieWeb Podcast that is syndicated to Twitter, Facebook, and Mastodon.

Other things:

  • djfalcon23 showed a cool use of parallax on firewatchgame.com.
  • Talked about automated captions for audio, showed off some of the Gretta demos.
  • djfalcon23 pointed us to @noopkat, who streams live development and was recently working on similar tools.
  • martymcgui.re did a quick demo of the micro.blog iOS app for posting tonight's photo
Left-to-right: polarfire.net, djfalcon23.github.io, jonathanprozzi.net, 

We hope that you'll join us for another HWC Baltimore, which will next meet on August 23rd and again September 6th at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center!

Photo for tonight’s Homebrew Website Club Baltimore

Ben Werdmüller • IndieWebSummit 2017 Interviews

Here’s a short interview I did with Ben Werdmüller at the 2017 IndieWeb Summit.

Look for another short interview each weekend as part of the This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition.

Thanks to our cavalcade of guests, including Kim Le and Andy McIntyre for hottin’ things up at Artscape with us in the latest We Have to Ask Podcast!

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2017-08-08-074036/

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★ Favorited https://unicyclic.com/mal/2017-08-07-Universal_Sign-In_Button
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Universal Sign-In Button
The Universal Sign-In Button is a customisable bookmarklet that will auto-fill a sign-in form on the page you are currently visiting and submit it for you. It's a one-click way to tell the current page who you are. The rest of this post explains why such a button is necessary. If you would like to create your own button, you...

Homebrew Website Club Baltimore August 23, 2017

Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center 1045 Light St., BaltimoreMD, 21230

Join us for an evening of quiet writing, IndieWeb demos, and discussions!

  • Create or update your personal web site!
  • Finish that blog post you’ve been writing, edit the wiki!
  • Demos of recent IndieWeb breakthroughs, share what you’ve gotten working!
  • Join a community with like-minded interests. Bring friends that want a personal site!

Any questions? Join the #indieweb chat!

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

More information: https://indieweb.org/events/2017-08-23-homebrew-website-club

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1450134815046568

RSVP'd to an event https://martymcgui.re/2017/08/07/113251/
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Homebrew Website Club Baltimore August 9, 2017

Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center 1045 Light St., BaltimoreMD, 21230

I'm going!

Sorry for the late notice, folks! HWC Baltimore meets again this Wedensday, August 9th at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center.

Come work on your own website, chat with folks who are doing the same, learn more about the IndieWeb, and build a web for you, not them!

Homebrew Website Club Baltimore August 9, 2017

Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center 1045 Light St., BaltimoreMD, 21230

Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!

  • Create or update your personal web site!
  • Finish that blog post you’ve been writing, edit the wiki!
  • Demos of recent IndieWeb breakthroughs, share what you’ve gotten working!
  • Join a community with like-minded interests. Bring friends that want a personal site!

Any questions? Join the #indieweb chat!

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

More information: https://indieweb.org/events/2017-08-09-homebrew-website-club

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/280327909114061/

★ Favorited https://gregorlove.com/2017/08/owning-my-calendar/
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Owning My Calendar
I am making some progress towards owning my online calendar data. There is a nice web service, h2vx.com, that can convert hCalendar microformats to iCalendar format, so you can subscribe to them in a variety of calendar software. I wanted a simple library I could include in projects that would also support the microformats2 h-event. I also wanted this library...

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition • July 29th - August 4th, 2017

Audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for July 29th - August 4th, 2017.

This week features a brief interview with Ben Werdmüller recorded at IndieWeb Summit 2017.

You can find all of my audio editions here.

You can subscribe with your favorite podcast app on huffduffer.

Music from Aaron Parecki’s 100DaysOfMusic project: Day 85 - Suit, Day 48 - Glitch, Day 49 - Floating, Day 9, and 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!

★ Favorited http://boffosocko.com/2017/08/04/this-week-in-the-indieweb-audio-edition-july-22nd-28th-2017-marty-mcguire/
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🎧 This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition, July 22nd – 28th, 2017 | Marty McGuire
This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition, July 22nd - 28th, 2017 by Marty McGuire from martymcgui.re Audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for July 22nd - 28th, 2017. This week features a brief interview with Johannes Ernst recorded at IndieWeb Summit 2017. Music from Aaron Parecki’s 100DaysOfMusic project: Day 85 - Suit, Day 48 - Glitch, Day...
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How much of the show do you guys improv vs sketch out in advance?

We typically decide on the guest’s expertise, the show name and what it is usually about, and the game that we will ask them to play. Sometimes we think up a cutesy name for our listeners.

Thanks to guest Harold Young for kicking things up a notch on this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2017-08-01-075952/

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How's Your Summer Going? • Ep 15 - Prof. H Y Paperstacks