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★ Favorited https://jonathanprozzi.net/reflection/2018-01-01-commitments/
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2018-01-01 Commitments
Formalizing My Commitments During the last Homebrew Website Club I started informally documenting my 2018-01-01 Commitments, but they were just tagged onto the end of other content. I now want to actually dedicate a post to them! For those unfamiliar, these are a list of website goals and tasks that you aim to accomplish before the new year. Last year,...

Thanks to Jonathan for the great write-up for tonight’s Homebrew Website Club Baltimore! It is awesome that so many people came out and had such great discussions! I am sad to have missed it!

https://jonathanprozzi.net/indieweb/hwc-baltimore-2017-11-29-wrap-up/

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HWC Baltimore 2017-11-29 Wrap-Up
Baltimore’s third November 2017 meetup for Homebrew Website Club met at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center on November 29th. Here are the notes from the broadcast portion of tonight’s gathering! jonathanprozzi.net – Published a formal post about his 2018-01-01 Commitments. Selected achievable goals that he’s already started working on. lizboren.art – Worked on a 3D model to eventually add to her web portfolio....

Thanks to our guest Miles Needer for waxing lyrical in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2017-11-28/

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Who Sang That? • Ep 60 - 90's ALT Rock w/ Miles Needer
Marty and Jonathan take a stroll down musical memory lane to 90's Alt Rock. How did bands transition between hair rock to grunge and its effect on the masses? What were concerts like and the merchandise they sold? Plus, fan write-ins for Duet It or Screw It.
Replied to https://jonathanprozzi.net/indieweb/homebrew-website-club-baltimore-november-29-2017/
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Homebrew Website Club Baltimore: November 29, 2017
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...

Sorry to miss this one! It’s my first absence since we started it. 😐

Replied to https://indieweb.org/2018-01-01-commitments
2018-01-01-commitments are implementation and launch commitments publicly made by the IndieWeb community to ship on their personal sites by 2018-01-01 00:00 local time.

It’s time to make IndieWeb commitments for 2018!

I commit to hosting an IndieWebCamp in Baltimore in 2018. I hope to knock this out pretty early in the year, actually! My co-host Jonathan Prozzi and I will be choosing a date in the next week or so, based on the feedback we have received so far.

I also want to work on a new design for my site and to contribute more Micropub-based tools for other folks to use on their IndieWeb sites. To that end, by 2018-01-01 I hope to finish reworking much of my site’s automation and deployment to replace my current Jekyll configuration, which relies heavily on custom plugins that run on every compile and takes about a minute to rebuild the site. I aim to replace the core static site generation with Hugo, and to replace custom plugin logic with tiny services that run only when posts are created or updated, along the lines of morris, a simple receiver that stores webmentions from webmention.io in data files that static site generators like Hugo (and Jekyll) can consume.

For comparison, I looked up my (vague) commitment for last year which I easily met but was so vague about that I never posted it. I think I was cleaning up my Jekyll configuration to pre-compute metadata about images and other files in my posts. I would end up scrapping that in January when I switched to a micropub media endpoint for hosting my uploads.

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition • November 18th - 24th, 2017

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

You can find all of my audio editions and subscribe with your favorite podcast app here: martymcgui.re/podcasts/indieweb/.

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!

Hostel Practice Notes 2017-11-22

You probably don't care about this post unless you're a member of Hostel!

5 of us practiced at the theater thanks to the kindness of Richard who let us in and helped us practice. Here are some notes that are hopefully accurate!

We explored the space and thought about ways to use it best. For example, we can bring the sidelines way forward towards the audience and give ourselves a sense of space by bringing the chairs downstage away from the wall, treating the columns like a back line.

Warm-ups we did:

  • Pass-the-clap. Around the circle, across the circle, moving around the room.
  • Vocal warm-ups led by Kim. Roll head down one vertebra at a time, bend all the way down to touch toes, wiggle around while rolling up one vertebra at a time. Make noises while mashing up cheeks and temples to loosen face muscles. Make sounds from different parts of the sound apparatus, starting with nasal "hee hee hee", then throat "heh heh heh", mall-Santa belly "ho ho ho", creepy dude groin "huh huh huh". Then go back up making sounds in reverse order.
  • Flocking exercise. As Richard played a song, one leader leads an improvised dance around the stage. Everyone else follows along trying to match movements. Richard changed song after about a minute, new leader self-selects and we repeat.

We did an exercise that is from Rick Andrews, though many folks learned a similar one from other instructors. It involves two players at a time.

  • Round 1: Audience gives a one-word topic. Players are seated and act as themselves having a normal conversation. Say truthful things that you believe or happened to you. Not trying to be funny, not trying to be characters. The conversation can become funny because conversations can be funny, but should not be jokey.
  • Round 2: Audience gives an activity that requires some amount of doing things and moving around the space in addition to a new one-word topic. Players do the activity while talking about the topic (not about the activity), still being themselves saying truthful things, not jokey, etc.
  • Round 3: Audience again gives an activity and one-word topic. Each player chooses a voice modification like talking more deeply or nasally or gritting their teeth (slight modifications only, no accents). Scene begins same as round 2, but the voice modification draws you into a character, so you can drift from your true personal stories/beliefs.

We were almost out of time, so we did a little ~6 minute set that started with "Real Talk" - basically starting with an input and doing Round 2 of the exercise until someone comes in to start a tag run or scene based on it. Any full scene wipe starts again with a real talk conversation and some object work.

Thanks to our guest Jess Miciak for taking us out of our depth on this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2017-11-21/

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Is It Better Down Where Its Wetter? • Ep 5 - Lobster Talk with Jessica Finn
Marty and Jonathan find out about the life styles of the lobster. Everything from eating habits to activities they do under water. Jonathan also has an update on Dolphin Crush.
★ Favorited https://jonathanprozzi.net/reflection/mozfest-2017-reflection/
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MozFest 2017 Reflection
MozFest 2017: Wrangling Space This year I had the privilege of working as a Space Wrangler for the Web Literacy Track at MozFest 2017. Our team met in person in London and worked together from October 26 – 30 to create an awesome experience for festival attendees. By the time we arrived in London to prepare for the festival our original...
RSVP'd to an event https://2017.indieweb.org/austin

Capital Factory 701 Brazos Street, AustinTexas

IndieWebCamp Austin 2017 is a gathering for independent web creators of all kinds, from graphic artists, to designers, UX engineers, coders, hackers, to share ideas, actively work on creating for their own personal websites, and build upon each others creations.
I'm going!

Excited to join in Austin’s first IndieWebCamp!

★ Favorited https://adactio.com/journal/13109
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Hooked and booked
At Booking.com, they do a lot of A/B testing. At Booking.com, they’ve got a lot of dark patterns. I think there might be a connection. A/B testing is a great way of finding out what happens when you introduce a change. But it can’t tell you why. I used the site earlier in the year, and actually felt my heart...

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition • November 11th - 17th, 2017

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Audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for November 11th - 17th, 2017.

You can find all of my audio editions and subscribe with your favorite podcast app here: martymcgui.re/podcasts/indieweb/.

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://jonathanprozzi.net/indieweb/getting-back-into-things/
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Getting Back Into Things
I’ve been traveling a lot over the last month. I’ve not been able to co-host (or attend!) the last two Homebrew Website Club Baltimore meetups. I’ve also completely neglected my old post-pact with co-host Marty. However, my travels are now finished and I’m super motivated to work on my site again. I have lots of things to write about. During...

HWC Baltimore 2017-11-15 Wrap-Up

Baltimore's second November 2017 meetup for Homebrew Website Club met at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center on November 15th.

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

jonathanprozzi.net – Is back after lots of travel and writing a post about that, including a roadmap of getting back into things. Archived several posts from his old Hugo site into his new WordPress site. One of his 2018-01-01 goals is to practice posting status updates to his site instead of Facebook.

brksavage.com – Bought a new domain for a blog a couple of months ago, transferring it to BlueHost now. Been looking over old content. A 2018-01-01 commitment: small goal - write something small and publish it before end of year.

derekfields.is – Working on getting a JavaScript-based CMS called apostrophe.js working for his site. Probably going to host it on Heroku. Also learning the Windows subsystem for Linux, because developing on Windows "doesn't feel right" since he's not using .NET or similar.

bouhmad.com – Working on a first post to go up tonight! Realized the original scope for his "first post", which was going to compare multiple host-based intrusion detection systems, was going to take weeks! So, he's starting off with one, then planning to get back to it after he graduates (hopefully!) in December.

martymcgui.re – Been working on a new way to store and display webmentions on his site. Currently has one site that pulls them from webmention.io with JavaScript, and one site that polls webmention.io for new mentions every time it is compiled by Jekyll. Started building a webhook in Python but has now moved to PHP because it should be simpler. 

dariusmccoy.com – Just got started with his domain, just a landing page. Wants to add more content to it.

Other things:

  • IndieWeb 2018-01-01 Commitments.
  • echo-chamber.js - a fake commenting system that stores comments in the browser, so the commenter (and no one else) can see what they are saying.
  • IndieWebCamp Baltimore 2018! We talked about what an IndieWebCamp is and how it is structured.
  • IoT and the IndieWeb (mentioned the IndieWebSummit session on IndieWeb for Hardware).
  • Twitter and Facebook business models and how they benefit from outrage.
  • IndieWeb generations, specifically the way that participating in the IndieWeb right now almost requires you to be a developer.
  • The creepiness of Amazon Key.
Left-to-right: martymcgui.re, bouhmad.com, dariusmccoy.com, jonathanprozzi.net, brksavage.com, derekfields.is

Thanks to everybody who came out! We look forward to seeing you at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center for the next one! We'll be meeting again on November 29th.

Photo for tonight’s HWC Baltimore

RSVP'd to an event https://martymcgui.re/2017/11/13/120157/
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Homebrew Website Club Baltimore

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

I'm going!

Come on out tonight for another meeting of Baltimore’s Homebrew Website Club!

Work on your personal website, learn about the IndieWeb, and build a web for you (not them)!

Thanks to guest Sam Van Sant for her soothing forcefulness in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!And special thanks to Kristen L. McKenzie for taking the reigns as co-host during my much-needed hiatus.

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2017-11-14/

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Am I Stressing You Out? • Ep 50 - Massage Bloggist Sharon O'Haren
Marty took a relaxing trip and Jonathan brought in his friend Kristen to help co-host the show. They got to meet Sharon O'Haren to talk about the new fads in massage. This episode should keep you from stressing out.
★ Favorited https://eddiehinkle.com/2017/11/10/5/article/
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Indigenous for iOS App Beta
I’ve officially launched the Indigenous for iOS app beta. It’s a micropub app for iOS allowing a user to like, repost and bookmark urls. There are more features planned, you can read about them on the Indigenous project page. I have a couple people from the IndieWeb who have joined the beta. If you have a website using IndieWeb technologies...

I had so much fun at the The Dungeon Rats Live Show at AcadeCon.

In fact, you can see me yukking it up in this live stream! 🤔

I still can’t believe I had the chance to play a guest role among these amazingly funny and kind folks. ❤️

https://www.pscp.tv/w/1mrxmZLZkanKy

Homebrew Website Club Baltimore

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/2017-11-15-homebrew-website-club

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition • November 4th - 10th, 2017

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

You can find all of my audio editions and subscribe with your favorite podcast app here: martymcgui.re/podcasts/indieweb/.

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!

Replied to https://gregorlove.com/2017/11/oh-hai-guys-hah-hah/
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Oh hai guys, hah hah. I just saw The Room with a theater full of people. Plastic spoons were thrown, funny things were yelled. Definitely one of the best ways to see it.

“One of”? Can you name 5 other best ways to see The Room? 😜

Thanks to our guest Grant Chang for packing appropriately for this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2017-11-07/

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Should We Turn Back? • Ep 80- Gil Grubman
Jonathan and Marty welcome Gil Grubman on the show to talk about traveling with not so friendly people. Gil talks about traveling to your home country, eastern Europe, and the proper Buffalo Wing.
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I’m part of a team that invests in startups changing media for good. Ask me anything. #MatterAMA #startups https://medium.com/urbanama/join-an-ama-by-ben-werdmuller-of-matter-nov-6-2017-on-urbanama-517bb9837...

Thanks for doing this! Is there a way to follow along or participate without installing the urbanAMA app? On the web, maybe?

★ Favorited https://werd.io/2017/a-question-im-asking-myself-every-dayin-a-world-where
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In a world where white supremacy and religious fundamentalism are emboldened by our leadership, Where corporations build platforms that serve as backdoors for democracy, Where financial growth is valued over ethics and humanity, Where people of color are being murdered in the streets by those sworn to protect us, Where we still don’t believe women, Where we continue to abuse and pillage other societies for resources and political gain, Where we bomb people in far off countries using rob...
In a world where white supremacy and religious fundamentalism are emboldened by our leadership, Where corporations build platforms that serve as backdoors for democracy, Where financial growth is valued over ethics and humanity, Where people of color are being murdered in the streets by those sworn to protect us, Where we still don’t believe women, Where we continue to abuse...

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition • October 28th - November 3rd, 2017

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Audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for October 28th - November 3rd, 2017.

You can find all of my audio editions and subscribe with your favorite podcast app here: martymcgui.re/podcasts/indieweb/.

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!

HWC Baltimore 2017-11-01 Wrap-Up

Baltimore's first November 2017 meetup for Homebrew Website Club met at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center on November 1st. 

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

bouhmad.com – Been working on a big post about security issues. Also, collecting resources for an Equifax-breach-themed CryptoParty in November, which will also go on his site.

djfalcon23.github.io – Buying his dream domain (TBA once it is registered). Been reading lots about getting into tech industry, dealing w/ impostor syndrome. Planning to turn some of these into notes and/or posts on his site when it is up.

martymcgui.re – Posted up the last IWC NYC 2017 interview (with Tantek). Would like to have one per week to put up, so will bring his mic to next HWC Baltimore, and may start asking people in IRC to do interviews over Skype, Zencaster, or similar. Also just reached the 100th episode of his comedy podcast.

Other things.

  • Worries about Net Neutrality and the upcoming FCC proposals to break it by allowing pay-for-access fees to publishers. We looked at resources like battleforthenet.com and a video from Congressional Democrats about the issue.
  • Podcasts about tech. Derek has been trying to find podcasts about cutting-edge tech, but been frustrated. For example, Friends Talk Frontend has good content, but he finds the hosts annoying. Adam recommend Talk Python to Me because it is funny and timely, focusing on new tech. Marty recommends the Contrafubilists because it is kind of an anti-cutting-edge tech podcast with very thoughtful hosts that take apart the marketing speak behind technology trends.
  • Also got off into the weeds about good story-driven podcasts. 😅
  • Talked about a theoretical "disruptive student" detection system that uses computer vision, motion detection, face recognition, to log "overactive" students and generate reports. Generated a lot of interesting discussion about unintended consequences of technologically "simple" systems.
  • Talked about the problems of trying to digitize the rules of complex human systems and the problems of measuring outcomes, determining what "just" algorithms looks like, etc.
Left-to-right: djfalcon23, bouhmad.com, martymcgui.re

Thanks to everybody who came out! We look forward to seeing you at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center for the next one! We'll be meeting again on November 15th and November 29th.

Photo for tonight’s Homebrew website club Baltimore