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