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Archive for January 2018

Wed Jan 31
☑ RSVP'd to an event https://ghostparty.today/#show-2018-02-14
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Baltimore Improv Group Theater
GHOST PARTY Valentine's Day Show
Attention, acolytes! It's Valentine's Day, and every kind of love is in the air! Your spooky cult leader Beatrice has summoned you to attend the wedding of her long-time co-leader Derek to the love of his life... himself! But will the ghost of a past relationship come back to …
I'm going!

Every GHOST PARTY 👻🎉 show is special, and this one may be the most special yet.

Please join us to celebrate… love? Probably?

Tickets available on Eventbrite for only $5!

Tue Jan 30

Thanks to our guest Nicole Tedeschi for throwing money at the problem in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!

And, in seriousness, many thanks to Nicole for supporting Baltimore Improv Group! It means a lot that you’re helping build a strong improv scene in Baltimore!

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2018-01-30/

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Jonathan and Marty look to warm up this week. Ivana Helper, world renowned philanthropist, brings some of her sweaters for nude cats in with her. What are her next steps and will she branch out?
Mon Jan 29

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition • January 20th - 26th, 2018

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Audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for January 20th - 26th, 2018.

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!

Sat Jan 27
📍 Checked in at BAMF Cafe, Baltimore, MD.
Saturday cartoons. Those toitles better stick together.
Thu Jan 25
★ Liked http://inessential.com/2018/01/25/evergreen_diary_9_on_indieweb
★ Liked https://snarfed.org/2018-01-24_28153
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Celebrating 1 million webmentions at Homebrew Website Club!
Wed Jan 24
★ Liked http://arturpaikin.com/en/indiewebcamp-baltimore/
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Group photos — Aaron PareckiThis weekend I attended Indie Web Camp in Baltimore. It’s a fun gathering of people who believe we should own our online identities — pictures, thoughts, short and long posts (and even check-ins in some cases). Post to your own domain, then syndicate …
★ Liked https://aaronparecki.com/2018/01/23/34/w3c-websub-indieauth
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Today, we published the last of the two W3C specs I am editing! WebSub was published as a W3C Recommendation, and IndieAuth was published as a Working Group Note.
Tue Jan 23

HWC Baltimore 2018-01-23 Wrap-Up

Baltimore's second Homebrew Website Club of January met at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center on January 23rd.

Here are some notes from the "broadcast" portion of the meetup:

martymcgui.re — Been catching up on things since IndieWebCamp! Spent tonight writing the first of several wrap-up posts. Also finally got the weekend's episode of This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition up this morning, ~3 days late. Planning to write more specific wrap-ups, open up some old Micropub and IndieAuth python projects he needs to update.

jonathanprozzi.net — Recently finished a draft of a 45-60 minute activity for new folks to HWC to register their first domain. None of tonight's attendee's need a domain, so we'll punt on that for next time. Spent the time tonight setting up a notebook.jonathanprozzi.net subdomain to be a publicly accessible version of the Hugo site that he set up recently to take notes. He used it over the weekend at IWC Baltimore and now wants it available on his phone. He also subscribed to all the IWC Baltimore attendees on Woodwind.

derekfields.is — Working on VR world project where the server is a microcontroller with sensors that can directly manipulate the VR world. Dealing w/ issues serving an A-Frame VR web app from his nodemcu microcontroller. The nodemcu serves a big opaque string for content and he wants to have it load A-Frame and other third-party resources from a CDN. The trouble is that when your computer is connected to the nodemcu's access point, there is no access to the internet. He is looking at another possibility of serving those minified scripts directly from the nodemcu.

angelosresu.me — Just noticed his website is down, oops. Not been working on his site much. Has been working on setting up his first OAuth implementation at work.

Other things:

  • Baltimore had our own IndieWebCamp! It was great! Videos are available now for all Saturday sessions as well as Sunday morning intros and afternoon demos.
  • 1 Million Webmentions!
  • WebSub is a W3C REC!
  • IndieAuth is a W3C Note!
    • Lots of discussion about what IndieAuth is, vs RelMeAuth, PGP
  • W3C governance is interesting! And confusing!
  • Showed off Woodwind as an example of IndieAuth dance. Also got Jonathan set up with Micropub via Woodwind so he can send replies.
  • Open Graph Protocol, microformats
  • Moving the idea of computing out of the default idea of a screen and keyboard/mouse/touch and a bunch of storage and computing right in front of you into more interesting paradigms like little internet-connected microcontrollers, virtual worlds.
  • The idea of needing indie readers to start consolidating how people can read and respond to IndieWeb content as easily as on silos. We may all be asking Aaron for accounts on Monocle.
Attendees for tonight's HWC Baltimore: angelosresu.me, derekfields.is, martymcgui.re, jonathanprozzi.net

Thanks to everybody who came out! We hope to see you all again at our next meetings:

  • February 6th (Note: this is a Tuesday). We'll have a new activity for new folks during this meeting starting at 6:30pm – getting started with web hosting!
  • February 20th (also Tuesday!)

Photo for tonight’s HWC Baltimore

Sun Jan 14

🗓️ Homebrew Website Club

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

Reminder: We are now meeting on Tuesdays instead of the usual Wednesdays. Be sure to double-check your calendars!

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/2018-01-23-homebrew-website-club

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/323588341481467/

Tue Jan 23

IWC Baltimore 2018 – Session Planning Planning

This piece is part of a series of after-action thoughts about the first IndieWebCamp Baltimore.

When planning IWC Baltimore, one of the things I wanted to prioritize was having high-quality discussion sessions on Saturday, to take on issues that attendees have on their minds, and to get their creative juice's going for the Sunday project hack day.

Since sessions are proposed, chosen, and facilitated by attendees, it's not possible to prepare facilitators ahead of time although there are some great guidelines for making a session good-to-excellent.

Aaron, Tantek, and I sat down after IWC Austin to do some (re-)planning of the typical IWC Saturday schedule based on lessons learned in 2017. We had some things in mind:

  • People start to get tired and distracted after about 45 minutes.
  • Each facilitator often had a different way of running their session. This sometimes led to discussion ending early, but often meant going over time.
  • Attendees need time to move between sessions, grab water, use the restroom, etc.

We mapped out several combinations of time for lunch, session length, break length, expected end-of-day, and even decoy time ("we'll tell them they have 5 minutes when actually they have 10").

Secret schedules in the HTML!

With the constraints that we wanted to break for lunch at noon, and end the day before 6pm, we settled on a schedule of 5 sessions:

  • 1 hour 15 minutes for lunch, with sessions beginning at 1:15
  • Facilitators should show up 10 - 15 minutes early to be briefed on how to facilitate well
  • 5 sessions at 45 minutes per session
  • 10 minute break between sessions
  • A final "Intro to Day 2" session to prepare attendees for the Sunday hackday, which we could shorten if needed.

To encourage more consistent facilitation, I created a "Running an IndieWebCamp Session" card that we handed out to facilitators encouraging them to assign at least one note taker a time keeper with checks at 10, 5, and 1 minute. The card also included tips on how to kick off the discussion.

SVG facilitation cards, suitable for pen plotting!

Overall I think our planning really paid off. We were able to stick almost entirely to the schedule (very few sessions went over time, and none started late), the day ended on time, and informal feedback suggests that the discussions weren't hampered by the format.

Of course, there were some changes:

  • Our morning session went long, so there were 55 minutes for lunch rather than an hour and 15. Still, we started sessions on time.
  • Rather than pre-prepping facilitators, we gave them the facilitator cards and explained their contents in the time between sessions.
  • In addition to the per-session timekeepers, one of the organizers (me!) was responsible for loudly calling the end time for all sessions.
  • Having the extra time allowed for the unexpected, such as taking extra time to end the live stream for one session and begin it for the next.

I hope these notes are useful for planning future events! Meanwhile, please enjoy the videos and notes from the IWC Baltimore 2018 sessions!

📍 Checked in at Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center, Baltimore, MD.
Time for HWC Baltimore!

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition • January 13th - 19th, 2018

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Audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for January 13th - 19th, 2018.

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!

Thanks to my replacement Richard Gorelick and to our guest Julia Hall for leaving nothing but memories in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2018-01-23/

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Marty has vanished but the show must go on. Jonathan and special co host Richard sit down with Linda Sterling to discuss life without traceable currency. No credit cards, no checks, and no banks. We're only dealing in bills and coins.
Mon Jan 22
★ Liked https://eddiehinkle.com/2018/01/22/7/article/
post from My first IndieWebCamp!
This past weekend was IndieWebCamp Baltimore and it was awesome! I’ve been hanging out online with those in the IndieWeb for the past year but until now I was unable to make a trip out to the IndieWebCamps that took place in 2017. Thanks to Marty and Jonathan, Baltimore hosted …
📍 Checked in at The HandleBar Cafe, Baltimore, MD.

Love my local bike share. Finding my account a little hard to navigate…

Sun Jan 21
★ Liked https://aaronparecki.com/2018/01/21/11/pixel-art
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I just finished my IndieWebCamp hack day project, and I'm pretty excited about it!
📍 Checked in at Bookmakers Cocktail Club, Baltimore, MD.
📍 Checked in at Abbey Burger Bistro, Baltimore, MD.
☑ RSVP'd to an event https://martymcgui.re/2018/01/14/220650/
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Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center 1045 Light St. Baltimore MD 21230
Homebrew Website Club
Reminder: We are now meeting on Tuesdays instead of the usual Wednesdays. Be sure to double-check your calendars!
I'm going!

Come on out and talk about what happened at IndieWebCamp Baltimore this past weekend.

BONUS: We’ll be trying a new activity! Join at 6:30pm to learn how to set up your domain! You’ll leave with a registered domain and the ability to navigate the domain registrar dashboard system to find information you’ll need for next steps!

★ Liked https://adactio.com/journal/13333
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I got a follow-up comment to my follow-up post about the follow-up comment I got on my original post about Google Analytics. Keep up.
Sat Jan 20
📍 Checked in at Pen & Quill, Baltimore, MD.
📍 Checked in at Baltimore Improv Group, Baltimore, MD.
📍 Checked in at Club Charles, Baltimore, MD.

Feeling very grateful for all the folks that came out to make the first day of the first IndieWebCamp Baltimore a huge success! Great conversations, lots of inspiration for tomorrow’s hack day!

📍 Checked in at Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center, Baltimore, MD.

Good morning! Looking forward to seeing folks at IndieWebCamp Baltimore today!

★ Liked http://www.kevinmarks.com/partialsilos.html
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Social Decay by Andrei Lacatsu changes the metaphor for the big social sites that indieweb calls silos. Instead, he renders them as decaying storefronts.
Fri Jan 19
📍 Checked in at Pen & Quill, Baltimore, MD.
📍 Checked in at Baltimore Improv Group, Baltimore, MD.
📍 Checked in at Joe Squared Pizza & Bar, Baltimore, MD.
🔖 Bookmarked Fred Wilson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/fredwilson/status/953970978656153602

“you have to blog on your own domain. medium, facebook, linkedin, huffpo will do what are in their interests, not yours. i have been doing it every day for 15 years this year. feels great to own my archive, my brand, my content, myself.”

📍 Checked in at Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center, Baltimore, MD.
📍 Checked in at Blue Agave, Baltimore, MD.
★ Liked https://aaronparecki.com/2018/01/19/6/
Tue Jan 16

Thanks to guest Danielle Smith for pushing Jonathan outside his comfort zone in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast.

In seriousness, thanks so much to Danielle for her support of our show, and her generous donation to help the Baltimore Improv Group settle into our current home in Station North!

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2018-01-16/

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Marty's plane was delayed but the show must go on. Jonathan sits down with friend and expert, Danielle Smith, to discuss traveling to see concerts. What are tricks to get VIP tickets, how should you pack, and how far should you travel to see a concert?
📗 Want to read Beloved by Toni Morrison ISBN: 9781400033416
📗 Want to read What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi ISBN: 9781594634635
Mon Jan 15
★ Liked https://aaronparecki.com/2018/01/15/6/
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Packing for #IndieWebCamp Baltimore!
Sun Jan 14

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition • January 6th - 12th, 2018

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Audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for January 6th - 12th, 2018.

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!

Thu Jan 4

🗓️ Introduction to Podcasting

The BIG Theater 1727 N Charles St Baltimore MD 21201
📆 Add to Calendar: iCal | Google Calendar

It seems like everybody has a podcast these days. And why not? You’ve probably already got a great podcast idea in mind and want to get started!

In this densely packed 2-hour workshop, we’ll cover the basics, with opportunities for hands-on practice: * Using the BIG studio equipment (Zoom H6, Shure SM-58 microphones) to record raw audio * Using Audacity editing software (available for Mac, Windows, and Linux) to clean up audio and create a finished episode * Publishing an episode online using Soundcloud * Adding a podcast to the Apple Podcasts (a.k.a. iTunes) directory

Tickets are only $10. Reserve your spot now!

Participants should bring an SD card with at least 2GB of free space and a way to take notes. Folks interested in hands-on time with editing are encouraged to bring a laptop with the Audacity audio editing software (http://www.audacityteam.org/) installed. Finally, to save, time, everyone is encouraged to create a SoundCloud account (https://soundcloud.com/) as well as an Apple ID (https://www.apple.com/shop/account/home) if you don’t have them already.

Instructors: Marty McGuire and Jonathan Monroe.

Fri Jan 12
🔖 Bookmarked Object models / fuzzy notepad https://eev.ee/blog/2017/11/28/object-models/

“We could do with more experimentation around how objects work, but that’s impossible in the languages most commonly thought of as object-oriented.

Here, then, is a (very) brief run through the inner workings of objects in four very dynamic languages. I don’t think I really appreciated objects until I’d spent some time with Python, and I hope this can help someone else whet their own appetite.”

Wed Jan 10
🔖 Bookmarked “Maker Blockchain” & “Maker Token Platform” from @MarkHatch (formerly of @TechShop) « Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! https://blog.adafruit.com/2018/01/09/maker-blockchain-maker-token-platform-from-markhatch-formerly-of-techshop/

“we’re missing some key pieces on the education front, we’re missing some pieces on funding makerspaces, both at the local and larger level. So, I’ve decided with some partners of mine and Network Society Ventures and labs, I’m gonna do an ICO this year, an Internet Coin Offering, a tokenization. This area needs a token…”

Tue Jan 9
Reacted 😼 to https://aaronparecki.com/2018/01/09/26/
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You're telling me! I had to 😮 do things like sit on the couch with https://indiewebcat.com and watch Netflix for hours at a time.
↩ Replied to https://aaronparecki.com/2018/01/09/25/
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oh no you too? I've been on the tail end of a cold for the past week! 😷 I'm hoping it's all gone before IndieWebCamp Baltimore!

Terrible colds and flus have been going around. Amy had it all last week and I thought I had managed to avoid it. Then an inflamed feeling and coughing started yesterday. 😩 Definitely something I don’t have time for, haha.

★ Liked https://jonathanprozzi.net/indieweb/hwc-2018-01-09-wrap-up/
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Homebrew Website Club Baltimore had the first meetup for 2018 at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center on Tuesday, January 9th.
Tue Dec 26

🗓️ Homebrew Website Club Baltimore

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

Reminder: We are now meeting on Tuesdays instead of the usual Wednesdays. Be sure to double-check your calendars!

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/2018-01-09-homebrew-website-club

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/140487003330260/

Tue Jan 9

Thanks to our guest Gillian Parent for steering us through this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2018-01-09/

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Marty and Jonathan make the choice of coming in from the cold weather outside. They bring with them expert life navigator Just Cecilia to help out with those choices that need step by step directions.
Mon Jan 8

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition • December 30th, 2017 - January 5th, 2018

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Audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for December 30th - January 5th, 2018.

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!

★ Liked https://aaronparecki.com/2017/12/30/7/indieweb-badge
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Remember the old 80x15 badges we used to put on our websites? I just updated our IndieWebCamp badge with the new logo! You can use this on your own site by copying the HTML below! Feel free to download the image and host it yourself too.
↩ Replied to https://eddiehinkle.com/2017/12/26/2/rsvp/
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Man, I'm not gonna be able to make it. 🙁 I will be at IWC though! Let me know if there is anything I can do remotely to help prep.

We’ll miss you at HWC! No worries about IWC planning. I think Jonathan and I have all the space prep, item fetching, and food-planning locked down. We can coordinate features to demo Saturday morning in -meta.

All of this certainty will probably go out the window next Monday when the event is looming. :}

Thu Jan 4
★ Liked https://taravancil.com/blog/how-i-publish-taravancil-com/
Wed Jan 3
📕 Finished reading The Internet of Garbage by Sarah Jeong
📗 Want to read The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy by Allan G. Johnson ISBN: 9781592133833
Tue Jan 2

Thanks to co-host Jonathan Monroe for putting his body on the line for this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2018-01-02/

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Marty and Jonathan discuss the security practices of M&T Bank Stadium, the home of the Baltimore Ravens. Jonathan talks about the long list of items prohibited from entering the stadium and his attempt to sneak a few of those items into the game.