Marty McGuire

Archive for July 2018

Tue Jul 31

Thanks to our guest Austin C. Thoms for reconnecting with the past (and with Jonathan Monroe) in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2018-07-31/

post from Has It Really Been That Long? β€’ Ep 158- Austin from High school
It's been a minute. Marty and Jonathan welcome a high school mate of Jonathan's, Austin. This week a podcast host and a DJ in LA catch up.
Mon Jul 30
Reacted 😲 to https://aaronparecki.com/2018/07/30/18/xray-updates
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XRay, the library that I use to parse URLs to show comments, now supports parsing direct Microformats JSON, ActivityStreams 2.0, as well as finding a rel=alternate link and parsing data from that instead!
Reacted πŸ’– to http://www.kimblery.com/2018/07/29/say-day/
Sun Jul 29

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition β€’ July 21st - 27th, 2018

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Decentralized Web Summit is here, a webring for microcasts, and what should happen to our data when we die? It’s the audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for July 21st - 27th, 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 Jul 28
Reacted πŸŽ‰ to https://cleverdevil.io/2018/my-goal-get-people-off-of-facebook
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My goal? Get people off of Facebook completely, and back onto the open web, where they're in control. I highly recommend Micro.blog as a great place to land! Using https://github.com/cleverdevil/ditchbook, you can even move your data πŸ˜€ #IndieWeb
Thu Jul 26
πŸ” Reposted https://ghostparty.today/#2018-07-26-192712
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Attention, acolytes! πŸ‘»πŸŽ‰
β˜‘ RSVP'd to an event https://ghostparty.today/#show-2018-08-03
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Baltimore Improv Group Theater
GHOST PARTY Festival of Spirits
Attention, acolytes! Once again, we have been tasked with putting on an annual festival to appease the spirit realm. Once again we are sharing a venue with an improv festival. WE NEED YOU to make this festival a success. ABOUT: GHOST PARTY is an immersive, interactive show that …
I'm going!

Ain’t no party like a πŸ‘»πŸŽ‰!

Come help GHOST PARTY put on a festival so important it’s like our lives depend on it!

Wed Jul 25

HWC Baltimore 2018-07-25 Wrap-Up

Baltimore's secondΒ Homebrew Website Club of July met at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center on July 25th!

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

derekfields.is β€” Derek wanted a couple new rules for sharing time, today. First, find and share a site with some cool tech that you like. Second, talk about why you're into web development. He showed off a demo of using the browser Gamepad API w/ a Playstation dual-shock 3 controller. It showed button state changes, including analog states for buttons and joysticks. Been thinking about lots of ideas lately but missing some focus. Looking at productivity hacks to focus more. Notices when he's not focusing, now trying prompts to figure out why he's distracted and get back on task. Derek is into web development because it changes rapidly and requires focus to keep learning. Been working on his VueJS class and it's been going well until today. His accountability buddy is on a trip.

jonathanprozzi.net β€” Been working on work stuff. Built a single-page app w/ Gatsby for deploys of some Digital Harbor Foundation content for use in remote schools with intermittent internet connections. Pulls course data from the central DHF WordPress and deploys it as a package on Netlify. Ran into his first deploy issues with Netlify due to case-sensitive filesystems (which he doesn't experience on his Mac dev machine). Been really inspired by the Susty WordPress themeΒ which can deliver WordPress pages in ~6KB, compared with most themes, which are very bloated. Jonathan is into the web because of the problem-solving aspects of it, but also because it allows creative expression and productivity.

zach.oglesby.coΒ β€” New! Welcome, Zach! Recently switched his Known-powered site to Jonathan LaCour'sΒ overview page (w/ location info and other nice things), but it doesn't have a representative h-card, yet, so working on that. Also working on making his read posts more compatible with IndieBookClub.Β In terms of "Cool Tech", just had occasion to use Bootstrap for the first time, which was interesting. Zach is into web development because there are so many ways to do things on the web, you can play and tinker with different things you might not have otherwise.

pulianas.comΒ β€” New! Welcome, Alec! Has had this website for a while, originally as a portfolio, now as a WordPress site that powers his Micro.blog. Been working on a new site for a podcast, Overanalyzed, also WordPress. In terms of "Cool Tech" - likes Eddie Hinkle's website. Also, webrings "seem pretty cool". Isn't a web developer professionally, but likes how it makes publishing easy. Really also likes the concept of owning your own content, bringing his stuff in from Twitter. Sees his online identities as layers: website is most personal, Twitter next, and Facebook is sanitized.

martymcgui.re β€” Been working on the Baltimore Improv Festival website, a static site generator called Ruhoh that doesn't really "exist" as a project anymore, though the code and gems are still out there. Needs to spend time on the webrings site. In terms of "Cool Tech", likes this recent "Even More CSS Secrets" talkΒ from Lea Verou. Marty is into web development because it is an amazing way to share content that anyone can access from anywhere in the world! "Can it be done on the web?" is an interesting, if sometimes difficult, lens to see the world through.

Other discussion:

Left-to-right: zach.oglesby.co, derekfields.is, martymcgui.re, pulianas.com, jonathanprozzi.net

Thanks to everybody who came out! We hope to see you all again at our next meeting on WednesdayΒ August 8thΒ at 6:30pm (quiet writing hour at 5:30pm)!

Photo for tonight’s HWC Baltimore

Tue Jul 17

πŸ—“οΈ Homebrew Website Club Baltimore

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

Please note: We are back to meeting on Wednesday and meeting at 6:30pm. 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 5:30pm. Meetup begins at 6:30pm.

More information: https://indieweb.org/events/2018-07-25-homebrew-website-club

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/506530919802285/

Wed Jul 25
πŸ” Reposted https://www.instagram.com/p/Blpa_vYgv5Z/
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ACOLYTES - there’s no time for sleep; festival season is nigh!! Mark your calendars for Friday, the 3rd of August, at 11:15 pm sharp!
Tue Jul 24

Thanks to Jonathan Monroe for listening to SO MANY past episodes, discovering SO MANY bookkeeping issues, editing down SO MANY clips, and bringing We Have to Ask Podcast one week closer to the inevitable.

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2018-07-24/

post from Have We Run Out Of Ideas? β€’ Ep 140- 1st "25" Clip Show
Sometimes to prepare for a big event, you must throw out everything you know and get lazy. Come on a journey of Jonathan and Marty's first "25" episodes.
Mon Jul 23

OMG. Y’all. This is your last chance to see Hostel in our regular Friday night slot!

Get ready for improv that reaches the sky doesn’t stop! After this we’ll be slingshotting back past Earth for the Baltimore Improv Festival, but then our momentum will take us TO! THE! STAAAARS! πŸ’«

Friday, July 27th, 9pm @ The BIG Theater!

β˜‘ RSVP'd to an event https://martymcgui.re/2018/07/17/094928/
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Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center 1045 Light St. Baltimore MD 21230
Homebrew Website Club Baltimore
Please note: We are back to meeting on Wednesday and meeting at 6:30pm. Be sure to double-check your calendars!
I'm going!

Looking forward to another great Homebrew Website Club Baltimore!

Join us at the Digital Harbor Foundation this Wednesday and take control of your identity and data on the web!

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition β€’ July 14th - 20th, 2018

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Technology is terrible, Instapaper goes independent, and IndieWeb takes means. It’s the audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for July 14th - 20th, 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!

Sun Jul 22

Looks like Aaron Parecki is up to something fun with his new microcast.club podcast directory-slash-webring.

I went ahead and added This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition! Looking forward to seeing more webrings like this bloom throughout the web as a means of discovery.

(and, yes, I very much need to add a few features and post about πŸ•ΈπŸ’.ws here!)

πŸ”– Bookmarked Oops!... I Grid It Again! - Polytechnic https://polytechnic.co.uk/blog/2018/05/oops-i-grid-it-again
Thu Jul 19
πŸ”– Bookmarked https://alistapart.com/article/webmentions-enabling-better-communication-on-the-internet
Tue Jul 17

Thanks to our guest Timotheus German for giving us a higher perspective in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2018-07-17/

post from How Do You Save The Day? β€’ Ep 138 - FlyHawk
Dun Dun Dun DUNNNNNNNN! Marty and Jonathan are back for another exciting episode. This week, they meet a student of the game, FlyHawk. Will they discover his weakness? Will they conquer this episode? Will they follow each other on Linkedin and start networking? Tune in to find …
πŸ”– Bookmarked The Twitch streamers who spend years broadcasting to no one - The Verge https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/16/17569520/twitch-streamers-zero-viewers-motivation-community
Mon Jul 16

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition β€’ July 7th - 13th, 2018

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Nostalgia for homepages, IndieAuth gets an explainer, and lots of new events. It’s the audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for July 7th - 13th, 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!

Sun Jul 15

Watching a show with my friend Mr. Trash Wheel. Acceptable free seats at Pier 6.5!

Fri Jul 13
πŸ“— Want to read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi ISBN: 9781250170972
Wed Jul 11

HWC Baltimore 2018-07-11 Wrap-Up

Baltimore's first Homebrew Website Club of July met at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center on July 11th!

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

jonathanprozzi.net β€” Been building static HTML/CSS layouts for fun! SomeΒ examples. Also started practicing turning those designs into layouts in Figma. Had a usability testing call w/ the folks from Gatsby that turned into a great discussion about how to better build community starters.

dariusmccoy.com β€” Was having some issues w/ his site, which is hosted on AWS. He is thinking about wiping his instance and starting a new one, since he has lost track of some of his passwords. In a tricky spot because AWS doesn't offer any tech support for free tier users. Talked about switching to Digital Ocean or something simpler but will have to balance his budgets to justify the costs.

derekfields.isΒ β€” Been taking a Udemy course on VueJS. Before that has been working on a schedule for developing his website. Has a friend doing the same and they mutually keep each other on track to spend a certain amount of time on developing their skills and sites. It's kind of working!

martymcgui.re β€” Brought a bunch of stickers and other fun things home from IndieWeb Summit! Had a great time seeing folks he met last year and meeting new folks. Lots of great discussion sessions, hacking projects, wild ideas, and more. He really needs to write it up on his site! His hack day project also desperately needs to be written up – it's an IndieWeb-style web ring, available at πŸ•ΈπŸ’.wsΒ ! This week he added support for indielogin.com, which lets people sign in using their own websites by setting up only a couple of links.

Other discussion:
  • IndieWeb Summit! Marty went and loved it. Next year would love to bring more folks from HWC Baltimore, and travel assistance is available. We'll work on it.
  • Marty met Jared EwyΒ of name.comΒ at the Summit and talked about all the cool work DHF does teaching youth to build websites, the upcoming Web Shop, hosting HWC and IWC Baltimore, etc. Jared gave him a bunch of codes for free domains and some hosting discounts to benefit that work, so we discussed lots of ideas!
  • Some possibilities: give Web Shop youth employees incentive to work on their own projects, outside of paid jobs, to learn more about building their own sites. Host a special Homebrew Website Club that's a 2-hour jam for new folks who don't have a domain yet to get set up with a website. Host a longer "Build Your Website Day" (maybe in coordination with a multi-city Drag Queen Build-a-Website Day?)
  • What would an IndieWeb "starter pack" look like for a quick "you have a domain but no money" way to get started? GitHub looks good for skill building for folks that want to get into web development someday because it's mostly managed by hand. Netlify looks pretty good for this because they offer hosting, flexible static site generation, SSL for HTTPS, and the NetlifyCMS. They also support some features like building your own webhooks on JavaScript, which could eventually be used to handle common IndieWeb building block endpoints (IndieAuth, Micropub, Webmention, ...) Because they run all the stuff for a given site from a git repository, it's possible to take a site from Netlify and set it up elsewhere if their offerings change.
  • "Packages" for a getting started workshop. E.g. "what will you get at the end + what will you need to learn along the way." Static HTML/CSS on GitHub could get a portfolio site done. For $5/mo a Neocities site can be hosted on a custom domain and requires no Git/GitHub wrangling. Micro.blog hosting is also $5/mo and brings a ton of features, interactivity, and community.
  • Talked about VueJS passing React in terms of number of stars on GitHub, and speculating why that is. For example, VueJS can be a lot easier to dip your toes in and get started without a complicated build toolchain.
Photo of HWC Baltimore attendees
Left-to-right: martymcgui.re, dariusmccoy.net, jonathanprozzi.net, derekfields.is

Thanks to everybody who came out! We hope to see you all again at our next meeting on Wednesday July 25thΒ at 6:30pm (quiet writing hour at 5:30pm)!

Photo for tonight’s HWC Baltimore

Mon Jul 9

πŸ—“οΈ Homebrew Website Club Baltimore

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

Please note: We are back to meeting on Wednesday and meeting at 6:30pm. 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 5:30pm. Meetup begins at 6:30pm.

More information: https://indieweb.org/events/2018-07-11-homebrew-website-club

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2131315447143424/

Wed Jul 11
↩ Replied to https://martymcgui.re/2018/01/20/073442/

For future reference, here’s the SVG used to plot the IWC Baltimore 2018 poster!

I also made a smaller version intended to go on the back of the IWC Baltimore session facilitator cards that I described in my session-planning wrap-up.

Tue Jul 10

Thanks to our guest Ash(er) for his well-honed training in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast.

And special thanks to Jāsân Herbert for the incredible 8-bit art of our heads! 😍

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2018-07-10/

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Marty and Jonathan attempt to catch them all. Pokemon is a multi-generational game series that continues to go strong. Our hosts have a guest who has extensive knowledge on these Pocket Monsters.
Reacted ❀️ to https://gregorlove.com/2018/07/feeling-a-mixture-of-futility/
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Feeling a mixture of futility about the state of the world, loneliness, and depression. I don't post about these feelings often but I thought I'd try.
Mon Jul 9

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition β€’ June 30th - July 6th, 2018

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Reddit-but-IndieWeb, Facebook’s socialized risks, and you got your ActivityPub in my Webmention. It’s the audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for June 30th - July 6th, 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!

β˜‘ RSVP'd to an event https://martymcgui.re/2018/07/09/161010/
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Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center 1045 Light St. Baltimore MD 21230
Homebrew Website Club Baltimore
Please note: We are back to meeting on Wednesday and meeting at 6:30pm. Be sure to double-check your calendars!
I'm going!

Homebrew Website Club returns! Come on out and work on your personal website, or learn more about how to escape the social media silos by building something of your own!

We’ll have updates about the recent IndieWeb Summit, a return of webrings, and much more!

Sat Jul 7
πŸ”– Bookmarked https://stackingthebricks.com/how-blogs-broke-the-web/
Fri Jul 6
↩ Replied to https://jaredwhite.com/podcast/5/
The Jared White Show
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Somehow on today’s show we end up waxing nostalgic about the Sci-Fi of youth: namely, Babylon 5 and Star Trek: The Next Generation. But don’t worry, there’s also plenty to look forward to, such as throwing off the shackles of our corporate web overlords and embracing the scrappy …

Fun episode! Thanks for the shout out about πŸ•ΈπŸ’!

Currently signing up requires a full on IndieAuth setup, which can be done with an extra template. I plan to add support for RelMeAuth soon, thanks to indielogin.com!

Thu Jul 5
↩ Replied to https://ramblinggit.com/2018/07/the-indieweb-discovery-and-web-search/
post from The IndieWeb, Discovery and Web Search
First, let me say, I understand that the IndieWeb movement already has a lot on their plate and that they have already accomplished a lot.

A major missing feature from the Big search engines is that they don’t bother understanding the richer microformats2 content on many IndieWeb enabled sites. Data like “this a like of that post” and “this is a reply to some other post”.

Ryan Barrett did some great exploratory work last year on a microformats2-enabled crawler and on the resulting data set: http://indiemap.org/

Tue Jul 3

Thanks to our wonderful guests Kelly Buttermore and Justin Peters for keeping this light on this week’s [We Have to Ask Podcast](https://wehavetoask.com/!

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2018-07-03/

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Marty and Jonathan venture outside of the local brews this week. They have brought in experts of light beer. Why do people still lean towards this beer at pubs? Marty and Jonathan get to the bottom of it.
Mon Jul 2

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition β€’ June 23rd - 29th, 2018

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Recaps from the 8th annual IndieWeb Summit, Indigenous and Aperture open to the public, and announcing IndieWebCamp Berlin 2018. It’s the audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for June 23rd - 29th, 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!

I use the ISBNs on my site to generate links to WorldCat, which lets you search library catalogs for local copies of books you can check out!

Example: https://martymcgui.re/2018/06/19/185949/