Marty McGuire

Archive for October 2018

Wed Oct 31
πŸ“ Checked in at Envy Bar, Berlin, Berlin.
πŸ“ Checked in at Artisan, Berlin, Berlin.
πŸ“ Checked in at Vodkabar & Breakfast, Berlin, Berlin.
Sitting in the dark!
πŸ“ Checked in at Estate Coffee, Berlin, Berlin.
πŸ“ Checked in at Envy Bar, Berlin, Berlin.
πŸ“ Checked in at Gleis 11/13, SchΓΆnefeld, Brandenburg.
SXF 🚈 downtown Berlin
πŸ“ Checked in at Keflavik International Airport (KEF) (KeflavΓ­kurflugvΓΆllur), Keflavik, Southern Peninsula.
Extremely quick change to Berlin!
β˜‘ RSVP'd to an event https://jkphl.is/events/indiewebcamp-berlin-2018/
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Mozilla Berlin
IndieWebCamp Berlin 2018 β€” November 3rd-4th, Berlin
The importance of owning your data is getting more awareness. To grow it and help people gettings started, we're meeting for a bar-camp like collaboration in Berlin for two days of brainstorming, working, teaching, helping.
I'm going!

Excited to be attending my first Berlin IWC!

Tue Oct 30
πŸ“ Checked in at BWI Gate E8, Baltimore, MD.
BWI ✈️ KEF. On my way to IndieWebCamp Berlin!
Mon Oct 29
β˜… Liked https://boffosocko.com/2018/10/29/deplatforming-and-making-the-web-a-better-place/
post from Deplatforming and making the web a better place
I’ve spent some time this morning thinking about the deplatforming of the abhorrent social media site Gab.ai by Google, Apple, Stripe, PayPal, and Medium following the Tree of Life shooting in Pennsylvania. I’ve created a deplatforming page on the IndieWeb wiki with some initial …
Sun Oct 28
β˜… Liked https://aaronparecki.com/2018/10/27/7/ownyourswarm
post from Some OwnYourSwarm Updates
Today I launched some updates to OwnYourSwarm, the service that sends your Swarm checkins to your own website. It does this by watching your Swarm account and sending checkins to your site via Micropub.Β 
Thu Oct 25
πŸ“ Checked in at Gate B13, Atlanta, GA.
ATL ✈️ BWI
πŸ“ Checked in at Gate 403, Dublin.
DUB ✈️ ATL
Wed Oct 24
β˜… Liked http://known.kevinmarks.com/2018/working-with-identity
πŸ“ Checked in at The Temple Bar, Dublin, Dublin City.
Most of Dublin is very Halloween but here it’s Xtreme XMas
πŸ“ Checked in at Kokoro Bento - The Ramen Bar, Dublin, Dublin City.
πŸ“ Checked in at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Dublin City.
Cathedrals and crypts
πŸ“ Checked in at Vat House, Dublin, Dublin City.
So many good Halloween decorations
β˜… Liked https://werd.io/2018/we-fought-wars-to-stop-nationalists-now-the-president-is
post from We fought wars to stop nationalists. Now the President is one
β€œPatriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.” - Charles de Gaulleβ€œYou know, they have a word. It sort of became old-fashioned. It’s called a nationalist. And I say really, we’re not supposed to use …
Mon Oct 22
πŸ“ Checked in at Badger and Dodo, Galway, Co Galway.
Late lunch and coffee
Sun Oct 21
πŸ“ Checked in at Burren Code.
πŸ“ Checked in at Gus O'Connor's, Doolin, Co Clare.
Fish and chips and a pint. As you do.
πŸ“ Checked in at Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre, Liscannor, Co Clare.
First brave the cliffs, then eat cake.
πŸ“ Checked in at Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, Co Clare.
πŸ“ Checked in at Withered Stump o' the Tree.
Corkscrew Hill by tour bus
Sat Oct 20
πŸ“ Checked in at NEO, Galway, Co Galway.
Thai tofu time
πŸ“ Checked in at Jungle CafΓ©, Galway, Co Galway.
Late lunch
πŸ“ Checked in at Galway Ceannt Station, Galway, Co Galway.
πŸ“ Checked in at Platform 3, Dublin, Dublin City.
Let’s cross Ireland by train!
Fri Oct 19
πŸ“ Checked in at Curry and Kebab.
πŸ“ Checked in at Drop Dead Twice, Dublin, Dublin City.
Good name. Weird beers. πŸ‘πŸ»
πŸ“ Checked in at The Mercantile Bar & Grill, Dublin, Dublin City.
πŸ“ Checked in at The Old Stand, Dublin, Dublin City.
Taking a break from being a tourist
πŸ“ Checked in at John Kavanagh's The Gravediggers, Dublin, Dublin City.
Post-graveyard and botanic garden walk

Night view of Brooklyn Bridge looking towards Manhattan

It’s official. See you soon NYC!

πŸ“ Checked in at The Fumbally, Dublin, Dublin City.
Friday brunch
Thu Oct 18
πŸ“ Checked in at Liberty Belle.
Didn’t pour our own but enjoyed a Guinness anyway.
πŸ“ Checked in at The Brazen Head, Dublin, Dublin City.
πŸ“ Checked in at Teeling Tasting Room, Dublin.
Let’s learn a whiskey
πŸ“ Checked in at Two Pups Coffee, Dublin, Dublin City.
A lunch
↩ Replied to https://eddiehinkle.com/2018/10/17/16/note/
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Marty Have you taken amtrak from BWI to NYC? any thoughts? I'm looking to travel up there next week and have never used them. I'm planning on grabbing a train out at like 11:36am on thursday and getting back the next day in the evening. Any thoughts about different class seat …

Amtrak is the best! Just get the cheapest thing. Pro-tip: sit in the cafe car for a lovely table space to work.

πŸ“ Checked in at Oak CafΓ© Bar, Swords.
πŸ›¬ DUB β˜•οΈ
πŸ“ Checked in at Gate B26, Jamaica, NY.
JFK ✈️ DUB
Wed Oct 17

HWC Baltimore 2018-10-16 Wrap-Up

Baltimore's second Homebrew Website Club of October met at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center on October 16th.

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

jonathanprozzi.net β€” Worked today on a post recapping our last HWC meeting, focusing on ideas to get more people involved. For work at DHF, still learning lots of NextJS and ExpressJS. Getting back into writing content!

derekfields.is β€” Been a while! Last week in Minnesota for some networking. Met some cool people and talked to some companies, including Socrata, which was part of Open Baltimore. Also got back into bullet journaling after being away for a while. Working on legal and client-finding stuff for his freelance work.

pulianas.com β€” Also been awhile since he's been to an HWC! Moved all his sites to HTTPS. His podcast (overanalyzed.fm) is now on iTunes, so he added that link to the site. Also tried to track down an official Overcast button but hasn't found it yet. Recently in San Jose for API World. Very little talk about building APIs and more about pitching specific products/services. Did learn a bit about microservices and case-studies of moving to them. Did some general maintenance on his WP site, and has been working on his own plugin for podcasting on WP.

martymcgui.re β€” Been heavily porting his site from Jekyll to Hugo. Has had some fun porting things that he did as Ruby plugins for Jekyll into crazy Go template logic, like generating permashortlinks in NewBase60. Also had some fun setting up a new CSS Grid display for photos in posts with lots of them (example which apparently only works in Firefox). Also, after some struggling with his image proxy setup (because Hugo templating doesn't support HMAC signatures) is trying out Cloudinary's free tier for his image-resizing needs.

Other discussion:

  • Podcasting on WordPress is... a pain. Apple Podcasts refused to accept their feed due to http vs https issues and that was hard to track down.
  • Ferrite for audio editing on the iPad. Alec edits his podcasts there now. Some hiccups with the noise-cancelling and auto-levelling features being too-aggressive.
  • Recording setups. Blue's new Yeti Nano looks cool.
  • FF and Chrome starting to support the new dialog element. Maybe cool, maybe terrible?
Left-to-right: pulianas.com, jonathanprozzi.net, derekfields.is, martymcgui.re

Thanks to everyone who came out! We look forward to seeing you at our next meetup on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:30pm!

Photo for tonight’s HWC Baltimore

Thu Sep 20

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 meeting on Tuesday this week at 7:30pm. 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 6:30pm. Meetup begins at 7:30pm.

More information: https://indieweb.org/events/2018-10-16-homebrew-website-club

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2179812425573835/

Tue Oct 16

Thanks to our guest Alexa Sciuto for lookin’ in your eyes without shakin’ in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2018-10-16/

post from Can You Cover Me? β€’ Ep 124- Weezer
One of the most talked about covers in the history of the world is this week's topic. Marty and Jonathan bring in local expert of Weezer to talk about their cover of Toto's "Africa." They will take some time to do the things they never have.
Mon Oct 15

Two amazing GHOST PARTY πŸ‘»πŸŽ‰ shows this weekend! As usual we celebrated the spooky atmosphere of October with a time travel trip back to an 80s high-school homecoming and a whole show about sports.

Thanks to everyone who came out to watch (and get pulled into a dance party). Thanks to Lighting Dragon Design for the Saturday night laze and haze magic. Thanks to all of our amazing performers and support ghosts, who put so much faith in us. And the most special of thanks to Kim Le and Julia Hall who are the best co-ghost and ghost wranglers possible.

Acolytes! Keep your calendars clear! Beatrice and Derek will call another meeting soon! πŸ‘»πŸŽ‰

β˜… Liked https://aaronparecki.com/2018/10/15/4/portable-wireless-live-video
post from Portable Wireless Live Video Rig
I've been looking for ways to slim down the amount of equipment I need to bring to record conferences talks, both to make it easier to travel to other cities, as well as to speed up the setup time during an event.
↩ Replied to https://aaronparecki.com/2018/10/14/9/
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I was tired of never having the right audio adapter, so I bought ALL OF THEM!

Now you have n*m problems! πŸ˜‚

Sun Oct 14
β˜… Liked http://www.bigimprov.org/blog/ghost-party-qa-with-kim-le
β˜… Liked https://aaronparecki.com/2018/10/13/14/
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Hey @indiewebcat did you see you were featured in @anomalily's talk opening #TEDxMtHood! #AddMoreCats #JustAddCats
Thu Oct 11
πŸ” Reposted https://ghostparty.today/#2018-10-11-011108
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Put a pin in it - a special GHOST PARTY enamel pin! Those who attend BOTH shows this weekend are eligible to receive a FREE GHOST PARTY pin! πŸ˜±πŸ‘»πŸŽ‰πŸ˜±
Tue Oct 9
β˜… Liked https://www.manton.org/2018/10/09/webmention-improvements-on.html
post from Webmention improvements on Micro.blog
I rolled out a few Webmention improvements to Micro.blog today:

Thanks to our guest Lilly Sparks for settling right in on this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2018-10-09/

post from Is This The Future We Were Promised? β€’ Ep 150 - Uncanny w/ Lilly
Marty and Jonathan travel to the uncanny valley this week. Bringing in this week expert Lilly, they discuss the things that makes us feel a little strange.
β˜… Liked https://ghostparty.today/#2018-10-09-011048
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HELLO WON’T YOU PLEASE BE OUR DATE TO THE BIG DANCE IT IS SATURDAY AT 10:00 AND ALSO THERE’S A GAME SUNDAY AT 8:30 AT @bigimprov OKAY THANK YOU BYEEE πŸ’•
Mon Oct 8
πŸ“ Checked in at Gate B16, Atlanta, GA.
✈️ BWI
Sat Oct 6

The Zonodome is complete! Congrats and thanks to George Hart and the participants at Construct 3D 2018!

Special thanks to:

  • Leigh and the Georgia Tech Hotel staff who letting me borrow an electric pencil sharpener to sharpen dowels.
  • Amazon Prime Now for delivering a replacement pencil sharpener when the other one bit the dust.
  • Laura Taalman for doing all the part receiving and wrangling. Thanks for coordinating everything to make sure all the parts showed up!
  • Jessica and Jesse of nervous system for coming straight from their event keynote to help clean up parts and assemble.
  • Ryan Bell for jumping in on all parts of the build.
  • and many more I am forgetting, I am sure!!
β˜… Liked https://eddiehinkle.com/2018/10/05/17/reply/
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Thanks! I definitely am excited about having more IndieWeb podcasts. The component that I thought was important was to make sure we had a variety of "types" of IndieWeb podcasts. There's already a microcast @aaronpk, newscast @schmarty, long tech podcast @dshanske and @c so …
Fri Oct 5
πŸ“ Checked in at BWI Gate D23, Baltimore, MD.
✈️ ATL
β˜… Liked https://adactio.com/journal/14401
post from Declaration
I like the robustness that comes with declarative languages. I also like the power that comes with imperative languages. Best of all, I like having the choice.
Thu Oct 4

HWC Baltimore 2018-10-03 Wrap-Up

Baltimore's first Homebrew Website Club of October met at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center on October 3rd.

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

jonathanprozzi.net β€” No updates since last time for his personal site. Was burned out after a lot of frustration with Gatsby + WordPress headless. Got to the point of feeling helpless and like he couldn't figure out how to progress. Started porting to Next.js and has some renewed energy because he is making progress and enjoying it.

martymcgui.re β€” Went to IndieWebCamp NYC! Didn't do anything new for his site, but did manage to write a post full of project ideas that he came away with. Really interested in using free services like Glitch (for server-side processing), Neocities (static file hosting), and Cloudinary (make thumbnail images from those giant originals) to make IndieWeb building blocks that people without coding experience could combine to make their own sites. Currently thinking of building a Micropub Media Endpoint that handles dynamic image resizing to see how this approach works.

Other discussion:

  • Ideas from the IndieWebCamp NYC Organizer's meeting about "messaging" for Homebrew Website Clubs. The name is often confusing or off-putting for newcomers, and oddly self-selecting for those that "get it". Thinking about rebranding to "Indie Web Meetup" – evokes "independent web" and a meetup is more inviting than a "club" which might have membership requirements.
  • Talked a lot about how many folks who come to HWC are WordPress users and how we might do better by them if we made it more clear that we are here to help them power up their WordPress sites.
  • Or even go a step further and simply offer to get people started with or improve their existing personal site. If we can get people to the meetups, no matter the skill level, we can get them started: sign-up for micro.blog to get going right away, put a simple static HTML page up on glitch or GitHub, dive into WordPress, etc.
  • First steps may be to think of it more like an open hours help desk. The "price" of getting help can be to write up all the steps followed, as a way of documenting steps for future folks who might need it. The goal would be to have folks come and actually leave with something accomplished.
  • Also talked about difficulties with estimating the limitations of tools before you invest a bunch of time in learning to use it and understand it deeply. Jonathan's experience with Gatsby was a prime example – ultimately he needed it to do something it didn't support well, but it took a lot of frustration to find out that the issue was with the tool being a bad fit for the problem.
Left-to-right: martymcgui.re, jonathanprozzi.net

This ended up being a very organizer-y meta meeting. It was nice to be able to check in with ourselves about this meetup and its future. We are excited to continue to evolve! We look forward to seeing you at our next meetup on Tuesday, October 16th at 7:30pm!

Photo for tonight’s HWC Baltimore!

Thu Sep 20

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 meeting on Wednesday this week at 7:30pm. 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 6:30pm. Meetup begins at 7:30pm.

More information: https://indieweb.org/events/2018-10-03-homebrew-website-club

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2227947090772675/

Wed Oct 3

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition β€’ September 22nd - 28th, 2018

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Aging memes, a case against ActivityPub, and updates from IndieWebCamps! It’s the audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for September 22nd - 28th, 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!

↩ Replied to https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2018-10-02/
post from How High Can You Go? β€’ Ep 161- 420's Half Birthday
Marty and Jonathan were scheduled to bring in a thought board expert. Can you really achieve all your thoughts and dreams by willing it onto the board? Well..Marty had to go away this weekend and things changed.

IMDB notes for this episode:

  • This episode was intended for European listeners, who write October 10 as 210. U.S. listeners should wait to listen to this episode on February 10th.
  • Incorrectly considered as a goof: When Richard said that the blank in “All [blank] the Family” should be filled in with “the”, he is correct.
  • Overzealous edit: In the studio recording, Dante’s list of nicknames for “bud” came in at over 10 minutes long. Look for the complete list in a bonus episode exclusively for Patreon backers.
  • Sponsor Snafu: Despite the long setup in the episode, Crayola withdrew an ad for Sidewalk Chalk from the final published show.
  • Listener “Scott” asked for their name to be changed in the final edit after their suggestion of “Calendar” was changed to “Time” without their permission.
Tue Oct 2
β˜‘ RSVP'd to an event https://martymcgui.re/2018/09/20/124541/
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Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center 1045 Light St. Baltimore MD 21230
Homebrew Website Club Baltimore
Please note: We are meeting on Wednesday this week at 7:30pm. Be sure to double-check your calendars!
I'm going!

Looking forward to another Homebrew Website Club Baltimore, tomorrow!

It’s an IndieWeb! Come learn some ways to free your content and your social sharing from the social networking silos!

β˜… Liked https://beesbuzz.biz/blog/6283-Just-thought-I-should-Web-Mention
post from Just thought I should (Web)Mention…
I’ve been building Publ with IndieWeb principles in mind. One of the things I’m playing with right now is adding in very basic support for WebMention.

Quick thoughts on project ideas from IndieWebCamp NYC 2018

I attended IndieWebCamp NYC 2018 and it was a blast! Check the schedule for links to notes and videos from the awesome keynotes, discussion sessions, and build-day demos. I am so grateful to all the other organizers, to all the new and familiar faces that came out, to those that joined us remotely, to Pace University's Seidenberg School for hosting us, and of course to the sponsors that made it all possible.

I have a lot of thoughts about all the discussions and projects that were talked about, I'm sure. But for now, I'd like to capture some of the TODOs and project ideas that I came away with after the event, and the post-event discussions over food and drink.

  • A Micropub Media Endpoint built on Neocities for storage and Glitch for handling uploads and metadata. It would allow folks to store 1GB of media files like photos, audio, and video for their websites, for free. It would be usable with all kinds of posting tools, no matter what backend you use for your site.
  • Improve the IndieWeb Web Ring (πŸ•ΈπŸ’.ws) to automatically check whether members' sites link back using Webmention. (I managed to make a small but often-asked-for update to the site during IWC)
  • Improve how my website handles all these check-in posts which are made when someone else checks me in on Swarm. I would like to show who checked me in, at least, if not some of their photos, or maybe even an embedded version of the post from their site.
  • Keep doing the This Week in the IndieWeb podcast! I had been feeling some burnout about this and falling behind. It was so great to talk with folks who listen to it and rely on it to keep up to date with the goings-on in the community!
  • Offer a hand with aaronpk's new social monster catching game, built on IndieWeb building blocks.
  • Offer a hand with jgmac1106's idea to issue educational course achievements (badges) via IndieWeb building blocks.
  • Work on closing down Camura, a photo-sharing social network I helped build during the awkward age after the first "camera phones" and before Facebook introduced "Mobile Uploads". It has over 100k photos and 50k comments from around 400 folks. I'd like to let it down gently, make sure people have access to those photos, and maybe even preserve some of the best moments of human connection in a public place.

More generally: I think there's a really cool future where IndieWeb building blocks are available on free services like Glitch and Neocities. New folks should be able to register a domain and plug them together in an afternoon, with no coding, and get a website that supports posting all kinds of content and social interactions. All for the cost of a domain! And all with the ability to download their content and take it with them if these services change or they outgrow them. I already built some of this as a goof. The big challenges are simplifying the UX and documenting all of the steps to show folks what they will get and how to get it.

Other fun / ridiculous ideas discussed over the weekend:

  • Support Facebook-style colored-background posts like aaronpk did at IWC. I love the simplicity of adding an RGB color as a hashtag.
  • "This American Bachelor" (working title only) - a dating site as a podcast. Each episode (or season??) is an NPR-style deep dive into the life and longings of a single person looking for love. Alternate title: "Single". The cocktail-driven discussion that produced this idea was a joy.

I am sure there are fun ideas that were discussed that I am leaving out. If you can think of any, let me know!

Thanks to guest Dante Armon for taking Jonathan and my replacement Richard Gorelick to a place with golden streets in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2018-10-02/

post from How High Can You Go? β€’ Ep 161- 420's Half Birthday
Marty and Jonathan were scheduled to bring in a thought board expert. Can you really achieve all your thoughts and dreams by willing it onto the board? Well..Marty had to go away this weekend and things changed.

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition β€’ September 15th - 21st, 2018

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Another late one but a great one. Mastodon adds rel-me, geocaching with WordPress, and Path ends their incredible journey. It’s the audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for September 15th - 21st, 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!

Mon Oct 1

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition β€’ September 8th - 14th, 2018

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Two weeks late but better than never! Pronoun buttons, a class on IndieWeb, and a Google takeover of the web. It’s the audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for September 8th - 14th, 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˜… Liked https://sebastiangreger.net/2018/09/ixda-berlin-inclusion-and-diversity-first-hand/
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25 September 2018 marked the first World Interaction Design Day, running under the global theme of β€œDiversity and Inclusion in Design”. The Berlin IxDA chapter arranged an inspiring event, inviting two speakers who examine these issues both personally and professionally. Image …