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Archive for November 2018

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As part of testing my WebSub changes for FoF, I decided to switch to a WebSub hub for myself that provides some subscriber analytics and so on. One neat thing about how WebSub works is that the β€œhub” layer is completely modular and it really doesn’t matter at all which one you …
Tue Nov 27

A Blog Yard Sale (Blarg Sale)

Update Dec. 9th: Blarg Sale Complete!

Thanks to everyone who helped us find new homes for some of our beloved but now extraneous stuff.

Below I am keeping an archive of how the blarg sale worked and what items were moved!

We're moving! To do so, we need to downsize, and quick.

If you live in the Baltimore, MD region: our "we're not taking this with us" could be your treasure!

How it Works

  1. Read through this post. Admire the photos. Read the descriptions.
  2. If you see something that you want, and its description isn't struck through, then it is available! Contact me to let me know that you want it and when you can pick it up!
    • Seriously: If you don't include a pickup date and time then I can't hold it for you.
  3. Once I get your note, and if that pickup time works for us, I'll let you know and strike it through here.
  4. Come get your thing! I can't deliver. Once you pick it up, I'll remove it from this post entirely.


Q: How long do I have to pick it up?
A: NOT LONG. Anything not picked up by December 7th is getting donated, recycled, or otherwise disposed of!
Q: What do I do if I see something I want, but it's struck through?!
A: Feel free to reach out to me about this item and I'll let you know when I expect it to be picked up. If the person who claimed it changes their mind, I'll let you know!

Claimed and Gone

Full-size Aluminum Frame Futon (Taken by AJ)

This metal 🀘 futon comes with a brown cover and two adjustable-slash-detachable arms. We'll also throw in a 2-inch thick memory foam mattress pad because, let's be real, nobody wants to sleep on a bare futon.

Padded Bench with Storage (Taken by AJ)

Put shoes in the bottom shelf space! Sit on the bench while you put on those shoes! Think about what knick-knacks you have stored in the drawers! You'll have to stand up if you want to know what is inside.

IKEA Loveseat (Taken by Michael)

Photo to come, but this is a KLIPPAN two-seater loveseat with a light-gray cover. Lighter than the ones in IKEA's online catalog.

This design is well-loved by cats that don't quite want to sit in your lap. You can also balance drinks, like, all over it.

DIY Quadcopter Drone Parts (Taken by Terry)

I kinda built one of these 3D printable quadcopters but I didn't know how to balance the motors, so it was basically an erratic flying lawnmower. You will probably do better and not threaten your loved ones with your choice of testing area.

This so-called "kit" includes: two sets of 4x ESCs, 4 motors, 4 propeller nuts, 2 sets of 4 propellers, wiring harnesses, MultiWii controller board, Turnigy 9x radio controller and receiver, LIPO battery, LIPO charger, and safety bags in which to charge your LIPO battery (apparently they can catch fire if they "charge bad").

Standing Organizer Cabinet (Taken by Kim)

This waist-high cabinet, with its single drawer and adjustable shelving behind peekaboo glass doors, can definitely store some stuff.

My Keepon Dancing Desktop Robot (Taken by Zizwe, Zuri)

Dang. Remember Keepon, the dancing robot? Remember Toy Π― Us before they went bankrupt? Well, they made a less capable version that you can have! In fact, you can have two of them because that's how many we have! Also includes a semi-DIY power supply in case you don't want to keep feeding it batteries.

EggBot CNC (Taken by Shawn)

An EggBot from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. Draw on ping-pong balls. Bring the most precisely decorated eggs to your Easter festivities!

Electric Sander (Taken by Jen)

Sand by hand, but with power!

Super-Spy Micro Drone w/ Camera (Taken by Jen)

A drone that actually works? And I'm giving it away??

Yes. Please take it.

This tiny drone comes with an RC remote and a charger and is equipped with a cute little camera that can take video or pictures at the press of a button. Yu'll need a microSD card to store the hours of crash footage before you are skilled enough to use this thing well.

Sliding Drawer Component Organizer (Taken by Jen)

With 24 small drawers, and 12 double-wides, this plastic organizer will help hide your shame. Viva compartmentalization!

Nintendo 64-style USB Game Controllers (Taken by Jonathan)

Experience the game controller that made every player of Goldeneye ask "what three-handed alien was this designed for?"

These plug in to a computer via USB. Probably best for a portable emulation station that can play Nintendo 64 games.

A Dremel (Taken by Erin)

This one has been used for a handful of projects. Still works well! There are a few bits and cutting wheels etc. in there.

Drill Press Contraption for Dremel (Taken by Erin)

A perfect companion piece for a Dremel, when you want to make precise and repeated cuts or holes.

Black & Decker Jigsaw (Taken by Erin)

An electric jigsaw. With a cloth bag. Also some blades. Bzzzz!

Pi-Top Raspberry Pi 3 Computer (Taken by Blue)

This hideous green carapace houses a perfectly nice screen, keyboard, touchpad, and battery, creating a complete (if ugly) laptop from a Raspberry Pi computer.

Great for teaching kids to computer, or cosplaying a world where Fisher-Price was a laptop manufacturer.

4 Colorful Fiberglass Chairs (Taken by Blue)

Available as a set, these chairs even have names to match their colors: Kermit, Animal, Skeeter, and Scooter!

Craftsman Toolchest (Taken by Andrew)

A heavy-duty 6-drawer toolchest with omni-directional wheels. There are tools in it, too! You can have those if you want 'em.

Big Scary Electric Sawzall (Taken by John)

We used this to cut some plumbing and I was sure I was gonna lose a limb. Wear eye protection. And limb... uh... protection.

Partially Assembled Shapeoko 2 (Taken by John)

I love kits! Forget the finished product! This is a Shapeoko 2 CNC mill. You can still find all the instructions for building it online. Personally, I got afraid of messing up the step where you tap the aluminum extrusion because I have bad hand coordination. Surely you can do it and have an awesome CNC mill for yourself!

Sony Bravia TV (Taken by Jo)

It's a TV. It has a lot of inputs! HDMI for days! Oh, and a remote! Stay on the couch, my friend.

It also comes with this really nice wall mount. If you don't want that, it also has a stand. You'll get all of these things if you come for this TV.

1000 Feet of Cat5e Ethernet Cable (Taken by Jo)

Okay, confession time. I was gonna use this to wire up my whole house. Think of it - no worries about interference from the neighbors' WiFi. Pure, uncut ethernet straight to the network port!

Then I discovered all the cross beams between the wall studs in the house and the whole thing eventually ground to a halt.

... after I bought a whooole mess of other accessories that I was apparently too embarrassed to photograph here, including very nice crimpers, male and female terminal connectors, a continuity tester, tools for fishing cables through walls, and probably more. It's all yours now.

VR Headset... Thing (Taken by Jo)

😩 where to begin? If you have a spare powerful Android phone, get ready for a handful of VR experiences available from the Google Play store! Did you know that YouTube has some actual 3D videos? You can watch them, now!

This headset has a space to hold your phone, and magnifying lenses inside to warp the screen image for your fleshy human eyes that aren't made for viewing phone screens so close. It also has a little remote that can be used to navigate VR apps and games.

HWC Baltimore 2018-11-27 Wrap-Up

Baltimore's second Homebrew Website Club of November met at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center on November 27th.

Here are some notes from the "broadcast" portion of the meetup: β€” Spent quiet writing hour writing a post about his 2018 and 2019 commitments! He wants to finish some personal writing tasks, capture some of the things he's been working on recently, and do some development. β€” Edited a poem during our writing time. Nice! Been reflecting on HWC and how it allowed her to use the web and her website to focus and promote her work and writing. Has a lot of new material to edit together before publishing. Just went to an intensive writing workshop in New York and generated a lot of new writing to work through.

Rosco β€” Working on a browser-based game for students at DHF to learn programming concepts. Thinking about starting with physical versions of the game first, maybe translating to the web later. β€” Also working the programming tutorials and experiences for teaching computing concepts. Arrays and for-loops are particularly tricky for beginners. Ash discussed some inspirational single-purpose websites for teaching concepts, like The Bézier Game, and KERNTYPE. Has a personal website built on Adobe Portfolio, but interested in moving off of that because she doesn't want to pay for Creative Cloud anymore. β€” Doing lots of unseen plumbing work on his site, nearly read to flip over from a Jekyll-powered site to a Hugo-powered site. It's likely that no one will notice the difference! Also been playing a lot with iOS Shortcuts (formerly Workflow) and built a Workflow to take an iOS Live Photo, turn it into an animated GIF, turn that into a looping video, and post the video to his site. Here's an example post. Being able to do this helps him feel less anxious about having Live Photos on his phone and feeling like they're inaccessible. β€” Been going to conferences and talking to companies about jobs. Also working on his LED backpack for cyclists startup. Accelerometer detects braking, turning. Been playing with WebUSB a bit, like with gamepad controllers.

Other discussion:

  • Commitments to complete before 2019
  • GitHub Pages for hosting. Rhea built her site there, using some tutorials from Codecademy. Likes the simplicity of HTML and CSS, loads fast.
  • GitHub credentials, SSH keys as "a password that gives your laptop the power to act as you".
  • The dreadful state of JavaScript development tools, NPM dependencies, etc.
  • How to advertise HWCs better (we missed posting it on FB etc last time). Particularly since we have a "weird" schedule, sometimes on Tuesdays, sometimes on Wednesdays, we should be consistent about advertising them. We should probably document our processes on the wiki.

Thanks to everyone who came out! We look forward to seeing you at our next meetup on Tuesday, December 11th at 7:30pm!

Photo for tonight’s HWC Baltimore

Thanks to our guest David Richman for reminding us that sometimes the past is irredeemable in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast.

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Marty and Jonathan shuffle past the holiday music this week to find some 70s and 80s not so hits. With the help of their guest, they will discover some music and artists that aren't so mainstream.
Mon Nov 26
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post πŸ¦€ Homebrew Website Club Baltimore
Homebrew Website Club Baltimore is an IndieWeb meetup for anyone in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas who wants to work on their own personal website, own the content that they post online, and take control of their social media. Open to all skill levels!
I'm going!

Put those Thanksgiving calories to good use and give yourself the gift of control over everything you post online by working on your own website!

What will you finish before 2019? Will you help the IndieWeb community post something every day in December?

Sun Nov 25

Time keeps on ticking

Thu Nov 22

Thanks to Jonathan Monroe for his impartial judgment in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast.

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We are "Live" at the Minor League Mail League Thanksgiving Invitational. We have a roster of semi professional mail openers looking to win the 2018 Golden Letter Opener and this is just one more stop to the finals.
Wed Nov 21
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I talk about what-you-see-is-what-you-get posting system for my #indieweb site and how it improved my post quality.
Mon Nov 19

IndieWebCamp Berlin 2018 Session Summaries

Listen to a summary of all the sessions at IndieWebCamp Berlin 2018!

Session notes:

Narration by Marty McGuire

Edited by Aaron Parecki

This is a repost of

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Listen to a summary of all the sessions at IndieWebCamp Berlin 2018!
Fri Nov 16

TFW you’re trying to make sure you’re in the group selfie. πŸ˜‚

Wed Nov 14
πŸ“ Checked in at The Half Pint, New York, NY.
A future haunt?
Tue Nov 13

Photo for tonight’s HWC Baltimore!

HWC Baltimore 2018-11-13 Wrap-Up

Baltimore's first Homebrew Website Club of November met at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center on November 13th.

Here are some notes from the "broadcast" portion of the meetup: β€” Ran into an issue with his homepage. Some nginx rule was falling back to a default site. Got it fixed, though. Been doing lots of web dev for work, but none for his personal site. β€” Been traveling a lot! Went to IWC Berlin and Accessibility Club and had a great time! Grateful to catch up with and meet new people in the IndieWeb community. Worked on month/year archive navigation for the new Hugo version of his site, which is very close to being feature-complete compared to his Jekyll site.

Other discussion:

  • IWC Berlin! Marty went and there were many good sessions.
  • Changes in organizing HWCs (wiki stuff) and related events (travel sponsorships for IWCs, peripheral events that could bring people into the IndieWeb community).
  • Replacing Flickr. Flickr dumping free content beyond the latest 1000 images. DHF relies heavily on Flickr albums, including using them for the homepage of their site. Will probably get a Flickr Pro account now, request an export to make sure their photos are safe.
  • Web accessibility! So many fresh new JavaScript-based things refuse to use semantic markup, or otherwise break navigation or readability, making them unusable. Accessibility Club had a lot of good lessons. Hopefully the videos of the talks will go up soon!
  • WordPress accessibility issues around the new Gutenberg editor, the problems with Automattic pushing it through without listening to community. Yikes.

Thanks to everyone who came out! We look forward to seeing you at our next meetup on Tuesday, November 27th at 7:30pm!

Thanks to Jonathan for guiding my inner child to sleep in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!

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Thank you for choosing "When's Storytime?" 24 disc set of children's short stories and poems. We hope this anthology will help with nap and bed time.
Mon Nov 12
πŸ“ Checked in at BWI Gate D25, Baltimore, MD.
Many happy returns.
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πŸ›¬ DTW. Now to make a quick transfer!
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DAY ✈️ DTW. Bye Dayton! Bye #AcadeCon πŸ‘‹
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We’re in a really exciting time for front-end web development. Our modern browsers are excellent in terms of their standard support for CSS, and new features are becoming usable far more rapidly than I can ever remember.
Sun Nov 11
πŸ“ Checked in at View 162, Dayton, OH.
Breaking the fast! Nice view for it.
Sat Nov 10
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post from Webmentions at Indie Web Camp Berlin
I was in Berlin for most of last week, and every day was packed with activity:
πŸ“ Checked in at Lily's Bistro, Dayton, OH.
Lunch break!
Fri Nov 9

BarPGs! Drinking Quest at #AcadeCon

πŸ“ Checked in at Uno Pizzeria & Grill - Dayton, Dayton, OH.
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Lunch time!!!
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Hello AcadeCon! Excited to play games with you this weekend!!
Thu Nov 8
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πŸ“ Checked in at Crowne Plaza Dayton, Dayton, OH.
Now the checkin line times begin
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That hotel shuttle!
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πŸ›¬ DAY! Hello AcadeCon!!
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Delays for lunch
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πŸ›¬ DTW
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Wed Nov 7

Thanks to Jonathan for emptying the bottle with this episode.

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Go vote, make a difference, and let your voice be heard! This message paid for by the Your Right To Vote Podcast Alliance.
πŸ“ Checked in at Sticky Rice, Baltimore, MD.
Well-earned sushi time
πŸ“• Finished reading The Labyrinth Index by Charles Stross ISBN: 9781250196088
Tue Nov 6
πŸ“ Checked in at BWI Taxi, Linthicum Heights, MD.
πŸ“ Checked in at US Customs & Border Protection - BWI Airport, Baltimore, MD.
Resuming life as a US citizen. I hope y'all voted or are voting today!!
πŸ“ Checked in at Gate E12, Glen Burnie, MD.
πŸ›¬ BWI home at last!
πŸ“ Checked in at Keflavik International Airport (KEF) (KeflavΓ­kurflugvΓΆllur), Keflavik, Southern Peninsula.
πŸ“ Checked in at Gate 62, SchΓΆnefeld, Brandenburg.
A new waiting room for boarding

Oh gosh this IndieWeb comic by yulia is simply delightful:

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Food up before flying
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Check in
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πŸ“ Checked in at Bahnhof Berlin Ostkreuz, Berlin, Berlin.
To the airports
Mon Nov 5

Horse’s Neck

Dark & Stormy

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A11y Club Conf lunch break β€” with aaronpk, Tiara, Calum
πŸ“ Checked in at Spreespeicher, Berlin, Berlin.
Looking forward to learning about some web accessibility practices and problems today at !
Sun Nov 4
πŸ“ Checked in at nhow Berlin, Berlin, Berlin.
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Post-IWC Drinks
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Accessibility Club Conference 2018 β€” Monday, November 5th, 2018, Berlin
The Accessibility Club wants to give you the chance to get some real-world experience with assistive technology, deepen your knowledge about web accessibilty and get you in touch with like-minded webworkers. The goal is to enable you to make accessibility a natural part of your …
I'm going!

Excited to learn from these amazing folks!

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I've just spent the day at IndieWeb Camp Berlin and it has been SUPER fun.
Sat Nov 3

Was talking about ContraPoints’ important and in-depth videos about rough controversial communities tonight.

And then she drops this effing amazing video about pronouns today.

What a time to be alive! Thank you Natalie Wynn πŸ’–πŸŒˆβ˜„οΈβš‘οΈπŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

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Checked in at Biererei Bar. Bierzeit β€” with Jessica, Tantek, aaronpk
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Checked in at Biererei Bar. Bierzeit β€” with Jessica, Tantek, aaronpk
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Straßenbier β€” with Marty, microformats
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Fri Nov 2
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Happy Halloween from the We Have to Ask Podcast! Jonathan and I got pretty weird with this one.

Please enjoy it, and remember that Halloween lives year-round in our hearts, feeding off of our life-force.

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These are the tapes from the JHC MUPPS Operation back in the late 60s. Many attempts have been made to make these tape public record. These are some of those recordings.
Thu Nov 1
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As a proponent of the decentralized web, I've been thinking a lot about the aftermath of the domestic terrorism that was committed in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life synagogue over the weekend, and how it specifically relates to the right-wing social network Gab.In America, we're …
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