Marty McGuire

Archive for April 2019

Thu Apr 25
πŸ”– Bookmarked The luxury of opting out of digital noise Β· Woman. Legend.Blog

“I miss more and more events targeted at my daughter’s age level that we could have attended. I miss small observations that my friends wouldn’t make over text that they do via Facebook posts that I no longer discuss with them. I miss parenting conversations that are extremely relevant to my local school district. I miss birthdays that I should have written down in my paper calendar, but didn’t. I miss discussions the Jewish community at large, which I am connected to digitally instead of physically, is having. By opting out of performing emotional labor on Facebook and going into my own sort of media hibernation, I miss the steady background hum of β€œhaving my finger on the pulse” as it relates to me and my family.”

Wed Apr 24

With Jonathan away, it’s time for you to play! Can you solve the mysterious Facebook comment thread in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast?

We Have to Ask
post from Who Is This For? β€’ Ep 310 - What the Comments Meant
Jonathan is out this week so Marty presents a mystery for you. Who well-wishes for whom?
Sat Apr 20

πŸ—“οΈ Magnet Improv Level 2 Showcase

Magnet Training Center & Rehearsal Space 22 W 32nd St, Fl 10th, New York, NY 10001
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We’ve been learning from the amazing Elana Fishbein for 8 weeks! Now come see us do a show!

Best of all: it’s free!

See you at:
Magnet Training Center & Rehearsal Space
22 W 32nd St, Fl 10th
New York, NY 10001

Thu Apr 18

An unexpected quiet afternoon means time to work on the ol’ website.

Wed Apr 17

HWC NYC Wrap-Up 2019-04-17

New York City's second Homebrew Website Club of April met at The Bean at Cooper Union on April 17th, with me playing host.

We didn't really have a "broadcast" portion of the meetup, but we discussed some things and worked on personal projects! (new!) β€” Has been to IndieWeb events in the past, but is looking to get re-started. Went over his past notes about some of his hopes and plans for his site, and how he wants to use it for personal notes, writing, drawing, and blogging projects, and more. Got started on a stripped-down system of using Hugo to track plaintext notes, with tags, so he can worry about how to organize it more later. β€” Interested in being "done" with his notification system updates. In general, wants to be able to iterate faster on his site updates, and finds that a lot of his time is absorbed in HTML/CSS design processes. Started working on some text-only designs, which get a minimal amount of styling by being converted from Markdown to HTML. By using text and emojis, he was able to prototype a couple of quick things during the meetup. β€” Recently decided that he disagrees with how Granary processes his site's feed (which is HTML+Microformats2) into JSON Feed and Atom. The result is that his feeds often have missing info and show up as weirdly empty posts on or in Atom feed readers. At the meetup, finished writing and adapter that will take his main feed and spit out a JSON Feed. Managed to break his site's build process trying to integrate it, but will get it working soon enough.

Other discussion:

  • A couple Dmitri's cool game projects
  • The recent release of the original source for Zork and other Infocom games, as they would have been worked on originally, for a compiler that no longer exists. Really neat to see how that info is organized.
  • We want to start later! Folks often need until 6 or 6:30pm to arrive.
  • We're also open to venue options!
Dmitri, Marty, and Matt smile for the camera in front of a background of a busy coffee shop.

Thanks to everyone who came out! We look forward to seeing you at our next meetup on Wednesday, May 1st from 6:30pm - 8:30pm!

Photo for tonight’s HWC NYC!

Tue Apr 16
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Thu Apr 11

Beetlejuice the Musical seems like a good anniversary celebration show

Thanks to Jonathan for playing with all of you so I could chase my aerial ursine dreams in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!

post from Are You Ready to Play? β€’ Ep 173- Taboo Jr
Marty and Jonathan are dusting off the kids games this week. They will be playing Taboo jr. Will you be able to guess what they are trying to describe?
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Wed Apr 10
πŸ“• Finished reading Anathem by Neal Stephenson ISBN: 9780061474095
πŸ“— Want to read The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson ISBN: 9780062409164
Thu Apr 4
πŸ”– Bookmarked Usage Guidelines β€” The Gender Spectrum Collection

“The Gender Spectrum Collection is a stock photo library featuring images of trans and non-binary models that go beyond the clichΓ©s of putting on makeup and holding trans flags. This collection aims to help media outlets better represent members of these communities as people not necessarily defined by their gender identitiesβ€”people with careers, relationships, talents, passions, and home lives.”

πŸ“• Finished reading The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin ISBN: 9780356508689
Wed Apr 3

HWC NYC Wrap-Up 2019-04-03

New York City's first Homebrew Website Club of April met at The Bean at Cooper Union on April 3rd, with me playing host.

Here are some notes from the "broadcast" portion of the meetup! (new!) β€” Learning about Progressive Web Apps and their features, like web app manifests. Started out wanting to learn ES6 and decided to roll back to some basics. Doesn't have a specific project in mind, yet, so doing lots of reading. β€” Continuing work on "v2" of his website, specifically notifications API. "v2" is more package-based than repository-based, as a single repo can hold multiple packages, and it's very helpful to reason about the projects individually. Demonstrated showing unread notifications from Gerrit and GitHub, new presentation to show β€” Re-organized his homepage to be much simpler, moving incrementally towards having easier ways for people to discover the newer parts of his site, like where he displays photos, listens, and more interesting ways than his main "river of posts" timeline view. Also added book cover photos to his reading posts (example) using the Open Library Covers API with lookup by ISBN.

Other discussion:

  • Building your own organizational and self-management tools. Balancing time spent on that tooling versus actually getting things done.
  • Updating, migrating, and archiving old behaviors and versions in APIs. "Gradual code repair". Making "v2" versions of pieces of an API while allowing "v1" apps to work, hybrid apps to work. Semantic versioning when "v2" could change wildly - is it "really v2-pre-0.0.1", for example? A name like that should warn away folks starting new projects that expect a stable API.
Marty, Zephyr, and Dmitri smile for the camera

Thanks to everyone who came out! We look forward to seeing you at our next meetup on Wednesday, April 17th at 6:30pm!

Photo for tonight’s HWC!

Tue Apr 2

Thanks to Jonathan for this understated, yet scathing, take on everyone’s favorite critter that hates Mondays to hate in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast.

post from Was That Foolish? β€’ Ep 125- Mondays...Meh
When did April 1st become the ONLY day to be foolish? This week, Jonathan reads the writings of the great Jim Davis.
Mon Apr 1
πŸ“• Finished reading The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin ISBN: 9780356508368