Marty McGuire

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Fri Dec 13
↩ Replied to https://v2.jacky.wtf//post/0a3a2c5a-5033-4077-9067-ce74c48b75a6

I clicked. πŸ˜†

Wed Dec 11
Tue Dec 10

Been thinking about all the trips, events, and other random things about which I’ve collected photos, video, and more over the last few years. So many things I keep meaning to write up, some of them now out of date.

This seems like exactly the kind of thing that could benefit from being called a “project”, and thankfully the new year is the perfect one for it.

So the theme for my website will be “Hindsight” for 2020. πŸ™ƒπŸ˜†

Sat Dec 7

So grateful to have been a part of this ridiculously talented Magnet Musical level 2 class. Thanks so much to Nikita and Frank for teaching, guiding, and lifting us up musically.

Special thanks to Regular Sweater Friends for a relatable and whip-smart set about the dubious dream to go to an Ivy League school. ❀️

Fri Dec 6

πŸ—“οΈ Musical Improv Level 2: Class Show

Magnet Training Center & Rehearsal Space 22 W 32nd St, Fl 10th, New York, New York 10001
πŸ“† Add to Calendar: iCal | Google Calendar

We will make up a musical before your very eyesβ€”for FREE! Please join us at the Magnet Training Center for what is sure to be a fabulous made up musical spectacular!

Friday, December 6
8:00pm
22 West 32nd St, 10th floor
New York City, NY 10001

β˜‘ RSVP'd to an event https://thepit-nyc.com/events/lets-all-go-to-the-lobby/#2019-12-10
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Location:
thepit-nyc.com
Let's All Go to the Lobby
Each week, your hosts Declan Gallagher and Felicity Stevenson will invite one of their very funny friends to talk about current cinema. Good or bad, in the theater or on Netflix, it’s all covered. Then, a surprise group of improvisers create β€œdeleted scenes” from the guest’s …
I'm going!

Come on down to the PIT Underground and get ready to overload on movies with your hosts Declan and Felicity, guest interviews, and improv from Great Personalities LOL!

December 10th, 9pm
The PIT Loft
123 E 24th St (b/t Park & Lex)
Tickets $10

Wed Dec 4

I just achieved Inbox Zero for the first time in I don’t know how long. πŸŽ‰

GMail inbox indicating that no unread messages were found. FastMail inbox indicating no unread messages were found.

I feel compelled to commemorate this moment, so here we are.

(now, at 4:30pm, I can finally start working on one of the many things I am tracking in a half-dozen different TODO-management systems… 😬)

Sun Nov 24

Grateful to have been part of this amazing group of performers! Doug Moe’s 301 class represent!

Also shout out to Treadwell’s down the street from UCB Hell’s Kitchen for this, truly, giant pretzel.

Thu Nov 21

Amnesty International (rightly) calls out the damages of surveillance capitalism by Google and Facebook but, ouch, they serve up behavioral trackers for ad networks on their own content. 😩

Sat Nov 16

Photo for today’s IndieWeb Meetup NYC

IndieWeb NYC Meetup 2019-11-16 Wrap-Up

IndieWeb NYC's meetup for November 2019 met at Think Coffee on Mercer St on November 16th around 2pm.

dmitri.shuralyov.com β€” Made lots of progress on understanding IndieAuth and how he might integrate it into his site. Starting with GitHub profile URLs (github.com/username), he will expand to allowing folks to log into his site with their own URLs. Been working on the user experience aspects of this, as it needs to be attractive and easy to do. Currently working to clear his development plate for his site by wrapping up some features related to notifications before getting back to auth-related work.

martymcgui.re β€” Hasn't had much time to work on website projects, so spent today making event posts for a couple of upcoming improv shows. Also worked on barebones event feeds for indieweb.nyc, which is so very much a work in progress. Very excited to have started planning an IndieWebCamp NYC for early 2020 at NYU. Details below and many more to come!

Other topics of discussion:

  • David and Tiara were missed! Calendar reminders would have helped, so this is now a top-priority feature for indieweb.nyc. πŸ˜…
  • Paths to getting people started on their own webpages. Dmitri recently helped his mother set up a starter static site on GitHub pages, which only took a couple of hours, but provided the benefits she wanted. If she wants more features in the future, this was easy enough that she won't feel bad "throwing it away".
  • NYU Tandon can host an IWC NYC in Spring 2020! Can reserve 3 main rooms and additional classrooms for breakouts. Located in Brooklyn at Jay St./Metrotech. Tentative weekends include late March/early April and mid-to-late May. Will add suggestions to /Planning soon!
  • Complexity of managing "simple" "composable" cloud services (AWS Lambda, "infrastructure as code" projects like Terraform)
  • MacBook Pro 16" has been updated! It's so much like the 2015 MBP! Everything old is new again.
Two men grin for the camera
Left-to-right: dmitri.shuralyov.com, martymcgui.re

Thanks to everyone who came out and braved the crowded weekend tables. Apparently it is always crowded at Think Coffee Mercer, so perhaps we'll try a new venue next time! We hope that you'll join us for the next IndieWeb NYC meetup on December 7th. Watch indieweb.nyc for info about the exact time and location!

β˜‘ RSVP'd to an event https://ghostparty.today/#show-2019-11-30
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Baltimore Improv Group Theater
GHOST PARTY presents "Shady Saturday"
ACOLYTES! You FEASTED at THANKSGIVING DINNER. You MARINATED in the SIMMERING hordes on BLACK FRIDAY. But do you have the APPETITE to go back for SECONDS?? GHOST PARTY presents SHADY SATURDAY, a blood-boiling tale of resurrection, demonic spell-casting, and ::checks notes:: …
I'm going!

You may have had enough holiday family togetherness but GHOST PARTY πŸ‘»πŸŽ‰ is giving you a look that says we’d all be disappointed if you left now.

β˜‘ RSVP'd to an event https://indieweb.org/events/2019-11-16-homebrew-website-club-nyc
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πŸ—½ IndieWeb Meetup NYC
Join us for an afternoon of IndieWeb personal site demos and discussions!
I'm going!

I’m… there right now! Time to work on my site and some other website projects. πŸ˜…

β˜‘ RSVP'd to an event https://thepit-nyc.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F1I00000A1drMUAR
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The PIT Loft
Fury: Earth's Mightiest Improv
New York's mightiest improvisers have been assembled. Don't miss the action when Fury combines their powerful talent on stage! Based on an idea created during Improvaganza, The Hawaii Festival of Improv, Fury brings together top-notch improvisers for a fun evening of fast and …
I'm going!

What are you doing Monday night Nov 18th? I’ll tell you! Come out to The PIT Loft at 8pm to see FURY: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST IMPROV, where I will be performing with piping fresh indie team Great Personalities LOL!

https://thepit-nyc.com/events/fury-earths-mightiest-improv/

Mon Nov 11
Reacted 😰 to https://www.jvt.me/posts/2019/11/11/gotcha-netlify-lowercase/

Whew, these slides from Laura Kalbag at the recent FF Conf are quite good. Looking forward to seeing a recording of the talk!

https://noti.st/laurakalbag/Y4Q95l/slides

Thu Oct 31
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post from Indy maps
Remember when I wrote about adding travel maps to my site at the recent Indie Web Camp Brighton? I must confess that the last line I wrote was an attempt to catch a fish from the river of the lazy web:

🀩 Loving these maps! I missed your comment about using the stamen tiles for static maps.

I use https://github.com/dfacts/staticmaplite on my site. It’s no longer under development but, as long as you point it at a working tilemap server, it works fine! I switched out the URLs hardcoded in the PHP file for the Stamen “Toner” tiles, using the tile server URL pattern on the Open Street Map wiki.

Sun Oct 27

Was pretty excited last month to see Caitlin Doughty talk about her new book Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? at The Strand bookstore. There’s video of it!

https://youtu.be/6ESOhFiZ9ps

Wed Oct 23

This countertop is for dancing.

Mon Oct 21

IndieWeb NYC Meetup 2019-10-19 Wrap-Up

IndieWeb NYC's meetup for October 2019 met at Think Coffee on Mercer St on October 19th around 2pm.

tiaramiller.com β€” Relaunched her site as a Hugo site hosted on Netlify during the recent IndieWebCamp NYC. Since then, has been working on adding features. Set up voxpelli's webpage-micropub-to-github on Heroku and was able to log into Indigenous and create a new like post! webpage-micropub-to-github is designed for Jekyll, so it created the post file in an unexpected place, but she should be able to tweak that and get things working. Also added herself (back) to the IndieWeb Webring.

mfgriffin.com β€” Upon some (possibly bad) advice from Marty and Tiara, Matt worked towards hosting his Hugo-powered site via GitHub and Netlify, rather than compiling it on his laptop and uploading the finished HTML to a server. Ran into issues with git submodules, and then a version mismatch between the theme he was using and the version of Hugo on Netlify. He was able to update the published HTML pages to let himself login to indieweb.org to review his todo list, meaning he made it to "step zero" on his list of goals for the day.

martymcgui.re β€” Working on indieweb.nyc, a site for IndieWeb events in and around New York City. Mostly spent time on plumbing, setting up a barebones Hugo site and hosting it on Netlify. Keeps finding himself pulled between desires: to get barebones content up, to allow interested folks to add events to their calendar, to work on plumbing that will make it easier to manage events via micropub, and to work on styling, theming, and logo.

Three people crowded around laptops look into the camera, with toothy grins on their faces.
Left-to-right: tiaramiller.com, mfgriffin.com, martymcgui.re

Thanks to everyone who came out and braved the crowded weekend tables. Apparently it was midterms time at NYU? We hope that you'll join us for the next meetup, on November 16th. Watch indieweb.nyc for info about the exact time and location!

Sat Oct 19

Photo for this afternoon’s IndieWeb NYC Meetup!

Thu Oct 17
β˜‘ RSVP'd to an event https://indieweb.org/events/2019-10-19-homebrew-website-club-nyc
post πŸ—½ IndieWeb Meetup NYC
Join us for an afternoon of IndieWeb personal site demos and discussions!
I'm going!

Looking forward to another IndieWeb Meetup! Join us 2-4pm this Saturday at Think Coffee Mercer, where we’ll discuss the recent IndieWebCamp NYC, work on personal website projects, and more!

Tue Oct 15

IndieWebCamp NYC 2019 photos and some lessons learned

I’m pretty terrible about doing post-event write-ups. Thankfully as a co-organizer for the recent IndieWebCamp NYC, I helped assembled a “thanks for coming” email which became a wrap-up post for the event.

In honor of the IndieWeb in Practice session, I’m curating some of my photos and videos from the weekend.

And, since I’m thinking about the event as I look through them, I’ll capture some lessons learned for next time, as well!

Friday

First up, some photos I took while I wanted for others to join for the pre-event meetup on Friday. I forgot that the Stone Street tables, while they appear to be open seating, actually belong to restaurants who may chase you away.

A couple of lessons learned for this event: ask for RSVPs to the Friday social when people register for tickets. Also, pick a place that takes reservations!

Saturday

First up, Tiara and I picked up food for the camp from Leo’s Bagels.

a glass-front deli counter filled with spreads in front of a wall of bagels

Then it was time to help set up the camp at the Pace Seidenberg school. Thanks to Aaron we had a table full of IndieWeb pins and stickers, as well as pronoun pins for ask/he/she/they. I also brought in some simple stick-on name badges and markers, but before next camp I want to pick up some multi-colored lanyards instead, as a way of letting attendees state their preferences for our photo policy.

While we waited for folks to show up, David set up our tech setup and Greg worked with our keynotes Amira (on site) and Amanda (remote). After a brief kick-off, it was keynote time!

A couple of lessons-learned, here.

Out of something like 50 registrants, we had about 12 folks actually show up. A pretty dismal attrition rate! In the future, I think we will charge at least a small registration fee for IndieWebCamp NYC, so that registrants have something at stake if they don’t come.

For an introduction to the weekend, we really should have followed past examples like the Day 1 introduction for IndieWeb Summit. I think the Saturday discussions would also have benefitted from a 10-minute “What is the IndieWeb?” intro from one of the organizers.

Saturday Intros and Demos

Following keynotes, we had an introduction and demo session where anyone could introduce themselves and show off some features of their website. There were a couple of lessons learned here, as well!

David did a great job with our tech, setting up self-contained stations consisting of low-cost Android TV boxes that connect to a display over HDMI, can be controlled via an infrared remote, and are pre-configured to sign into a pre-set Zoom meeting, which can be recorded. One thing we didn’t prep for very well was that in order to present with such a setup, all presenters and folks giving demos need to dial into the Zoom meeting and share their screen or browser window. This allows remote participants to not only see and hear but also join in on presenting, which is great. This extra bit of setup wasn’t much work, but it was time-consuming and frantic when not expected.

One final note, we should set clear expectations at the start of intros and demos for how and what to present, how much time each person has, and should have an emcee to keep them moving with minimal commentary (and only positive commentary, if any at all).

Saturday Sessions

After keynotes and demos, it was time to do some session planning and build out the grid of discussions for the day.

wood and glass cubicle wall covered in pink and orange sticky notes indicating times, rooms, and topics to discuss

Building out the Saturday discussion session grid is always an interesting challenge, and I often step up to try and help emcee it if I am co-organizing. We had many attendees who were new to the IndieWeb community, and it was sometimes tricky to find concise wording for a given topic. That said, I think we came away with some particularly interesting things to discuss!

But before discussion sessions, some lunch. Matt and I went to 150 Market, which had a perfectly mediocre lunch hot bar.

a bottle of cold brew coffee, a bottle of coconut water, and a plastic clamshell full of rice, beans, and brussels sprouts

I didn’t take any photos during the sessions, though I did help with note-taking in many of them. I’ll have to jot down my experiences with those in another post.

During the last session, Greg and I cleaned up all the uneaten food (we definitely bought too much!) and picked up the space. Then we closed for the day, with the organizers taking a brief trip to One Pace Plaza, which would be our location for day two.

Getting to the room was a little confusing, so I made a quick video to send out to registrants that night.

After that, it was time for dinner, cocktails, and winding down.

a large dosa on a small circular metal tray

Sunday

Feeling burned by our bagel-and-fruit over-buy on Saturday, Tiara and I decided to provide coffee and let folks get breakfast on their own. The Dunkin Donuts where we picked up coffee also had the Beyond Meat faux-sausage patties, so I took the opportunity to try it.

Lesson learned here: out of two Starbucks in the Pace area where I tried to buy boxed coffee, none of them had this available!

After morning of hacking on my demo (post TBD!) and lending an assist with Tiara’s Hugo setup, it was lunchtime! Greg was kind enough to sponsor a delivery from Dos Toros Taqueria which, despite their nearly impossible to use website, worked out well and was delicious.

a cardboard container filled with beans, rice, vegetables, cheese, and sour cream

With food and more coffee in our stomachs, we hacked until demo time!

8 people in a conference room facing a large screen on the wall. one is standing at a laptop running their demo. the screen shows a photo of a kitten sitting under a person's arm.

After demos was a quick cleanup, break for dinner, a stop outside 177 Bleecker St., and a short round of cocktails before I headed home, exhausted. πŸ˜…

Thanks to our guests Molly and Nate for keeping us afloat in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2019-10-15/

We Have to Ask
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Marty enjoys talking about things that sometimes scares Jonathan. Jonathan has asked for years for Marty to drop it. This week, Marty has picked it back up and Jonathan is holding onto the ground.
Sat Oct 12

Happy Caturday

Thu Oct 10

IndieWebCamp NYC 2019 Wrap-Up

Note: much of this was taken from the “thank-you” email that Greg, Tantek, Tiara, and I put together to send attendees after camp

Thanks to all organizers and attendees for making this year’s IndiewebCamp NYC a success! From the enlightening keynotes and in-depth discussions on Saturday, to the successful launch of several new personal websites and other projects on Sunday, we are extremely pleased with how it went.

Here’s a quick recap of the weekend.

Friday

5 smiling people sitting around a table outside at dusk

Six of us met up at Adrienne’s pizzabar on Stone Street for pizza, pasta, and discussion of the weekend to come! Thanks to Mozilla for sponsoring this pre-event social!

Saturday

IndieWebCamp New York City day 1 group photo with 12 individuals.

We kicked things off at the Pace Seidenberg school in NYC’s Financial District with bagels, fruit, and coffee thanks to our Open Collective donors!

Amira Dhalla opened the day with a keynote on data privacy in this age of online surveillance. You can find her slides here.

Amanda Rush walked us through some concrete steps that we can take to make our websites more accessible. Look for a link to her talk transcript on indieweb.org/2019/NYC as soon as we can make it available.

We then made a schedule of attendee-facilitated discussions, covering topics like Automation, Getting Started, Why We Publish, and many more!

You can find the full list of discussions, including session notes and video streams, at https://indieweb.org/2019/NYC/Schedule

Sunday

IndieWebCamp New York City day 2 group photo with 10 individuals.

Sunday was a day of making, with 10 of us convening at One Pace Plaza to create and hack on our personal sites and projects. We kicked off by having each participant stick notes for their planned projects on the wall for accountability, then dove in!

After a sponsored lunch from Dos Toros Taqueria (thanks to ReVIEW Talent Feedback System), we wrapped up our work and demoed what progress we had made.

Three participants were able to demonstrate brand new personal sites, and many more folks had made incremental improvements or fixes! You can find the full details on what was demoed at https://indieweb.org/2019/NYC/Demos

Reflections

I’ll post some of my own, shortly, but we also want to see yours!

Did you take photos? Write a blog post about the experience? Want to share? We encourage everyone to help us get the word out about IndieWebCamp NYC. Please hashtag your posts with #IndieWebCamp!

We’ll be collecting blog posts, short notes, photos, and more on the event page at: https://indieweb.org/2019/NYC#Blog_posts

As a bonus, if you publish by Friday Oct 11 at 2pm Eastern time you can even make the weekly IndieWeb newsletter! There are 4 ways to make it into the newsletter:

  • Syndicate your blog post to IndieNews
  • Post your link in IRC, Slack, or chat
  • Share a link on Twitter with the hashtag #IndieWebCamp. Our friendly bot Loqi will pick up the link, drop it into our chat channels, and a community member can add your post to the newsletter.
  • Ask a community member in chat and we will help you out!

Upcoming IndieWeb Events

Live near NYC and hungry for more IndieWeb? We encourage you to attend our semi-regular IndieWeb Meetups in NYC!

Our next meetup is scheduled for October 19. Exact time and location time are still TBD. To learn more check out the brand new (and under construction) indieweb.nyc.

And of course, New York City isn’t the only place for the IndieWeb! You can find a list of upcoming IndieWebCamps and local meetups worldwide at https://indieweb.org/Events

We have a few more IndieWebCamps in particular this year, so if you’re nearby one of these cities, check it out:

Thanks Again!

IndieWebCamp NYC would not have been a success without attendees like you! Of course, we’d also like to thank our sponsors (Pace, ReView, Mozilla, and all our Open Collective donors) for making this event possible!

And, of course, thanks to all my fellow co-organizers: Tiara, Greg, David.

If you’d like weekly updates and event invitations, sign-up for our This Week In The IndieWeb newsletter!

Mon Oct 7

Please take a few moments out of your day and read this piece by Stacia Brown and think about what you can do to be a better neighbor.

https://stacialbrown.com/2019/10/06/like-a-good-neighbor/

A glitch in the (3D printed cat) Matrix

Sun Oct 6

Thanks Facebook Business but maybe you aren’t looking in the right places

πŸ“ Checked in at MTA Subway - Chambers St (1/2/3), New York, NY.