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Thu Apr 18
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Your "elsewhere" links are much easier to read than mine

I’ve decided I don’t iterate on the pieces on my site enough, so decided it was okay to try something really different with one block. It’ll get out of control soon but I hope to learn more that way. :}

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!

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Tue Apr 16
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I'm going!Looking forward to another Homebrew Website Club tomorrow! I plan to fix my feeds as they appear for Atom and

I’m also going to this Caveat show tonight: Flying University: Is AI Racist?

Looking forward to it because Anil Dash will be speaking! Also because AI can totally be racist. And I love Caveat shows.

I’d love to talk Glitch and IndieWeb with Anil but I will probably just play the part of polite audience member. πŸ˜…

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Join us for an evening of IndieWeb personal site demos and discussions!
I'm going!

Looking forward to another Homebrew Website Club tomorrow! I plan to fix my feeds as they appear for Atom and

Semi-bonus: the following day is an Internet Explorers comedy show about MEMES at Caveat. I plan to go to that as well!

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Sun Apr 14
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Let’s say I wanna bring back webrings. How should I build it?
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!

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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
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Much has been written about how Electron apps take a lot of memory; after all, each one is running its own instance of a web browser, and pulling in all of the overwhelming amounts of support code that implies. Slack can easily end up taking over 1GB of RAM, and Discord usually …
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.

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When did April 1st become the ONLY day to be foolish? This week, Jonathan reads the writings of the great Jim Davis.
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Chris put together a terrific round-up of posts recently called Simple & Boring. It links off to a number of great articles on the topic of complexity (and simplicity) in web development.
Mon Apr 1
πŸ“• Finished reading The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin ISBN: 9780356508368
Fri Mar 29

Loving the Adafruit PyPortal as an IndieWeb-powered photo device.

Code to come!

Thu Mar 28
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In Β this standalone short story by N. K. Jemisin, author of The Fifth Season, the winner of this year’s Hugo Award Β for Best Novel, New York City is about to go through a few changes. Like all Β great metropolises before it, when a city gets big enough, old enough, it Β must be …
πŸ“— Want to read The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin ISBN: 9780316229241
πŸ“— Want to read The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin ISBN: 9780356508368