Marty McGuire

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Thu Oct 17
β˜‘ RSVP'd to an event https://indieweb.org/events/2019-10-19-homebrew-website-club-nyc
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Join us for an afternoon of IndieWeb personal site demos and discussions!
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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.
πŸ“ Checked in at Tiny's and the Bar Upstairs, New York, NY.
πŸ“ Checked in at MTA Subway - Chambers St (A/C/E), New York, NY.
πŸ“ Checked in at MTA Subway - W 4th Street/Washington Square (A/B/C/D/E/F/M), New York, NY.
πŸ“ Checked in at Sanctum Sanctorum, Greenwich Village, NY.
πŸ“ Checked in at Top Thai, New York, NY.
πŸ“ Checked in at MTA Subway - Bleecker St (6), New York, NY.

Tweaks Ali Spittel’s face tracking filter demo to include a “snapshot” button that creates an image you can right-click and save.

Next up: can I make this into a Micropub client to post directly to my site?

πŸ“ Checked in at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, New York, NY.
Sat Oct 5
πŸ“ Checked in at Ahimsa, New York, NY.
πŸ“ Checked in at Greenwich Village, New York, NY.
πŸ“ Checked in at Ahimsa, New York, NY.
πŸ“ Checked in at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, New York, NY.
πŸ“ Checked in at Seidenberg School Of CSIS, New York, NY.
Fri Oct 4
πŸ“ Checked in at Adrienne's Pizza Bar, New York, NY.
↩ Replied to https://tantek.com/2019/277/t3/newyorkcity-nyc-indiewebcamp-meetup-social
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#NewYorkCity friends! Going to the @IndieWebCamp #NYC pre-meetup/social at Stone Street Tavern @stonesttavern http://stonestreettavernnyc.com/

For the record, the tavern chased me away from their table for not having 6 people yet. Sitting about 20 ft away at Adrienne’s. πŸ˜‚

Reacted 😱 to https://aaronparecki.com/2019/10/04/5/backup
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😱 Came home from a trip to a failed hard drive on one of my home servers. Time to put my backup system to the test!
Wed Oct 2
πŸ” Reposted https://tantek.com/2019/275/t1/indiewebcamp-new-york-city
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going to #IndieWebCamp NYC this weekend @PaceUniversity with @dshanske @jgmac1106 @schmarty @tiereeee @nshad314 & more!
πŸ“ Checked in at Concourse G, Schiphol, North Holland.
πŸ“ Checked in at House of Tulips, Schiphol, North Holland.