This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition • September 22nd - 28th, 2018

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Aging memes, a case against ActivityPub, and updates from IndieWebCamps! It’s the audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for September 22nd - 28th, 2018.

You can find all of my audio editions and subscribe with your favorite podcast app here: martymcgui.re/podcasts/indieweb/.

Music from Aaron Parecki’s 100DaysOfMusic project: Day 85 - Suit, Day 48 - Glitch, Day 49 - Floating, Day 9, and Day 11

Thanks to everyone in the IndieWeb chat for their feedback and suggestions. Please drop me a note if there are any changes you’d like to see for this audio edition!

Replied to https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2018-10-02/
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Marty and Jonathan were scheduled to bring in a thought board expert. Can you really achieve all your thoughts and dreams by willing it onto the board? Well..Marty had to go away this weekend and things changed.

IMDB notes for this episode:

  • This episode was intended for European listeners, who write October 10 as 2/10. U.S. listeners should wait to listen to this episode on February 10th.
  • Incorrectly considered as a goof: When Richard said that the blank in “All [blank] the Family” should be filled in with “the”, he is correct.
  • Overzealous edit: In the studio recording, Dante’s list of nicknames for “bud” came in at over 10 minutes long. Look for the complete list in a bonus episode exclusively for Patreon backers.
  • Sponsor Snafu: Despite the long setup in the episode, Crayola withdrew an ad for Sidewalk Chalk from the final published show.
  • Listener “Scott” asked for their name to be changed in the final edit after their suggestion of “Calendar” was changed to “Time” without their permission.
RSVP'd to an event https://martymcgui.re/2018/09/20/124541/
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Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center 1045 Light St., BaltimoreMD, 21230

Homebrew Website Club Baltimore
Please note: We are meeting on Wednesday this week at 7:30pm. Be sure to double-check your calendars! Join us for an evening of quiet writing, IndieWeb demos, and discussions! Create or update your personal web site! Finish that blog post you’ve been writing, edit the wiki! Demos of recent IndieWeb breakthroughs, share what you’ve gotten working! Join a community with...
I'm going!

Looking forward to another Homebrew Website Club Baltimore, tomorrow!

It’s an IndieWeb! Come learn some ways to free your content and your social sharing from the social networking silos!

★ Favorited https://beesbuzz.biz/blog/6283-Just-thought-I-should-Web-Mention
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I’ve been building Publ with IndieWeb principles in mind. One of the things I’m playing with right now is adding in very basic support for WebMention.

Quick thoughts on project ideas from IndieWebCamp NYC 2018

I attended IndieWebCamp NYC 2018 and it was a blast! Check the schedule for links to notes and videos from the awesome keynotes, discussion sessions, and build-day demos. I am so grateful to all the other organizers, to all the new and familiar faces that came out, to those that joined us remotely, to Pace University's Seidenberg School for hosting us, and of course to the sponsors that made it all possible.

I have a lot of thoughts about all the discussions and projects that were talked about, I'm sure. But for now, I'd like to capture some of the TODOs and project ideas that I came away with after the event, and the post-event discussions over food and drink.

  • A Micropub Media Endpoint built on Neocities for storage and Glitch for handling uploads and metadata. It would allow folks to store 1GB of media files like photos, audio, and video for their websites, for free. It would be usable with all kinds of posting tools, no matter what backend you use for your site.
  • Improve the IndieWeb Web Ring (🕸💍.ws) to automatically check whether members' sites link back using Webmention. (I managed to make a small but often-asked-for update to the site during IWC)
  • Improve how my website handles all these check-in posts which are made when someone else checks me in on Swarm. I would like to show who checked me in, at least, if not some of their photos, or maybe even an embedded version of the post from their site.
  • Keep doing the This Week in the IndieWeb podcast! I had been feeling some burnout about this and falling behind. It was so great to talk with folks who listen to it and rely on it to keep up to date with the goings-on in the community!
  • Offer a hand with aaronpk's new social monster catching game, built on IndieWeb building blocks.
  • Offer a hand with jgmac1106's idea to issue educational course achievements (badges) via IndieWeb building blocks.
  • Work on closing down Camura, a photo-sharing social network I helped build during the awkward age after the first "camera phones" and before Facebook introduced "Mobile Uploads". It has over 100k photos and 50k comments from around 400 folks. I'd like to let it down gently, make sure people have access to those photos, and maybe even preserve some of the best moments of human connection in a public place.

More generally: I think there's a really cool future where IndieWeb building blocks are available on free services like Glitch and Neocities. New folks should be able to register a domain and plug them together in an afternoon, with no coding, and get a website that supports posting all kinds of content and social interactions. All for the cost of a domain! And all with the ability to download their content and take it with them if these services change or they outgrow them. I already built some of this as a goof. The big challenges are simplifying the UX and documenting all of the steps to show folks what they will get and how to get it.

Other fun / ridiculous ideas discussed over the weekend:

  • Support Facebook-style colored-background posts like aaronpk did at IWC. I love the simplicity of adding an RGB color as a hashtag.
  • "This American Bachelor" (working title only) - a dating site as a podcast. Each episode (or season??) is an NPR-style deep dive into the life and longings of a single person looking for love. Alternate title: "Single". The cocktail-driven discussion that produced this idea was a joy.

I am sure there are fun ideas that were discussed that I am leaving out. If you can think of any, let me know!

Thanks to guest Dante Armon for taking Jonathan and my replacement Richard Gorelick to a place with golden streets in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!

https://wehavetoask.com/episodes/2018-10-02/

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Marty and Jonathan were scheduled to bring in a thought board expert. Can you really achieve all your thoughts and dreams by willing it onto the board? Well..Marty had to go away this weekend and things changed.

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition • September 15th - 21st, 2018

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Another late one but a great one. Mastodon adds rel-me, geocaching with WordPress, and Path ends their incredible journey. It’s the audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for September 15th - 21st, 2018.

You can find all of my audio editions and subscribe with your favorite podcast app here: martymcgui.re/podcasts/indieweb/.

Music from Aaron Parecki’s 100DaysOfMusic project: Day 85 - Suit, Day 48 - Glitch, Day 49 - Floating, Day 9, and Day 11

Thanks to everyone in the IndieWeb chat for their feedback and suggestions. Please drop me a note if there are any changes you’d like to see for this audio edition!

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition • September 8th - 14th, 2018

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Two weeks late but better than never! Pronoun buttons, a class on IndieWeb, and a Google takeover of the web. It’s the audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for September 8th - 14th, 2018.

You can find all of my audio editions and subscribe with your favorite podcast app here: martymcgui.re/podcasts/indieweb/.

Music from Aaron Parecki’s 100DaysOfMusic project: Day 85 - Suit, Day 48 - Glitch, Day 49 - Floating, Day 9, and Day 11

Thanks to everyone in the IndieWeb chat for their feedback and suggestions. Please drop me a note if there are any changes you’d like to see for this audio edition!

★ Favorited https://sebastiangreger.net/2018/09/ixda-berlin-inclusion-and-diversity-first-hand/
25 September 2018 marked the first World Interaction Design Day, running under the global theme of “Diversity and Inclusion in Design”. The Berlin IxDA chapter arranged an inspiring event, inviting two speakers who examine these issues both personally and professionally. Image caption: IxDA Berlin hosted an event as part of World Interaction Design Day 2018. My preferred conference talks are...
RSVP'd to an event https://indieweb.org/2018/Berlin
IndieWebCamp Berlin 2018
I'm going!

My first IndieWebCamp outside the U.S.! Very excited to meet some new faces.

… and to be making my first trip to Germany!