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It’s Been Quite Awhile… As I sit and write during our second May Homebrew Website Club Baltimore meetup I’m struck by the realization that I’ve failed to post to my site in over a month. Our last HWC meetup was disrupted by lack of internet and severe weather, and I said that I’d surely write something before this session. Alas, I haven’t....

HWC Baltimore 2018-05-29 Wrap-Up

It's been a while! Again! We cancelled our previous meetup due to weather.

Baltimore's second Homebrew Website Club of May met at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center on May 29th!

Here are some notes from the "broadcast" portion of the meetup:

dariusmccoy.com – Playing with Squarespace because he expects to have youth using it for the upcoming Web Shop launch at DHF. In ~3 weeks! He's trying to clone the existing DHF 3D Print Shop website in it, but finding it a bit restricting. Playing w/ some CodePens for nice animations/transitions but having trouble getting those into the Squarespace editing tools. Wants to use them for within-page links.

derekfields.is – Been struggling w/ goals on personal website stuff. Has been applying for webdev jobs, though! Waiting to hear back. Has been working on his startup idea - an LED backpack for biking. It's controlled by a microcontroller and he wants it to serve a webpage over WiFi so you can control it from your phone without installing anything.

jonathanprozzi.net – Spent time tonight writing a post because he hasn't in a long time. The post includes shaming himself for not writing posts. Writing up his experiences from a recent conference where DHF was receiving an award. Building apps with GatsbyJS which are PWAs that work offline, so the content he writes for DHF can work for people who have viewed them even if the internet goes down.

martymcgui.re – "Launched" his GIPHY-backed GIF posting app Kapowski. After feedback from last time, made it work without requiring logins (making it usable by people who aren't all wired up with IndieAuth on their sites). Thinking about ways to progressively enhance Kapowski, such as saving favorites that can be viewed offline, offline sending with posts going out when the internet comes back, etc. Been going all in on micropub for his personal notes that exist on a private site. Used selfauth, mintoken, skippy's micropub server, spano for media, and built a new nginx auth_request service that uses IndieAuth and an access control list to allow only him to view the private posts. Hoping to clean that up and release it someday soon. Also started first steps for another long-term micropub-related project to assist sites that support micropub for creating and editing posts but don't want to build their own infrastructure for syndication. It's called "POSSE Party", and currently it's a manual-til-it-hurts Micropub editor that lets you manage mp-syndicate-to and syndication properties for posts. Someday he hopes to make something that can use bridgy or silo.pub to automate syndication for people whose sites don't do that.

Other discussion:

  • LED mounting strategies for backpacks. Big diffusers make for good looking LEDs but surface mount parts make things easier to mount.
  • Jonathan's experiences at the conference. His takeaways from talks about making human-centered technology. E.g. "context is everything, a perfectly engineered span is useless, but the Brooklyn bridge connects people". He's thinking a lot about common themes around technology that works *for* humans. For example, so many people don't have internet all the time!
Left-to-right: martymcgui.re, dariusmccoy.com, jonathanprozzi.net, derekfields.is

Thanks to everybody who came out! We hope to see you all again at our next meeting on Wednesday June 13th at 6:30pm (quiet writing hour at 5:30pm)!

Photo for tonight’s HWC Baltimore!

A busy Baltimore weekend, with (arena) football, improv shows, and pseudo beaches on this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast.


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Marty and Jonathan chat about the happenings of Memorial Day weekend. Jonathan discusses attending his first game of the season for the Baltimore Brigade. Marty gives the run down on Baltimore's Sandlot.
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thank you @drewmcweeney for making an #IndieWeb bumper. I am excited to use it in my videos: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JYS2yjiPRdYg7CQBaIiW1gl3gnVNdX5g/view?usp=sharing Plus it has an 8-bit Easter Egg for @schmarty.
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I purchased my DonutJS ticket separately!

(Secretly, I accidentally bought a May ticket, but then the May meetup was cancelled and they sent out a nice reminder to get a ticket for June 😜)

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition • May 19th - 25th, 2018

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Twitter tweaks, GDPR, and the many “B”s of blogging. It’s the audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for May 19th - 25th, 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!

Homebrew Website Club Baltimore

Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center 1045 Light St., BaltimoreMD, 21230

Reminder: We are meeting on Tuesday this week instead of the usual Wednesdays. 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 like-minded interests. Bring friends that want a personal site!

Any questions? Join the #indieweb chat!

Optional quiet writing hour starts at 6:30pm. Meetup begins at 7:30pm.

More information: https://indieweb.org/events/2018-05-29-homebrew-website-club

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/972150109606246/

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IndieWeb Summit is soon, and is shaping up to be an exciting event! We're hosting IndieWeb Summit the same week as the (final) Open Source Bridge, in case you needed another reason to visit Portland! IndieWeb Summit will be Tuesday-Wednesday June 26-27th, with a pre-party the Monday evening before. If you're at all interested in taking back ownership of your...
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It’s the “morning after”: a mere twelve hours have passed since the GDPR applies and while still awaiting breaking news on hobbyist blog owners being fined EUR 20 million, an army of burnt-out web and legal professionals has begun to clean up from the party that was “the final dash towards GDPR”. And what a party it was! I for...