Thanks to our guest Justin Brashear for his spiritual guidance in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!

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Marty and Jonathan finally look to the stars to bring Jeff Goldblum and Dame Judi Dench together. What do their birth signs tell us about their connect? Is Mercury the answer to the problem?
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IASC: The Hedgehog Review - Volume 20, No. 1 (Spring 2018) - Tending the Digital Commons: A Small Ethics toward the Future -

“It is common to refer to universally popular social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest as “walled gardens.” But they are not gardens; they are walled industrial sites, within which users, for no financial compensation, produce data which the owners of the factories sift and then sell. Some of these factories (Twitter, Tumblr, and more recently Instagram) have transparent walls, by which I mean that you need an account to post anything but can view what has been posted on the open Web; others (Facebook, Snapchat) keep their walls mostly or wholly opaque. But they all exercise the same disciplinary control over those who create or share content on their domain.”

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In a recent Robot Archaeology post, we discussed the history of the Nintendo R.O.B robot. Adafruit has bought a couple of gently used R.O.B.s from eBay and we’re going to hack them using the new Adafruit Crickit robotics board and Circuit Playground Express. R.O.B has three motors to control his movements. He was instructed to move based on commands flashed...

This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition • May 12th - 18th, 2018

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Notes from newcomers, 5 years of Ghosting, and uh-oh for dot-IO. It’s the audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for May 12th - 18th, 2018.

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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!

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post from The IndieWeb - Martijn
We're two senior IndieWeb participants talking about owning your own content. Download (75 MB) Subscribe to RSS feed In this podcast: Jeena Martijn van der Ven My prepared notes These are the notes I have made during preperation, we often don't follow them exactly but they help to follow the conversation. *** Intro **** We're you from? **** What's your...
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post from NEW GUIDE: PiGlass, a DIY wearable computer #AdafruitLearningSystem PiGlass is a DIY wearable computer! PiGlass can be used to take HD pictures and videos, those files get automatically uploaded to Dropbox via a Wi-Fi connection.. You can stream music from your phone to PiGlass with Bluetooth as well as stream YouTube audio with mps-youtube. A bone conduction transducer can be added to be used instead of headphones....
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post from An Indieweb Podcast Episode 5: Indieweb Summit and More
With the Indieweb Summit coming up, we should discuss what the Summit is like, community and how to participate, etc.   Links Do I know anyone interested in building #indieweb tech or federated services? I’m having trouble conceptualizing some things without having people to bounce ideas off of. That’s what this is all about! I have always been an...

It would be fun to have other folks in the community read the “standard” introductions for each section of This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition! I can take them in .wav for or .flac or anything that Audacity can open in a lossless way.

Regarding the webring: there has been no progress! I intended to circle back with Doug Beal about it but it was forgotten. I have been playing with for several IndieWeb-related projects, recently, and that would be a fun one!

Venmo announces they are removing features from their website over the coming months. The new usage policy literally includes the phrase “We updated our User Agreement to reflect that the use of Venmo on the website may be limited.”

Feels like a standard “silo’s gonna silo” moment, locking people into a mobile app versus making data available on the web. I do wonder how, if at all, it might be related to the requirements of GDPR.

📕 Finished reading Going Offline by Jeremy Keith

A great intro to the power of service workers, a great collection of resources for learning more, and a great inspiration for improving the things I build on the web!

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Back in 1993, as a young computer science graduate student, I created my first web page. To do so, I had to learn a new language, HyperText Markup Language (html), which was pretty easy for me as someone who had been programming in Cobol, PL/I, C, Basic, and so on, since high school. My web pages contained static text with...