Posts Tagged indieweb

Wed Feb 20

HWC NYC Wrap-Up 2019-02-20

New York City's second Homebrew Website Club of February met at The Bean at Cooper Union on February 20th, organized by Tiara Miller and myself.

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

rootedfromnature.com β€” Finished a Python lab assignment! Felt like she was overthinking it. Also doesn't like that the particular problems are more math problem than coding problem. Plans to sign up for actual coding classes to get more practical coding experience.

dmitri.shuralyov.com β€” Wants to visualize notifications from GitHub and Gerrit. He collects the data (sometimes by processing emails!) on his own site and wants to expose it. Spent some time thinking / brainstorming about how to design those things. Asked some fellow Go programmers about known ways to handle emails w/ Go. Wants it to work "forever" (the next decade) so is being careful about the design.

martymcgui.re β€” Played with layouts for his new /listens page. Looked at Pinterest and Dribbble and other design sites for "timeline" layouts and was pretty unhappy with what he found. Lots of "draw a line with labels and draw lines extending off to things." So, took some time to start extracting "listen" bits like podcast art, episode title, audio links, into simpler blocks to start playing with layouts.

Other discussions:

  • Things that Go is really good at. Like being an http2 server!
  • This new location! It... seems fine? It was crowded when we came in but we eventually got a table. No outlets handy as far as we could find. We'll keep looking for new venues!
  • IndieWebCamp Austin is this weekend!
  • IndieWebCamp Online is also only a couple of weekends away!
  • IndieWebCamp New Haven is at the end of March and planning is getting scrambly! There are wiki pages to create but there's a lot of missing information and content yet! Tiara has been co-organizing w/ wiki stuff. Marty volunteered to help, too. Being remote, we need Greg to fill in with his local knowledge about the area and venue though!
  • What about IWC NYC! Yeah we'll do one too. Later in the year, though.
HWC NYC participants
Left-to-right: dmitri.shuralyov.com, martymcgui.re, rootedfromnature.com
Very wide photo of the venue with lots of tables and chairs, patrons, and our three HWC attendees.
Panoramic view of the venue

Thanks to everyone who came out! We look forward to seeing you at our next meetup on Wednesday, March 6th at 6:30pm!

Tue Feb 19

Site Updates: /listens and /photos pages

Inspired by Jonathan LaCour's January post about tracking his podcast listening habits, I recently decided to bring in my own listening history into my website.

Like Jonathan, I use Overcast to listen to podcasts on my phone, and I was surprised and delighted to learn that Overcast has an "All data" export option on the accounts page that includes per-episode details such as whether you listened to an ep, and when you last interacted with it!

I took a look at Jonathan's script to automatically log in and import his Overcast data and figured I could make something a little more minimal that would work with my Hugo site.

My process follows three steps: download the overcast.opml full export file, run a script to generate the Hugo posts, and run a script to grab extra podcast metadata like cover art.

You can find my scripts in this gist if you're interested in learning more, but they may not be that useful for anyone without my exact Hugo config.

You may notice in the scripts that I have a "block list" of podcast URLs I can add. That's because I wanted my listen posts to helpfully link to and embed audio whenever possible. However, some of the feeds I subscribe to contain private or for-pay content - particularly a couple of podcasts I support on Patreon. I do want to track my listening habits for these podcasts, so I will likely start handling them differently by leaving out the embedded audio and linking directly to Patreon pages where possible.

Running the script, I was able to happily show everything I listened to as just another type of post on my site. However, it turns out I had (and keep making) a lot of listen posts. Visually they were drowning out all my other activity on my site.

So I have sequestered them on a new Listens page where you can only follow my podcast consumption history, keeping it out of my main feeds.

Similarly, I have been interested in having a nice Instagram-like page that shows off my photos in a grid. So I made a Photos page to show off those posts.

Both of these pages have microformats2 feed information embedded, so if you have an Indie reader, you might be interested in following just those pages!

Wed Feb 6

HWC NYC Wrap-Up 2019-02-06

New York City's first Homebrew Website Club of 2019 met at Aroma Espresso Bar on February 6th.

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

rootedfromnature.com β€” Was working on a Grav skeleton... thinking of throwing it out. Had a client site that received some praise, though! Spent some time this evening looking at flights to Germany

aaronparecki.com β€” Was working on fixing Quill's URL resolution for IndieAuth login (e.g. so you can login with a shortdomain like aaronpk.com and have it resolve to https://aaronparecki.com/). Got distracted by Marty showing an iOS Shortcut that works like Teacup to post ate/drank posts via Micropub. Made an iOS shortcut to allow him to upload videos to his site.

martymcgui.re β€” Spent quiet hour porting some old notes out of Evernote-like browser-based app Laverna into his personal notes site. Just housekeepin'. Current personal site project is probably getting event hosting up for his upcoming improv and livestreaming shows.

david.shanske.com β€” Wrote a post saying something is ready to test. Current project for his site: everything. Took a break for a few days and doesn't know what is next.

Other discussions:

  • Aaron's cool tiny gimbal / timelapse camera
  • Looking at flights to Germany for IWCs
  • Bus vs subway/rail/driving between Manhattan and Queens
  • What do you mean this coffee shop's hours have changed to close at 7pm?
  • There's a Starbucks like two blocks away, I guess.

Thanks to everyone who came out! We look forward to seeing you at our next meetup on Wednesday, February 20th at 6:30pm!

Tue Jan 29
β˜‘ RSVP'd to an event https://indieweb.org/events/2019-02-06-homebrew-website-club-nyc
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NYC Aroma Espresso Bar
πŸ—½ Homebrew Website Club NYC
Join us for an evening of IndieWeb personal site demos and discussions!
I'm going!

Missed the last one due to a gnarly cold. Excited for my first HWC NYC!

Reportedly we will have special guest aaronpk!

Sat Jan 19

An IndieWeb(ring) Directory

Members of the πŸ•ΈπŸ’ IndieWeb Webring now have a new way to find one another, and show off!

Screenshot sample of profiles in this IndieWeb Webring directory including photo, name, URL, and bio note.

That’s right, this πŸ•ΈπŸ’ IndieWeb Webring now has a directory showcasing profiles of active sites in the ring! Where possible, it shows name, photo, and short bio in addition to the site’s URL (and of course their potentially problematic cute emoji ID).

These profiles are possible when people publish personal particulars on their page as a microformats2 representative h-card.

That is a bunch of jargon, to be sure, but what it means is that you with a few tweaks to your homepage, you can make info like your name, photo, and a bio – which is probably already displayed for people to see – readable by machines that understand microformats2, like this one!

Fated-to-be Asked Questions

How do I get my site to show up in the directory?

Visit the your πŸ•ΈπŸ’ webring dashboard (you’ll need to log in) and click the “Check for updated profile” button.

I updated my profile, but it’s not working!

Try out your page in the indiewebify.me validator. If it shows you that it found a “representative h-card”, then your page should work for the webring directory!

Wait a sec, my site is already in the directory!

I went ahead and pre-loaded the profile info for all registered and active sites! I don’t plan to do that again.

My site is in the directory but I don’t want to be listed!

Sorry about that! You can remove yourself by visiting your πŸ•ΈπŸ’ webring dashboard (you’ll need to log in) and click the “Remove my profile” button.

Why did you do this?

I was inspired by Grant’s IndieWeb Directory, Aaron’s Microcast.club, this πŸ•ΈπŸ’ review by Brad Enslen, and more. Basically: surfing around a webring with next and previous links is good fun, and it’s even more fun to see so many folks excited about the IndieWeb in one place!

Is there anything else?

Yes! There are also now individual profile pages, if that’s something you want to link to. My webring emoji ID is 🚯, so my profile can be found at: πŸ•ΈπŸ’.ws/🚯

I don’t know yet how these pages might evolve so I welcome your feedback!

Can I ask you a different question or give you feedback?

Of course! Please do! You can reply to this post on your own site or via Twitter, or feel free to drop me a line in the #indieweb chat (I’m schmarty there).

Wed Jan 16
β˜‘ RSVP'd to an event https://indieweb.org/events/2019-01-23-homebrew-website-club-nyc
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NYC Aroma Espresso Bar
πŸ—½ Homebrew Website Club NYC
Join us for an evening of IndieWeb personal site demos and discussions!
I'm going!

Looking forward to my first Homebrew Website Club since moving to NYC!

Mon Jan 14

This inline website editor by Grant is looking very exciting! Powered entirely by IndieWeb building blocks: microformats (to understand the content on your page) and micropub (to make new posts and edits).

https://grant.codes/2019/01/11/my-new-posting-workflow

post from My New Posting Workflow
So I have been working away on some new features on my site for quite a while now and it looks like everything is about ready.Honestly I don't particularly enjoy writing long-form content, so it is kind of strange that I have really enjoyed working on this new functionality.The …
Tue Nov 27

HWC Baltimore 2018-11-27 Wrap-Up

Baltimore's second Homebrew Website Club of November met at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center on November 27th.

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

jonathanprozzi.net β€” Spent quiet writing hour writing a post about his 2018 and 2019 commitments! He wants to finish some personal writing tasks, capture some of the things he's been working on recently, and do some development.

rhearamakrishnan.com β€” Edited a poem during our writing time. Nice! Been reflecting on HWC and how it allowed her to use the web and her website to focus and promote her work and writing. Has a lot of new material to edit together before publishing. Just went to an intensive writing workshop in New York and generated a lot of new writing to work through.

Rosco β€” Working on a browser-based game for students at DHF to learn programming concepts. Thinking about starting with physical versions of the game first, maybe translating to the web later.

ashturner.net β€” Also working the programming tutorials and experiences for teaching computing concepts. Arrays and for-loops are particularly tricky for beginners. Ash discussed some inspirational single-purpose websites for teaching concepts, like The Bézier Game, and KERNTYPE. Has a personal website built on Adobe Portfolio, but interested in moving off of that because she doesn't want to pay for Creative Cloud anymore.

martymcgui.re β€” Doing lots of unseen plumbing work on his site, nearly read to flip over from a Jekyll-powered site to a Hugo-powered site. It's likely that no one will notice the difference! Also been playing a lot with iOS Shortcuts (formerly Workflow) and built a Workflow to take an iOS Live Photo, turn it into an animated GIF, turn that into a looping video, and post the video to his site. Here's an example post. Being able to do this helps him feel less anxious about having Live Photos on his phone and feeling like they're inaccessible.

derekfields.is β€” Been going to conferences and talking to companies about jobs. Also working on his LED backpack for cyclists startup. Accelerometer detects braking, turning. Been playing with WebUSB a bit, like with gamepad controllers.

Other discussion:

  • Commitments to complete before 2019
  • GitHub Pages for hosting. Rhea built her site there, using some tutorials from Codecademy. Likes the simplicity of HTML and CSS, loads fast.
  • GitHub credentials, SSH keys as "a password that gives your laptop the power to act as you".
  • The dreadful state of JavaScript development tools, NPM dependencies, etc.
  • How to advertise HWCs better (we missed posting it on FB etc last time). Particularly since we have a "weird" schedule, sometimes on Tuesdays, sometimes on Wednesdays, we should be consistent about advertising them. We should probably document our processes on the wiki.
Left-to-right: jonathanprozzi.net, rhearamakrishnan.com, derekfields.is, ashturner.net, martymcgui.re

Thanks to everyone who came out! We look forward to seeing you at our next meetup on Tuesday, December 11th at 7:30pm!

Mon Nov 19

IndieWebCamp Berlin 2018 Session Summaries

Listen to a summary of all the sessions at IndieWebCamp Berlin 2018!

Session notes: https://indieweb.org/2018/Berlin/Sessions

Narration by Marty McGuire

Edited by Aaron Parecki

This is a repost of https://aaronparecki.com/2018/11/18/7/indiewebcamp-berlin.

Tue Nov 13

HWC Baltimore 2018-11-13 Wrap-Up

Baltimore's first Homebrew Website Club of November met at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center on November 13th.

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

jonathanprozzi.net β€” Ran into an issue with his homepage. Some nginx rule was falling back to a default site. Got it fixed, though. Been doing lots of web dev for work, but none for his personal site.

martymcgui.re β€” Been traveling a lot! Went to IWC Berlin and Accessibility Club and had a great time! Grateful to catch up with and meet new people in the IndieWeb community. Worked on month/year archive navigation for the new Hugo version of his site, which is very close to being feature-complete compared to his Jekyll site.

Other discussion:

  • IWC Berlin! Marty went and there were many good sessions.
  • Changes in organizing HWCs (wiki stuff) and related events (travel sponsorships for IWCs, peripheral events that could bring people into the IndieWeb community).
  • Replacing Flickr. Flickr dumping free content beyond the latest 1000 images. DHF relies heavily on Flickr albums, including using them for the homepage of their site. Will probably get a Flickr Pro account now, request an export to make sure their photos are safe.
  • Web accessibility! So many fresh new JavaScript-based things refuse to use semantic markup, or otherwise break navigation or readability, making them unusable. Accessibility Club had a lot of good lessons. Hopefully the videos of the talks will go up soon!
  • WordPress accessibility issues around the new Gutenberg editor, the problems with Automattic pushing it through without listening to community. Yikes.
Left-to-right: martymcgui.re, jonathanprozzi.net

Thanks to everyone who came out! We look forward to seeing you at our next meetup on Tuesday, November 27th at 7:30pm!