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D'Arcy Norman

ReclaimSocial is now hosted in canada.

http://i.giphy.com/n79tUgsqGA42Q.gif

D'Arcy Norman

D'Arcy Norman

Apple Music station generated with Man or Astro-Man? Structo as the seed. Is good. https://itunes.apple.com/ca/station/structo-radio/idra.1120137150

D'Arcy Norman

Just spent the morning troubleshooting UCalgaryBlogs. Jetpack wasn't letting people hook up their accounts to do stuff (like track viewers, because some people are into that kind of thing). Turns out, I'd disabled XMLRPC via .htaccess file to try to combat spammers. And Jetpack relies on XMLRPC to do its stuff. So… it's re-enabled for now. Until the spammers find it again and use it to stuff their crap where it doesn't belong…

D'Arcy Norman

too cool. modified Readinator 2.0 again - now grabs Newsblur items via API, Scuttle links via MySQL, and Medium recommended stories via RSS rather than web scraping. Better living through data manipulation via Python!

D'Arcy Norman

now my new Python-powered Readinator grabs starred items from Newsblur (via API), bookmarks saved in Scuttle (via MySQL), and stories recommended in Medium (using an HTML web scraper). Slick.

D'Arcy Norman

I've probably sunk about 10 hours of learning/coding into writing a short python script that basically automates a bunch of copy/pasting of content from places where I read and save stuff. It now grabs starred items from Newsblur via their API, and recently saved links on links.darcynorman.net via raw MySQL query. Next, to grab stories I've recently recommended on Medium…

Alan Levine

Replied to a post on :

I can fondly remember a time back when nostalgia did not get such a bad rap ;-)

The alluring thing about the past we remember is not whether it was better or perfect, but that there is no uncertainty about it. Whether it's true or accurate matter not, but we have a perhaps sugar coated, but largely fixed, reliable perception of it. Compare that to peering into murky unknowns, the possible dangers ahead, it's no surprise the road we traveled looks good.

I'm not looking for any platform or tools or glued together (;-) tools to find that way forward. The answer is definitely between keyboard and chair. All of us.

No matter where I come across you- your blog, in your photos, your tweets, an email, when we are together, there is a "Darcy-ness" that comes across all the channels. Sure it's constructed over time, shared experiences, and is only my collage of you. But as it evolved, I can know it where-ever we interact. I've seen your son grow up, I have eaten on your house (and left hair in your shower). But the thing I can know for sure, and it's not just looking back, is that I can count on you if I needed to ask for something, and not just technical.

That's not nostalgia, that's more.

We seek these strong connections, but now we want to shortcut the process with "tools" and algorithms, and one click friendships. It's an illusion.

And I had no idea our connection through blogging was superficial! Short of my immediate family, my one close friend from high school, the most important people in my life are friendships forged through many different channels, over time. Time. And effort. And giving to others, and getting from others.

I agree it's not an answer to go "quiiter" (though I urge everyone to quit Facebook, that's just my hangup;-) nor just a "go back to blogging", but just do what you phrase as How to questions:

"
1) be meaningfully connected to people we care about, in various ways as appropriate
2) publish relevant bits of our own digital lives in a way that we maintain control and autonomy
"

We need not look for a "how to" but just a "do"-- in whatever platform, tool that works.

Seems pretty simple to me.

D'Arcy Norman

Social mediating

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I'm still thinking about the social layer that connects people in communities. It's not as simple as just rebooting Twitter. Nor is it as simple as just "hey! Everyone run your own Known/Mastodon/GNUSocial/Whatever site and we can connect and cross-post and it will be awesome!". There is something else needed. One part domain-of-ones-own, one part syndication, one part aggregation, and a few parts I have no clue about or even what they are.

Cathy Kelly's article on nostalgia kind of knocked some sense into me - this isn't about restoring some perfect web-we-had. We never had it, and what we had wasn't perfect.

There are many interesting projects - but they are in the necessary-but-not-sufficient realm. Tools are needed - Mastodon and GNU Social are important, but what is missing is a larger social movement to reclaim individual autonomy while simultaneously coming together in organic communities and networks. If we all just abandon Twitter and Facebook without thinking through how to keep meaningfully connected, we've lost an important sense of social cohesion. Sure, it's pretty fucked up in Twitter/Facebook-land, but it may be better than nothing. Without some greater social context, we devolve into sociopathology.

So. How to

1) be meaningfully connected to people we care about, in various ways as appropriate

2) publish relevant bits of our own digital lives in a way that we maintain control and autonomy

That smells a bit like the blogosphere of olde, but nostalgia is clouding those memories. The blogosphere was kind of amazing, and also kind of limiting. There was (is?) a huge barrier for entry. And the social connections were pretty superficial.

How to take the good parts of what we've learned in the last decade, smush it together with the best parts of digital life from the last 40 years, and do it in a way that might last as more than a passing fad? I have no idea. Maybe it's not even a thing that's needed.

D'Arcy Norman

recovering from the best ski day ever

Alan Levine

No Problemo

The crossposting plugin says there was a problem when there's not. I forget the confusion, there was a bit of a rodeo dance on setting up the plugin on both sides. But if I can get it working....

Alan Levine

One of those Ed-tech Twitter Smackdownes

I forgot who it was who inspired this. Actually cross posting for Brian Bennett's benefit -  Bennettfit?

Jason

D'Arcy Norman

Adam Croom

Is this thing on?

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Brian Bennett

I'm working on getting my own Known instance setup. Which plugin is being used for crossposting here?

grantpotter

http://ubos.net/ UBOS is a new Linux distro that aims to make it easier to run server-side apps for yourself, or for your family, on hardware or cloud servers you own.

Alan Levine

What's going on in the world? I'm supposed to be the optimist and you the Debbie Downer!

I believe in the idea, but where has federation of communities worked like that? Usenet newsgroups seem to have been federated, distributed, where they free of human's abusing each other?

But yeah, I would rather work on the smaller idea, projects that the Change the World ones. Nice blog post, btw, gald to see the light on in my dead rss reader

D'Arcy Norman

Alan Levine

D'arcy might appreciate- was digging through files of old UseMod wiki for presentation page from 2005, about 90% of the data in all wiki files were porn links or asian factory products. Even the URLs made my blush.

Those were the days.

grantpotter

Competing with @brian for the 2016 DirtBagBeater Trophy ...

https://twitter.com/brlamb/status/692058595693690884

D'Arcy Norman

-24°C coming for Monday. I ain't ready for this.

Scott Leslie

that was why I had hoped Known might support gnu social api - I actually do like known as it allows for more than just text blurbs, feels more like a personal publishing platform in many formats. But without federation, it will be just another silo. S

D'Arcy Norman

A pretty amazing list of courses being hosted in the Taylor Institute. Cross-disciplinary active learning is fun.

http://www.ucalgary.ca/taylorinstitute/about/spaces/course-list

D'Arcy Norman

For what a man had rather were true he more readily believes.… Numberless, in short, are the ways, and sometimes imperceptible, in which the affections color and infect the understanding.

- Francis Bacon

Scott Leslie

Can anyone speculate on the likelihood of https://withknown.com/ federating with GNU Social/mastodon? I like known, but other than one-off instances, the future has to be federated. It seems to me the only conceivable architecture that scales internet wide and that has any chance of displacing the current incumbents.

Scott Leslie

@grantpotter have you had a play at all with https://gnu.io/fm/ ? Apparently it's an open source re-implementation of the old audioscobbler protocol to aggregate people's music player histories (and thus create "community" playlists)

D'Arcy Norman

Wow. That was quite a game. Should have tried for the TD in final seconds instead of going for overtime.

D'Arcy Norman

Just posted a "week in review" blog post, then looked at the previous one (over a year ago, after a hiatus). I see back in October 2015 that I was excited that a video hosting service may finally be moving forward, because it's now a Real Project™. yeah. Over a year later, and nothing has happened. And they wonder why people roll their own DIY solutions…

D'Arcy Norman

Malcolm McLaren's son torched his punk collection to protest the 40th anniversary of punk "celebrations" / Boing Boing http://boingboing.net/2016/11/26/malcolm-mclarens-son-torched.html

D'Arcy Norman

I missed this when it was first posted - photos from the CMD program's demo day. Lots of cool projects. This is the program where I've started work on a PhD…

CMD Demo Day 2016 | Computational Media Design | University of Calgary http://www.ucalgary.ca/cmd/cmd_demo_day_2016

D'Arcy Norman

National Music Centre's residents create Frankenstein’s monster of instruments | Metro Calgary http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2016/11/25/nmc-residents-create-frankenstein-monster-of-instruments.html

paging Potter! Lamb! Devries! Toal!

grantpotter

The Platform Cooperativism Consortium @platformcoop http://platformcoop.newschool.edu/index.php/activities/

grantpotter

via @downes "The original meaning of “democracy”: Capacity to do things, not majority rule." https://www.princeton.edu/~pswpc/pdfs/ober/090704.pdf

Jason

Stopping by CJLY Kootenay co-op radio

A quick visit with peeps running radio mixtape, and program managing the station. All roads lead to the koots! 

Jason

Jason

So long Sly.

Saying goodbye to my friend this week. A brother in arms, partner in crime, driver of the house on wheels and co-founder of the boom project. Several of our adventures were at the ski hill, this pic being from the last of them Dec 29, 2015. He was humouring me with this selfie but I got a couple more before the days were done. Two ski days in a row actually, amazing really considering my knees and his fucking cancer. 

I'll be honoring his memory tomorrow at a special function known as a RAVE with one of our all time fav's A Tribe Called Red. A show right here in the Kootenays at Bloom night club in Nelson BC, A show he was supposed to be attending, but instead it's me. If you are not familiar with the Tribes music, I highly reccomend checking out their latest "We Are the Halluci Nation". An important record, if you can consider dance records to be important at all. I may broadcast a bit one if im not totally absorbed in the moment (lol) but for sure there has to be one last boom, with the Tribe, for Sly. 

Gettin 'er done way too early bud, but you did it. Peace. 

 

 

 

 

 

D'Arcy Norman

obscured

No, I think it's a great design decision, faithfully replicating how the minute hand obscures the date. There was no way around that problem. Must fully replicate a mechanical watch…

D'Arcy Norman

Something I couldn't have asked on Twitter… Our IT folks have implemented a blanket ban on Bittorrent on campus. The protocol, not the site. But it's fine. People can add their names to a list to get an exemption. http://www.ucalgary.ca/it/

Is this being done elsewhere? It's unrelated to the ransomware stuff back in June. This is only about making copyright notifications go away.

Scott Leslie

posting this mostly for @dnorman, but jicymi https://github.com/Gargron/mastodon distributed twitter clone. Meaning one instance doesn't need to scale to get a global network. I'm not seeing how this aggregator ever gets past a very small circle. Which is fine, but I think ends up missing out on much of the serendipity that orignally made twitter interesting.

D'Arcy Norman

Alan Levine

I Got This Known to Known Thing Down

Just by repeated clicking and cussing. Gotta Do What D'Arcy Does. 

D'Arcy Norman

So trippy, watching Steven Ogg play Negan's right hand man. He didn't look like that in high school.

D'Arcy Norman

This is cool. A significant chunk of one of our faculties took over the Taylor Institute to run an unconference. http://connections.ucalgaryblogs.ca/2016/11/21/the-teaching-unconference-fostering-a-community-of-practice-for-postsecondary-educators/

D'Arcy Norman

Q: Aren’t there alternatives to our continued reliance on fossil fuels?

A: Nothing that isn’t reliant on the fanciful, futuristic technology of the 1970s.

grantpotter

"We are initially focused on building iOS, Android, and web apps for listeners. These are the new radios of our time." http://www.niemanlab.org/2016/11/with-its-new-app-radiopublic-wants-to-tackle-podcastings-lingering-challenges/

D'Arcy Norman

The Day of Academic Rejection. NSERC proposal squashed. CHI paper rejected. Good times. Now, I start pushing my own projects rather than tacking onto others'…

Audrey

D'Arcy Norman

Listening to Audrey and Kin on the latest Tech Gypsies podcast. Great stuff. And then the horrifying realization that people don't want or care about truth. They want to feel good about themselves, and will twist their world as needed to meet that need. Algorithms and editors won't solve that. Everything that doesn't serve that becomes conspiracy and false and lies. It's a more deeply-rooted cultural problem of fundamental self-centredness on a global scale.

[update] 2 minutes later, and Audrey says almost those exact words. GET OUT OF MY HEAD. No. don't.