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May 18, 2019

 

Finally booked my travel for the 2019 IndieWeb Summit next month in Portland, OR. One of my favorite events of the year in one of my favorite cities to visit. – https://2019.indieweb.org/summit

 
 
 

Earlier this week, I attended a fundraiser at a brewery and glanced at the signup form for the brewery’s email list. The list had a few dozen people, but every single address ended in “gmail.com,” “yahoo.com,” or “iCloud.com.” https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/17/google-gmail-tracks-purchase-history-how-to-delete-it.html

 

My personal email is on my own domain, but is backed by Google’s GSuite. They claim that they don’t index and use the content for ads like they do with GMail, but I am skeptical. Maybe this year is when I finally migrate my email elsewhere...

 
 
 

The first "Naked and Afraid" couple faces challenges to themselves and their relationship as they take on the relentless Guyana jungle; they must work together to battle jaguars, anacondas, caiman, and more than two-million species of insects.

Watched on Trakt

 
 

The New Yorker features the IndieWeb and Micro.blog

Excited to see that the IndieWeb has been featured in The New Yorker:

...a loose collective of developers and techno-utopians that calls itself the IndieWeb has been creating another alternative. The movement’s affiliates are developing their own social-media platforms, which they say will preserve what’s good about social media while jettisoning what’s bad. They hope to rebuild social media according to principles that are less corporate and more humane.

I’m not a big fan of the term “techno-utopian,” but hey, visibility is good.

The article also includes an entire section on Micro.blog:

In 2017, Manton Reece, an IndieWeb developer based in Austin, Texas, launched a Kickstarter for a service called Micro.blog. On its surface, Micro.blog looks a lot like Twitter or Instagram; you can follow users and see their posts sorted into a time line, and, if you like a post, you can send a reply that everyone can see. When I checked Micro.blog’s public time line recently, the top post was a picture of a blooming dogwood tree, with the caption “Spring is coming!”

Even as it offers a familiar interface, though, everyone posting to Micro.blog does so on his or her own domain hosted on Micro.blog’s server or on their own personal server. Reece’s software acts as an aggregator, facilitating a sense of community and gathering users’ content so that it can be seen on a single screen. Users own what they write and can do whatever they want with it—including post it, simultaneously, to other competing aggregators. IndieWeb developers argue that this system—which they call posse, for “publish on your own site, syndicate elsewhere”—encourages competition and innovation while allowing users to vote with their feet.

A huge congratulations to Manton, Aaron, and Tantek for the publicity for both Micro.blog and the larger IndieWeb movement. Let’s keep working to make the internet a better, safer, more inclusive place.

 

To those asking why I haven’t already moved my email off of Google, the answer is simple: moving it all would cost me several hundred dollars per month on Fastmail or ProtonMail. Google’s GSuite email hosting has always been walled off from their ad machine as well.

 

All that said, I am thinking its time to move a subset of my email off of Google anyway. Perhaps I will start with just my personal account and my wife’s personal account, which will greatly reduce the cost, and address the vast majority of my privacy concerns.

 
 

Listened to College football’s most rewatchable games

Did you know: there are no college football games scheduled to be played in May, or June, or July of this year. So we might as well talk about old games we enjoy rewatching. (We does not mean Ryan, who lives in a remote hamlet without access to electricity. Stupid, stupid Ryan.)Topics include:Welcome to the EDSBS Book Club, may god have mercy on your soul / College football games we all would watch right now / The time Oregon blew a 31-0 lead to a TCU team with a backup QB named “Bram Kohlhausen” / A review of infamous and inhumane beatdowns we would watch with gleePOWERED BY BIG ANGEL ENERGY

By Shutdown Fullcast