Jots, scraps, and tailings, a new microblog (July 10, 2020)
I quietly launched a new microblog called Jots, scraps, and tailings a couple of days ago on jmac.org, my personal domain. I wanted someplace to post both short thoughts and sparse, utilitarian notes that didn’t quite seem right for Fogknife. The two posts it contains at this moment show one example of each, respectively: a pull-quote from a letter I came across, and an RSVP to an online meetup that happened earlier this week.
Announcing Whim, a Webmention multitool (June 23, 2020)
I have released Whim, a command-line program for working with webmentions: those multi-purpose messages whose potential to transform the web has fascinated me for years.
Narrascope! and an IndieWeb meetup, both this month (May 12, 2020)
This month holds two free online events I’m involved with: a full-sized, week-long conference about narrative games, and a short and humble meetup about the independent web.
Webmentions, active and passive (April 5, 2020)
An overview of two major use-case types for Webmention: passive commentary on other posts, and active requests for other websites to respond.
Fraidycat, a most unusual feedreader (January 31, 2020)
Fraidycat lets you "follow at a distance" blogs, social media accounts, and other web sources. I find it much more attention-respectful than a typical feedreader.
I made a now page (December 13, 2019)
I have published a now page at https://jmac.org/now. This implements Derek Sivers’s now-page manifesto at nownownow.com, and joins the many people who have published now pages of their own.
How to post replies to Fogknife articles (August 4, 2019)
Fogknife accepts and publishes article replies via Webmention. I offer a few ways to post replies even if you don't know what that means.
Two RSS experiments for June 2019 (June 3, 2019)
Kicks Condor and Giles Turnbull are doing a couple interesting things with RSS this month.
I read Ruined by Design (May 23, 2019)
Thoughts on Mike Monteiro's 2019 polemical book, which insists in fiery terms that the design field start asserting its own, independent responsibility for the power it wields today.
Ending my personal use and project support of Facebook (February 26, 2019)
I'm dropping Facebook links and support from all my projects, and calling an indefinite moratorium to my personal use of it.
Rejecting the “Post-web era” while embracing The Future (August 31, 2018)
My response to Nick Montfort's recent article asserting that the era of the open web as the main platform for digital writing has forever passed.
I attended IndieWeb Summit 2018 (June 28, 2018)
Notes and thoughts from the eighth annual IndieWeb conference, held in Portland, Oregon.
A bit of IndieWeb pushback (May 7, 2018)
My admittedly somewhat agitative article about IndieWeb received some excellent critique from that community's core constituency.
IndieWeb has created keys to a better, more democratic web for everyone. They need to get organized before they can start really effecting change.
Announcing two new IndieWeb modules for Perl (April 22, 2018)
The modules implement metadata techniques that help authors publishing on different websites meaningfully link up their respective work.