I noticed that the bot that runs @congressedits stopped running a few weeks ago when Wikimedia's kubernetes cluster got updated.
I couldn't seem to get it working again so I'm running it again on my own machine. Now it's back! e.g.
covid-19, politics, sports, research
This story about the reopening of college football in the US is unreal.
I'm sure some of the players want to play, and that some of the fans want to watch, and that all the universities want to start raking in the $$$ again.
But the universities should not be able to use the players as experimental subjects--or even ask them to participate in a study. This is beyond fucked up.
tv, war, politics
I got totally hooked on this series Un Village Français at the beginning of the Corona, and watched all 7 seasons (72 episodes) over the past few months. It tells the story of a small French village during (and after) the German occupation of France. It's hard to summarize other than by saying "it's complicated". Now I feel utterly lost. I don't know what to watch on TV anymore.
Built to Last
by Mar Hicks
'When overwhelmed unemployment insurance systems malfunctioned during the pandemic, governments blamed the sixty-year-old programming language COBOL. But what really failed?'
A 15 word dirge honoring the static web site:
@celia your website's use of webmention is super awesome! How easy was it to set up? You are using a staticsite generator right?
node, databases, geekery
I spent the last few months (off and on) rewriting a Node service that talked to ElasticSearch to talk to PostgreSQL instead
It feels *so* much easier to reason about and manage the schema over time. And it is a real joy just sitting in a psql session and watching data comes in.
I'm sure there are other ways of doing it, but I quite liked knex for talking to the db from Node & objection for turning result rows into objects without going full-on ORM.
#rss as a way for the .gov to share information about the spread of wildfires?
Today I've been enjoying listening to this compilation from Audiobulb that celebrates their 100th release:
It's my third time through so it's time to pitch in some d'argent to say thanks.
I can't wait to kick this memory hungry big data tech to the curb.
New blog post - Mapping the Dutch web domain (all of it!) https://www.bitsgalore.org/2020/09/09/mapping-the-dutch-web-domain
I'm not sure what it says about my network, but I only seemed to get a partial representation of my "archive" until I hit on joining the SSB PeerNet US-EAST pub, and then a flood of content came back, including my full list of friends.
Some people might be turned off by this partial view of the network, but it makes Scuttlebutt quite charming.
And yet, here I am typing things here 😉
I'm interested in how the web & archival practices meet in people's daily lives.
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