What I've been listening to this week: Joan of Arc (30), Pantha du Prince (22), Bud Powell (14)


Bookmark: benfred/py-spy: Sampling profiler for Python programs github.com/benfred/py-spy -- written in Rust :) thanks @ryanfb

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Bob Dylan calling the bootleg series for Blood on the Tracks MORE BLOOD, MORE TRACKS is the funniest thing I've heard all year

This NIST dataset of file checksums for electronic voting machine software looks kinda important these days nist.gov/itl/ssd/software-qual … you know, just a bit.

Bookmark: The walkthrough method: An approach to the study of apps - Ben Light, Jean Burgess, Stefanie Duguay, 2018 journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/1

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“They (students, graduates...) discovered that they could not get access to the #research results that they needed because they were no longer affiliated with the University. They came knocking on my door and I had to tell them then as a #librarian I was in this awkward position that I had to block non-affiliated users for access to publicly funded research. And that is completely contrary to the mission of a #library and a librarian...”


#openaccess #doaj

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Looking for more sources of audio/visual material in #publicdomain or #CreativeCommons or licenses giving similar freedom for creative (re)use.
Other than the 'classics' wikimedia, archive.org, ccsearch, openclipart, gutenberg.org, librivox, freemusicarchive, fontlibrary, freesound

Retoot to write a list together!

For the #OpenDesignCourse for refugees, starting on Monday.

What I've been listening to this week: Thee Oh Sees (29), Banished Pills (8), Yair Etziony (5)


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It's also interesting to think about the way the piece takes as a given that there needs to be a constant onrush of new technology, and acquisition of capital. What would the world look like if we didn't have to feed the beast of constant innovation?

If nerding out about old web standards is your jam this is a great little post about what SGML, XML, HTML and JSON can teach us about the blockchain. I particularly liked it for the little nugget of insight about why we fetch JSON with XMLHttpRequest...


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I'm happy to announce that my barebones ActivityPub server, implemented in Node.js/Express, is now open source! I intend for it to be a reference implementation for developers who are adding ActivityPub to their own services, but also it is an application server that you can build on if you want.

In other words, t's a few hundred lines of code that lets you create Mastodon-compatible accounts that can accept follow requests and post stuff to their followers.


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Finally: 'master/slave' terminology removed from Python #programming #language. May appear superficial to some, but signals like this entrenched in tech culture contribute to exclusionary environments.


I'm quite liking how different Scuttlebutt & Patchwork feel. But why am I writing about it here? I guess I did the same thing writing about Mastodon in Twitter.

It's interesting how a little bit of medial distance can help when writing & thinking about a media form.

DC folks, Laura Poitras is in a panel discussion about national security and journalism at Georgetown in a couple weeks: eventbrite.com/e/secrets-and-l

Huh, I was not expecting webm to not play in Safari. Back to the ffmpeg commandline I go.

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I have to admit I developed a habit of reading David Rosenthal's many tear downs of ridiculous preservation projects based on "the blockchain" just to unwind from time to time.

Here's the latest: blog.dshr.org/2018/09/blockcha

So far, I’m really liking this new Tim Ingold book, Anthropology: Why it Matters.

“To repeat, participant observation is a way of studying *with* people. It is not about writing other lives, but about joining with them in the common task of finding ways to live.”

I've been experimenting a bit with Gatsby for static site generation recently.

It's really well developed with a very active developer community around it. The thing that blew my mind the most about it was dropping some CSVs into a directory and getting a GraphQL API for free, that I could easily query from React.

I know, i know it's JavaScript. But I've always kind of loved messy organic languages ever since Perl. You can unfollow me now.

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