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I'm excited to be starting a new gig in the new year where I will be using Ruby again after a ten year hiatus. So to try to revive some of my Ruby colored brain cells I'm going to try to keep up with the Advent of Code:


Tips on how to do things better or more idiomatically would be most welcome!

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Starting a new week of daily hand drawn generative art works, in ink, on paper: #inkyDays. Today's inspiration came from sea slugs.

#generativeart #ink #drawing

🔖 Robert Gehl and Sean Lawson - Social Engineering eventbrite.ca/e/robert-gehl-an The United States is awash in manipulated information about everything from election results to the effectiveness of medical treatments. Corporate social media is an especially good channel for manipulative communication, with Facebook a particularly willing vehicle for it. In Social Engineering, Robert Gehl and Sean La

Visualizing Citation Networks inkdroid.org/2021/11/29/etudie Back in 2018 I wrote a small Python program called étudier which scrapes citation data out of Google Scholar and presented the network as a GEXF file for use in Gephi. It also wrote the network data out as an HTML file that included a very rudimentary D3 visualization.
At the time I left a note in the README saying that I was looking for ideas on how to improve the D3 visualization. A year later I actually got a pull request

🔖 42 things I learned from building a production database maheshba.bitbucket.io/blog/202 Some super insights and conversation starters for how to build, manage & support technical infrastructure.

I'm not a huge Beatles nerd, but wow I definitely enjoyed Get Back episode 1. The technique of reconstructing scenes from pieced together audio & video is super interesting and almost dream like in places. I'd love to read more about their process for creating this "documentary about a documentary".


🔖 The Handwavy Technobabble Nothingburger stephendiehl.com/blog/nothing- I'm not disagreeing but it is interesting to look at the work that the concept of "crime" does in this takedown of blockchain tech.

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For people who are interested in web standards, open source software and libraries/archives there's a good lineup of talks at the virtual SWiB conference next week:


I'm planning to tune into parts of it. I want to lean more about Linked Data Notifications, Oxford Common File Layout, JSKOS and how their conference "virtual booth" works out (basically small demos running in parallel on Day 4).

Web Archives on, of, and off, the Web inkdroid.org/2021/11/24/wacz/ Last month Webrecorder announced a new effort to improve browser support for web archives by initiating three new streams of work: standardization, design research and browser integration. They are soliciting use cases for the Web Archive Collection Zipped (WACZ) format, which could be of interest if you use, create or publish web archives…or develop tools to support those activities.

Webrecorder’s next community call

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PLATO was a fascinating, pioneering online learning system developed at the University of Illinois.

Alongside course materials, it originated complex multiplayer online games, chat, & collaboration tools, rendered on 512x512 touchscreen plasma displays--in the 1970s.

Brian Dear's "The Friendly Orange Glow" is the (thus far) definitive history of the system, based on decades of research. It took me a while to make my way through the 640 page tome, but here's my review:


Alternate hypothesis: I am a grumbly old misanthrope--as solitary as an oyster, or constantly aiming to be, while also being concerned that I will succeed. In other words: the worst ;-)

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Maybe this one, post (but not post at all) pandemic, has turned the anxiety dial up more than usual, and made it more noticeable?

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I know. I am lucky & privileged to have these problems. I guess part of my issue with these holidays is how inward looking they are. But they don't have to be, and the best of them is the way they provide a rare occasion for the youngest to interact with the oldest, since we are all so spread out. Maybe it is partly this awareness of how few of these holidays there are, and how time and our connections are fleeting & fragile. There is an undercurrent of that for sure.

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In some ways it seems like the stress of a performance: will it be good enough and different--will it be genuine,, will it convince, will someone do it better than me. Is this totally weird or do other people feel some variation of this?

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