@a like you said it is easier, and healthier, to just ignore it, and not expend the energy sifting through it all to find what is worthwhile. It's not clear to me that what is actually worthwhile will survive, but I guess it will?

@a yes, exactly that -- I was listening to a podcast about some Internet of blockchain tech where the interviewee was talking about the BFT research, which is what lured me in arxiv.org/abs/1807.04938

On the one hand blockchain tech, in its many manifestations, is simply reinscribing existing power formations in new technical shapes that act as a foil for what's actually going on

But on the other hand, what could be more important than the social and technical protocols we use for coming to consensus about the things we do in the world?

Maybe I'm just falling under the spell of some of the discourse around this tech, but is anyone else finding themselves similarly conflicted?

@vanderwal got it! and I'm just the next town over so we should get a ☕ in Bethesda perhaps?

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@jonny @acka47 my fav part of the skos work is that it was more conceptual than ontological. Even though it used semweb mechanics (http, uris, rdf, owl) it embodied some healthy skepticism that the world could be formally modeled that way--and yet there was still value in naming and sharing those concepts.

This is a pretty interesting demo that Ilya Kreymer (Webrecorder) put together for Princeton of using an archival snapshot of a website to republish it as a static site.


It uses wabac.js, essentially a service worker that loads content dynamically from a web accessible WACZ file (a ZIP file containing archived web content, an index and metadata).

For some reason I was sent two copies of James Bridle's new book Ways of Being. If you would like the extra one send your name & address to ehs@pobox.com


@jonny I think you have characterized some of the tensions well--especially the more recent ones about the overall project of knitting data together in this way, particularly where people are the concepts.

SKOS took many years to finish and had many hands. I experimented a bit while at loc.gov and got to take part in some of the discussions--it was fun! This paper was written after the w3c process completed and may be of interest: arxiv.org/abs/1302.1224v1

Also check out @acka47's work!

@mark not necessarily a bad thing, if it's easier to understand how it works now?

I just realized SF Chronicle has a paywall that my ad-blocker (uBlock) seemed to disable.

Here's a snapshot I created with express.archiveweb.page if you are interested:


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The "self-certifying" idea that Robin writes about in Spring '83 is particularly interesting to me in light of what Webrecorder has been trying to do recently to enable trust in distributed web archives: specs.webrecorder.net/wacz-aut

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Maybe this is reading between the lines too much, but I thought it was interesting that repairing the transmission line wasn't simply a matter of getting a drop in replacement type of thing, and sounded like it required bespoke technical work specific to that site? Maybe that is a function of the new energy source, or maybe it is always that way?

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🔖 Specifying Spring '83 robinsloan.com/lab/specifying- "Protocol design is a form of investigation and critique."

My place of work has been without power for days because of a wildfire knocking out a transmission line. The reason why it is taking so long to get it turned back on makes me (just a bit) proud I work there:


@ton thanks for posting about this, I had missed it! It is weird & timely because I was recently daydreaming about what a non-stream based interface for the fediverse might look like. I think your points about *friction* are spot on, and in some ways are what corporate social media platforms have tried to eliminate in their quest for smoothness (& sustained attention). I see the difficulties in following people in the fediverse as a productive friction that makes u think about what u are doing.

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I'll have a little appearance at this online workshop at around 12:30 CEST here dla-marbach.de/kalender/detail

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