Is HomePod a failure yet? Did anybody check? WON’T SOMEBODY MAKE SURE THAT CUPERTINO STILL EXISTS.

This week on Micro Monday I want to talk about @Verso, who opens up rabbit holes, asks questions that stay with me long after reading them on the tl, and really really gives no shits about being honest. +1 would recommend ✨

A Process

(Note: This was originally written in 2015.)

 

So I was recently listening to Wil Wheaton’s ‘Radio Free Burrito’ podcast (full recommendations; enthusiastic even!) and he said this thing that had me pointing at his theoretical self in exclaimation:

“once you get it out you don’t want to make it”

… so I exclaimed and pointed “that’s it!"

There is a part of that in me and whilst this is a terrible example of excusing my laziness, I still feel okay about publishing this. Writing this is in itself an act of procrastination… although, since it is actually writing a THING and getting it out of my mind I’d argue that it’s not necessarily bad.

Either way, it felt good to hear it being said by somebody who happens to be such a good creator of things, and also gave me the chance to write this thing and thus increase the likelihood that I’ll actually do the things I should be doing.

Yay? Yay.

First Site Updates

I’ve made a few updates over the last few days and as much as I’m enjoying working on the site it’s unlikely that they’ll continue at this scale; after all, my focus is on writing and I’ve got other projects in the works.

Here’s a rundown:

  • Feeds
    • A new page listing all of my available feeds.
  • Now
    • Major edit to properly activate the page, covering what I am currently doing.
  • About
    • Minor edits.
  • Recommended Reading widget
    • A couple of additions.
  • About widget ("Hi")
    • Extended for an up-to-date status.

The other decision I’ve made, tied into some of these updates, is that I’m going to use my hosted Micro.blog as a pure Twitter (and general social media) replacement. Whilst some of my micro blog posts on here go directly through to Micro.blog, with the full posts going through as a feed, I’ll also be posting exclusively to the Micro.blog blog itself.

These posts will be incremental status and general social updates, much more of a moment-to-moment version of my Now page. There is a great community growing on Micro.blog and it has been a fresh of breath air for me to have access to such an alternative to social media, also blending as it can so well with my blog.

There’s more about how my new social feed works alongside my blog on the Now and Feeds pages. In the meantime, I’ll be back with more posts soon.

Bye!

Does anybody have a good resource about using alt and title tags? I only want to implement them if they improve accessibility, rather than actually harming accessibility.

Getting chores done is my favourite new answer to “What did you do today?” 💪

Taking Writer Offline

(Note: This was originally written on the 31st of January, 2017.)

 

Today I took Writer into Offline Mode for the first time. It worked out well.

 

This is in fact the first thing I have written in Writer whilst offline, or at least the first time in which I did not have access to the internet by necessity rather than choice. If that doesn’t speak to how lazy my current decision making for subjects is then nothing ever will.

Either way, here I am without even the ability to become distracted by such delights as social media or email or… well, just about anything. It is odd to say the least but I am definitely enjoying it; this makes me think that it is therefore perhaps time to use software to restrict my access to such distractions – there is certainly not shortage of options for that.

On previous occasions I have been relieved to have purchased the lifetime version of Writer and today is no different; in fact, it is a lifesaver. To have a reliable text editor with such flexibility as to be at home both offline and online has given me a direct line to feeling altogether less useless during this day. For better context, let’s talk about the computer I am using.

The Chromebook I am currently using is the first small laptop I have ever used of the modern generation; it leaves the short-lived “netbook” category from a decade ago looking like the cheap con that it undoubtedly was, such is the quality I find throughout. Even the browser-based OS outshines the so-called desktop-class machines in a shameful spot.

With all of that in mind, it’s fair to say that it is down to the software to do most of the talking with this machine; the hardware is little more than a thin case through which you interact with the apps built for Google’s own OS. From this point, Writer shines, delivering me everything I need for what I am doing right now whilst not getting in my way; it might be seem like an obvious required function for a text editor but when you consider that Writer is primarily made for a browser, the app’s robust performance is startling for those of us with longer memories.

Despite my meandering into the realm of notebooks, Chromebooks, and my old age the fact remains that Writer has done exactly what I need, when I need, and I could not be happier as a lifetime customer.

 

Thanks John Watson, like a man in a blue box you’ve given me time where none existed before.

 

Links: Writer, John Watson, Chromebooks

Can’t stop thinking about the dynamic between podcasters who say they don’t trust Facebook with their data but then go ahead and advertise Squarespace who have the power to build people up via their websites and then just take it away at any time.

Phew! All caught up on my mentions and a chunk of my tl from today. Feels much more satisfying as compared to Twitter. ✨

I wonder if the juxtaposition of IndieWeb and Apple enthusiasts is as interesting as I think it is. I guess hardware and foundational software isn’t made to a decent and accessible standard by indie people? Probably not even possible at this point.

Annoyed at the Past

Becky Hansmeyer’s thoughts about keeping old posts made me think of the posts I have written over the past few years and failed to save. Now that I am focusing much more on my own site it has become clear just how infuriating it is that I was so casual with the things I wrote.

Fortunately I have a few posts from the recent past saved so I’ll post those over the next few days. It won’t necessarily do much to subdue the annoyance at my past-self but at least it’s something.

IndieWeb progress

By IndieWeb I mean in an informal way as a general idea, since I’m not yet au fait with official standards.

This is my personal progress:

  • This site is up and running with regular posts.
  • Twitter account is archived, pending deletion depending on how Jack and co. decide to tackle obvious problems.
  • Only other social profiles are Apple Music, Vimeo, and YouTube.
    • Last one remains because Google have well and truly destroyed open web video with this monopoly.
  • Micro.blog is now my regular haunt for commenting, social web things.
  • Using RSS to read more than I ever have.
    • Actively working on my preferred set-up for this, which is work on my web tools that I am actually enjoying!
  • Signed up to Pinboard.
  • Maintained my Fastmail account.
  • Setting aside time for focused research on managing my own site from the server level.
    • WP-hosted is okay but I need to decide if I have enough time and energy to do my own thing as opposed to spending money for similar results. Right now I favour the latter, mostly because I just want to write.