Feeling relieved to have a project keeping my hands full. At least there will be progress on @til as a result of these damned elections.

Good luck to every USA citizen tonight, and those around the world who are affected by the decisions made by leaders of said nation.

I’ve hit my limit for junk on the web;

  • ad-infested websites;
  • shallow people with small intentions;
  • spammy posting;
  • manipulative attention grabbing;
  • “free” but not really.

I’m done. Would rather have access to less but each piece be respectful of me as a person.

US soldiers carrying out orders as fake border patrol is literally a rejected sub-plot for Team America: World Police.

It is a lot easier to make a thing for the web and use the silos to share it. That’s where most people are gathered, you can get feedback, and you know you can access it on any type of computer at all. However, the cost is so heavy, and insidious… a dilemma for artists.

It’s interesting to see a Goldilocks effect of sorts upon which the large, silo web companies are heavily leaning. For example, somebody tries Micro.blog instead of Twitter and because Micro.blog isn’t juuuust right they go right back onto Twitter just because it’s familiar.

Testing the Micro.blog timeline (last post on my timeline is from 13 hours ago).

I’d like to thank Google for the sudden inexplicable shitty quality of the photos taken with my Pixel. Good job on that. πŸ‘πŸ»

Whoever brought the words Fair Use to prominence via comment sections has to live with the misery of knowing it’s all fucking over those comment sections, a portal through which the collective stupidity of humanity steps every single day.

In the latest round of Microsoft’s Magical Touch:

I am now getting notification sounds from Skype despite having switched off notifications for the entire app.

For The Weekend: Seven

A few things for you:

  • My Life In Black And White. Sameer Vasta partook in a Twitter challenge involving black and white photography, the results of which you can see on his blog, and now I definitely want to do this myself.
  • Micro.blog, Week 42. Smokey Ardisson has a recap of posts from people, found via Micro.blog. Worldwide herons, word debuts, photos, and more!
  • Spooky Tale Is Spooky. A horror comic, by cupcakelogic.
  • A kitten lies atop its… mother? Either way it’s two god-damn cats being god-damn adorable, OK Internet?

Enjoy your weekend!

Some weeks are busier than others. Of the many goings-on of my life right now, it’s fair to say Wednesday holds almost all of my attention and takes the greatest portion of my energy; I’ve updated my Now page to reflect this fact. πŸ’’

Finally. This most sacred of weekends, when we steal back that hour.

For The Weekend: Six

A few things for you:

Enjoy your weekend!

TF(eeling)W you finish a piece of work as early as possible. 😎

The Gutenberg Promise

As I test Gutenberg, I keep coming back to one question: is it good for blogging?

Manton Reece asks a question with which the people at Automattic may not be overly concerned

I can only imagine the modern backlash against the social media giants have fuelled this kind of development, especially with the recent news regarding Facebook’s deception with their promises about video. Modern blogging and CMS services do so much of the work for you whilst you are able to maintain varying degrees of ownership and control as compared to the silos.

As such the decision to opt for such services is a no-brainer for anybody attempting to make money from publishing in any significant way.

Meanwhile, those of us who aren’t looking to maintain particularly complex websites but prefer to focus on writing have plenty of choices of our own, not least of all Manton’s own Micro.blog.

Is it no wonder people choose to pirate so much stuff when the official websites – if they even exist – to buy the things are genuinely terrible. These things are hostile to anybody who would like to actually, you know, use it.