Setting my marginalia free | Jeremy Cherfas

Setting my marginalia free by Jeremy Cherfas(
Thoughts and links
Close readers of this site will have noticed a new item in the top menu: Books &c. That's where my book reviews and notes will live, and, in due time, maybe some other kinds of reviews. I promised I'd write up how I got to this point. Current workflow I am not going to deal…

A reply to Kimberly Hirsch: Doing my part to fix the internet

Doing my part to fix the internet by Kimberly Hirsh
I have put all the tech in place that I need to, I think, for my publishing to happen here at, go out to my various social places, and then have responses come back here.
Kimberly, Congratulations and welcome to the #indieweb! Interestingly, I'm seeing your post via Superfeedr piped into an IRC channel on freenode rather than webmention to my own site (since upgrading to the most recent version of Webmention for WordPress, I apparently need to re-enable exotic webmentions to my homepage). I'm amazed that such a short…

How Uber Used Secret Greyball Tool to Deceive Authorities Worldwide | New York Times

How Uber Deceives the Authorities Worldwide by Mike Isaac(New York Times)(Duration: PT20H58M57S)
A program uses data Uber collected to evade law enforcement in cities that resist the ride-hailing service, some current and former Uber employees said.
SAN FRANCISCO — Uber has for years engaged in a worldwide program to deceive the authorities in markets where its low-cost ride-hailing service was resisted by law enforcement or, in some instances, had been banned. The program, involving a tool called Greyball, uses data collected from the Uber app and other techniques to identify and…

Reply to Web Annotations are Now a W3C Standard, Paving the Way for Decentralized Annotation Infrastructure

Web Annotations are Now a W3C Standard, Paving the Way for Decentralized Annotation Infrastructure by Sarah Gooding(WordPress Tavern)
Web annotations became a W3C standard last week but the world hardly noticed. For years, most conversations on the web have happened in the form of comments. Annotations are different in that they usually reference specific parts of a document and add context. They are often critical or explanatory in nature.
Hypothesis Aggregator Be careful with this plugin on newer versions of WordPress >4.7 as the shortcode was throwing a fatal error on pages on which it appeared. p.s.: First! Kris Shaffer, the plugin’s author Here's his original post announcing the plugin. # Web annotation seems to promote more critical thinking and collaboration but it’s doubtful that…

Annotation is now a web standard – Hypothesis

Annotation on "Annotation is now a web standard" by Jeremy Dean(
Though clearly the Amazon system is limited, you can actually do this with Kindle. See this tutorial.
What about sharing my personal annotations on my own website? Is there a way for an individual annotator to relink something like the annotations/highlights at back to the original document (in this case an ebook)? I've started into the documentation, but I'm curious if there's a simple way of doing this without some 3rd…

👓 Physicists Uncover Geometric ‘Theory Space’ | Quanta Magazine

Physicists Uncover Geometric ‘Theory Space’ by Natalie Wolchover(Quanta Magazine)
A decades-old method called the “bootstrap” is enabling new discoveries about the geometry underlying all quantum theories.
In the 1960s, the charismatic physicist Geoffrey Chew espoused a radical vision of the universe, and with it, a new way of doing physics. Theorists of the era were struggling to find order in an unruly zoo of newfound particles. They wanted to know which ones were the fundamental building blocks of nature and which…

👓 Encouraging individual sovereignty and a healthy commons by Aral Balkan

Encouraging individual sovereignty and a healthy commons by Aral Balkan(
Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto outlines his vision for a centralised global colony ruled by the Silicon Valley oligarchy. I say we must do the exact opposite and create a world with individual sovereignty and a healthy commons.
The verbiage here is a bit inflammatory and very radical sounding, but the overarching thesis is fairly sound. The people who are slowly, but surely building the IndieWeb give me a lot of hope that the unintended (by the people anyway) consequences that are unfolding can be relatively quickly remedied. Marginalia We are sharded beings;…

PressForward and Work Great Together

I've just noticed that the metadata PressForward scrapes is enough to allow highlights and marginalia from on the original web page to also appear in my copy on my own website! How awesome is that? Example: #ownallthethings

Reply to Ben Hanowell about, Fragmentions, and Annotations

a tweet by Brash EquilibriumBrash Equilibrium(Twitter)
@ChrisAldrich is this the fragmentions plugin along with @hypothes_is or just the latter? Link to instructions por favor!!!!' reply will get you most of the way, but I'll add some additional thoughts below. @BrashEQLibrium @ChrisAldrich Directions for Hypothesis here: And fragmentions ❤️: — (@hypothes_is) January 5, 2017 There are a couple of fragmentions plugins in the WordPress repository. I use and recommend WP Fragmention. Mostly it comes down to…

PressForward as an IndieWeb WordPress-based RSS Feed Reader & Pocket/Instapaper Replacement

As many know, for the past 6 months or so, I've been slowly improving some of the IndieWeb tools and workflow I use to own what I'm reading both online and in physical print as well as status updates indicating those things. [1][2][3] Since just before IndieWebCamp LA, I've been working on better ways to…

Book Review: Son of Fletch by Gregory Mcdonald

Son of Fletch by Gregory Mcdonald(Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Plot It was a dark and stormy night... In eleven novels in the series, one of them was bound to start off like this, in a sense. Like most in the Fletch series, the story is off like a shot from the beginning, but then just a tad into the first act there's another huge…

Book Review: Fletch Reflected by Gregory Mcdonald

Fletch Reflected by Gregory Mcdonald(Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Character Oddly, even after two books with Jack as a character, there isn't very much differentiation between he and a young Fletch. I do feel like he's a bit more reserved and not quite as ascerbic in his humor, but there's just something missing to make him a completely differentiated character. I had missed Crystal,…

Chris Aldrich is reading “How to Succeed in the Networked World”

How to Succeed in the Networked World by Anne-Marie Slaughter(Foreign Affairs)
The world’s connections have become more important than its divisions. To reap the rewards and avoid the pitfalls of this new order, the United States needs to adopt a grand strategy based on three pillars: open societies, open governments, and an open international system.
This may be one of the most interesting things I've read in the past six months. I like the overarching philosophy of the policy direction the writer presents. It feels to me like a policy built from the basic principles from César Hidalgo's book Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies,…