Andy Hunter, the cofounder of Electric Literature and Literary Hub, launches Bookshop, an e-commerce platform that promises indie bookstores a way to take back sales from Amazon.
In HI12 I mentioned Ben Shneiderman’s talk on automation and agency, and he kindly sent me the full draft of the article he is writing on this topic. New to me was the Sheridan-Verplank Scale of Autonomy, which, come on, sounds like something straight out of Blade Runner:
How businesses shift from selling products to building networks.
The company that bought Norms restaurants six years ago is expanding the brand. How the 70-year-old chain plans to stay the same to get ahead.
Tracking the last moments of Kobe Bryant's helicopter
In August 2012, I wrote a quick script to stream front-page Hackernews stories to an IRC channel on Freenode (##hackernews in case you're interested) so that I could quickly glance at popular stories there instead of needing to load Hackernews. Since IRC is my feed reader, I've always tried to pipe as much there as possible.
My favorite part here:
So in 2.5 years of parsing the HTML, I never had any problems. In 2 days of parsing the JSON API, I hit a glitch where all the stories were empty.
Since more people and programs see the HTML than use the API, the HTML ends up being more reliable.
I’m going to write a post or three about some of the friction that exists around using OER. There are some things about working with OER that are just harder or more painful than they need to be, and getting more people actively involved in using OER will require us to reduce or eliminate those po...
The known documentation makes it seem like you can just sign up for a play site with withknown, but that doesn’t appear to be the case anymore? —citizenkeen
I think they turned off the free sites/hosting a year or two ago, but the opensource project is still around and doing well. It’s not hard to spin up an instance with the opensource software and I think there are still a few hosts like Reclaim Hosting that offer one button installs of it.
This is a definitely a fun idea. Andy Bell created a project a year ago to do just this sort of thing. Try out: https://personalsit.es/
Yes. There are a few smaller webrings about, but blog discovery is a problem unsolved. —banfeld
Here’s a list of several including an “IndieWeb Ring” that was started in the last two years that features personal websites: https://indieweb.org/webring
A humming bird I caught fleetingly on January 14th just outside my window.