Visually indicating post types on blogs and microblogs

It’s been a while since I’ve actively read Om Malik‘s blog, but I noticed that he’s using graphical indicators that add some semantic detail about what each post is. It’s a design element I’ve only seen lately out of the IndieWeb community with plugins like the Post Kinds Plugin for WordPress or done manually with emoji in post titles the way Aaron Davis has done relatively religiously, particularly on his “Collect” site.

Om Malik is using some graphical indicators to give quick additional semantic meaning to what he’s posting.

I highly suspect that he’s using the Post Formats functionality from WordPress core to do some of this using a custom theme. Sadly it’s generally fallen out of fashion and one doesn’t see it very often any more. I suspect that it’s because WordPress didn’t take the functionality to its logical conclusion in the same way that the Post Kinds Plugin does.

The way Aaron Davis uses emoji in his posts helps to provide additional context about what is being written about to indicate what is going on in a link before it’s clicked.

I think some of my first experience with its resurgence was as helpful UI I saw suggested by Tantek Çelik on the Read page of the IndieWeb wiki. I’ve been doing it a lot myself, primarily for posts that I syndicate out to, where it’s become a discovery function using so-called tagmoji (see books, for example), or Twitter (reads, bookmarks, watches, listens, likes). In those places, they particularly allow me to add a lot more semantic meaning to short notes/microblog posts than others do.

I do wish that having emoji for read posts was more common in Twitter to indicate that people actually bothered to read those articles they’re sharing to Twitter, the extra context would be incredibly useful. I generally suspect that article links people are sharing have more of a bookmark sentiment based on their click-bait headlines. Perhaps this is why I like so much for finding content — it’s material people have actually bothered to read before they shared it out. Twitter adding some additional semantic tidbits like these would make it much more valuable in my mind.

It doesn’t appear that Om has taken this functionality that far himself though (at least on Twitter). Perhaps if WordPress made it easier to syndicate out content to Twitter with this sort of data attached it would help things take off?

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👓 Why Did I Teach My Son to Speak Russian? | New Yorker

Read Why Did I Teach My Son to Speak Russian? (The New Yorker)
When bilingualism isn’t obviously valuable, you have to decide what you think of the language.

A nice essay that focuses on the personal side of raising bilingual children. In my experience needing to have a reason to speak a language is very important. Often around the age of three (or the beginning of daycare and/or school) children who realize they don’t have to speak a language will give it up (and often flatly refuse) as they begin to become more broadly socialized. It definitely helps if they’ve got a peer group who primarily speaks the language as well.

I quite liked the parts about a language “filling one up” or the ways in which language was implicated with attention. These are intriguing observations.

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❤️ ClintSmithIII tweet about philanthropy

Replied to a tweet by Clint Smith on TwitterClint Smith on Twitter (Twitter)

This reminds me a lot of Malcolm Gladwell‘s thesis about philanthropy in higher education. Hopefully identifying the problem and suggestions for solutions will point a way to fixing the problem.

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An Indieweb Podcast: Episode 7 The Reverse Salmention

Episode 7: The Reverse Salmention

Running time: 1h 35m 20s | Download (28.7 MB) | Subscribe by RSS

In this last episode before David Shanske and I head to the Indieweb Summit in Portland, Oregon, we discuss updates to people’s Indieweb experience, little things David has hidden in plugins, web-signin vs IndieAuth, etc.

We’re both looking forward to seeing those of you who can join us in Portland.


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📺 "This Week" Episode dated 17 June 2018 | ABC

Watched "This Week" Episode dated 17 June 2018 from ABC
With George Stephanopoulos, Stephen K. Bannon, Karen Finney, Rick Klein. Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist; roundtable discussion with Rick Klein, Karen Finney, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), Matt Schlapp, and Greta Van Susteran;

Definitely the fluffiest of the morning shows today. In all this morning there was too much featuring of Trump administration officials blowing fluff and pushing blame without taking any stance toward leading on the situation.

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📺 “Face the Nation” Episode #65.24 | CBS

Watched "Face the Nation" Episode #65.24 from CBS
With Margaret Brennan, Rudy Giuliani, Susan Collins, Steve Scalise. Attorney Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's attorney; Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine); Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), House Majority Whip; Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.); author David Sanger; panel discussion with Rachel Bade, Ben Domenech, Jeffrey Goldberg and Eliana Johnson;
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📺 Angels & Demons (2009)

Watched Angels & Demons (2009) from Columbia Pictures
Directed by Ron Howard. With Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård. Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works with a nuclear physicist to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican during one of the significant events within the church.
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👓 Hello Goodbye | Casting Out Nines | The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Today I want to officially announce the end of one era at this blog and the beginning of a new one. Beginning Fall 2015 (I don’t know the exact date), the Chronicle of Higher Education will no longer be hosting Casting Out Nines. The article you are reading now is the last one I will be posting at...

Ran across this as I was updating my following list. I suspect after having done this for several years he wishes he had maintained his own blog and syndicated out to the Chronicle. He’s also got some interesting thoughts on the community he encountered in this new space that he didn’t/couldn’t control himself.

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👓 The Sass jerk | The Sass Way

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What is it about Sass that turns me into a fanatic? How is Sass like your favorite TV show? And why am I often alone at parties?

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👓 Trump has turned words into weapons. And he’s winning the linguistic war | George P Lakoff and Gil Duran | Opinion | The Guardian

Read Trump has turned words into weapons. And he's winning the linguistic war by George P Lakoff, Gil Duran (the Guardian)
From ‘spygate’ to ‘fake news’, Trump has turned words into weapons. The press must do more to dull their power
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👓 LaTeXiT |

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Should LaTeXiT be categorized, it would be an equation editor. This is not the plain truth, since LaTeXiT is "simply" a graphical interface above a LaTeX engine. However, its large set of features is a reason to see it as an editor; this is the goal in fact.
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👓 George Lakoff says this is how Trump uses words to con the public | CNN: Money

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Lakoff said the president manipulates language to control the public narrative.
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