👓 Letterpress printed QSL cards | Interdependent Thoughts

Read a post by Ton Zijlstra (Interdependent Thoughts)
Letterpress printed QSL cards for successfully sent and received Webmentions must be the most finely targeted joke. The audience very likely not larger than 3 people.

Short post, but some other great material in the comments. I like the idea of all of it. And it involves letterpress!

👓 Backfeed, Doing It Without Code | Interdependent Thoughts

Read Backfeed, Doing It Without Code by Ton Zijlstra (zylstra.org)
Backfeed is an important element in breaking out of silos like Twitter, Facebook, and others. Backfeed means if I post something from my site to e.g. Twitter, that the responses to it (likes, answers) also become visible on my site. So that when those silos inevitably go away and get replaced, my in...

👓 12 Best WordPress Books for Learning the Platform | Beaver Builder

Read 12 Best WordPress Books for Learning the Platform (Beaver Builder)
If you're new to WordPress, there are a lot of resources that can help. Let's explore twelve of the best books on the market for learning WordPress!

A few interesting things in here. I particularly like the idea that all of them are more recent/modern.

👓 The Wrong Right Way | XOXO Fest

Read The Wrong Right Way (explore.xoxofest.com)
Last October, we announced that we'd partnered with Kickstarter to start a new project to succeed Drip, their subscription platform for independent artists. Unfortunately, we’ve decided to cancel the project, and wanted to talk a little about why.

👓 My Human Readable OPML Blogroll | Interdependent Thoughts

Read My Human Readable OPML Blogroll by Ton Zijlstra (zylstra.org)
After my recent posting where I asked people which RSS feeds they read, I received several responses. One of them is Peter’s. Like me he was publishing an OPML file of his feeds already. OPML is a machine readable format that most RSS readers will be able to import, so you can subscribe to blogs I...

👓 Applied Category Theory Meeting at UCR | John Carlos Baez

Read Applied Category Theory Meeting at UCR by John Carlos Baez (Azimuth)
The American Mathematical Society is having their Fall Western meeting here at U. C. Riverside during the weekend of November 9th and 10th, 2019. Joe Moeller and I are organizing a session on App…

👓 Using File Manager for Image Changes | Extend Activity Bank

Read Using File Manager for Image Changes (Extend Activity Bank)
The File Manager is a cpanel tool not all that different from the desktop file management system on your computer. Your web site is organized in a series of directories that correspond to each site you create; exploring the structure with the File Manager is one way to get a better understanding where stuff is.... Read more »

Oops! I accidentally missed this one, but did most of the requisite practice in the following module.

👓 Meeting cpanel (and not getting overwhelmed) | Domains of Our Own

Read Meeting cpanel (and not getting overwhelmed) (Domains of Our Own)
Say hello to cpanel, the cockpit of your domain. Don’t worry about all the knobs and dials. Most of them you will never use, but the sheer number of them hopefully indicates the amount of power you have.

👓 Taking Sidwell Friends to the Supreme Court is about more than rich people problems | CNN

Read Taking Sidwell Friends to the Supreme Court is about more than rich people problems by David Perry (CNN)
A student can get a spectacular education at a wide variety of institutions, not just elite institutions. We are poorer as a nation when we spread myths that say otherwise, writes David Perry

👓 Games and Graphics in Popup URL bars | Matthew Rayfield

Read Games and Graphics in Popup URL bars by Matthew Rayfield (matthewrayfield.com)
When I animated the URL bar with emojis I mentioned that I'd like to take it to the next level by putting a teeny game inside the URL bar. Well... Some really fine folks beat me to that. But I still wanted to give it a go ! I just needed to come up with something FRESH to work into it... So while thinking about how I could expand beyond the 1-dimensional movement of a URL bar, it came to me... Popups ! Yes, the bane of early 2000s internet will help me in 2019 achieve my emoji-url-bar-gaming dreams. By just opening a series of popups and overlapping them in a column we create a 2-dimensional display of sorts:

👓 The mindfulness conspiracy | The Guardian

Read The mindfulness conspiracy by Ronald Purser (the Guardian)
The long read: It is sold as a force that can help us cope with the ravages of capitalism, but with its inward focus, mindful meditation may be the enemy of activism

👓 What’s In a Domain Name? | Extend Activity Bank

Read What’s In a Domain Name? by Khürt WilliamsKhürt Williams (Extend Activity Bank)

Although I don’t write much about the topic on my website, I love science fiction, especially cyber-punk and Japanese anime and superhero graphic novels. One of my favourite cyberpunk novels in the early 1990s was a novel, Islands in the Net, written in 1988 by science fiction author, Bruce Sterling.

Islands in the Net is a story of “…data pirates, mercenaries, nanotechnology, weaponry, and post-millennial voodoo”. It represents a future where people can use the Internet to topple governments, change lives and make history. That novel was prescient in many ways.

In 2001 I ventured out on my own as an independent consultant, working on web development and system integration etc. It was also the same year that I started blogging. In 2003, I made a pivoted my skill set to cyber-security. With my keen interest in vulnerability assessment and finding and exploiting the weakness in information systems (aka penetration testing), my blog content changed. I started thinking and writing more about what I was learning, and I felt like I was living in that world described in the novel, Islands in the Net. It was also the same year that I decided that I wanted a domain name for my website.

My new career in cyber-security and my search for a domain name got me thinking about how I felt about my writing at the time. My blog was/is like a small island in the vast ocean of the Internet, where I shared my thoughts about anything and everything hacking related. Once I had the word island on my mind, I started thinking about the actual island in the West Indies where I was born and spent my pre-adult years. The West Indies is famous for its era of piracy which lasted from circa 1650 until the mid-1720s. Suddenly with my mind swirling with thoughts of the Internet, islands, and hacking, I remembered the Bruce Sterling novel.

The name of the blog, Island in the Net came to mind, and I went looking for a domain name. The domain, islandinthe.net was taken (and still is). I settled on islandinthenet.com.

👓 What’s in a Domain Name? | Extend Activity Bank

Read What's in a Domain Name? by Eleanor K CassEleanor K Cass (Extend Activity Bank)

I’ve been enjoying the stories of how people chose their domain names.

I got my first domain less than a week ago but I agonized over the name for ages.  In the end, I was influenced by the idea that your domain is a bit like your email address or home address (I was introduced to domains by the friendly IndieWeb community) so I went with something that was close to my own name.

I often go by the nickname “Nell”.  I’m Eleanor Katharine and my middle name comes from my Granny Kit who died when I was 3 and who I have always wished I could have known.  Plus, well, Kat = critters.  Critters are fun and it all rolled off the tongue…

👓 Learning for Growth | Extend Activity Bank

Read Learning for Growth by Lisa KosterLisa Koster (Extend Activity Bank)

I completed Domain Camp last year and I found it quite rewarding. I am still agonizing over the right “home address”.  I chose the name learn4growth because I believe when we learn new things, we grow as a person, both personally and professionally.

Last year we made all kinds of cool subdomains and pages.  So my work from last year is a bit of a mess.

My goal this year is to start to develop a long term plan for my site.  I am thinking I will start by putting all my work in a subdomain: camp2019.learn4growth.com

Nothing is there at the moment, but I look forward to populating it!

Looking forward to sharing!

Lisa

👓 Domain Name | Extend Activity Bank

Read Domain Name by Tricia BonnerTricia Bonner (Extend Activity Bank)

Wow, some great stories for your names. Thanks for sharing.

Similar to Nell I could not come up with something unique. This is a very very new venture for me and right now it is really about the learning so I simply went with TriciaB – it is how I am known through my circle of friends as there are two Tricia’s. I am hoping maybe it will catch on like Mel B did for the Spice Girls. I wish I could some up with something a bit more interesting but for now that is it.