Listened Microcast #081 – Anarchy, Federation, and the IndieWeb from Doug Belshaw’s Thought Shrapnel

This week’s microcast answers a question from John Johnston about federation and the IndieWeb.

This is a really interesting listen, Doug takes a philosophical view of the IndieWeb and compares it to federation. I’m going to listen through again before I posts some thoughts.

It was of note I discovered the podcast via a webmention on the post where I asked the question.

Greg McVerry responded in kind Politics of Plumbing: IndieWeb and Federation and Arron’s response to that make interesting listening and reading too.

Doug’s time in answering my question is very much appreciated.

Replied to What Happened to Tagging? by Aaron DavisAaron Davis

Alexander Samuel reflects on tagging and its origins as a backbone to the social web. Along with RSS, tags allowed users to connect and collate content using such tools as feed readers. This all changed with the advent of social media and the algorithmically curated news feed. Samuel wonders if we h…

Hi Arron, thanks for this link (and many others). I remember when I first got involved in educational blogging it was fairly simple to pull together tags from any blog (via technorati ), twitter and flickr and display them on one page. I made a few for different educational events in Scotland. A marvellous opportunity now lost, hopefully to return.

Replied to re: document.designMode by Aaron DavisAaron Davis

document.designMode is another useful tool when teaching the web and manipulation of content.

Hi Aaron,

Thanks for this, a useful replacement for Mozzila’s x-ray for learning, teaching and playing with the web.

I wondered about using this on iOS and found I could make the simplest of shortcuts.

document.designMode='on';

completion();

I’ve not used a shortcut for running JavaScript in mobile Safari before so useful to learn about completion()

Replied to bookmarked: The mindfulness conspiracy by Aaron DavisAaron Davis

In this extract from McMindfulness, Ronald Purser argues that paying closer attention on the present is not revolutionary, but rather magical thinking on steroids. Stripped of spirituality and ethics, mindfulness is nothing more than concentration training. Sadly, it becomes something another commod…

Thanks for this Aaron, a great read, with many great quotes, my fave:

Perhaps the most straightforward definition of neoliberalism comes from the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, who calls it “a programme for destroying collective structures that may impede the pure market logic”.

 

The whole thing might be harsh to mindfulness practitioners who are very socially engaged, but the parallels with environmental  problems and solutions is powerful.

NB: Engaged Buddhism

Replied to Re: History Will Not Be Kind to Jony Ive by Aaron DavisAaron Davis

I wonder what the outcome would be if the design process started with sustainability and developed from there?

Aaron, That would be wonderful, but I’d guess not good for Apple, or many other tech companies in the short term.

I knee-jerking a response here, I’ve used macs since my first computer in 1995.

Macs have been more sustainable for me than PCs for most folk I know. I don’t get a new one often and they have lasted me a long time.

I dislike the barriers to geekiness that are developing everywhere, both in hardware and, of more import to me, software. It seems harder to play around in an amateur way. Security stops scripts from less professional folk from working. Web APIs move out of reach or are shut down. (I exempt Flickrand OpenSteetMaps). I’d like to see more sustainability there too. Probably not going to.

Replied to Bookmarked: ‘Just add water’: Lake Eyre is filling in a way not seen for 45 years by Aaron DavisAaron Davis (Read Write Collect)

Dominique Schwartz reports on the water currently filling Lake Eyre. What is unique about this is that it is all just nature. Although locals fought an attempt in 1995 to introduce large-scale irrigated cotton farming on the Cooper, there has not been any other attempts. It makes me wonder about rew…

Great story Aaron, the linked webpage is beautiful too.

Bookmarked Nothing Fails Like Success by Aaron DavisAaron Davis (Read Write Collect)

Jeffery Zeldman argues that in being unable to pay mortgage associated with the web, we have become indebted to the mob that is platform capitalism. This has led us into the money trap, which demands unrealistic rewards that care more about clicks than community. Zeldman’s suggestion on how to fix…

Aaron points to Nothing Fails Like Success (A List Apart).  

Aaron links to several fellow travellers reactions that make great reading too.

Aaron’s own blogging has gone a long way along the IndieWeb path and is a excellent one to follow.

Replied to Re: Something Weird is Happening on Twitter Right Now by Aaron DavisAaron Davis (Read Write Collect)

Even better Bill is if we had such conversations from the comfort of our own backyard using bridgy and webmenbtions, rather than someone else’s playground?

An interesting Rabbit hole, Arron is replying to Something Weird is Happening on Twitter Right Now by Bill Ferriter who quotes this Dean Shareski tweet. The twitter thread discuses using twitter for conversation rather than promotion/retweeting/liking. 

This is the problem micro.blog set out to solve. So far I think it has done so, I’ve had some very good conversations there. There are not likes and retweets on micro.blog. These are mentioned negatively on the thread Dean sparked. Micro.blog make it as easy to post and comment as twitter.

Someone on micro.blog mentioned the other day that blogging superstars joined but didn’t stick (or words to that effect). Lack of reposts and visible likes makes the platform a bit more democratic.

The only thing I miss on micro.blog is the communities that exists on twitter. If there was a micro.blog for educators that would be very interesting.  I’ve some thoughts on how this could happen, but finding it slightly hard to make them into an intelligible post.

Replied to Extending The Spaces You Need To Innovate (Further considerations) by Aaron DavisAaron Davis (Read Write Collect)

P.S. If comments are the cassette tape of the digital world, not sure what metaphor you would recommend for a comment syndicated from your own site?

Fascinating post Aaron, and an great example of why comments, linking and blogging. Just starting to follow the links in this comment took me into both familiar and new; people, places and ideas.

Just on the comment quote, your post, a comment exemplifies the power of commenting from your own site. A comment on Tom’s would probably have tripped the too many links flag for spam detection.

I do wonder how you approach commenting on sites with out webmentions, like Tom’s? Do you regard them as notes to yourself and your readers rather than replies?