Sam's notebook

What LGA is it in? August 31st, 2018, 9AM

Exploring

I’ve been updating Wikidata items that are located in the administrative territorial entity of Fremantle (Q606212) because that isn’t actually an administrative territorial entity. Those items are actually in City of Fremantle (Q1455046), which is an LGA.

On which topic, I’ve also been trying to add LGA boundaries to OSM for Fremantle (relation 8617839), but haven’t finished yet.

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"giving men a voice"?! August 26th, 2018, 10AM

Miscellaneous

What a joke!

Some 150 or so protesters eventually assembled on the forecourt of the SBS building where they were welcomed by veteran anti-Muslim agitator Avi Yemini, a habitual associate of Blair Cottrell, Neil Erikson and other luminaries of the local fascist right.

“We are going to show the Victorian socialist state that there is still hope,” Yemeni said. He led the crowd in a chant of “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi, oi, oi”, before explaining that he wasn’t interested in hating women.

“I bloody love women,” he said. “This is about empowering men, about giving men a voice.”

Later, the marchers heard from veteran men’s rights activist Robert Brockway, who complained about the cruelty of terms like “mansplaining”, “manspreading”, “manflu” and “man babies”.

‘Stop the name-calling!’: anger unites March for Men protesters by Jeff Sparrow, Sun 26 Aug 2018 11.45 AEST

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Embedding Wikimedia URLs in WordPress August 26th, 2018, 10AM

Programming

I’ve had a stab at a WordPress plugin for embedding Wikimedia URLs: https://github.com/samwilson/embed-wikimedia

It’s of course just a draft and proof-of-concept and beta and rough at the moment. It only supports Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons; I’m going to add Wikidata next, I think, and then Wikisource (although that will mostly be a reformatted version of the Wikidata one, because all relevant metadata about Wikisource items is in Wikidata).

I have no idea if it’s very useful. I mainly want it for Commons photos, and Wikisource books.

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Flattening going wrong August 25th, 2018, 4PM

Woodworking

Flattening stones is very satisfying, as the sounds changes towards the whole surface being true. I’ve got an annoying one though, that seems to be bowing out ever so slowly. I think it’s that I’m using two different grades of stone (two 1200 and one 800), and so they’re wearing at different rates. I suppose the real answer is that one should have three stones of each grade, and to only flatten like on like. Ah well. Maybe next wood show.

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Blogging and rolling August 20th, 2018, 5PM

Open content

Why don’t we just start blogging and rolling again? Why not go back to making content on my own, er leased, servers? It was never that hard to make a blog and it’s even easier now. Within a few minutes, good ‘ol Dreamhost (proud customer since 2001) and WordPress had me back up again. So I’m going to start cranking out blog posts again even if only two people read them. I’ll tell you, it’s much easier to write and read a blog post than a tweet storm.

— Mike Tatum, https://www.miketatum.com/2018/08/20/think/

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Start blogging and subscribing to each other's Atom feeds! August 20th, 2018, 5PM

Open content

How about if, instead of ditching Twitter for Mastodon, we all start blogging and subscribing to each other’s Atom feeds again instead? The original distributed social network could still work pretty well if we actually start using it

— Simon Willison

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