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  1. Avoiding centralizing channels of the indieweb

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    There's a discussion on the #indieweb IRC channel (on Freenode) about whether people post to channels like that in order to get wider audiences for what they write, and whether this is in opposition to the indieweb ideal of being able to post on separate sites but still carry on a conversation. I'd not really thought about it clearly before, but I think that's why I don't like posting to channels like that. I like contributing to wikis, where central texts undergo collaborative continued editing, but for discussion it seems that it should be possible to post on one's own site and still be part of the greater to-and-fro. I can't quite do so (for example, with this post) because I've not got webmentions working here yet, but I think the theory is all there. To reply to someone someone else has said (anywhere) I can just make a post here and point it to their URL.

  2. Before The Shot In The Arm

    By Planet Money (NPR podcast).

    Today on the show, we bring you the journey of a vaccine from a factory, and into the arms of billions of people. It involves sand. Minerals that primarily come from just one country. Ice that doesn't melt. And... planes. Lots of planes. So many planes.

  3. Post 83

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    Why can't I add an index for a nullable Mysql POINT column?

  4. Community Wishlist Survey 2021

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    There are currently 285 proposals in this year's Wishlist Survey: https://w.wiki/oB7 This is more than ever before! Which is great, but there's lots to get through (I'm reading all of them). Some are terrific, some are huge, some are simple, and they're all a fascinating insight into how people work with Wikimedia wikis and what difficulties they feel. I'm really happy to be working on this.

  5. Footstool glued-up

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    The file that is attached to this post.

  6. Getting ready to glue the footstool

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    The file that is attached to this post.

  7. Log levels

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    The eight log levels of RFC 5424 (https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc5424#page-11 ):

    • 0 Emergency: system is unusable
    • 1 Alert: action must be taken immediately
    • 2 Critical: critical conditions
    • 3 Error: error conditions
    • 4 Warning: warning conditions
    • 5 Notice: normal but significant condition
    • 6 Informational: informational messages
    • 7 Debug: debug-level messages
  8. Comment on ā€˜Understanding a map creates a new sort of relationship with the outdoorsā€™

    By J.D.B..

    Maps are wonderful - and I too learnt to read OS maps when at school and can spend hours looking at them and at my large atlas. Now, in Australia, there is nothing similar. But there is an alternative now, in particular to google maps in particular which of course are not designed for walkers - Open Street Maps. I've just attended a map making workshop/day out here in Perth, Western Australia and have learnt how to add landmarks of all kinds to the OSM map - where steps are, benches, names of buildings, ferry landings, even special trees - cafes and their opening hours, bus stops, and everything else that makes a walk interesting and manageable. It is a kind of citizen community service! Using OSM in other countries has been really useful too - for example it showed me a useful short cut that I could use in a small town in Bulgaria, a path leading up to the castle in Kars, Turkey that avoided a busy road, and so on. When i compare OSM maps with the google equivalent, there is a huge difference as the former do integrate up to date local knowledge. Like wikipedia, the maps are made by individuals but moderated and checked by editors. And constantly updated. You can download them, so there is no problem about being online to use them. It is great fun, being able to actually add things to a map for those of us who've always loved maps!

  9. Instructions for taking a photo and creating an OSM note

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    The file that is attached to this post.

  10. Tag layouts

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    I seem to be building a blogging system here that's interspersing blog posts, status updates, photos, and files all together in one timeline. That was my intention of course, but at some point I'm going to have to figure out good ways to create separate streams of things. I'd been thinking that this could be done just with tags, and I think that's probably central to it, but there needs to be some better layouts for different tag results I think. I'm going to start, at least, with a timeline navigation sidebar (sort of akin to Flickr's 'camera roll' page, I guess).