I’m realizing I want one updatable place to log/muse about Spring ‘83 and not have things be overwritten, so let’s put that here. If you haven’t read this bizarrely long thing already, check that out.


Reading more Olla Lialina. Sometimes I think I feel about her the way that that convivial society guy feels about Ivan Illich – like, why is she the only one who Gets It? Why isn’t everyone talking about her?

Anyway, relevantly to Ryan using 🌸 instead of @ to denote a reference to a user, her on ~:

I asked my co-author, the last on the list, “Why are you behind the tilde on a-blast.org when it’s your own server?” And the answer is, “The tilde indicates that I am a user on a server computer. If I belong to a server I show where I am and I also talk about my past. Interesting relations are possible in the URL: my private page on a project server, one user in a community, the friend of another friend. This information is available to people that can “read” the URL so I make sure it contains some interesting information. And the word after the tilde is my Login Name. Through this I demonstrate that I can login as well, that I know about FTP, SSH, rsync etc.”


I’m reorganizing this because everyone is doing little chunks inbetween <hr>s on their boards so it Feels Right.


The thing about the <hr>s, of course, is what they’re not: nice little semantic <section> tags. If I were more principled I would use those, but I guard my bytes jealously. That doesn’t feel good – like finding code golf when you’re learning to program.


Why am I the only one who really wants thick margins within my board? I have been terribly influenced by this Wikipedia article.


It’s interesting to me that people really want to quote each other’s boards back and forth, but of course there’s nothing there when you go back. A “conversation” exists as inference only. It reminds me of when a rash of subtoots pop up on Mastodon, and they’re all obliquely referring to something, and maybe you know what it’s about or maybe you don’t.


Some annotation from makeworld’s notes because via.hypothes.is was blocked.

Honor’s CORS doesn’t like via.hypothes.is either so here’s some more annotations of their latest thing.


I don’t get why data URLs for images are a no go. Look how cute this is!


How should a Very Anxious Person handle having to blow away their previous content to put up something new? I’m currently handling this with that back-page symbol that’s in Unicode because of ISO aspirations and saving boards on my website. I sort of like the idea of making a stack of cards that’d be quick to flip back through, and like I might or might not skip adding any card to the stack. (Would the social media parallel be stories? I like the idea of stories a lot for how not-at-all I use them.) It’s important for some reason that the CSS change somewhat every time. Maybe that itself will change.


People on lobste.rs noted that a client could hold on to old boards until you’d seen them even if a spec-compliant server wouldn’t. That’d be a comfort, though it wouldn’t mix well with the current “click publish in order to see how it’s going to render with the client CSS, then adjust” workflow I’ve got.