Links for 2018/12/28

December 28, 2018 · 2 minute read

Posted in: links productivity ActivityPub rss Gritty

Why Calendars are More Effective Than To Do Lists - Srinivas Rao - Pocket

Thinking about the link on org-mode use I posted a little while ago that suggested giving every TODO headline a SCHEDULED property.

Pleroma, LitePub, ActivityPub and JSON-LD — kaniini’s blog!

Gets at one of the reasons that ActivityPub is problematic — the LinkedData aspect is useful for Big Social (advertising targeting, business intelligence), but not for the actual use of sharing that we want to enable. This is one of several things that the fediverse inherits from corporate social media without really intending to (I think/hope).

Gritty’s evolution from mascot to meme to leftist avatar, explained - Vox

In case you need a Vox explainer on Gritty. I’m mainly posting it because of the ascending Muppet meme.

It’s Okay to Have Children

This Jacobin article addresses bourgeois liberal anti-natalism. But it doesn’t really assuage my fear that my children are going to grow up in a hellscape that I feel guilty for bringing them into.

The Rise and Demise of RSS

RSS is still extremely useful, and most sites still have it because it’s so simple to implement that it basically costs nothing relative to the rest of the CMS, blogging software, or static site generator. One thought I had while reading this was, “Goddamn, the Semantic Web people really do destroy everything they touch.”

Human Rights by Design

Don’t design your software to enable privacy violations, or indiscriminate censorship.

Hoppin’ John and How African Slaves Influenced Bean-and-Rice Culture | Restaurants | free-times.com

In time for New Year’s.

How Much of the Internet Is Fake?

Apparently, more than half of internet traffic is advertising-related scams (fake impressions, fake video views) of some kind. And that’s not counting the spam.


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