Architecture Over the last five years or so, maybe a little bit more, downtown Columbia has been sprouting these student apartments everywhere there’s space for them and a lot of places there isn’t (displacing existing local businesses). One thing about them is that they all look alike – basically they’re long boxes, four or five stories tall, with various superficial architectural features that don’t really do anything to hide the fact that they’re long boxes.
Computing, emacs dengste/org-caldav: Caldav sync for Emacs orgmode I’ve started to use this, to go along with my resolution to start using calendars more, and to-do lists less.
More emacs configuration tweaks (multiple-cursor on click, minimap, code folding, ensime eval overlays) There were some useful hints in here for me. I tend not to use multiple-cursor-mode, because I have trouble remembering how it selects things, and it’s easier for me to use iedit-mode or just macros to do multiple similar edits.
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.
Merry Christmas Edition
Free Software and Adjacent Topics What does a private communicator look like? – Aral Balkan There’s a pretty wide potential space, both hardware and software, for what a personal communicator could look like.
Free software and the revolt against transactionality John Ohno (Modernist Microfiche Minotaur on the fediverse) writes (on Medium, unfortunately) an excellent article on saving the gift economy of Free Software from the way Big Software builds an industry on Open Source.
Facebook imploding What Happens When Facebook Goes the Way of Myspace? - The New York Times Even after no one is really using Facebook, everyone’s residual data will still be valuable (and dangerous).
As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants - The New York Times Summary: Facebook gave complete access to its customer data, including “private” messages, and including not only reading them, but writing or deleting them, to its “partners”, including Apple, Spotify, Yahoo, Microsoft, and several others.