A plea for some IndieWebness, and more

January 7, 2018

When I re-entered social space after a three-week break, there was a very pleasant surprise. My friend Jason had relaunched his Doubtfully Daily Matigo podcast. I binged on the first five immediately (alternating with another short podcast) and then caught up fully this morning.

As so often with Jason's podcasts, I urgently want to respond, often to agree, sometimes to disagree, occasionally to ask for more information, and so it was. Comments there are not (yet?) enabled, and when I asked Jason where the discussion ought to take place, he not unnaturally suggested 10C. In the spirit of the IndieWeb, however, and notwithstanding the fact that my data in 10C remain very much my data, I'm going to reply here and then POSSE to 10C.

Which brings me to my first point. In 001 - New Year's Day Jason talked about his hopes and expectations for a new version of 10C. I'm excited by everything he mentioned, and also a little worried by what he didn't mention: webmentions! This is the plumbing that allows me to respond to something on the internet and have the originator of that content be notified of my response, with the option of displaying it, or not, any way they choose. It offers the opportunity to have an entire conversation present on each participant's website, rather than stuck in a silo. While 10C is probably the least evil silo I know, indeed, it is a positively good silo, it remains a silo nevertheless. The single thing I most want to see in 10C is greater IndieWeb capabilities. 1

003 - Intel's Snafu was also very interesting. I saw headlines about the exploits, but had not paid any attention. Now I know that fixing these problems is probably going to make my Mac seem much slower. It was bad enough before, often slowing to a crawl for reasons unknown, although I suspect mostly associated with DropBox. So, while on holiday, I bought a huge external SSD in the potentially naive hope that it would speed things up if I made that the start-up disk (on which enterprise I plan to embark tomorrow). But maybe that will just leave me where I was before, if the fix is as bad as Jason says it will be. That would, at least, be bearable, but I had been expecting to use this machine for another three or four years, at least. I hope I can do that. I'm just not ready to interact with a computer at any length in the absence of a keyboard, as Jason seems to think I might have to.

That'll do for this post. I'd like more information about a NAS, but time is pressing. I expect I'll have more to say in the future. I might even be tempted to resurrect my own short-form podcasts.

  1. That's why I am writing this response on my site and syndicating it to 10C. If you have webmentions enabled on your site, and have something to say, please consider replying to the canonical version at https://www.jeremycherfas.net/blog/a-plea-for-some-indiewebness-and-more).

By Jeremy

Why is audio embedded in text a good idea?

April 14, 2016

Making the most recent Pick of the Podcasts was a deeply frustrating experience, but I'm not here to moan. At least, not about that. Maybe another time.

One lead appeared to be an extract from an article about pigments. It sounded promising enough to set me off in search of the whole thing, and after a lot of footling around, I eventually found the original audio on SoundCloud. Frustratingly, it was one of a playlist of clips, of "Sound files included in Harvard Gazette stories". But no link from each clip to its story. I'm OK at internet search, so I did eventually run the story down (A wall of color, a window to the past, well worth a read), and it was just as the playlist had promised. There were clips, tucked between paragraphs. No podcast. Just clips.

Why? To prove that the person who wrote the story actually spoke to the source? To give butterfly minds something to alight on? I'm at a loss.

Judging from the playlist, this is something the Harvard Gazette does fairly often. Maybe other places do it too. And then, while I was still puzzling out the purpose, along comes SoundCite, "a simple-to-use tool that lets you add inline audio to your story. The audio is not isolated; it plays right under the text you choose."

And again, why? Some of the friends I discussed it with think it is a good idea and one that will enhance reading online. I remain unconvinced. So go ahead. Convince me.

By Jeremy

Pick of the Podcasts 007

April 11, 2016

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Overcoming the Matthew Effect

March 29, 2016

For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken even that which he hath.

The main reason I make Pick of the Podcasts is to help other people (and myself) to find something new to listen to. Most of the best-of lists and recommendations seem to me to feature the same old regulars we know and love. That's not to say that some of them aren't worth listening to. But there is so much more out there.

Obviously, in search of stuff to recommend, I subscribe to other people's recommendations, and very good some of them are. (I'm looking at you, Dana Gerber-Margie.) So when I saw that audiosear.ch had launched a one a day newsletter with a single episode selected from their vast audio archive to recommend, I was all for that.

Alas, it is comprehensively useless.

You can listen to the episode on audiosear.ch's lacklustre streaming, scrolling app, or you can find a link to the episode on iTunes. Terrific. The only upside to listening to the stream is that you get to hoot at the not-quite-ready-for-prime-time transcript.

There's no download link from the audio -- not even from the original site, which would be the right thing to do -- and no easy way to find the original in case, like me, you might want to listen to it some other way.

I think this is the first time I have unsubscribed from a newsletter less than 24 hours after signing up.

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