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David Mead

I'm going to stop consuming "the web" for a while. Feel beaten from advertising and negativity

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Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram have rampant ads and skewed toxicity that the companies can't (or won't) address.

Large swathes of "online news" sites are echo chambers from half-read tweets riding on anger and clickbait thumbnails & titles.

Even the community of how we build and publish on the web feels angry and combative.

So, I'm going to take a break. Log out from these places. Shutter this site (I may take it down) as I still can't get it working the way I want.

I have hope for the IndieWeb gaining more traction. I have hope that this is a dark valley social media can pull itself out from.

See you whenever. Have a better one.

David Mead

I had some notes on the photo about that very thing @vslacks. But they didn't come through to the timeline.
https://davidjohnmead.com/2019/07/22/since-when-has-twitter-had-bookmarks-and-why

David Mead

Since when has @twitter had bookmarks? And why?

Since when has @twitter had bookmarks? And why?

I don't log in to (or use) Twitter much anymore, so when the new design dropped I thought I'd have a look.  For the most part I like it, but was confused when I saw 'bookmarks' in the left-side nav.

I used to 'star' a lot of things in Twitter and used that as a bookmark. Since they switched to 'hearts' I stopped using it that way. The social contract of me now "un-liking" a tweet because I read the link it contained or replied to it felt, well wrong.

According to Techcrunch this feature has been around for a year now. Anyone else use it?

David Mead

I agree with @jsnell here https://twitter.com/jsnell/status/1148671157391912960

Please don't invoke "UX" as a reason to install open local web servers on your users computers (ugh!).
"legitimate solution to a poor user experience..." - https://www.zdnet.com/article/zoom-defends-use-of-local-web-server-on-macs-after-security-report/

David Mead

Brunch quesadilla

Brunch quesadilla

Enjoying my (I guess) "brunch quesadilla". Cooked in skillet after the bacon I made for @joshuajohnmead & @juliemead23.

Also on Instagram, .

David Mead

Updating Known to Version: 0.12.2

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With the IndieWeb Summit going on, I thought it a good time to update this blog to the latest version.

Steps

  • backed up the MySQL database for the site
  • copied the site, via FTP, to my local machine
  • downloaded latest zipped file from https://withknown.marcus-povey.co.uk/
  • unzipped and FTP’d new files over to server, apart from the Uploads and Configuration folders
  • refreshed in browser and voila! content is still there
  • revoked all IndiePub account access (not needed but wanted a fresh start on this build) and logged back in to:
  • added back in Food and Listen plugins from my local backup

Going forward

So far so good. OwnYourGram still doesn't want to work with my server for some reason. Nothing is being pulled in to Together so maybe that needs a little time.

The most notable changes are tidying up of the settings and configuration sections which looks great. There's also a new (updated?) editor which is cleaner and works well.

My existing Twitter plugin broke the site, so I pulled down a new version from GitHub.

 

David Mead

The Ark of Taste

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Only today have I found out about "The Ark of Taste". It's mentioned in an article about rare pasta, shared via Slack channel.

A quick search led me to a YouTube video (embedded below) from 2016. It only had 55 likes, 4 dislikes, 1 comment, but 11,220 views.  It's an interesting idea.

Described on the @arkoftaste Twitter profile as...

...the international project from @SlowFoodHQ that promotes by cataloging people’s alerts on the foods we risk losing

The last post there was October 2015. The link to the homepage of the Twitter bio leads to a 404, but it is part of SlowFoodHQ.

Going there reveals 4930+ Ark of Taste products. A few more clicks took me to https://www.fondazioneslowfood.com/en/what-we-do/the-ark-of-taste/ which seems to be this Ark's Mount Ararat.

These are dishes, plants, and animals that a slowly being erased from memory and the environment.  It's weird to see 179 products in The Ark from the UK.  Especially as this is EU backed, and with the recent Brexit results, the UK seems to want to be forgotten itself.

 

 

David Mead

David Mead

David Mead