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<outline text="June 2018" created="Fri, 01 Jun 2018 15:55:07 GMT" name="june2018">
<outline text="June 30" created="Sat, 30 Jun 2018 12:23:36 GMT" name="30">
<outline text="I wish &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Jim Carrey&lt;/a&gt; would do a regular TV show. We don’t have an outrageous fearless superstar comedian to school Trump Country on the hell they are creating." created="Sat, 30 Jun 2018 22:10:00 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="If Jeff Bezos wanted to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;help&lt;/a&gt; he'd open the second Amazon headquarters in a small population red state." created="Sat, 30 Jun 2018 18:39:21 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez&lt;/a&gt;: &quot;No person in America should die because they're too poor to live.&quot;" created="Sat, 30 Jun 2018 14:07:09 GMT" type="outline" urltweet="" image=""/>
<outline text="I think we all know a police state is coming, and I bet a lot of us are being careful in what we say now, so it won’t be used against us later." created="Sat, 30 Jun 2018 22:09:45 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="If you want a reason to be optimistic, check out yesterday's &lt;a href=&quot;;action=click&amp;contentCollection=podcasts&amp;region=stream&amp;module=stream_unit&amp;version=latest&amp;contentPlacement=1&amp;pgtype=collection&quot;&gt;Daily podcast&lt;/a&gt;. A new Supreme Court decision said membership was no longer mandatory in government employee unions. This was thought to be a blow to unions. Turns out it may &lt;i&gt;revitalize&lt;/i&gt; them, as the membership, newly empowered, drives the unions, instead of being taken for granted. See how &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;#4 kicks in&lt;/a&gt; to change #1. And you can be sure conservatives are taking note." created="Sat, 30 Jun 2018 13:39:32 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Working together" created="Sat, 30 Jun 2018 12:23:37 GMT" type="outline" description="Working Together, a concept more important than any technology ever invented, is the hoop we, as a society, have to jump through.">
<outline text="When they asked for a topic for my interview with &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Anna Masera&lt;/a&gt; at &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;#sotn18&lt;/a&gt;, I did some quick thinking and this is what I came up with." created="Sat, 30 Jun 2018 12:32:06 GMT"/>
<outline text="There are four entities that were separated by corporations and the major political parties in the 20th century. We're evolving in the 21st to them all being the same thing, with no meaningful separation. " created="Sat, 30 Jun 2018 15:53:57 GMT"/>
<outline text="If we manage to pull this off, and it's a tall order, we will be able to tackle the biggest challenge our species has faced, climate change." created="Sat, 30 Jun 2018 12:23:40 GMT"/>
<outline text="Here are the four entities:" created="Sat, 30 Jun 2018 12:25:41 GMT" flNumberedSubs="true">
<outline text="Government" created="Sat, 30 Jun 2018 12:25:47 GMT"/>
<outline text="Journalism" created="Sat, 30 Jun 2018 12:25:54 GMT"/>
<outline text="Tech" created="Sat, 30 Jun 2018 12:25:56 GMT"/>
<outline text="The people" created="Sat, 30 Jun 2018 12:25:57 GMT"/>
<outline text="Trump Country, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;or&lt;/a&gt; Evil Corp, whatever you call them, is the catalyst. " created="Sat, 30 Jun 2018 12:26:00 GMT"/>
<outline text="&lt;i&gt;Working Together, &lt;/i&gt;a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;concept&lt;/a&gt; more important than any technology ever invented, is the hoop we, as a society, have to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;jump&lt;/a&gt; through. To choose to work with someone else even if it means less glory for you. That's evolution. It's what we're being forced to do. It's a good thing to do." created="Sat, 30 Jun 2018 12:26:56 GMT"/>
<outline text="If you feel you aren't being effective as a person, find someone who will work with you, and then find another and another. I think you will start feeling effective almost immediately. It means &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;compromise&lt;/a&gt;. But that's the core power of humanity. The ability to see things from others' point of view, and then act on it." created="Sat, 30 Jun 2018 12:27:49 GMT"/>
<outline text="Roe v Wade problem" created="Sat, 30 Jun 2018 22:11:26 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="Suppose the Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade." created="Sat, 30 Jun 2018 22:11:31 GMT"/>
<outline text="Some states have anti-choice laws already on the books."/>
<outline text="They go into effect."/>
<outline text="Can you imagine how motivated the Dems voters will be in those states in the next election?"/>
<outline text="The Repubs better have some awesome voter suppression."/>
<outline text="June 29" created="Fri, 29 Jun 2018 12:44:10 GMT" name="29">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Poll&lt;/a&gt;: Rumor has it that James Dolan is getting ready to sell the Knicks. Incredible news. Now who should buy the team?" created="Fri, 29 Jun 2018 17:10:48 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="Sometimes I invest in companies I dislike. If they win, at least I made some money. If they lose, well that's its own reward." created="Fri, 29 Jun 2018 18:47:25 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Sometimes I think Twitter is like the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Wailing Wall&lt;/a&gt;." created="Fri, 29 Jun 2018 18:53:14 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I love the @ArtPicsChannel feed on Twitter, and wondered what it would be like to see the art outside of the chaos of Twitter. The result is an app, and &lt;a href=&quot;;;&gt;here's a demo&lt;/a&gt;. Haven't released the app yet, but plan to. " created="Fri, 29 Jun 2018 15:24:44 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="Jon Stewart &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;appeared&lt;/a&gt; on Colbert. It seemed for a moment he was going to go all the way, to go back to the old Stewart, but he backed off. I don't think it matters whether we agree with Trump or not. We have to join together and share the same fate. As long as our most visible leaders try to hold on to what they have, we will keep losing. " created="Fri, 29 Jun 2018 13:06:56 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo="" image=""/>
<outline text="Idea: 100K people move to Maine and Alaska, and start working for Democrats to replace &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Collins&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Murkowski&lt;/a&gt;, but promise to switch if they take a hard line in support of Roe v Wade. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Maine&lt;/a&gt; has a population of 1.4 million, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Alaska&lt;/a&gt; has 739K. This is the weakness of the Republican Party in the Senate and the Electoral College. Move a few million people around the country and the advantage switches to the Democrats. " created="Fri, 29 Jun 2018 12:44:11 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="June 28" created="Thu, 28 Jun 2018 12:57:43 GMT" name="28">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Poll&lt;/a&gt;: When does the long July 4 weekend start?" created="Thu, 28 Jun 2018 14:46:44 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Arts Pics Channel&lt;/a&gt; has become a favorite Twitter account." created="Thu, 28 Jun 2018 13:45:36 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Trump is much older than &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Hitler&lt;/a&gt; was when he assumed power in Germany. Hitler became &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;chancellor&lt;/a&gt; of Germany in 1933 at &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;44&lt;/a&gt;. Trump became president of the United States in 2016 at 70. There are of course other differences. In order to have a global empire Hitler had to go to war, which he ultimately lost. Trump was elected president of a country that already dominated, economically and militarily, and had by far the largest military and nuclear weapons. " created="Thu, 28 Jun 2018 13:07:50 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="I want to fight against the Trump Administration. It sounds like the Democrats are going to lead. Even if they don't, it's time to stop being doormats for the Republicans. A term &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Maddow&lt;/a&gt; introduced last night, a good one." created="Thu, 28 Jun 2018 12:58:32 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;img src=&quot;;&gt;" created="Thu, 28 Jun 2018 12:57:44 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Journalists listen to journalists" created="Thu, 28 Jun 2018 18:18:40 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="This could be the headline of so many stories. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Here's&lt;/a&gt; another one. " created="Thu, 28 Jun 2018 18:18:45 GMT"/>
<outline text="The NYT is narcissistic, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;says&lt;/a&gt; the former editor of the NYT. Journalist speaks. Journalists listen. " created="Thu, 28 Jun 2018 18:19:06 GMT" image=""/>
<outline text="This is big news? Seriously? Because any fool watching this who isn't a journalist would get that it's one big fume factory. Out one end comes fumes, which go into the other end, and are recycled over and over. " created="Thu, 28 Jun 2018 18:19:38 GMT"/>
<outline text="Of course what's so ironic about this particular story is how &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;recursive&lt;/a&gt; it is. A journalist noticing that journalists are narcissists is itself of course narcissism. " created="Thu, 28 Jun 2018 18:20:34 GMT"/>
<outline text="Suggestion: Report more stories that aren't sourced through other journalists." created="Thu, 28 Jun 2018 18:21:07 GMT"/>
<outline text="June 27" created="Wed, 27 Jun 2018 13:14:29 GMT" name="27">
<outline text="I made a few small improvements to the modal image dialog on this blog. Now if the &lt;a href=&quot;; title=&quot;My first flat-screen monitor.&quot;&gt;anchor&lt;/a&gt; tag linking to the image has a title &lt;a href=&quot;; title=&quot;Dave Jacobs bought a hot new sports car, many years ago.&quot;&gt;attribute&lt;/a&gt;, that is displayed in the lower left corner of the dialog. At first I thought it should be at the top, but that's not the role that &lt;a href=&quot;; title=&quot;Lunch w Tim O'Reilly when he got a call from Jeff Bezos.&quot;&gt;titles&lt;/a&gt; play in anchors. It's a parenthetical comment. " created="Wed, 27 Jun 2018 19:52:29 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Suppose a major news org were to launch a Twitter-like service. Somehow the reporters would use the platform to create a new kind of news. A tight relationship with the software designers. Journalists excited about changing how reporting works. Sources empowered in new ways." created="Wed, 27 Jun 2018 18:50:03 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I am so encouraged that a clear-thinking, principled and courageous &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;young person&lt;/a&gt; has emerged from my home town, from Queens and the Bronx, where I am from and is going to Congress. Just 28 years old, what an optimistic sign for our future. " created="Wed, 27 Jun 2018 14:07:02 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="Yesterday I &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;suggested&lt;/a&gt; it's time for a general strike in the US. But why just the US? Let's shut down the &lt;i&gt;world&lt;/i&gt; economy for a few days to register our total rejection of the path the US govt is on. A good time: When Trump meets with Putin." created="Wed, 27 Jun 2018 14:19:40 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="One day &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;we will&lt;/a&gt; win again." created="Wed, 27 Jun 2018 19:30:32 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="Why a general strike?" created="Wed, 27 Jun 2018 19:45:06 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="Voting for Trump, for his voters, was the equivalent of a general strike. " created="Wed, 27 Jun 2018 19:46:43 GMT"/>
<outline text="And in response we have to have one too. So they get an idea of how much they depend on us, and how powerful we are." created="Wed, 27 Jun 2018 19:46:56 GMT"/>
<outline text="The hype from Fox and Trump is that the Dem-voting states are weak. We're actually most of the economy. " created="Wed, 27 Jun 2018 19:47:07 GMT"/>
<outline text="June 26" created="Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:12:00 GMT" name="26">
<outline text="Podcast: &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Why I say no to Google&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Tue, 26 Jun 2018 15:50:02 GMT" type="outline" enclosure="" enclosureType="audio/mpeg" enclosureLength="11619669"/>
<outline text="I updated &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;;/a&gt; for the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;new&lt;/a&gt; Twitter constraints. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Tested&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Tue, 26 Jun 2018 17:50:27 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I also updated &quot;Little Card Editor&quot;. It now &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;works&lt;/a&gt; as before." created="Tue, 26 Jun 2018 19:44:17 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="Previous header graphic was a picture of a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;white plant&lt;/a&gt;, and the new picture is &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Sheep Meadow&lt;/a&gt; in Central Park, with a view of buildings on Central Park West on a sunny summer day (today). The white plant is called &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Dusty Miller&lt;/a&gt;, btw. Here's the &lt;a href=&quot;; title=&quot;Full size picture of Sheep Meadow in Central Park.&quot;&gt;full-size&lt;/a&gt; Sheep Meadow picture. " created="Tue, 26 Jun 2018 20:32:26 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Are any Republicans who were at the &lt;a href=&quot;;t=h_&amp;ia=videos&quot;&gt;RNC in 2016&lt;/a&gt; who would now like to apologize for what &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;they said&lt;/a&gt; should be done to the Democratic candidate? Now would be a good time to stand up." created="Tue, 26 Jun 2018 13:27:43 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="When I went to the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;DNC&lt;/a&gt; in Denver in 2008, every time we entered or left the facility we had to walk a gauntlet of abortion protestors. Graphic images, and loud obnoxious people. I guessed at the time this was a compromise, that the protestors wanted to do more, but were restrained by courts and police. " created="Tue, 26 Jun 2018 13:18:38 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Dems should make a deal with the Repubs. Every &lt;a href=&quot;;t=h_&amp;ia=videos&quot;&gt;Repub&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;who&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;chanted&lt;/a&gt; &lt;i&gt;Lock Her Up&lt;/i&gt; apologizes, and then we'll ask Maxine Waters to chill." created="Tue, 26 Jun 2018 12:42:37 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="You do know we're living in a parody, a dark comedy in which a mob boss with fascist leanings accidentally gets elected president. As they say, hilarity ensues. Sort of like &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Hogan's Heroes&lt;/a&gt; meets &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;The Sopranos&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:25:39 GMT" type="tweet" tweetId="1011571525059858432" tweetUserName="davewiner" image=""/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Three years ago&lt;/a&gt;: &quot;Social media is a moral parade. All we've done is give voice to stupid.&quot;" created="Tue, 26 Jun 2018 12:02:23 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I'm not usually up this early so I tuned in to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Morning Joe&lt;/a&gt;. Interestingly I had seen the SNL parody of it, it's been many years since I've seen the original, and OMG the show is a great parody of the parody. It's so good. Here's the original &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;SNL parody&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:12:01 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="I'm fascinated by the plump Nazi women who show up as memes, esp the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;ones with phones&lt;/a&gt;. The &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;latest&lt;/a&gt; calls the cops on an 8-year-old girl selling water in front of her house. Her name is Boo. (Update: She was forced to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;resign&lt;/a&gt; from the cannabis business she founded.) But the most interesting of all is the original, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Sarah Huckabee Sanders&lt;/a&gt;. In there beats the heart of a human being, I'm sure, but it's so well hidden by the venemous bile. Basically I have a thing for largeish authoritarian women who lie. " created="Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:14:29 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="What became of the blogosphere?" created="Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:44:10 GMT" type="outline" description="The blogosphere is made of people, but the people treated the center like a corporation, and it wasn't. ">
<outline text="One of the things that came up in &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Trieste&lt;/a&gt; is the question of the decline of the blogosphere. Here's what I said. " created="Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:44:21 GMT" flNumberedSubs="true">
<outline text="I doubt if the blogosphere of 2018 is smaller in absolute terms than the blogosphere of the early 2000s. In fact I'm pretty sure it's orders of magnitude larger, if you consider the size of just two hosting services -- and Tumblr. " created="Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:44:30 GMT"/>
<outline text="Most of the people who use social media, Twitter, Facebook etc are not &lt;a href=&quot;; title=&quot;Natural-born bloggers&quot;&gt;NBBs&lt;/a&gt;. They were never going to become bloggers. We learned this in the early days of the evangelism of blogs. Most people don't have the impulse." created="Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:44:54 GMT"/>
<outline text="What changed is we lost the center. I know something about this because I created and operated &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;;/a&gt;. It worked at first, but then the blogosphere &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;grew&lt;/a&gt; and grew, and didn't or couldn't scale to meet it. Eventually I sold it because it was such a personal burden for me. " created="Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:45:03 GMT"/>
<outline text="The blogosphere is made of people, but the people treated the center like a corporation, and it wasn't. If we ever want to reboot the center, there has to be a cooperative spirit, and a limit to its scope to avoid the scaling problems. You can't put a big corp at the center of something so independent, or it ceases to be independent. " created="Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:45:20 GMT"/>
<outline text="We're paying a price now for the lack of a center as &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Google&lt;/a&gt; and others move to control the open web that made blogging possible. Bloggers need the low barrier to entry to hosting our own blogs, even if we never use it. It's our escape plan. With no way out, the hosting companies will turn into AOL. " created="Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:45:28 GMT"/>
<outline text="There used to be a communication network among bloggers, but that's gone now. " created="Tue, 26 Jun 2018 13:47:21 GMT"/>
<outline text="June 25" created="Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:01:59 GMT" name="25">
<outline text="New feature. When you click on a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;link to an image&lt;/a&gt; from Scripting News it opens in a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;dialog&lt;/a&gt;. It works on an &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;archive page&lt;/a&gt; and on the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;home page&lt;/a&gt;. It only works on pages posted today or in the future. &lt;i&gt;Still diggin! &lt;/i&gt;:boom:" created="Mon, 25 Jun 2018 15:25:32 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I now have &quot;Happy Friends&quot; running with the new Twitter callback constraints. You may have to log off and log back on to get it to save your changes." created="Mon, 25 Jun 2018 20:15:33 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;This&lt;/a&gt; should be aTV show. Believe it or not it would do a lot of good. Not by shaming people, but by showing them in real terms why the ideas they're hearing are wrong." created="Mon, 25 Jun 2018 20:18:38 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="At a campaign event, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Claire McCaskill asks&lt;/a&gt; everyone who has a pre-existing condition to stand. Almost everyone does. This should be done at every Democratic rally, dinner or meetup so it's understood how important coverage of P-E-Ds is." created="Mon, 25 Jun 2018 14:40:39 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="In Italy I saw everyone wearing nice sunglasses. My problem is that when I buy nice ones I lose them. So I buy shitty sunglasses, in bulk, and let them get lost. But in Italy I couldn't even stand to take them out because everyone had such nice sunglasses. When I got home, I splurged, and bought a new pair of &lt;a href=&quot;;psc=1&quot;&gt;Raybans&lt;/a&gt;. They are &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;beautiful&lt;/a&gt;. And they make what I see beautiful too. I will probably lose these too, though I may be developing a system for not losing them. We'll see. In the meantime I am enjoying them. " created="Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:39:36 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Inside the government I bet they're thinking the mistake they made with the zero tolerance border policy is letting the story leak out. This was the conclusion of the Bush II administration re Vietnam, that the mistake was letting pictures of flag-draped coffins get out. So they prevented that in the Iraq War. Also a big tax cut and no draft. That bought peace at home for a war that was just as wrong as Vietnam. " created="Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:08:41 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I updated the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Google and HTTP&lt;/a&gt; faq to include a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;section&lt;/a&gt; about the email I received from them on June 20." created="Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:02:00 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="What Google’s “not secure” means: “Google tried to take control of the open web and this site said no.”" created="Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:13:06 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Trump is not only a Nazi, he's in way over his head, and panicking" created="Mon, 25 Jun 2018 19:00:52 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="Everyone is focused on the optics of what's happening in the immigration system, but underneath the awful images there's a real problem with no easy answers. The problem he's dealing with is far from new, and is horrible, and has been mishandled by every president since Clinton, leading to an escalating problem, and because he is so inept at communicating, Trump has turned into a huge crisis." created="Mon, 25 Jun 2018 19:00:58 GMT"/>
<outline text="Looked at another way, remember how everyone has been positing what would happen when Trump had to deal with a crisis not of his own making? This is it. But he can't seem to get our sympathy and support, when any other president would have been able to do so easily." created="Mon, 25 Jun 2018 19:02:29 GMT"/>
<outline text="Just listen to &lt;a href=&quot;;action=click&amp;contentCollection=podcasts&amp;region=stream&amp;module=stream_unit&amp;version=latest&amp;contentPlacement=1&amp;pgtype=collection&quot;&gt;today's Daily podcast&lt;/a&gt;, and find out how when we had to deal with the El Salvadoran gangs in LA in the 90s, we exported them back to El Salvador where they &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;grew&lt;/a&gt;, and now the next generation is coming of age, and the country is unlivable so they're coming north, and in fact &lt;i&gt;Trump has a good point&lt;/i&gt; (if he could only communicate it) that we're going to deal with an even bigger problem next time around, as it echoes in a decades-long feedback loop." created="Mon, 25 Jun 2018 19:03:28 GMT"/>
<outline text="Part of what we're seeing here is not only Adolf Hitler 2.0, but also a man who is in totally over his head, unable to understand how the US government functions. He's panicking. And folks, this is only one of a dozen major ongoing crises a president has to deal with. " created="Mon, 25 Jun 2018 19:09:05 GMT"/>
<outline text="It's a real problem. If only our president had the means to communicate it in a rational, non-hysterical way. This one only knows one way of communicating -- he attacks. And that puts him at odds with how our form of government works." created="Mon, 25 Jun 2018 19:05:11 GMT"/>
<outline text="Travel begets ideas" created="Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:31:54 GMT" type="outline" description="When I travel I come back with ideas.">
<outline text="When I travel I come back with ideas." created="Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:32:07 GMT"/>
<outline text="I should do it more often. " created="Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:32:12 GMT"/>
<outline text="On the last &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;trip&lt;/a&gt;, the question was, as it often is, what should we do for a bright future with publishing technology. I think that's been topic number one for me for at least 30 years, maybe my entire life, going back to the womb." created="Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:32:16 GMT"/>
<outline text="So here's what I came back with." created="Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:32:55 GMT"/>
<outline text="If I had my &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;druthers&lt;/a&gt;, I'd have a team of writers, bloggers, journalists to work with, and I'd do a lot of experimenting with news creation and reading ideas. Rapidly try new approaches until we hit on one(s) they all loved. Then we'd know where to go from there." created="Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:33:03 GMT"/>
<outline text="That's it." created="Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:33:47 GMT"/>
<outline text="June 24" created="Sun, 24 Jun 2018 15:47:39 GMT" name="24">
<outline text="I forgot how great bike rides are in hot humid weather. " created="Sun, 24 Jun 2018 19:00:18 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="The one literary form that doesn't have criticism is news." created="Sun, 24 Jun 2018 20:20:48 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Trump says the press is the enemy of the people. Only a true enemy of the people would say that." created="Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:11:13 GMT" type="tweet" tweetId="1010949391115603968" tweetUserName="davewiner"/>
<outline text="An idea for &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;journalists&lt;/a&gt; of all genders -- broaden your discourse outside of journalism. You all just talk with each other. Get ideas from outside journalism and punditry. We'll all do better." created="Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:10:10 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="My world-famous &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;trolling FAQ&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Sun, 24 Jun 2018 15:47:40 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="How journalism is like the Mets" created="Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:17:34 GMT" type="outline" description="We know someday the press, like the Mets, will win again. It might not be this year or next, but the day will come. And you'll get yours then.">
<outline text="First, you have to know I have been a Mets fan since 1962 when I was seven years old. I went to Mets games with my mother and father, uncle, and lots of games with my little brother. We grew up within walking distance of Shea Stadium. That's the first thing. " created="Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:17:41 GMT" image=""/>
<outline text="Second, the Mets &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;suck&lt;/a&gt;. All Mets fans know that. You can't hurt our feelings by saying the Mets suck. We know it. They were born in suckage. Their ability to fuck up is legendary. It's deep in the culture of the team and its fans that they screw up. A lot." created="Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:18:32 GMT"/>
<outline text="We have the dorkiest &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;mascot&lt;/a&gt; ever. He sucks as much as the team does. " created="Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:27:33 GMT"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Casey Stengel&lt;/a&gt;, the first manager of the Mets &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;said&lt;/a&gt;: &quot;You look up and down the bench and you have to say to yourself, ‘Can’t anybody here play this game?’&quot;" created="Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:28:24 GMT"/>
<outline text="But every once in a while, something happens. We make a trade for someone who hits a shitload of home runs. We draft a couple of pitchers who make history they're so hard to hit. Once we had a second baseman who played in the postseason like Babe Ruth. And then there's &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;game 6&lt;/a&gt; of the 1986 World Series. Sometimes the Mets are the opposite of sucking. Sometimes they are great. " created="Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:19:28 GMT"/>
<outline text="This is why they are called The Amazin' Mets. Or &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;The Amazins&lt;/a&gt; for short. (Casey Stengel coined the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;term&lt;/a&gt;, but when he said it, it wasn't because they were so great. Heh.) " created="Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:21:16 GMT"/>
<outline text="We don't mind if the Yankees fans, the team we share a city with, look down on us. But we do mind if, when the Mets are doing great, they start wearing Mets hats. Like they did in 2015. That, in our philosophy of baseball is what defines the Mets. We love them whether they suck or not. Whether we're on cloud nine or in the dumps. Yankees fans of course have no philosophy." created="Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:21:42 GMT"/>
<outline text="Once after the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;last game&lt;/a&gt; of the 2000 World Series on the subway into Manhattan a little boy dressed in a Mets hat and jacket was crying. I said to him &quot;Son, if you're going to be a Mets fan you're going to be doing a lot of that.&quot;" created="Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:33:48 GMT"/>
<outline text="Anyway, I guess that explains how I feel about the Mets. But I realized today it's also how I feel about journalism. It sucks most of the time. Most of the time they skim the surface, or kiss the ass of the rich and powerful at the expense of progress. Usually they get it so wrong it makes you cry. Most of the time journalism sucks. We know it." created="Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:23:31 GMT"/>
<outline text="But if you call them &lt;i&gt;The Enemy of the People, &lt;/i&gt;we know what you're doing. Just because we love them and they suck doesn't mean we're stupid. We get it. And when you take that particular shortcut, &lt;i&gt;you&lt;/i&gt; become the enemy. There will come a day of reckoning. We believe that someday the press, like the Mets, will win again. We know it. It might not be this year or next, but the day will come. And you'll get yours then." created="Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:24:25 GMT"/>
<outline text="June 22" created="Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:34:35 GMT" name="22">
<outline text="Our government is the enemy of the people." created="Fri, 22 Jun 2018 19:35:54 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Here's a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;prototype&lt;/a&gt; of the dialog Chrome users will see when they try to read this blog, after Google starts saying it's not secure. If you don't use Chrome, you'll just see a picture of Abraham Lincoln. (To save you the trouble of launching Chrome, here's a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;screen shot&lt;/a&gt;.)" created="Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:10:03 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="There was a problem with &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;LO2&lt;/a&gt; due to a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;change&lt;/a&gt; in Twitter's API. I was able to figure out what it was asking me to do, and am pretty sure I got it working again. Probably all my apps that use the Twitter API for identity are affected. I'll start checking them now. (Note: At first I was baffled. This kind of stuff is easily forgotten once it's working.)" created="Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:34:36 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="I tried to update the callback URL for &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;;/a&gt;, doing the same thing I did for LO2 and it didn't work. So I guess that app is &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;gone&lt;/a&gt;, unless I think of something else to do. I have a feeling in the next few months a lot of the stuff I've created over the last few years is going to get knocked down by big tech companies. " created="Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:57:31 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="BTW, there was an ominous sign, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;news this morning&lt;/a&gt; that when Twitter acquired a company their APIs went off the air with 1/2 hour warning, knocking some very important infrastructure off the air. I think maybe it's time for a conference among tech leaders, a quiet one, to discuss what the big companies are trying to do to the web, and maybe this is all unintentional. I'm really tired. It could be the jetlag from my European trip, or it could be that I'm getting weary of working so hard with so little reward, but I will not be updating my stuff. I'm going to let them knock my sites off. I've given a lot to the web, as much as I care to. " created="Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:58:44 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Dave's rules of Twitter discourse" created="Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:20:04 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="The rules:" created="Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:21:50 GMT" flNumberedSubs="true">
<outline text="Don’t waste time arguing with trolls." created="Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:20:13 GMT"/>
<outline text="Everyone who wants to argue with you is a troll." created="Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:20:29 GMT"/>
<outline text="Don’t RT Trump." created="Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:20:33 GMT"/>
<outline text="For crying out loud don’t paste an image of a Trump tweet into your post." created="Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:20:37 GMT"/>
<outline text="Unfollow people who RT Trump." created="Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:20:51 GMT"/>
<outline text="June 21" created="Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:52:37 GMT" name="21">
<outline text="Shortly after getting home last night I got this &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;disgusting email&lt;/a&gt; from Google. Most of this email is threatening, blackmail. Very little about any benefit. Also &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;;/a&gt; is my oldest site. The blog that started blogging. Older than Google itself. I am livid mad with this company that we used to love, that was born of the web. If you're not up on what they're doing, I wrote a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;FAQ&lt;/a&gt; for you. Please read and pass it along. The press isn't covering this for some reason. " created="Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:29:00 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="I like to throw ideas around without concern for how practical they are to implement. When I was running my company, this was one of the most difficult concepts to teach my people. Don’t worry about time when your mind comes up with an idea. Ideas lead to other ideas, and the next one might not take much time. " created="Thu, 21 Jun 2018 21:15:32 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I posted &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;updates&lt;/a&gt; on my trip yesterday on Twitter. " created="Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:31:17 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Gee&lt;/a&gt; but it's great to be back home. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Home&lt;/a&gt; is where I want to be. " created="Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:52:38 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="Most of the reviews you read for bingeable TV shows are of the first few episodes because that's all the networks provide reviewers at the beginning of a season. The exceptions of course are Netflix and Amazon. I just finished Season 3 of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Mr Robot&lt;/a&gt;, and having seen all ten episodes I have to say you would have had no idea what was coming and how good it would get based on the first few episodes. This was the season when Elliot and his sister Darlene become human. Find love. Accept their own flaws and their father's, the titular character. There's one scene in episode 6 when father and son are fighting in a totally &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Mr Robot way&lt;/a&gt;, and I laughed so hard, it was &lt;i&gt;so&lt;/i&gt; well done. &quot;I guess he didn't like my note,&quot; says Elliot. Episode 8 with the young Iranian kid was so sweet, and it's when we learn Elliot cares about people and loves himself. This is new. Anyway, Season 2 was a disappointment, but Season 3 makes up for it. I may have to watch it again. " created="Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:55:03 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="BTW, a great thing about Mr Robot is that it's about what I do. I type at a command line as Elliot does. I use the tools he uses. Of course I'm trying to topple the system not by hacking but by publishing. But the ideas are similar. And the next binge, Silicon Valley, is about what I used to do, before I hated that place. :boom:" created="Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:11:02 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="And I will never not be able to think of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Rami Malek's acceptance speech&lt;/a&gt; at the Emmies. It's funnier when the theme of Mr Robot is fresh in your mind. " created="Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:12:48 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="June 20" created="Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:03:50 GMT" name="20">
<outline text="I'm on my way home, waiting for my flight at Milan's airport. I've been through security and passport control, stood in a bunch of lines, and got a good look at the people in line with me, who come from places you don't often see in lines at American airports. Lots of babies, toddlers and children, along with their parents, all with brown skin. I wondered how they would be treated in my country. Not as well as I would like. " created="Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:03:51 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="People flying to two countries need to go through special security -- Israel and the US. I don't remember this from the last time I was in this airport a few years ago. " created="Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:11:10 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="It's going to be a while before I get home, to midtown Manhattan, a very different place from where I'm at now. " created="Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:11:31 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="One thing an American traveling in Europe notices is how everything here is first class compared to how it is at home. The subways are clean. People dress well, and are generally polite. There are exceptions, the man standing behind me in line yelling into my ear and his phone at the same time, I finally let him pass me so I could enjoy my own thoughts. There's a little justice in this because I offended a British gentleman at breakfast this morning by speaking loudly while we were eating breakfast. I wish he had told me in a more considerate way, he left me muttering &lt;i&gt;asshole&lt;/i&gt; under my breath. I am an American, and I guess no matter where we go, we speak loudly. " created="Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:07:15 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="There &lt;i&gt;is&lt;/i&gt; small justification for what the US is doing now with the children" created="Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:15:50 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="I listened to the Daily podcast &lt;a href=&quot;;action=click&amp;contentCollection=podcasts&amp;region=stream&amp;module=stream_unit&amp;version=latest&amp;contentPlacement=2&amp;pgtype=collection&quot;&gt;yesterday&lt;/a&gt; and learned that there is actually justification for what the US is doing with the children at the southern border." created="Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:16:05 GMT"/>
<outline text="Previously, an immigrant would cross the border and if caught would declare they're seeking asylum. They would be taken into custody, with any accompanying children, appear before a judge, and would be given a date for a trial to determine if their request is justified. Then they would be released, in the United States. At that time they would be free to get a job, take up residence, and often they would not show up for the trial. So through this large loophole they would effectively become residents of the United States." created="Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:16:39 GMT"/>
<outline text="That's one approach, and it has an obvious problem. As Trump says, it makes our border open to all, as long as they can say they're seeking asylum." created="Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:18:55 GMT"/>
<outline text="The method Trump is using isn't any more of a solution and it's inhumane, creates damaged children and adults, and for people with legitimate claims for asylum, gives thm an impossible choice. It's also part of our law that &lt;i&gt;we welcome immigrants seeking relief from oppression. &lt;/i&gt;It's the philosophy of the country, which is a country of immigrants. Every one of us who is not a native American came here from somewhere else, including everyone in the government." created="Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:20:04 GMT"/>
<outline text="It's not a simple problem. There doesn't seem to be a good solution. I can't say lesser of two evils, because letting undeserving immigrants into the country is far from evil, it's pragmatic. We do have jobs for them. They have a place in our society. But many of them are breaking the law by coming in seeking asylum without a valid claim, and no rule-of-law respecting person can say that is totally okay. " created="Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:22:22 GMT"/>
<outline text="June 19" created="Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:13:39 GMT" name="19">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Poll&lt;/a&gt;: Who are the vermin infesting our country?" created="Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:37:10 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="My Italy trip is winding down. Tomorrow I fly back to JFK from Milan. Had a wonderful time, starting at #SoTN18 in Trieste and visiting all kinds of interesting people here in Torino, especially &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Anna Masera&lt;/a&gt;, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Raffaele Angius&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Alessandro Cappai&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:46:16 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="This is the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;song&lt;/a&gt; we've been singing this week in Torino. It's the song at the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;end&lt;/a&gt; of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Killing Them Softly&lt;/a&gt;, a movie we believe is profound. " created="Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:57:56 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="The Democrats should have a press spokesperson like Sarah Huckabee Sanders to correct the Trump lies. Daily press briefings. Not always in response to Trump. But never let a Trump lie about Democrats go unresponded-to. " created="Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:45:09 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Another idea I learned from Italians at dinner last night about how the press dealt with Berlusconi. Don't carry any news about him until he answers basic questions. With Trump that would start with his tax returns." created="Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:05:38 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="June 15" created="Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:24:18 GMT" name="15">
<outline text="I'm traveling, so updates have been infrequent. " created="Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:24:19 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I watched the whole of the first season of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Barry&lt;/a&gt;, an HBO series starring Bill Hader. It's billed as a comedy, I guess, but it's not casual. No spoiler to say that Barry is a hitman, you find out in the very first scene. But it is a bit profound, and lots of plot twists, and about as excellent as you would expect given the brilliance of Hader. " created="Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:24:40 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I also watched &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;All the Money In the World&lt;/a&gt;, quite good. " created="Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:26:44 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I'm writing this as a speaker from Amazon, a sponsor of the conference I'm at, is giving a commercial. IBM also did one earlier. Otherwise the conference, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;SOTN18&lt;/a&gt;, put on by my longtime friend &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Paolo Valdemarin&lt;/a&gt;, has been excellent. I am being interviewed on-stage by Italian journalist &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Anna Masera&lt;/a&gt; at &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;9AM&lt;/a&gt; Eastern. " created="Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:27:09 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="June 13" created="Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:17:57 GMT" name="13">
<outline text="Google should get used to people writing about what's obvious as opposed to what they admit to. They do it too. In the fight for net neutrality, I doubt if the ISPs admitted to adding tariffs for YouTube and Netflix. But Google acted as if it were inevitable. Same thing &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;here&lt;/a&gt;." created="Wed, 13 Jun 2018 15:07:47 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Point of view is everything" created="Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:23:26 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="Companies create their own gravity, even small ones." created="Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:29:20 GMT"/>
<outline text="Google is huge. Their gravity is analogous to that of a star. But it diminishes rapidly as you move away from it. Other perspectives take hold. That's something very few people inside or outside appreciate. How different things look to each of us. Point of view is everything." created="Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:33:55 GMT"/>
<outline text="My point of view -- I never signed up to be a Google developer. I wouldn't have if they asked. So I resent having to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;beg them&lt;/a&gt; to keep their hands off the open web. And if they slander my work, or cut off access to it, I will not conform to their demands. I will not be a Google developer, ever." created="Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:30:51 GMT"/>
<outline text="If you're listening to me, and them, all I ask is that you think for yourself. Be true to your own point of view. And try as hard as you can to understand that other people's points of view are valid and try to understand what they're saying and doing. " created="Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:27:49 GMT"/>
<outline text="Technical problem at Facebook" created="Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:58:29 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="I've noticed that I'm seeing the same stories in my Facebook feed, repeatedly. My friend Amy Bonetti Price wrote, in a &lt;a href=&quot;;reply_comment_id=10103945000913343&amp;comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R%22%7D&quot;&gt;comment&lt;/a&gt;, that she's seeing it too. " created="Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:00:36 GMT">
<outline text="Feeds are so messed up. You don’t see your friend’s posts, and the posts you see are people way down on the totem pole. Cheap ads. Stories posted and reposted from your ‘friends’ that are old posts from 4 days prior. You didn’t like it then, why would you like like it every day for 4 days. Cheap news stories and not from top tier news outlets - even though I constantly unlike and say that i don’t want to see these types of stories. All in all my feed has gotten littered and uninteresting and I have to purposely go to friends timelines to see what they’re doing. I’m really upset about it, as are so many people I know." created="Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:01:34 GMT"/>
<outline text="My experience is more or less as she describes. I &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;asked&lt;/a&gt; my friends and they report the same." created="Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:02:13 GMT"/>
<outline text="BTW, I normally do not point to Facebook, as I explained previously. But since this post is about Facebook, I thought it made sense to point in. No guarantee of course that you'll see anything when you click the links." created="Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:05:13 GMT"/>
<outline text="Our big loop" created="Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:17:58 GMT" type="outline" description="All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again.">
<outline text="I want people to be able to put up their own web servers. Not companies. Not people with Computer Science degrees. People. Anyone. Everyone. " created="Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:23:47 GMT" image=""/>
<outline text="I think every journalist should learn how to set up and run a web server. I think any student, no matter how young, should learn, if they want to. The doors to publishing should be open to everyone. It's never been easier, and it could be getting easier all the time. That should be one of the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;overarching&lt;/a&gt; goals of our profession, to make what we do easier and easier, all the time. To make what we did ten years ago something anyone can do. It's the nature of software, that once we know what we can do that we make it easy for everyone to do it." created="Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:24:17 GMT"/>
<outline text="&lt;i&gt;But&lt;/i&gt; there's no doubt that the browser vendors want to go the other way, to raise the barriers, to make it harder for newcomers, young or old, to launch their own boats into the mighty ocean of the web. They may be righteous or &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;treacherous&lt;/a&gt;, or some of both, but their motives don't matter, what matters is the net-effect, and that is to restrict publishing to the initiated, the priesthood. To keep the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;rabble&lt;/a&gt; from interfering. " created="Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:23:40 GMT"/>
<outline text="If they succeed, and at this point I think they will, I have no doubt what will happen next. We'll just invent the web all over again. With a new Mosaic, a new Marc Andreessen, a new Google, etc. It's how tech works. Just when Bill Gates thought he had it all wrapped up, in 1994, that his software was at the base of every stack, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;along comes the web&lt;/a&gt; to knock him off his perch. Google is ripe for this disruption. They don't see it coming, but it's coming all the same. " created="Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:26:31 GMT"/>
<outline text="This phenomenon is why I'm seriously thinking of changing the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;slogan&lt;/a&gt; at the top of my blog from " created="Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:34:23 GMT" flBulletedSubs="true">
<outline text="&lt;i&gt;It's even worse than it appears&lt;/i&gt; to " created="Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:34:38 GMT"/>
<outline text="&lt;i&gt;All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again.&lt;/i&gt;" created="Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:34:43 GMT"/>
<outline text="I will try to have a good backup of my websites, so if we need to transition it will be possible to do so." created="Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:27:22 GMT"/>
<outline text="June 12" created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 12:53:58 GMT" name="12">
<outline text="A new &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;standalone river&lt;/a&gt; from the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt; list&lt;/a&gt;." created="Wed, 13 Jun 2018 02:37:09 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="A &lt;a href=&quot;;v=A838gS8nwas&quot;&gt;video&lt;/a&gt; that Trump showed Kim Jong Un at their meeting. " created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 20:48:27 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Anna Masera&lt;/a&gt; is interviewing me. What questions should she ask?" created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 20:11:55 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="Remember how the Obama campaign in 2008 used meetups to get out the vote. Let's do that again. Put the focus on getting people to register and to vote to be sure Congress represents the people's interest starting early next year, and to get Trump out of the White House asap so we can start rebuilding. " created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 17:10:58 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Journalists will only &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;say&lt;/a&gt; what's been proven, so they feign &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;not knowing&lt;/a&gt; things that every sentient being knows. Which keeps them from going the next step to see theories that might explain why Trump is the way he is. Why does Trump love Putin, Netanyahu, Kim Jong Un? Why does he hate the G7? His algorithm might be just this simple -- he's the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;inverse image&lt;/a&gt; of Obama. Where Obama is light, Trump is dark. And vice versa. He likes what Obama doesn't, and he hates what Obama likes. " created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 12:53:59 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="How about a Chrome plug-in that redirects from each Google site to a competitive site. So when you go to do a Google search, it takes you to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;;/a&gt; for example. Installing it would be like wearing a nicotine patch." created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 13:31:03 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="This ad used to run in the right margin of this blog" created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:13:52 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="&lt;img src=&quot;;&gt;" created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:14:00 GMT"/>
<outline text="It's not really an ad. :boom:" created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:14:06 GMT"/>
<outline text="I fear Google's control of the web" created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:03:29 GMT" type="outline" description="The wonder of the web is that it is not subject to the whims of chaotic corporate management.">
<outline text="My fear is this -- once &lt;a href=&quot;;t=h_&amp;ia=web&quot;&gt;Google&lt;/a&gt; has &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;control&lt;/a&gt; of the web, they can turn off huge parts of it for whatever reason, however thoughtless, and without disclosing why. They might say they would never do it, but I've seen them do it with &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Google Reader&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:03:36 GMT"/>
<outline text="Their intentions might be fine and it might not be on their roadmap, but capturing RSS and then shutting it off probably wasn't on their roadmap either, until they decided to do it. Then it was on their &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;roadmap&lt;/a&gt;. :boom:" created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:03:50 GMT"/>
<outline text="They talk to me like I have no idea how tech companies work internally, but I do. After the next reorg they won't remember any commitments the previous management made. It's like when we change administrations in Washington. Very chaotic." created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:03:59 GMT"/>
<outline text="That's why the wonder of the web is that it is not subject to the whims of chaotic corporate management. Now, I suppose at some point it &lt;i&gt;will&lt;/i&gt; be owned, and then after that it will be shut down. That's how we lose huge amounts of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;IP&lt;/a&gt;, open stuff, non-corporate stuff." created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:04:11 GMT"/>
<outline text="It's not surprising that a big corporation has little respect for stuff developed outside big corporations, but that was and could continue to be the glory of the web. It was amazing all those years ago, the freedom to do whatever you thought of doing. (It's what made &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Google&lt;/a&gt; itself possible.)" created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:04:20 GMT"/>
<outline text="I would like future generations to have that ability too. But next year's roadmap from Google will make the web more like &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;AOL&lt;/a&gt; and the one after that, more and so on." created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:04:29 GMT"/>
<outline text="Earlier: &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Google and HTTP&lt;/a&gt;. Also a few thoughtful &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;comments&lt;/a&gt; on Hacker News. " created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 19:26:53 GMT"/>
<outline text="My father at 65" created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:00:32 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="Here's a picture of my father, Leon Winer, at 65. " created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:00:36 GMT"/>
<outline text="When I saw this I said &quot;Lookin good dad.&quot; He did. Really fit, and the Frontier t-shirt, that was a plus." created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:01:39 GMT"/>
<outline text="&lt;img src=&quot;;&gt;" created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:04:59 GMT"/>
<outline text="He winced. I asked why. He said that in his head he's still 19. " created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:07:40 GMT"/>
<outline text="I'm now only 2 years younger than he was then. And I can testify that I am shocked when I see a picture of myself." created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:07:47 GMT"/>
<outline text="In my mind, I'm 19, or 22. Not 63. :rocket:" created="Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:09:07 GMT"/>
<outline text="June 11" created="Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:26:29 GMT" name="11">
<outline text="Here's an &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;OPML file&lt;/a&gt; of the top US news sites, created by &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;;/a&gt;. I added it to my &quot;River5&quot; installation, so now we're getting &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;updates&lt;/a&gt; from all these pubs. You're welcome to bookmark it. " created="Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:48:36 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Here's a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;page&lt;/a&gt;, being served over HTTPS, that includes HTTP files. None of the code works. Look in the JS console, you'll &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;see&lt;/a&gt; lots of errors. Converting to HTTPS isn't just about servers, you'll have to deal with a lot of old HTML, styles and script files. " created="Mon, 11 Jun 2018 20:28:25 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Trump is Obama-inverse. He hates the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;G7&lt;/a&gt; because they loved Obama. He loves &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;KJU&lt;/a&gt; because he and Obama hated each other. He hates Iran because Obama did a deal with them. He loves coal because Obama loves clean energy. Etc etc." created="Mon, 11 Jun 2018 20:10:59 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Kevin Marks &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;suggested&lt;/a&gt; looking at &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;;/a&gt; for ideas on how to handle &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;date and base64&lt;/a&gt; values in the JSON version of XML-RPC. It gave me an idea for &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;another approach&lt;/a&gt;. Basically, when JSON has a syntax for a type, just include the data (int, double, boolean, string, struct, array). When it doesn't, represent it with an object with two properties, #type and #value. The &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;second example&lt;/a&gt; illustrates this approach. " created="Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:54:20 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="At what point will non-Repubs feel compelled to do more than wait for the Repubs to do something? They obviously are &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;not going to&lt;/a&gt;." created="Mon, 11 Jun 2018 15:27:27 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Google and HTTP&lt;/a&gt; is getting a lot of engagement today. " created="Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:26:30 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Craig's generosity" created="Mon, 11 Jun 2018 18:20:57 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="Craig Newmark &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;gave $20 million&lt;/a&gt; to CUNY school of journalism." created="Mon, 11 Jun 2018 18:21:12 GMT"/>
<outline text="Unfortunately I don't have that kind of money, but if I did I would endow something different."/>
<outline text="A program to teach all high school students the basics of journalism."/>
<outline text="To spread the values through the whole society." created="Mon, 11 Jun 2018 18:21:16 GMT"/>
<outline text="If we had done that 30 years ago, we'd be looking at a different situation now. But maybe it's not too late to plant the seeds for a truly democratic and informed society." created="Mon, 11 Jun 2018 18:21:22 GMT"/>
<outline text="June 10" created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 14:56:53 GMT" name="10">
<outline text="BTW, next year will be the 20th anniversary of RSS." created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 18:40:51 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I'm traveling later this week, so am trying to wrap up my work on the JavaScript &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;implementation&lt;/a&gt; of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;XML-RPC&lt;/a&gt; in the next couple of days. There are issues that will linger, as there always are in projects like this. :boom:" created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 15:57:16 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Podcasts are feeds" created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 19:23:26 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="If it doesn't have an &quot;RSS&quot; feed it isn't a podcast " created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 19:33:19 GMT"/>
<outline text="Please if you make a podcast, remember that. It's actually a lot more important than you probably realize." created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 19:23:34 GMT"/>
<outline text="The reason it's important is this. As long as there are RSS feeds for every podcast, no tech company, like Google, Apple, Amazon, etc can own podcasting. It remains an open platform. It and HTML/HTTP are pretty much the last bastions of the open web." created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 19:23:41 GMT"/>
<outline text="A reporter told me the other day that he was doing a podcast in the 1990s. Not possible, I said. RSS didn't exist until 1999, and we didn't define the podcasting features until 2001." created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 19:24:45 GMT"/>
<outline text="A JSON design problem" created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 15:23:33 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="I did implement a JSON version of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;XML-RPC&lt;/a&gt; as part of the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;package&lt;/a&gt;, and it works really nicely, but has at least one major undecided feature. I'm asking that people who think about JSON give this some thought, and perhaps suggest prior art to look at. " created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 15:25:55 GMT"/>
<outline text="The problem: representing certain types. " created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 15:30:40 GMT"/>
<outline text="First the types that work. These XML-RPC types are &lt;i&gt;not&lt;/i&gt; a problem because JSON understands them. When it sees one of these in JSON text, the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;parser&lt;/a&gt; will create a property or object with the correct type. " created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 15:26:11 GMT" flBulletedSubs="true">
<outline text="int" created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 15:26:46 GMT"/>
<outline text="boolean" created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 15:27:45 GMT"/>
<outline text="string" created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 15:27:57 GMT"/>
<outline text="double" created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 15:30:12 GMT"/>
<outline text="struct" created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 15:41:41 GMT"/>
<outline text="array" created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 15:41:43 GMT"/>
<outline text="However these two types are problematic because there is no way to communicate through JSON that we're looking at a value of this type. " created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 15:30:52 GMT" flBulletedSubs="true">
<outline text="dateTime.iso8601" created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 15:31:01 GMT"/>
<outline text="base64" created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 15:31:12 GMT"/>
<outline text="What happens in the current implementation? The value is converted to and transmitted as a string. You can test it by running the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;betty test app&lt;/a&gt; locally and calling examples.echoParams using the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;debugger&lt;/a&gt;. Here's a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;screen shot&lt;/a&gt; showing a setup for testing base64 data, and &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;here's one&lt;/a&gt; that tests a dateTime.iso8601." created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 15:34:32 GMT"/>
<outline text="As you can see from the screen shots above, dateTime.iso8601 and base64 types are converted to strings. The server toolkit will pass them up the stack as strings, where the XML-based version will pass up Date and Buffer types." created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 15:42:12 GMT"/>
<outline text="I put this out there as a design problem for JSON experts to consider." created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 15:45:52 GMT"/>
<outline text="Update: An egregious hack for adding date and base64 types to JSON." created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 19:49:27 GMT"/>
<outline text="&lt;script src=&quot;;&gt;&lt;/script&gt;" created="Sun, 10 Jun 2018 19:49:44 GMT"/>
<outline text="June 9" created="Sat, 09 Jun 2018 15:24:37 GMT" name="09">
<outline text="One of the things I'm learning is that there is are &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;problems&lt;/a&gt; with date-time values in XML-RPC. The question is whether or not the date part of the date-time should have hyphens. The Frontier implementation does not. The &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;XML-RPC spec&lt;/a&gt; says not. But &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;ISO 8601&lt;/a&gt; seems to say they must be present. The built-in &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;JavaScript function&lt;/a&gt; includes the hyphens. I don't have any other implementations that I can easily check against, so I don't know what offers the most interop with other XML-RPCs. For now I'm &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;documenting the issue&lt;/a&gt;, and leaving the JavaScript implementation as it is, for now. This means in this area it does not interop with Frontier, in that Frontier will not understand the JavaScript date-time values. Going in the other direction there is no problem, because I've included a workaround. " created="Sat, 09 Jun 2018 21:24:04 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;;/a&gt;: The contents of the XML-RPC directory from the early 2000s, served through current software, edited with the newest tools. It's preserved here as a historical document." created="Sat, 09 Jun 2018 15:24:38 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Next up: I'm going to write the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;validator handlers&lt;/a&gt; in JavaScript so I can test my implementation. And perhaps others can test theirs. (It was a good idea. Just found a bug in my implementation. &amp;lt;struct&gt;s can be empty. My server was throwing an error on an empty struct.)" created="Sat, 09 Jun 2018 15:57:51 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="All this XML-RPC &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;spelunking&lt;/a&gt; is like searching through your garage and finding an old car buried amid the junk, and when you put the key in the ignition the engine starts. " created="Sat, 09 Jun 2018 16:50:52 GMT" type="tweet" tweetId="1005492547588849664" tweetUserName="davewiner"/>
<outline text="June 8" created="Fri, 08 Jun 2018 13:37:39 GMT" name="08">
<outline text="New site: &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;;/a&gt;." created="Fri, 08 Jun 2018 13:37:40 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="On GitHub, there's a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;new repo&lt;/a&gt; for the XML-RPC client and server in JavaScript. " created="Fri, 08 Jun 2018 14:15:39 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="As with earlier versions, there's a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;demo server&lt;/a&gt; called Betty, and it does exactly what the original version did. Same procedure calls implemented. If your client worked with Betty 1 it should work with Betty 2. " created="Fri, 08 Jun 2018 14:18:17 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="There's a Node package called &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;davexmlrpc&lt;/a&gt;. Betty &lt;i&gt;requires&lt;/i&gt; it. " created="Fri, 08 Jun 2018 14:19:34 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="A new &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;XML-RPC Debugger&lt;/a&gt; browser-based app. Yesterday's &lt;a href=&quot;;;&gt;video&lt;/a&gt; is a demo of that app." created="Fri, 08 Jun 2018 14:20:19 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Important: Everywhere XML is supported, so is JSON. Want to know how they compare? I did a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;cribsheet&lt;/a&gt; that shows you. I needed this to keep moderately sane while I added the JSON implementation alongside the XML implementation." created="Fri, 08 Jun 2018 14:22:14 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Why the internet didn't reboot democracy" created="Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:25:30 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="Our institutions, government, journalism, even tech, didn’t embrace its power. Obama, for example, used it to organize his campaign in incredible ways, but didn't use it to organize as he governed. Even now the tech giants, Google and Facebook, are turning what’s left of the open web into Disneyland." created="Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:25:58 GMT"/>
<outline text="&lt;img src=&quot;;&gt;" created="Fri, 08 Jun 2018 20:00:10 GMT"/>
<outline text="PS: &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;See also&lt;/a&gt;." created="Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:26:58 GMT"/>
<outline text="What changes when your parents die" created="Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:27:21 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="Your parents get to give you all your trips when you’re too young to know. They load you up with all their parents' BS, and their parents as it was passed down to them, the good and bad. As powerful as the genes. Maybe more so." created="Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:27:35 GMT"/>
<outline text="But then, when they die, assuming you survive them, the power switches. You get to define who they were. More important, you get to define who &lt;i&gt;you&lt;/i&gt; are, to reject the values of previous generations, choose the ones you want to keep and discard the rest." created="Fri, 08 Jun 2018 16:28:13 GMT"/>
<outline text="June 7" created="Thu, 07 Jun 2018 14:03:36 GMT" name="07">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;;&gt;Quick demo&lt;/a&gt; of the difference &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;between&lt;/a&gt; JSON and XML-RPC." created="Thu, 07 Jun 2018 16:45:47 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I'm surprised there aren't Twitter-based &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;pyramid schemes&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Multi-level&lt;/a&gt; tweets. You get $1 for RTing, and 5 cents for every follower who RTs, a cent for the next level, and so on. And just about now someone is thinking -- &lt;i&gt;Blockchain! &lt;/i&gt;💡" created="Thu, 07 Jun 2018 19:06:38 GMT" type="tweet" tweetId="1004802970343673856" tweetUserName="davewiner"/>
<outline text="There ought to be a class in &lt;i&gt;Advanced Computer Literacy&lt;/i&gt; for comp sci majors. In this class, you'd download malware, document and debug it, and make mods, use it to attack a real server (one operated by the TA, of course). You will also do tech support. This may sound counter-intuitive, you've just completed eight semesters in OS and compiler design. You've mastered the internals of databases and studied the mathematics of algorithms. What could you possibly learn from tech support and studying malware? Exactly. You have no idea. It's amazing what doors open when you understand what you do from the perspectives that make or break you as a software developer and designer. " created="Thu, 07 Jun 2018 14:25:21 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Advice for The Recently Acquired" created="Thu, 07 Jun 2018 14:03:37 GMT" type="outline" description="Getting acquired is part of the Silicon Valley experience. It's neither good nor bad, it just is.">
<outline text="Getting acquired is part of the Silicon Valley experience. It's neither good nor bad, it just is." created="Thu, 07 Jun 2018 14:03:46 GMT" image=""/>
<outline text="If you're a founder, the silver lining is that you got rich. But there's a shock that comes when you realize that there are not two definitions for the term &quot;sell out.&quot; When you sell out someone else owns it. No matter how much they say they understand your values, they don't."/>
<outline text="The only advice I have to offer is this -- pick your battles. I've seen people make a stand for the values of the acquired company, both in the company I sold and in other companies that were acquired. It never works. If you have a good stock program, keep your head down, let the stock vest, and then move on. Assume they are going to screw up your company. And if they don't you can be happy! :boom:" created="Thu, 07 Jun 2018 14:04:16 GMT"/>
<outline text="June 6" created="Wed, 06 Jun 2018 14:45:59 GMT" name="06">
<outline text="I hit a milestone today. My XML-RPC implementation for JavaScript now also speaks JSON, end-to-end. Here's a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;screen shot&lt;/a&gt; of the updated debugger. A bit of cleanup work remains." created="Wed, 06 Jun 2018 23:40:49 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="There's an &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Acquired By Microsoft&lt;/a&gt; ad at the top of all the pages on all my sites on GitHub. Not sure this was an overly bright move. One week I'm on the definitive open source site, and the next week it's Microsoft. That's like switching religions. And no one asked me, and I didn't get anything in return. They must think we're completely spineless idiots. " created="Wed, 06 Jun 2018 18:19:59 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="New PagePark &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;feature&lt;/a&gt;. Now you can redirect from the file that's being redirected. An idea stolen from MacHTTP of the 1990s. " created="Wed, 06 Jun 2018 16:59:05 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Journalism nerds: How about a tech-industry-free place to post notes of general interest. When I see it's on Medium, I skim to see if it's absolutely essential that I read it, if not, I quickly hit the Back button. Come on everyone we can do better than this." created="Wed, 06 Jun 2018 15:44:54 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="Some days you need a stupid warmup project to get your mind going. For me, today, that was &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;this ridiculous site&lt;/a&gt;, which was a bad idea to begin with, and only got worse as it developed. :boom:" created="Wed, 06 Jun 2018 14:46:00 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="June 5" created="Tue, 05 Jun 2018 13:47:52 GMT" name="05">
<outline text="20-minute &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;podcast&lt;/a&gt; on lessons learned from Microsoft's acquisition of GitHub. Show notes follow. The Battlestar Galactica quote: &quot;All of this has happened before and all of this will happen again.&quot; &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Douglas Adams&lt;/a&gt; wrote &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;The Restaurant at the End of the Universe&lt;/a&gt;. Microsoft's first CFO was &lt;a href=&quot;;slug=1697384&quot;&gt;Frank Gaudette&lt;/a&gt;. Microsoft's 2017 sales &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;were&lt;/a&gt; approx $90 billion. Bottom-line: Advice to MS, add a feature that allows users to redirect from their GitHub repos, and consider a &quot;loyalty dividend&quot; for pre-Microsoft GitHub users, and establish a new tradition in tech acquisitions, a windfall for users. " created="Tue, 05 Jun 2018 15:03:06 GMT" type="outline" enclosure="" enclosureType="audio/mpeg" enclosureLength="9945938" image=""/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;JS code&lt;/a&gt; to ask AWS if an S3 path is a folder with files in it." created="Tue, 05 Jun 2018 17:45:07 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Government. Journalism. The people. Tech. They are all connected and indistinguishable. You can’t understand one without understanding them all." created="Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:27:40 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="The &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Node debugger&lt;/a&gt; is great. Finally I have a full server-side debugger, and it's making it possible for me to make more complex code. I added a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;feature&lt;/a&gt; to PagePark that allows it to serve from an S3 location. Not just delegate to Amazon's server, which it could do before, you get the full PagePark functionality for S3-stored content. It's done through config.json in the domain's folder. I'm going to use it in conjunction with &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;publicfolder&lt;/a&gt;, finally, to get the Dropbox delay out of my writing for the site, which I do with a desktop outliner. " created="Tue, 05 Jun 2018 15:36:45 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="And here's a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;doc&lt;/a&gt; about &quot;publicFolder&quot; that's managed by publicFolder. " created="Tue, 05 Jun 2018 20:58:54 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Apparently a lot of people don't know there's a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Starbucks app&lt;/a&gt;. There is. And it's great. You can order anything, ahead of your arrival, and it's waiting for you when you get there. Totally takes the hassle out of Starbucks. " created="Tue, 05 Jun 2018 15:35:19 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Mindfulness is observing your own behavior." created="Tue, 05 Jun 2018 13:57:02 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Idea for a cable news show. Every night they poll a random group of Americans with questions relating to the news of the day. A cross-section, not just liberals or conservatives, all regions, races, etc. They don't know that it's the show polling them. A real polling organization runs it. Pundits discuss what the people think. Last night they would have asked &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;this question&lt;/a&gt;. Do you think the president should be able to pardon him or herself? The choices would be: Yes but only Repubs, Yes but only Dems, Yes, No. " created="Tue, 05 Jun 2018 13:48:17 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="What inspired the idea. In all the talk on MSNBC last night about the president &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;pardoning himself&lt;/a&gt; not once did anyone ask if there was a benefit to American people in the president being able to do so. Seems the journalism, if you can call it that, has lost the tune. The tune is this: A government of the people, by the people and for the people. Part of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Gettysburg Address&lt;/a&gt;." created="Tue, 05 Jun 2018 13:57:48 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Why Trump lied about the Eagles kneeling. He was embarrassed that most of the players didn’t want to hang out with him, so he made up a story to hide that." created="Tue, 05 Jun 2018 13:47:53 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="June 4" created="Mon, 04 Jun 2018 13:46:46 GMT" name="04">
<outline text="If we had &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;public storage&lt;/a&gt; for end-users there would be no more Facebooks or GitHubs or any other locked up bulksit." created="Tue, 05 Jun 2018 00:12:54 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Poll&lt;/a&gt;: Should a president be allowed to pardon him or herself?" created="Mon, 04 Jun 2018 22:09:52 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="280-char FAQ. &quot;GitHub is not git. They were losing money and having trouble finding a CEO. They had raised a shitload of money based on ideas that didn't pan out. So it was inevitable that they'd sell, but most developers, including myself, were caught by surprise.&quot;" created="Mon, 04 Jun 2018 15:13:49 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="While watching the Warriors &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;crush&lt;/a&gt; the Cavs last night, I thought up a new NBA rule. After you win a championship the team is disbanded. Re-shuffe the deck. It's the only way a New York team will ever make the playoffs. Unless they let us trade a whole team for our miserable Knicks or Nets. Obviously any trade would have to include the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;owner&lt;/a&gt;." created="Mon, 04 Jun 2018 14:05:45 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Microsoft buys GitHub" created="Mon, 04 Jun 2018 13:46:47 GMT" type="outline" description="GitHub was that rare thing, a consensus platform. Everyone used it. If you used some other git server, you'd have to explain why. Now that consensus will very likely break up.">
<outline text="The Microsoft-GitHub &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;deal&lt;/a&gt; is &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;announced&lt;/a&gt;. I wrote about it twice &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;over&lt;/a&gt; the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;weekend&lt;/a&gt;. Now we have a lot to think about." created="Mon, 04 Jun 2018 13:49:58 GMT" flNumberedSubs="true">
<outline text="GitHub was that rare thing, a consensus platform. Everyone used it. If you used some other git server, you'd have to explain why. Now that consensus will very likely break up. Where will people go? Will a new consensus emerge? Seems unlikely, you pretty much need a vacuum for that to happen, though there have been exceptions." created="Mon, 04 Jun 2018 13:53:07 GMT" image=""/>
<outline text="Microsoft may have better intentions than they used to, but I'm from &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Missouri&lt;/a&gt;. And oftentimes acquistions are ruined because of incompetence, or key people leaving. They don't have to be &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;evil&lt;/a&gt; for this to go bad." created="Mon, 04 Jun 2018 13:52:04 GMT"/>
<outline text="It'll be interesting to see if any of the mainstream press talks to and understands developers. This acquisition is totally about developers." created="Mon, 04 Jun 2018 13:54:20 GMT"/>
<outline text="Who will Microsoft acquire next? Stack Exchange perhaps? &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Joel&lt;/a&gt; originally came from Microsoft. They've been developing new products that would make sense in Microsoft's cloud lineup." created="Mon, 04 Jun 2018 14:15:32 GMT"/>
<outline text="Microsoft's competitors will probably stop using GitHub and may launch competitors, esp if GitHub integrates with Microsoft's cloud services. " created="Mon, 04 Jun 2018 14:23:00 GMT"/>
<outline text="Microsoft could ease a lot of fears by offering to redirect any project to another git server. If anyone from either company is listening, consider that a suggestion. Otherwise we have a problem with all the URLs out there on the web." created="Mon, 04 Jun 2018 13:54:38 GMT"/>
<outline text="They chose an interesting day to announce, the first day of Apple's WWDC. This of course is not a coincidence. (See note below. Microsoft says the timing &lt;i&gt;is&lt;/i&gt; a coincidence.)" created="Mon, 04 Jun 2018 13:56:47 GMT"/>
<outline text="What's &lt;i&gt;our&lt;/i&gt; exit strategy? The founders and investors have theirs. " created="Mon, 04 Jun 2018 13:50:28 GMT"/>
<outline text="I ignored their acquisition of LinkedIn, I have an account there, but I hardly use it. But GitHub is different. I use it as a backup of all my development work. I use it as a platform, and I've written tools that only work with GitHub. It's hard to imagine that I would have done that with Microsoft as the owner." created="Mon, 04 Jun 2018 13:50:58 GMT"/>
<outline text="Update: &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Frank X Shaw&lt;/a&gt;, top Microsoft PR guy, writes: &quot;Hi Dave, I saw your post just a bit ago. One thing -- it actually is not intentional to announce concurrent w/ WWDC. Mergers/Acquisitions get announced when they are signed, not when we want them to. Thoughtful points on the rest of the post, but wanted to call that one out.&quot;" created="Mon, 04 Jun 2018 14:09:48 GMT"/>
<outline text="June 3" created="Sun, 03 Jun 2018 18:10:21 GMT" name="03">
<outline text="After self-driving cars comes artificial passengers. They’ll take the trip for you in the self-driving car. After that the car will do that part too." created="Mon, 04 Jun 2018 02:50:01 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="It seems more certain that Microsoft has &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;acquired&lt;/a&gt; GitHub as of this &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Bloomberg report&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Sun, 03 Jun 2018 21:29:29 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I know this is the new compassionate &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;loving&lt;/a&gt; Microsoft, but it's still the tech industry, and Microsoft invented &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Embrace and Extend&lt;/a&gt;. It's hard to imagine that not being in the playbook for the hub of git. :boom:" created="Sun, 03 Jun 2018 22:19:44 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="One consequence of this deal, if it's for real, is that Microsoft's competitors will probably stop using GitHub and may launch competitors, esp if GitHub integrates with Microsoft's cloud services. " created="Sun, 03 Jun 2018 21:31:54 GMT" type="tweet" tweetId="1003389073959129088" tweetUserName="davewiner"/>
<outline text="I tuned in to Face the Nation in time for the &quot;political&quot; discussion. They must have said five times how the president's lunacy may have worked in getting a better deal from Kim Jong Un. That was just one of the many ridiculous things they said." created="Sun, 03 Jun 2018 18:10:22 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="June 2" created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 13:47:54 GMT" name="02">
<outline text="I was looking forward to the first episode of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;The Break&lt;/a&gt; with &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Michelle Wolf&lt;/a&gt; on Netflix, but it was really the shits because of all the body shaming jokes. I'm willing to cut her all kinds of slack for a first episode because I &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;like&lt;/a&gt; the way she thinks and I find her comedy funny. But she &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;knows&lt;/a&gt; she's doing it, and still does it, and that's not cool." created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 17:46:50 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="When a president lies as much and as boldly as Trump does, not only does the press have to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;call him on it&lt;/a&gt;, but new forms of journalism have to develop around this new norm, to report on why he's lying. We can have a robust discussion about that. " created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 17:40:29 GMT" type="tweet" tweetId="1002968643209134080" tweetUserName="davewiner"/>
<outline text="My &lt;i&gt;;/i&gt; pages now have the date posted at the top of the page, instead of when they were last updated. The mod date is at the bottom of the page. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Example&lt;/a&gt;. I edited the default outline &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;template&lt;/a&gt; for &quot;PagePark&quot; to do this, so if you're running PagePark and using it to view OPML files, you'll get this change too. You can override it by providing a custom template. " created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 14:41:13 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Public storage for end-users" created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 15:05:28 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="We still need public storage for end-users. I'm assuming the tech industry doesn't want this because it gives users and developers too much power?? With this one feature we would really become independent of the giant companies. " created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 15:24:56 GMT"/>
<outline text="Here's the idea:" created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 15:05:39 GMT" flNumberedSubs="true">
<outline text="Let's say the service is called the Acme Storage Service or Acme for short." created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 15:06:38 GMT"/>
<outline text="The user creates an account on Acme, providing a credit card, agrees to terms of service, etc." created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 15:07:25 GMT"/>
<outline text="There's a browser-based file system editor, like the one Dropbox provides. " created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 15:08:47 GMT"/>
<outline text="The user grants access to folders within the storage to browser-based and desktop apps via OAuth. Apps can read and write, but are restricted, by default, to their own folder. It's important that the user have the flexibility to grant two or more apps access to the same folder, making it possible to use different editors, possibly from different developers, on the same data. " created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 15:09:13 GMT" collapse="true"/>
<outline text="The files are accessible over the web. It's &lt;i&gt;public&lt;/i&gt; storage. Only the user can write, of course." created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 15:09:50 GMT"/>
<outline text="The user can, for an extra charge, map a domain to any location within their storage, or to the whole thing. " created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 15:11:01 GMT"/>
<outline text="Acme sends users a monthly bill that's a function of amount of storage used and how much it is accessed. " created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 15:13:13 GMT"/>
<outline text="That's it. It's all mature technology, easy to deploy. As I've &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;written&lt;/a&gt; before I wish Amazon would just do this, they're the logical ones. But the need is so great, I'm starting to think of other ways to get this done. I'm sure a vibrant developer community would develop, esp if the APIs were simple. And new media types would develop. Right now this kind of service mainly exists for blogs. WordPress would also be a logical place to put this service. " created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 15:11:29 GMT"/>
<outline text="Should you care about GitHub?" created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 13:58:39 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="&lt;i&gt;Update: It seems more certain that Microsoft has acquired GitHub as of this &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Bloomberg report&lt;/a&gt; on Sunday afternoon. &lt;/i&gt;" created="Sun, 03 Jun 2018 21:28:08 GMT"/>
<outline text="If you're a user, should you care about GitHub possibly being &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;acquired&lt;/a&gt; by Microsoft? I imagine most non-developers have no idea such a thing as GitHub exists. " created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 14:01:31 GMT" image=""/>
<outline text="It's a fairly remarkable thing, kind of invisible, not much talked-about, but vital and appreciated. And well-done. It's what I call a &lt;i&gt;consensus platform.&lt;/i&gt; It means that if you're starting an open source project, GitHub is the default place to do it. Most projects are hosted there. All of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;mine&lt;/a&gt; are. And I've been deploying new ones on a regular basis, and updating existing ones. It's important to me that they be preserved. For some reason it feels to me it's more likely they will persist because GitHub is such a consensus. " created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 14:01:49 GMT"/>
<outline text="In other words, no one gets fired for using GitHub (to paraphrase an ancient slogan about IBM)." created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 14:09:12 GMT"/>
<outline text="It woke me up a bit to consider the possibility that it might be acquired. And then the ramifications of it, and the potential. It &lt;i&gt;could&lt;/i&gt; be a good thing. But in tech, even a good thing somehow gets perverted by big companies, has atrocious business models attached to it, ends up being managed by someone more qualified to sell cars than manage a highly technical &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;nuanced&lt;/a&gt; development platform. " created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 14:02:17 GMT"/>
<outline text="What you want is steadiness. Gradual improvements. &lt;i&gt;No breakage. &lt;/i&gt;" created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 14:03:42 GMT"/>
<outline text="It could be that Microsoft would run GitHub better somehow than the current management, who I don't now, have never met, etc etc. But it's hard to see how it could be better. GitHub is what we want it to be, quiet, out of the way, taken for granted, there when we need it, a constant and dependable option. " created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 14:04:00 GMT"/>
<outline text="A good alternative to Disqus?" created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 13:47:55 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="I am a longtime user of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Disqus&lt;/a&gt; and have been aware that it could become a problem at some point in the future. I think we may be at that point now, or close to it, because the ads they're putting on my otherwise ad-free pages are somewhat objectionable. " created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 13:56:32 GMT"/>
<outline text="Here's a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;screen shot&lt;/a&gt; of a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;page&lt;/a&gt; on &quot;;." created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 13:48:07 GMT"/>
<outline text="They've always reserved the right to put ads there, so I'm not saying they're doing anything wrong. But it's time to start thinking about a comment system that I can include in my site that I can run on one of my servers. " created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 13:49:14 GMT"/>
<outline text="It's not a simple job, of course, because of spam. You need a robust set of options for moderation, and it takes a while to iterate to the right set. " created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 13:50:09 GMT"/>
<outline text="Right now I've put on my to-do list, ways to disable it on various sites I've created over the years that have Disqus comments. Or at least have the default set to &lt;i&gt;hidden&lt;/i&gt; and not visible. " created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 13:50:55 GMT"/>
<outline text="June 1" created="Fri, 01 Jun 2018 15:55:08 GMT" name="01">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Poll&lt;/a&gt;: Which big company would you like to buy GitHub? " created="Fri, 01 Jun 2018 20:00:15 GMT" type="outline" urltweet="" image=""/>
<outline text="More work on the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;XML-RPC debugger&lt;/a&gt;. It now &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;looks&lt;/a&gt; reasonable on an iPad. Added displays for the XML call and response. Helps to see what's going over the wire. More thinking about a JSON syntax, and what I would do differently a second time around. The original XML-RPC design was rushed, the work of four people with different perspectives and visions for where it would go. Now, 20 years later, what was speculative is now settled. And JSON has built-in syntax for the types that XML-RPC had define. So the resulting packet is smaller. I've kept the names, methodResponse, fault, etc, on the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;principle&lt;/a&gt; that fewer formats is better and &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;perfection&lt;/a&gt; is a waste of time." created="Fri, 01 Jun 2018 15:55:23 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Here's a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;page&lt;/a&gt; comparing the XML format RPC calls and response with the same items in JSON." created="Fri, 01 Jun 2018 17:10:41 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Welcome to June 2018. My how time flies. " created="Fri, 01 Jun 2018 15:55:09 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="On GitHub being acquired" created="Fri, 01 Jun 2018 20:04:46 GMT" type="outline" description="Would Microsoft stay out of the way of people using it? ">
<outline text="I use &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;GitHub&lt;/a&gt; as an &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;integral part&lt;/a&gt; of my development environment. More all the time. As such, I don't like to think of GitHub as an owned thing, even though I understand that it is. I never worry about what's going to become of them. I probably should." created="Fri, 01 Jun 2018 20:04:57 GMT" image=""/>
<outline text="Would Microsoft stay out of the way of people using it? I have no idea. " created="Fri, 01 Jun 2018 20:15:00 GMT"/>
<outline text="I bet they would integrate their cloud services with GitHub in some way. A button on your project to instantly deploy it in Microsoft's cloud, turnkey provisioning? Might be attractive. But it would be better for users (such as myself) if that were itself a platform that lots of service providers could plug into." created="Fri, 01 Jun 2018 20:15:04 GMT"/>
<outline text="I think &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;this&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;acquisition&lt;/a&gt;, if it happens, illustrates why we should have non-profits at the center of the open development world. I can't imagine trusting Microsoft indefinitely. And if Google were to acquire it, that would send me immediately looking for other places to host my projects. " created="Fri, 01 Jun 2018 20:11:06 GMT"/>
<outline text="Amazon seems like a better match, although I understand Microoft might use GitHub to draw more attention to its cloud hosting services. " created="Fri, 01 Jun 2018 20:12:03 GMT"/>
<outline text="Update: I was asked why it seems to me that Amazon would be a better match. I have used Amazon's server systems for a long time, and they've never, as far as I know, abused the trust. The products do what they say they'll do, without &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;strategy taxes&lt;/a&gt;. Microsoft's record is among the worst in tech. I lived through the 90s when they &lt;a href=&quot;;t=h_&amp;ia=web&quot;&gt;attacked&lt;/a&gt; the web, surrounded it from all sides, and were sued by the government for what they did (rightfully, imho). Yes, I know they have new management, and they are far less powerful now than they were then, which is why I prefer them to Google. " created="Sat, 02 Jun 2018 13:02:14 GMT"/>