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<title>Scripting News</title>
<longTitle>Editorial outline for Scripting News</longTitle>
<description>Scripting News, the weblog started in 1994 that bootstrapped the blogging revolution. 🚀</description>
<dateModified>Tue, 01 Oct 2019 14:01:57 GMT</dateModified>
<ownerName>Dave Winer</ownerName>
<copyright>&amp;copy; 1994-2019 &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Dave Winer&lt;/a&gt;.</copyright>
<outline text="September 2019" created="Sun, 01 Sep 2019 11:50:46 GMT" name="september2019">
<outline text="September 30" created="Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:17:25 GMT" name="30">
<outline text="Occam's Talking Points: A Trump surrogate &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;says&lt;/a&gt; the whole Ukranian thing is based on hearsay. You respond. &quot;The president confessed. Both in writing and verbally. Next question.&quot; Someone says go ahead impeach Trump, we'll have Pence, he's even worse, this is what you say. &quot;He couldn't win re-election as governor of Indiana, what makes you think he'd do so well in the 2020 election, assuming the Repubs even nominate him.&quot; " created="Mon, 30 Sep 2019 14:54:05 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="I'd like to have a Metacritic for Twitter users." created="Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:17:26 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="It's really hard to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;stop watching&lt;/a&gt; Jaron Lanier." created="Mon, 30 Sep 2019 15:01:04 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I didn't know Heidi Hall who died of cancer at age 49 and wrote her own &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;obituary&lt;/a&gt;. She tells a fantastic story, starting with the very first paragraph. &quot;My mother would be surprised that I did not die alone.&quot; Her story resonates with me. Families have all kinds of awful reasons for kicking members out. In her case it was that she didn't follow the family religion. Thanks to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Terry Teachout&lt;/a&gt; for the link. " created="Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:18:38 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Last night's &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Succession&lt;/a&gt; was awesome (a word I chose deliberately). It has become the latest HBO megahit, following &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;The Sopranos&lt;/a&gt;, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;The Wire&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Game of Thrones&lt;/a&gt;. Everyone is watching it. And just as &quot;winter is coming&quot; became a standard greeting when GoT ruled, we now say Fuck Off with the flair of Logan Roy. We got a taste last night of how well the kids learned from their father, and how they can work together when they are offended in the same way. I suspect they will all, together, be the successor that the show is titled for. But that's not a spoiler, because like you, I have no idea who the winner will be. Now fuck off. :boom:" created="Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:51:09 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Also watched the first episode of season 5 of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;The Affair&lt;/a&gt;. I didn't expect it to be good, but someone I met at a Woodstock party recently told me it's the best season yet, so I checked it out, and wow, it is great. I'm going to try to savor this season, slowly, which should be easy given all the great political theater in the real world. " created="Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:55:38 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="International Podcast Day" created="Mon, 30 Sep 2019 17:36:41 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="By coincidence today is (somehow) the official &lt;a href=&quot;;t=h_&amp;ia=web&quot;&gt;Podcast Day&lt;/a&gt; and I am ready to announce the refurbished original Twitter-based podcatcher, started in 2007. " created="Mon, 30 Sep 2019 17:37:41 GMT"/>
<outline text="It's here: &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;@podc&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Mon, 30 Sep 2019 17:37:53 GMT"/>
<outline text="Podcasting keeps growing and giving and I'm proud of what we, and many others, accomplished. ;-)"/>
<outline text="The love of the Mets" created="Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:31:06 GMT" type="outline" description="This year's Mets weren't a great team, yet -- but the seeds of greatness were definitely there. Can't wait for opening day 2020 season. ">
<outline text="I watched the last Mets game of the 2019 season yesterday. I guess alot of people did, we wanted to see the rarest of things -- a Mets home run hitter. No Met had ever had the most home runs in MLB in a season, but Pete Alonso, a rookie pulled it off. He also set the record for most home runs in a season by a rookie. And he has a flair for public relations and is a natural born leader." created="Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:31:29 GMT" image=""/>
<outline text="The game went into extra innings, and it looked for sure that the Mets would lose it after unbelievably bad relief pitching, which for the 2019 Mets is saying a lot. But in the bottom of the 11th, a miracle. With runners on first and second, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Dom Smith&lt;/a&gt;, who had been injured and hadn't come to the plate since July, hit a three-run home run for a dramatic and hugely spirited walk-off win. It's fitting that the Mets didn't make the playoffs this year, and also fitting that this lovely young team went out with such a flourish after it appeared the season would end in utter disappointment. " created="Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:33:31 GMT"/>
<outline text="I've loved the Mets since 1962. It's a family tradition among the Winers and Kieslers. There's a new crew, rookies, a Cy Young winner and the certain Rookie of the Year. And an awkward but fun and loving group of misfits who somehow reach into your heart and give you a glimpse of their coming greatness. This is the cycle of the Mets. Can't wait for opening day in 2020. " created="Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:35:55 GMT"/>
<outline text="Dear Jack, first installment" created="Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:27:53 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="I'm proud that &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Jack Dorsey&lt;/a&gt;, CEO of Twitter, subscribes to my blog via email. I may start a regular column here entitled Dear Jack. Somehow I don't think he would mind. " created="Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:23:40 GMT"/>
<outline text="The first one would recount a meeting I had with him, when Twitter was a small juggernaut, at a coffee place in downtown San Francisco. He told me of a plan he had for Twitter which, ever since, I was greedily anticipating. He wanted Twitter to be a general purpose storage system for user data. That was a long time ago, and Twitter is now a huge international resource without peer. I doubt if today's Twitter could contemplate such a feature, but how different today's world would be if the Twitter of the 00s could have pulled it off. " created="Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:28:31 GMT"/>
<outline text="September 29" created="Sun, 29 Sep 2019 13:14:25 GMT" name="29">
<outline text="Dropbox has a huge lead as the personal and corporate network storage system. Building on that is no mystery, we have 50+ years experience. The problem is they’re &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;doing it all internally&lt;/a&gt;. Let a thousand flowers bloom. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Thread on Twitter&lt;/a&gt;." created="Sun, 29 Sep 2019 18:51:52 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I read in a profile on Twitter (sorry can't find now) that American == white. Everyone else is hyphenated. That's true. I am a first-generation American, my parents were from Europe. Refugees. But I am not hyphenated. No one asks where I'm from." created="Sun, 29 Sep 2019 15:31:25 GMT" type="tweet" tweetId="1178331602277015553" tweetUserName="davewiner"/>
<outline text="Today's the day that all MLB games start at the same time, no matter where they're played. This was a good design call, imho -- in case there were still undetermined races, they can't be decided before your team's game starts. " created="Sun, 29 Sep 2019 15:44:09 GMT" type="tweet" tweetId="1178334812844765185" tweetUserName="davewiner"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;2345 images&lt;/a&gt; from this blog going back to 2001." created="Sun, 29 Sep 2019 14:16:41 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="My friend who loves the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;new release&lt;/a&gt; of Abbey Road, which I have bought, insists that I'd for sure hear the difference if I listen on &lt;a href=&quot;;psc=1&quot;&gt;headphones&lt;/a&gt;. Which I am doing right now. Sounds lovely. The songs are all so great, and form the musical sound track of my whole life all the way back to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;elementary school&lt;/a&gt;! As I said yesterday, and it bears repeating, that all the Beatles albums are deeply ingrained in who I am. All my early life experiences connected with every other period of my life. I started listening to the Beatles early in life and never stopped. But I only hear the Beatles, I only hear Abbey Road on the new mixes. It doesn't sound any different from other mixes. I wish it did, because I'd love to have more Beatles revelations at my age, which also has significance &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;in Beatles terms&lt;/a&gt;. Heh. But it sounds the same as it always did, full of wonder, like Abbey Road, like the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;music of my life&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Sun, 29 Sep 2019 13:19:24 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Watch out for the NYT and Washington Post for the reprise to the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;But Her Emails&lt;/a&gt; crapola. They are the same &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;people&lt;/a&gt; who complain that the rise of fascism puts reporters lives in danger. Democracy dies in darkness, and it also dies in their hypocrisy." created="Sun, 29 Sep 2019 13:14:26 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="I watched the Mets game last night, it was on Fox Sports, so the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;usual Mets telecasters&lt;/a&gt; were sidelined in favor of some total idiots whose names I don't want to know. They didn't bother with the play by play unless &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Pete Alonso&lt;/a&gt; was up. At other times they interviewed Mets and Braves players from the dugout. They talked about how nice everyone is, at length. How Alonso must feel now, after hitting the home run, in great detail without any input from Pete, who was on the field at first base, crying. I wondered who likes this style of baseball. I saw him hit the 53rd home run, I was happy for him. But the actual news is that the Mets season is over. And the &lt;i&gt;bad news&lt;/i&gt; is that these idiots will be doing the broadcasts for much of the postseason baseball which starts next week. I know this isn't what's wrong with America, but it's a symptom of what's wrong. You're there to call the game, so STFU and do your job." created="Sun, 29 Sep 2019 13:38:37 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="September 28" created="Sat, 28 Sep 2019 14:14:24 GMT" name="28">
<outline text="Editorial: It's time for Trump to resign. That's all. :boom:" created="Sat, 28 Sep 2019 16:05:28 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="So many people saying now that they knew what Trump was doing but no one listened. Anyone who was paying attention knew. The problem wasn't that no one listened, it was that no one wanted to do anything about it. We all wanted to get out of it with someone &lt;i&gt;else&lt;/i&gt; taking the risk. Mueller was supposed to be our savior, but he didn't want to risk it either. BTW, the thing that changed this time is &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;the whistleblower&lt;/a&gt;, god bless them. Someone was willing to stick their neck out for all of us." created="Sat, 28 Sep 2019 16:28:33 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Lizzie Vann&lt;/a&gt; is the new owner of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Bearsville Center&lt;/a&gt; in &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Woodstock&lt;/a&gt;. Here's an &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;interview&lt;/a&gt; on &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;WDST&lt;/a&gt; where she explains what's going on. " created="Sat, 28 Sep 2019 21:22:52 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I heard someone say that Joe Biden is the Democratic equivalent of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Jeb Bush&lt;/a&gt; for 2019. Now I can't get that idea out of my head." created="Sat, 28 Sep 2019 21:12:46 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;757 images&lt;/a&gt; from Scripting News in the last three years. " created="Sat, 28 Sep 2019 17:17:24 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Someone should open a hosting service like Digital Ocean where an instance comes with a great VNC server pre-installed, and a Mac client that just needs to know the domain name of the server, you're in GUI-land and of course can access the server via Terminal." created="Sat, 28 Sep 2019 22:18:55 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="On the advice of a friend I got the new &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;remastering&lt;/a&gt; of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Abbey Road&lt;/a&gt;. I have been listening. Here's my reaction -- it sounds just like Abbey Road, which is so deeply ingrained in my being it might as well be part of my DNA. In other words I can't hear any difference. I hope whoever got the money ($10 for MP3s) does something good with it. ;-)" created="Sat, 28 Sep 2019 15:55:08 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="The NRA being &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;controlled&lt;/a&gt; by Russia is something to &lt;a href=&quot;;;&gt;contemplate&lt;/a&gt;. Every mass killing with automatic weapons is an attack on US by Russia. It’s a shooting war, not with Russian soldiers, or drones even, with human American proxies." created="Sat, 28 Sep 2019 14:14:25 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="September 27" created="Fri, 27 Sep 2019 14:39:10 GMT" name="27">
<outline text="Why no team can &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;sign&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Carmelo Anthony&lt;/a&gt;. Think about what kind of criticism the team would be open to if they did and the season went badly. The management and coaching would take a hit with fans beause they wasted their attention on giving an old player a stage to perform his last season. Kind of makes each game an exhibition, not a serious contest. Might sell a few more tickets, but maybe it'd have the opposite effect, the embarrassment of being Melo rubs off on the team. Even worse, what if they came close, and there's another forward they could have gotten that critics think might have made the difference. Meanwhile Melo was trading jersies with stars on other teams for photo ops. I feel for Melo. I wouldn't want to be where he is. He's more like a mascot than a player. He has a smell on him, and it's not a good one. I wish it weren't so." created="Fri, 27 Sep 2019 16:20:29 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="I can't understand is why more people haven't watched &lt;a href=&quot;; bojack+horseman&quot;;=&quot;&quot;&gt;Bojack Horseman&lt;/a&gt;? It's on Netflix so it's pretty easy for a lot of people to get. I hear that people don't like animations. But it's one of the best shows ever, and stars some of the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;best actors&lt;/a&gt;, and lots of cameos with real Hollywood stars. And many of the people who write and design the show go on to do other shows you probably love. It's very influential. I started spreading the gospel of Bojack in &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;2015&lt;/a&gt;. There's a new 1/2 season coming at the end of October. I can't wait. " created="Fri, 27 Sep 2019 15:50:27 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="The idea of left and right is nuts, because Trump ran on a pretty far-left plan if you took his words at face value. I suspect the idea of left vs right is something that mostly makes sense to people who view politics as sport, like Mets vs Yankees." created="Fri, 27 Sep 2019 15:22:07 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Rivers and Twitter" created="Fri, 27 Sep 2019 20:03:19 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="The &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;@nbariver&lt;/a&gt; Twitter feed is &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;flowing&lt;/a&gt; again. " created="Fri, 27 Sep 2019 17:36:04 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I'm also getting the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;@podc&lt;/a&gt; Twitter feed going too. It started in &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;2007&lt;/a&gt;, when podcasting and Twitter &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;were&lt;/a&gt; both pretty new. " created="Fri, 27 Sep 2019 17:38:15 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Rivers&lt;/a&gt; are like Twitter timelines except made out of RSS feeds, which are distributed all over the internet, not just on Twitter. So there's &quot;; and &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;@nbariver&lt;/a&gt;. They carry the same information, in the same order (newest first) -- one on my server, and the other on Twitter. Similarly, there's &quot;; and &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;@podc&lt;/a&gt;." created="Fri, 27 Sep 2019 20:03:47 GMT"/>
<outline text="I know this might be confusing, but it's worth understanding imho." created="Fri, 27 Sep 2019 20:06:21 GMT"/>
<outline text="This used to be easy" created="Fri, 27 Sep 2019 15:18:46 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="I'm returning my old Apple Watch for a $100 credit after getting a new 5th generation watch (I will write it up later). I've done this before and remember the process was easy because they designed the docs well, and took out all the unnecessary steps (something designers call factoring). But this time, instead of writing &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;the instructions&lt;/a&gt; in a language I understand they use pictures with &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;links&lt;/a&gt; to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;web&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;pages&lt;/a&gt;. A couple of problems there. First, they use a very light color to print the URLs and they're too small for me to read, even with my glasses. I used my iPhone's flashlight, but the paper is glossy. I ended up taking a picture of the doc, and blowing it up. Second, couldn't they use a URL shortener? Didn't someone at Apple suggest that? I can't imagine it would cost that much. The whole thing, which I remember as being impressively easy last time is a pain in the ass this time. I think maybe the difference is that Steve is gone and most people who work at Apple started after he left. " created="Fri, 27 Sep 2019 14:39:11 GMT" image=""/>
<outline text="The instructions also don't seem to say who you call or email to come pick up the watch. A phone number would be nice. It must be here, but for the life of me I can't see it. " created="Fri, 27 Sep 2019 14:59:34 GMT"/>
<outline text="Also there's this weird &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;red paper thing&lt;/a&gt; they included. I have no idea what it's for. It might be a piece of tape, but it isn't. There's no peel-off strip on the back. Mysterious." created="Fri, 27 Sep 2019 15:04:12 GMT"/>
<outline text="September 26" created="Thu, 26 Sep 2019 15:40:43 GMT" name="26">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Poll&lt;/a&gt;: Will Trump resign?" created="Thu, 26 Sep 2019 18:09:43 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="What I &lt;i&gt;love&lt;/i&gt; about the whistleblower is that it says that the US govt is still in there, it hasn't been dominated yet by the Nazis. Now that one whistleblower has emerged, hopefully there will be many more. A publication dedicated just to whistleblower coverage might be good." created="Thu, 26 Sep 2019 16:04:04 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="I assume Trump is deep in debt and scrambling to make loan payments every month, and the people he owes money to aren't the kind who understand." created="Thu, 26 Sep 2019 18:12:17 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="If I could talk to Trump and he was really listening I'd day this. Trump you idiot, we all knew what you were doing, but we didn't have solid proof, like a tape or a transcript. You fucking moron, not only did you create the transcript, you released it to the public. " created="Thu, 26 Sep 2019 17:28:10 GMT" type="tweet" tweetId="1177273829397344256" tweetUserName="davewiner"/>
<outline text="I was pissed that Schiff went ahead with the hearing, but then I wonder if his real audience is the dozen or so would-be whistleblowers who are dealing with a government that insists everything is privileged. He's saying to them, that's what they say about everything, you have to resist that. If necessary come to me, directly and we'll help. " created="Thu, 26 Sep 2019 16:48:43 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Here's what's weird. The Trump/Barr team has been obstructing everything. It's all been privileged. Tax returns. McGahn testimony, etc. Today they gave up. They could have said the whistleblower report was privileged. Would have been consistent. They didn't. " created="Thu, 26 Sep 2019 16:47:19 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="So where can a citizen get a look at this &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;whistleblower report&lt;/a&gt; that is not behind a paywall?" created="Thu, 26 Sep 2019 15:48:52 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I wish there was a text version of the report so I could use a dark color and amp up the size. There should be a whistleblower's CSS file I can edit. Make this stuff easy on the eyes. " created="Thu, 26 Sep 2019 16:10:31 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I don't see why the Dems went ahead with the public hearing today, given that the whistleblower report &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;came&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;out&lt;/a&gt; before the hearing. The hearing only made sense if the report was being withheld. We're not impeaching the acting DNI. This hearing only made sense of they were stonewalling. They're doing to the whistleblower what Barr did to the Muller Report. They need a showrunner, someone with an outsider's perspective. Schiff, Nadler, Pelosi are lost in the weeds. (Though unlike some, I thought Schiff's intro was brilliant.)" created="Thu, 26 Sep 2019 15:40:44 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="September 25" created="Wed, 25 Sep 2019 13:52:29 GMT" name="25">
<outline text="It's funny how my subconscious &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;gets in the loop&lt;/a&gt; on my programming which is probably almost totally a higher-brain function. When I figure something out, here's what comes out of my mouth -- bang. That's a new one. It used to be bing and then ptahhh. Also thank you. Sometimes perfect. Then there was bingo bongo bingo. And now -- bang. Sometimes it's bang bang bang. There's no conscious thought behind these words. It's spontaneous. They just happen. It's as if my subconscious is watching, not entirely sure what's going on, like a black lab hanging out at my feet. He senses something has happened that's momentous and wants to participate. Verbally. " created="Wed, 25 Sep 2019 15:35:24 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Le tweet du jour&lt;/a&gt;: Some of the stupidest criminals in the world are working right here in America. I've always been proud of that. " created="Wed, 25 Sep 2019 18:54:25 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="This was &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;v1.0&lt;/a&gt; of the Warren selfie line." created="Wed, 25 Sep 2019 15:47:11 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Now the conversation has turned to what Trump should be impeached for. I don't know the public opinion answer, or the legal answer, or the right answer for Nancy Pelosi, but here's the &quot;Occam's News&quot; answer. He's running a corrupt enterprise from the White House. He's turned it into the Trump Organization, using all the powers of the presidency to cover up his crimes and fill his pockets. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Organized crime&lt;/a&gt;. To live the life he was living before he was elected but on a much grander scale. This violates everything in the Constitution, because it was the founders intent, in every instance, to have the United States be self-governing, not a monarchy. " created="Wed, 25 Sep 2019 14:35:16 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="I wish reporters would ignore what Trump just released, based on our &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;experience&lt;/a&gt; with the Mueller Report." created="Wed, 25 Sep 2019 14:29:23 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="Sometimes I wonder what would happen if one day I found I didn't have anything to write about. Heh. Like that's ever going to happen. Hello my name is Dave and I'm a &quot;NBB&quot;." created="Wed, 25 Sep 2019 14:52:11 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Yesterday I hit a pothole on a dirt road and I rolled over the handlebars. My instincts were good, I protected my head and neck, took the brunt on my ribcage and knee. It was a private place and a private experience. I laid there in the dirt for I have no idea how long, looked up at the sky through the trees, breathed, and was thankful it wasn't worse. Eventually I got myself up, dizzy, sat back down, breathed some more, righted myself and walked home. The bike wasn't rideable. I've rolled over handlebars once before, in Manhattan, in 2010, avoiding a collision with a car that was running a stop sign. That time I was in bed for days, this time it's not that bad. I'm already up and about. I love my bike, but today I feel betrayed. Not sure if it was really a hole in the road or a bike failure. I haven't had the will to look at the bike yet. I'm going to spend a day eating ibuprofen and being thankful. " created="Wed, 25 Sep 2019 13:52:30 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="I started watching &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Unbelievable&lt;/a&gt; on Netflix. Almost at the end of episode 2. So far it makes me unbelievably angry. " created="Wed, 25 Sep 2019 14:06:29 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Impeachment party&lt;/a&gt;. How did they do this??" created="Wed, 25 Sep 2019 14:00:11 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="BTW, it's totally okay for you to forward the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;nightly emails&lt;/a&gt; to anyone you like. They can't unsub on your behalf because we send a confirming email to your account to unsub. If you don't confirm, your subscription remains. So if you want to share something you read here, please do. " created="Wed, 25 Sep 2019 14:59:32 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="September 24" created="Tue, 24 Sep 2019 14:01:09 GMT" name="24">
<outline text="Yesterday I wrote &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;briefly&lt;/a&gt; about new social graphs. Here's the background. For a long time, years, to get engagement with smart people on my writing, I had to cross-post to Twitter or Facebook, and at times Medium. This never worked well, there were limits to their APIs or format (character limits on Twitter, for example). Following the Cambridge Analytica mess, Facebook shut down their API so cross-posting was no longer possible. But now, I’m getting engagement, like I did in the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;early years&lt;/a&gt;, on my blog, &lt;i&gt;without going through a silo. &lt;/i&gt;This conversation, the one we’re having right now, is part of a new social graph. Nothing long-term about it, it’s already here. Now the question is what's the next step. The email connection works. (To people who are only following in the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;RSS feed&lt;/a&gt;, I recommend trying the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;nightly email&lt;/a&gt;. It feels different. For example, if you reply, I will see it. That doesn't happen in RSS.)" created="Tue, 24 Sep 2019 15:34:47 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Michael Calore&lt;/a&gt;: &quot;I'm reading your words every day again, just like 15 years ago. Email is the new RSS." created="Tue, 24 Sep 2019 16:01:55 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="After learning about &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Yacht Rock&lt;/a&gt;, I've been listening to the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Doobie Brothers&lt;/a&gt;, reading up on their history. This morning I was listening to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;What a Fool Believes&lt;/a&gt;, following along in the &lt;a href=&quot;;rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS743US747&amp;oq=what+a+fool+belie&amp;aqs=chrome.1.0l2j69i57j0l3.7618j0j4&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8&quot;&gt;lyrics&lt;/a&gt;, and saw that it was &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;written by&lt;/a&gt; Aretha Franklin! I couldn't imagine &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;how she would sing&lt;/a&gt; the song. BTW, I've been &lt;i&gt;exactly&lt;/i&gt; that kind of fool. " created="Tue, 24 Sep 2019 14:01:10 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="How permalinks work on Scripting News. There's a simple feature in my blog that makes it easy to point to a specific item. If you look at the end of any post you'll &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;see four icons&lt;/a&gt;. The first, a &quot;purple pound sign,&quot; is &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;a&lt;/a&gt; link to the item. When you click it, the browser opens the page, with that post at the top. That's the best link to send to friends. " created="Tue, 24 Sep 2019 16:59:58 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Demo: A direct &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;link&lt;/a&gt; to the post about making smoothies. :boom:" created="Wed, 25 Sep 2019 00:54:21 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I have a feeling Trump may have wanted a kickback -- you get the $250 million, then pay me 10% to put my name on a building in Kiev." created="Wed, 25 Sep 2019 02:55:32 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="The human species has been on a drive to growth from the beginning. The way to survive was to have lots of kids to insure that some would survive to reproduce, thereby continuing our own DNA and insuring the survival of the species. Until the advent of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;medicine&lt;/a&gt; and mass production of fossil fuel, and other &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;forms&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;of&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;civilization&lt;/a&gt;, we were in balance with nature. But some time in the last hundred years the balance flipped, growth skyrocketed, and processes were set in motion that got us to today's climate crisis. Problem is that we, as a species, haven't evolved, our evolution-driven goals haven't changed, we still think having more children is a virtue, and that it's our right, even obligation, to consume more. Reversing that is not a simple matter (that's generous, in my heart I don't think it's even possible), and the problem was not created by one or two generations, as some of the young folk believe. The problem is with the nature of our species, the traits that evolution reinforced are the ones that are leading us off the climate cliff. So when I listen to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Greta's&lt;/a&gt; speech, she isn't speaking just for her generation, she's speaking for mine too, and for my parents, who are gone. My &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;mother&lt;/a&gt;, who died in 2018, was passionate about consuming less. Greta would have liked her, I think. Yes we knew we were going off a cliff, even people who say they aren't sure, they knew too. But turning the ship around isn't something you decide to do. We each can do it ourselves, but that won't make a difference. I don't have the answers, but I know for certain that blaming today's adults for the future that today's children face is wrong. Making other people the symbol of our grief for our species is typically human, and pointless." created="Tue, 24 Sep 2019 14:51:28 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="September 23" created="Mon, 23 Sep 2019 14:07:48 GMT" name="23">
<outline text="A long time since I &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;said&lt;/a&gt; of Trump &quot;Did he actually say that?&quot;" created="Mon, 23 Sep 2019 21:53:55 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="We froze our social graph too soon, imho. My goal is to get the kind of discourse that happens on Twitter and Facebook to happen outside the silos, so a new generation of &quot;coders&quot; can try out a billion new ideas about how humans can ideate and organize in a global network environment." created="Mon, 23 Sep 2019 15:08:37 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Today's song&lt;/a&gt; -- Red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee." created="Mon, 23 Sep 2019 19:59:25 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="Pelosi's choice: 1. Get behind impeachment, now, fully, no conditions. 2. Step aside and let the new Speaker do it. (Update: There's a third choice -- Delegate all matters related to impeachment to a special prosecutor, a member of the House. I think Adam Schiff would be ideal. Pelosi can handle everything but impeachment. Refer all questions to the prosecutor.)" created="Mon, 23 Sep 2019 15:21:58 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Mythical headline from 1972&lt;/a&gt;. The break-in at the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters at the Watergate Hotel raises troubling questions about just what it is that the Democrats are hiding there." created="Mon, 23 Sep 2019 17:00:58 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Sometimes you have to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;make a choice&lt;/a&gt; with no clue how things are going to turn out. That's been my experience in life. I can cite numerous examples. So now it gets real for all of us at the same time. And I'd say it's just been an illusion that it never was not thus." created="Mon, 23 Sep 2019 15:17:07 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="Finally &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;MSNBC gets&lt;/a&gt; to the real question. How the hell are we going to vote Trump out. We've only seen 1/10th (maybe) of one whistleblower leak. He must be making the &lt;s&gt;offer&lt;/s&gt; demand he made to the Ukranian president to every despot in the world. " created="Mon, 23 Sep 2019 14:33:22 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="Journalism needed a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;re-think&lt;/a&gt; for the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;2020 election&lt;/a&gt;, and it didn't happen. We're in a bad place. Trump's corruption is &quot;priced-in&quot; so you can say Trump did something even more horrible than ever before and people go yeah, that's nice, but what are we going to do about it. If the past is any indication, nothing. And Trump can dirty-up Biden's name and create a nice false equivalence for the journos to relax into. We're all comfortable in doing what we do. We had a series of marches in 2017, and then settled back into complacency and complicity in the rise of authoritarianism in the US. If we want to stop it, protest won't do it. Resistance won't, or civil disobedience. We need a revolution now, and luckily our founders thought it might come to that, after all they had just fought one. In the Constitution are the tools to overturn the government, immediately. But we also need a revolution in journalism, an awakening, creating authority in expertise. What &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;we used to&lt;/a&gt; call &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Sources Go Direct&lt;/a&gt;. People we trust who know something about what they're talking about. It's time to rise to &lt;a href=&quot;;t=h_&amp;ia=web&quot;&gt;JFK's&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;challenge&lt;/a&gt;. My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. " created="Mon, 23 Sep 2019 14:07:49 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="The &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;nightly email&lt;/a&gt; thing has been a big eye-opener. Real engagement has returned. On the web, not in a silo. I can't believe we found a way to crack the nut. Now I want to open up engagement in new ways. I have the benefit of all the paths we went down &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;starting in 1994&lt;/a&gt;. And I have lots of developed software running in JavaScript here that can be applied to new experiments. Exciting times. " created="Mon, 23 Sep 2019 14:39:39 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="September 22" created="Sun, 22 Sep 2019 12:22:48 GMT" name="22">
<outline text="As usual journalism is cutting Trump too much slack. Here's what actually happened, via &lt;a href=&quot;;t=h_&amp;ia=web&quot;&gt;Occam's News&lt;/a&gt;, between Trump and the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Volodymyr Zelensky&lt;/a&gt;, president of Ukraine. First, Trump doesn't care if there's an actual investigation. He wants Zelensky to say there was, and Biden &amp; Biden are being charged with something heinous that carries the death penalty in Ukraine. That's the first round of hype. Then Ukraine files for extradition of the Bidens. Trump goes through a whole drama, trying to decide whether or not to allow Biden &amp; Biden to be deported to Ukraine, or try them in the US, for interfering with an election in a foreign country, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;usurping&lt;/a&gt; the perogative of the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;US govt&lt;/a&gt;. The press reports on &lt;i&gt;Trump's Decision, &lt;/i&gt;Day 1, Day 2 and so on. Reporters camp out in front of the White House all night waiting for a decision. Finally Trump emerges with AG Barr, he decides try them here, showing surprising mercy for the Bidens, it is reported almost everywhere. After all that Ukraine quietly receives the $250 million, of course with a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;taste&lt;/a&gt; for Trump. My guess is that all this will still happen even though it's been &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;exposed&lt;/a&gt;. And Pelosi still will not allow impeachment. " created="Sun, 22 Sep 2019 20:47:32 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;DHH&lt;/a&gt; wants something like the Scripting News nightly &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;email&lt;/a&gt; for people he follows on Twitter. It's doable, the Twitter API has what's needed, but I'm not sure most tweets would look good in email. Think of the hacks people use to tell stories on Twitter. It would be easier the other way around, to take essays and turn them into a series of Tweets. Of course I have an app for that -- &quot;Little Pork Chop&quot;. There's also &quot;Happy Friends&quot;, a web app I wrote in 2014. It still works, but I don't use it myself anymore. Not sure why. " created="Sun, 22 Sep 2019 17:33:32 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I bet &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Steve Jobs&lt;/a&gt; was a Mets fan. #lgm" created="Sun, 22 Sep 2019 18:23:54 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="Want a protest? Here’s a plan that would get things to change. A permanent occupation of DC by 100K people demanding impeachment. Leave when your replacement arrives." created="Sun, 22 Sep 2019 20:19:09 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I had never heard of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Yacht Rock&lt;/a&gt; before listening to the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;third episode&lt;/a&gt; of the 1619 podcast, which might be the best single episode of any podcast ever. If you love American music, you can, in a few minutes, find out what it is and where it came from. If you say &quot;Alexa play Yacht Rock&quot; you get a virtual radio station of the good stuff. " created="Sun, 22 Sep 2019 18:17:13 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Want to have marches that scare &quot;Moscow Mitch&quot; and Nancy Pelosi? All over the country we pretend it's Election Day. Dress rehearsal. March to your local polling place and have a have a street fair with booths for the candidates, for causes and political parties. Let the candidates treat you to entertainment, food and drink. We should make Election Day as much anticipated as any holiday. Or even better, usurp an existing holiday like &lt;a href=&quot;;t=h_&amp;ia=web&quot;&gt;Halloween&lt;/a&gt;. :boom: " created="Sun, 22 Sep 2019 17:40:09 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="It would be great if we could make voting a party, a celebration, something to look forward to, not something you have to make time for. That would probably do more to improve the lives of all Americans than any other single thing. It's like the SuperBowl, the NBA Finals, Coachella or the Oscars, only better -- because we are the stars." created="Sun, 22 Sep 2019 12:22:49 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="September 21" created="Sat, 21 Sep 2019 14:06:19 GMT" name="21">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Yogi Berra&lt;/a&gt;: &quot;You can observe a lot by just watching.&quot; " created="Sat, 21 Sep 2019 16:25:55 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I finished &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Undone&lt;/a&gt; last night. Spoilers follow, so be warned. In the story, a teacher urges a student to be the sky (paraphrasing), observe your feelings the way the sky might observe the flow of a river. This is something I've learned, it comes with age and experience, self-knowledge. I think you can learn it at a young age, if you're taught and you practice. Once you can observe your feelings, fully feel them, but not let them become you, that's when you come into your power. Some reviewers say the series is about mental illness, but that's only one theory of the show, and not the one we're left with, waiting for season 2. I'm probably going to watch it again, it's such rich story and so beautifully told. " created="Sat, 21 Sep 2019 16:26:51 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Scott Love, via email: &quot;I want to star or rate your best gems!&quot; I always listen to &lt;a href=&quot;;t=h_&amp;ia=web&quot;&gt;Scott&lt;/a&gt;. He was hired as a product marketing manager at &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Living Videotext&lt;/a&gt; in the mid-80s, but he was so much more. We went to dinner probably two or three nights a week, and mostly about where to go with our outliner products, and what the competition in the Valley was doing. I would try ideas out on Scott, give him limited background, to see where his mind would go. Very creative and hard-working mind. Scott reads this blog via the nightly email. It's a lot like the old days at &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Chef Chu's&lt;/a&gt; in Los Altos. So Scott, there are features in the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;web version&lt;/a&gt; of Scripting News that aren't in the email version, for security reasons. They also aren't in the RSS version. You can Like any item on the blog, but only in the web browser version. :boom:" created="Sat, 21 Sep 2019 15:05:05 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Here's a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;video demo&lt;/a&gt; of the Like feature." created="Sat, 21 Sep 2019 15:20:29 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="Add Likes to any &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;website&lt;/a&gt; with this &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Node app&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Sat, 21 Sep 2019 15:53:05 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Lots of catching up to do betw Scott and myself. For example, here's a 2009 piece, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Narrate Your Work&lt;/a&gt;, I'm pretty sure Scott will like. " created="Sat, 21 Sep 2019 15:15:40 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="A feature I've been thinking about. When I mention someone who's a long-time personal friend, they might have a blue checkmark after their name like this: &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Bull Mancuso&lt;/a&gt;&lt;img src=&quot;;&gt;. " created="Sat, 21 Sep 2019 15:27:18 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="The key to politics and media of today is giving the people a role beyond couch potato, social media sharer and marcher. You want people to be involved in your mission? Then involve the people. " created="Sat, 21 Sep 2019 16:24:42 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Farhad Manjoo and Ezra Klein are both &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;wrong&lt;/a&gt; about Obama’s biggest mistake, which was thinking “President” and “community organizer” are different jobs. He should have moved his excellent campaign into the White House instead of disbanding it. " created="Sat, 21 Sep 2019 14:06:20 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Another mistake Obama made that history will probably judge him on is that he underestimated Trump and Putin, openly. Don't motivate your enemies. Never slam the door on the way out. " created="Sat, 21 Sep 2019 14:33:00 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Fascinating op-ed&lt;/a&gt; in the NYT by two political science &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;authors&lt;/a&gt; about why the Repubs play dirty. They illustrate more generally that political parties play dirty when they realize they can't stay in power any other way. But -- consider this sentence -- &quot;The only way out of this situation is for the Republican Party to become more diverse.&quot; As a programmer, which teaches me to challenge my assumptions, it's a critical part of design and debugging, I see that it's &lt;i&gt;not&lt;/i&gt; the only way out. Political parties aren't like baseball teams. As long as there's baseball, your favorite team will continue, though they could move or change their name. For example, the Washington Nationals are the former &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Montreal Expos&lt;/a&gt;. But the same must not be true of political parties. The Repubs had a good run, but they went down a path that didn't work. So they lose elections. What of it. There's no way the Democrats will rule the whole country unopposed for any amount of time -- a new party will form. In all likelihood two new parties will form. There aren't enough white Christians in the US to rule, and many of them, esp the young ones, see themselves as part of a diverse America. Eventually the Repubs will disappear, the question is how much damage will they do on their way out." created="Sat, 21 Sep 2019 14:12:03 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="BTW, the radical adjustments in the US political system are an obvious response to big changes in the Soviet Union in the 80s and 90s. People thought at the time there would be a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;peace dividend&lt;/a&gt;, and that it signalled the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;end of history&lt;/a&gt;. I didn't believe it at the time, I saw both ideas as tempting fate, the same way you brag that your candidate &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;can't lose&lt;/a&gt;. God hears you and as my dear departed uncle would say goofs on you. " created="Sat, 21 Sep 2019 14:29:49 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="September 20" created="Fri, 20 Sep 2019 13:03:33 GMT" name="20">
<outline text="Political parties should be seen as disposable." created="Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:46:47 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I listened to the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Daily podcast&lt;/a&gt; today about what an Elizabeth Warren rally is like. I liked how people were asked to take a minute and introduce themselves to the people around them. Wouldn't it be great if everyone left with a task they would do to make the world better, right now, not after Warren gets elected. This is what we need, meaningful things each of us can do to make things better. We yearn to belong and to do good work." created="Fri, 20 Sep 2019 18:34:20 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Political parties could have expiration dates." created="Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:47:51 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="The new &lt;a href=&quot;|s5mWfNVbU-dc_mtid_20925d2q39172_pcrid_383865838799&amp;cid=wwa-us-kwgo-iphone-slid---iphone+11+pro-e&quot;&gt;iPhone 11&lt;/a&gt; takes fantastic &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;night pictures&lt;/a&gt;. Jealous. " created="Sat, 21 Sep 2019 00:23:32 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="I love everything about the HBO series &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Succession&lt;/a&gt;, but tops is how they sneak in &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Fuck Offs&lt;/a&gt; with such style and vigor. " created="Sat, 21 Sep 2019 00:37:33 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="When you’re thinking how fantastic it must be to be one of the richest people on earth, remember to think of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;this picture&lt;/a&gt;." created="Fri, 20 Sep 2019 18:41:07 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="The only reason not to impeach Trump, as far as I can see, is it could hurt the Democratic Party. I have no idea why, considering what's at stake, anyone cares if the DP survives. We'll form another party." created="Fri, 20 Sep 2019 20:26:23 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Some shows I binge in &quot;savor mode,&quot; they're so good and there isn't much to binge on, so I go slow, stop often and savor shows to watch later. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Undone&lt;/a&gt; is one of those shows. Two 1/2 hour episodes left. It is of a genre, wild misunderstood-as-crazy super-powered young woman, as much a victim of her powers as master of them. Undone is something like &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Russian Doll&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Killing Eve&lt;/a&gt;. I'll know more when I finish. But it's one of the best shows ever. " created="Fri, 20 Sep 2019 15:21:18 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Communicating with Amazon" created="Fri, 20 Sep 2019 13:03:34 GMT" type="outline" description="On July 26, I ordered an outdoor thermometer. Not expensive, $10. But it was broken when I opened the package, and I cut my finger, it bled. ">
<outline text="Most of my orders with Amazon are uneventful. The product arrives when it was supposed to and it works and that's that. But sometimes something goes wrong." created="Fri, 20 Sep 2019 13:03:57 GMT" image=""/>
<outline text="On July 26, I ordered an &lt;a href=&quot;;psc=1&quot;&gt;outdoor thermometer&lt;/a&gt;. Not expensive, $10. But it was broken when I opened the package, and I cut my finger, it bled. " created="Fri, 20 Sep 2019 13:10:55 GMT"/>
<outline text="I went to the Order page and reported that it arrived broken. I just wanted to throw it out, not wanting to handle the broken glass, possibly injuring myself again, or someone who had to handle it at UPS or at Amazon. That was the right thing to do. The Amazon rep said OK, they would credit me for the thermometer. Honestly I was surprised it was that easy. I ordered another one (which arrived unbroken and I'm using it)." created="Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:31:39 GMT"/>
<outline text="Well, about a week ago, I got an email saying I needed to send the thermometer back or I'd be charged for it. There was no way to respond. I got another notice a few days later saying they had charged me for it. "/>
<outline text="Okay $10 isn't going to make a difference to me, but it would make even less of a difference to Amazon. And they agreed to the arrangement, and it was the right thing to do. "/>
<outline text="So I thought I'd write it up &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;here&lt;/a&gt; on my blog. Maybe someone in an executive role at Amazon will see it, and will change their system so it's easier for customers to talk to them, and make sure when they agree to something, they stick to it. " created="Fri, 20 Sep 2019 13:04:09 GMT"/>
<outline text="Yes we're still diggin" created="Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:22:09 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="This is what the Scripting News home page &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;looks like&lt;/a&gt; this morning." created="Fri, 20 Sep 2019 13:58:38 GMT"/>
<outline text="Yes, I screwed up, I can see what the problem is, hopefully will have a fix shortly. Still diggin. :banana:" created="Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:22:26 GMT"/>
<outline text="BTW, it's not as bad &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;as it appears&lt;/a&gt;, despite what the screen says. " created="Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:00:53 GMT"/>
<outline text="10:22AM Eastern -- fixed. " created="Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:22:36 GMT">
<outline text="Somehow a right curly brace got turned into a 7. " created="Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:23:47 GMT"/>
<outline text="Cosmic rays. " created="Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:24:11 GMT"/>
<outline text="&quot;curly&quot;" created="Sat, 21 Sep 2019 00:28:10 GMT"/>
<outline text="September 19" created="Thu, 19 Sep 2019 13:28:57 GMT" name="19">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Matt Mullenweg&lt;/a&gt;: &quot;I see open source as a hack to get people to work together that would otherwise compete. We could rebuild the same thing dozens of times, or make one really awesome version. I like that IE/Microsoft is using and improving Chromium, it also keeps Google honest.&quot; " created="Thu, 19 Sep 2019 15:34:49 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="If you haven’t watched Succession, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;here’s&lt;/a&gt; a preview." created="Thu, 19 Sep 2019 14:53:40 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="Thanks for reading my &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;blog via email&lt;/a&gt;. I love the comments, esp since only I see them, there's less grandstanding, pontificating, more hey here's a book you'd like, or I listened to that podcast too." created="Thu, 19 Sep 2019 14:15:28 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="My smoothie-making has evolved. In the evening I make orange juice from concentrate to drink, with ice, while watching the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Mets&lt;/a&gt;. I leave about 1/2 glass for the morning, when I throw in frozen fruit, a heaping tablespoon of yogurt and a bit of warm water, and zap it in the &lt;a href=&quot;;psc=1&quot;&gt;blender&lt;/a&gt;. Pour it into a big glass and sip it for an hour or so while I write in the morning. It's delicious, cold, tasty and nutritious. I feel very loved. " created="Thu, 19 Sep 2019 13:40:48 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Advice for Stallman" created="Thu, 19 Sep 2019 13:28:58 GMT" type="outline" description="If he has the money, taking some time off, writing software perhaps, fixing bugs in other people's stuff. Not being such a big guy for a while. Live a human-size life. ">
<outline text="Yesterday I got an email from &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Richard Stallman's&lt;/a&gt; PR person, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Sylvia Paull&lt;/a&gt;, who I've known for many years. She was updating me on how he had &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;lost&lt;/a&gt; his position at &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;MIT&lt;/a&gt; and at the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;FSF&lt;/a&gt; in recent days. Of course I had been following the story." created="Thu, 19 Sep 2019 13:29:05 GMT"/>
<outline text="I offered advice, in an email, which I am including below. " created="Thu, 19 Sep 2019 13:39:41 GMT">
<outline text="I feel for Stallman. On the other hand he had a long run and was &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;celebrated&lt;/a&gt; in so many ways, given an office at MIT, had a foundation. Some of us would have loved that kind of support. ;-)" created="Thu, 19 Sep 2019 13:33:03 GMT"/>
<outline text="As his PR person I think you can help by first learning from others' mistakes in these situations. There have now been lots of them. A mistake a lot of people make is trying to fight back or argue with the judgement. I don't think that works. If he has the money, taking some time off, writing software perhaps, fixing bugs in other people's stuff. Not being such a big guy for a while. Live a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;human-size life&lt;/a&gt;. Imagine what he could come up with if he wasn't always out traveling and evangelizing? I've done it. I even write software just for myself these days, no intention to publish ever. " created="Thu, 19 Sep 2019 13:33:24 GMT"/>
<outline text="Best advice is to slow down, set your expectations on a longer horizon, and do some self-improvement. " created="Thu, 19 Sep 2019 13:33:36 GMT"/>
<outline text="September 18" created="Wed, 18 Sep 2019 14:30:15 GMT" name="18">
<outline text="Today's &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Daily podcast&lt;/a&gt; is about Harvey Weinstein. The reporters covering him for the NYT got access to the notes, letters and emails of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Lisa Bloom&lt;/a&gt;, one of Weinstein's &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;attorneys&lt;/a&gt;, detailing the PR and legal campaign to get the story killed. Presumably these techniques worked in the past, but this time the story came out. " created="Wed, 18 Sep 2019 19:55:35 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Heart-breaking video&lt;/a&gt; brings home what it would be like to be a kid with an active shooter inside your school. " created="Wed, 18 Sep 2019 19:37:12 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="I didn't have to read this &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;piece&lt;/a&gt; about whether or not Elizabeth Warren is electable vs Trump. Of course she is. She's just beginning to hit her stride. Let's push her to the top. It's up to us to decide if she's electable." created="Wed, 18 Sep 2019 15:10:49 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="One thing I would insist on from Warren -- if she wins -- is that she keep the people organized. The campaign does not stop if she's elected, actually that's when it kicks into super high gear. That was the mistake Obama made. We had a chance to install democracy everywhere." created="Wed, 18 Sep 2019 15:38:48 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="History will not be kind to Obama re Trump and Putin. He vastly underestimated both. And showed it, in both cases, publicly. Presidents can't do that. " created="Wed, 18 Sep 2019 15:31:22 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Dave Carlick, marketer, a friend for decades. He did the &lt;a href=&quot;; cogitank+ergo+sum&quot;&quot;=&quot;&quot;&gt;Cogitank Ergo Sum&lt;/a&gt; campaign for us, among others. He also pioneered what he called &lt;a href=&quot;; database+marketing&quot;&quot;=&quot;&quot;&gt;Database Marketing&lt;/a&gt;. It's what the whole tech industry is based on now. He went on to do Netscape's first website, then became a VC, and a board member lots of places, but we still hang out like we did in the early 80s. Anyway, Dave was one of the first to subscribe to my blog via &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;nightly email&lt;/a&gt;, and the other day he told me an &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;idea I posted&lt;/a&gt; was good. That meant the world to me. For years there has been almost zero feedback to this blog from real-world friends. " created="Wed, 18 Sep 2019 14:53:51 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Idea for a product. Customizable search engine with prefs. I'd like to have Wikipedia page come first in all searches for which there is a Wikipedia page. I think of Google and Wikipedia as if they were two branches of government. I use them to check up on the other. That's really how search has evolved for me in 2019. " created="Wed, 18 Sep 2019 14:52:15 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Brian Lehrer's show&lt;/a&gt; today is all about &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Cokie Roberts&lt;/a&gt;. How she got away with being so forcefully opinionated and holding down a job at NPR, that's something to study. " created="Wed, 18 Sep 2019 14:49:02 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I just bought a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;new Apple Watch&lt;/a&gt;. I wear mine all the time. The reason I got the upgrade? Always-on screen. It's a pain when riding my bike and I want to see what's on the watch, I have to take both hands off the handlebars to get the watch to show me. So I don't do it. I'm getting $100 back for my previous Apple Watch, still in perfect shape. " created="Wed, 18 Sep 2019 14:30:16 GMT" type="outline" urltweet="" image=""/>
<outline text="I used my &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Apple credit card&lt;/a&gt; to buy the watch. Surprised they didn't streamline that, it shouldn't have required me to enter a number. They know who I am, my identity connects the store and the card. They didn't even acknowledge that I used their card. Apple, who has often set the bar really high for marketing awareness, missed an opportunity for an obvious &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;high five&lt;/a&gt;. They should also btw give you a discount for using their card, esp in early days. " created="Wed, 18 Sep 2019 14:40:06 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="September 17" created="Tue, 17 Sep 2019 13:43:34 GMT" name="17">
<outline text="It takes &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Charles Fitzgerald&lt;/a&gt; a while to get to the point. &quot;Separating the social graph from Facebook has two fundamental benefits: Protecting personal information; Competition.&quot; " created="Tue, 17 Sep 2019 20:36:42 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Too bad &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Brian Cox&lt;/a&gt; was born in Scotland, otherwise he'd make an excellent candidate to go up against Trump for the entertainment president. The hats would say &lt;i&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Fuck Off&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/i&gt; not MAGA. The configuration of the kids is right too. Two good-for-nothing sons, and a gorgeous &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;daughter&lt;/a&gt; who seems she might have her head screwed on straight, but all along you know she's really her &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;father's daughter&lt;/a&gt;." created="Tue, 17 Sep 2019 17:21:06 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Revered news people from the past died today, &lt;a href=&quot;;partner=rss&quot;&gt;Cokie Roberts&lt;/a&gt;, &lt;a href=&quot;;partner=rss&quot;&gt;Sander Vanocur&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Tue, 17 Sep 2019 21:12:28 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I was shocked that &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Richard Stallman resigned&lt;/a&gt; from the FSF. He is the founder. I'd like to see a clear accounting that explains how and why he was forced out, assuming that's what happened. " created="Tue, 17 Sep 2019 13:43:35 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="This is hell" created="Tue, 17 Sep 2019 13:49:28 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="I’m with &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Andrew Yang&lt;/a&gt;. We’re destroying people’s lives. You feel powerful, then you move on. The people whose lives you destroyed are still destroyed. Sometimes the punishment fits the crime, but (key point) this is not how our system works, for good reason. " created="Tue, 17 Sep 2019 13:50:24 GMT"/>
<outline text="We have laws and courts and juries and processes." created="Tue, 17 Sep 2019 13:51:06 GMT"/>
<outline text="And the “crimes” are getting increasingly meta."/>
<outline text="And there’s no provision for rehab."/>
<outline text="Or wrong verdicts."/>
<outline text="This is hell. " created="Tue, 17 Sep 2019 13:51:21 GMT"/>
<outline text="PS: So you know -- I know how it feels to seek revenge on people whose ideas are abhorrent. I was a fan of Mel Gibson's movies until it came out that he was an &lt;a href=&quot;;biw=1202&amp;bih=832&amp;sxsrf=ACYBGNSfz5swsfSSlRJVt61nbAqIMf28sA%3A1568728429417&amp;ei=beWAXZ7sGIyb_Qbj55rwCw&amp;q=mel+gibson+anti-semitism&amp;oq=mel+gibson+anti-semitism&amp;gs_l=psy-ab.3...4915.5204..5804...0.0..;ved=0ahUKEwje1qLmgNjkAhWMTd8KHeOzBr4Q4dUDCAs&amp;uact=5&quot;&gt;anti-semite&lt;/a&gt;. Now I'm appalled that he's working in Hollywood again, they've decided to accept him back. I don't like it, but abhorrent ideas are not a crime in the US. " created="Tue, 17 Sep 2019 13:51:31 GMT"/>
<outline text="September 16" created="Mon, 16 Sep 2019 14:57:25 GMT" name="16">
<outline text="Kavanaugh actually &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;blamed&lt;/a&gt; &quot;revenge on behalf of The Clintons&quot; out loud and in public in his Senate confirmation hearings. So you don't have to look to what he did with &lt;a href=&quot;;ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Esearch&quot;&gt;his penis&lt;/a&gt; in the past, really, to see why he shouldn't be on the court. He's as &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;unhinged&lt;/a&gt; as Trump." created="Mon, 16 Sep 2019 19:37:51 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Nadler&lt;/a&gt;: Impeachment needed to vindicate the Constitution. " created="Mon, 16 Sep 2019 19:10:07 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="24 years, 11 months and yadda yadda. It's going to be 25 years in less than a month. I have no idea what will happen then. " created="Mon, 16 Sep 2019 21:47:25 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="We wait for proof, then it comes, and go back to waiting for proof. We think we want proof, but what we really want is to not have proof. That is if you judge us by our actual behavior. Just a bit more normal, we'll deal with the truth when we have proof." created="Mon, 16 Sep 2019 19:07:36 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="I've had neck pain and stiffness for the last few days, but it's better and finally it's feeling good enough that I could do something, so (like a fool?) I went for a 20-minute bike ride. My legs were &lt;i&gt;sooo&lt;/i&gt; ready for this. I could have easily done an hour. But I stopped at 20 hoping my recovery would continue. " created="Mon, 16 Sep 2019 21:39:34 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="A corollary of your never knowing the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;struggles&lt;/a&gt; of other people. As the people you think about grow older, the chance they're dealing with serious health issues approaches certainty. So if you make work for them that might be one reason they don't do it. This is one of the most offensive things about what &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Google&lt;/a&gt; is doing to the web. Make-work, security theater, whose main consequence won't be a more secure web, just a web with bigger holes in it." created="Mon, 16 Sep 2019 18:36:22 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Braintrust query&lt;/a&gt;: I'm being quoted in an oral history about podcasting. I haven't seen the whole piece, but have been shown two quotes, ostensibly from me, that are similar to something I might have said, but use terms that I would not have used. The quotes sort of accurate, but they aren't literal quotes. A question for journalist friends. Is this standard practice? Should I object?" created="Mon, 16 Sep 2019 16:11:21 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Someday archaeologists will uncover random pictures from this era and wonder why the primates were in &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;so much pain&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Mon, 16 Sep 2019 18:04:56 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="When I was a college student in New Orleans in the 1970s, I used to hang out at restaurants and bars on &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Oak St&lt;/a&gt; in Uptown. It's very close to the line separating the city and Jefferson Parish, and like most political lines in the area, it's marked by a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;levee&lt;/a&gt;. If one side floods it doesn't necessarily mean that the other does. It was also very close to the Mississippi River, which of course also has a levee. In this case you walk up the levee, and the river comes to within a few feet of the top, way above the level of the city. If the levee were to break, a huge volume of river water would flood the city. I understood at an intellectual level how precarious this place was. But Oak St was an affluent street in a mostly affluent area. Living there you had the sense that it will always be this way. It seemed impervious to catastrophe. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Thirty years later&lt;/a&gt;, after Katrina, I came back and Oak St was destroyed. A fire had raged through the area, unchallenged by fire fighters who were gone. The civilization that seemed so dependable had folded. The people had moved to other cities. New Orleans was almost empty. The point of the story is that climate change may seem theoretical because you live near an Oak St in whatever town you are in. But its stability, the foundation it's built on, is mostly in your imagination. " created="Mon, 16 Sep 2019 15:32:06 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Yesterday I described &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Succession&lt;/a&gt; as The Sopranos without the sentimentality and intellect." created="Mon, 16 Sep 2019 14:57:26 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;fixed&lt;/a&gt; a problem in the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;persists&lt;/a&gt; package yesterday. When initializing a shared object, it ignored all non-scalar fields. I was using a daveutils routine copyScalars to do the copying. I wrote a new local routine that copies everything. I can't think of a reason it should only do scalars. It came up in an application I was writing. We're at that stage in this project where I try to use it as it was designed to be used and discover that the system guy (me) didn't correctly anticipate the needs of the app developer (also me)." created="Mon, 16 Sep 2019 15:00:52 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Jimmy Cliff: &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Sitting in Limbo&lt;/a&gt;." created="Mon, 16 Sep 2019 19:31:06 GMT" urlvideo="" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;span class=&quot;spHowLongRunning&quot;&gt;&lt;/span&gt;" created="Mon, 16 Sep 2019 21:49:43 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="September 15" created="Sun, 15 Sep 2019 15:30:24 GMT" name="15">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Poll&lt;/a&gt;: Will Elizabeth Warren be the Democratic nominee in 2020?" created="Sun, 15 Sep 2019 23:54:42 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;The Ruling Class&lt;/a&gt;, a comedy starring Peter O'Toole, was one of my favorite movies as a teen. The main character, a member of the British aristocracy, said he was God and spread a message of love for all. Some great jokes. It appears they have the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;whole movie&lt;/a&gt; on YouTube, for free. " created="Sun, 15 Sep 2019 19:32:38 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="An &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;idea&lt;/a&gt; for the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;New Yorker&lt;/a&gt; and other pubs with paywalls. Suppose I request a link to a story, you include a code in the url, so when you get a hit you know it came thru me. At least deduct that page from my monthly quota. Or maybe a twofer." created="Sun, 15 Sep 2019 19:29:24 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="It took hours of digging through various bits of software to figure out that the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;nbariver&lt;/a&gt; Twitter account had been suspended because they thought it was sharing personal information inappropriately. Here's a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;screen shot&lt;/a&gt; of the report. Obviously we were not sharing personal information, just &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;relaying&lt;/a&gt; a news report from the &lt;a href=&quot;;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+dp-sports-nuggets+%28Denver+Post%3A+Sports%3A+Nuggets%29&quot;&gt;Denver Post&lt;/a&gt; that some sharing had taken place. This is interesting because a human obviously would be able to tell the difference, and also it's exactly what we were discussing on Twitter over the last few days, how to automate these things. I did not delete the tweet, it was completely innocent. " created="Sun, 15 Sep 2019 17:22:45 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Interesting that the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Denver Post&lt;/a&gt; had tweets with exactly the same text and was (apparently) not suspended?" created="Sun, 15 Sep 2019 17:51:33 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="A definitive list of news feeds" created="Sun, 15 Sep 2019 15:30:25 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="Yesterday I posted an item &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;here&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;on Twitter&lt;/a&gt; suggesting a collection of RSS feeds from news orgs managed by one or more universities. There were a few responses from people who believe they at least have a good start on this, so let me flesh out the idea a bit. " created="Sun, 15 Sep 2019 15:30:35 GMT" flBulletedSubs="true">
<outline text="Think of it as a process more than a product. A list frozen in time isn't very useful. We have lots of those. The idea here is that the list is maintained, it grows and shrinks as new feeds are created, new organizations get on board, and of course some fall off. " created="Sun, 15 Sep 2019 15:31:19 GMT"/>
<outline text="I think the people should come from a university or a group of universities. It could be a student project. Lots of people flow through the project over time, and go out into the world and help build awareness of the project. " created="Sun, 15 Sep 2019 15:32:33 GMT"/>
<outline text="Having a list that no one knows about is pointless. There should be marketing activity for the project, a Twitter feed, Facebook group, what else? " created="Sun, 15 Sep 2019 15:45:12 GMT"/>
<outline text="All popular feed formats are supported. " created="Sun, 15 Sep 2019 15:45:14 GMT"/>
<outline text="Feeds should be added conservatively. The quality of the feeds is very important. The list should be culled of dupilicates, different URLs for the same resource. Don't worry about including two feeds that include similar stories (for example, there is a sports feed for the NYT and also a New York news feed, stories about the Knicks would appear in both, this is not a problem, )." created="Sun, 15 Sep 2019 15:34:01 GMT"/>
<outline text="Use the standard &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;OPML subscription list&lt;/a&gt; format as documented. Add attributes to any item with the metadata you have for it. " created="Sun, 15 Sep 2019 15:40:04 GMT"/>
<outline text="Open source all the way. MIT License for any software, and Creative Commons for the list itself. Create a GItHub repository to store the list and any associated documentation. It can be distributed in other ways of course, via a website, an internet-accessible database. " created="Sun, 15 Sep 2019 15:39:41 GMT"/>
<outline text="Please post &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;your comments here&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Sun, 15 Sep 2019 19:45:09 GMT"/>
<outline text="September 14" created="Sat, 14 Sep 2019 16:40:11 GMT" name="14">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;On Twitter&lt;/a&gt;, an interesting thread started by Emily Bell. It went off in a lot of directions, I brought it back to what I think is a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;constructive first step&lt;/a&gt;. A collection of RSS feeds from news orgs, maintained, with metadata. Something a group of j-school students, maybe even from different unis, could do. Lots of room for growth here. ;-)" created="Sat, 14 Sep 2019 16:40:47 GMT" type="outline" urltweet="" image=""/>
<outline text="My neck is out, the way my back used to go out. Very stiff and painful. I think the cause is bad shoes and too much walking. Taking it relatively easy for a few days." created="Sat, 14 Sep 2019 16:40:12 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="September 13" created="Fri, 13 Sep 2019 13:51:49 GMT" name="13">
<outline text="I was asked in a recent interview to talk about the first software I remember seeing demoed. This was hard, because when I started programming, in the mid-70s , what we think of as software today, didn’t exist. In 1979 I got my eyes opened with a demo of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;VisiCalc&lt;/a&gt;. I had never ever conceived of something like that. I immediately decided to copy their user interface. Didn’t take more than a few seconds to grok it. That's elegance, a clear breakthrough. " created="Fri, 13 Sep 2019 21:45:48 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="They have &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;red hats&lt;/a&gt;. We should wear MLK buttons." created="Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:09:38 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="Two recent Node.js ships: &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;XML-RPC for JavaScript&lt;/a&gt; and the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;persists&lt;/a&gt; package. " created="Fri, 13 Sep 2019 15:14:58 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Chris Lydon &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;interviews&lt;/a&gt; Evgeny Morozov. I tried listening, couldn't get very far into it. In the last 25 years a huge amount of new media has been created, I can't think of a single thing that was created at the Media Lab. Negroponte's column at the back of Wired wasn't a place to turn to for new ideas. Mostly it was self-promotion, as I recall. Demoware has always haunted tech. In my experience that's what the Media Lab pushes. Stuff the funding organizations go for. It seems in all the mess that came out of the Epstein affar at the Media Lab, someone at some point would have offered a defense of the form, &quot;But the Media Lab gave us X, Y and Z.&quot; But that never happened. I think in the early days, before the web, they did create some influential stuff, like the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Logo language&lt;/a&gt;. What's been uncovered in this scandal is how little is created with all the millions of dollars of funding, not just at the MIT Media Lab, but at all the media labs everywhere. Moral of the story, at least in this round of tech, money isn't what creates new media, individuals with a vision who persevere do. " created="Fri, 13 Sep 2019 14:45:49 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="I am not getting a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;new iPhone&lt;/a&gt; today. I could get an &lt;a href=&quot;;keywords=oled+tv&amp;qid=1568378397&amp;s=electronics&amp;sprefix=Oled%2Caps%2C143&amp;sr=1-3&quot;&gt;OLED TV&lt;/a&gt; for the same money." created="Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:49:21 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Truth be told &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Biden&lt;/a&gt; would be preferable to Trump even on his death bed. Frankly even if he were already dead he'd be a better president. Just sayin." created="Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:50:58 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I did not know that there is a &lt;a href=&quot;;utm_medium=Merchant-Centre&amp;utm_campaign=Pinatas-Shoppingind-Feed&amp;gclid=Cj0KCQjw2efrBRD3ARIsAEnt0ejQbkbIqud9vYXTUUPjNlrQgsEYbE4F0Q7ehi9WCq616LbTwC0pzzwaAiWsEALw_wcB&amp;fbclid=IwAR2r-BoMVtgj-E8ekLcEUU9VIqI5LjNs2QT_gBgWPn2SwD6TbLyLsKHiFhs&quot;&gt;Trump piñata&lt;/a&gt;. It could be a hit at your next party!" created="Fri, 13 Sep 2019 13:51:50 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="September 12" created="Thu, 12 Sep 2019 08:25:03 GMT" name="12">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Short audio excerpt&lt;/a&gt; of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Jodi Kantor&lt;/a&gt; of the NY Times on &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Fresh Air&lt;/a&gt;, on the importance of journalism process. Inspiring. " created="Thu, 12 Sep 2019 15:03:06 GMT" type="outline" enclosure="" enclosureType="audio/mpeg" enclosureLength="573630"/>
<outline text="A minor league football coach could figure out how to beat Trump. It requires minor collaboration between the Democratic Party and the entertainment world. We need programming to go up against Trump. The programming has to be about Trump, because he's made himself the story. But it has to tell the story he doesn't want told, in as dramatic a fashion as he tells his story. It doesn't have to be good drama, it won't reach into your soul and make you cry, it doesn't need to because Trump can't do that. What it has to do is fill you with rage. Grab and hold your attention. But it must not be done by the Democratic candidate. The Republican team only has one play. It's a game where the quarterback runs. So you just fill the field with defensive backs. When Trump moves, destroy him. When he moves again, destroy him again. With what? Acting, childish pranks and low comedy. " created="Thu, 12 Sep 2019 14:24:32 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="What &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;nice internet users&lt;/a&gt; do, in a Twitter thread." created="Thu, 12 Sep 2019 19:26:17 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Elizabeth Warren's campaign has mastered &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;humble snark&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Thu, 12 Sep 2019 18:01:19 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="If you read this blog &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;via email&lt;/a&gt;, you can now see how long it has been running, at the bottom of the email message. We're getting close to 25 years. " created="Thu, 12 Sep 2019 21:19:26 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="If someone says something to you that hurts, and on reflection you're sure it was &lt;i&gt;because&lt;/i&gt; it hurts, then turn around, walk out, and never look back." created="Thu, 12 Sep 2019 14:37:42 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="It was &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;asked&lt;/a&gt;: If you could take the next plane to any place, where would you go? I said I'd travel in time to when I was 22 and in love. :heart:" created="Thu, 12 Sep 2019 14:35:23 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="Sorry last night's emails didn't go out until 4:25AM Eastern instead of 12:01AM. Here's the lesson I learned. When you change the password on an account, think about the apps that connect to that account, and change them too. " created="Thu, 12 Sep 2019 08:25:04 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="September 11" created="Wed, 11 Sep 2019 14:55:42 GMT" name="11">
<outline text="I know how to be sure Trump doesn't win in 2020. It's &lt;i&gt;The Trump Soap&lt;/i&gt; as &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;described&lt;/a&gt; below. Here's a 12-minute &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;podcast&lt;/a&gt; that explains. The movie I mentioned was &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Get Out&lt;/a&gt;." created="Wed, 11 Sep 2019 18:46:30 GMT" type="outline" enclosure="" enclosureType="audio/mpeg" enclosureLength="5808736"/>
<outline text="Back in the day they used to broadcast &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;soap operas&lt;/a&gt; live. I assume they wrote the scripts the day before. So it would be interesting to use the same technique to dramatize the goings-on in the White House. Don't attempt to impersonate Trump and his staff, it's not funny or interesting -- maybe even given them different names to bring that home. Have them say and do the things the people in the White House are doing. Use your imagination. They can do things that haven't been reported on, or be dramatic flourishes." created="Wed, 11 Sep 2019 16:25:23 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="I was reminded with a note from a Boston friend that &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Radio Woodstock is pretty great&lt;/a&gt;. It &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;is&lt;/a&gt;. It might be a good substitute for disappointed &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;KFOG&lt;/a&gt; fans, of which I know at least a couple. &quot;Acoustic Saturday mornings now part of my weekends!&quot; If you have an Echo, you can listen by saying &quot;Alexa WDST please.&quot; Easy. :rocket:" created="Wed, 11 Sep 2019 20:04:01 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Yesterday's Fresh Air &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;interview&lt;/a&gt; with the NY Times reporters who exposed Harvey Weinstein is totally worth a listen." created="Wed, 11 Sep 2019 18:12:24 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Jonathan Franzen&lt;/a&gt;: &quot;The climate apocalypse is coming. To prepare for it, we need to admit that we can’t prevent it.&quot; " created="Wed, 11 Sep 2019 15:57:38 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Wouldn't it be great if all the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;reporters in tech&lt;/a&gt; got &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;together&lt;/a&gt; to see truly new stuff, without regard of which company it came from, or if it came from a company at all? The big message no one in &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;the establishment&lt;/a&gt; wants to hear (a term that's become precise these days) is that money does not yield progress. Jobs left a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;seed&lt;/a&gt; for you all as a clue. It's &lt;i&gt;people&lt;/i&gt; that make the difference, not piles of money. That's the big reboot of news we're waiting for. For our news to stop worshipping money and get down to telling us what's new. " created="Wed, 11 Sep 2019 15:45:37 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Twitter&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Facebook&lt;/a&gt; feel equally important in news today, but in the future, if the archive of Twitter survives, it will probably be the more valuable, because except for blocking, it's on the web, where Facebook has access constraints that make it not a good record." created="Wed, 11 Sep 2019 15:45:20 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="I'm helping a publication do an oral history of podcasting. The writer is earnest, thoughtful, a good person. But... Would you read a history of cars written by someone who didn't know the basics of how cars work? It'll be a miracle if something coherent comes from this." created="Wed, 11 Sep 2019 15:43:00 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="On this day in 2001" created="Wed, 11 Sep 2019 15:35:54 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="I was up and blogging early &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;on this day in 2001&lt;/a&gt;. If you visit the site you'll find that many of the links are broken, so you might want to try the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;version&lt;/a&gt;. It's in reverse-chronologic order, so read from the bottom and scroll up. " created="Wed, 11 Sep 2019 14:55:43 GMT"/>
<outline text="What the day was like for me. It started as a normal blogging and programming day. A link to an article on Wired. A plug for David Banks' book new book on Microsoft. And then the day started for real. " created="Wed, 11 Sep 2019 15:01:57 GMT"/>
<outline text="At 6:15AM I got an email from Bill Seitz with a link to a webcam in the Empire State Building pointing south. The World Trade Center was in the middle of the picture, smoke was coming out of the side of one of the buildings. He said a plane had hit the building. I had no TV. Emails came from people in New York, some with pictures. People sent me links to stories via email (remember this was before RSS was supported by most news orgs). Digital cameras were just starting to catch on, readers in Brooklyn and in lower Manhattan, with clear views of the scene, sent pictures. " created="Wed, 11 Sep 2019 15:07:37 GMT" image="" collapse="true">
<outline text="I had no TV because I turned it off. I had become obsessed with cable news after the 2000 election. Didn't like it. I turned it back on later in 2001, when we started the war in Afghanistan." created="Wed, 11 Sep 2019 15:36:51 GMT"/>
<outline text="News orgs in New York had been knocked out, I was safe in California, but I grew up in New York, so I knew the geography. And later we'd learn that my father, a professor at Pace University hadn't been heard from. My mother, a school psychologist was on a rooftop in Brooklyn. " created="Wed, 11 Sep 2019 16:10:32 GMT"/>
<outline text="That day my blog served the function that &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Twitter&lt;/a&gt; and Facebook play today. The biggest story in the world, before or since. Only as much as one person could absorb, only the questions that occurred to that person. " created="Wed, 11 Sep 2019 15:06:22 GMT"/>
<outline text="September 10" created="Tue, 10 Sep 2019 13:09:44 GMT" name="10">
<outline text="Here's a new version of my &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;XML-RPC for JavaScript&lt;/a&gt;. There's a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;client and server&lt;/a&gt; for Node, and a client for the browser. A &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;debugger&lt;/a&gt; you can enter a call in, see what goes over the wire and what comes back. If you're using XML-RPC in JavaScript, please consider using this package and &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;give feedback&lt;/a&gt;. If you have a current implementation for any environment, please post a note here. In my next pass I plan to make the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;rebooting page&lt;/a&gt; into the home page for the XML-RPC &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;website&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Tue, 10 Sep 2019 15:29:06 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="I just got a question from a user about how to get the OPML source text from an outline you're editing in &quot;LO2&quot;. Two steps. 1. In the File menu, choose &lt;i&gt;View OPML.&lt;/i&gt; 2. In your browser's File menu, choose &lt;i&gt;Save Page As.&lt;/i&gt; That's it. You now have a local copy of the file." created="Tue, 10 Sep 2019 17:04:11 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="This week's &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;1619 podcast&lt;/a&gt; is fantastic. It's the story of American music. I laughed and cried, and get goosebumps thinking how great America is, thanks to slaves and ex-slaves and children of slaves. " created="Tue, 10 Sep 2019 23:20:11 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="My friend &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Steve Garfield&lt;/a&gt; is now Twitter-famous. " created="Tue, 10 Sep 2019 13:09:45 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="We were able to boot up podcasting from Harvard with $0 in funding. That's something we can replicate. So ask the Media Lab if their goal is to create new media, or spend lots of money. Because they are mutually exclusive things imho. :boom:" created="Tue, 10 Sep 2019 23:17:19 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Why do they have to play music when you're on hold. " created="Tue, 10 Sep 2019 14:58:46 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I once went to a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Brockman&lt;/a&gt; dinner at &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Henry's Hunan&lt;/a&gt; in San Francisco. It was loud and people moved around between tables. Henry's is not a snazzy joint, which made this event fairly un-Brockman. John Markoff and John Perry Barlow were there, with about 30 others. I hung out with &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Sean Parker&lt;/a&gt;, the future president of Facebook, who had just finished with Napster. I was a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;big fan&lt;/a&gt; of Napster, thought the music industry should have kept it running forever, if they had, they'd own Spotify, basically. Napster proved there was huge potential in networking music. It was inevitable, always, that music would go the way it has. " created="Tue, 10 Sep 2019 15:45:57 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="We're in a very weird time when I feel compelled to write almost-obituaries for people who are alive. That doesn't seem right, esp without any kind of process. This is the first time I remember anything like this happening." created="Tue, 10 Sep 2019 15:24:18 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="The NYT has new, very nice, web-based &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;archive software&lt;/a&gt;. It would also be cool if they had a way to embed a clipping in another web page, the way I can embed a tweet or YouTube video in my blog. " created="Tue, 10 Sep 2019 13:41:18 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Like everyone else, it seems, I am now obsessing over the HBO series &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Succession&lt;/a&gt;. It's my new family, and it's of course so much like my real family. I haven't watched Sunday's episode yet. After that I think I'm going to watch the Netflix series &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;The Spy&lt;/a&gt;, though I'm not sure I'm ready to accept Sacha Baron Cohen as a serious actor. " created="Tue, 10 Sep 2019 13:11:18 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Google is being &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;investigated&lt;/a&gt; for &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;antitrust&lt;/a&gt; by 48 state attorneys general plus DC and Puerto Rico. That's good. I hope they look into their control of the web. It's even tighter than Microsoft's was in the 90s, which got them into a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;consent decree&lt;/a&gt; with the DoJ. Google is doing it with far less visibility, so they're getting away with more. The web is public domain. They appear to have no fear of being stopped, and that's a bad thing. I've written it up in this &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;white paper-like doc&lt;/a&gt;. I've been beating this drum because it's so important that we preserve the resource. We'll never be able to rebuild it if they succeed in taking it over the open web. " created="Tue, 10 Sep 2019 13:19:07 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="The &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;NRA is suing&lt;/a&gt; the city of San Francisco for classifying them as a &lt;a href=&quot;;ID=7568748&amp;GUID=DF64490F-D8BC-4BF7-A43D-287F02BECCCA&quot;&gt;domestic terrorist organization&lt;/a&gt;. Seems like the wrong thing to do. Instead they should take it to heart and stop terrorizing us. Instead, suing SF is just going to keep this very valid idea &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;in the news&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Tue, 10 Sep 2019 13:46:01 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Sometimes I can be very wrong. In 2001 I thought &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Microsoft&lt;/a&gt; was going to take over the world with Passport, .NET and HailStorm. Not sure what happened to Passport, their identity system, it's probably the legacy format of their current online systems, or long-ago deprecated. .NET is doing fine, but in no way dominating the world. And HailStorm was pure vaporware. A dream built out of hubris not software. I'm not even sure what it was supposed to be. The world did need a storage system (still does) attached to an open identity system, by a simple but powerful scripting environment, but in 2001, not from Microsoft. No one trusted them. BigCo's don't appreciate how much trust comes into it, they must think developers &lt;i&gt;like&lt;/i&gt; being &lt;a href=&quot;; locked+in+the+trunk&quot;&quot;=&quot;&quot;&gt;locked in the trunk&lt;/a&gt; while they drive the car. Heh. No." created="Tue, 10 Sep 2019 13:51:53 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="September 9" created="Mon, 09 Sep 2019 14:25:30 GMT" name="09">
<outline text="Andrew Shell emailed to say he &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;bought&lt;/a&gt; a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;copy&lt;/a&gt; of ThinkTank for the Apple II. He has a IIe to run it on. " created="Mon, 09 Sep 2019 21:37:17 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Tone-deaf&lt;/a&gt; means something in music, but in politics it's bullshit. There are lots of points of view. Saying something is tone-deaf means you don't agree. Why can't you just say it that way? Why do you have to insult the person? To me it says you're not really confident in your own beliefs. In speech the only thing that's really tone-deaf is saying some else is tone-deaf." created="Mon, 09 Sep 2019 20:51:50 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Something to ponder. Which of the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;blind men&lt;/a&gt; are tone deaf? " created="Mon, 09 Sep 2019 20:53:08 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="BTW, I took &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;the test&lt;/a&gt;, I am not tone-deaf. Scored 100 percent. :-)" created="Mon, 09 Sep 2019 21:00:11 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Blocking people from reading things posted publicly is weird. You can always get around it by viewing the same page in a different browser or an incognito tab. Something is public or not. If it's public it seems everyone should just be able to read it without phony barriers." created="Mon, 09 Sep 2019 18:49:34 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="This &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;campaign ad&lt;/a&gt; for Valerie Plame made me LOL. " created="Mon, 09 Sep 2019 16:15:22 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="One of the great things about having the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;email service&lt;/a&gt; in place is that I'm hearing from friends who are now reading my blog, maybe for the first time. Anyway I heard from &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Chris Lydon&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Scott Love&lt;/a&gt; about &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;yesterday's piece&lt;/a&gt; about the hero-making of big-dollar academic institutions for the reputational rehabilitation of billionaires. I've collaborated with both &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Scott&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Chris&lt;/a&gt;, on successful projects, decades apart. They know what can be accomplished with very little money. The money can buy you the illusion of creativity, the actual creativity is invisible to the eye, but is reflected in the product of the work. There's an inverse relationship often between appearances and what comes out the other end of the innovation assembly line. " created="Mon, 09 Sep 2019 14:52:46 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="BTW, a recent &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;episode&lt;/a&gt; of Chris's podcast is about &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Quentin Taratino's latest&lt;/a&gt;. I haven't listened to it yet, but I'm glad to discover that Chris is a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;QT&lt;/a&gt; fan, as I am. It's perhaps similar to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Lisa Simpson&lt;/a&gt; being a fan of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Itchy &amp; Scratchy&lt;/a&gt;. Why do nice people love violence in video so much? A mystery." created="Mon, 09 Sep 2019 14:55:41 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Joi Ito is here to stay on the web. How do I know? Earlier today I was searching for a reference to my longtime friend Scott Love. Scott worked at &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Living Videotext&lt;/a&gt;, the outliner and presentations company I started in the 80s. He went on to write his own outliner. Joi used it. How do I know? Joi is a blogger. He wrote a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;review&lt;/a&gt;, the way bloggers do. He told you how he heard about it, what it was like talking with Scott, and what the product was like. His body of work is there and useful. " created="Mon, 09 Sep 2019 18:50:48 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="If you find yourself having a strong emotional response to something you see on the net, take a step back and remember there's a good chance you're being programmed. You don't have to take the bait. And you shouldn't accept emotional appeals at face value." created="Mon, 09 Sep 2019 14:25:31 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I'm starting to catch up on binge-watching. I saved the whole of season 2 of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Big Little Lies&lt;/a&gt; to watch in a binge. It was good. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Meryl Streep&lt;/a&gt;, omg. I won't spoil it, but she plays a character from my neighborhood growing up. Something bad happened in her life, and we'll never know what role she played in it. The story is just as gripping as the previous season, and the acting superb. In other binges, I've started to work on season 2 of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Succession&lt;/a&gt;, just watched the first episode. I'm going to savor this show. One of the characters reminds me of Jason Calacanis for some reason. Just as the main character of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Despicable Me&lt;/a&gt;, Gru, reminds me of Mike Arrington, even though he looks nothing like him. But I digress. I still have to do something about &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Orange is the New Black&lt;/a&gt;. I stopped watching toward the beginning of Season 5. I have no idea how to get back up to speed. Same with the third season of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;The Handmaid's Tale&lt;/a&gt;, and &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Counterpart&lt;/a&gt; -- both of which were very entertaining, but complex. Getting back up to speed in multi-season shows is hard. It might be a good idea to have a digest, maybe in written form, to help you get rebooted in these shows." created="Mon, 09 Sep 2019 14:34:08 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="September 8" created="Sun, 08 Sep 2019 14:40:20 GMT" name="08">
<outline text="BTW, we know for sure that whatever door we leave open, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Trump is going&lt;/a&gt; to go through it. It's time to believe the worst and start closing the doors &lt;i&gt;before&lt;/i&gt; he gets there. " created="Sun, 08 Sep 2019 16:25:27 GMT" type="tweet" tweetId="1170735275200385025" tweetUserName="davewiner"/>
<outline text="The heroes machine" created="Sun, 08 Sep 2019 14:40:21 GMT" type="outline" description="Nothing is too dirty that their help can't be bought to clean it up.">
<outline text="&lt;i&gt;Where are we left after Joi Ito &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;resigned&lt;/a&gt; yesterday from positions at MIT, the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Knight&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;MacArthur&lt;/a&gt; Foundations, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;the NY Times&lt;/a&gt; and Harvard?&lt;/i&gt;" created="Sun, 08 Sep 2019 14:41:10 GMT"/>
<outline text="The scandal exposes how money is used by the very rich to help erase reputations they got as they got so rich." created="Sun, 08 Sep 2019 14:41:12 GMT"/>
<outline text="It's why I wrote &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;here&lt;/a&gt; a week ago that the last thing I want to see is a Netflix series on the life of Bill Gates. I know the things he did to make his money. I didn't begrudge him his initial victory. He was tougher and smarter and took bigger risks than his competitors. He stared down IBM, when they deserted him, and won. That's a story that should be told, because winning there, the way he did, was heroic. " created="Sun, 08 Sep 2019 14:43:12 GMT"/>
<outline text="What Gates did after he achieved dominance is where it was no longer a matter of skill and determination. It was the old layer of technology trying to prevent the new layer from booting up. As the web was growing, when the people behind it were academics with little funding and inexperienced Silicon Valley startups, he tried to kill it. And he didn't give up. It was Bill Gates vs the future. " created="Sun, 08 Sep 2019 14:44:38 GMT"/>
<outline text="The future needed our protection, but the press and government, and yes -- institutions like the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;MIT Media Lab&lt;/a&gt;, and &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Brockman&lt;/a&gt; -- they feed off the vast fortunes people like Gates accumulate. To them it's their blood, they operate a huge PR machine and a vanity press for billionaires, and unless the ones that make the huge money need redemption to become saints, like latter-day &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Carnegies&lt;/a&gt;, they won't get to be the heroes that reputation launderers like Negroponte and Joi Ito create. " created="Sun, 08 Sep 2019 14:53:20 GMT"/>
<outline text="Nothing is too dirty that their help can't be bought to clean it up." created="Sun, 08 Sep 2019 14:47:11 GMT"/>
<outline text="And what suffers? The &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;young&lt;/a&gt;, and the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;future&lt;/a&gt;. That is way too big a price to help Jeffrey Epstein and Bill Gates and probably many many others, try to make themselves the heroes of our age. " created="Sun, 08 Sep 2019 14:47:34 GMT" image=""/>
<outline text="My prescription? An austerity program at places like Harvard and MIT. Create new media and see how &lt;i&gt;little&lt;/i&gt; money you can spend doing it. Join the open source development world. Let us help you. Stop worshipping the billionaires, they don't know how to get us out of the corner we're in as a civilization and honestly it doesn't seem that they want to. " created="Sun, 08 Sep 2019 14:55:48 GMT"/>
<outline text="September 7" created="Sat, 07 Sep 2019 14:09:06 GMT" name="07">
<outline text="I did a lot of work on the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;persists&lt;/a&gt; package today, including a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;new section&lt;/a&gt; in the readme that explains why I wanted it, what I'm using it for. It's going to be part of every Node app I create from now on. " created="Sat, 07 Sep 2019 17:01:58 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;This is a clean impeachment&lt;/a&gt;. Clear violation of the Constitution, repeated, openly. Hand it off to the Senate." created="Sat, 07 Sep 2019 18:01:50 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;What’s&lt;/a&gt; the purpose of the Media Lab beyond creating gee-whiz demos that impress billionaires?" created="Sat, 07 Sep 2019 14:23:09 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="Ultimately, imho -- the people who rise to the top of academic institutions are the ones who make donors feel good. The challenge is to use your agreeable nature to protect and promote innovators who generally rub donors the wrong way. As they say in the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;great Apple ad&lt;/a&gt;, they're the ones who actually get it done. " created="Sat, 07 Sep 2019 14:48:55 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="The motivation for persists" created="Sat, 07 Sep 2019 14:14:21 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="Phil Windley, a developer friend from Utah, asks via email about the motivation for the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;persists package&lt;/a&gt;. Here's the story. " created="Sat, 07 Sep 2019 14:14:32 GMT"/>
<outline text="I was writing a bit of example code for another package I am working on. I iterated over it, factoring and simplifying until it was really easy to see what's going on. I pride myself on really easy to follow example code, because it's what I most need when I'm trying to figure out a new package, I figure it'll help others. " created="Sat, 07 Sep 2019 14:14:40 GMT"/>
<outline text="Then I decided to add a small feature that required a tiny bit of persistent data, a serialnum. Of course this comes up all the time, I have a standard practice for it. But in this example, the persistence code &lt;i&gt;doubled the size&lt;/i&gt; of the demo, and hid the elegance and simplicity of the code I was trying to demo. " created="Sat, 07 Sep 2019 14:15:42 GMT"/>
<outline text="In Frontier, of course, saving a scalar with persistence is simply a matter of assigning a value to it. The kernel takes care of everything else. All the years I've been working in JavaScript, I've been searching for that simplicity. The language is so hackable I figured there must be a way. And when they added the Proxy feature, it did become possible. " created="Sat, 07 Sep 2019 14:16:33 GMT"/>
<outline text="That's what persists is. It makes persistent values almost as simple as Frontier. The point is simplicity and factoring overhead from your mainline code into a package. And that's a big deal. " created="Sat, 07 Sep 2019 14:17:07 GMT"/>
<outline text="To really bring it home, here's the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;example app&lt;/a&gt; I was talking about, after I used persists. And here are the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;changes&lt;/a&gt;. And btw, I have an even &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;simpler approach&lt;/a&gt;, but I can't do it unless I can change the JavaScript language spec, which probably isn't going to happen. :pray:" created="Sat, 07 Sep 2019 14:17:53 GMT"/>
<outline text="PS: If you have questions about persists, this is a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;good place&lt;/a&gt; to post." created="Sat, 07 Sep 2019 15:31:57 GMT"/>
<outline text="September 6" created="Fri, 06 Sep 2019 13:48:31 GMT" name="06">
<outline text="I think I've got &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;persists&lt;/a&gt; wrapped up pretty well. Here's the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;readme&lt;/a&gt;. There's a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;simple app&lt;/a&gt;, and I walk through it explaining what it does. And a more &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;complex app&lt;/a&gt;. Finally solved the puzzle, how to get object database-like persistence using native JavaScript objects, using JavaScript object syntax. The key idea is that the objects are shared between the levels. One level takes care of persistence, the higher level keeps track of its data and doesn't care how it persists. I've been &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;pestering&lt;/a&gt; friends about this for &lt;a href=&quot;;t=h_&amp;ia=web&quot;&gt;years&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Allen WB&lt;/a&gt; said look at proxies. It took a few years, but I got there. " created="Fri, 06 Sep 2019 16:13:47 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Do you have &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;comments or questions&lt;/a&gt; about persist? " created="Fri, 06 Sep 2019 16:39:50 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Jon Udell&lt;/a&gt; on coding an outliners. There is a reason to go for a full outliner, because without the ability to organize code, you can't deal with the complexity of ridiculously nested code as happens with &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Callback Hell&lt;/a&gt; in JavaScript. It's hell for some, but because I code in an outliner, it's &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;heaven&lt;/a&gt; for me. " created="Fri, 06 Sep 2019 17:08:56 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Bojack Horseman is &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;one&lt;/a&gt; of the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;best&lt;/a&gt; TV shows &lt;a href=&quot;;;aqs=chrome..69i57.27215j0j4&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8&quot;&gt;ever&lt;/a&gt;. Listen to this &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;interview&lt;/a&gt; with the creator and showrunner for an idea why it's so good." created="Fri, 06 Sep 2019 17:14:33 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Dr Strangelove: &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;The Doomsday Machine&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Fri, 06 Sep 2019 19:38:33 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="September 5" created="Thu, 05 Sep 2019 13:48:21 GMT" name="05">
<outline text="It's remarkable how &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;lost&lt;/a&gt; the MIT Media Lab is in its &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;obsession&lt;/a&gt; with money from billionaires. An organization at MIT focused on tech and media could do a lot of good, for very little money, by sending technologists into the world with a mission to create great open tech for the people. Instead the focus is on what percent of the world's billionaires you're on a first-name basis with, laundering their reputations by accepting their money. The work they do at the Media Lab is almost incidental. I understand why normal people feel so much disdain for the elite, because the dishonesty shines through, even if the details remain hidden. Read the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;MIT Tech Review story&lt;/a&gt; about yesterday's meeting to see how lost they are. " created="Thu, 05 Sep 2019 13:48:22 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Trump's &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;obsession&lt;/a&gt; with Alabama is a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;test&lt;/a&gt; to see what happens if he modifies official government documents. Answer -- bewilderment. Otherwise nothing stops him. This is how you win an election that you really lost. " created="Fri, 06 Sep 2019 00:04:54 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="How &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Trump's sharpie&lt;/a&gt; wins the electoral college in a landslide." created="Thu, 05 Sep 2019 17:26:52 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="The &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Dave-by-email&lt;/a&gt; feature is nice. :rocket:" created="Thu, 05 Sep 2019 15:39:58 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I created a new Node package called &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;persists&lt;/a&gt;. Here's a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;test app&lt;/a&gt; that uses it. Docs coming. I think this is the closest you get to imitating the Frontier object database, syntactically and functionally, in JS. " created="Thu, 05 Sep 2019 20:43:22 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Jon Udell demo'd&lt;/a&gt; a feature that lets you expand-collapse in Markdown files on GitHub. Here's &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;how to&lt;/a&gt; do it. If you enclose text in an XML &amp;lt;details&gt; element it is collapsable. A &amp;lt;summary&gt; sub-element provides the text that you click to expand. " created="Thu, 05 Sep 2019 18:18:33 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="The other day I wrote about an &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;idea&lt;/a&gt; for persistent objects in JavaScript. It was dream of course because it requires a change in the language. So then I wanted to see how much of it you could implement with the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Proxy&lt;/a&gt; feature, which I &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;explored&lt;/a&gt; with Ted Howard thirty days ago, and it turns out -- quite a bit! Here's a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;test Node app&lt;/a&gt; that demonstrates. " created="Thu, 05 Sep 2019 15:52:31 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="September 4" created="Wed, 04 Sep 2019 13:17:01 GMT" name="04">
<outline text="A &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;podcast&lt;/a&gt; about the online system of the United States. A social network where citizenship and membership are the same thing. True to the values of the country -- of the people, by the people, for the people. Obama didn't do it. Thank god Trump hasn't. I doubt if anyone but Andrew Yang is capable of imagining it. 16 minutes. PS: The guy who runs Twitter is &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Jack Dorsey&lt;/a&gt;. And Twitter's &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;market cap&lt;/a&gt; is $33 billion. " created="Wed, 04 Sep 2019 15:10:25 GMT" type="outline" enclosure="" enclosureType="audio/mpeg" enclosureLength="8037987"/>
<outline text="BTW, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Elizabeth Warren&lt;/a&gt; is still posting her position papers to a silo. The web needs her help. Sure tech companies seem warm and cuddly, but some things we should do for ourselves. This is one of them." created="Wed, 04 Sep 2019 14:47:50 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;The Mets lost&lt;/a&gt; last night in an unbelievable way. I watched most of the game, switching back and forth between it and MSNBC. I started to go to bed after the Mets batted in the ninth, I thought for sure the game was over, merely a formality to get the last three batters out. The Mets &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;were ahead&lt;/a&gt; 10-4. The home team, the Nationals were defeated, in a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;humiliatingly stupid way&lt;/a&gt;, not just hitting, ptiching and base-running. Well by the time I got upstairs, with the game on my iPhone, I couldn't believe the score. Runners on second and third, tying run at the plate, one out. I thought well either they win or lose, I'm going to wash up, take my vitamins, brush my teeth, etc. Just as I was grabbing the toothbrush, a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;walk-off home run&lt;/a&gt;. I decided then and there that this was the end of the Mets season. It was a nice run, August was great, but there's no way a team comes back from this. Not even the Mets. " created="Wed, 04 Sep 2019 13:41:15 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="BTW the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;moment&lt;/a&gt; when the Mets lost was when Pete Alonso, &quot;put the icing on the cake&quot; with a home run to put the Mets ahead 10-4. Don't ever say stuff like that. God is listening, esp when it's the Mets. " created="Wed, 04 Sep 2019 14:03:25 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Seriously I'm glad the Mets lost the way they did last night. It reminds me that deep inside the Mets philosophy is not about winning. It's about being the Mets. To the core. " created="Wed, 04 Sep 2019 13:57:40 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="BTW, there's a game on at 1PM Eastern today &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;on YouTube&lt;/a&gt; of all places." created="Wed, 04 Sep 2019 13:55:11 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="Maybe it's time for Mets fans to don Knicks fans' &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;headware&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Wed, 04 Sep 2019 13:50:45 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Someone who knows please start a blog called “British Politics for Dummies.” I want to understand wtf is happening." created="Wed, 04 Sep 2019 13:33:09 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="When I lived in &lt;a href=&quot;,+Woodside,+CA+94062/@37.419135,-122.2471517,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x808fa438d2e58d87:0x6c0dbc392cc6bf79!8m2!3d37.419135!4d-122.244963&quot;&gt;Woodside&lt;/a&gt; I would see celebrities in town, like &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Joe Montana&lt;/a&gt;, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Coach Walsh&lt;/a&gt;, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Neil Young&lt;/a&gt;, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Joan Baez&lt;/a&gt;. One time I was waiting in line at the town pharmacy the tiny woman in front of me was &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Shirley Temple&lt;/a&gt;. Yesterday after picking up prescriptions at the CVS in Woodstock (I get confused because the name is so similar to Woodside) as I was walking out I saw &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Mike Lang&lt;/a&gt;, one of the promoters of the Woodstock festival in 1969 (where Joan Baez played, btw). Until I saw the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;PBS special&lt;/a&gt;, I didn't realize what an accomplishment it was, because they did it without enough time or people or money. Of course the moment passed, I'm glad I didn't say anything because everyone should be able to stop in at the pharmacy without meeting strangers who feel they already know them. " created="Wed, 04 Sep 2019 13:17:02 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;There has to be an invisible sun&lt;/a&gt;, gives its heat to every one. " created="Wed, 04 Sep 2019 16:51:40 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="Persist -- a new data behavior?" created="Wed, 04 Sep 2019 14:10:20 GMT" type="outline" description="A new storage attribute called persist. It can only apply to global objects.">
<outline text="In JavaScript they have &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;const, var and let&lt;/a&gt; which control how things are stored. Every language has these. Using &quot;Frontier&quot;, I got used to having persistent data storage. If I created something in the object database, the kernel took care of persisting it. I could just use it like memory that was always there, and didn't have to worry about saving it to files. I find all the time I wish that JavaScript had this. I think I may have finally figured out how that might work. " created="Wed, 04 Sep 2019 14:10:36 GMT"/>
<outline text="Here's &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;the idea&lt;/a&gt;. A new storage attribute called persist. It can only apply to global objects. You could write this:" created="Wed, 04 Sep 2019 14:11:56 GMT">
<outline text="persist serialnum = 0;" created="Wed, 04 Sep 2019 14:12:45 GMT"/>
<outline text="Then you could do normal operations on it like:" created="Wed, 04 Sep 2019 14:12:57 GMT">
<outline text="serialnum++;" created="Wed, 04 Sep 2019 14:13:09 GMT"/>
<outline text="Next time the app runs it already has a value. Unlike with &lt;i&gt;var&lt;/i&gt; or &lt;i&gt;const&lt;/i&gt; the initialization code only runs when there is no &lt;i&gt;persist&lt;/i&gt; object named serialnum (i.e. the first time the app runs with this value declared)." created="Wed, 04 Sep 2019 14:13:13 GMT"/>
<outline text="It would be easy to implement this in the language interpreter. It might even be possible with proxies. I don't understand them well enough yet to know. I also think you could do it with somewhat less elegant code using an NPM package. " created="Wed, 04 Sep 2019 14:13:56 GMT"/>
<outline text="Matt Terrenzio &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;asks&lt;/a&gt; &quot;Persist where?&quot; My response: Somewhere. Anywhere really. Probably in a file on the local hard drive, stored in JSON. It could be in a database or in the cloud. It should be something that the developer can override, and it should default to something simple. " created="Wed, 04 Sep 2019 14:15:15 GMT"/>
<outline text="September 3" created="Tue, 03 Sep 2019 13:04:01 GMT" name="03">
<outline text="Just like that summer is over. " created="Wed, 04 Sep 2019 02:07:29 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="More and more I use Twitter to write the first drafts of posts that I then write more fully &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;here&lt;/a&gt; on my blog. It really is becoming the context for my blogging, a very different role from what it played a few years ago. The 280-char limit is a very important change, but I think other things matter too. People are taking Twitter more seriously? Each of us sees &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;something different&lt;/a&gt; of course. " created="Tue, 03 Sep 2019 14:27:36 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Going forward with the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;XML-RPC in JavaScript&lt;/a&gt; project. I realized I &lt;s&gt;should&lt;/s&gt; must include an HTTP server in the package. It's nice that you can use the protocol over any transport, and use JSON in place of XML, but there is a standard, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;RPC over XML via HTTP&lt;/a&gt;. So this is what a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;typical server&lt;/a&gt; looks like with those assumptions. Much simpler than it would otherwise be, which of course is the point of using XML-RPC. :grin:" created="Tue, 03 Sep 2019 15:35:26 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="We need a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;prosecutor&lt;/a&gt; to organize Trump's impeachment. And we have a good one ready to go." created="Tue, 03 Sep 2019 15:56:54 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Wirecutter&lt;/a&gt; may be the smartest thing the NYT has &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;done&lt;/a&gt;, yet it's rarely mentioned in the future-of-news discussion. " created="Tue, 03 Sep 2019 14:07:37 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Ken Smith:&lt;/a&gt; &quot;The idea that the Democrats are in many ways not really a political opposition is an important fact, regularly obscured.&quot;" created="Tue, 03 Sep 2019 14:13:41 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="I don’t get why the state isn’t &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;responsible&lt;/a&gt; for shooting victims' health care, for life. And all the work they won’t be able to do. And suffering and pain. Especially &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Texas&lt;/a&gt;." created="Tue, 03 Sep 2019 13:04:02 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;utm_medium=twsocialshare&amp;utm_campaign=organic&amp;__twitter_impression=true&quot;&gt;Axios&lt;/a&gt;: &quot;Despite polling in the top 6 of the Democratic primary and getting plenty of online attention, businessman Andrew Yang is being treated by the media like a bottom-tier candidate.&quot; First time I read a quote from &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;him&lt;/a&gt;, on &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Twitter&lt;/a&gt;, not in the news, I realized how smart he was. Yet as they say I never heard about him from reading the news. I think basically he doesn't get reported because news people read only each other, and they aren't writing about him. It's a closed loop. I don't think they mean him harm, it's just their network has a bug. He's definitely worth listening to and learning from. He has good ideas. :boom:" created="Tue, 03 Sep 2019 14:14:58 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="How the NY Times came to support RSS" created="Tue, 03 Sep 2019 13:26:40 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="&lt;i&gt;Note: I posted this &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;story&lt;/a&gt; on a site in 2006, but it should be part of the archive. &lt;/i&gt;" created="Tue, 03 Sep 2019 13:26:49 GMT"/>
<outline text="The history of RSS is usually told only in one dimension, it’s the story of geeks fighting with geeks, so they say, but in my humble opinion, that’s really not the story." created="Tue, 03 Sep 2019 13:39:43 GMT"/>
<outline text="Most of the vocal people on the mail lists, blogs and wikis are more fans than creators. It’s as if we confused baseball players with people who sit in the stands watching a baseball game. Sure, both wear caps and want their team to win, but one actually does something about it, while the others expresses an opinion. There are a lot of fans, but relatively few people who actually do anything."/>
<outline text="Mike Lopez, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;posting&lt;/a&gt; on this blog yesterday recalls a story he heard &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;on NPR&lt;/a&gt; about basketball great Wilt Chamberlain and his relationship with fans. Chamberlain’s philosophy: it’s easier to humor them than to argue with them." created="Tue, 03 Sep 2019 13:40:11 GMT"/>
<outline text="Analogously, in the age of Wikipedia, fans can give themselves credit not just for being there when Wilt had his amazing 100 point game, but they can actually claim to have had the 100 point game themselves. Welcome to the Internet. Community participation is both its strongest and weakest point. And those who say I’m a consistent supporter of the medium miss that I am as frequently its victim. Sadly. "/>
<outline text="The NY Times is not a sideline player in the history of RSS, as I’ve written &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;before&lt;/a&gt;, they played a central role, first denying us permission to use their content, then allowing it, and in doing so, providing an example for the rest of the publishing industry, which followed their lead without undermining them, without reinventing the technology, to their credit." created="Tue, 03 Sep 2019 13:32:49 GMT"/>
<outline text="It was on this day &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;in 2001&lt;/a&gt; that I received a call from a “Rights and Contracts manager” at the New York Times, she asked us to stop reading their XML newsfeeds. I complied with the request. A colleague who will remain nameless had snuck me a link to an unprotected directory where the feeds, in a proprietary XML-based format, resided. I then repurposed the information and published it on a UserLand server. Truth be told, I expected to be shut down, but in doing so, I also expected to get the attention of higher-ups at the Times (who I knew read my blog) and it surely did." created="Tue, 03 Sep 2019 13:31:10 GMT"/>
<outline text="Then early in 2002, I had a dinner with Martin Nisenholtz and Times board member Dave Liddle and two San Francisco-based Times reporters, where I pitched them on two things: 1. Publish in RSS, and 2. Give blogs to every Times reporter. They took me up on #1 and in April we published the Times content, but not in RSS (although we were permitted to by our contract), instead using the Times’s proprietary format. Why did we do that? Well I figured that if we pubished in RSS 0.92, which was then our most advanced format, it would drag the Times into a format war and they might think it’s not worth the trouble and ask us to stop publishing their content. So I decided to ease them into the community, first publishing invisibly to the people on the mail lists, and then, once their presence was cemented, we switched over to RSS 2.0." created="Tue, 03 Sep 2019 13:32:02 GMT"/>
<outline text="So the loud and obnoxious fans on the mail lists shaped the story, a little. Instead of confronting their loudness, we side-stepped it. Now the Times may or may not be seen as the “tipping point” more widely, but I see it that way. Without the Times, we would have remained in disagreement, stuck in mail list hell, never achieving the promise of the technology. We all owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude, and should learn the lesson well, don’t look for leadership in standards to the netizens or to Silicon Valley, look to users who have a stake in making the technology work. Imho, that’s the key to getting things to move forward."/>
<outline text="September 2" created="Mon, 02 Sep 2019 15:49:18 GMT" name="02">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Thanks Doc&lt;/a&gt;. At this time I'm not making software to save journalism, I don't think I ever did that. I was mostly interested in tools that make people better communicators, and that of course includes journalists. Now I make tools that mostly make &lt;i&gt;me&lt;/i&gt; a better communicator and a happier writer. If I had one bit of advice to journalism it would be this -- listen better. Journalism is very self-contained. At this time the answers are there, imho, with the readers and with the challenges of technology and authoritarian rulers. We can &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;work together&lt;/a&gt; to save each other, but that's the key thing we're not doing -- working together. " created="Mon, 02 Sep 2019 17:09:55 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="States should have to buy insurance against mass shootings, to fund health care for victims or damages to families of those killed. That would give them incentive to control factors that cause mass shootings. No room for the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;usual bs&lt;/a&gt;." created="Tue, 03 Sep 2019 00:47:40 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="It would be imho smart for the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Nets to sign Carmelo Anthony&lt;/a&gt;. Knicks fans think &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Melo&lt;/a&gt; has suffered enough, he has a reservoir of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;goodwill&lt;/a&gt; in NYC. The Nets could use that, thinking long-term. " created="Tue, 03 Sep 2019 00:02:34 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="When the government of a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Republican state&lt;/a&gt; does something to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;help people&lt;/a&gt; I wonder how this isn’t the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;socialism&lt;/a&gt; they dread." created="Mon, 02 Sep 2019 23:59:12 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;2016&lt;/a&gt;: &quot;If you want a favor you're more likely to get it if you're connected. This is true in business, the press, education, sports, etc.&quot; " created="Mon, 02 Sep 2019 19:08:10 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Braintrust &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;query&lt;/a&gt; resolved. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Peter Judge&lt;/a&gt; saw immediately what the problem was: no Content-Length &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;header&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;i&gt;Thank you&lt;/i&gt; for the help. Here's the postmortem. I'm writing an &quot;XML-RPC&quot; service, the request was being route through &quot;PagePark&quot;. Of course I blamed the one &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;bit&lt;/a&gt; of technology that wasn't mine. Heh. Further, the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;XML-RPC spec&lt;/a&gt; &lt;i&gt;requires&lt;/i&gt; that the Content-Length header be &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;provided&lt;/a&gt; and be correct. If I had followed my own design, I wouldn't have needed the help. Dear Murphy, I am unworthy, I am unworthy." created="Mon, 02 Sep 2019 18:50:35 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="September 1" created="Sun, 01 Sep 2019 11:50:47 GMT" name="01">
<outline text="Beto gets to be the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;sane face&lt;/a&gt; of Texas. " created="Sun, 01 Sep 2019 17:32:58 GMT" type="outline" urltweet="" image=""/>
<outline text="It's nice how open nature is. If Facebook made &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;ginger&lt;/a&gt;, you would not be able to make your own." created="Sun, 01 Sep 2019 17:38:55 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="The very last thing I want to watch &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;on Netflix&lt;/a&gt; is an ode to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Bill Gates&lt;/a&gt;. Gates was the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Zuck&lt;/a&gt; of the 90s. He tried to put our freedom in a Microsoft box and sell it back to us, without the freedom. His empire was brought down by his insistence that PC security was a third party opportunity." created="Sun, 01 Sep 2019 11:50:48 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Pretty sure this is &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;the best site&lt;/a&gt; for following the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;hurricane&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Sun, 01 Sep 2019 18:03:36 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="The &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;OPML source&lt;/a&gt; for August 2019 are uploaded to the GitHub repository. The monthly ritual. " created="Sun, 01 Sep 2019 11:58:50 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="My cat Nurse" created="Sun, 01 Sep 2019 16:10:36 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="When I was a grad student in &lt;a href=&quot;,_Wisconsin&quot;&gt;Madison&lt;/a&gt; I had a cat named Nurse. I got her when I lived in NYC, between college and grad school. " created="Sun, 01 Sep 2019 16:10:39 GMT" image=""/>
<outline text="I got her from an ad in the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Village Voice&lt;/a&gt;, from a woman who had dozens of cats in her Manhattan apartment. She pointed out this gray cat, see how she's taking care of the sick kitten? I took her home and named her Nurse." created="Sun, 01 Sep 2019 17:34:25 GMT"/>
<outline text="Later I moved to Madison, in the middle of the winter. Nurse stayed with my parents in &lt;a href=&quot;,_Queens&quot;&gt;Flushing&lt;/a&gt; until I found a place to live, and they sent her out by airplane. She must've had a bad experience on the flight or waiting in a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;hangar&lt;/a&gt;, because when she got to me, she was freaked out. " created="Sun, 01 Sep 2019 16:12:13 GMT"/>
<outline text="She became a tough cat, but she still was a very special cat. She'd take walks with you like a dog. And in a few weeks she was pregnant, and in a couple of months delivered a litter of five really cute (of course) newborn kittens. " created="Sun, 01 Sep 2019 17:34:59 GMT"/>
<outline text="I lived in a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;house&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=&quot;,-89.3871709,3a,75y,160.71h,88t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sejrfHkjBYXO-p7iZodByHA!2e0!!7i13312!8i6656&quot;&gt;with&lt;/a&gt; nine roommates, the kittens were a huge hit. We all would watch them and poke at them and make cooing sounds until one day the kittens and Nurse were gone. Later I found them, she had camped out behind my dresser, but I didn't tell anyone where she was, I respected her wish to care for her children privately." created="Sun, 01 Sep 2019 16:13:59 GMT"/>
<outline text="Then in a few days -- kittens everywhere! She had let them go out in the world to find their way, and it was great. They were so much fun. A few days later, we gave them away, and Nurse went off to get fixed, and when she came back, she came back to just being Nurse, her mom days were over. " created="Sun, 01 Sep 2019 16:15:23 GMT"/>
<outline text="PS: I've written this story before, in &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;2001&lt;/a&gt;. It came out somewhat differently, but it's basically the same story. " created="Sun, 01 Sep 2019 16:22:45 GMT"/>
<outline text="When we cover mass shootings" created="Sun, 01 Sep 2019 12:01:18 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="Let’s understand the damage to lives in all dimensions." created="Sun, 01 Sep 2019 12:02:36 GMT" flNumberedSubs="true">
<outline text="Report how many were shot. How many bodies were penetrated with bullets. Not just how many were killed and injured." created="Sun, 01 Sep 2019 12:01:32 GMT"/>
<outline text="The survivors’ body condition should be reported. How much pain, how long recovery. Did they have insurance? How disabled?" created="Sun, 01 Sep 2019 12:01:54 GMT"/>
<outline text="The &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;NYT reported&lt;/a&gt; on a man who was severely injured in the El Paso massacre 28 days ago. " created="Sun, 01 Sep 2019 12:01:56 GMT"/>
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