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<description>Scripting News, the weblog started in 1994 that bootstrapped the blogging revolution. 🚀</description>
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<outline text="January 2020" created="Wed, 01 Jan 2020 13:09:24 GMT" name="january2020">
<outline text="January 31" created="Fri, 31 Jan 2020 15:19:29 GMT" name="31">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Poll&lt;/a&gt;: Who is leaking excerpts of the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Bolton book&lt;/a&gt;?" created="Sat, 01 Feb 2020 00:58:09 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Something kinda cool. Every Republican in the Senate cast the deciding vote on whether evidence and testimony would be permitted. Oh the ads will be very tasty. Assuming elections go ahead as planned. " created="Sat, 01 Feb 2020 01:03:45 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Tonight's &lt;a href=&quot;;;&gt;impeachment fire&lt;/a&gt;, maybe the last one." created="Sat, 01 Feb 2020 00:55:01 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="Epitaph for America" created="Fri, 31 Jan 2020 15:21:46 GMT" type="outline" description="This is just the beginning of the first chapter of what comes after America. " metaImage="">
<outline text="It looks like the impeachment trial will be over tonight. I've been trying to come to grips with how the Repubs, confronted with such clear evidence of the corruption of the president, could go along with it. " created="Fri, 31 Jan 2020 15:21:56 GMT" image=""/>
<outline text="I figured it had to be blackmail or a threat of force. We now have a Russian-style government, and this is a rite of passage. Like the confirmation or bar mitzvah of the new autocracy. " created="Fri, 31 Jan 2020 15:37:59 GMT"/>
<outline text="In Russia, the parliament has no power. That seems to be the message bouncing around the twittersphere. Congress isn't going to do anything about this. What comes next? It's new territory for Americans, really for everyone, because the last time a great power went down this path was before the internet. " created="Fri, 31 Jan 2020 15:39:47 GMT"/>
<outline text="I've been reading the epitaphs of the thinkers I respect most on Twitter, and there do seem to be some conclusions. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;One tweet&lt;/a&gt; in particular makes a tremendous amount of sense, a perspective that I had not considered. The terror isn't coming from the state or oligarchs, it's coming from the net. " created="Fri, 31 Jan 2020 15:25:02 GMT">
<outline text="&lt;i&gt;Sadly, I think &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;he&lt;/a&gt; just wants to go home to TN and retire and not be harassed and doxed by Trump followers. Profile in courage? Obviously not, but Alexander has always seemed like a basically decent guy. He’s just out of his depth in Trump’s America&lt;/i&gt;" created="Fri, 31 Jan 2020 15:29:28 GMT" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="He got some pushback over &quot;basically decent guy.&quot; It was deserved. We shouldn't judge people as if we're god. We don't know if he's decent. But the first part sounds right, it has to be the reason they didn't go forward with the trial. " created="Fri, 31 Jan 2020 15:29:56 GMT"/>
<outline text="First, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Alexander&lt;/a&gt; went out of his way to say that the Dems made their case. He doesn't want anyone to blame them, though they will certainly get &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;doxed&lt;/a&gt; or worse. The Dems most definitely did make their case, because they were thorough and courageous, and because the president made little effort to cover his tracks. Only some of the people who work for him did. Turns out they didn't need to. Unlike with the Nixon White House, they won't be going on trial or to jail. " created="Fri, 31 Jan 2020 15:32:12 GMT"/>
<outline text="If you were writing this as a Game of Thrones type novel, you'd be able tie up the loose-ends by saying that it was technology that did in the US. It wasn't nuclear weapons, or star wars, robots or chemical or biological weapons or even better encryption. No, it was the fact that everyone has the power to publish now, and we have these incredible machines for sharing private information, and we're just beginning to learn how to use them, and we have no idea how to contain them. " created="Fri, 31 Jan 2020 15:32:46 GMT"/>
<outline text="This is just the beginning of the first chapter of what comes after America. " created="Fri, 31 Jan 2020 15:34:38 GMT"/>
<outline text="Great coffee today" created="Fri, 31 Jan 2020 15:24:02 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="FWIW, I'm drinking some great coffee today. " created="Fri, 31 Jan 2020 15:24:07 GMT"/>
<outline text="What I did differently, I looked carefully at the lines on the carafe. I had been underfilling it. This time I went to the line, exactly."/>
<outline text="Also used fresh ground &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Peet's Italian Roast&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Sat, 01 Feb 2020 01:06:44 GMT"/>
<outline text="The water was straight out of the tap, no filters"/>
<outline text="Morning coffee notes" created="Fri, 31 Jan 2020 17:11:04 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Braintrust query&lt;/a&gt;: It appears that Electron changed how the core dialog routines work. Breakage galore, or so it seems. " created="Fri, 31 Jan 2020 17:40:35 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I was reviewing my blog for &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;November 2016&lt;/a&gt;, to see how we dealt with the shock of Trump's election and I came across a video of the unbelievably fantastic DNC 2012 speech of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Jennifer Granholm&lt;/a&gt;. We need more of this. " created="Fri, 31 Jan 2020 16:01:06 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Here's the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;piece&lt;/a&gt; I wrote on election night in 2016. " created="Fri, 31 Jan 2020 16:23:10 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="This is one of those days I've written four posts without publishing. They'll all go out at once, in various states of completion. But it's a day of ideas. I am depressed, in the same way I was the day after the 2016 election. But I had a good night's sleep, and the coffee is good. It's cold outside, but warm inside. I have all my material needs taken care of, and I have a powerful publishing platform, and the best tools, so I'm on-balance doing ok I guess. :boom: " created="Fri, 31 Jan 2020 15:26:55 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Old habits die hard. I'm using an outliner that has cmd-return implemented. Yet I just split a paragraph using the old select-copy-return-paste ritual. I didn't even have to think about it. It's programmed into my subconscious at the base of my spine. It takes no conscious effort to do the keys. " created="Fri, 31 Jan 2020 15:25:35 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="January 30" created="Thu, 30 Jan 2020 14:38:14 GMT" name="30">
<outline text="Tonight's impeachment &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;fire&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Fri, 31 Jan 2020 02:03:04 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;2017&lt;/a&gt;: &quot;There's no question that Trump thinks he's a dictator. The question is how will that be resolved.&quot;" created="Fri, 31 Jan 2020 02:11:16 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Dershowitz&lt;/a&gt; just put into words what the acquittal of Trump means. Even if he hadn't spoken, Trump would still be free to do whatever he wants and not fear removal. He could pay people to vote for him using money from the US Treasury. He could arrest Joe Biden and anyone else who runs against him, making &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Lock Her Up&lt;/a&gt; a reality. " created="Thu, 30 Jan 2020 14:38:15 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="A question someone can ask the president's lawyers today. &quot;Could the president arrest Mitch McConnell if he says something he deems not in the interest of the country?&quot; Think of this as the press conference Trump refuses to have." created="Thu, 30 Jan 2020 15:10:53 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Knicks fans have had it with the &lt;a href=&quot;;t=h_&amp;ia=web&quot;&gt;owner&lt;/a&gt;. At last night's game the fans chanted &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Sell The Team&lt;/a&gt;, the owner walked out in disgrace. The management even had a plan, they played music so loudly you couldn't hear the chant. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;What a night&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Thu, 30 Jan 2020 15:00:20 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Must-read&lt;/a&gt;: Republicans are fighting to preserve white-minority power. " created="Thu, 30 Jan 2020 17:02:30 GMT" type="outline" inlineImage=""/>
<outline text="January 29" created="Wed, 29 Jan 2020 14:38:12 GMT" name="29">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Joe Trippi&lt;/a&gt;: &quot;We lost the digital advantage Dems once had.&quot;" created="Wed, 29 Jan 2020 14:38:13 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="A bit of advice to Joe Biden, trying to satisfy the press with pushback against Trump slurs. &quot;Remember folks, Trump is the Birther dude.&quot; Come back at Trump with the truth, take the spotlight off you. Give the press all they need to stop dragging your family through the dirt. " created="Wed, 29 Jan 2020 14:44:55 GMT" type="tweet" tweetId="1222531678599557122" tweetUserName="davewiner"/>
<outline text="Today is the first of two Q&amp;A days in &lt;i&gt;The Impeachment of Donald J. Trump.&lt;/i&gt; Here's the question I'd ask of the president's defenders. Trump did something bad. If we don't remove him, assume he'll do more of that. And so will future presidents. We could throw out the Constitution. The presidency would be a for-profit enterprise, with the president selling favors to foreign leaders in return for favors and money. Could he do similar deals with the head of the FBI and DOJ? Why not? Would you pay taxes to such a government? Why? The Constitution would no longer have any force. Congress no longer serves as an oversight on the executive, you could all go home, or maybe you would blackmail local officials, of course kicking up a taste to President Trump (or whoever). You say we should acquit Trump. So this new form of government is okay with you? And if it's not (we hope) what should we do? " created="Wed, 29 Jan 2020 15:16:32 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Read this &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;thread&lt;/a&gt; by Tom Nichols, a Never Trumper. Lots of good advice." created="Wed, 29 Jan 2020 14:40:18 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I hit a snag implementing &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;cmd-return&lt;/a&gt; in &quot;LO2&quot;. It worked fine as long as there was no HTML markup in the text. I explain in &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;this video&lt;/a&gt;, to the best of my ability, why that seems like it should be utterly simple, but isn't. (This feature isn't released yet.) " created="Wed, 29 Jan 2020 18:21:10 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Loser 2 flies to Moscow&lt;/a&gt; to meet with Loser 3, after his party with &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Loser 1&lt;/a&gt; at the White House." created="Wed, 29 Jan 2020 14:41:18 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Lots of great TV coming up. The last episodes of the great &lt;a href=&quot;;t=h_&amp;ia=web&quot;&gt;Bojack Horseman&lt;/a&gt; on Netflix on Friday. Meanwhile the best episodes of &lt;i&gt;The Impeachment of Donald J. Trump&lt;/i&gt; are on today and tomorrow. And the Super Bowl and its commercials air on Sunday. Go Niners!" created="Wed, 29 Jan 2020 14:43:09 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="If you have a paywall, do it the way &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Bloomberg&lt;/a&gt; does. Give me enough to know what’s in the article. I might pass on the link anyway." created="Wed, 29 Jan 2020 14:43:52 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="In the 1960s and 70s, when my father worked for IBM in &lt;a href=&quot;,_New_York&quot;&gt;Armonk&lt;/a&gt;, they gave out these THINK signs as a way of telling everyone, inside and out, what the company stood for. " created="Wed, 29 Jan 2020 21:32:49 GMT" type="outline" inlineImage=""/>
<outline text="January 28" created="Tue, 28 Jan 2020 14:16:59 GMT" name="28">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Ben Smith&lt;/a&gt;, current editor-in-chief at Buzzfeed News is a good choice to be the new &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;media columnist&lt;/a&gt; at the NYT. He has more of a bloggers perspective imho. I like that when he got his hands on the famous &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Steele dossier&lt;/a&gt; he shared it with the world. He got in hot water with other professional news people, but why would a reporter feel compelled to keep such a hot news item private? Isn't their job to make important information public? I came to like him listening to this &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;podcast&lt;/a&gt; with David Remnick of the New Yorker. " created="Tue, 28 Jan 2020 21:52:57 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Scroll&lt;/a&gt; is now &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;open&lt;/a&gt; to the public. What do you think? " created="Tue, 28 Jan 2020 21:45:23 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Joni Ernst&lt;/a&gt; has lost her mind. " created="Tue, 28 Jan 2020 21:28:33 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Braintrust query&lt;/a&gt;: Is there an icon like this: &lt;img src=&quot;;&gt; in the current version of Font-Awesome? I'd like to upgrade to the latest, but without this or something very close to it, I can't. " created="Tue, 28 Jan 2020 15:05:48 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="In a recent version of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Electron&lt;/a&gt;, they grabbed the Cmd-` keystroke to do something in the system. I was using it in an app that I depend on, use all day every day, I'm using it right now as I write this. Now Cmd-` doesn't work. The command is still in a menu, but it's way more work. Every time I have to do that work I project evil thoughts at the person who did this. I understand there's supposed to be a way around it, a way to grab the keystroke back from Electron, but I spent a half-day not getting it to work. I don't have that many half-days to throw away. Now I'm seeing the same thing happen in Chrome. Cmd-` -- they must think there are no &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;SPAs&lt;/a&gt; that use it, or they don't care. Now I wonder what the groundrules are. Are all my keystrokes up for grabs by the system vendor? I so vastly preferred the web when the bigco's didn't throw their weight around. When they were trying to coalesce to a standard (which they did) instead of shatter the platform into bits (which seems to be happening now). " created="Tue, 28 Jan 2020 14:17:00 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Loser 1 and Loser 2." created="Tue, 28 Jan 2020 22:36:36 GMT" type="outline" inlineImage=""/>
<outline text="January 27" created="Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:14:20 GMT" name="27">
<outline text="The silver lining from all this michegas is that millions more Americans will have a realistic appreciation for how our government works. I know I'm learning at an incredible clip. And don't overlook that many more millions around the world will too." created="Mon, 27 Jan 2020 16:36:36 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="An &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;example&lt;/a&gt; of for-the-record writing that shouldn't be on a private network with no commitment to host. What Susan Collins says at this point is something that must be available to historians. She's a government official, responsible to the citizens of Maine. " created="Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:55:55 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="TV news can multiplex" created="Mon, 27 Jan 2020 16:20:18 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="Last night with &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;so much news&lt;/a&gt; breaking in the impeachment, with the trial resuming the next day, I wanted to hook into the flow produced by MSNBC and CNN, and through them senators making decisions about the trial, probably in real time. Some of that might be visible. We spend so much time in stasis, with the story never changing, when things are finally in motion, that's the time to focus. I had no doubt the reporters were in their studios, working on various stories, but there was no way for them to connect with people like me, because &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Kobe Bryant died&lt;/a&gt;. The two things aren't very related. " created="Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:14:21 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="I am a basketball fan. I've spent countless hours watching him play, a couple of times in person. I could have understood playing greatest hits of Kobe, he was an incredible player, but that isn't what they were doing. They were in an endless loop of people (imho) faking expressions of grief. Their stories left out all that was really interesting about the guy. He wasn't a nice person. Nothing wrong wtih that in sports. Now he's a saint? Really? It's a ritual that for some weird reason freezes the news media into a loop of wholly irrelevant and dishonest pseudo-news. Over and over again and again. Nothing new is happening. None of the people being interviewed are really incapacitated with grief. " created="Wed, 29 Jan 2020 18:35:32 GMT"/>
<outline text="I don't mind if there's programming for people who want to do this, but in 2020, the networking tech between my house and their studio is broad enough that we could do both. That's my point. It's time to fix TV with the features of the net. All this stuff is going over &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;TCP&lt;/a&gt; these days. When I'm watching TV on my 65-inch screen, the video comes through the Spectrum app on my Roku desktop. There's lots of room for more apps. Let's go with this. Time to move. " created="Wed, 29 Jan 2020 18:36:10 GMT"/>
<outline text="January 26" created="Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:10:36 GMT" name="26">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;When SNL said&lt;/a&gt; the devil &lt;a href=&quot;;feature=emb_logo&quot;&gt;invented&lt;/a&gt; podcasting. " created="Sun, 26 Jan 2020 16:27:25 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Video demo&lt;/a&gt; of a new &quot;LO2&quot; feature Doc asked for. Put the cursor in the middle of a paragraph. Press cmd-return to split the paragraph at the cursor position, creating two headlines. Simple, I do this manually all the time, with copy-paste which is more tedious and error-prone. Also going to do the inverse, cmd-backspace to merge two headlines." created="Sun, 26 Jan 2020 16:17:46 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="Continue to be impressed with Brian Lehrer's Impeachment podcast. Highly recommend &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;this episode&lt;/a&gt; with Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes of Lawfare. I was going to ask Lehrer to do a show on what the US will be like after a Trump acquittal. This episode is a good start. Before watching another hour of CNN or MSNBC, listen to this. You'll learn a lot more. " created="Sun, 26 Jan 2020 19:15:06 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Amy Klobuchar is like a homemade &lt;a href=&quot;;t=h_&amp;ia=recipes&quot;&gt;chicken pot pie&lt;/a&gt; on a cold winter's day. I think after all the rock and roll the flyover folk would like a little peace and quiet. That's what I want. Not to have to worry about the US govt blowing the world up. " created="Sun, 26 Jan 2020 17:23:35 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I never saw this &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;SNL parody&lt;/a&gt; of a 2016 HRC commercial. " created="Sun, 26 Jan 2020 15:35:39 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="Journalism is &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;partisan&lt;/a&gt; now. Can’t help it. Just being ethical and educated is now a partisan position. We weren’t raised to believe that, but it’s the new reality." created="Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:10:37 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="The credulous boomer rube demo that backs Donald Trump: &quot;Donald Trump's the smart one, y'all elitists are dummmmb.&quot; There's more. This is the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;new mode&lt;/a&gt; for CNN. Laugh at the credulous boomer snowflakes that are wrecking the world. " created="Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:33:35 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="2018 mattered" created="Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:57:49 GMT" type="outline" description="The voters wanted Trump impeached.">
<outline text="A debating point I wish the Dems would use." created="Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:57:52 GMT" flNumberedSubs="true">
<outline text="Repubs say Dems have been trying to impeach Trump since the beginning to overturn the 2016 election. " created="Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:58:00 GMT"/>
<outline text="Not quite. Trump lost the 2018 election. The voters wanted Trump impeached." created="Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:58:07 GMT"/>
<outline text="Testing is needed" created="Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:15:31 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="Andy Sylvester &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;asked&lt;/a&gt; yesterday what can he do to help. Here's one thing that really holds back progress. When I ship a new version of a piece of software, test it. If you don't know how to do software testing, &lt;a href=&quot;;t=h_&amp;ia=web&quot;&gt;learn&lt;/a&gt;. This is a real problem." created="Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:11:03 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="I'm going to release a new version of &quot;LO2&quot; soon, maybe today or tomorrow. I will have verified it works on my machine, for what I use it for. But there may be deal stoppers for others." created="Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:16:15 GMT"/>
<outline text="These days, even experienced developers write ridiculous bug reports. One guy sent me an email saying he couldn't unsub from the nightly email. No clue as to what he did, or what happened. He just said it didn't work and asked if I knew what the problem was. There's nothing I can do for him." created="Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:16:27 GMT"/>
<outline text="20-plus years ago we had a community that tested the new stuff, and gave us good bug reports. Then we could get some work done. One of them, &lt;a href=&quot;;t=h_&amp;ia=web&quot;&gt;Terry Teague&lt;/a&gt;, was a one-man QA department. He worked for Apple doing testing, but volunteered for community projects like ours, in his spare time, out of the goodness of his heart." created="Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:17:01 GMT"/>
<outline text="When I release the new version of LO2, I will write up the changes, here, on the blog, and provide a thread on GitHub for problem reports. I will be listening. " created="Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:17:30 GMT"/>
<outline text="See also: &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Professional users&lt;/a&gt;." created="Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:20:03 GMT"/>
<outline text="January 25" created="Sat, 25 Jan 2020 18:12:24 GMT" name="25">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Video&lt;/a&gt; of Trump dinner where he orders Lev and friends to &quot;take out&quot; the Ukrainian ambassador. " created="Sat, 25 Jan 2020 23:30:33 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="Republican senators should watch &lt;a href=&quot;;feature=emb_logo&quot;&gt;this scene&lt;/a&gt; from Game of Thrones. You see that guy Joffrey, the guy talking about &quot;putting a son&quot; in the attractive woman -- he's a lot like your leader (except he has nice hair). Wait for the punchline. You're going to love it!" created="Sat, 25 Jan 2020 18:56:33 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="The Dems should embrace the Repubs-with-heads-on-spike meme. They would be doing the Repubs a favor actually because even if they deny it, we know that some of their heads &lt;i&gt;will&lt;/i&gt; be on spikes before long. Let's debate that on CNN." created="Sat, 25 Jan 2020 19:47:51 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Here's what my day's been like so far. Woke up at 9:30AM. Made some breakfast, turned on WNYC on my Alexa. Listened to their summary of the previous days' impeachment speeches, no mention of Pikes and how angry Republican senators were (thanks for that), then at 10AM they started broadcasting the speech by the White House counsel (who, I thought was supposed to represent the office of the president, not the president in person, but what of it) and he started into the lying and deception. I couldn't handle it. Told Alexa to stop. Finished my orange juice and skipped the coffee and went upstairs and back to bed. Woke up at about 1PM. Guess I needed the sleep. Would you believe it's raining in January. I moved my car out of the carport and into the rain, it could use a wash, totally mud-covered. I feel depressed. I think we're over the edge again, about to free-fall into another worst thing in the world. God please help America. Your devoted servant, Admiral Davey." created="Sat, 25 Jan 2020 18:12:25 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="My mother was a beauty. Always I had the most beautiful mother in school. The other kids said that. I was proud. She married a man, my father, who was not beautiful. I found myself wishing the other day that she had married a beautiful man, then I would be as beautiful as she was. But then I thought, then, I would not be me. Or would I? I have no idea. I'm going to try to get some work done now. " created="Sat, 25 Jan 2020 18:49:03 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Andy's voicemailcast" created="Sat, 25 Jan 2020 20:07:02 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Andy Sylvester&lt;/a&gt;, a longtime user of my stuff, recorded a voicemailcast. He did an &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;outline&lt;/a&gt; too. My comments follow." created="Sat, 25 Jan 2020 19:56:00 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Andy, thanks for the voicemailcast. We've only met once face to face that I know of, and that was in a noisy place (in Portland), and there were a lot of other people there. " created="Sat, 25 Jan 2020 20:00:40 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="This voicemailcast multiplied my understanding of who you are. " created="Sat, 25 Jan 2020 20:07:41 GMT"/>
<outline text="Anyway, it is hard to collaborate with me on the actual code, because of the way I work, and that's not likely to change any time soon. Also coding has not been the limiting factor for a long time. It's how to attract writers and thinkers in all fields. I have a massive body of working code. As I said in the podcast, from this point it's about selecting bits to integrate into the current writing environment. With &quot;LO2&quot;, people will be using the same blogging environment I use. So we can evolve together. " created="Sat, 25 Jan 2020 20:08:00 GMT">
<outline text="BTW, I used &quot;; for a few years, it's what I switched from in 2017 when I decided to go back to the way I blogged before Twitter, Facebook, RSS, etc." created="Sat, 25 Jan 2020 22:28:32 GMT"/>
<outline text="Also if Wordpress works for you, that's great. It just isn't fluid enough for me. And btw, Doc has shown me how to make the outliner even more fluid. I haven't implemented his request yet, but now I see how much it would help. More on that later. " created="Sat, 25 Jan 2020 20:10:29 GMT"/>
<outline text="There &lt;i&gt;are&lt;/i&gt; ways to collaborate. For example, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Andrew Shell&lt;/a&gt; has been developing and managing the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;rssCloud&lt;/a&gt; server functionality. Perfect because we have a well-defined API for how our software interacts. He tells me he's doing a new release. So helping him might be an option, if he needs help. " created="Sat, 25 Jan 2020 20:10:50 GMT"/>
<outline text="But here's my number one request of the world -- what I want most that other people could create, is a &lt;u&gt;Linux version of Frontier&lt;/u&gt;. I am in a precarious place on the Mac. The version of &quot;Frontier&quot; that I use as a code-writing and devops tool does not run on the latest Mac OS. We knew this was coming. I bought a super hot iMac Pro just before their OS switch, so I'm good as long as this machine continues to run, and the backup machines I have which are older continue to run. But I'm three hardware failures away from having no way forward. That's not good. " created="Sat, 25 Jan 2020 20:11:21 GMT"/>
<outline text="And Linux is great. All my servers run Ubuntu now, all my server code is in Node.js. Imagine how smooth it would be to have my development environment run there too. Lots of synergies, and safety. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Ted Howard&lt;/a&gt; is the main guy on that stuff. Without his work I would have lost use of Frontier a long time ago. BTW this is a project I personally would put money into. You talk about the economics of software, there is a new bit of info on the economics. " created="Sat, 25 Jan 2020 20:12:12 GMT"/>
<outline text="Also next time you do a voicemailcast please send me a link via email. I almost didn't see this, and that would have been a shame. :smile: " created="Sat, 25 Jan 2020 20:12:46 GMT"/>
<outline text="January 24" created="Fri, 24 Jan 2020 13:58:47 GMT" name="24">
<outline text="I just learned about the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Dunning-Kruger effect&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Fri, 24 Jan 2020 16:19:47 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="My least favorite thing is people explaining why they unsub from your feed. I don't care. I have a motto. &quot;Don't slam the door on the way out.&quot; That way you know you really are going in peace, vs the passive-aggressive control freakery you're actually practicing. Now suppose for the sake of argument, I try to make you happy and dump every political idea I have. Great. You're happy. You feel powerful. But then someone else wants me to stop writing about tech ideas that come to me, because it makes them feel inferior because last week I posted one they didn't understand. Keep going, eventually there's nothing left here. So, I've been doing this for over 25 years. By now I've heard from every control freak on the planet. Heh probably not, but it feels that way. " created="Fri, 24 Jan 2020 18:58:39 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Here's a great &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Bloomberg ad&lt;/a&gt; about Trump and the military. If the Dems had run ads like this in 2016, Trump would be a Fox News analyst today, like &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Sarah Palin&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Fri, 24 Jan 2020 20:42:58 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="I got a couple of reports from people who use the Mail app on iPhones to read the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;nightly email&lt;/a&gt;. The contents of the mail only fills a portion of the window horizontally. I am able to reproduce the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;problem&lt;/a&gt; here. Apparently previously it filled the space. I've started a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;thread&lt;/a&gt; to gather info about this. I don't know how to debug this, but I will try. " created="Fri, 24 Jan 2020 13:58:48 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Yesterday&lt;/a&gt;, I included the video of Dale Bumpers' speech at the Clinton impeachment trial in 1999, but it wasn't displayed by some of the email clients. Here's a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;link&lt;/a&gt; to the video on C-SPAN. " created="Fri, 24 Jan 2020 14:08:48 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Only two permanent Olympic venues" created="Fri, 24 Jan 2020 19:14:13 GMT" type="outline" description="We don't build a new United Nations every four years.">
<outline text="We, as a world, should build one great venue for summer olympics and one for winter. Why? Mostly symbolic. To say to the world, to ourselves, decisively, that we can work together, and compromise, for the benefit of humanity and the planet. " created="Fri, 24 Jan 2020 19:09:05 GMT"/>
<outline text="Think about it this way, we don't build a new United Nations every four years." created="Fri, 24 Jan 2020 19:09:21 GMT"/>
<outline text="Further, no more spectacular displays of carbon consumption. Those made sense &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;127 years ago&lt;/a&gt;, at the dawn of electricity tech. Now it's rubbing salt in the wound. And it makes clear that we can and will sacrifice for our survival." created="Fri, 24 Jan 2020 19:09:30 GMT"/>
<outline text="Specifically, no more &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Christmas trees&lt;/a&gt;. And turn down the lights in Times Square. You can't air condition the outdoors. (In NYC amazingly, there are places that do.) " created="Fri, 24 Jan 2020 19:09:39 GMT"/>
<outline text="Symbolism first, change the way people think, shock people out of their sense of normalcy, then rebuild our civilization around the new low-carbon-emission ethos. You can tell your children and grandchildren that you remember a day when we built a new temporary city every two years for a two week athletic competition, and &lt;i&gt;never used it again.&lt;/i&gt;" created="Fri, 24 Jan 2020 19:10:27 GMT"/>
<outline text="January 23" created="Thu, 23 Jan 2020 15:23:24 GMT" name="23">
<outline text="So far people seem to like the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;RSS version&lt;/a&gt; of the nightly email. I don't like the way it looks in readers, and I want more features, but if that's where some people want to read my stuff, of course I'm happy. The important thing is that you read, listen and watch (and think of course). " created="Thu, 23 Jan 2020 20:45:12 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="An idea for a recurring sketch on a comedy show. Two actors, one plays a Trump supporter. Someone who speaks like an actual Trumper, who says things that echo what's said on Fox. Vary the gender, where they're from, etc. Each time, they discuss current events with an actor who is not a Trump supporter, serious, plays it straight. Now here's where it gets interesting. The Trump supporter realizes how wrong it was to support Trump. They do something to demonstrate that they see the light. Remember, they're actors. It's scripted. So the outcome is always the same. I would love to watch this, just for the release. Also it would really piss off Trump supporters, which is an extra bonus. Worth trying maybe on SNL or the Daily Show." created="Thu, 23 Jan 2020 20:15:04 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="I am watching the trial, hoping for a &lt;a href=&quot;;fbclid=IwAR0zFsUIsQrOprfRMHjHBfG6r9RFJ-tI9fz6Gz8lrjrp07ijE_p34p4CwEg&quot;&gt;moment&lt;/a&gt; like this. " created="Thu, 23 Jan 2020 17:52:10 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="A Trump unencumbered by the Constitution could make &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;this&lt;/a&gt; happen very quickly imho." created="Thu, 23 Jan 2020 18:33:52 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I keep hearing that the outcome of The Trial of Trump is either acquit or remove, but there's a third possibility that we should prepare for. He might not be removed but is not acquitted either. Say the vote is 55 to convict vs 45 to acquit. He remains president, but a majority of the Senate voted to remove him. That's not a win. It shakes his tree. &quot;Keep fucking with us and maybe lose some more support in the Senate and maybe next time we have enough votes to put you out.&quot; Before you say that's not going to happen, it might. The Repubs are at least as savvy as we are (heh, we're babes in the woods compared to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;McConnell&lt;/a&gt;), and know that some of their senators come from purple states like Maine, Colorado and Arizona. And there may be other senators who may want to vote to convict because they're more independent, like &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Romney&lt;/a&gt;, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Murkowski&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Alexander&lt;/a&gt;, for example. The Repubs have room to help some of those senators without giving up ten more months of stacking the courts with unqualified Republicans. They might want to send a signal to El Presidenté that the US isn't &lt;i&gt;quite&lt;/i&gt; his banana republic yet. It's not an impossible outcome. It's all negotiable in politics. " created="Thu, 23 Jan 2020 17:18:46 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Hacker News &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;thread&lt;/a&gt; on re-thinking RSS. Here's my &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;comment&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Thu, 23 Jan 2020 15:23:25 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="BTW, to Wikipedia's mistaken claim that a columnist gave podcasting its name, look at this &lt;a href=&quot;;geo=US&amp;q=podcast&quot;&gt;Google Trends graph&lt;/a&gt;. See where the graph &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;starts to climb&lt;/a&gt;? That's Sept 2004, when we gave what we were doing the name podcasting." created="Thu, 23 Jan 2020 16:20:48 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Opening presentation&lt;/a&gt; at Trump's trial by Adam Schiff. " created="Thu, 23 Jan 2020 16:28:28 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I just did a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;transition&lt;/a&gt; on Complete rewrite of the server from top to bottom. I want to do a bunch of development work here, so I had to have a clean foundation. The previous version was last updated in 2016, so it was using the old technology. If you published an outline in the last few days, I might have lost the link to it. It shouldn't have happened but it did. And thanks again to Doc Searls for helping be the other side of &lt;i&gt;users and developers party together. &lt;/i&gt;It's the formula that works." created="Thu, 23 Jan 2020 17:07:16 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="I hear that some Republican senators actually listened to the evidence against the president yesterday. " created="Thu, 23 Jan 2020 16:31:45 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="A third version of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;For No One&lt;/a&gt;, this time in the studio. " created="Thu, 23 Jan 2020 19:01:19 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="Dale Bumpers' speech" created="Thu, 23 Jan 2020 17:59:36 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="Have you ever seen the closing argument in the Clinton impeachment by former Senator Dale Bumpers? If not it's a treat, you deserve it, it gives an idea of how trials bring out amazing things in people. " created="Thu, 23 Jan 2020 17:59:45 GMT"/>
<outline text="&lt;center&gt;&lt;iframe width=512 height=330 src='' allowfullscreen='allowfullscreen' frameborder=0&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;&lt;/center&gt;" created="Thu, 23 Jan 2020 18:00:49 GMT"/>
<outline text="Having served jury duty twice, once through deliberations to a verdict, I was really impressed at how deep random people from all walks of life can go, given an opportunity to get immersed in understanding other humans. I sense a bit of that starting to happen here. It's not imho in any way a foregone conclusion what will come out of this." created="Thu, 23 Jan 2020 18:00:50 GMT"/>
<outline text="It's also interesting, listening to the Bumpers speech, I hadn't listened to it in a a long time, how much this impeachment must hurt for Hillary Clinton. No one gave a shit about her in the Clinton impeachment, yet Bumpers does touch on it. And now she's a subject of controversy again because she dared to say what she actually thinks about Bernie Sanders." created="Thu, 23 Jan 2020 18:01:33 GMT"/>
<outline text="A longtime friend Dan Conover isn't watching the impeachment, arguing basically there's no new information, but I think he's making a mistake. You could say the same about going to see a historic play like Hamilton. You know the outcome, so why pay the huge price in money and time to go see it. Because something other than information is transmitted." created="Thu, 23 Jan 2020 18:01:54 GMT"/>
<outline text="January 22" created="Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:41:57 GMT" name="22">
<outline text="Getting back on track podcast-wise after our brief brush with politics. I explain in this &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;25-minute cast&lt;/a&gt; what I'm doing here and why I value the connection with Doc. It's all about creating a groove with smart people so we can keep innovating. We used to call it (as I'm sure Doc remembers) &quot;users and developers party together.&quot; I thrive off collaboration with people such as Doc. I provide examples of other times I've benefited from the insights of others to create new uses for networks. " created="Wed, 22 Jan 2020 18:22:43 GMT" type="outline" enclosure="" enclosureType="audio/mpeg" enclosureLength="12815019" image=""/>
<outline text="Doc's mission is &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Customer Commons&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Wed, 22 Jan 2020 15:22:43 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="The nightly email is available as an &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;RSS feed&lt;/a&gt;. However I'm sure it's going to look pretty awful because, unlike email, RSS readers don't allow us to include styles. I could of course add the style definitions to the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;source namespace&lt;/a&gt;, where I've put my customizations. If you're an RSS user, give it a try and let me know. " created="Wed, 22 Jan 2020 22:39:57 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I was spooked last night by how much &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Jeffries&lt;/a&gt; conveys &quot;Obama.&quot; The &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;8th Congressional District of New York&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Wed, 22 Jan 2020 17:14:34 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Brilliant&lt;/a&gt;. Kids are swapping AirPods in class then using text to speech to talk without talking." created="Wed, 22 Jan 2020 17:22:50 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="This is amazing. I read a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;story&lt;/a&gt; at the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;NY Post&lt;/a&gt; saying &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Fairway&lt;/a&gt; is filing for Chapter 7. It's a much-loved grocery chain in NYC. I posted a link &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;on Facebook&lt;/a&gt;, because I know a few people who go there and got a link to a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Twitter post&lt;/a&gt; from the company saying they're fine, no plans to shut down. Can't wait to find out what happened here. " created="Wed, 22 Jan 2020 15:51:10 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Last night's emails went out late. Sorry. A glitch in the system. This time it was my software, not detecting an error and re-trying. It may be time for a revision to the mail-sending software. " created="Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:51:03 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="" created="Wed, 22 Jan 2020 22:43:30 GMT" type="outline" inlineImage=""/>
<outline text="How your iPhone will enslave you" created="Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:41:58 GMT" type="outline" description="A new app from the US government manages your identity and social credit. It's like a passport and wallet in one. ">
<outline text="First the government insists that Apple help police to access the data on encrypted phones. This is already underway. Then, the next steps:" created="Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:42:03 GMT" flBulletedSubs="true">
<outline text="A new app from the US government manages your identity and social credit. It's like a passport and wallet in one." created="Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:42:34 GMT"/>
<outline text="You can't quit or uninstall it." created="Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:42:52 GMT"/>
<outline text="You can't turn off location services or its access to the microphone and camera." created="Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:42:58 GMT"/>
<outline text="You will use it to vote. " created="Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:49:51 GMT"/>
<outline text="It's required that you carry it at all times. Charged." created="Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:43:11 GMT"/>
<outline text="The new luxury accommodations will be in the rare parts of the world where there is no internet access. You can go to these places to rendezvous with forbidden friends and lovers." created="Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:43:43 GMT"/>
<outline text="The new national anthem: &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Back in the USSR&lt;/a&gt;. :boom:" created="Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:43:57 GMT" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="January 21" created="Tue, 21 Jan 2020 14:47:25 GMT" name="21">
<outline text="Doc's &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;oddcast&lt;/a&gt; on what comes &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;after&lt;/a&gt; the Repubs acquit. I will respond forthwith. Doc did the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;outline&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Tue, 21 Jan 2020 14:47:26 GMT" type="outline" enclosure="" enclosureType="audio/mpeg" enclosureLength="6476029" image=""/>
<outline text="And &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;my retort&lt;/a&gt; to Doc. I cover a lot of ground, tying together all the threads on Scripting News. We're headed to a China/Soviet Union type government in the US. Tech will make it so much easier. Doc was right there will be a lot of angst about all this. But forget the election, and forget Congress. It's over. He not only will be able to ignore the Constitution, he also has Barr, who is infinitely more useful to Trump than Sessions. But unlike everyone else, I don't take it as a given that the Repubs will acquit. They must see the danger. What if a majority vote to convict, but not enough to remove him. That's a third outcome no one seems to consider. " created="Tue, 21 Jan 2020 15:54:05 GMT" type="outline" enclosure="" enclosureType="audio/mpeg" enclosureLength="14836529"/>
<outline text="Just tuned into a discussion on NPR that failed to take into account that the president was caught trying to steal the election. If you don't consider that, of course waiting for the election sounds more reasonable." created="Tue, 21 Jan 2020 17:25:45 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Re posting a nightly digest in the RSS feed. Been down that road in other contexts. Feed readers are so inconsistent, the result would be garbage for many if not most people. The platform is good at doing what it does, and that's it. The developers aren't listening. Also it wasn't easy to find an email format that works well enough across email clients, and it still looks mangled for some people. Email has only been an approximation of what works." created="Tue, 21 Jan 2020 16:57:36 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="A Beatles song. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Prototype&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Finished product&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Tue, 21 Jan 2020 16:17:06 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Look&lt;/a&gt; I have a huge dildo. " created="Tue, 21 Jan 2020 16:04:11 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="January 20" created="Mon, 20 Jan 2020 14:32:26 GMT" name="20">
<outline text="Play it out. The Repubs acquit Trump tomorrow. What then?" created="Mon, 20 Jan 2020 18:05:19 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;The Dershowitz Defense&lt;/a&gt; is the only thing between Trump and eviction. Is it enough of a fig leaf for Romney, Collins and the other so-called Republican moderates?" created="Mon, 20 Jan 2020 18:14:02 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="In the voting booth we can be true to ourselves even if we can't speak up in public. You have to be careful about creating resentment in your campaign. You might not be able to hear it until it's too late." created="Mon, 20 Jan 2020 18:12:28 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="What voters want is incredibly simple. They want to know you hear them. How to show? Say what they say the way they say it. Do that well and you've got the vote. " created="Mon, 20 Jan 2020 17:16:46 GMT" type="tweet" tweetId="1219312076205805573" tweetUserName="davewiner"/>
<outline text="When Republicans say the Democrats have wanted to impeach Trump from the beginning, the truth is that the American voters elected a Democratic Congress specifically so they would impeach Trump. BTW, Trump lost the last election, in 2018, despite having a huge advantage due to gerrymandering. " created="Mon, 20 Jan 2020 14:32:27 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="There's a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;folder&lt;/a&gt; on called &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;rssArchive&lt;/a&gt;. It has a lot of files in it going back to 2000. They all appear to be RSS files. I have no recollection how these files were created. But it might be interesting to have a look to see how my RSS support may have changed at times. " created="Mon, 20 Jan 2020 21:38:44 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="If you've ever been to dinner with me, you know that I almost always ask What's The Song? Well, I have an &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;answer&lt;/a&gt; for that. " created="Mon, 20 Jan 2020 17:13:34 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="Imagine if &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;these guys&lt;/a&gt; weren't white." created="Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:12:54 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="I still like Klobuchar" created="Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:20:47 GMT" type="outline" description="She's young, but not too young. A liberal who presents as a moderate. Thoughtful. Doesn't shoot from the hip.">
<outline text="I like that the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;NYT endorsed&lt;/a&gt; Amy Klobuchar. I think she is the right choice for president, as I've &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;written&lt;/a&gt; here before. &quot;She's young, but not too young. A liberal who presents as a moderate. Thoughtful. Doesn't shoot from the hip.&quot;" created="Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:17:03 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="They also endorsed Elizabeth Warren, who imho can't get in touch with most of America, for a lot of reasons. A video &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;convinced&lt;/a&gt; me, she would not be a good president. A good senator, a good Secretary of the Treasury, a Harvard professor? Yes, but she writes off 1/2 the electorate in a snipe that lucky for her didn't get a lot of coverage. Also there's &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;this incident&lt;/a&gt;, that proved that she's a Democrat as much as Biden, Clinton or Obama, and in not a good way. " created="Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:21:06 GMT"/>
<outline text="A president must be of all the people, not just women or men. We've seen what happens with a president who doesn't get that. Warren, while smart, and determined, is not a leader. Klobuchar still has a way to go before she's confident enough to lead. But she has a lot of things right, and she's tough and from the center of the country, and that's symbolic and important. " created="Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:21:47 GMT"/>
<outline text="And this is the year we need a woman president, to balance four years of having a very anti-woman president. But not someone who will undo the past by re-doing it in the inverse. We need all hands on deck to recover from the various crises that confront us. " created="Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:22:15 GMT"/>
<outline text="The NYT had a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;line about Sanders&lt;/a&gt; that I knew but had forgotten. His plan for change is this: Magic! He has such a personality that everyone, once he's elected, will get behind him. It's what teenage boys dream of when they grow up to hit a walk-off home run to win the World Series. The acclaim, the wonder, such a good boy! Well it would never be like that for Bernie. He's got a character only a few people like, and many can't tolerate. I have always disliked him, think he's shallow and just plain wrong. What an awful president he'd make, something we'll never see because a cranky old Jewish socialist could not get elected president of the United States. He would be the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;McGovern&lt;/a&gt; of 2020, but at least McGovern was a nice guy." created="Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:22:18 GMT"/>
<outline text="RSS re-think, day 2" created="Mon, 20 Jan 2020 14:42:19 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="When I &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;speak&lt;/a&gt; of the limits of RSS, I'm including the limits of reader apps. For many years I've been reluctant to do that. They mostly have conformed to rules set by the now-defunct Google Reader, and by norms set by previous readers, including my own. Unfortunately there's no way to change the behavior of readers. I've tried, in small ways, they just won't budge (or even listen). It's not just mishandling of untitled posts, posts can't be updated and there's more I don't want to go into now. " created="Mon, 20 Jan 2020 14:33:59 GMT" image=""/>
<outline text="The net-net is this: even if I could influence what the reader apps do, they would still be the wrong way to read my blog! " created="Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:10:17 GMT"/>
<outline text="If you are just reading my blog through &quot;RSS&quot;, it would be really hard for you to understand this. Subscribe to the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;nightly email&lt;/a&gt;. Read it from top to bottom once a day, instead of in fragments published through the day. This is the way my blog was always meant to be read. I think I was a bit too willing to compromise, in hindsight. " created="Mon, 20 Jan 2020 14:47:34 GMT"/>
<outline text="Some correspondents have said RSS isn't wrong. Of course not. I love RSS. I played a big role in its creation. But it's 20-plus years later now, and the limits shouldn't be permanently insurmountable. A re-think is way past overdue. " created="Mon, 20 Jan 2020 14:43:40 GMT"/>
<outline text="Keep using RSS. Bless you. I use it too. Look at my &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;rivers&lt;/a&gt;. I check them many times a day. But my blog is fresh and new and works the way I like, and I get to change anything about it I want, and if you read my blog through RSS you aren't getting it. That really bothers me. " created="Mon, 20 Jan 2020 14:44:02 GMT"/>
<outline text="No more limits imposed by others or history. That was the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;epiphany of 2017&lt;/a&gt;, and it continues. " created="Mon, 20 Jan 2020 14:44:26 GMT"/>
<outline text="January 19" created="Sun, 19 Jan 2020 13:48:43 GMT" name="19">
<outline text="We are at a terrible moment. Until Trump was impeached and the articles delivered to the Senate, there was always something more to do. But this is the end. Trump, post-acquittal, will be the monarch, in control of a hugely powerful military, economy and lest we forget it, the people who make up all this power, Americans. With new tricks the Chinese are working on, and no doubt Silicon Valley is as well, quietly, an American monarch will be all-powerful, able to reach into personal relationships in ways the Soviet Union couldn't dream of. If by some miracle the Senate votes to turn back, then we will have just barely dodged a bullet. But it seems more likely we're going straight into the fire without even trying to hit the brakes. " created="Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:48:44 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="A couple of worthwhile podcasts. Brian Lehrer's &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Impeachment podcast&lt;/a&gt; is the adult version of what you hear on cable news. It still focuses on process and horse races but it goes into more detail, Lehrer has a sharp mind, and is a great interviewer, so you learn more. And &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Planet Money&lt;/a&gt;, always good, has a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;piece&lt;/a&gt; on privacy and billboards. I kept wanting to show them their own &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;story&lt;/a&gt; about social credit in China. No longer are the concerns about privacy theoretical and narrow. It's definitely coming to the US. " created="Sun, 19 Jan 2020 17:58:45 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I was corrected yesterday when I used the word exonerate in a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;tweet&lt;/a&gt;. People felt acquit was the correct term for what happens if Trump is absolved (heh another verb) by the Senate. The &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;thesaurus&lt;/a&gt; thinks they're synonyms btw. Another verb would be &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;annointed&lt;/a&gt;, because no doubt a decree will follow from King Trump I (his new title, no sarcasm) requiring everyone to say nice things about him, or their charge cards won't work to buy groceries. See also &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;social credit&lt;/a&gt; an innovation of the Chinese. " created="Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:07:51 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="They're still arguing on Twitter about which word is correct. This is one of the saddest comments about what Americans were thinking about as our &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Reichstag&lt;/a&gt; was burning. Is the correct verb burning? I think enflamed was closer. " created="Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:23:00 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="How to defend against phishing. Stop and think if you’re granting access to your Google account, for example, and ask yourself how did I get here? If it wasn’t an operation you initiated, if you clicked on a link to get there, you probably don’t want to grant access." created="Mon, 20 Jan 2020 00:14:25 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Maybe the solution to the paywall model is daily subscriptions. I pay $1 to read Vanity Fair for today only. Tomorrow it's the New Yorker. Use my browser wallet to pay." created="Sun, 19 Jan 2020 18:13:46 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="You'll know we're totally over the line when congressional Democrats are arrested and tried for impeaching the Trump. " created="Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:24:15 GMT" type="tweet" tweetId="1218902191106412544" tweetUserName="davewiner"/>
<outline text="Trump nearly started World War III. Clearly his &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;motives&lt;/a&gt;, as with Ukraine, were entirely personal. " created="Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:45:06 GMT" type="tweet" tweetId="1218907600818966528" tweetUserName="davewiner"/>
<outline text="I'm re-thinking RSS now" created="Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:58:34 GMT" type="outline" description="I wanted journalism and blogging to share a common format. That may not have been a good idea. ">
<outline text="I've been having a big change of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;thinking&lt;/a&gt; re RSS." created="Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:58:46 GMT" image=""/>
<outline text="In 1999, I compromised. I wanted journalism and blogging to share a common format. So I ditched the format I designed and accepted Netscape's adaptation in its place, to create unity. And it worked, it was the level playing field I had hoped for. Blogging and journalism both thrived in RSS. But at a price. " created="Sun, 19 Jan 2020 14:59:06 GMT"/>
<outline text="The price was forcing blogs into the same format that news orgs used. Problem is, as we can see clearly with Twitter, that format isn't the only one. As Twitter discovered, its style of writing doesn't fit into the model of RSS. People were disappointed when they stopped publishing tweets via RSS. But this was the right thing to do, in hindsight. It wasn't working." created="Sun, 19 Jan 2020 15:10:49 GMT"/>
<outline text="I turned a corner &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;in 2017&lt;/a&gt; with my blog. I realized then, though I wouldn't have put it this way, the price I paid by merging formats with Netscape was too great. It forced blogging into the title-description-body model of journalism. But blog posts are more free-form, they don't all fit into that structure. " created="Sun, 19 Jan 2020 15:00:09 GMT"/>
<outline text="So now I'm thinking about what I could have done differently in 1999, if I had evolved my syndication format the way my blog wanted to go, not the way RSS pushed us. " created="Sun, 19 Jan 2020 15:00:42 GMT"/>
<outline text="January 18" created="Sat, 18 Jan 2020 15:22:40 GMT" name="18">
<outline text="Today's song: &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Anything goes&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:40:46 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="There was a great New Yorker article in &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;September 2016&lt;/a&gt; that laid out what a Trump presidency would be like. We need to do that again. We're staring at the next level. What if Trump succeeds at fully taking over the government? What if he's acquitted? What will that be like?" created="Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:51:41 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Now that I've &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;said it&lt;/a&gt;, RSS really is not a good way to read my blog. The right way is to wait until the day is over and read all of it from top to bottom. That's the way I put it together. It's a daily cycle thing. For now &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;subscribe&lt;/a&gt; to the email. We may need a new kind of reader that doesn't have the limits of email (I'm well aware of them, having written my own email distribution software) and RSS (ditto). " created="Sat, 18 Jan 2020 15:35:02 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="I've heard a dozen reports about the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;mystery&lt;/a&gt; of how Parnas's friend knew the ambassador's movements and no one has said it could be because someone hacked her Google account via &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;phishing&lt;/a&gt;. You don't have to infiltrate the embassy to do that." created="Sat, 18 Jan 2020 15:27:21 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Plot for a scifi book. An alien race from a faraway galaxy visits earth. We know they're coming and where they'll land. When they show up, they walk by the humans and greet the dogs. Turns out dogs are the master species of earth. And of course the aliens are canines as well." created="Sat, 18 Jan 2020 15:22:41 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="People are cackling over the design of the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Space Force uniform&lt;/a&gt;. Why do they need camouflage in space? Obviously it's not really a priority. I'm a big believer in &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;prior art&lt;/a&gt;, and there's an obvious choice here. License the design of the Star Trek uniforms from &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;whoever&lt;/a&gt; owns them. It has the advantage of looking vaguely futuristic, and it makes Star Trek downright &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;prescient&lt;/a&gt;. That is if the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Space Force&lt;/a&gt; ever amounts to anything. " created="Sat, 18 Jan 2020 15:32:04 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Star Trek uniforms." created="Sat, 18 Jan 2020 15:34:30 GMT" inlineImage=""/>
<outline text="January 17" created="Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:47:03 GMT" name="17">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Doc's podcast for the day&lt;/a&gt;. This time he has a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;public outline&lt;/a&gt; with notes. I'm going to do some work on the outline reader. Creating a groove. I updated the outline reader software to hot-up his links, to make it a bit more readable on a big screen, and a lot more readable on mobile devices. It's been a long time since I touched that code, I actually had a hard time finding it. :smile:" created="Fri, 17 Jan 2020 16:30:51 GMT" type="outline" enclosure="" enclosureType="audio/mpeg" enclosureLength="11797627" image=""/>
<outline text="Doc has been outlining his podcast, so I started &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;outlining mine&lt;/a&gt;. I have not recorded it yet." created="Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:29:27 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="The best way to experience my blog these days is &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;via email&lt;/a&gt;, not RSS. That's not the last word, but right now that's where we're at. That goes for my podcasts too believe it or not. " created="Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:15:47 GMT" type="tweet" tweetId="1218283886591062016" tweetUserName="davewiner"/>
<outline text="If I ask you to post something you wrote on Facebook on your blog, so I can point to it, it's because I thought you said something interesting, and I'd like to share it through my blog and feed, but I can't share Facebook posts outside of Facebook. I have a rule about that, and I rarely break the rule. Lots of reasons for it. " created="Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:01:57 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I really liked &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Jojo Rabbit&lt;/a&gt;, even though it got mixed reviews. You start out wondering what the hell they're doing, but in the end it's a good simple little story that has a lot of meaning. A sort of lite version of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Handmaid's Tale&lt;/a&gt;. I really liked that &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Rebel Wilson&lt;/a&gt; was in it, a good fit, as was the chief Gestapo guy, and Jojo's best friend. What's not to like? " created="Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:10:47 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Rainer Maria Rilke&lt;/a&gt;: “Let everything happen to you. Beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.”" created="Fri, 17 Jan 2020 19:03:44 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="My great-uncle, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Arno Schmidt&lt;/a&gt;, a German author, died in 1979. " created="Fri, 17 Jan 2020 19:08:19 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Dan MacTough &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;answers&lt;/a&gt; yesterday's query. Add &lt;code&gt;disown -a&lt;/code&gt; after the nohup call. I'm testing it and so far it works." created="Fri, 17 Jan 2020 16:15:57 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Who ever thought that titles, or the lack thereof, would be the end of blogging? As they say god works in mysterious ways. Also, it's even worse than it appears. :boom:" created="Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:24:18 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I must've done something terribly wrong because there's a symposium in NYC in February about how to keep the silos from taking ownership of podcasting, and I don't know any of the speakers. How are we ever going to get anywhere if we don't work together? Oy." created="Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:22:03 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Neat new trick in my blog. When I generate links to titled posts, I put the title in the link, after the question mark in the URL. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Example&lt;/a&gt;. The browser ignores it, as does the JavaScript code in the page. It's there to provide a human-readable title for the post. You might ask, why not just make the title the link? We did that, for many years, but then you couldn't change the title, or the URL would get out of sync with the title. It's more honest imho to just give each post a URL that is not a function of the title. But it's still nice to have the title present. So there you go, a neat solution and an honorable tradeoff. " created="Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:11:25 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Bagels" created="Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:58:47 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="Speaking as an authority on the subject of bagels, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;toasted&lt;/a&gt; bagel. In fact unless I'm eating a freshly baked bagel, and that's pretty rare these days, I toast them. The warmth of toasting brings out some of the flavor of the bagel when it was fresh. " created="Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:47:04 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="However I cannot sanction whole wheat bagels. Why? Bagels are not hippie food. Sesame, onion, everything, these are my go-to flavors. The only thing worse than whole wheat is a cinnamon raisin breakfast bagel. Please. " created="Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:59:09 GMT"/>
<outline text="My favorite &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;bagel place&lt;/a&gt; is on Utopia Parkway in Whitestone, near where I grew up in Flushing. Neighborhood bagel stores are best. I've tried all the famous supposedly best bagels in NYC and imho they aren't bagels, they have more in common with loaves of bread. A bagel shouldn't be so large. Worst offender -- &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Ess-A-Bagel&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:59:25 GMT"/>
<outline text="Give me a fresh bagel with cream cheese and lox and maybe a slice of cucumber and bit of onion, capers on the side, with a cup of fresh coffee and Uncle Davey is a happy camper. " created="Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:59:44 GMT"/>
<outline text="January 16" created="Thu, 16 Jan 2020 15:12:53 GMT" name="16">
<outline text="Now is the time for me to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;respond via podcast&lt;/a&gt; to Doc. 28 minutes which seems to be the default length of one of these voicemailcasts. I don't mind vacuous platitudes. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Wilt Chamberlain&lt;/a&gt;. My first winter in the country. There was no 3-point play when WC was playing. Here's the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;epic&lt;/a&gt; James Harden 3-pointer. If you shove the microphone into someone's face they don't have time to get nervous. Maps. I loved maps when I was a kid, and miss them terribly because of iPhones. Hillary's Emails and how the know-how of literally millions of people didn't influence journalism. Any one of these people could have helped, but journalism somehow didn't figure it out. Why can't universities do things? University is a 7-by-24 conference center. &lt;a href=&quot;#a152833&quot;&gt;Fargo&lt;/a&gt;. Alex Jones and Shorenstein. The &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;speaker&lt;/a&gt; whose name I couldn't remember was &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Bruce Sterling&lt;/a&gt;. Sorry man. More about creating a groove. First you become a habit, then you become an example, and that's a groove. " created="Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:47:17 GMT" type="outline" enclosure="" enclosureType="audio/mpeg" enclosureLength="47903472" image=""/>
<outline text="BTW no one or anything is going to &quot;awaken&quot; the Trump base. That's not how it works. When friends are in a bad marriage, one day you hear they're breaking up, you saw it coming but if you had tried to &quot;awaken&quot; them, they would have kicked your ass for butting in." created="Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:38:44 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="There ought to be a TV show entitled &lt;i&gt;What's The Scam!? &lt;/i&gt;Contestants compete to design a scam that explains mysterious Trump behavior. For example, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Mnuchin gets to loot&lt;/a&gt; the Secret Service in return for not disclosing Trump's travel expenses. " created="Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:59:49 GMT" type="tweet" tweetId="1217874591676293122" tweetUserName="davewiner"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Braintrust query&lt;/a&gt;: I thought that if I run an app detached using &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;nohup&lt;/a&gt;, that if I quit the terminal window, or my desktop system powers off, the app would continue to run. It doesn't. " created="Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:43:14 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I should do a &lt;i&gt;;/i&gt; piece on how to use my RSS feeds." created="Thu, 16 Jan 2020 15:26:29 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I finished watching all three seasons of the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Fargo TV series&lt;/a&gt;. I can't recommend it highly enough. I started to talk about it in the podcast coming out later today, but didn't finish the analogy. The hottest place in the US is always &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Death Valley&lt;/a&gt;. Every day. So when they report the highest temperature on weather reports, they're telling you the place with the second highest temperature because it would just get boring to always say Death Valley. I think that may be how it works for TV series. Fargo is the best, hands down, nothing compares. It's incredibly funny the way Quentin Taratino movies are, or Itchy and Scratchy, it's filled with Easter eggs, and until you watch it twice (at least) you won't see the connections between the characters. For example, in Season 1, two of the main characters were also in Season 2, but it took place 25 years earlier. And there are echoes of the Fargo movie. So I often say The Wire is the best. What I really mean is it's second best. Fargo is, until further notice, the best thing on TV." created="Thu, 16 Jan 2020 15:28:33 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Every once in a while I put out a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;tweet&lt;/a&gt; that gets forwarded a lot. This might be one of them. Trump has always reminded me of famous Jewish comedians. He borrows bits from &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Joan Rivers&lt;/a&gt;, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Don Rickles&lt;/a&gt; and this &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;clip&lt;/a&gt; reminds me of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Rodney Dangerfield&lt;/a&gt;, with his self-deprecating humor. He talks about his hair as being magnificent. Everyone in the room must realize his hair is bizarre and ugly. He'd look a lot better if he just got a normal haircut for a bald 73-year-old guy. What does he see when he looks in the mirror? Does he still see the young Donald, or does he see the old fool the rest of us see. Of course the press helps sell his buffoonery. It's our way of laughing at ourselves. Look what the great USA has been reduced to. We used to see ourselves as &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Uncle Sam&lt;/a&gt;, now we look in the mirror and see &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Bozo the Clown&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Thu, 16 Jan 2020 15:12:54 GMT" type="outline" urltweet="" image=""/>
<outline text="Serious weather headed our way." created="Thu, 16 Jan 2020 21:49:26 GMT" type="outline" inlineImage=""/>
<outline text="January 15" created="Wed, 15 Jan 2020 15:42:37 GMT" name="15">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Doc's next cast&lt;/a&gt;. The &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;quote&lt;/a&gt; he was looking for is &quot;Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.&quot; Maybe I don't get what you're trying to do Doc. But I actually think we're talking about the same thing. So glad Doc is using &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;LO2&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;a href=&quot;;t=h_&amp;ia=web&quot;&gt;Esquire's Doubious Achievement Awards&lt;/a&gt;. Yes! Doc is going to watch Fargo. If this were in Iowa it would be a state park. (His house in Santa Barbara.) You can see 25 million people from the top of Mt Wilson. " created="Wed, 15 Jan 2020 15:42:38 GMT" type="outline" enclosure="" enclosureType="audio/mpeg" enclosureLength="13858758"/>
<outline text="One more thing for Doc re &quot;LO2&quot;. If your outline is something you want to share with me and the other people listening to your podcasts, it's pretty easy. In the File menu choose &lt;i&gt;Get public link. &lt;/i&gt;It will &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;confirm&lt;/a&gt; that you want to make the outline public. Then a dialog will appear with a link to a page on Copy that link, view it in the browser, send it to whoever you want to share it with. If you send it to me, I'll post it on &quot;Scripting News&quot;. Now any changes you make in your outline will be reflected immediately for everyone who's watching it. " created="Wed, 15 Jan 2020 21:26:57 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I created my own show notes outline and &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;shared it&lt;/a&gt;." created="Wed, 15 Jan 2020 21:41:42 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="January 14" created="Tue, 14 Jan 2020 14:17:19 GMT" name="14">
<outline text="My &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;voicemailcast response&lt;/a&gt; to Doc's last. Doc, stay with the Voice Memo app on your iPhone. It's like using the iPhone as your default camera. It fits in your pocket. It's probably there when you have an idea. Here's the link to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;fat tweets&lt;/a&gt;. A pitch for Fargo the TV show. Doug Engelbart and the tech he carried with him. Shedding projects. David Bunnell's story. My grandmother. Creating a groove. " created="Tue, 14 Jan 2020 16:34:43 GMT" type="outline" enclosure="" enclosureType="audio/mpeg" enclosureLength="12049695" image=""/>
<outline text="There are 649 references today on Google for &lt;a href=&quot;;rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS743US747&amp;oq=voicemailcast&amp;aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5j69i60l2.2384j0j3&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8&quot;&gt;voicemailcast&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Tue, 14 Jan 2020 17:05:00 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="The &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;cutest video&lt;/a&gt; ever. I love you are you stupid man?" created="Tue, 14 Jan 2020 20:33:43 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="On Twitter all partisanship is fake, until further notice." created="Tue, 14 Jan 2020 22:10:37 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Poll&lt;/a&gt;: How much will Trump's presidency cost us?" created="Tue, 14 Jan 2020 22:15:24 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="With all the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;michegas&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;about&lt;/a&gt; Bernie and Warren, here's what I think. My friends, they're both perfectly awful choices for president. Bernie is still living in the 60s. He has no ideas about the world as it exists today. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Ask him&lt;/a&gt;. Second, Warren is a Harvard professor. She's not of the people. She's more comfortable in the faculty lunchroom, making snide jokes about the little people. They're both incredibly terrible choices to run the country starting in 2021. Neither will get done what they say they will, that will require team-building skills which neither have, and compromise, which means you have to listen. Even Obama, a relatively young person, was totally unprepared to deal with foreign hacking of our election. There's a reason Bernie doesn't have any apps on his phone. I bet he doesn't know what an app is or what the capabilities of mobile devices are. If he did, I think he'd be screaming about it in the special way Bernie screams. :rocket:" created="Tue, 14 Jan 2020 15:39:23 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="If you look at it as if you were hiring someone to put the country back together after the Trump combination heart attack, stroke, colon cancer, head-on car crash, you'd want someone who has gotten shit done. Who would see the problems we have now as interesting challenges. Would know who wants what in exchange for the things we need to do. Someone with a rolodex of effective people. Neither Warren or Sanders have the ability to do any of that. Elect them and at best you get a Jimmy Carter. I don't mean weak, the way the Repubs do, I mean having no idea how to get things done in Washington, and therefore proceeding to get nothing done." created="Tue, 14 Jan 2020 15:43:10 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Bruce MacKinnon&lt;/a&gt;, Chronicle Herald. " created="Tue, 14 Jan 2020 16:29:58 GMT" type="outline" inlineImage=""/>
<outline text="On Sunday I wrote a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;piece&lt;/a&gt; about the walls journalism puts up to keep the rest of us only speaking in the aggregate, to all our detriment imho. There are experts all over the place, who can provide fresh perspectives on the news, to engage people's minds, and set examples for creative approaches. I lamented that even though there is a former outstanding blogger running &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Shorenstein&lt;/a&gt;, one of the leading university think tanks for journalism, the walls remain, and we're no closer to fulfilling the opportunities created in the early web. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Nicco Mele&lt;/a&gt;, the blogger I was referring to, is no longer in charge of Shorenstein. I was so-advised by two former colleagues. I'm &lt;i&gt;really&lt;/i&gt; out of the loop, that's for sure. Anyway, the new director is &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Nancy Gibbs&lt;/a&gt;. Best of luck and please let me know if there's any way I can help. :boom:" created="Tue, 14 Jan 2020 15:24:42 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="If you're working in Node.js and need to generate an RSS feed, you're welcome to use &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;the package&lt;/a&gt; I wrote for use in all my apps. Follow the new &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;example app&lt;/a&gt; to get an idea how it works. Just create two simple JavaScript objects, and call rss.buildRssFeed, and it creates a valid RSS 2.0 feed. It's really solid, burned in and tested in a wide variety of readers and aggregators. Variants of this code have been generating RSS feeds since (oy) 1999. " created="Tue, 14 Jan 2020 15:12:03 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I wonder if the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;new features&lt;/a&gt; being added to GitHub allow you to point to a specific function, and have the link continue to work through new versions of the code? Something that I've always missed in GitHub. " created="Tue, 14 Jan 2020 15:15:19 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I’ve known &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Lessig&lt;/a&gt; for decades and always found him to be a thoughtful, kind, generous person. I read his &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;latest piece&lt;/a&gt;, and look forward to a similarly thoughtful response from the NY Times." created="Tue, 14 Jan 2020 14:17:20 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;feature=emb_logo&quot;&gt;Eric Clapton&lt;/a&gt;, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash in 1970. " created="Tue, 14 Jan 2020 14:38:50 GMT" type="outline" inlineImage="" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="January 13" created="Mon, 13 Jan 2020 15:09:30 GMT" name="13">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;DocCast 2.0&lt;/a&gt;. This is an interesting medium because unlike other podcasts I've listened to Doc on, in this mode he gets to talk as long as he wants and can pause, and say whatever you want. Anyway I've decided I'm going to build a basketball court so when you visit we can meditate over shooting hoops. Anyway. Focus is the thing. Creating a groove. And making each other more powerful. That's going to be my next chapter. I do want to hear about your experience with Medium. We all have our own stories. I also want to tell you a story about Dave Bunnell. And why walking is the best." created="Mon, 13 Jan 2020 21:29:35 GMT" type="outline" enclosure="" enclosureType="audio/mpeg" enclosureLength="35128976" image=""/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Something&lt;/a&gt; you believe the president has done well?”" created="Mon, 13 Jan 2020 22:26:04 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="A &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;presidential candidate&lt;/a&gt; who has no apps on his phone is not qualified to be president in 2021 and beyond. Apps are a frontier we crossed ten years ago. Some people, including a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;columnist&lt;/a&gt; at the NYT are impressed. That tells you something about who writes editorials at the Times too." created="Mon, 13 Jan 2020 18:00:53 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="The next president should be creating a new social net for governance that involves all the voters who want to be involved. American citizens of voting age only. Doing real things to make America work better in every way, especially politically. I wrote this idea up in &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;2009&lt;/a&gt; as Obama took office and didn't follow through on the promise (imho) of his campaign. Sanders is a nice guy for sure, but he can't do the organizing we need to do (see &lt;a href=&quot;#a180053&quot;&gt;above&lt;/a&gt;). It's not something you can delegate. I think Bloomberg may get this, but I'm not sure. The politicians running for office are still very old school, and Sanders is the oldest of them." created="Mon, 13 Jan 2020 18:06:24 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="This was a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;famous story&lt;/a&gt; in 1992, that then President Bush didn't understand checkout scanners in supermarkets. The story was eventually &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;debunked&lt;/a&gt;, but the question was raised. How can someone govern if they don't understand how the people live. " created="Mon, 13 Jan 2020 18:22:19 GMT" type="outline" inlineImage=""/>
<outline text="I tuned in a bit of CNN and NBC yesterday, they were obsessing about the president's offhand claim/lie that he thought there were four embassies being targeted by the assassinated Iranian general. By now they should know Trump-speak. When he says he &quot;thinks&quot; something that means he made it up. What's the point in wasting so much time on it, when everyone with a mind understands exactly what he was saying. " created="Mon, 13 Jan 2020 16:23:02 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="BTW, of course they didn't brief the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Gang of Eight&lt;/a&gt; on the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;imminent threat&lt;/a&gt; for the simple reason that there was nothing to brief them on. " created="Mon, 13 Jan 2020 16:24:58 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I'm having the best time writing my blog these days. What makes the difference? You. I play my blog the way a musician plays the piano or guitar. I can hear what I play, but I'm most interested in what you hear. I'm not running &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;McDonalds&lt;/a&gt; or &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Starbucks&lt;/a&gt;, I've got a little &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;coffee shop&lt;/a&gt; in town. I serve the drinks, tell stories, decorate the place, choose the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;music&lt;/a&gt; and lighting, bring in guests, all to pass the time in the most Dave-friendly way I can. I look for others doing their own things, so we can perform together. Our ideas influence, are tested and improved on. I'm back in the 90s and all of a sudden there's &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;blue sky&lt;/a&gt; in every direction. All because, imho, in &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;2017&lt;/a&gt;, I decided to be myself again. :boom:" created="Mon, 13 Jan 2020 15:09:31 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="January 12" created="Sun, 12 Jan 2020 14:59:22 GMT" name="12">
<outline text="Andrew Shell opens a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;thread&lt;/a&gt; on Twitter for &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Overcast&lt;/a&gt;, an iOS podcast client, asking why he was unable to subscribe to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Scripting News&lt;/a&gt;. Turns out Overcast doesn't like titleless posts. I don't use Overcast myself, so I can't offer specific advice, but it is not acceptable to use the file name as a title. That's not what the file name is for. I described the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;use-case&lt;/a&gt; in a tweet (of course without a title, tweets don't have titles). Vendors tend to ignore advice on these issues, and that's kept us from growing. I used to budge for them on this issue, but &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;decided in 2017&lt;/a&gt; to stop. All the compromises meant that my blog disappears. Bottom-line: I put podcasts on title-less posts. &lt;i&gt;That's never going to change. &lt;/i&gt;" created="Sun, 12 Jan 2020 17:44:14 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I was hooked on Klobuchar when she stared down &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Kavanaugh&lt;/a&gt; in his confirmation hearing. She doesn't rattle. I think Trump should be followed by a woman, one the Repubs have yet had a chance to work on. I don't think Americans will stand for him abusing her." created="Sun, 12 Jan 2020 17:41:51 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="An unusual day for mid-winter. Warm, around 70° F, humid. A hint of spring in the air. Cooper Lake had a stark black and white look, even though &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;this&lt;/a&gt; is a color picture." created="Sun, 12 Jan 2020 14:59:23 GMT" type="outline" inlineImage=""/>
<outline text="Journalists: We are not you" created="Sun, 12 Jan 2020 15:08:49 GMT" type="outline" description="Bloggers don't usually wave their credentials in your face, so you might not be aware that many of us at the DNC in 2004 actually had decent credentials.">
<outline text="On this day four years ago the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;question&lt;/a&gt; of bloggers wanting to replace reporters came up again. This was yet another colossal misunderstanding, much like the disconnect re Facebook today." created="Sun, 12 Jan 2020 15:08:59 GMT"/>
<outline text="We, bloggers, seem to always be trying to assuage journalists' fear of us. That really shoudn't be necessary, btw. " created="Sun, 12 Jan 2020 15:38:10 GMT">
<outline text="Sidebar: How refreshing that &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Ben Smith&lt;/a&gt;, editor in chief at Buzzfeed News, refers to the &quot;the enduring positive qualities of social media.&quot; I wonder if his colleagues at Buzzfeed and other pubs tuned into that. How about a series of columns, updated to 2020 reality, that explore those positive qualities, to balance all the horror stories running in the NYT and elsewhere." created="Sun, 12 Jan 2020 15:22:13 GMT"/>
<outline text="I observe that journalists tend be blind when it comes to voters, users, writers, developers, anyone but politicians, rich people, and other journalists. We hardly exist as individuals, we're only considered in the aggregate (polls and the like). They shrink their world, furiously, so they can deal with it. Huge disconnects result. " created="Sun, 12 Jan 2020 15:17:40 GMT"/>
<outline text="This cartoon ran at the DNC in 2004." created="Sun, 12 Jan 2020 15:19:29 GMT" inlineImage=""/>
<outline text="In my talk at &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;ISOJ&lt;/a&gt; in April last year, I described the above cartoon. I was one of the bloggers. Of course it hurt my feelings, it was intended to, although some people think it was done with irony. I personally don't buy that. YMMV." created="Sun, 12 Jan 2020 15:10:47 GMT"/>
<outline text="Bloggers don't usually wave their credentials in your face, so you might not be aware that many of us at the DNC in 2004 actually had decent credentials. For example, I had a good education from good schools. At the time I was a research fellow at Harvard. I had spent decades proving myself in my field and had risen to the top. I invented a bunch of technology that were in very wide use, and would form the foundation for all computer networking to come. I had been writing my blog for nine years at that point, and if I do say so myself, was a good writer. We were in the process of starting podcasting at the time. And I was just one of the DNC bloggers. The others were just as accomplished. You had to be someone special to be at the DNC in 2004. " created="Sun, 12 Jan 2020 15:11:54 GMT"/>
<outline text="A request for ambitious truth-seeking journalists -- stop writing from your fear, learn more about the world. Your blind spots are huge, and are killing us. " created="Sun, 12 Jan 2020 15:27:26 GMT"/>
<outline text="The impentetrable Shorenstein" created="Sun, 12 Jan 2020 15:55:18 GMT" type="outline" description="After BloggerCon we went back to our corners, staring at each other, unsure of how to communicate.">
<outline text="Speaking of Harvard, when I was a fellow there, one of the members of our &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Berkman Thursday&lt;/a&gt; group was &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Rebecca MacKinnon&lt;/a&gt;, who was a fellow at &lt;a href=&quot;,_Politics_and_Public_Policy&quot;&gt;Shorenstein Center&lt;/a&gt;, which was the rough equivalent of Berkman but for journalists. Previously she had been a CNN reporter from Beijing and Tokyo. Her fellowship was a turning point in her career. She went on to start &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Global Voices&lt;/a&gt;, a blogging network, among other pursuits." created="Sun, 12 Jan 2020 15:55:23 GMT" image=""/>
<outline text="She got me together with &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Alex Jones&lt;/a&gt;, a former NYT reporter, who was then the director of Shorenstein. To say he was blog-skeptical would be an understatement. He typified all the arrogance and fear of blogging in journalism, with what I saw as false confidence, bravado, I guessed, to try to keep me, and what I represented to him, at arm's length. We probably met just twice, maybe even once. I remember a contentious somewhat friendly conversation at &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Henrietta's Table&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Sun, 12 Jan 2020 15:56:44 GMT"/>
<outline text="I personally asked Jones to come to the second &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;BloggerCon&lt;/a&gt;. He came. I watched him and joined in conversations with him at times. He appeared to be having the time of his life. And why shouldn't he? Here was a room full of sources, people who knew about something he was actually very interested in, and they didn't have to be coerced into talking about it. There was a ton of enthusiasm in the room. They were exploding with ideas, because of the huge potential of this space in 2004." created="Sun, 12 Jan 2020 15:58:29 GMT"/>
<outline text="But after the BloggerCon we went back to our corners, staring at each other, unsure of how to communicate. By now &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Jones has retired&lt;/a&gt;, his &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;replacement&lt;/a&gt; is a former famous blogger, the guy who did the blogging at the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Dean campaign&lt;/a&gt; in &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;2004&lt;/a&gt;, really breakthrough stuff, and yet nothing has changed. Shorenstein is still a bastion of professional journalism, and ideas from blogging don't penetrate. " created="Sun, 12 Jan 2020 16:00:06 GMT"/>
<outline text="We should all be working together. I said it then, keep pounding the table, beating the drum. No reason to stop. " created="Sun, 12 Jan 2020 16:10:19 GMT"/>
<outline text="January 11" created="Sat, 11 Jan 2020 14:58:31 GMT" name="11">
<outline text="I have a bunch of things on my mind ready to go this morning, including the next in a series of &lt;i&gt;voicemailcasts&lt;/i&gt; with Doc Searls, a defense of XML when used as an object serializer, and the awful tendency of techies, esp those who work at Google, to have little respect for stuff that works, always wanting to reinvent without using their supposedly brilliant minds to evaluate their approach, and thereby burning decades of knowhow on a bonfire of geek vanity. Probably a few other things I'm not remembering at the moment. " created="Sat, 11 Jan 2020 14:58:32 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Okay first up is the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;26-minute podcast&lt;/a&gt; that follows Doc's &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;kickoff&lt;/a&gt; of our nascent series. You will feel like you're eavesdropping on a conversation between two old friends, which is totally what it is. I remember the first time I met Doc, in &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Buck's&lt;/a&gt; restaurant in Woodside, CA. I also remember very clearly the day in &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;1999&lt;/a&gt; I was at his house in Redwood City, helping him get going with his Manila blog, he was one of the very first, and understood blogging in an instant. Doc looks like &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Wilford Brimley&lt;/a&gt;. He got the name Doc because he was a radio personality in North Carolina in the 1970s. He has a radio voice. In this voicemail I talk about Fargo, the masterful FX series. I just watched season 2 and am now working my way through season 3. I talk about my development process for the last decade or so. Very different from the previous 30 years. That's just the beginning. It's a content-rich podcast. Hope you listen and enjoy. Looking forward to Doc's rebut." created="Sat, 11 Jan 2020 15:01:40 GMT" type="outline" enclosure="" enclosureType="audio/mpeg" enclosureLength="13377777" image=""/>
<outline text="It's a fact that XML can be used to serialize complex objects from all kinds of programming languages. I know this because I do it. Have been since 1998. So when a geek says on Twitter that you can't, he or she could get &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;pushback&lt;/a&gt; from me. Here's a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;thread&lt;/a&gt; that illustrates. Further, XML and JSON are equivalents as object serializers. I know because I generate both &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;JSON&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;XML&lt;/a&gt; versions of the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;feed&lt;/a&gt; for my blog. And as an experiment, my new XML-RPC implementation can use JSON encoding &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;everywhere&lt;/a&gt;, as an option. Of course there are not many servers that can understand this, so sticking with XML for now is the only practical option. I don't have any love for XML, but I do resent having to lose decades of progress for unrigorous technical thinking. I also don't like debating, anywhere, and especially not on Twitter. :rocket:" created="Sat, 11 Jan 2020 16:22:28 GMT"/>
<outline text="BTW, I recall now that there is an &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;issue&lt;/a&gt; with how to represent dateTime.iso8601 and base64 types in JSON. " created="Sat, 11 Jan 2020 16:51:03 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="A family story. My mother was a pure capitalist. She believed in hard work, being productive. She felt threatened by evidence of idleness. I drove her crazy. Even as a kid I would sometimes just sit in a chair in the living room of our apartment in Jackson Heights and think. Once she saw me sitting, lights off, no TV, no book, appearing to be doing nothing, and she lost her shit right there. Anyway, many years later, when I sold my company and then it went public, after years of begging me to get a job, her stock in the company was all of a sudden worth a lot of money. It was the only time I remember getting her unqualified approval. She boasted, even when I could hear, that I was profitable. In other words, the money and time she put into raising me made her money. &lt;span style=&quot;opacity: .5&quot;&gt;:heart:&lt;/span&gt;" created="Sat, 11 Jan 2020 16:58:36 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Interesting tweet&lt;/a&gt;, says that it was &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;19 years ago today&lt;/a&gt; that the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;enclosure&lt;/a&gt; element was added to RSS, by yours truly, in an effort to add &lt;i&gt;payloads&lt;/i&gt; to RSS. I looked it up, and they are right. And through the rest of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;January 2001&lt;/a&gt;, Adam and I were trying out neat hacks that could move large (for the day) audio and video files back and forth between our offices in California and Europe. Here's the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;piece&lt;/a&gt; I wrote that day explaining the idea. The site,, is gone, but the article is preserved in many places, including &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;;/a&gt;. " created="Sat, 11 Jan 2020 15:25:12 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="You want to know how bonded Doc and I are. That &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;day in 1999&lt;/a&gt; when we got his blog started, I saw he had a blue box in his office. I asked what it is. He didn't really know. I took it home with me, I didn't even ask permission. I realized even at the time this was &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;nervy&lt;/a&gt; of me, but Doc was happy that I did. Turns out it was a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Cobalt Qube&lt;/a&gt;, a revolutionary product, an &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;idea&lt;/a&gt; that seemed like the future in 1999, but sadly its future has yet to arrive. Hopefully this decade it will. (On second thought maybe it was the precursor of the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Raspberry Pi&lt;/a&gt;?)" created="Sat, 11 Jan 2020 15:16:38 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Naughton on Facebook" created="Sat, 11 Jan 2020 18:07:43 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;John Naughton wrote&lt;/a&gt; briefly about the difference between Facebook the company and Facebook the billion-user network. There aren't many people in journalism who see this dichotomy. He wrote to say he had a similar experience on the rail in the UK, viewing the backs of people's houses and wondering what their lives were like. " created="Sat, 11 Jan 2020 18:07:53 GMT">
<outline text="&lt;i&gt;I often do that when travelling by train in the UK in the dark, because British towns always turn their (unadorned, unguarded) backs to the railway while keeping their (brushed and spruced) fronts for the street or the road.&lt;/i&gt;" created="Sat, 11 Jan 2020 18:13:11 GMT"/>
<outline text="It's hard for those of us who predate Facebook to not feel challenged by it and even to reject it. But it is what it is. The open web didn't organize the world, Facebook did. I wish it were otherwise, of course. " created="Sat, 11 Jan 2020 18:09:36 GMT"/>
<outline text="Ignoring Facebook as a technology base that we'll build on in the future, would be like refusing to listen to the Beatles in the 60s. You could do it, but if you were a musician or any kind of artist really, you'd be missing a common language that all your users understand. You'd be ignoring an important tool."/>
<outline text="The real platform is the minds of all the people. " created="Sat, 11 Jan 2020 18:14:06 GMT"/>
<outline text="There's a book I read 30 years ago that opened my eyes to this -- &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Marketing Warfare&lt;/a&gt; by Ries and Trout. " created="Sat, 11 Jan 2020 18:14:15 GMT"/>
<outline text="People don't understand this &quot;battleground as the minds of the users&quot; idea is why people don't grok Bloomberg. He really gets it and has the resources to develop all this virgin territory that I'm sure he understands every bit as well as Trump or Murdoch. " created="Sat, 11 Jan 2020 18:10:26 GMT"/>
<outline text="Google's crawl-less index" created="Sat, 11 Jan 2020 16:00:34 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="I got an email from &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Seth Godin&lt;/a&gt; asking for clarification of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;one&lt;/a&gt; of yesterday's mini-posts about how Google can index the web without crawling." created="Sat, 11 Jan 2020 16:01:03 GMT"/>
<outline text="Doc said that Google and Bing are doing an increasingly bad job of archiving the history of the web. When he looks for something he wrote 20 years ago, the search engines can't reliably find it. He also said they're not indexing the current web like they used to. He experiences it thus: Google can't find one of his recent posts, but then after he visits it, presumably in Chrome, it can. " created="Sat, 11 Jan 2020 16:02:48 GMT"/>
<outline text="From this I conclude:" created="Sat, 11 Jan 2020 16:03:39 GMT" flBulletedSubs="true">
<outline text="Google isn't crawling his site. In the past it would check frequently updated pages, such as blogs, every few minutes, for new links. On discovering one, it would read it, add it to their index, and then it would be findable in Google. " created="Sat, 11 Jan 2020 16:04:27 GMT"/>
<outline text="But when he visits one of those pages in Chrome, then, a few minutes later it can be found in the search engine. It appears to be using Doc's human behavior to find new pages to index. They can do this now because they have a popular web browser, so they can retire their old method of discovering links and let the users do their crawling. " created="Sat, 11 Jan 2020 16:05:22 GMT"/>
<outline text="My own experience. For what it's worth, I've found that Google is still really good at finding my old stuff, as long as there are some good unique words I can search for. If I &lt;a href=&quot;;rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS743US747&amp;;aqs=chrome..69i57j69i58.9495j0j3&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8&quot;&gt;search&lt;/a&gt; for &quot;future-safe archives&quot; for example, it gives me back a really good set of results. But the other day I was trying to find something I wrote about Obama and his online social net he let dwindle after the 2008 election, and although I believe I wrote about this a number of times, I could only find one piece, by going to the January 2009 archive page and scanning it with my eyes. " created="Sat, 11 Jan 2020 16:07:07 GMT"/>
<outline text="Caveat: This is all based on tea-leave reading. Neither of us have any insight into what Google is actually doing to maintain its index. " created="Sat, 11 Jan 2020 16:20:33 GMT"/>
<outline text="January 10" created="Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:02:05 GMT" name="10">
<outline text="I've been wanting to bootstrap a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;podcast&lt;/a&gt; with &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Doc Searls&lt;/a&gt; for the longest time. When we get together, our conversations are fluid, and full of ideas and stories. In the last few years we've started to exchange voicemails using the iPhone voice memo app. A few days ago I said to &lt;a href=&quot;;t=h_&amp;ia=web&quot;&gt;Doc&lt;/a&gt;, in a voicemail of course, that we should try to do a podcast that was just a series of voicemails. Nothing more fancy than that. So here's &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Doc's first podcast&lt;/a&gt;, to kick things off. He talks about what I call &lt;a href=&quot;;t=h_&amp;ia=web&quot;&gt;future-safe archives&lt;/a&gt;. Ideas follow. I think we should &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;retire domains&lt;/a&gt; the way sports teams retire numbers. We should have a plan for how to preserve the web, not a photograph of the web (that's what does). BTW, since this podcast is part of, it is backed up every night. The original is on Amazon S3, which I think it is the most stable and affordable publicly available storage system. If it didn't exist, I'd be begging them to create it. " created="Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:51:53 GMT" type="outline" enclosure="" enclosureType="audio/mpeg" enclosureLength="5056575" image=""/>
<outline text="An interesting idea in Doc's &lt;i&gt;voicemailcast, &lt;/i&gt;apparently Google doesn't crawl the web these days, they use the addresses of pages that Chrome users visit. Makes total sense. It's why his pages don't show up in Google search until he goes there. Hadn't thought of this. " created="Fri, 10 Jan 2020 15:41:29 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="BTW, I thought the idea of a &lt;a href=&quot;;t=h_&amp;ia=web&quot;&gt;voicemailcast&lt;/a&gt; might be original, but alas the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;idea is described&lt;/a&gt; in a post in 2006." created="Fri, 10 Jan 2020 15:43:53 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Reminder: I just did a new release of &quot;XML-RPC&quot;, first since the early 2000s. The new reference version is written in JavaScript. " created="Fri, 10 Jan 2020 18:23:35 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;2016&lt;/a&gt;: &quot;If they can kill something that's worth $100 to reap $1 of value from the corpse, they see that as good business. That's the approach that has got our species into the climate change corner we're in.&quot;" created="Fri, 10 Jan 2020 18:33:39 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Bloomberg will continue&lt;/a&gt; to fund his digital operation even if he is not the nominee. Of course. What a powerful idea. A campaign that's for the good of the people more than it is for a specific candidate. Brilliant. This is just what I &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;wanted Obama to do&lt;/a&gt; when he won in 2008. Continue to run the digital operation after the election was settled. People underestimate Bloomberg. Think of him as a peer of Steve Jobs. Same depth of experience and success. A visceral understanding of tech and media." created="Fri, 10 Jan 2020 16:01:21 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Facebook is not bad" created="Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:02:06 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="One of the nice things about the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;nightly email&lt;/a&gt; distribution of &quot;Scripting News&quot; is that I hear directly from readers. Most of the responses are thoughtful and informative, and that's great. But sometimes I receive responses that are neither thoughtful or informative, like the one I received yesterday (author's name withheld so it isn't personal), quoted below." created="Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:12:04 GMT">
<outline text="&quot;Just because a billion people do something doesn’t mean the thing they do is good. Two examples: smoking tobacco and dumping CO2 into the atmosphere. Facebook use is undercutting democracy around the world. It’s not getting better. We need something like Wikipedia but in the Facebook arena.&quot;" created="Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:04:57 GMT"/>
<outline text="First, this was not written by a journalist, but it could have been. It's more or less the party line among journalists. " created="Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:05:07 GMT"/>
<outline text="Second, I am a former smoker, and it was definitely damaging my health, a cardiologist who had just operated on my heart said so. I stopped, and believe I am healthier as a result. I am still alive, and that's something. But I have to say there were positive things about smoking. I won't go into them here and now, I just want to say that they exist. " created="Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:05:57 GMT"/>
<outline text="Third, the correspondent is indulging in a logical falacy. It's true some popular things are bad, but that doesn't mean all popular things are bad, nor are all bad things bad in all ways. His second example &quot;dumping CO2 into the atmosphere&quot; is bad, but driving cars is often good. An ambulance that saves someone's life is dumping CO2 into the atmosphere. Later today I'm going to drive to get groceries. That's good. I use electricity to heat my house. On a cold night, where the temperature can go down into the teens, believe me &lt;i&gt;that's good. &lt;/i&gt;And to get the heat I am dumping CO2 into the atmosphere. " created="Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:06:44 GMT"/>
<outline text="As someone who uses Facebook, let me testify that many of the things that happen there are good, unique, empowering and fun -- things I wouldn't want to live without. These things are certainly worth &lt;i&gt;understanding&lt;/i&gt; before dismissing the whole medium. You can learn from something you don't like. A billion people doing something raises the question &quot;What are they doing?&quot; We should aspire to not dismiss before understanding, imho." created="Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:08:30 GMT"/>
<outline text="A little unsolicited advice. Don't be so rigid. If someone you respect says something is worth doing, if you dismiss it with a generalization you can't prove, you're missing something, and probably not just in this area. Living a creative and interesting life imho requires considering possibilities you might have rejected without much consideration, stepping outside your comfort zone. Keep an open mind. Challenge your assumptions." created="Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:10:33 GMT"/>
<outline text="Nowadays when you go to a baseball game there is never a moment when the PA system shuts up so you can talk about the game with your friends. This used to be one of the nicest things about going to a live game. The shared experience. Now they play commercials every minute that baseball isn't being played. On top of the $100 you paid for the seat. We are coerced into singing &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;God Bless America&lt;/a&gt;, a truly awful song, instead of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Take Me Out To the Ballgame&lt;/a&gt;, as a form of weak patriotism (weak because if they understood America, they'd realize that forcing people to pray to your god is about as un-American as it gets). We have to rise to thank the troops who protect our freedom in Afghanistan, even if you don't believe that's what's going on. That's the world that Facebook exists in. So if you don't like the commercialism of Facebook, the lies that advertisers tell, you should have the same feeling about America's national pastime. And Facebook isn't nearly that bad, btw. And some very good things happen there. " created="Fri, 10 Jan 2020 14:12:34 GMT"/>
<outline text="January 9" created="Thu, 09 Jan 2020 14:44:53 GMT" name="09">
<outline text="Followup on recent &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;threads&lt;/a&gt; re Facebook and journalism. Too much attention has been paid to Facebook the company, it's time to learn about the hundreds of millions of people who use Facebook, and what they're doing with it. " created="Thu, 09 Jan 2020 14:44:54 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Let me tell you a little story. When I was 14, I went to high school in the Bronx and lived in Queens. It was a 1.5 hour trip each way. I had a few choices but they all magically took the same amount of time. One of the routes was to take the &lt;a href=&quot;,+Flushing,+NY+11358/Main+St+%26+Roosevelt+Avenue,+Queens,+Queens+County,+NY/@40.7655943,-73.8268099,14z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x89c28a80780e9c3b:0xa8668e9b256999a4!2m2!1d-73.794882!2d40.769637!1m5!1m1!1s0x89c26011d8a8638d:0x3a7a296f0fbc67fc!2m2!1d-73.8301324!2d40.7595662!3e3&quot;&gt;Q16 bus to Main Street&lt;/a&gt;, then the &lt;a href=&quot;,+Queens,+Queens+County,+NY/Grand+Central+Terminal,+East+42nd+Street,+New+York,+NY/@40.7522944,-73.9738374,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x89c26011d8a8638d:0x3a7a296f0fbc67fc!2m2!1d-73.8301324!2d40.7595662!1m5!1m1!1s0x89c25a21fb011c85:0x37513b7f1821408b!2m2!1d-73.9772294!2d40.7527262!3e3&quot;&gt;7 train to Grand Central&lt;/a&gt;, and switch to the &lt;a href=&quot;,+East+42nd+Street,+New+York,+NY/The+Bronx+High+School+of+Science,+West+205th+Street,+The+Bronx,+NY/@40.8192919,-73.9978298,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x89c25a21fb011c85:0x37513b7f1821408b!2m2!1d-73.9772294!2d40.7527262!1m5!1m1!1s0x89c2f39fba19f047:0x456fa7ab9f9bae18!2m2!1d-73.890843!2d40.8783054!3e3&quot;&gt;4 train uptown&lt;/a&gt;. The &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Bedford Park Blvd station&lt;/a&gt; is two blocks from the school. One day on the train, I remember this really clearly, I was watching all the houses and apartment buildings we passed, first in Queens, then in the Bronx. Inside every window, I guessed, was a family, like my own, possibly. With their dramas and struggles, stories, victories, history, abuse, happiness, fear. I tried to imagine how each of them might live and realized in an overwhelming way that I could never begin to understand who they were. NYC, even then, was an ethnically and economically diverse place. Of course as we traveled through the city, the people on the train changed too. Very few of them were Bronx Science students. There were all kinds of people. Who knew what any of them were thinking. The point is this. The world is huge. To keep our sanity we have to simplify it, and to do that we have to ignore differences. The stories we tell ourselves little connection to reality. And so any general statement about a community as huge and diverse as Facebook is certain to miss the mark, widely. And most of what we read only focuses on the company, not the users. To have that appear as journalism is just wrong because journalism has a higher calling, to find out what's real, what's true, and then say that. " created="Thu, 09 Jan 2020 14:48:35 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Candidate Bloomberg" created="Thu, 09 Jan 2020 16:03:06 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="A couple of pieces just floated through my river. " created="Thu, 09 Jan 2020 16:03:12 GMT" flNumberedSubs="true">
<outline text="Maybe &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Nominating Bloomberg&lt;/a&gt; for President Isn’t a Crazy Idea " created="Thu, 09 Jan 2020 16:05:19 GMT"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Biden, Bloomberg&lt;/a&gt; have largest leads against Trump in Michigan poll" created="Thu, 09 Jan 2020 16:04:20 GMT"/>
<outline text="Amazing. And Bloomberg is just getting started." created="Thu, 09 Jan 2020 16:04:47 GMT"/>
<outline text="What people (mostly journos) overlook with Bloomberg is that he has mastered two very important things for a presidential candidate:" created="Thu, 09 Jan 2020 16:05:45 GMT" flNumberedSubs="true">
<outline text="Media" created="Thu, 09 Jan 2020 16:06:01 GMT"/>
<outline text="Tech" created="Thu, 09 Jan 2020 16:06:05 GMT"/>
<outline text="Think about who he is and how he thinks and how he made his fortune. A presidential campaign is not that different from his news org. In a way it's as if Steve Jobs didn't die, left Apple again, was mayor of NYC for 12 years, took some time off, made some more money and then decided to run for president. Bloomberg has mastered media and tech as much as Jobs ever did. Very different styles, but similar levels of accomplishment. Do not underestimate Bloomberg. " created="Thu, 09 Jan 2020 16:06:07 GMT"/>
<outline text="Nominating Bloomberg is not a crazy idea. He's a good fit for the country. A nice rebound from Trump." created="Thu, 09 Jan 2020 16:11:37 GMT"/>
<outline text="January 8" created="Wed, 08 Jan 2020 14:53:13 GMT" name="08">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Remarkable&lt;/a&gt;. Mike Lee, R-UT, says the Constitution requires he have a spine. Seems a little late to come to that conclusion. " created="Wed, 08 Jan 2020 21:53:15 GMT" type="tweet" urltweet="" tweetId="1215029150450368513" tweetUserName="davewiner"/>
<outline text="A diverse &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;thread&lt;/a&gt; on Twitter about judging Facebook. For me, a re-hash of the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;piece&lt;/a&gt; I wrote on January 3, about the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;scale&lt;/a&gt; of Facebook, and how the the story you hear most in journalism ignores the billion or so people who use Facebook and focuses on how they feel about the company. I've yet to see an act of journalism that didn't flaunt their conflict of interest. In the thread, Facebook has been &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;compared&lt;/a&gt; to a supermarket, NBC and Times Square. It is none of those things, it's much much bigger. It's a community of a billion or more users, and is as diverse as those people are. Most people in my experience have good intentions, and that's true on Facebook. Even the ones who aren't nice, are probably just struggling with something. I'd like to see a few journalists adopt the point of view that Facebook is not a simple place, can't be reduced to good or evil, isn't a product of one or two peoples' personalities, that it's made up of an incomprehensibly huge group of people, from everywhere. " created="Wed, 08 Jan 2020 21:09:46 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Search for &lt;a href=&quot;;t=h_&amp;ia=web&quot;&gt;Occam's News&lt;/a&gt; on" created="Wed, 08 Jan 2020 16:04:20 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Boeing, Iran and Ukraine&lt;/a&gt;. Sounds like &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Mission Impossible&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Wed, 08 Jan 2020 15:52:07 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="I got curious about the current &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;controversy&lt;/a&gt; over .org domains. So I &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;asked&lt;/a&gt; on Twitter: What's the concern over .org being privatized? How would that affect the .org domains you and I have registered? I haven't really been following this, should I?" created="Wed, 08 Jan 2020 14:53:14 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Dan Callahan writes&lt;/a&gt;: &quot;In addition to uncertainty around registration prices, there seems to be a whole lot of shady self-dealing, and no clear motive for the sale other than personally enriching ISOC and a private equity firm run by former ICANN executives.&quot;" created="Wed, 08 Jan 2020 14:57:11 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="January 7" created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 15:27:01 GMT" name="07">
<outline text="Good morning CSS &amp;lt;span&gt;s! :boom:" created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 15:27:02 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="In 1996, I &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;wrote a story&lt;/a&gt; for Upside, a dream really. I dreamt I was the CEO of Apple. Before Steve came back. I would buy a song, and make a new computer and drop the rest, and focus on getting developers to ship new products. Not all that different from what Steve did when he came back, except the part about developers. :boom:" created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 22:11:23 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Doc Searls overheard&lt;/a&gt;: &quot;The only question that matters in our time is how to have good effects that last longer than a tweet. Or a few seconds, whichever is longer.&quot; " created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 16:59:23 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="Yesterday when I posted the instructions for &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;how to share&lt;/a&gt; one of my blog posts to Facebook, in addition to trying to help a friend, I wanted to see for myself what the instructions would look like, in writing, without too much detail and without any steps omitted. The moral of the story is this. Come on Facebook, re-join the open web. Let's make it easy for people to do their writing outside Facebook for sharing inside. Let's make the wall of your silo so permeable that it ceases to be a silo. On Twitter I was asked why I keep beating this drum when it seems so unlikely that Facebook cares. I do it because I want to create a historic record, this has always been a big part of my blogging. I want to remember what sharing across silo walls was like in 2020. Maybe we'll look back and marvel that it was once this convoluted. Or maybe we'll marvel that it could be done at all. No one knows. But part of the reason I blog is to create a record. That's why I care so much about &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;bigco's&lt;/a&gt; trying to erase that record for selfish reasons. " created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 15:27:38 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="I appreciate the shout out yesterday from &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Evan Williams&lt;/a&gt;, a former competitor who has gone on to make billions as co-founder of Twitter. It's nice that he still reads my blog, even though I have said some critical things about Medium, but all in the spirit of trying to make the web work better. Hope they have been received that way. I learned from reading his post that he has moved to New York. I think that's a good move, from San Francisco, which as a born-and-bred NYer has always seemed really small to me. Of course I've now moved to a much much smaller place. Anyway Ev if you're reading this, thanks for the kind words. :rocket:" created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 15:32:06 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="A lot of people I knew years ago who have gone on to great success are keeping their distance. I wish they wouldn't. I have had my own experience with success, having been part of a tech IPO in the 80s, and creating a bunch of the tech in the 90s and 00s that we take for granted today. Some people may think I'm poor. I am not. The stock and real estate markets have made it pretty easy to build on a modest nest egg. But our humanity is so much more important than the ways we measure success and influence. Ultimately, no matter how rich any of us are, we don't really attain the influence we feel we deserve. I've learned that from burying two parents, both of whom had very strong opinions. Today, years after they are gone, well, no one really cares about what they thought. I care about them as my parents, the people who raised and cared for me, and I care about their struggles and accomplishments insofar as it was central to who they were. But their influence now is nil, and sadly, it was probably pretty close to that when they were alive. That's reality. So if we enjoyed each others' company before, if we learned from each other in the past, your great success shouldn't matter, it shouldn't be a barrier to more fun. " created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 15:34:49 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="The three stories" created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 21:12:02 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="Journalism knows three stories:" created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 21:12:14 GMT" flNumberedSubs="true">
<outline text="Both sides do it. " created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 21:12:23 GMT"/>
<outline text="It's a horse race." created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 21:12:28 GMT"/>
<outline text="Watergate 2.0." created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 21:12:32 GMT"/>
<outline text="Imaginary press conference" created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 18:07:04 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="REPORTER: What was the name of the contractor who was killed?" created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 18:07:21 GMT"/>
<outline text="POMPEO: Schumann. I believe his friends called him &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Old Shoe&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 18:07:34 GMT"/>
<outline text="Charley Hustle and the Hall of Fame" created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 15:57:14 GMT" type="outline" description="I refuse to give up the last bastion of intolerant assholery and political incorrectness -- sports. ">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;partner=rss&quot;&gt;Kyrie Irving says&lt;/a&gt; he may need shoulder surgery. As you may know I am &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;not a huge fan&lt;/a&gt; of his. NY didn't need him. And it's obvious he didn't really want to play for the Nets or in NY, he wanted to play with &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;KD&lt;/a&gt;. And until KD his healed, Kyrie would prefer to sit on the sideline." created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 15:55:51 GMT"/>
<outline text="Reminds me that the other day I saw a comment about Pete Rose and how he belongs in the Hall of Fame, and I couldn't agree more. For so many reasons." created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 16:22:21 GMT"/>
<outline text=" &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Statistically&lt;/a&gt; it's a no-brainer. He has more hits, more singles, more at-bats, more games played, more outs than any other player in MLB history. He was &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Moneyball&lt;/a&gt; before there was Moneyball. " created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 15:57:36 GMT"/>
<outline text="And then there's &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Charlie Hustle&lt;/a&gt;. Who else would dive &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;head-first&lt;/a&gt; into second with no helmet? Is he even wearing gloves? Hard to tell. He should be in the Hall of Fame for this alone." created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 16:37:54 GMT"/>
<outline text="Charley Hustle. " created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 15:58:41 GMT" inlineImage=""/>
<outline text="So I said all that. And Alan Cooper who I know to otherwise be a reasonable person, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;asked&lt;/a&gt; if I would pardon Jeffrey Epstein (enslaver and sexual violator of children) or Nixon (defiler of the Constitution) because I would forgive Pete Rose for betting on his own team. I responded to Cooper that there is an obvious difference between Pete Rose and the others, &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;sports&lt;/a&gt;. In sports we get to be judgmental assholes. You may hate Pete Rose, I love him. I loved him as a kid, because he taught me what passion was. It makes total sense to me that a man like that, too old to play the game himself, would indulge in gambling on the game, even when it was against the rules. " created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 15:59:29 GMT"/>
<outline text="We are too intolerant of different points of view on social networks. But I refuse to give up the last bastion of intolerant assholery and political incorrectness -- sports. So I'll keep on loving Pete Rose and you can keep hating him, and life goes on. No one is the worse for it. " created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 16:02:07 GMT"/>
<outline text="BTW -- in tech, where both Alan and I come from, we bet on our own teams all the time. It's the norm. We give people the means to bet themselves, hoping it'll motivate them. Even in sports there are performance incentives. Players are given bonuses if they achieve a specific stat, or their team makes the playoffs. I could see being pissed if a manager bet &lt;i&gt;against&lt;/i&gt; their team, but betting in favor the team? I don't know, but I just don't see the problem. In any case, he's going to be in the HoF when he's dead. Let him enjoy the acceptance and love now. Inside that old body is Charlie Hustle, let him in, if not for him, for the kids he inspired. " created="Tue, 07 Jan 2020 16:03:04 GMT"/>
<outline text="January 6" created="Mon, 06 Jan 2020 14:59:58 GMT" name="06">
<outline text="We live in an occupied country." created="Mon, 06 Jan 2020 16:34:17 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Joan Walsh&lt;/a&gt;: &quot;If Bolton says he'll comply with a Senate subpoena, on what grounds could he refuse a House subpoena?&quot;" created="Mon, 06 Jan 2020 19:58:21 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="If Bolton were a patriot, imho, he'd arrange to give testimony in the House asap." created="Mon, 06 Jan 2020 19:33:37 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I write about my blog on Twitter. I write about Facebook on my blog. I refuse to give up on the open web. " created="Mon, 06 Jan 2020 19:48:56 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="The thing that was so frustrating about the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;piece&lt;/a&gt; from Jason Linkins in the New Republic is that he is the kind of user we need on the open web. They see it as we deserted them, but as a developer who needs smart driven creative and friendly users, when you guys left, and decided to pour your brilliance into Twitter and Facebook instead, you helped drive the downward spiral. &lt;i&gt;Users matter. &lt;/i&gt;That's the thing I've never been able to communicate to users. Stop being sheep. Choose. It may be a little harder, you may have to give up some features at first, but if you support a creative individual developer, you could be amazed at the new power they can and will create for you. Work with developers who make tools you like. Help them. " created="Mon, 06 Jan 2020 16:05:52 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Postscript on the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;email outage&lt;/a&gt;. Problem solved. The mails went out last night. A perfect programming job for a Sunday. Correctly sized up the problem, determined the solution, implemented and tested all within a couple of hours, in time to take a walk and then watch &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;the Knicks lose&lt;/a&gt; to the Clippers, and started reading a new excellent &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;science fiction novel&lt;/a&gt; chosen from a list I can't find now. Today, the first day back to work in the New Year, I have no idea what to work on next. I'm going to look for something small and self-contained. I also &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;documented&lt;/a&gt; the previously undocumented package, so maybe someone else will benefit from the work. " created="Mon, 06 Jan 2020 14:59:59 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Careful mate, that foreigner wants your cookie!" created="Mon, 06 Jan 2020 18:52:29 GMT" type="outline" inlineImage=""/>
<outline text="Sometimes on FB people say the kind of stuff you hear on CNN from opinioneers whose job it is to say something even when there isn't anything to say. You listen to these people, and it's just a word salad of non-sentences that have absolutely no meaning. Then the host that you somewhat admire (e.g. Tapper, Melber) says that's an excellent point, Pete or that gets you thinking Gloria, and you realize they're just filling time with words that really have no meaning, and you're just wasting your time, you could learn more watching a Law &amp; Order rerun for the 18th time. At least they're getting paid to do it. But on FB, there's just no call for it." created="Mon, 06 Jan 2020 19:42:59 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Sharing on Facebook" created="Mon, 06 Jan 2020 15:30:15 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Howard Weaver&lt;/a&gt; asked how to share a post from Scripting News to Facebook. These days this is how I do it. " created="Mon, 06 Jan 2020 15:29:04 GMT" flNumberedSubs="true">
<outline text="Open &quot;Scripting News&quot; in its own browser window. This makes it easier to go back and forth, which we're going to have to do several times. " created="Mon, 06 Jan 2020 15:30:53 GMT"/>
<outline text="Click on the purple pound sign to the right of the post you want to share. " created="Mon, 06 Jan 2020 15:42:52 GMT"/>
<outline text="Take a screen shot of the post. Here's how I do it on the Mac. Press Cmd-Shift-4, to go into Screen Shot mode. You can let up the keys after pressing them. Move the mouse to the upper left corner of the area you want to copy, click and hold, then drag to the lower right corner and let up the mouse. The screen shot is now on the clipboard." created="Mon, 06 Jan 2020 15:31:12 GMT" image=""/>
<outline text="Open Facebook in another window. Navigate to the place you want to drop the shared post. Click in the text box, and press Cmd-V (on the Mac) to paste the screen shot. Do not submit the post yet, there's more to do." created="Mon, 06 Jan 2020 15:32:33 GMT"/>
<outline text="Go back to the browser window with the Scripting News post, click in the address bar. Cmd-A if necessary to select the whole address and copy it to the clipboard (Cmd-C). Switch back into Facebook and paste the address into the message. " created="Mon, 06 Jan 2020 15:33:34 GMT"/>
<outline text="One more time, go back to the post and select a provocative phrase or sentence from the post. Something that'll catch the readers' interest. Select, Copy, switch into Facebook, Paste. " created="Mon, 06 Jan 2020 15:31:13 GMT"/>
<outline text="Now you're ready to post. Review what's there to make sure everything is as you'd like it and then click the Post button. " created="Mon, 06 Jan 2020 15:35:57 GMT"/>
<outline text="PS: Of course I shared this post &lt;a href=&quot;;set=a.113966572144090&amp;type=3&amp;theater&quot;&gt;on Facebook&lt;/a&gt;. :boom:" created="Mon, 06 Jan 2020 15:46:18 GMT"/>
<outline text="January 5" created="Sun, 05 Jan 2020 14:35:09 GMT" name="05">
<outline text="Iran has the kind of opportunity the US had after 9/11. We had the whole world behind us. Had we shown restraint, we could have cemented our &quot;sole superpower&quot; status. Instead of spending trillions on unwinnable wars, we could have put that money into infrastructure. Rebuilt our school system. By now those kids would be in the workforce, kicking ass competitively. We would be solving problems. Amazingly Iran is in a similar place now. The US is the bad guy, the terrorist, with an unprovoked attack of apparently similar scale as the terrorist attacks of 9/11. In addition to helping Iran, it would help the people of the United States to get our country off the insane path it's on. By not responding, you deprive Trump of an enemy, and win the support of the world, including in the US. This is how the world wins. " created="Sun, 05 Jan 2020 15:50:52 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="This is so typical. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Journalist says&lt;/a&gt; the “good internet” ended when Google shut down Reader. Millions of users figured out how to use RSS without Google. I wonder what else this guy misses because he’s not willing to do a bit of research. " created="Sun, 05 Jan 2020 19:05:19 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;This song&lt;/a&gt; is going through my head like &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;All Along the Watchtower&lt;/a&gt; was in Battlestar Galactica. I hadn't heard it in years, but there it was, going round and round. There must be some way out of here. " created="Sun, 05 Jan 2020 17:47:16 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Trump is like the Knicks, he makes everyone look good. It's like playing checkers with someone who has no idea there is a game or has any idea of what the rules are. Rules? He just &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;does things&lt;/a&gt;. " created="Sun, 05 Jan 2020 17:34:15 GMT" type="outline" urlvideo=""/>
<outline text="Email congestion" created="Sun, 05 Jan 2020 17:52:13 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="Last night's emails didn't go out because I exceeded the rate limit with the service provider we use. It's good that more people subscribed to the emails. I've sent the service provider a request to increase the rate limit. Apologies. " created="Sun, 05 Jan 2020 14:35:10 GMT"/>
<outline text="I've also added code to my nightly mail-sending app to limit the rate at which we send emails. Previously we sent them out the pipe as fast as we can. Since computers these days are very fast, that's a lot of emails in a very short time. The new code sends mail a max of ten messages per second. It's possible that's the rate limit we exceeded. A lot of times this software stuff is like boxing with an invisible opponent. A very unreasonable opponent. :boom:" created="Sun, 05 Jan 2020 15:58:39 GMT"/>
<outline text="Node devs: The package is &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;davemail&lt;/a&gt;, the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;source&lt;/a&gt; is on GitHub. " created="Sun, 05 Jan 2020 17:11:30 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="January 4" created="Sat, 04 Jan 2020 16:47:56 GMT" name="04">
<outline text="A &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;proportional response&lt;/a&gt; by Iran would be to assassinate one of Trump's direct reports, for example, the VP or Secretary of State, Attorney General, Secretary of Defense. " created="Sat, 04 Jan 2020 21:24:18 GMT" type="tweet" tweetId="1213572520495984650" tweetUserName="davewiner"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;'s_law%22&quot;&gt;Why do you rob banks&lt;/a&gt;? That's where the money is. " created="Sat, 04 Jan 2020 17:27:09 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Most people are good&lt;/a&gt;, and most people are on Facebook." created="Sat, 04 Jan 2020 16:47:57 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Biden is right. The election is for the Soul of the Nation. " created="Sat, 04 Jan 2020 23:00:07 GMT" type="outline" inlineImage=""/>
<outline text="January 3" created="Fri, 03 Jan 2020 15:25:57 GMT" name="03">
<outline text="Who’s freaking out over the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Soleimani&lt;/a&gt; assassination? &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;This guy&lt;/a&gt;." created="Sat, 04 Jan 2020 02:11:29 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Dear &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Jack&lt;/a&gt; -- &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;this&lt;/a&gt; is ridiculous. Why can't we use the native text capabilities that all our computers and mobile devices have? This is an embarrassment not just for Twitter, but for the entire tech community. We &lt;i&gt;have&lt;/i&gt; to do better than this." created="Fri, 03 Jan 2020 15:42:04 GMT" type="outline" urltweet=""/>
<outline text="I was asked what I said in &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;March 2003&lt;/a&gt; as the war in Iraq started. That's why I have a blog. Not only can you see what I said, but I included what lots of other people said too. " created="Fri, 03 Jan 2020 15:26:41 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I wonder if today’s young folk appreciate how boomers, as children, were sure we’d die all young in a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;nuclear holocaust&lt;/a&gt;? Might be an interesting perspective to consider. " created="Fri, 03 Jan 2020 15:25:58 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="New header &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;image&lt;/a&gt;, of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Olderbark Mountain&lt;/a&gt;. Previous &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;image&lt;/a&gt; was Christmas-themed. Christmas did not bring peace this year, unfortunately. " created="Fri, 03 Jan 2020 16:35:01 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I want to clear something up. I do not equate the net with Facebook. However a lot of people do. That's where you have to meet them. If you want to go forward with them, Facebook is where they are. Why do you rob banks? That's where the money is. ;-)" created="Fri, 03 Jan 2020 22:13:12 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="When we talk about Facebook" created="Fri, 03 Jan 2020 21:43:02 GMT" type="outline" description="Facebook isn't any one thing, it's everything. ">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;1997&lt;/a&gt;: &quot;The press only knows three stories, Apple is dead, Microsoft is evil, and Java is the future.&quot; In 2020, Apple is alive, no one worries about Microsoft's character, and Java is no longer the future. " created="Fri, 03 Jan 2020 21:44:07 GMT"/>
<outline text="But Facebook? According to journalism, Facebook is a bad place. Facebook is a place you don't want to go. Reality is as the great &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Yogi Berra&lt;/a&gt; said: &quot;No one goes there anymore, it's too crowded.&quot; That's Facebook. It isn't any one thing, it's everything. " created="Fri, 03 Jan 2020 21:45:02 GMT"/>
<outline text="The scale of Facebook is hard to imagine. To say Facebook is like a low-life bar (something one of my correspondents on Twitter &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;said&lt;/a&gt;) would be like saying NYC is a low-life bar. Ridiculous. NYC has 8.6 million people. It has art museums, libraries, great restaurants, office buildings, millions of homes and families to go with them. Two baseball stadiums. Two airports. Dozens of schools and universities. It's a big place but Facebook is much much much bigger. Let's say Facebook has a billion users. That means it's 125 times the size of NYC. The people who go to Facebook are not low-lifers, they're your friends and family, colleagues, classmates, people in power, retired people, rich and poor, from every continent. What is happening on Facebook? Does anyone have the slightest idea? Even the Facebook company probably only has a very aggregated view of what goes on there. " created="Fri, 03 Jan 2020 21:45:42 GMT" image=""/>
<outline text="I have a hunch that Facebook is where journalism is rebooting. I know we're supposed to scoff at the idea of people doing it for themselves, helping each other get the info they need, but if there's going to be a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;local news desert&lt;/a&gt;, something has to fill the gap. Just because professional journalism is leaving localities (which includes non-geographic locales like industries and professions), does that mean we must live without journalism? I think not. We need journalism, and we'll have it, imho." created="Fri, 03 Jan 2020 21:53:19 GMT"/>
<outline text="Professional journalism does not respect online. Look at &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Farhad Manjoo's latest&lt;/a&gt;. What a trip. Some of my friends in Woodstock don't use Facebook for the reasons he outlines. Why? Because they heard it from him, or another NYT reporter or columnist, and believed it. My friends didn't find this out themselves, because if they looked, asked for pointers from friends (for example me), they would have found their people there. If they hang out with evil people, that's probably what they'd find. Or if they live with aging hippies (as in the place I live now) then that's what they'd find. Billions of people can't all be as bad and stupid as a columnist in the NYT says they are. And remember that Manjoo has reasons to want you not to like Facebook. His &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;salary&lt;/a&gt; depends on it. :smile:" created="Fri, 03 Jan 2020 21:55:20 GMT"/>
<outline text="Inline images in Old School" created="Fri, 03 Jan 2020 17:33:57 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="Wherein I report a new feature added yesterday. " created="Fri, 03 Jan 2020 17:35:02 GMT">
<outline text="Yesterday I added a new image type to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Old School&lt;/a&gt;, the blogging platform I use to publish &quot;Scripting News&quot;. I can now add an image to a post that is not in the right margin, it's centered on the page, above the text that serves as its caption. This is an example of such a post. Then I added a nice border, and padding, and made the text a bit smaller to be more like a caption. " created="Fri, 03 Jan 2020 17:11:52 GMT" inlineImage=""/>
<outline text="January 2" created="Thu, 02 Jan 2020 13:59:24 GMT" name="02">
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Roberts says&lt;/a&gt; we take democracy for granted. I think with his Citizens United and Voting Rights Act decisions, he does." created="Thu, 02 Jan 2020 17:00:35 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="I keep thinking today is Sunday." created="Thu, 02 Jan 2020 15:52:29 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Facebook may be today's equivalent of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Ma Bell&lt;/a&gt;." created="Thu, 02 Jan 2020 15:55:19 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Journalism has some people believing that there's nothing good about online. That they should stay away from Facebook. It's not safe. But it's where people go now. Billions. I'm not happy about that, but it is what it is. Saying online is dangerous is like saying the subway is dangerous. But if you live in New York, you probably want to take the subway. Driving is dangerous. Everything is. Life itself isn't safe. It's a mix. You have to learn to discern. But most people are good, and most people are on Facebook. And it pisses me off that a few of my neighbors won't use Facebook, and when I ask why, they repeat the talking points of the journalists, almost verbatim. We perceive the world of today as being more dangerous than the world we grew up in. In fact, today's world is &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;much safer&lt;/a&gt;. Perceptions that come from listening to journalism too much. It seems, knowing this, it would be responsible to temper their promotion of fear. It creates an obstacle we have to overcome. But they keep at it. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Stay away little person&lt;/a&gt;. Online is dangerous. Better to stay safe. " created="Thu, 02 Jan 2020 14:28:25 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="If the NYT covered NYC as they cover FB they would never run a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;piece&lt;/a&gt; like this about the Knicks. What they fail to convey in their reporting, probably because they don't feel it, is that FB is much larger than NYC. And as diverse and interesting." created="Thu, 02 Jan 2020 17:14:51 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Speaking of Facebook, yesterday I posted &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;something&lt;/a&gt; intended to be wistful and introspective that some people took as a cry for help. Funny how that works. I said this: &quot;Honestly I never thought I’d make it to 2020.&quot; Now it's 100 percent my fault there was confusion. Going back to the 1960s, when we had &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;duck and cover drills&lt;/a&gt; in school, we all thought for sure we'd die in a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;nuclear holocaust&lt;/a&gt; long before 2020. If you had asked me then what were the chances I'd be alive in 2020, I probably would have said &quot;No one will be alive in 2020.&quot; But here we are. :boom:" created="Thu, 02 Jan 2020 15:34:47 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Melo scores&lt;/a&gt;, at the Garden, yesterday… The announcer doesn’t sing &lt;i&gt;carrrrr mell ohhhhhh annn thonnnnnnn eeeee.&lt;/i&gt; They could have done it, just once, for the goosebumps. " created="Thu, 02 Jan 2020 14:05:03 GMT" type="outline"/>
<outline text="Soon we'll be able to write the epitaph of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Melo&lt;/a&gt; as a basketball player. If I were to write it today it'd go like this. Melo is not &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;LeBron&lt;/a&gt; and he's not &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;JR Smith&lt;/a&gt;. LeBron is a general, a warrior. JR Smith is a joker, prankster, doper, partier. All three can shoot like nobody's business. Melo is a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Black Lab&lt;/a&gt;. He's a pet. He should have been teamed up with LeBron or someone like him. He'd make a great #2. But he was miscast as the hero of the Knicks, so the Melo Knicks were losers. But because he's so sweet and he has a great shot, New York loves Melo. " created="Thu, 02 Jan 2020 14:06:17 GMT" type="outline" image=""/>
<outline text="Three years ago" created="Thu, 02 Jan 2020 13:59:25 GMT" type="outline">
<outline text="This cartoon comes closest to describing the dismay of people who did not vote for Trump about people who did. No matter what you may believe, how could crashing the country possibly be better than trying to work together? I'm not talking about parties working together, or news networks, I'm talking about people, American-to-American." created="Thu, 02 Jan 2020 13:59:28 GMT"/>
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<outline text="January 1" created="Wed, 01 Jan 2020 13:09:25 GMT" name="01">
<outline text="I never thought I'd make it this far. :smile: " created="Wed, 01 Jan 2020 13:09:26 GMT" type="outline"/>
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