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Humanist technologist. Equality and adventures.

I co-founded Elgg and Known, worked on Medium, and now invest in innovative media startups to support a stronger democracy at Matter.

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An aside: I've stopped displaying brid.gy webmentions publicly on my site at http://werd.io. Facebook friends were complaining.

Brid.gy is an awesome way to take silo comments (on Facebook and Twitter, etc) and host them on your site so you have them.

WordPress is still the most customizable way for non-developers to host their own websites.

"I want to monetize *my* way [...] So, how does someone who's not a developer take her shit back from Facebook?" @anomalily

"I want to document that I made it." @anomalily wants to host her own work, and attach to her identity, so she can show it's hers.

Says @anomalily: "I am not a developer". But she's been building and hosting her own website, on her terms, for 20 years.

Webmention, micropub and websub are huge, and simple to integrate, ingredients for adding social functionality to the web itself.

Websub, the publish/subscribe protocol formerly known as pubsubhubbub, is a W3C candidate recommendation. https://www.w3.org/TR/websub/

Micropub, a lightweight, standard API for publishing to any website, is also now a W3C recommendation. https://www.w3.org/TR/micropub/

Webmention, a lightweight spec for social interactions across websites, is now a W3C recommendation. https://www.w3.org/TR/webmention/

Controlling your own identity online goes hand in hand with building a more respectful internet. https://www.futurehosting.com/blog/the-indieweb-movement-will-help-people-control-their-own-web-presence/

principles:
Make your site for you, on your terms
Human experience before tech
Easy-to-use building blocks
A plurality of projects

Aaron posts discussions, activity tracking, events and quantified self data on his own site at https://aaronparecki.com/.

If you've got a problem, yo, I'll solve it; check out the code while our organizers resolve it.

If only there was a way to share portions of the audio newsletter ... cc @jimpick

At Summit 2017 here in Portland. So many amazing people - but very much missing @kevinmarks and @kylewmahan.

Desirability: will the dog eat the dogfood?
Viability: will the dog hunt?
Feasibility: can we build the dog?
Selfdogfood: the dog is you.

*looks at watch*
*is not wearing Apple Watch*
"Alexa, what time i--"
*is in hotel room*

1. What have I become?
2. It's only a matter of time before our personal Siris / Alexas follow us everywhere.

I really like watching TV shows and movies. I'm not at all a fan of having to cast from my phone (hi, Chromecast), or HDMI a laptop (ugh).

Flying to PDX tonight for IndieWeb Summit 2017. Looking forward to meeting folks and discussing an independent web. https://2017.indieweb.org/

I suspect I think more than most people about end of life planning. Life Folder is making it easier: https://life-folder.com/

Journalists work long hours and have a poor work / life balance. All jobs should let people have lives. http://www.poynter.org/2017/is-the-news-business-unfair-to-journalists-with-children-poynters-readers-respond/464239/

New Media Ventures has become such an important force for good. Delighted to have met many of these startups. http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/20/technology/startups/new-media-ventures-funding-progressive-startups/index.html

If you need technical leadership mentoring, Jean Hsu has you covered. http://jeanhsu.com

Ferdinand the Bull is a pacifist classic that was praised by Gandhi and banned by both Franco and Hitler. It was one of my favorites as a child, will be one of the first books I read to my hypothetical children, and it deserves a much, much, much better movie than this looks like it will be. https://youtu.be/HBXVM7oUPVk

Such a smart analysis of the Amazon / Whole Foods deal. https://stratechery.com/2017/amazons-new-customer/

"Imagine my horror at discovering that the United States is more calcified by class than Britain." So much yes: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/10/opinion/sunday/stop-pretending-youre-not-rich.html

I found this interview with the founder of Five Guys to be really touching. Nice Father's Day listening. https://play.radiopublic.com/1c5d5431-de6f-40e1-be9e-335fc675f1b7/ep/s1!fd7131e9b24685d84d09aabbae8a73f08283932e