Replied to a post on waterpigs.co.uk :
*whistles at you quizzically*
Thoughts about #microformats whilst reading Lakoff’s Women, Fire and Dangerous Things — mf vocabularies e.g. h-card, h-entry, h-event are basic-level categories, the level at which:
it is easiest for humans to learn and reason about,
we have the shortest, most common names for them,
defined by how we interact with them
E.g. h-entry ≈ “post”
extremely common on the web
well-defined interaction patterns e.g. writing, posting, replying, reading, browsing through a feed, searching for/within, liking, reposting, quoting etc.
Rather than RDF or schema.org which seek to create pure, objectivist, hierarchies of categories — our brains simply don’t work like that.
If you want (relatively) fast, go small: Mite sets new fastest land animal record sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140427191124.htm — questioning the upper limit of relative speed/stride frequency:
"When the values for mites are compared with data from other animals, they indicate that, if there is an upper limit, we haven't found it yet."
Shipped this weekend during #indiewebcamp NYC: github.com/taproot/subscriptions, the beginnings of a toolkit which makes subscribing to web content as easy as it should be.
Had a great time remote-participating, thanks to the organisers for setting it up and everyone who came!
Identified next personal #indieweb block after some false starts: toolkit which makes not only subscribing to content but maintaining subscriptions+crawling historical content extremely easy.
Basic requirement for compelling services:
all of which I’ve started building separately before realising that it makes much more sense for them to all be the same thing.
Made a lot of progress on foundations this afternoon, code still in domain-specific anti-spam tool repo github.com/barnabywalters/shrewdness but nearly ready to be packaged up and put to use!