Posts from November 2022
As they walked the planet was visible through the ship’s dome, blue-green against velvet blackness. “So they organized society around this ‘money’,” she said, still unable to believe what she was hearing.
“Correct,” he replied, “and those with the most were venerated above all others and seen as a source of safety and security.”
“And this ‘Douglas Adams’ that you mentioned?”
“He was one of the few who realized the whole thing was a bad idea.”
Well, originally I was using bridgy-fed to stitch this blog directly into the fediverse, but after running into various challenges, I’m going to try bridgy instead and just syndicate to my personal Mastodon account. Let’s see how this goes!
Every now and then I think about growing my beard back. But I quickly realize that’s not a commitment I’m willing to make…
Journalling, for me, is a kind of ritual during which I enter into a conversation with myself and all those little demons floating around inside my head and we all get to know each other a bit bit better.
Today, I’m grateful that, by making the choice to post to my blog and syndicate from there, I’ve been able to retain control over my posts even if I delete them from Twitter.
I hoped that Elon wouldn’t go nuts with moderation thanks to advertiser pressure, but with this tweet it’s official and so I’m shutting down my bird account. Follow me on Mastodon or my blog if you dare!
I kinda wonder what it must’ve been like in the old days when staying updated on world news meant occasionally getting a month-old letter from a relative, delivered via ocean liner…
Trawling through the Micro.blog discover feed or the timeline of my preferred Mastodon instance feels like the intellectual equivalent of grazing…
Review of Circe by Madeline Miller (9780316556347)★★★★(https://b-ark.ca/m4yQGI)
I noticed I haven’t written a long-form post in quite a while so I figured I’d get back into it with a review of Circe.
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--neither powerful like her father nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power: the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts, and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from or with the mortals she has come to love.
I have to admit it’s been a while since I read Circe, so this review is probably gonna be a) a bit short, and b) based on fuzzy recollections. But, I’ll do my best with what I can recall.
If you’ve not heard of the book, Circe is a mythological retelling, and I have to admit, I really wish I was more familiar with my Greek mythology because, even based on the limited knowledge I do have, Madeline Miller’s work in adapting this tale is really pretty astonishing. Through beautiful prose and incredible characterization she manages to find the humanity in this ancient and epic story.Continue reading...
So I just started using fed.brid.gy for stitching my blog into the Fediverse (which is also a static site), and I think maybe it’ll do what you need? In fact, this reply you’re reading now is actually posted on my blog (if you click the permalink it’ll take you directly there).
Ladies and gentlemen take my advice, pull down your pants and slide on the ice.
An ActivityPub feed for a blog is absolutely doable, it just requires work. For example, a quick search turns up an ActivityPub plugin for Wordpress. Heck, micro.blog supports it natively. There’s also bots out there that’ll auto-syndicate posts from an RSS feed to a Mastodon account. Unfortunately it’s just not very widely available or adopted (yet!).
Given my job these days I forget how much I enjoy throwing on a set of headphones, putting my favourite album on repeat, firing up Vim, and willing something into existing that didn’t exist before I started.
I figured it was about time to try and stitch my blog into the fediverse. Is this thing on?
You gotta give Elon credit, he’s come up with a surprisingly novel, if expensive, method of finally driving people out of their social media silos and into the arms of the indieweb and fediverse…
Well, I’ve removed the ‘blog’ subdomain from my site, which was both seemingly simple and yet likely to break things in subtle and unexpected ways…
I finally got the tools and swapped my own winter tires this year. It was the greatest sense of real personal accomplishment that I’ve felt in a long time…
Given the recent purchase of Twitter I’m sure glad that all of my posts start on my blog and then syndicate elsewhere. It’s a lot easier to ignore Musk’s gyrations when you know you can drop Twitter any time you like…