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Weeknotes #1

Weeknotes for Feb 23rd 2019

Published by Vincent Pickering
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I’ve been wanting to give this week notes thing a try for a while, I think it will help me develop my writing style and be a place for bits and pieces that don’t belong anywhere else.

IndieWeb

I spent some free time this week ironing out some bugs in Mastr Cntrl related to bookmarks and (finally) getting the indieweb part of syndication done. I decided I would add some frontmatter to each article or note I wished to syndicate. I wanted this to be something I can automate via using the syndication data supplied to a micropub client, but also a way for me to manually add to a hand cranked post. Finally, it was important to me that this was a per post thing, I don’t just want to machine gun all my notes to Twitter. It’s not always a good idea to just post content to a social network without thinking!

For the time being I am using Zapier to post in to Twitter, it’s the lowest rent option. But eventually I’ll swap this out for something that pushes the copy from the indieweb server.

Microformats

Last week I pushed out a large change to the design of the website, better aligning it to the content I am supplying. Its been a good first step to better representing my content, alongside this I rewrote my Microformats data. I had multiple bugs that were resulting in my Webmentions not being interpreted correctly.

This has paved the way for me to finally begin using a social reader and I’m happy to report (so far) I can send webmentions and view data correctly. I’m quite amazed at what I have built and how seamlessly it has worked. It’s a testament to how well thought out the decentralisation process is and the great people who work tirelessly on the IndieWeb.

New Zealand

Much of the last 2 years has been taken up making my families move to New Zealand a reality. It finally feels real. I’ve accepted a job, sold my house, applied for Visas, arranged the move. In 6 weeks I’ll be starting a whole new life and I can’t wait.

Sparkline Graphs

I spent some time today creating a template I can use for sparkline graphs in SVG. This weeks graph is a sorry state, its the two tiny horizontal lines above.

Music

I bought a few albums this week, I finally picked up the Magic Sword album that I really thought I already owned, but apparently didn’t and this inspired me to go looking for more music and discover some new artists. To my delight I discovered Emil Rottmayer and his album Descend which is a dreamy 80s infused electronic soundscape.

Other notable artists to check out I discovered this week:

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Simon Wilson Simon Wilson

New Zealand is go? 👍🏼

Juan Fernandes Juan Fernandes

Wow that's amazing. Loved NZ ♥️

Paul Robert Lloyd Paul Robert Lloyd

Yay! New Zealand hey… mind packing me into your suitcase…?