Excursions by Amit Gawande
Mon, Aug 20, 2018

Mark Zuckerberg and other big boys don’t have my sympathy

Cathy O’Neil, along with criticizing these big boys of tech”, feels some sympathy for them.

I might be the only person on Earth feeling sorry for the big boys of technology(…) They all started out wanting to make the world a better place using cool technology, and here they are, dealing with all of this democracy and public responsibility stuff, which they never signed up for and honestly don’t have the chops to handle.

You might very well be; if not the only, you are at least in minority. I have no sympathy for these big boys”. There is no justifying the sheer carelessness these geniuses” evince in the way they go about their businesses.

You can’t dream of making the world a better place without first being a part of that world; living there; seeing it through the eyes of the normal people. Anticipate every possible way that the platform you build can be misused and empathizing with every single person that such a misstep will affect. This is the foremost quality needed in the person that leads the group building such a world-changing” platform.

On the first indication of you realizing you do not possess that, you should sidestep. If you don’t do that after multiple slip-ups, it reveals your selfish behavior. And you lose the right to ask for any sympathy.

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Sun, Aug 19, 2018

Blotpub now supports syndication to Mastodon

With all the recent discussions around Mastodon and how it is different, possibly better, I thought there is no way to judge that without using the platform first, be a native resident”.

But I have come to realise one fact, I just can’t post actively at multiple places. Especially important, none of those places can not be my blog. It has to be posted on my blog first and may then flow into other systems. POSSE.

Micro.blog was covered, via feeds. It had also got me covered for Twitter. Mastodon didn’t look to be an easy case. There is no easy way to push updates from feeds to Mastodon. Web hooks may be the only feasible way. I thought I had to get a more seamless solution than that.

And what better may to do that than syndicating right while posting. So I have updated Blotpub to support syndication to Mastodon. I can now indicate the Micropub clients to syndicate current posts to Mastodon. Nice!

micropub indieweb dev
Sun, Aug 19, 2018

I think I may need a how-to on ActivityPub. The goal and the approach sound so promising. But how do you implement” this, if that’s even a right way to describe? Can I make, for example, my blog an ActivityPub enabled site? I could hardly find any helpful documentation.

Sat, Aug 18, 2018

I decided today that I do not want to display the likes, replies and repost types of posts on my blog’s homepage. It looked too crowded on there for my liking.

I consider these as the social posts - may be they will fit better in a section of their own.