Excursions by Amit Gawande

Displaying images from Blot on Micro.blog

When you publish a micro post (one without title) on Blot which has images in it, Blot uses a CDN by default to store for these images. Though it may be helpful overall in blog performance, it causes some issues while interoperating with micro.blog. You will find that these images are not visible on its timeline.

It’s a known issue where micro.blog is unable to parse these images. To enable the images posted on Blot to appear on micro.blog timeline, make following changes with the configuration.

  1. You can disable the blot cdn. This option is available on the Blot settings page under Settings > Services > Cache And Optimize Images. This makes the images be served directly under your blog’s domain. This change does not take much time to propagate, you will see the change reflect in the url for the images.
  2. In addition, by default (in most themes), images may have relative urls. For example, you might just put \_images\<IMAGE_NAME> while adding the image to the post. However,these relative paths are again not parsed by micro.blog well (though most feed readers do it well). Anyway, to overcome this problem just include the complete url of the image while adding it (for example, http://<BLOGNAME>/<PATH>).

These changes should be enough to allow your images to be visible at m.b timeline.

Wed, Oct 10, 2018 blot help

Had a brilliant ambience at the bistro we visited today. Perfect for a chatty evening with family.

Tue, Oct 9, 2018 thoughts

Being Social on Web

It’s been some time now that I have started again to regularly write, post my thoughts. Long and short. One of the key reason for this change in my behaviour, my returned inclination to write has been the changed follow behavior. I am reading interesting posts that make me think, that make me question my beliefs. And for each such question, I have a reaction — a post.

It is all thanks to the community at Micro.blog for convincing me that every post, irrespective of how short it is, is worth putting out there. It is a way to be social. I was doing so on other social networks like Twitter anyway - through all the likes, tweets and retweets. Why not take it to the next level and do the same on, as Brent Simmons had called it, the social network - the web?

But if you think of the years 1995-2005, you remember when the web was our social network: blogs, comments on blogs, feed readers, and services such as Flickr, Technorati, and BlogBridge to glue things together.

And so that is what I have been doing. Reading from the web, reacting on the web - my website.

IndieWeb also played a huge part in helping me to go social on web though. It allowed me to post to my site my reactions to what I was reading on web. I could easily like a post, reply to it or even repost part of it and that in itself became a new post on my site - I called them the social posts. So as long as I had the posts tagged with appropriate microformats and was able to send a webmention to a site, I was interacting on web.

I need not be part of any siloed platform, I need not shout. All that mattered was I expressed. And just with that, I have been the most social I ever was online.

Tue, Oct 9, 2018 opinion

Watching the #MadeByGoogle event live today would be like going to that one movie which you’ve discussed and debated and heard narration for from many folks, those you know and those you don’t. It’d be a real event if Google manages to surprise anyone. Would still watch though.

Tue, Oct 9, 2018 thoughts

Just came across Mixnode which as per the folks behind turns the web into a giant database”. So basically you can fire SQL-like queries to fetch URLs as response. Man, I’ve so many questions - mainly how the bloody hell will it scale. But I guess I will hold the judgement back.

Mon, Oct 8, 2018 thoughts

I hate shopping - especially shopping for clothes. Especially clothing for myself. I would argue so much mental energy in wasted” on making decisions for clothes.

Sun, Oct 7, 2018 thoughts

Is something wrong with the link between webmentions.io and micro.blog? I used to get replies on m.b as webmentions - but have stopped getting them recently. Just me or anyone else is observing the issue? I believe I had seen @Eli too brought it up recently. cc @manton

Sun, Oct 7, 2018 thoughts

This story from John C Dvorak is indeed a cautionary tale - for both writers with publishers and the readers of the large publications. Especially this Native advertising is a most insidious concept and should be rejected by every publisher.”

Sun, Oct 7, 2018 thoughts

Best thing I like about Castro is how it handles chapters. It lists down all the chapters (with easy access to sponsors links), how much time each chapter runs for and also let’s you select which chapters you are interested in. Such a well thought out app this.

Fri, Oct 5, 2018 thoughts

There is a huge deviation in battery performance on Android devices with and without data connection on. In a way tells you how lenient the platform is in terms of pinging back home. This difference is observed even when the devices are on standby. Terrible wastage of resources.

Thu, Oct 4, 2018 thoughts