It's even worse than it appears.
For some crazy reason I'm tempted to go down to Washington Square Park tomorrow to observe the Nazis. I'm guessing most of them come from Staten Island and New Jersey, maybe some from out on the Island. Tomorrow also is the final Summer Streets bike ride from 7AM to 1PM starting at Park Ave and 72nd St, through 4th Ave and onto Lafayette St, to the Brooklyn Bridge. Nazis coming by car should be aware that there will be limited cross-town access. Anyway, Summer Streets riders end up pretty close to Washington Square Park which tomorrow is Nazi-Land in NYC.#
Doc is going on an Eclipse Safari in Wyoming. #
Andrew Sullivan says that Charlottesville is even worse than it might appear at first because it has shown that Trump can blow through another level of normalcy, and not pay a price in support from Repubs. Until this weekend, Nazis and the KKK were unimportant fringe groups. This is no longer true. This is the United States, our world leadership is based on our defeating the Nazis in World War II. #
  • I got an awful email from Google last night saying that my blog has a security issue and Chrome would start warning people about it in October. Right off the bat you know it's bullshit, because if it were a real security issue, how could they justify waiting until October?#
  • Here's the story. At one time I had my own search engine because Google wasn't yet doing a great job of indexing blogs. There was a small search form on every page. The archive pages from the blog in this period, in 2006, eleven years ago, are still there. Here are the examples they cited. The forms don't work, the search engine is long-gone. They're afraid someone will type their SSN in that form and it will be observed and recorded by an intermediary. On a decade-old archive page.#
  • Don't worry. The pages aren't going anywhere and I'm not modifying them. I try to keep the archive of this blog intact and unmodified. It serves not only as record of the events on the blog, but also the technology of the blog. If you've read this site at all you'd know it was central to the development of blogging and other technologies. The blog's HTML and scripts are part of the record. #
  • I have an uncountable number of domains I have used over the years. I try to keep the sites running to the best of my ability. I've been doing this since 1994. Converting them all to HTTPS isn't going to happen unless HTTPS becomes much more manageable. And as I've explained many times here, I like storing my blog content on Amazon S3, and HTTPS and S3 are not happy partners, if you want to use your own domain name, which of course I do.#
  • Google will lie about security to accomplish a strategic objective. And a lot of people will believe them when they say Scripting News is a bad site. But over time, if they abuse the trust, they will lose it. That's the way this works. #
  • They've certainly lost me. I don't trust Google even a bit. They don't own the web, they didn't create it, and I'm not going to submit to them. If you can't read this site with Chrome, so be it. That's their choice. #
  • I think the EFF should stand up for the rights of individual bloggers vs the giant corporation, but don't hold your breath. EFF is funded by Google. Same old shit, just a different industry. #
  • My longtime friend Stan Krute took this picture of three young contestants waiting to be judged at the Siskiyou County Golden Fair.#
  • A picture named chickens.png#
  • When I saw the picture on Facebook I wasn't sure if it was a Norman Rockwell painting. Stan really captures a sense of pride and anticipation. Human qualities, in young people, and their chickens.#
Philip Bump, a friend from Ye Earlie Blogging Dayse did a bot that RTs everything Donald Trump sees in his Twitter timeline. No wonder the guy is so hyper (Trump, not Bump). This led me to a business model that Trump himself would appreciate. Let me buy ads aimed at a specific user. Let's load up Trump's timeline with messages of Trump-Love. We love you Dear Leader. We love you soooo much. And then tell him what we want him to do. โค๏ธ#
Arnold Schwarzenegger knows about Nazis. Watch this.#
Another concept I'm becoming more formal about is grooming. I tend to move on to the next project without iterating over the loose-ends of the one I'm leaving. I still do it. Have to. Because projects are like pies. They aren't ready for eating until they've had a chance to cool off on the counter a while. While that's happening I like to still be "there" and ready to tune things up here and there, to make things work more smoothly. And when the time feels right, go back to the pies I left on the counter a month or two ago. ๐Ÿ„#
I shifted my approach to development a few months back, with the turn to Old School, and decided to build where the users were going. Scripting News was still getting most of the flow, despite all my efforts to create new more compelling flows. #
Another shift happened a few years ago, when I decided it was okay to develop just for myself, with no intention of ever releasing the stuff I was working on. That led to a new style of product, and a happier developer. I was always doing it for myself, and fooling myself into believing it was for other people. I'm no less a narcissist than anyone else. Once you own that, you get a lot more powerful, I have found. ๐Ÿš€#
  • Here's a screen shot of the Dock on my Mac. Lots of Electron apps. How many are running right now? Seven. And that does not include Slack. Now look at the Activity Monitor in the Dock. Very little resource utilization. A bunch of Electron apps sitting there doing nothing doesn't use very much CPU. Here's a screen shot of the Activity Monitor window. Dropbox is using 34 percent. After that, a lot of Chrome helpers and a few of the Electron apps. The most expensive is about the same as iTunes. Today's machines have lots of memory and very capable CPUs. Electron is not the issue. I'm sure some of the apps written in Electron suck, but that's not the fault of the platform. #
  • I don't know why this never occurred to me before, but we can do better than the realtimeness of RSS. One thing that's always been a concern of mine about RSS is the inability to update a post after it's been published. There's no allowance for this in the protocol.#
  • But in the new scheme I'm creating, called for now Instant Dave just to keep it manageable in my head, not only are updates instantaneous but if I update a post, it flows back out to the subscribers at the same instant rate that new items go out, at the same rate that new posts go to Twitter and Facebook.#
  • I'm working on one of the pieces of that puzzle today. #
  • We're still at it. More rock and roll! ๐Ÿ’ฃ ๐Ÿ’Š ๐Ÿ’ฃ โค๏ธ#
  • I want the best performance.#
  • A test post for the ages. One that can be added to. Etc etc ad nauseum. Seriously folks. Unbelievable.#
  • That feeling after you threw all your cards in the air and spent a day putting the house back together and now it works. #
Problem with the president is that he and the country he's supposed to lead have very different values. #
Sorry friends, I am doing test posts again. #
Another good day of programming. Still working on Instant Dave. Lots more functionality in the second iteration. One thing I must have is the ability to update. If an item on my blog updates, it must also update in the Instant Dave interface. I often edit after I post initially. Correct spelling, tighten up the wording. Add links. These should all flow through to the people who are reading my stuff in Instant Dave. #
  • I was having a good day yesterday until I started seeing tweets about the press conference. With dread I turned on MSNBC at 6PM and watched. When they started airing his full press conference I switched to a Law & Order rerun. By the time Maddow was over it was just one more thing. She did run a clip of Fox, when first processing the press conference. It was cause for hope. But of course by the morning I'm sure they've reconnected with their bosses, found their spin, and are ready for another day of look-away.#
  • How does this end?#
A simple way to show solidarity. Wear a MLK button for America. #
Maddow asked a question tonight, wondering if what Trump said today helps the Nazis grow their movement. The answer is yes. The same way Al Qaeda and ISIS crave publicity for their atrocities, American terrorists use publicity to drive recruitment, to grow, so the next march and uprising is bigger. More campus invasions. A clash between the First and Second Amendments. Liberal college towns: Austin, Berkeley, Madison, Ann Arbor, Boulder, Cambridge, Portland, Raleigh. Every time POTUS does a press conference and whistles loudly saying he's behind the movement, expect more deplorables to step up. The people at the marches looked like people who last year at this time were going to Trump campaign rallies. #
When the journos talk about Trump "appealing to his base" they are being too generous. He is a narcissist. There is no base. Just people who like him and those who hate him. If you like him you're cool (like the Nazis and KKK). If you criticize him, he's being treated unfairly.#
People puzzle over Trump. Really? Two things to remember. 1. This is a replay of his refusing to disavow the support of the KKK during the election. 2. The president is a narcissist. There is no one else in his mind. His thoughts involve only himself. He likes the Nazis because they like him. That's all there is. If they were ever to criticize him he would flip on them in an instant.#
  • Trump says he was treated unfairly. #
  • What about Heather Heyer, the young woman who was killed?#
  • What about Deandre Harris. Was he treated unfairly?#
Here's the third in a series of new NPM packages I've produced in the last few months. This one is called githubpub. It's close to the ideal for the #indieweb storage system. You put your web content in GitHub repositories, and they are served directly from there from the public API, with a domain name associated with each site. It's not as easy as Dropbox, and requires a bunch of setup, probably not something for end users, but a bunch of the pieces are there and work. #
We are right now at peak peach. If you love a peach as I do now's the time.#
Poll: Do you have a relative who Trump reminds you of?#
Protestors in Durham NC topple confederate monument.#
Just a place where I can fart around testing out the new stuff.#
Venture capitalist Bijan Sabet says "people in the workplace should not face any form of discrimination for their own personal politics and preferences." I agree, strongly. But then he struggles with what it means when Peter Thiel, a board member of Facebook supports Trump. I felt that Facebook should fire Thiel as a board member because his views about free speech are in conflict with Facebook's mission. But I also objected strenuously when Brendan Eich was forced out at Mozilla because he gave money to an org that opposed gay marriage in California, before the Supreme Court ruled on it. I could see how Thiel's actions re Gawker presented a problem for Facebook, but I felt that Mozilla and the tech industry blew the Eich call.#
I've always loved the style of New Mexico homes. Here's a great example. I have Zillow send me listings like this one, think of it as real estate porn, so I can dream about the kind of life one would have in such a place. It was easier to dream when I was younger. Now I'm too wise. I know that the picture a house paints has little to do with the lives that are led inside it. Sometimes the most beautiful surroundings are home to the most miserable people. And there can be much happiness and love in humble even ugly surroundings. The beauty of a house is a symbol for us, a symbol of beauty inside the people living there. #
The best interview I heard about Charlotteville was with retired General Russel Honorรฉ last night on MSNBC. He said a militia attacked the city. The combination of lots of high powered guns and protests overwhelmed the small-city police. Haven't been able to find it online. #
Game of Thrones took a turn to idiocy. In one moment the Mother of Dragons didn't want to finish Cersei off, now she's sold on Jon Snow's vision of the army of the dead attacking from the north. What changed her mind? We never saw it happen. Was it the note from the three-eyed Raven? Who knows. After last week's glorious battle scene, they shot their wad. Back to the story which consists mostly of reunions and weird pairings of characters doing really really really really stupid things.#
Occam's deduction. If he quacks like a duck, he's probably a duck.#
Two words cover the last week with Trump: 1. brinksmanship and 2. careening.#
I'm usually totally against SJWs attacking people on the net, but in the case of Nazis who crawled out of their holes to show their faces in Charlottesville, please, go right ahead. #
Part of Trump's comments yesterday about children playing with their parents, more than the usual Trump creep factor. #
I can't figure out why people are so psyched about the eclipse. There was a very-near-total eclipse in Palo Alto in 1989 or thereabouts. I was there. It got dark. Then it got light. I looked at it in one of those special cards. Yeah there's the eclipse. What's next? I don't get fireworks either however. Maybe it's the same kind of thing. #
In the future, every segment on Face The Nation, Meet The Press, Rachel Maddow, will be available as a YouTube video within minutes of it airing. Their interviews should not be proprietary. We all have an interest in them. And they should circulate easily over the web. #
  • I've tried to explain this idea many ways over the years. This time I'm going to explain it technically, without any detours or analogies.#
    • Call the service WebStor. It's a storage system for the web. #
    • There's a website that allows you to browse your files. Upload new ones, delete them, change the attributes of files individually or as groups. It's a lot like the browser interface for Dropbox but it does more than Dropbox does. #
    • You can attach a CNAME to any folder, like When a request comes in for, WebStor serves the content out of the folder that had the CNAME attribute. #
    • There's an API, based on OAuth, that lets blogging tools post to a user's account, possibly limited to a specific folder. That way Mary, an independent developer, could write a blogging tool worked with WebStor. And so could Sue and Megan and Arnold. And because it's OAuth, the user can control which one has access to which folders. #
    • The user pays for the service. No advertising. Unless the site gets huge traffic the cost should be at most a few dollars a month.#
  • That's the idea. If we had this then users could own their own space in the web and developers could create tools for the users. Instead of just having a few developers, all of them large, creating silos, a thousand tools could bloom, as could many cloud-based storage services. But we need one to go first. #
  • I've also posted this as an issue on the GitHub repo for Scripting News, so there's an easy place for people to ask questions. #
NYDN front page.#
How to oppose white supremacists safely and effectively.#
I believe a "fractional horsepower" Twitter has a place. Twitter itself is like a major news organization. FHPT is a blog.#
  • What to do about North Korea. I've thought about this, as has everyone else, for a long time. Read a bunch of stuff. Listened. Discussed. And I have two takeaways.#
    • Accept it. North Korea has nuclear weapons. and can deliver them anywhere in the world at any time. It's time for the world to transition. Accept North Korea as a nuclear power. Have a bar mitzvah for Kim Jong Un. Say a prayer. Wish Kim Jong Un well. He's a man. Welcome North Korea to the league of nations.#
    • Embrace the people of North Korea as citizens of the world, our equals. To survive they have to trust us, and like it or not we have to trust them. In the meantime, send them all our programming. Starbucks. Amazon. HBO. JavaScript. YouTube. Eventually they will exert power over their leadership. Hope they have better judgement than the voters of the United States.#
The question is what if anything is left after Trump is done.#
When Trump hosted Russians in the Oval Office everyone thought they planted listening devices. Now in August they're tearing it down. #
As the war situation gets worse, the thought of Trump supporters going crazy with their guns seems tame. The NRA needs to get them nukes.#
Think about offering Trump a few billion dollars to resign. Most presidents would be insulted, but I have a feeling Trump would be tempted.#
During the campaign Trump very openly said he might use nuclear weapons. That disqualified him to be the person who decides when to use them. Yet here we are. It was 100 percent predictable we'd be where we are now. And it's likely to get even worse. It's hard to see how we come back from this. #
  • When I started programming seriously in JavaScript, I did what a lot of programmers do, I started a utils file where I put all the general-purpose routines I like to have around. #
  • That's what daveutils is. An NPM package of handy JavaScript functions. #
  • Frontier programmers will find these functions immediately familiar. They are borrowed from the builtin verb set of Frontier. And of course those routines were borrowed from the programming I did on the Mac before there was a Frontier. So these names go a long way back. #
  • BTW, this is the second in the series of NPM packages I'm going to roll out here on Scripting News. The first was opml2JS, introduced on August 7.#
Wikipedia page on James Damore's memo. #
I'd like to see a discussion among programmers of all types about how we can work together to help people. I think our software is being used in some bad ways and more are being contemplated. But I strongly believe that they can be used as a force for good.#
I searched for an image of a "woman programmer action figure" on Google, and came up with nothing. There are images of "programmer action figure," but they're all men. #
There is a Grace Hopper action figure from LEGO.#
"Be the first one on your block to have your boy come home in a box."#
myRoute53: Creates a JSON map of your Amazon Route53 names. #
  • This is my summary. I've read many that were more harsh, but I think are wrong. This is what I got from what he wrote. #
    • There are differences between men and women. Not individual men and women, but as groups. For example, men are generally taller than women. There are of course women who are tall and men who are short. It's a general statement about a group, not individuals. #
    • From there, he suggests that there may be reasons there are fewer women programmers, other than how we raise and educate children. I don't think there's anything to apologize for there. It's a scientific statement that anyone, male or female, privileged or poor, young or old, would make. It's also the kind of statement a programmer would make. #
    • My non-programmer friends laugh at the things I say, the questions I ask, because in my mind I'm always trying to debug something. Figure out how it works. Think of new things it could be used for. Spot problems in the design. #
    • Programmers must have great respect for truth, because our apps don't work until they are grounded in truth. Garbage in, garbage out. 1s and 0s. True and false. If then else. Programming is good training in the scientific method. Most of our lives aren't this absolute. But computers are. They do exactly what the program tells them to do. What the programmer tells them to do.#
    • I don't know why there are fewer women programmers than men. That is the crux of the issue here. Many people will (try to) shut down anyone who says that out loud. But any person trying to get to the truth has to admit they don't know. #
Ever get a phrase stuck in your head and you find yourself saying it over and over silently, sometimes, and audibly others? Today, for me, that phrase is the name Millie Dresselhaus. There's a commercial on TV that imagines that everyone is saying her name all the time in weird ways and places. She's a real person. Unfortunately it turns out she died earlier this year. I am sorry.#
  • A picture named skier.pngWell, not really, but in a way.#
  • I remember having a conversation with a business associate who wasn't a skier, who said he liked sports where he got a good workout and that skiing was for lazy people who don't like to work.#
  • I told him he's got it all wrong. Skiing is a very taxing sport, hard on all parts of the body. When I'm done with a day of skiing there isn't much more I can do other than take a bath and eat dinner. #
  • He thought skiing was easy because sheez you just go to the top of the hill and gravity does all the work. I guess he thought it was like sledding. #
  • Programming still kicks my ass after doing it for over 40 years. I still learn new stuff, reach new heights, and know much less than I thought I did, all the time. It requires incredible concentration and memory and creativity to think of ways to do things that you can kind of describe in words but have no experience making work with ones and zeros. #
  • People who haven't programmed think it's like coding. You just code it up like a Morse Code message. Other people think up the ideas, coders do the coding. #
  • Well it doesn't work that way. Not even slightly in the ballpark of that way. #
  • I decided to dive into IAM permissions for S3 and see if I could get a writing tool to hook up to S3 at least in a way that programmers and adventurous users could figure it out.#
  • Basically I'm doing by-hand what OAuth automates.#
  • However -- a simple Hello World program that uses the credentials gets permission denied so there's something wrong in the setup. #
  • Any help much appreciated. ๐ŸŽ#
Sorry if items from today's blog appeared in your RSS readers multiple times. I was doing a brain transplant on my blogging software, and some outputs were hooked up to the wrong inputs. Long story. With any luck it should be fixed now. Still diggin! Praise Murphy! ๐Ÿ#
A picture named mushroomCloud.pngJust tried watching MSNBC and gave up. They can't handle news like the escalation that Trump took in possible nuclear war with North Korea. There really isn't anything else to talk about now. It doesn't matter what the president's approval rating is or whether Congress will flip in 2018. The president did something you can't do: openly, publicly, threatening to nuke North Korea. Now he has no good choices. Obviously if he launches nukes unprovoked, there's a good chance China or someone else will nuke us back. You think they'd just sit still for that? Or he has to back down. Great. Now what. There goes the nuclear deterrent, not just with North Korea but with Pakistan, India, all the other countries that have nukes but haven't announced. The current format of news, amped-up sensationalism about trivia, doesn't scale to this level. We need a new kind of news, right now. I will try Maddow later. #
On this day in 1974: Nixon resigned. #
Steve Garfield found a bit of ancient ThinkTank schwag, a button users could wear proudly at MacWorld Expo and other software shows. I'm going to say it was 1985, it was part of our Fanatic at Work ad campaign. Our users loved ThinkTank. We wanted to advertise about them more than the technical capabilities of the product. #
Om writes about Amazon's relationship with their vendors. it must be kind of tense. They know when you're doing well, and if they like your business they could launch a brand that competes, and give themselves a better deal of course. This is factored into development everywhere. There are lots of projects I won't do because it's a lot of work, but much easier for a BigCo, so when and if I prove the idea makes money, they'll just take it over. Even when you don't make money sometimes they take it over. The biggest hole in the market is a complete user data storage system that's as easy to authorize as Twitter or Facebook. Totally doable. For some reason no BigCo will do it. Opportunity has been there for a decade or more. #
We should all keep our own feeds and control what's in them.#
I just got something working. Let's see if it really worked. Haha. Of course it won't. (It didn't work the first time, but it worked the second.) #
If you only tolerate people who agree with you then you are intolerant. #
Inspired by Bijan Sabet, here's the home screen on my iPhone. It's not as meaningful as it might be because I don't put any time into grooming my choices. Some of my most-used apps are on the second, third and fourth screens. They all have their place which I remember, and why should my phone be any more organized than anything else in my life? ๐Ÿ“ #
Are there any good future-of-journalism conferences coming up in the US?#
In the New Republic, Jeet Heer quotes Robert Bear, a supposed expert on aging in men: "When was the last time you saw a 70-year-old man change for the better?" This is a bit of miserably prejudiced nonsense, as crazy as any thought as anyone has ever been fired for. What he really means: He doesn't think Trump will change (I don't either, but I have been surprised) so he slammed a whole class of innocent people, many of who do change after 70. Turns out people over 70 change more than people between 30 and 70. How about that. Now let's not fire Bear or Heer (both men, btw), as Google did with their politically incorrect male employee, but please work on your prejudice. #
  • There really is a huge piece missing on the web. If we fill it in, at least the web will have a chance. Without it, we'll keep losing to the silos.#
  • If there was a service that did what S3 does with OAuth and a super easy setup an end user could do, we'd be ready for a very large indieweb. #
  • Think of it like the Google Apps treatment of basic file storage and is public-facing through HTTP.#
  • That's the missing piece, and it's not even very big. It's just a business you can't do as an indie, it has to be done by a corporation. #
Good morning free speech fans! ๐ŸŒŽ#
The old formula for TV news doesn't work anymore. #
Twitter is not a team sport. It's a place for individuals to wail about how the world mistreats them.#
This will be hard to unsee.#
  • The last 20 minutes, the great battle, was sheer movie mastery.#
  • It was the culmination of huge art, the marrying of the story-telling of the ages with the latest technology. #
  • My mouth was agape from beginning to end at the mastery of every aspect of it.#
  • As I reported yesterday I have been modularizing my Node work by creating packages of reusable code. The first one I want to show you is called opmlToJs. It does two things well:#
    • Parses an OPML string and turns it into a JavaScript object.#
    • Takes one of those objects and turns it turns it back into an OPML string.#
  • The JSON object it produces is set up the way all my outline-processing tools in JavaScript expect them, so it works with the outlineBrowser toolkit and many others.#
  • If you have to consume OPML or generate it, opmlToJs makes it easy.#
  • OPML is a standard XML-based file format used for outlines, presentations and lists for RSS feed readers. River5 uses OPML to import and export feed lists. Fargo and Little Outliner use OPML as the file format. OPML has been around since 2000.#
  • If you have any questions or suggestions, please post an issue on the GitHub project. #
I've been modularizing my Node work using NPM packages. Murphy-willing I'm going to be writing each of them up, in turn, here on Scripting News. You'll recognize the functionality as the kind of stuff you need to build DaveLand on the Internets in Node. The first one up is a really good OPML-to-and-from-JavaScript package. Naturally this stuff will mostly be of interest to developers and people who might want to become one.#
The way you know podcasting isn't dominated by anyone is at the end of every podcast. There is no single place to go to hear a podcast. (This is in response to a Bloomberg piece that said among other things that Apple dominates podcasting and Spotify is going to challenge them, which I say is nuts.)#
I did a voice memo for Rex about Apple and podcast "dominance."#
I know this is unfashionable for someone with my values and friendships, but maybe the people who blame the press for the mess have a point.#
Watched a bit of Al Sharpton today. He said Trump is of NYC in 80s and 90s. As of course was Sharpton. Sure he knows a lot about Trump.#
I think people want to forget that the US has stage 4 cancer. It's spreading to our bones. Whether we come back is in question#
If you can write a stinging editorial putting down a class of people, balance it with an example of someone in that class being good.#
If a million people say someone is wrong, my instinct is to find what's right.#
If you fight for free speech only for people who agree with you then you are not for free speech.#
Remind me to tell you the tale of goatfuck.js.#
  • I think w3schools does a good job. I use their stuff as a reference all the time for net programming. I was looking at their new tutorial for Node.js and on the first page they repeat the hype about Node that I've always suspected was BS, and now that I have a few years in, I know it is. #
  • Node is a fine environment, I use it as my main server runtime, and lately I've been building a lot with Electron, and there you're using Node on the desktop. I have a love-hate relationship with Node, I'm a prisoner to some bad design imho but it's great to have one syntax instead of two for client and server apps. #
  • But other environments like Java and Python are probably just as efficient as Node without all the crazy callbacks. Their runtimes can suspend a process until its I/O completes. All the other languages/environments do that. It is not something that only Node does. #
  • And Node is not single-threaded! You have many threads. A single-threaded server runtime is impossible. That's one of the reasons I strongly suspected all the hype when I was new to Node.#
  • The difference between Node and other environments is that the others hide the suspending and resuming of your app behind an abstraction layer, and that's good, that makes your code much simpler. In every way imho the way JavaScript does I/O is a major step backwards. But like I said I love/hate JS. I've made my peace with the way I/O works in Node. ๐Ÿ‘#
If you're reading RSS and Atom feeds in Node apps, you need feedparser, written by my friend Dan MacTough. I've been using his code in my own River5 for years. It's solid and dependable. As a gesture of gratitude I published example code yesterday that helps you get started with feedparser. #
"You can fake caring but you can't fake showing up." Not sure said this, but it's an important idea. #
Timothy Snyder: "Our president is a minor Russian oligarch with major Russian debts."#
I post too much Twitter stuff to my blog. I know it. #
Good morning beer drinkers! ๐Ÿบ #
Summer Streets is tomorrow. Park Ave is open to bike riders from 72nd down to the Brooklyn Bridge. It's a treat to experience the city largely without cars on three Saturdays in August. #
Einstein and his therapist. #
Probably Russian secret police wanted Secret Service out of Trump Tower.#
The next episode of Game of Thrones has leaked. Here's a poll that asks if you would watch it tonight or wait until Sunday. #
  • Suppose I wanted to add a feature to one of my Electron apps that allowed a user to hook it up to an S3 location that they own and pay for. #
  • What's the best way to provide access?#
  • I imagine that's what IAM is for. #
  • I need to dig in. If you know of any easy howto's please post a note here. #
  • Also just revisited their Elastic Filesystem docs and they seem to have come a long way since the last time I looked. #
  • TL;DR: New sample code for getting started with feed parsing in Node. #
  • I use the feedparser package in River5. So all my news flows through this code. That's a lot of news, and it's been working solidly for years.#
  • Back in 2013 when I was getting started on Node, it was a little tricky adapting to feedparser, because the package is designed for maximum efficiency at the expense of a bit of ease-of-use, especially for a Node newbie. #
  • In the spirit of giving back to a product I use a lot, I pulled out a bit of code from River5 and simplified it so it makes a good demo of feedparser. #
  • If you're new to feedparser, this might help you get started a bit faster with less head-scratching. ๐Ÿบ#
  • I was reading a bit about the history of CSS, and kept thinking -- what a shame, they did it totally backwards. This is what I would have done. First I would have made a design tool that worked really well. Then I'd have it spit out XML (sorry JSON didn't exist at the time) and teach the browser to render that. All this would happen iteratively. #
  • The priorities would be:#
    • Leverages the talents of designers.#
    • Good performance in the browser and on the net (considerations: how long to render, how big the files are, latency, bandwidth, out over time).#
    • Elegance of the format used to communicate the design to the browser.#
  • The third item is way way down the list. Yes it should be easy to do it by hand. But we shouldn't always be doing it by hand as it works now. #
  • What we ended up using was impossible to create a tool for, is utterly perplexing to everyone who has to use it, and is missing huge features that cripple everything we do. The whole world is now built around the crazy design system called CSS. Everywhere and everything.#
  • Also I have to say we were working on exactly this at Living Videotext in 1986 and 1987. Had done a lot of prototyping. It was rules-based and you could see the impact of your rules immediately on the screen. Made iteration fast. Would have been perfect for responsive design. #
  • It's one of those "if only" things -- if only we had been in position to do this, in a competitive way. That's one of the big tradeoffs of going the standards route. You often get really bad designs and have to live with their limits, for a generation or two. #
Thinking about General Kelly today. Assumption -- he's an honorable person. He's also now inside at the White House. There isn't anything that's secret from the Chief of Staff. So how long before the complete picture of the criminality of this White House is revealed to him? Hard to believe it hasn't already happened. So if he's honorable, he has to come clean, make a statement to the special prosecutor and ask for instructions. If not that, is there a backroom deal? Can't imagine there is. Who would want to make one if they didn't have to. Priebus was a clown, in way over his head. Kelly has had a chance to watch it from the Cabinet and he chose to go in. Puzzling.#
When smart phones are really smart they will text you when something bad is about to happen.#
The great thing about open source software is that if you want a feature and it's hard to explain you can just do it. #
Had a thought that this year instead of picking a blogger of the year, I might do something different. Like write a survey of the State of the Blog. I should have been doing that all along, really. As blogs got chopped up and turned into corners of huge multi-billion dollar tech empires. So much so that there's almost nothing left. But it's not nothing. So taking an annual inventory probably isn't a bad idea. #
  • When I wrote about my woes with Dropbox yesterday, they were just getting started. #
  • The rainbow cursors were back in force. Then something happened. The fog lifted. I remembered, the whole reason I moved my Dropbox off the internal drive is that the internal drive is broken. I had forgotten to leave myself a note to that effect. #
  • I had a La Cie 1TB external Firewire drive I wasn't using. I'm now using it for Dropbox. Hopefully it will be quieter and faster than the drive I was using before. Whatever. As long as it works! #
  • Anyway, even though I was offline with Dropbox, that truly is an important net connectivity thing these days, I got a lot of good software factoring and building done. #
  • I have been building with Forever as my starting point. I want i to do more for me. It's getting there. And I have factored my Electron functionality so that it can be used in other projects. That's where I'm headed with Instant Dave.#
  • I'm writing this at 7:30AM but have no idea when it will apear on my blog. #
There may be enough people who agree the net should have lasting structures free of tech business models that the problem could be solved. #
  • I have a huge Dropbox. Actually two. One for my servers and one for me personally. I pay $99 per year for each. No way to avoid it. Each has a 1TB limit, but actually use less than 100GB. The servers update files a lot, so there's lots of traffic on my Dropbox account. I don't begrudge them $200 a year. They provide a lot of service for the money.#
  • In early May I reprovisioned my desktop Mac because the machine was performing badly, and I couldn't figure why. So I bought a 5TB external drive, and put everything vital on it, including my Dropbox folder. That was probably a mistake. Because you can hear that drive doing its thing all the time night and day. And then the machine started getting slow. Again. Rainbow cursors. Just like the Mac ad that shows the PC going to Never-Land, except it's my Mac that's doing it. Programming or writing under these circumstances is like having random Senior Moments, which I unfortunately now have for real (I'm 62). A random computer-induced Senior Moment. Ugh. Just what I need! (Not.)#
  • So on Monday morning I decided it was time to move my Dropbox folder from the external drive to my unused 1TB internal drive. First there was a permissions problem. Fixed that. Then it took a good 24 hours to move the folder! All the while the computer was unusable. So I used my laptop and surprisingly got a lot of good work done. I should probably go on a trip. Anyway..#
  • Now everything's done, but Dropbox is downloading the whole folder again, for what reason exactly? As of last night it had over 600K files to download. This morning when I start work it's still got over 400K. What the fuck Dropbox. What was the point of taking 24 hours to move the folder if you just have to re-download everything all over again?#
  • Anyway, one of the advantages of being a senior is that I will forget all this soon enough. And because I'm a senior, I'm laughing out loud while I write this. Cackling really. This is what happens when you get old. Your mind and body fall apart but your sense of humor gets really sharp! God is merciful. Also the programming project I'm working on is truly wonderful. Open source software makes all kinds of things possible. #
Welcome to the new month of August 2017! ๐Ÿš€ #
I never pass on links to autoplay pages. I don't care how great the story is.#
The trailer for Sharknado 5 looks pretty great. #
There's more talk about SoundCloud failing, or changing radically. Which raises again the basic question behind creative work on the Internet -- when are we going to start building structures designed for longevity. With an economic model other than founders-get-rich. We should be thinking about a creative environment that builds on its achievements, and creates a usable archive. #
Good morning sports fans!! โšพ๏ธ#
Many of us have been waiting for a Republican in Congress to take responsibility. The wait is over. "Too often, we observe the unfolding drama along with the rest of the country, passively, all but saying, 'Someone should do something!' without seeming to realize that that someone is us," wrote Jeff Flake, Republican senator from Arizona.#
I went for a bike ride and when I came back Scaramooch was gone.#
What was it that did Scaramooch in? #
New software. If you're a daily reader of this blog you should get Instant Dave and leave it running on your Mac desktop. You get instant notification when anything is posted to the blog. I want to evolve this. It might be instrumental in a reboot of blogging in the age of Facebook. But first we need users. Help the bootstrap get started. Be part of the second blogging revolution! #
  • In the meantime, last night's episode was delicious. Great stuff. And there are spoilers galore following so if you're a neophyte avert your eyes.#
  • I've gotten in the habit of watching two hours of GoT on Sunday night. First I watch the previous episode a second time at 8PM and then the new one at 9PM. The 8PM show was not quite as awful as I remembered. Lots of speeches as characters who had never met explain themselves. The writing was awful, stiff and unnecessary. #
  • But this week, they skip a lot of steps as I wish they had with the previous episode and right at the beginning Mother of Dragons meets Jon Snow and they are great together. Something like Ygritte and Jon Snow. Real chemistry. All of a sudden Daenerys Stormborn has met her match. I was totally afraid Jon Snow was going to bend the knee, but a guy who's been resurrected probably thinks about these things differently. ๐Ÿ‘ผ#
  • There's one moment where Khaleesi dismisses him, and I could hear the voice of Ygritte. Jon Snow get on with it, is not too far from Jon Snow you know nothing. It had an erotic feel. At that moment I almost tweeted a question, do you think they'll be in bed before the end of this episode or the next? Or will the season end with them in bed. And what about the moment when they realize that the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms is really Jon Snow's auntie. Haha. They're going to do this well. They're not going to blow it. This is the moment we're all waiting for. Don't. Blow. It.#
  • I'm sure I'll think of more stuff to say over the course of the day. #
  • PS: The Guardian has a good writeup.#
Why Al Gore doesn't use the words "climate change."#
We need a whole other thread of journalism not focused on the drip-drip, but rather projecting a few months ahead based on history.#
There was a time not long ago when I didn't know the name of the White House chief of staff.#
I record my podcasts using the free Voice Memo app on my iPhone. It has the advantage of being with me almost all the time. It's kind of like the best camera is the one you have with you when you want to take a picture. #
What Jeff Jarvis says is true. Competing threads on Twitter, we can do so much better with blogs. #
  • I've been saying for a while we need the equivalent of a mob chart for the Russian connections with the Trump Crime Family. I suspect when the story reaches equilibrium, i.e. no more major characters added to the plot, it'll turn out that TCF and the Russian Mob are one and the same. But who knows. #
  • When TechCrunch reached a certain point they needed to create a permanent resource called CrunchBase, one page per company with the date founded, sources of capital, products, founders, and when they were acquired, for how much, or went public. We need that for the Trumps. Different stats, like when they first met with the Russian ambassador, testified before Congress, were indicted, convicted, committed suicide or were murdered, etc. #
Crowd-sourcing a vital question.#
Today is my friend Doc's 70th birthday. I knew the guy when he was very young relative to what he is today which is unspeakably old. I remember when my grandfather was 70 and I thought holy shit that guy is old. Of course I've gotten older too as Doc has aged. But I try not to think about that. Instead I think of how old Doc has gotten. A real shame. โ˜”๏ธ #
I like to enter emoji short codes for things that I think there should be emoji for but I have no idea if there actually is one. For example I'm pretty sure there is no emoji for :shrug:#
A Wayne's World version of a White House comms director. Or maybe it was Animal House?#
Re the problem I had programming Forever: I figured it out. #
  • It's fascinating to imagine what might happen now that the Republican president appears to be separating from the Republican Party. Already there were signs of independence in the party, like the three senators who voted against their "health care" bill. And the veto-proof sanctions bill. #
  • Something I've been saying and no one has been believing is that the idea of what it means to be a Republican and Democrat is in flux. The question of which party is the majority party is up for grabs. The president has a huge chunk of the electorate if you view it as separate from the Republican Party. Like Ross Perot. But this time Perot won. The old Republican Party, the one Trump is splitting off of is smaller, at least for now, it seems to me. #
  • There are a lot of new faces in the Repub Party, people who used to be regional who are now developing a national presence, beyond the bomb-throwers like Ted Cruz and the clowns and comedians like Lindsey Graham and John McCain. #
  • I wonder how many in Congress will go with the president where ever he's going. And what of the military and the police. The boy scouts. The man is recruiting his army and his secret police perhaps? It feels like we're back to where we were before January 20. Things had become kind of lulled unsettling, we were all getting on with our lives somewhat. Now it's about to get hairy again. #
  • And the radical element is now very much in the White House. #
  • Keep in mind the picture of Trump in the fire truck.#
  • A picture named partyPieChart.png#
The first Mac release of Instant Dave is out. Put it in your dock and leave it open and you get the latest news from my linkblog and posts from Scripting News, in an instant, as you would imagine from its name. v0.4.4. #
And there's a bug. We're not expanding glossary entries. There will be many bugs. And lots of features to add. This is just the beginning. #
Hey here's a free clue -- what you're seeing on TV is a TV show.#
I really think Twitter's future is as an AWS-like module. Add storage to their API, and run our apps in the cloud. We all need what they have. For some reason Amazon hasn't built it. #
Here's a screen shot of my next product. It's half blog and half software.#
I've been reading archives of Scripting News from the early-mid 00's to get an idea of how I was using the format that now I'm once again using. Tripped over this post where I say podcast is a good name for what we're doing. It's actually a good piece and should be part of the record of the evolution of podcasting. #
  • Went to sleep last night not knowing if the Repubs would manage to cut down ObamaCare. Woke up at 4AM Eastern, checked the news, whew, they didn't thanks to a third Repub no vote from John McCain. #
  • A few comments:#
    • The Repubs in the House were standing by to ratify the bill the Senate passed and the president no doubt would have been happy to sign. So if this was for-real and not theater, it could have been reallllly bad.#
    • McCain isn't going to run for re-election in 2022. He's 80 with bad cancer. So the usual thing that makes Repubs follow the leadership don't apply. He could afford to be a maverick, where his mavericky buddies Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul et al are planning to run again, maybe even for higher office, and will need support from Republican billionaire Russian backers.#
    • This could all have been theater, to some extent it certainly was. McConnell and Ryan are not idiots. They understood what would happen if this crazy bullshit became law. Chaos. Real Americans dying. Lots of them. And it's hard to see how they would avoid being blamed for it. So if you need an out, but want to make it look like you tried, you get three independent Repubs to take the fall, in return for some future favor, and act all pouty like "What a mess, we tried, we really did, now let's go sailing and camping and on wine tasting tours."#
    • Was Trump in on the scamming? No way. They rolled him. And loved doing it. ๐Ÿ’ฅ#
I recorded a voice memo for my friend Rex about the state of the software I'm working on. It's the kind of thing I'll want to listen to in a while, so I uploaded it and you can listen too if you like. #
Here are the three new tools in my dock. It just turned out this way with the first and the third being related. Really weird! ๐Ÿฎ#
Twitter owns Broadway. They put up a hotel and hot spot, but not enough people can cram in. Why not let some other spots open?#
If only a few people do something, assume that it's hard. #
What if Russia started buying $TWTR stock? #
Were you part of the Berkman Thursday group in 2003-04?#
  • I'm writing an app to manage my Forever servers. #
  • I have a lot of it working, but I'm stuck at how to get a list of apps that are running, and the basic info about the apps like how long they've been running, where the log file is, what the process ID is. Basically all the info that forever is keeping for us. #
  • The Forever app does this in response to the forever list command. #
  • That's the info I want, but from within the app as a JS object. #
  • I posted an issue on the repo for forever-monitor.#
  • The other day I was trying to explain to an educated and intelligent non-native English speaker what extrapolation means. I was looking for an analogy and couldn't come up with one. Something in the real world that is an extrapolation. Struggling, I asked my friend if he knows what interpolation means. No, not that either. #
  • Well I still don't have an analogy, but I can explain the concepts. #
  • Imagine two points, A and B and a line connecting them. Put an arrow at the end of the line and then plot a point C that's also on the line. C is an extrapolation of A and B.#
  • For interpolation, imagine two points, and a line connecting them. Put a point on the line, inbetween the two points. That's an interpolation.#
  • In logic and stats it doesn't always follow that new data follow the pattern of previous data, but if they do, these are the words we use to describe the phenomenon. #
  • Steve Hanselman says on Facebook (sorry no link) that a veto-proof Russian sanctions bill just passed. I wrote him saying: #
    • You know what's going to happen Steve. Gridlock is going to break. This is the first step. Bipartisan collaboration. It's like when they said the US was the sole superpower and we would have a peace dividend. Nothing is ever permanent. Russia was certain to rise again. And the parties are going to realign now, and it's all up for grabs again. New Republican and Democratic parties with members of each switching sides, but probably for right now mostly Repubs becoming Dems. #
Looking forward to a quiet summer day in NYC.#
A reporter is trying to squeeze an oral history out of me re podcasting in 2003-04. I'm driving her crazy. Wish they had a reporter covering us 14 years ago while it was happening! #
I'm doing some work with forever, the utility that keeps a set of Node apps running. I want to be able to get a list of the running processes from within an app that builds on forever-monitor, which is forever's core functionality. Here's the question I asked. Any help much appreciated. ;-) #
I picked up a CitiBike this afternoon and it wasn't properly docked. I could have taken it home and no one would have known. I imagine the poor person who thought they docked it was wondering what would happen. Would they end up owning the bike? No worries, I docked the bike for them, after taking it to my destination. Everyone wins. I got a free ride. Well I would have gotten a free ride anyway, because I have an unlimited card. But I still feel like I won! ๐Ÿ‘ฎ#
#rex tells me that CitiBike has GPS built-in. How does that work. Is it always broadcasting its position back to the home office? Also there's a new dockless bike sharing program coming to NYC, to compete with CitiBike. Competition is good! #
Trump will say he was just making a joke about transgender people serving in the military. #
An August 2003 post about how Chris Lydon covered a Howard Dean campaign event in Manchester, NH. A confluence of politics, journalism, podcasting and a technology that was nothing more than a vision, and all of it ended up mattering. It doesn't often work out that way. #
Betsy Devine blogged the event which happened on August 20.#
The BloggerCon blog at Harvard seems to be gone. Pictures from the NH field trips were there (pointed to from Betsy's blog). has the page, but many of the pictures are missing. But the pictures themselves are preserved. The ones of the campaign events begin with DSC. However I thought all the original blogs at Harvard were preserved? This is not a good sign. There was a fair amount of history preserved there. It was an academic project, so it's not cool that our work is gone. #
BTW, if you were part of the Berkman Thursday group, what became of you? I created a page where you can check in. Don't be shy! (You can send me an email if you want to be private, address is on that page.)#
Billionaires bought the govt and their big idea was that they should get more money.#
Trump will have the Boy Scouts search for Hillary's 33,000 emails. #
If you read my blog in an RSS reader, you should visit the actual site today and yesterday to see how the new features work. They don't come through to your reader, though it's conceivable at some point they could. I have the ability to include images, tweets and xrefs (other posts) in posts. They expand in place instead of linking. A pretty nice upgrade to the web. Come see how it works. If you study the web, you'll get a new idea. #
Keith Olbermann says something interesting at the end of this video. If you're pardoned, you lose the ability to take the 5th at an impeachment. #
I use node-emoji to process the emoji short codes on my blog. I asked for a feature that allowed me to enclose emoji in a span so I could make them a bit larger using CSS. They added the feature. Thanks! ๐Ÿ‘#
It would be dramatic if John McCain returned to vote against the Obamacare repeal, but I'm pretty sure that's not why he came back.#
  • Last week when everyone was delivering incredible pre-eulogies about John McCain I was thinking, yeah this isn't the John McCain I know. The one I know is a spineless spitballer who, when the economy melted down while he was running for president suspended his campaign and then had no idea what to do. So he called a huge meeting at the White House, and he still had no clue, so Barack Obama took charge and told everyone what to do, and basically told them the right things. McCain makes a big deal about supposedly being a straight-talker, but he's lazy and he's mostly a self-admiring cowardly bullshitter. Maybe he showed true grit when he was in the Navy, but as a politician he's strictly a bench warmer, not a leader. Also everyone conveniently forgets he was caught in a huge bank scandal in the 80s. He's not all that honest in other words.#
  • Overall: Meh. Did not love it.#
  • Specifically: Very annoying movie.#
  • Message: War is ugly and disgusting and huge numbers of people die, most of them young men but some women and old men too.#
  • History: World War II was a very bad war.#
  • Oscars: No big awards here. Maybe for technical achievement. #
  • First, the Repubs are about the rich people from all over the world, sucking America like a ripe piece of fruit. In contrast, the Democrats are about Americans. The people of this country. All races including white. Women, rich and poor and middle.#
  • What matters to Democrats is the health, happiness and success of Americans. We the people. Baseball, hot dogs and apple pie. Education. We are not scared of the future but we have to prepare for it, say the Democrats.#
  • I check this box in System Prefs and no menu appears.#
  • Any help much appreciated! ;-)#

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