The new software: Little Facebook Editor.
Readme: About Little Facebook Editor. With the ability to update posts, Facebook becomes a publishing surface for blogging software.
Scripting News: New software coming.
On Facebook: I have a new piece of software coming.
Scripting News: Podcasting grew out of blogging.
Scripting News: What language to learn?
Scripting News: What does a blog do in 2014?
Scripting News: Installing Facebook Messenger.
The reason you get links to Scripting News articles instead of the full text is that they're on a different site in my CMS. Sorry about that. My sites are always the bleeding edge, the place where I experiment the most. So it's always all just barely working. Be glad you get the links! :-0
Products have to be easy. But they don't have to be effortless. We use lots of products that require effort, some specifically because they require effort. My bike for example, which is one of the best purchases I've ever made. If you get a dog, you're going to buy lots of stuff that requires effort (ask Chris Voss). Effort isn't the issue.
Now a song to sing along with!
PS: Cross-posted on Facebook.
Scripting News: Robin Williams.
Scripting News: Why do we fear death?
New release: Little Card Editor v0.63.
Maybe America should take a road trip to Ferguson.
An 11-minute podcast about the way podcasting developed. It's only interesting if you want to create new media types.
New release: Happy Friends v0.49.
Here's the feed for my Little Card Editor flow. I'm glad these little word-and-graphic creations now have a life outside of Twitter and Facebook. Don't get me wrong, they belong as part of the Twitter/Facebook flow. But we'll be able to do more experimentation and innovation on the open Internet. And in turn may help create features in those services. That's my hope.
Right now, the card graphic is only represented as an enclosure element. I plan to have a landing page for each card, and the feed will likely link to those pages, in addition to linking to the Twitter and Facebook pages. But first I wanted to get the feed implemented before tweaking it up, and then of course releasing a new version of LCE that gives feeds to everyone using the product.
And after that, a version of River4 that's card-aware.
Today's background image is Nixon.
I love Oliver Stone's movies. He doesn't jerk you around trying to guess what he thinks. That's why I like his movie Nixon, even though it's very dark and depressing. It gives us a behind the scenes imaginary look at who Nixon was. Anthony Hopkins is great. So much so that at the end of the movie, when they switch over to a picture of the real Nixon, you go whoa WTF he really became Nixon. That's great acting and great film-making. It's all about suspension of disbelief.
A new version of Happy Friends is coming that stores your outline and prefs on a server, instead of locally. Expect all my software snacks to get revised this way, because I now have storage as part of the functionality of my Twitter server software. I can store public and private stuff. And for now I'm willing to foot the bill for storage myself. Just to see what happens. At some point though, if it's successful, I will have to figure out how to get the cash to flow.
One common theme is that there are lots of tools for creating bits of text that are bigger than a tweet yet smaller than a blog post. Consider the paragraph about Oliver Stone's movie, above. That's a very common size idea. A few sentences recalling a movie. Something to link into other instances where the movie is mentioned. Also consider it as part of my list of movies that I think are notable.
Don't forget Little Pork Chop and tweetstorms.
And there are images. I can put images behind days on Scripting News, as with the picture of Nixon today, and Lincoln yesterday, and I forget what I had the day before that, but it was part of a thread. And what about Little Cards! Oy, they only flow to Twitter and Facebook, clearly they have to flow to RSS too, and they're not showing up on the Scripting News home page, yet they totally should be.
I was saying to a friend the other day who works at a large company you've definitely heard of that the online landscape is basically smoking ruins. There's a city under there, one with a subway system and helicopters, bike trails, convention centers, schools -- every structure humans create. But it's as if a war had just been fought and nothing is working.
Scripting News: How do you post links to Twitter?
Scripting News: Media leaders never accept change gracefully.
Little Card: Selfie-aware.
Scripting News: My blog doesn't need HTTPS.
Scripting News: My blog doesn't need an editor.
On a recent trip, I got a chance to ride on the bike trails in Boulder. Fantastic experience. It almost seems they built the city around the trails, the same way NYC built its subway system in advance of the city.
Today I'm going to lunch in Manhattan, would love to ride my bike there. Instead I'll grab a CitiBike which is almost as good. Why, in a city as large as NY, are there not yet shopping places that provide excellent access for bike riders? A safe place to store your bike while doing your business.
A few weeks ago I went on a bike ride with friends from Nashville on the Hudson River path, and we stopped for lunch at the 72nd St pier. Lots of bike riders stop there, but there isn't even an obvious or easy place to park a bike there. And this is on the most heavily traveled bike trail in the United States.
We're still in the early days. Imagine whole malls designed to attract bike-riding shoppers. The same way shopping malls are building up around the cell phone lots at airports. I think there's a real investment opportunity here.
Fargo 1.66 remembers the bar cursor.
A card memorializes the event.
Today's background image is a portrait by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
Scripting News: The ephemerality of online.
Scripting News: Answers to Oz's questions.
Scripting News: An icon that means Publish.
Scripting News: Summer Streets in NYC.