A meeting this morning, then links.
Thanks for your patience.
Medium/Cameron Barrett: I wish, more than anything else, for Medium to have an API.
Yes. Wholeheartedly agreed.
Nice Marmot: The Growth of Oligarchy.
Yep. It’s been many years now since Princeton University made more money as a real estate holding company than as a university. They could drop the whole education side of things and be quite well off.
Sorry for the vacuum.
The day picked me up by the neck and shook me a few times. Better now. Links as I have time.
“A static markdown CMS built on top of Amazon S3.” Keeping an eye on this.
Guardian.UK: After 350 years of academic journals it’s time to shake things up.
“The panellists agreed that the goal should be to move away from scientific publishing — towards scientific communication.” One might suggest the ‘lowly’ blog as the form of communication.
More meetings. Links soon.
One o’ those mornings.
Meetings out the wazoo. Links shortly.
ReadWrite: The Walled Gardens Of The Web Are Growing.
“AOL Version 2.0.” Yeah, we know. You just noticed?
Great to see you in my stats today. Hope all is well.
Globe and Mail.CA: Movie-fan bloggers the new Hollywood influencers.
“While the fan connection has long been cultivated at conventions such as Comic-Con or Disney’s Star Wars Celebration, young writers such as Jones – whose posts have been read nearly 11 million times – are increasingly being courted at events once reserved for traditional media outlets.” 11 million times! I should just shut up shop and retire to the back of my sock drawer. But that’s a good example of the popularity a niche blog can stumble upon.
BBC: When did curators become cool?
“Motley backgrounds!” I need to work that into my CV at some point. Note that, he tips into involuntary psychoanalysis here ... which is generally a fragrant load of ruminant animal ejecta.
Weblog comment moderation example.
Here’s a good example of something I run into occasionally. Read it through.
The commenter is accusing me of stealing other people’s “ideas”. You can click on the link, and see that he is posting others’ work, insinuating it is my own. I did a check on the site, the author may be one of those mentioned in the original PetaPixel article.
So, what are my choices? I could answer him back in the comments. I could email him privately. I could leave the comment as is, with no response. Or I could just erase the comment and ban him.
What are the ramifications of each?
If I comment or email him, he may continue to escalate the situation with more crazy accusations, or start harvesting my own photography (which he seems ignorant of) out of spite. I’m not in the business of educating folks on the differences between theft and creative license. Nor do I have the time, really. The fact that he made such an ill-conceived comment to begin with convinces me he will not be reasonable. Morocco (his originating country) is a member of the WIPO and Berne treaties, and respects US IP and patents. He risks more than a reasoning person should.
If I leave the comment in place, the link will eventually die, and a person entering my archives will not be able to judge the validity of the comment, meaning a percentage of readers will believe I’m an ‘idea-stealer’ or at least a person of dubious character. Comments turn off after a period of time, so noone could comment in query ... and, in practice, only a handful email to simply ask a question to clarify a point.
At this point, I feel my best choice is to simply erase the comment. I will not ban his IP unless he gets abusive.
In the more innocent past, I would have engaged at great length. I’ve since learned the blog-commenting law of diminishing returns ...
Later: The funnier thing is that I’ve given up on ‘conceptual photography’. I look at what people do, and most of it is of a quality that simply shrieks, “HEY, LOOK ... I’M LEARNING PHOTOSHOP!!!!!” The internet-photography equivalent of inspirational quotes. I feel that if I see another ‘levitation’ shot, or another photo with badly PS’d birds, I’ll simply explode.
Yeah, one o’ those days.
Links when I can.
Register.UK: WordPress web hijack bug revealed.
ScholarlyKitchen: Version Control; or, What does it Mean to “Publish?”.
“But isn’t scholarship built on an architecture of citation? Even if one doesn’t credit the whiggish notion that we will know more and be better for it over time, the structures of scholarship are such that one builds on what has come before. Citation, the essential scholarly building block, requires some measure of fixity, a version of record.” Related to my astonishment at some pro blogger sites’ recommendation of altering your archives. If one references a mark that is not fixed, doesn’t that invalidate the reference and other works linked to that reference entirely?
PapaScott goes Jekyll/Disqus.
Atlas Obscura: Bandalier National Monument.
Bandelier. You could take the time to spell it correctly. And color balance the photos so they’re not so blue (we’re at altitude; you have to balance your camera to warm up the light). A fun fact: one of the residents could carve out a new room in a day, it’s that soft.
FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance.
I love that Fishbowl scans and posts leading NYC paper front pages. So simple, so useful. In one scroll, you can decide what’s important (or more importantly, what’s NOT important). Big thanks, FishbowlNY.
The morning has NOT gone as expected.
Links soon, for a bit.
Newsblur seems to be down.
It’s like my right arm’s been hacked off. Slow linkage until I get my RSS fix.
10 minutes later: Back up. Phew.
Carnival - add comments in a developer-friendly way.
Having the oil changed in one o’ my beasts.
Links later in the morning.