Had a great spin ride at 5am this morning, and got home for sunrise and coffee. 👍 so far, Wednesday.

👍 Liked: Building an IndieWeb Reader

📚I finished The Power by Naomi Alderman last night. It’s evocative and unsettling, poses some good questions about power and gender and violence; it maybe doesn’t quite earn its conclusion but is definitely a good read.

👍 Liked: The Mountain West Is Experiencing A Second Gold Rush. This Time They’re Mining Bitcoin.

My dissertation on local currencies was about three years too early for Bitcoin. I’m fascinated to see old mining towns like Anaconda becoming host to big Bitcoin operations – a new kind of resource extraction replacing the old kind that put a lot of western towns on the map in the first place.

A wooden facade church building with bell tower in evening light

Trinity Episcopal is the church where my mom sang in the choir, my grandfather did the books, and where my parents were married 50 years ago this summer. I was able to walk by and see it on my San Jose trip last week. It had been a long time since.

I've had a fun couple of weeks of continued indieweb stand-up. 

  • (new) My own installation of Quill, which I stood up yesterday and modified slightly in order to add small annotations to like-type posts. 
  • (new) In the process, I got likes more fully wired up so that they appear the way I want them to and get syndicated properly (I think).
    • Doing this with more post types is on the to-do list.
  • (new-ish) All of prettygoodhat is served up securely with Let's Encrypt.
  • (new-ish) A working media endpoint! Thanks to aaronpk/media-endpoint.php. I can't say enough about the reduction in friction of being able to use any Micropub client to not only post but add images to the site. It's like living in a magic future.
    • It's magic, especially when an app like Sunlit can flawlessly connect and post images.
  • (reasonably recent) Implementation of Nanopub from @dgold, enabling micropub-based publishing to Hugo.
  • Webmentions via webmention.herokuapp.com.
    • (I've started sending webmentions with Telegraph.)

I still haven't hooked up any other syndication than to Micro.blog; maybe I'll get around to that, though I'm not feeling a great void by not having Twitter replies or other platforms integrated. (I suppose Bridgy should help make that easy, though.)

In the process of doing all this, I've made some small optimizations to my Hugo templates (which are nonetheless still horrible) and learned a ton about the mechanics of IndieAuth. I've really had a good time and feel rewarded by these efforts to own my own piece of the web. 

👍 Liked: 90ml bottle of Monteverde Sapphire blue fountain pen ink. Monteverde ink is lubricated to help prevent it from drying out in your pen.

Got my first bottled ink for my new pen. Hello, rabbit hole!

Espresso in a small clear glass cup

After getting home on my final flight very late last night, I really needed this afternoon espresso. It was delicious.

I think I’ve also managed to get images into my feed! Winning Friday.

Exit door at Social Policy

Stopping for a coffee at Social Policy. John Prine’s on the stereo am I’m taking it as a good sign for the day. [photo]

Can’t leave the coffee shop if Tom Petty’s “American Girl” just came on the stereo, right? It’s a bylaw?

Strata Data banner, San Jose

BRB, learning stuff at #StrataData.

San Jose conference center with a red and white banner for the Strata Data Conference.

Do you know the way to San Jos—never mind, found it.

Airport tarmac, blue sky and a few streaky winter clouds

On the tarmac at FLG.

I’m packed, more or less, and enjoying a coffee by the fireplace, just about ready to head to the airport. I love flying out of our little airport — short security line and free parking for the win!

Pen, notebook, and paper coffee cup on a steel restaurant counter.

Waiting on breakfast at the Tourist Home on a blustery morning and making some planning notes for this week’s San Jose trip. It’s wintery here this morning but spring is definitely on the way, as mountain bikes have started to supplant skis on the car racks around town.

We saw Black Panther today and really enjoyed it! Cast, characters, story: it has lots going on – lots to say – and it does it very well. By contrast, one of the trailers was for Ready Player One, and boy does that trailer just do utterly nothing for me.

🎧 I’ve had Brian Fallon’s new album Sleepwalkers on heavy rotation the past week or so, and now I find Billy Rosenbeck’s glowing review. It’s an evocative, thoughtful orientation to what makes Fallon so good. 👍

I’m San Jose-bound next week! I haven’t been there in many years, so even though it’s a work trip I’m excited to be there again. I’m scoping out coffee shops and told my parents I’d wander over and take a picture of the church where they got married, too.

espresso cup from above, bright gold colored in the sun

One thing I have a new appreciation for as I finish my Whole30 month of eating very, very specifically, is good espresso. My go-do drink is a cappuccino, and I’ll certainly come back to those, but I’ve found great pleasure in a well-made espresso this month. I’ve enjoyed improving my home espresso craft along the way, too.

screenshot showing Let's Encrypt status

/Now: Really happy with how easy the one-click installation of Let’s Encrypt certificates is with Pair Networks! I have some configs to update to take advantage of it, and it’s amazing that this will take longer than actually enabling SSL. 🔐!

Snow day here! Six inches or so of lovely powder overnight and continuing this morning. Alas, I still have to work today.

Snowy park with San Francisco Peaks in the background

Taking a walk on a very windy lunchtime.

I keep meaning to post a photo of breakfast at my favorite local joint, the Tourist Home. So, here you go.

Me: _plays for many hours_ I've accumulated a good amount of resources and equipment. I had best continue conservatively, not buying more than the absolute necessities so that I can min-max my stats and capabilities for upcoming situations.

_goes to work_

_returns_

My son: Dad I used all our bomb arrows and bought endurance rings with all the spirit orbs. Also I spent most of our rupees for lots of armor and dyed it all blue because it looks **so cool** and now I look like the blue ninja!

This is good for me.

I’m very not impressed by the font scaling on this new work-issued (Win) laptop. This is Not Good.