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My society/technology podcasts are: RN Future Tense and Download This Show.
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There have been a couple instances where a blog comment on social media added enough value to the conversation or idea shared in my post that it inspired me to quote that comment myself, in the blog comments. However, it wouldn’t be sustainable for me to try to do that all the time. I don’t really have a solution, I think it’s just a matter of accepting that people will choose to comment on social media sites, and blogs are not as social (anymore).

I think that comments are really interesting, especially when pieces are POSSE’d across different platforms. Just to add context, Twitter replies are brought back into my site, whereas I need to manually add in any responses made on your site.  That was one of the reasons I chose to also post my short reply (linked to a longer reply) on Twitter.

On a side note, as I collect my comments, it was funny to notice that I have written three comments on your blog in regards to commuting.

Replied to Pluralistic: 13 Jan 2021 by Cory DoctorowCory Doctorow (

I don’t often do “process posts” but this merits it. Here’s how I built Pluralistic and here’s how it works today, after nearly a year.

Congratulations on 20 years Cory and thank you for sharing your process. I really liked your point about first and fore mostly doing it for yourself.

First and foremost, I do it for me. The memex I’ve created by thinking about and then describing every interesting thing I’ve encountered is hugely important for how I understand the world. It’s the raw material of every novel, article, story and speech I write.

And I do it for the causes I believe in. There’s stuff in this world I want to change for the better. Explaining what I think is wrong, and how it can be improved, is the best way I know for nudging it in a direction I want to see it move.

I also like your suggestion that it is your ‘outboard brain’.

I go through my old posts every day. I know that much – most? – of them are not for the ages. But some of them are good. Some, I think, are great. They define who I am. They’re my outboard brain.

The question I wonder is how your purpose has changed over time? Clearly your process with Blogger is different than what you do now, is there anything beyond that?

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The mob that rampaged the halls of Congress included infamous white supremacists and conspiracy theorists.

Thousands invaded the highest centers of power, and the first thing they did was take selfies and videos. They were making content as spoils to take back to the digital empires where they dwell.

Members of the mob also used a site called Dlive to livestream while they rampaged.

A coup with no plot, no end to achieve, no plan but to pose.

Ian, I have been been thinking about the Gram piece and wondering if sharing events is in fact fuelling things, even more so from abroad.

I was left thinking of something Chris Gilliard ironically tweeted:

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I am going to have to give this a try as I am intrigued, especially by the lemon
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We need to ask questions as learning institutions create plans that hinge on new data collection or adopt new technologies. What data will be collected? How will this data be used? How will this be protected? How will it be shared?

Ian, I feel that one of the problems is that it is not always clear what data is even being shared. I remember reflecting on this problem in the past in regards to the analytics that are provided. I imagine a world where students might own their data and attach to whatever application via APIs, something like Solid. However, I assume that even this would produce exhaust data in the form of logs and so forth.
Replied to Matthew Wade’s poor dismissal cost Australia its ascendancy over India in third Test by Russell Jackson (ABC News)

Matthew Wade’s dismissal wrought carnage upon the Australian innings, highlighting his obsolete status as a temporary solution to a problem that no longer exists, writes Russell Jackson.

Russell Jackson reflects on the opportunities given to someone life Matthew Wade as opposed to Glenn Maxwell.

Other than Smith, Maxwell is actually Australia’s most recent Test centurion against India. He is also a more impactful part-time bowler than either Wade or Head, and a more dynamic fielder than both combined.

Numbers can’t be generated to explain his many ancillary weapons, nor the uncertainty they create in opponents.

Put simply, Maxwell has been the victim of unevenly applied standards.

Since his last Test axing, for instance, he’s averaged considerably more runs in the Sheffield Shield than Marnus Labuschagne had when selected for the Sydney Test two summers ago.

Among the batsmen with inferior first-class records who have leapfrogged him since 2015 are the emblematic figures of various Australian debacles: Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns, Mitchell Marsh, Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris. In Maxwell’s time, even Hilton Cartwright has played a home Test.

This is something I have written about before.

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It is intriguing the efforts required to crack open the black box that is the Facebook algorithm.
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Dean, I really appreciate your attempt at balance, even if I do not really like golf. (Can’t agree on everything😜)

This seems like the sort of topic that one might blog about? Here was my attempt:

My fast food social media diet has been replaced by one managed around blogs, feeds and comments. I do sometimes feel I miss out on some things, but trust that if I need to know something that I will probably capture through some other means.

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So go ahead and gloat about your AI infused semantic blockchain… I’ll keep applying the trailing edge tools, and will sharpen them as I go.

Thank you for sharing this Alan. It is another example of why wide reading is helpful. I have been tinkering with different ways of searching my site for a while. I know that I could use Google Custom Search and a raft of other methods, however I wanted to avoid all that. Therefore, I still use the good old method, with some extra code to expand the search. What your bookmarklet now allows me to do is easily search from anywhere without opening the site first or going to ‘search’, although I removed the index.php and replaced this with ?s=.

In regards to itches, I would still like the ability to search for content associated with particular tags, this is what happens when you start using WordPress as a commonplace book. That this granny is happy enough for now.

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Thrive is the word I have chosen for 2021. I want to feel like I’m thriving with my healthy living goals. I want to thrive at work and watch our students thrive too. I want my wife and daughters to thrive and feel like their work and school experiences are not just about coping, or showing resilience, but about feeling successful and accomplished.

David, I really like how you go beyond yourself with your one work. It made me think about our responsibility for the earth and trees, a topic discussed on The Minecraft podcast.

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Bianca, I really enjoy the Minefield podcast featuring Waleed Aly and Scott Stephens. Not sure if this is what you are looking for.
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What are you using for RSS reader? I find that when I use an RSS reader, I’m more likely to focus on content than flit around via social media.

Miguel, I use Inoreader. I like the ability to subscribe to a feed that I store on my own site.

I didn’t really like how Feedly organised the various categories and always found it tedious to backup my OPML to share with others. The answer is to subscribe to an OPML Feed stored in the links of a WordPress site, rather than upload a static file.

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Alan, I enjoyed your thoughts about music and mastering. It reminded me of something I wondered a few years ago:

Often when asked about predictions for the future, I wonder if there will come a time when we can quickly and easily remix music, leaving our own mark. To me, this would need some sort of audio track recognition. I wonder though whether at the same time that such technology becomes available, whether copyright will simply hold us back.

Leaves me thinking that this would probably completely change the way music is recorded in the first place? For example, not sure how Jacob Collier’s hundreds of tracks would be translated into a cleaner UI?