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For a few years now, it has been a goal (or more of a dream) to build my own feed reader which integrates directly with the blog making it easy to perform indieweb actions such as likes and replies. I started building a WordPress plugin back in 2018 but quickly abandoned it as I didn’t have the coding skills necessary at the time.

Today I am officially unveiling /reader, my new indie, integrated feed reader.

Colin, this looks great. I really like the idea of a customised reader. I wish I had the skills to achieve what you have done. Maybe one day.
Replied to Implicit social graphs – mirroring life. by Colin WalkerColin Walker (colinwalker.blog)

I have a saved Twitter search for the hashtag #saintsfc which I use to watch for updates and talk to other fans when Southampton Football Club are playing. The fans join together for a short period due to a shared interest and return to their usual timelines after the match but this type of graph is recreated in a similar form at the next game.

Repeated interactions within implicit graphs can lead to a bleed from the implicit to explicit – once you get to know some of those from the implicit graph they become ‘friends’ and, after a while, can be invited over in to the explicit graph.

Colin, your discussion of ‘implicit’ and ‘explicit’ has me thinking about Dron and Anderson’s book Teaching Crowd:

In the book Teaching Crowds, Dron and Anderson unpack the different ways that people gather within online spaces. To do so, they focus on three key modes of learning:

  • Groups: Distinct entities independent of membership, groups are structured around formal lines of authority. An example are the various learning management systems. Organised hierarchically, they do not allow for cross-system dissemination.
  • Networks: Based on individual connections, networks evolve through interactions. Examples of such spaces are social network platforms, such as Facebook and LinkedIn. These spaces create the means easily sharing and connecting with others.
  • Sets: Bound together by a commonality, with sets there are no expectations of personal engagement. Some examples of sets are social interest sites, such as Pinterest. Both of which provide means of easily finding similar ideas.

Replied to muse-letter 27: the state of the web (colinwalker.blog)

The past couple of weeks have been dominated by a couple of things: sorting out the GitHub repository for (b)log-In and messing about with music now that I have a second Behringer TD-3. I can’t be bothered with, and certainly couldn’t afford, a sports car so maybe making acid music with actual hardware is my version of a midlife crisis as I approach the big five-oh. I seem to be spending an inordinate amount of time tracking drum machines and synths on eBay.

Another interesting newsletter Colin.

I was particularly taken by your discussion of newsletters and relationships.

perhaps the current failings of online interaction are partly behind the resurgence of email newsletters: people looking for a smaller, closer experience, something more contained and intimate rather than the usual mass broadcasting. As I have been saying for years, it is, or should be, about relationships not metrics.

I find that there is something in the friction of the newsletter and the longer form that is a reward if we are will to put in the time, willing to build the connection.

In regards to music, I have found myself itching to buy some new equipment to tinker with. I went a couple of times to a music store near work, as well as did some research, but have found myself wondering what tool I am after. I had a play with the Korg Minilogue and some other synths. Unsure, I have instead found myself returning to the instruments we already have, whether it be the iPad and the upright piano we were lucky enough to recently inherit (although it does need a tune.)

Liked muse-letter 24: time and the self (colinwalker.blog)

What if we are just a collection of thoughts and reactions and there is not an actual self sitting behind the thoughts. It’s quite a mind-fuck and goes against everything we tend to assume in our post-Descartes world β€” “I think, therefore I am.” Descartes argues, even if everything around us is a deception and our senses do not report reality, that our experience of our world, true or not, is real. Our perceptions and thoughts are ours and we can be certain that we exist because of them. Others, however, have gone on to say that just because thinking is occurring it doesn’t mean that it is being done by any given ‘I’.

Replied to 26/12/2020, 14:41 – Colin Walker (colinwalker.blog)

I’ve not been able to play with the Behringer TD-3 yet as it ships with a euro plug (some adapters are on order along with an assortment of cables) but I’ve been getting to grips with the Korg Volca Drum, figuring out what it’s capable of and generally making noise.

I too have turned to the physical in regards to instruments. I bought the Volca Modular. I think I am getting my head around it, partially because of the time spent tinkering with VCV Rack.

I have been looking at getting a Volca Sampler 2 to compliment it and provide some rhythmic contrast. One of the issues I have is finding a power supply that would work for multiple Volcas. Just not sold on the cost of the Korg adaptor, especially when I would have to buy two. Wondering if you bought the official adaptor or if you are just running off batteries?

 

Replied to muse-letter 9: exciting times by Colin WalkerColin Walker (colinwalker.blog)

Still, we have moved away from her three types of weblog as specific categories: blog (short form journals), notebooks (distinguished from blogs by their longer pieces of focused content), and filters (what we now call link blogs). Blogs tend to be a mixture of all three but, even back in 2002, Blood stated that “most weblogs do not strictly follow the roles” she outlined. I’d call them more functions of a blog rather than specific roles.

Thank you Colin for your thoughts on The Weblog Handbook by Rebecca Blood. Something to add to my notes of developing a blog. Also, good luck with the move.
Replied to https://colinwalker.blog/28-06-2020-1331/ by Colin WalkerColin Walker (colinwalker.blog)

A weekend of plumbing jobs: fixing a leak on the inlet pipe to the toilet (this included replacing the fill valve) and replacing the bath taps.
I’ve been putting off doing the bath taps as I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it. I was considering getting a plumber but gave in and tried it myself. I d…

Me too Colin. Biggest issue I had with my taps was having the right tools to fix the problem, as well as knowing that I really did need to put that much strength into loosening it. (I really did think I was going to break it.)
Replied to https://colinwalker.blog/03-06-2020-0958/ by Colin WalkerColin Walker (colinwalker.blog)

It seems likely I’ll be working from home until at least the end of September but this house really isn’t a good fit for that – the longer this goes on the worse it gets. I see so many pieces of advice detailing how to better organise your work day, separate your work area, work in sprints and take regular breaks, but there is no room to distinguish work from home while my role is predominantly reactionary and I must be available. I have next to no control.

And then we can add to that being bombarded by continual bad news despite trying to avoid it.
The world is a roiling sea o…

I remember being told early on that you need to draw lines. If only. I have had to support our daughter who has been learning from home, while our open-planned house is not easily ‘locked off’. It is a bit different with schools returning in Australia, but a part of me wonders if this will have a return to people looking for houses with a study/work space?
Replied to https://colinwalker.blog/09-04-2020-1458/ by Colin WalkerColin Walker (colinwalker.blog)

Linking to previous posts, and the “Related Post” references that creates, is a basic yet effective bi-directional system of connections allowing me to follow threads of thought over time. When you also factor in clickable hashtags (which I really should use more) the blog becomes more of a database than ever.

I concur with this Colin. I too tried to maintain a wiki using Mike Caulfield’s Wikity theme. I have turned to the use of links built on webmentions between pieces. It feels a little bit messy, but I think it works. I often add the reply microformat of class="u-in-reply-to" if I want the posts to show as a comment. As I still use the classic editor, I use the Post Editor Buttons pluginclass=”u-like-of” to add this in as an option.
Replied to https://colinwalker.blog/18-03-2020-0918/ by Colin WalkerColin Walker (colinwalker.blog)

Once given the all clear will people’s behaviour be altered? Will society and governments approach things differently? We live in an age of short-termism where people can’t see past their next paycheck and governments the next election. When this is all over will the world return to the excess of before?

Colin, it will be interesting to see what legacy this current crisis will leave. I think that the world changes each and every day, it just feels like some changes are more disruptive than others.
Replied to Muse-letter 1: Introductions by Colin WalkerColin Walker (colinwalker.blog)

I had thought about calling this something weird or funny like “Strange Love: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Myself” but wasn’t sure if people would get the reference, I hope so but you can’t never be too sure. It might also be seen as setting too tight a scope, perhaps sounding like it was all about my battle with depression and anxiety.

I want it to be more than that so eventually opted for the simple play on words “muse-letter” – I’m absolutely terrible at naming things.

I always love your thoughts and reflections. Excited about this new project Colin. Anxious about the pandemic and the side-effects. Hoping that such projects can sustain our social desires in a time of isolation.
Replied to https://colinwalker.blog/03-03-2020-0924/ by Colin WalkerColin Walker (colinwalker.blog)

It’s often difficult after a long busy day in the office or a bad night’s sleep, but I need to see that free time as a gift, some small consolation for having to make the trip and use it accordingly, purposefully, mindfully.

I can really relate to this Colin. I travel roughly two hours a day and always feel the pressure to make the most of the time. I find this frustrating in that there is always so much I want to do and it is not always optimal working off my phone, especially in regards to writing.
Liked https://colinwalker.blog/04-03-2020-1913/ by Colin WalkerColin Walker (colinwalker.blog)

Writing is my virtue: it is the right thing to do; it gives me strength, it provides the courage to say things, admit things, I might not without it.

But writing is also my vice. It is an obsession, all consuming, something that I can’t stop thinking about even when doing other things. It is a habit I cannot shake, one that I must live with, am more than willing to do so.

Replied to https://colinwalker.blog/29-02-2020-0850/ by Colin WalkerColin Walker (colinwalker.blog)

I realised that my morning sessions were becoming writing meditation, trying to exist in that moment and take better notice of what is happening inside me, around me, whatever triggers the word to flow.

Colin, I love the idea of blogging as meditation. It is not so much the product of what is produced – although this is useful – but the act of actually just writing and thinking through things that matters.
Liked Worth by Colin WalkerColin Walker (colinwalker.blog)

This is the trap we constantly find ourselves in: the need to get, gain, acquire. Instead, to be is literally just that: to be. Being better doesn’t require more, doesn’t require doing, it just just needs us to take a step back and assess, acknowledge, accept.

If doing results from being then great, but it doesn’t automatically make us better.

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So here we are, in a social world, wondering how to make the best of things, how to use the tools thrust upon us to best effect. The horse bolted a long time ago and there is no way of ever closing the stable door again – I think the door shattered and came off its hinges.

This is a really interesting piece Colin. Sometimes I cringe at my advocacy of certain aspects of social media, but then I think about what it is made possible. Although some argue for a ProSocialWeb, l like your point about a more personal web:

Still, one thing has changed, one hugely significant thing: I’m no longer trying to be a voice for the masses (that ship has well and truly sailed), no longer pretending that I could hold sway over any of this. Instead, I am just focusing on what’s best for me, how I can use the tools at my disposal (and that’s all they are) to have a presence I can be proud of, to work things out in my own mind.

Although I am happy to engage with the ‘social’ aspects, I have become more mindful of over-investing on what it might offer.

Replied to https://colinwalker.blog/12-02-2020-1612/ by Colin WalkerColin Walker (colinwalker.blog)

We may not be “fans” per se but there will always be bloggers whose words resonate, affect us just as much as a song. It’s why we keep visiting their blogs, why we subscribe to their feeds, and maybe engage on social networks.

I really like your point Colin about ‘bloggers whose words resonate’. Whether it be music, a poem or a painting, each has the potential to help see the world in a different light, whether that was the intent of the creator or not.
Replied to Reframing by Colin WalkerColin Walker (colinwalker.blog)

I am using my daily log to force a positive retrospection on each day, reframing it so as not to dwell on the negatives. It isn’t about being more observant but being better at recording and remembering the observations I do have. Getting lost in a funk, being disinterested in things, means that my memory suffers. Badly. I’m terrible at recalling so much and then judge myself harshly for having forgotten it. It’s a negative spiral I could start to unwind by being a little more mindful, a little more present, a little more positive.

Colin, your mention mention of ‘high functioning depression’ reminds me of a quote from Sarah Wilson that Doug Belshaw included in his end of year post:

The more anxious we are, the more high-functioning we will make ourselves appear, which just encourages the world to lean on us more.