- Archiving social media
- Deleting old accounts. (Bye-bye AWS Glacier 85 cent/month backup images from 2012.)
- Lots of thinking...
I make the internet a better place for humans.
Hacker News Ingested
Here's some q&d scripting to pull your comments into a bunch of shpub commands. You'll need to edit some of the quoting, but it works well!
cat hackernews-plindner-threads.json | jq -r '.items| "shpub note --html --syndication=" + .url + " --published=" + .date_published + " --name=\"" + .title + "\" - <<EOF\n" + .content_html + "\nEOF\n\n"'
Not sure how I feel. Google is now my longest running gig, overtaking public school. I have a ton of gratitude for the kindness and support that the people in this company offer and the opportunities it has provided. Oh and...
Much, much gratitude.
That said as the company has changed I've less-and-less identified myself as a Googler. I often feel reluctant admitting it in the alternative public spaces I inhabit.
I guess I recognize that the sociotechnical systems we build can reinforce the inequity of our society and extract or destroy the rich "variety" of the world.. I often yearn for a future where we can focus on "stuff that doesn't scale": the human, the physical and local connections.
With that I believe that my contribution, overall, is a net positive to the good in the world. It's hard to quantify and I grapple with it.
So yes, this job does indeed go to 11! Here's to the embracing the present moment and the scary unknown future!!
If you want to do something about the situation in Texas, folks on the ground seem to be suggesting donating to @TEAFund http://
It's like a kubes/mainframe buddy movie. :-D Enjoy this talk from some fun folks from Minnesota.
Recasting Algorithmic bias as security vulnerabilities with specific harms and a bug bounty is brilliant! Now I want a "Project Zero" team to go out and find these.
I love this. Google should offer similar bounties. And can we please spin up a Project Zero for AI Bias while we're at it?!
The List is still going in the year 2021. Amazing.
I did a video version of the blog post I did for them a while back about Love, Loss and Archives.
Consider donating and signing up for the 25th anniversary webcast, they do so much with such a small budget. Funny thing is that Google started out as a Library project. In some ways I wish we could go back to that simpler time.
With Covid (hopefully continuing) to decline there are some once in a lifetime opportunities to attend events at smaller scale.
I was just at the 30% capacity Disneyland last weekend. 16 rides in one day and just.. relaxed despite 40k steps walked.
I bought DEF-CON tickets.
I might go to the renegade Burning Man this year.
Socially distanced outdoor events mean I can bring my dog and dance.
Looking into doing a set of federated Decentralized Web camps.
Regional events instead of global ones.
Rethinking how things work...
Great opportunity to hear Nathan Schneider talk about the intersection of cooperatives and technology at the Decentralized Web Meetup this Wednesday.
cc @ntnsndr @internetarchive
It really feels like we're waking from the liminal dream state now. So much latent energy, ready to rush forth, ready for new possibilities.
Remember when @amazon Delivered Dance and DJ
This email from 9-9-99 by @mikemcgonigal is nothing like what you'd see today. I remember @ezrakilty mentioning that he worked with @djkevincole in those early days!
Much thanks to the fine folks on /r/LongBeach
It's the internet doing what it does best.
Can't believe that Google Photos still does not have a way to find photos without location/face tags. :(
You'd think we'd want this for better quality data as inputs.. People are motivated to add this data to get better maps/timelines...
Through some intermediaries I'm trying to help a Saudi https://
Sadly the Account Recovery process is proving to be its own form of pain.
If anyone wants to further escalate case 2-0838000031065 I'd really appreciate it.. I've gone back and forth for a few days already on this.
Apparently Twitter was very proactive about getting her back on. I'd love for us to outperform their customer service!!!!!
Only checking email a couple times per day. Using Android extreme battery saver so use 4154251601 if you really need to contact me.
According tothe whole system has collapsed with cascading failures. Auction rate for electricity is k/MWh instead of avg 8. Bonkers... Water pumps offline or frozen. Gasoline refineries offline so Gas supplies dipping. Not enough power to even do the promised rolling blackouts. At least the bridges to the island I'm on reopened..
Also another wrinkle in my situation. Staying at friends place down south Texas, but the electronic lock jammed in the cold, so had to pack up to a temp place, which also has no power (and no food). So no access to my laptop until power comes back so I can enter using the garage code (or a rock through a window)
It sounds worse in the place I was staying in Dallas which we fled from. Power out there too and much much colder with lots of snow.
I wonder if fairness in power supply cuts is an area worth investigating. Needs analysis could be interesting overlaid with circuit layout..
Will have a lot more to say when I'm online again....
Wrong answer.. This effort does not scale. You want to make it such that facts added by anyone can be easily imported with a simple opt-in.
GDPR data portability could be expanded to include defined formats for export so that import can be done in an automated fashion.
One thing that someone might consider is working with Data Portability laws to allow for export of user contributed data to corporate map platforms.
I'd like to add my Google Maps contributions to OSM
I'm a Level 7 local guide there and was an active user of MapMaker back in the day..
I'm in Dallas for a few weeks. If there are any Googlers that want to say hi in a socially distant way I'm up for it!
I have a chromebook with a noisy fan, so it sounds like a truck engine..
Actually kind of fun as the fan revs and slows. Launching gmail is like pressing down on the gas pedal hard :-D
hi5 (RIP) was originally a dating site and Pivoted to a Social Network.
Most profiles fake? I can say for sure that's not true. I maintained Postgres/Memcache/Graph DBs and the write load was real.
That said hi5 did engage in address book scraping and other dark patterns that you'd rather not see these days.
Fun fact: hi5 had a featured photos/profiles section based on popularity. Folks that ended up there deleted their account by 5x or more due to the unwanted attention their 'popular' photos garnered....