(continues) A far cry from Osgoode Township High School, out in the country. So, yeah, as Doug Peterson says, it's no surprise to read about a university’s secret list to judge applicants by their high schools – not just their marks. But here's the kicker - here's what I learned this and other events at Ashbury: the private school kids weren't any smarter than we were. They just got more support, and special privileges. It's a lesson I never forgot.

More than marks downes.ca/post/68604 One of those formative experiences that you have when you're young came for me when I attended a Model Commonwealth conference at Ashbury College in Ottawa. Ashbury is a private school in a chi-chi part of the city with a reputatikn and tuition fee schedule that ensured I would never go there. It was clear students there had every advantage, and if you're an Ashbury student you're probably going to university.

Century. Today I cycled more than 100km - a 'century' to the St. Lawrence River, where I took this photo, and back. 106km total. I have more photos but I can't upload them and watch the Jays game at the same time, so, later.

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I'm happy to announce that my barebones ActivityPub server, implemented in Node.js/Express, is now open source! I intend for it to be a reference implementation for developers who are adding ActivityPub to their own services, but also it is an application server that you can build on if you want.

In other words, t's a few hundred lines of code that lets you create Mastodon-compatible accounts that can accept follow requests and post stuff to their followers.


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I actually built a little toy service (that I will also eventually open source) which converts any RSS feed to an ActivityPub actor that you can subscribe to in Mastodon (or any other AP-compatible client).

Play with it if you like! It is SUPER rough and most feeds end up horribly rendered in Mastodon but it's still kinda cool to see it work: bots.tinysubversions.com/conve

Decentralisation: the next big step for the world wide web downes.ca/post/68589 The web you thought you knew is getting ready for some major changes.

Why We Need Web 3.0 downes.ca/post/68587 More and more, as Ethereum co-founder Gab Would says, we are seeing that "the internet today is broken by design." It is centralized, it is driven by "the greedy, the megalomaniacs, or the plain malicious," and it provides no defense against fake news, cyber-attacks and surveillance. Hence the need for what is being called web 3.0 (backed by a suite of applications called web3).

For all my Mastodon friends, here's a first look at my plan and what I'm thinking of covering for my E-Learning 3.0 course. Short, but the result of a lot of thought. As I fill this out it will become the text of an opening E-Learning 3.0 article.

I've set the permissions so that anyone can edit the file. If you have thoughts, ideas, resources, etc., you are encouraged to contribute and edit. I want to make sure I get the tech right, and also its relation to learning.


@jgmac1106 Greg, was it you who was having issues with webmention?

I get an error from your site: Duplicate comment detected. Of course, as per the W3C spec, I'm only sending source and target URL; there is no comment (which is probably why it's flagged as 'duplicate').

Post Kinds, in depth downes.ca/post/68577 This post is mostly a test of the WebMention functionality I've just built into gRSShopper. WebMention is a W3 standard whereby if you mention someone's link in your post, that that person's site supports WebMention, then you can ping them and let them know they've been cited.

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This seems like a good time for a PSA:

If in the future you see something on a public-facing webpage you want to make a durable record of for use as evidence, don't take a screenshot. Those are -- understandably -- widely considered too easy to fabricate.

Instead, snapshot the page with the Internet Archive. It'll log a timestamped copy of the page to their servers. Highly tamper-resistant.

archive.org/web/ ("save page now", bottom-right)

Here are photos from today's ride - the Harvest Festival I encountered (unexpectedly) at km 27 (km 1998 for the year). Yes, I delayed riding that last 2 km in order to take some time to enjoy the festival and take pictures. Because it *is* about the journey. :)

25x50 Day 25. Another 53km today, taking me to 2025km on the year. This is my log for the year. The year so far, that is. :) My main thought this week has been that I'm really lucky, at age 59, to be able to get out and do something like this. A lot of people don't get that chance.

Art and Artistry in Montreal - flickr.com/photos/stephen_down - my photos from the Gora Gallery, Sherbrooke St. W. and from the Picasso, Africa and the Americas exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, which really made me rethink how I see Picasso and art as language generally. Though I think it's the other way around - we should think of language more the way we think about art. Anyhow, I hope these photos capture my perspective on the experience. Click the link for the full -sized images.

25x50 Day 24. The weather today was crisp and brilliantly clear, which made for a slightly cool but excellent day of cycling. I had hurt my back in Montreal and wasn't sure I'd be OK, but I was good for a 60km ride, leaving me only 30km from my goal. But more, I felt really good, and with the air so clear everything looked extra brilliant. Tomorrow looks like a similar sort of day, so the end is in sight.

When I was 18 and working part-time in the football stadium restaurant industry I made my own t-shirt - bright red, with the letters 'The Revolution Lives' emblazoned in gold lettering. When people asked me what revolution I meant, I said "the revolution of the mind". Today, I am still revolting. Haven't lost a step.

September 5, 2018. 25x50 Day 23. Today started out with a dental appointment. That went pretty well, so I decided to take the rest of the day as a personal day and cycle to Marvelville on what was probably the last really nice day of the year. 67 km, and I'm now over 1900 for the year.

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