I am the editor of an online writing magazine called The New Leaf Journal. We post articles on a variety of topics that interest us. To learn more about our project and find a sample of the 300+ articles that we have posted since launching in April 2020, please see our "About" page below.
President's Day in the United States was recognized yesterday. But George Washington was born on February 22. For Washington's birthday - a short piece on a 1793 Masonic portrait of the first President.
I use and work with RSS and Atom since years and it never let me down, I find it better than installing some useless apps.
I have some RSS/Atom content in my article pipeline. It occurred to me that it would be exhausting prefacing every article with an explanation of what these things are. For that reason, I wrote a general introduction to RSS, feeds, and feed readers (aided by the perfect public domain clip art image).
For WordPress admins, a full post on the aesthetic sitemaps generated by The SEO Framework, a clean SEO plugin that I am enjoying thus far (only hiccup is my account being disconnected twice - will see if that issue persists).
had to explain RSS to two fellow gen z-ers
me: its kind of like subscribing for updates on a website, before "following" was a thing.
them: oh, is that something new?
me: actually closed "following" on walled gardens, like twitter, kind of killed out a lot of RSS for our generation, but there are people who still use it and find it handy
them: wait, so i don't need to make an account?
In 2020, I overheard first date conversation while walking past a restaurant. A lady, in words not entirely amenable publication on a family website, made clear to her date that she does not associate with men who went to jail. Fortunately, her date assured her that he had never been in that sort of temporary housing. Had the lady been burned before? I wonder.
My thoughts as we just cross the 70% mark on updating the AUR ungoogled-chromium package after about 75 minutes.
Nintendo making Pokémon Bank free - and looks like it will be maintained beyond 2023. I am working on a project to beat Pokémon Colosseeum for the first time in a long time and port Pokémon all the way to Switch. On one hand, Nintendo's announcement is good news - but on the other, it probably won't make me not procrastinate.
I am testing the @Mojeek search engine and found an interesting feature with its domain-specific searches. At the bottom of a results page, Mojeek provides outgoing links to try the same search in Brave, Ecosia, Gigablast, and Startpage - although Startpage seems to block the referral if you are using a VPN (tested with Mullvad). Nice feature while Mojeek continues to grow.
(See my site as example.)
A post for WordPress Admins. I recently moved from Yoast to The SEO Framework (premium) for our SEO solution. I like the UI so far and it is definitely less cluttered than Yoast and lighter on resources. One thing I was not expecting was an aesthetic sitemap page:
I customized the colors to match our site's aesthetic. Very nice. I'll monitor how it performs over the next few weeks.
In late January, I wrote a history of Owney the mail-dog. From 1889-1898, Owney accompanied U.S. mail on trains traveling across the United States (and on a few boats abroad) - before returning to his home at the Albany Post Office. Story includes links to more detailed materials and photos of Owney.
I've tried my best to be a good maintainer to #pixelfed, and for the most part I've been really lucky to have such a supportive community.
That being said, negative feedback really hurts. I take it personally.
And that's not a bad thing because I'm able to fix it in most cases, and make the user(s) happy.
I finally fixed the most prominent bug in Metro 2.0, full width previews, and it really means a lot to me that users are happy with it.
Pixelfed really is powered by the people.
In our newest newsletter, I cover the process I undertook to move The New Leaf Journal from Bluehost shared hosting to Hetzner Cloud, along with 9 article recommendations from around the web and other content.
(So far so good - and unsurprisingly a huge performance bump.)
During snowy times in Brooklyn, New York, in December 2020, I wrote a meditation on taking care while walking on the snow and ice using a chapter of Epictetus' Enchiridion as my guide.
Editor and acting site administrator of The New Leaf Journal. Legal research specialist by day.
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