@judy2k groupby is useful. But I'm a weird functional programming hippie who thinks Scala is okay.

I wrote a thing about museums and engagement metrics. It is as positive and optimistic as you've come to expect from me.


@Edent Yup, but that means a MySQL installation, and possible PHP vulns. Can't get more secure and less breakable than static files.

@edsu Netlify is basically GitHubPages++.

As for my reading: a whole lot of paperwork and not a lot of classic novels, alas. All for good ends though.

I very reluctantly relaunched my personal site. Not because I particularly want to, but because I didn't want it to be totally dead.

I can't promise to write lots, because I'm a bit busy reading.


@Edent @aral (and yes, when everything from scientific papers to legal judgments to academic books are published by what are essentially “closed source” publishers, we have to make deals with the devil to get summaries out to the public.)

@Edent @aral Google Books may be embroiled in lawsuits, but it is a whole big reason Wikipedia is any good: it has become an important way for us to verify and cite articles.

I tend to avoid Google products as much as possible because their business model is creepy as hell, but GBooks is extremely important to ensuring WP is verifiable and reasonable quality.

@si I'm trying hard not to, but sometimes relent in return for money.

systemd messed up my day.

That’s not a knock on systemd, just things now don’t work.

I'm Tom. I live in London. I'm a recovering software developer. I'm an admin on Wikipedia (and I write a few bits on there about philosophy and law and weird TV programmes).

I used to be a pretty avid supporter of stuff like IndieWeb, but I'm now rather cynical about the internet and social media and generally think we ought to turn it off for everyone's mental health.

Today, I cranked out a 30 line Ruby script that automatically checks my university library website and renews any books that are about to become overdue.

Programming is terrible, but occasionally it solves a really fucking annoying problem.

Alright, my personal site is back up. I'm debating whether to setup a Mastodon instance on there, then work out how to tie my old site together with Mastodon.

I wonder why Commander Keen never got a modern remake. Maybe because PC gaming these days takes itself way to seriously?

(reviving the old question from Twitter)

I'm reading about the Glorious Revolution and the 1688 Parliament.

@MarkWarner Given how inept the UK's ICO has been for many years, uniform enforcement is a high bar to clear.

I personally wouldn't run an instance in the EU (or, would only run it for myself as the sole user).

@MarkWarner Not in the US, perhaps, but in the EU, the GDPR wave is coming and nobody seems to have really thought about how federation+GDPR is going to work.

The best thing about being a Mastodon server admin based in the EU is you probably now have obligations to register under your country's data regulator and follow the GDPR.

Federation: more headaches than you think.

Mastodon: you should randomly pick some person's server to hang out on and trust with your data.
No, of course they aren't registered data controllers.

The law is still a thing (especially in Europe), and companies like Twitter are at least somewhat more accountable to the justice system for misuse in a way that the pseudonymous server admin of your favourite queer polyamorous furry art sharing instance can't. Just saying.

Federation: still bad.


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