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A Digital Food Diary on My Own Website

Food and Drink on my own website<p>I’ve been wanting to do it for a while, but I’ve finally started making eat and drink posts. The display isn’t …

Leo Laporte

Browser Bookmarklets for Post Kinds Plugin for WordPress

The Post Kinds Plugin<p>I’ve been using David Shanske’s excellent WordPress plugin Post Kinds, which is conveniently bundled into the IndieWeb Plugin, …

Web Design

Pocket 2017 Year in Review

According to Pocket, I’m still in their top 5% of their readers/users despite the fact that I cut <i>way</i> back on using it this past year in strong …

Gear & Gadgets

👓 Limits and Colimits, Part 1 (Introduction) | Math3ma

I'd like to embark on yet another mini-series here on the blog. The topic this time? Limits and colimits in category theory! But even if you're not …

Mathematics

📗 Read pages i-62 of Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath & Dan Heath

 Started: Read pages i-62 (Introduction and Chapter 1) of Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath & Dan Heath (Random …

Writing

📖 Read pages 89-142 of Just My Type by Simon Garfield

 Read pages 89-142 of Just My Type: A Book about Fonts by Simon Garfield<p>The flowery language continues apace almost as if this were a love letter to …

Typography

📖 Read pages i-52 of Just My Type by Simon Garfield

 Read pages i-52 of Just My Type: A Book about Fonts by Simon Garfield<p>Some interesting tidbits interspersed in a text written by someone who …

Typography

The Village at Christmas?

Author: Chris Aldrich<p>I'm a biomedical and electrical engineer with interests in information theory, complexity, evolution, genetics, signal …

Christmas

An update to read posts for physical books

Inspired by gRegor Morrill’s IndieWebCamp Austin project, I went back and took a look at some of my read posts, and particularly for books.<p>For online …

👓 No one makes a living on Patreon | The Outline

This makes me want to find alternate and more direct means of donating money to people I want to support.<p>This could be a use case for people to have …

I've deleted the Twitter app from my phone.

It’s not the bigger Twitter quit I’ve been debating for a while, but I’ve just taken the intermediate step of removing the Twitter app and its …

Alpha Release of Linkback Module for Drupal 8 with Webmention Support [8.x-1.0-alpha1]

We are proud to bring you the first alpha release of Linkback, an interesting suite of modules which can help integrate your website with the wider …

🎧 This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition • November 26th – December 2nd, 2017

You can find all of my audio editions and subscribe with your favorite podcast app here: martymcgui.re/podcasts/indieweb/. Music from Aaron Parecki’s …

MATH X 451.43 Introduction to Algebraic Geometry: The Sequel | UCLA Extension

Algebraic geometry is the study, using algebraic tools, of geometric objects defined as the solution sets to systems of polynomial equations in …

🔖 Americana: A 400-Year History of American Capitalism by Bhu Srinivasan

“A delightful tour through the businesses and industries that turned America into the biggest economy in the world. . . . An excellent book.”—The …

👓 I'm on the FCC. Please stop us from killing net neutrality | LA Times

The FCC's plan to gut net neutrality deserves a heated response from the millions of Americans who work and create online every day.<p>Other than the …

👓 A GoFundMe Campaign Is Not Health Insurance | The Nib

My friend died $50 short. It doesn’t have to be that way.<p>This is just a heartbreaking cartoon. I hope everyone will read it in full.<p>This is one of …

I've wanted to create a podcast for a long time, but the effort involved just seemed like too much. So using my own website, I thought I'd see what I could come up with in under an hour in terms of creation and posting. Here's the first "episode" which I've conceived of, created, and posted in under an hour with equipment I happen to have on hand

Author: Chris Aldrich<p>I'm a biomedical and electrical engineer with interests in information theory, complexity, evolution, genetics, signal …

🔖 Webrecorder: Create high-fidelity, interactive web archives of any web site you browse

Create high-fidelity, interactive web archives of any web site you browse.<p>Author: Chris Aldrich<p>I'm a biomedical and electrical engineer with …

📺 Wisdom of the Crowd Season 1, Episodes 2-4

A drama about a visionary tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter's murder, and revolutionize crime solving …

A late afternoon NaNoWriMo update

Spent a chunk of the afternoon working on the book for NaNoWriMo. I’ve pushed out 1,214 words in sections on rel-me, themes, and added some …

Boffosocko.com supports JSON feed now

Author: Chris Aldrich<p>I'm a biomedical and electrical engineer with interests in information theory, complexity, evolution, genetics, signal …

🔖 Ten Great Ideas about Chance by Persi Diaconis and Brian Skyrms

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, gamblers and mathematicians transformed the idea of chance from a mystery into the discipline of …

A Following Page (aka some significant updates to my Blogroll)

I’ve been slowly but surely working on compiling a list of people I’m following online. In older iterations of the web, this would have been known as …

Progress update on day one of #NaNoWriMo

At the end of NaNoWriMo day 1, I’ve added 2,859 words, most of them written in the early morning. A chunk is in the introduction, but the biggest …

📖 Read pages 59-89 of Origin by Dan Brown

Author: Chris Aldrich<p>I'm a biomedical and electrical engineer with interests in information theory, complexity, evolution, genetics, signal …

The Presentation of Self on a Decentralised Web by Dr. Amy Guy

Many people express themselves online through social media, blogs, personal websites, and the like. Using these technologies affects our day-to-day …

IndieWeb: The Book

For a quite a while I’ve been thinking about writing a book about the IndieWeb to provide a broader overview of what it is philosophically, how it …

The Calculus of Comedy: Math in The Simpsons, Futurama, and The Big Bang Theory

When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM PDT Where: UCLA California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), 570 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, …