Welcome to using WebMention, Jeremy. Still figuring out how to best use it myself with regard to how they get displayed on my site.

Like you I use WordPress, and I would love for mentions to display more like the old pingbacks, where you’d get a snippet from the mentioning site from around where it links to you. Now it mostly is ‘site x mentioned this.’ which makes me click to get a notion if it’s relevant.

On Webmention tweaks I documented some of the things I tried. The issue is that because the tweaks are in the Semantic Linkbacks plugin, not in the WP theme, you can only make those tweaks a permanent option if it gets rolled into the plugin (no such things as a child-plugin like with themes). And I’m not confident enough of my changes to figure out and try submitting them to the maintainers of the plugin.

Replied to Now supporting Webmention by Jeremy Felt

I think? If you know how to send a Webmention, please do so that I know it works!….I’ll need to do some spelunking to figure out how I want to display and style them

It strikes me as wrong that many applications don’t make very clear where and in which format they store the information you create in them. Tools that don’t obviously create files (like word processors) I mean. Installed half a dozen note taking tools in the past days, and for only 1 can I easily establish where notes from those tools end up.

Given the geopolitical significance of handling data, as well as the ‘nothing about me without me’ demands increasingly made of data handling, I am at the point that if an application or service does not explicitly and obviously tell you where information is stored both on your device and in the cloud, and in which way and/or formats, it must be treated as destructive of agency, malicious maybe even, and certainly as untrustwothy.

Morgen 10 januari is het Publiek Domein Dag. De dag waarop het creatieve werk dat in het publiek domein komt gevierd wordt. 70 jaar nadat een auteur is overleden, wordt op de eerstvolgende 1 januari, haar of zijn werk onderdeel van publiek domein. Vanaf dan mag het werk vrij worden hergebruikt. Dit jaar is per 1 januari het werk van iedereen die in 1949 is overleden in het publiek domein gekomen.

De Vereniging Open Nederland (waarvan ik bestuurslid ben), organiseert de jaarlijkse Publiek Domein Dag waarin terug wordt gekeken op de auteurs en makers wier werk vanaf nu onderdeel is van onze gezamenlijke culturele erfgoed. Daarbij wordt met de erfgoed-sector nauw samen gewerkt. Onze partners zijn de Koninklijke Bibliotheek, EYE Filminstituut Nederland, Het Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid, en Wikimedia Nederland.

Publiek Domein Dag vindt 10 januari plaats van 10:00 tot 17:00 bij het Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid. Alle details over het programma, locatie en inschrijving vind je op publiekdomeindag.nl.

Hieronder twee film-affiches gemaakt door graficus Frans Bosen, die in november 1949 overleed. Zijn werk is dus per 1 januari 2020 in het publiek domein gekomen, en staat op het programma op de Publiek Domein Dag 2020.

Salammbo by Frans Bosen Oranje Hein by Frans Bosen

I’m intrigued by Zettelkasten, that Roel Groeneveld describes in his blog. Zettelkasten means filing cards cabinet, so in and of itself isn’t anything novel. It’s all in the described process of course, which originates with systems thinker Niklas Luhmann. I recognise the utility of having lots of small notes, and the ability to link them like beads on a necklace, which is much like the ‘threading cards‘ I mentioned here recently. A personal knowledge management process is extremely important, and needs to be supported by the right tools. Specifically for more easily getting from loose notions, to emergent patterns, to new constructs. Balancing stock and flow. Zettelkasten coming from a paper age seems rather focused on stock though, and pays less attention to flow. Crucially it encourages links between notes, a flow-like aspect, but to me often the links carry more meaning and knowledge than the notes/nodes it connects. The reason for linking, the association that makes a link apparent is an extremely valuable piece of info. Not sure how that would find its place in the Zettelkasten process, as while links exist, they’re not treated as a thing of meaning in their own right. Also some of the principles of the process described, especially atomicity, seem prone to creating lots of overhead by having to rework notes taken during a day. That type of reworking is I think best done in the style of gardening: when you are searching for something, or passing through some notes anyway, you can add, change, link, split off etc.

Filing...Tossed out filing card cabinets of the Manchester City Library (NH/USA), image license CC BY SA

In terms of tools, I am on the look out for something other than Evernote that I currently use. What I like about it is that it ‘eats anything’ and a note can be an image, text, web page, book, pdf, or a drawing, which I can add tags to, and can access through scripts from e.g. my todo tool, etc. Zettelkasten is fully text based in contrast. As a strong point that means it can be completely created from plain text files, if you have a tool that allows you to create, edit, search and put them in an overview extremely fast. But very often ideas are contained in images as well, so dealing with media is key I think. The Zettelkasten tool The Archive is worth a try, but lacks precisely this type of media support. Devonthink on the other hand is way over the top, and let’s one loose oneself in its complexity. The Archive keeps things simple, which is much better, but maybe too simple.