We have a little rooftop terrace and I am using it to try to grow berries and other things with the little one. The roof terrace has two advantages over the garden: it catches more sunlight, and the cats don’t go up there.

The plants have taken well it seems, are blooming, and even providing some harvest already.


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tomatoes and red pepper

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blossoming blackberries and red currants

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blueberries underway, and first raspberries

20190617_193441cucumbers coming up

Journalism as a service, journalism as a process. And quoting The Guardian on how they diversify revenue streams, as different groups of readers are willing to pay for different things, despite reading the same stories. This ties into what Hossein Derakhshan talks about when he says journalism needs to leave ‘news’ as a format behind.

Liked How news organisations are succeeding with reader-first digital transformation by Kevin Anderson, Author at Strange Attractor

I think his framing of how to become reader focused also made sense in terms of selling journalism as a process rather than as a product. By looking as journalism as a service to be sold instead of a product, then companies could re-orient around their “impact on the customer”, he said.

Van harte gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag, Frank! Toen ik je posting las vroeg ik me eerst wel af wat ik aan het lezen was “Wat is dit? Een AI-gegenereerde tekst?” Na het lezen van het laatste stukje werd de rest ook ineens begrijpelijker. Nu je 4.6 release het ondersteunt stuur ik je app geen kaartje of bericht, maar schrijf ik je felicitatie gewoon hier op mijn eigen site. Voelt dat hetzelfde?

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Vandaag vieren we een nieuwe versie-release! Na een jaar hard werken mogen we met het complete ontwikkelteam trots zijn op de stappen die we hebben gezet. Vorig jaar rond deze tijd merkten we dat er nog wat incompatibiliteits issues waren, sowieso draaide de software in een andere hardware omgeving …

Thank you Chris for pointing out your work on your own blogroll, and how WordPress itself might be of use here.

Adding images is a nice feature. I added faces in my blogroll in 2003, because I generally subscribe to people not sources, and showing them in my blogroll was a nice way to visualise my blogging peer network, and make blogs look more like the social tools they are.

My blogroll in 2003

Bringing that back would be cool. Especially if relying on gravatars where possible.

So if I understand your postings correctly, the Links manager in WordPress also creates a separate OPML file. Now if this OPML file could e.g. be automatically loaded into a microsub server like Yarns, that would be even better. Then it would all be under the same WP roof.

I notice that the Links Manager allows categories and multiple at that, but tags next to categories would be even better. To do ‘Berlin coders into gardening posts this week’ type of searches in a reader. Having all the tags as categories would look cluttered in WP. I have little use for the defined XFN fields, I’d rather have tags that concern various facets of a blogger’s profile (tech, Drupal, infosec, parent, Barcelona, French, Arabic, rock climbing) to enable fast and detailed cross sections of my feeds. Having those tags here would presumably more easily allow me to carry them over into my reader somehow. Basically trying to figure out if WP Links manager could be the source of such data.

In terms of my ideal feedreader lots of the other features could then happen in a microsub/pub client.

One other question to explore: is there a way to bulk load links into the link manager. It is likely easier to build a spreadsheet with all relevant info for my current 200 feeds or so first. Do you add link by link by hand, Chris?

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I’ll see you your blogroll and add in images and descriptions as well! … Perhaps what we really need is to give some love to that Link Manager in core to update it to OPML v2 and add in the rel attributes from XFN microformats to the links?

Recently at the Crafting {:} a Life unconference fellow participant and all around Internet Gentleman Olle hosted a session on fantasy cartography. Today I came across these excellent examples of using fictional maps, those of Middle Earth, to explore the possibilities of professional geographic information tools.

In short, Frodo could have saved half his travel time, cutting it by over 3 months, by spending some time on data analysis and route mapping first to get to the route that is the safest direct route against lowest effort.

Alternative routes into Mordor

Or should he have flown? (Fly you fools!)

In the whole blogroll and rss feed nudging of the last few days after Crafting {:} a Life, Luisa Carbonelli alerted me that my blog hasn’t updated in 41 months….according to the Feedly rss reader. And when I tried it myself I got the same result: ‘unreachable’.

That seemed odd, so I took a look at my server logs. Indeed Feedly requests for my feed all get a ‘403 not allowed’ response.

My server’s error log shows the reason why. Because feedly in its request says it is ‘like Feedfetcher-Google’, it triggers a filter to block bad bots. After all there’s no Feedfetcher-Google anymore, so anything pretending to be it can be denied access.

However Feedly is a useful service, and strictly speaking not even a bot, as it reduces the requests for info for all Feedly followers to just one fetch of my feed.
I submitted a ticket with my hoster asking them to whitelist Feedly, [UPDATE:] which resolved the issue later today.

We came across this bird in Montréal, and wondered about its name. I said it looked a bit like a blackbird, with added red stripes.


Wikipedia tells me it is indeed rather unimaginatively called ‘red-winged blackbird‘. Its sounds were quite varied and beautiful, so I suspect in its own mind it will have a rather more impressive concept of self than being merely a pimped up blackbird.

A jet-lagged week as it came at the end of travel.

  • Monday we spent enjoying Montréal before boarding for Amsterdam
  • Jetlag dominated the rest of the week
  • Had a conference call on hosted open date registries / portals and hosted open source solutions for government entities in general
  • Did preparatory work for facilitating an unconference to celebrate the 10th anniversary of a professorial chair
  • Did preparatory work for a new engagement in Malaysia, which 18 months after the first proposal seems to be coming to fruition finally
  • Worked on an open data project for a province, concerning industrial zones, innovation subsidies, circular economy, and energy poverty
  • Got offered an extended engagement more heavily focused on change management and digital transformation, which sounds very appealing
  • Blogged a lot, enabled by jet-lag apparently, and motivated by last week’s Crafting {:} a Life unconference. A range of drafts is still unpublished
  • Trying to find a good way of posting something here on the go, which likely involves less tech than letting go of what a posting is supposed to be to be called finished. Reading up on my list of permissions to self therefore.
  • Enjoyed a lazy unhurried Saturday with the family

24 oreimage by Gilberto Taccari, license CC-BY

No it’s definitely not bad form to mention multiple things at the same time. And even if, all would be forgiven as you provide me with the honorific ‘blogfather’ 😀

From your post the quote below I very much recognise. Not just because that web of connections is fun, also because I know it is important in dealing with a complex world. Yet as you say, others will get lost in trying to get your message.

Keep it concise. I’m gonna struggle with this one because I really like the giant web of connections that my brain makes around any topic.

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Ton, is it bad form to webmention multiple of your blog posts in this one? Is that like spamming?

I guess the novelty will wear off after a year, but for now my ‘on this day’ widget keeps surfacing small fun finds in my blog archive. Fifteen years ago today I installed our first wifi at home. Twelve years ago today I hurt myself playing Wii-Tennis.

Looking back at my own archives day by day also helps repair some of the images I lost when migrating to a new server 6 years ago. Somehow after the migration I mislaid an image folder, chances are (along with my bitcoin wallet) it is still on the old laptop I stopped using around the same time. The web archive has stored most of the images as well however, so whenever I come across a ‘broken’ post and I still find it interesting, I go and get the images and upload them to the correct path on my web server. I just noticed that restoring the original image folder is still patiently in my Todo app after 6 years! I’ll mark it completed now 😀 .

I have a ‘recent posts’ and ‘recent comments’ section in the sidebar. This seemed to create problems with the processing of webmentions, specifically with Aaron Parecki’s Xray library for grabbing structured info from any URL. It would find an apparently improperly micro-formatted link in the sidebar and take that as the URL of the posting referred to. This would create faulty likes on other people’s sites, which then would send webmentions to the wrong postings.

As recent posts and recent comments are only a navigational aid when you’re looking at things like the front page, search results and archive pages, I looked into if I can show them on those pages only. Because if those sections aren’t present on the pages of individual postings, they cannot cause problems when parsed for structure. This being a WordPress site, of course there’s a plugin for it, Widget Context. I installed it, removed the offending widgets from individual pages, and it looks like the problem has been solved.