A Warm Adieu, 2018

2018, for me, was a year of many firsts. To be frank, I was uncharacteristically active overall — so much so that I startled myself at multiple times throughout the year with the liveliness. I possessed heaps of clarity in terms of what I was working on, both within and outside …

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Every time I read or watch anything listicle, I cringe. I inattentively fall for the shady tricks from these “evil” people - I am a sucker for such stuff, I guess. There so much angst for this form of media that I feel crummy inside when that happens.

In times like these when I have to fight the winter outside and wake up early to watch a cricket match, I wonder is there no one on my timeline who follows the sport? I have hardly seen any mention of a post related to cricket. No love for the sport, I guess? 🏏🤔

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch → we could finally see the video-streaming service roll out a new feature that lets viewers use their remote controls to decide how the film ends. Great time for creative minds to experiment — multiple endings on user’s choice will be …

🎥 Finally managed to watch The Last Jedi — I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Of course, I am discounting the fact that some plot points may not fit the universe well and many were just left unacknowledged. But as a movie, it was a brilliant watch - had some scintillating …

Finally, managed to document the steps to enable webmentions support on one’s site. I hope it comes handy for at least few people. This should allow people to fetch mentions to their posts, including the replies from micro.blog, and display them along with posts.

Displaying Webmentions with Posts

I have been using Blot, a simple blogging platform with no interface, for quite some time now for running my blog. I am not alone when I say this, but am mighty impressed with how simple it is to post things on blot and maintain the overall site. They are just some files in Dropbox - that’s …

Minor Micro.threads update: You can now favorite/unfavorite a post right from the thread discovery section. So, in addition to an option to open a conservation thread, you can now bookmark posts right on discovery. I hope the small change comes handy.

We are all poets now → Every word counts. Every breath as well. In a world filled with empty noise, the most important slots are reserved for the poets we seek to listen to, and the poet we seek to become. Seth Godin gets it bang-on every time - so the first thing I read.

The joy of art is in letting one’s mind free to express itself. I need to remind my sister to let that happen more often.

The ‘Future Book’ Is Here, but It’s Not What We Expected Physical books today look like physical books of last century. And digital books of today look, feel, and function almost identically to digital books of 10 years ago, when the Kindle launched A behind the scenes view.

My timeline’s full of charming, festive pictures, full of merriness. Any review post for this week can be filled with just these snippets. They‘re enough to spread the much-needed positivity in the world. Here’s wishing that happens. Here’s wishing a merry Christmas to …

It’s Christmas Eve. And isn’t it a wonderful time to marvel at the life one has? Here’s a new episode of Third-Person Voice. A tale of two grumpy, old souls. And of forming of one unexpected bond, via one unlikely source. A tale of spreading love.

Marvelling at Life [#3]

A tale of two grumpy, old souls. And of forming of one unexpected bond, via one unlikely source. A tale of spreading love.

Stories are written so that mind stays free to wove some more stories. It works more often than not -- and so needs to be done more often than not.

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The Fall and Rise of M. Night Shyamalan → In one of the first scenes, the nanny enters the house (..) Taking the step over the threshold, almost like a vampire being led into the house for the first time. Interesting that Apple’s agreed to produce the Shyamalan’s mysteries.

Fog Waves Are The Most Beautiful Thing I Captured After 8 Years Of Experimenting - Bored Panda → Shooting fog is a study and takes a lot of patience, preparation, and knowledge of the area to catch it as it is very elusive These are some stunning non-photoshopped pictures.

So Blot still seems to be down. So I have dusted my old Hugo based journal, just to see if things are up - working. I hope it is. I believe it is.

Fog Waves Are The Most Beautiful Thing I Captured After 8 Years Of Experimenting - Bored Panda → Shooting fog is a study and takes a lot of patience, preparation, and knowledge of the area to catch it as it is very elusive These are some stunning non-photoshopped pictures.

Advocating for privacy in Australia → Both the bill itself, and the controversy around the process by which it passed, have damaged the reputation of Australia in the international marketplace Attempts by law makers to unintentionally kill privacy continue to rise.

The Rise and Demise of RSS

This is such fascinating write up by Sinclair Target on history behind the challenges RSS has faced over the years. And also why it just never managed to succeed — even though it had the backing of all the major publishers, at least everyone adopted and served it. Today, RSS is …

Open APIs and the Facebook Trash Fire → I’m done assuming good faith; I’m done assuming incompetence; I’m done assuming ignorance. Once on internet, it is better to be crazy cynic towards online services than to mourn later. Facebook has long lost even that privilege.

So we name the moons of other planets - Titan for example - but our moon is just the “moon”. Not sure what that says about us humans. 🤔