Notes

An experiment in adding the sort of short, freeform content I enjoy posting so much elsewhere (Mastodon, Twitter, Facebook, etc).

Pondering My Indieweb Guinea Pig

Pondering My Indieweb Guinea Pig

Jason McIntosh seems like a reasonable choice to test Webmentions on. I wouldn’t know about the IndieWeb if not for him. I know I’ll try his Web::Mention library eventually. But first, webmention-tools.

The other stuff didn’t work and didn’t give useful errors. I ended up using Web::Mention. It’s fine. Just half to rewrite half the post. That’s fine.

Skinny Lines and Flat Colors

Skinny Lines and Flat Colors

I was going to make this a coloring thing but I accidentally did my own colors on the wrong layer. Too bad Infinite Painter doesn’t have infinite undo.

Sorry if I Broke Your Rss Feed

Sorry if I Broke Your Rss Feed

But hey I got my permalinks where I wanted them, without needing a UUID after all. Took a bit of juggling to get the Hugo aliases and my support data synced up. You folks got the Jamstack — JavaScript, APIs, Markup — for your static sites. I got — uh, guess I got the "Damstack" — Database, APIs, Markup — for my static site.

Blame fREW. For the idea. Not the terrible name. That’s all me, friends.

How many recent authors on CPAN?

Sorry, I couldn’t fit this in a tweet.

Yanick's concerned about CPAN.

So I grabbed the authors of the last 5,000 releases and counted authors, using Mojolicious and the MetaCPAN API.

$ export MCP_LATEST='https://fastapi.metacpan.org/v1/release/_search?q=status:latest&fields=author&sort=date:desc&size=5000'
$ http $MCP_LATEST > _search.json
$ perl -Mojo -E 'say c(j(f("_search.json")->slurp)->{hits}{hits}->@*)->map( sub { $_->{fields}->{author} } )->uniq->size . " authors made the last 5000 releases"'
974 authors made the last 5000 releases

Downloaded the file with httPie because I felt bad hammering MetaCPAN with -Mojo g() while sorting out the rest of the ✌️one-liner✌️.

I have no idea if these results are good or bad, but I half-expected less than 100 authors.

Getting useful information like spread of release dates is left as an exercise for the reader.

I Helped genehack!

I Helped genehack!

Patronize Me on Liberapay

Patronize Me on Liberapay

Been skimming through ethical.net resources recently. Liberapay looks interesting: a patronage system like Patreon, but without reward tiers. More of a "keep doing — whatever the hell it is that you’re doing — it’s great" approach. So I joined of course. Give me money and I’ll keep doing exactly what I’ve been doing. Such a deal!

Update
2020-04-27

Added a Stripe account, which should simplify Liberapay and life in general.

The Seattle Freeze Is a Hundred Years Old

The Seattle Freeze Is a Hundred Years Old

Crosscut editor-at-large Knute Berger shared evidence that the infamous {seattle-freeze}[Seattle Freeze] — our reputation for keeping everyone at arm’s length — has been with us for a while.

…while researching the pandemic of 1918-1920, Ben Helle, the ever-sharp-eyed archivist at the Washington State Archives, came across a Seattle Times clipping that suggested conversation about Seattle’s frigid nature as far back as the spring of 1920.

It can be frustrating, but the Freeze has its good points. Less pressure for small talk and social obligations. Plus when we’ve decided we like you, you can’t get rid of us.

Update
2020-04-27

Oops. Helps if I show the link I had sitting in the file. Thanks, @tedder!

Why Do I Blog?

Why Do I Blog?

Kev Quirk asks:

Why do you blog?

I usually answer Why are you like that questions — which I get asked with some frequency, for good or ill — with "I can’t help it. It’s in my nature." The constant puttering, interspersed with oversharing that ranges from instructive to awkward? That’s just me. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t do that.

But this came across my RSS feed, and it works too.

“It seems stupid I would put out an album,” says Fiona Apple, of her terrific new record, Fetch the Bolt Cutters. “But this is what I know how to do.”

I love that: “This is what I know how to do.”

That’s true too. There are ways to putter and rant besides blogging. I could have a YouTube channel. But this is what I know how to do.

Thank goodness.

How Mom stays creative

How Mom stays creative

NOTO — the North Topeka Arts & Entertainment District — asked several artists a question.

What are you doing to stay creative during the COVID-19 outbreak?

My mom — subliminal message: BUY HER ART — gave the best answer:

Designing my post apocalyptic wardrobe, plotting world domination and baking cookies.
Kistler Tree

Kistler Tree

Found this in my image folder the other day. It’s from working through Mark Kistler's book You can Draw in 30 Days last year. I like it. Sure I kinda already know I can draw. But it’s good to refresh yourself every so often.

Oh, and I used Max Ulichney's MaxPack brush sets for Procreate. The Gouache pack for sure, and probably others.