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Uh I just got DMed by the COO of Tumblr asking about hiring contractors to make us fully #indieweb compliant, and possibly even #fediverse integration. Anyone out there looking for work?

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I have now created a repo on Codeberg with the wiki, where I'll put all gathered knowledge over the next days:

cc @garlic_onions

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Hey Fedi, do you know if there is a federated (perhaps even #ActivityPub-powered) cooking recipe hosting service? If not, let's 👏 make 👏 this 👏 happen!

I hate modern recipe websites. All of them are full with ads and tracking. The leading recipe hosting in my country loads over 30 different trackers, and that's excluding the ads!

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What do we want?

When do we want it?
A reliable way to avoid race conditions!

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"We've secretly replaced Captain Janeway's dilithium with Folger's crystals. Now let's watch as she goes to warp!"

"...she says the nebula coffee was better."

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I absolutely LOVE this Brian Eno quote a friend posted on FB

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OpenCollective are currently hiring, 2 senior software engineers

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When you make fun of tacky songs about Marvel villains and Star Trek on company time... mock Doc Ock Spock schlock rock on the clock.

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From the guy who brought you #DraculaDaily comes #WhaleWeekly (in December)

"Wish you could take 3 years to finish Moby Dick without feeling bad about it? You’ve come to the right place."

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The kids over at have secured what might be the single largest win for the web in a decade:

Something that haunts me is how absolutely feckless and absent Mozilla has been on the defining challenge of the modern web, Mozilla has poured more energy into Net Neutrality than its own survival and the ability of the web to compete on mobile.

Don't believe me? Check this weak sauce:

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brassica oleracea is such a cool and useful plant. it's fascinating to me how it's been artificially selected into a bunch of almost entirely unrecognizable yet characteristically unique cultivars.

i say unique because look at all these fractal-like patterns! these are all the same species of plant!!

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Dracula Daily, food 

the ongoing Paprika Discourse™️ on Tumblr has produced this gem of a theory:

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WordPress Complexity vs. Eleventy

WP Tavern summarizes the conversation around WordPress losing CMS marketshare for the first time in ages, and what various people have cited as likely causes.

Personally, I’m finding its increasing complexity to be a major frustration.

Writing on WordPress has gotten somewhat more complicated.
Maintaining a WordPress site has gotten more complicated.
Developing for WordPress has gotten more complicated.
The resulting page code (including CSS and Javascript) has gotten a lot more complicated. As I’ve noted before, there’s no good reason to require 450K of data to display a 500-word post. Or a single link with a one-sentence comment.

The move towards Gutenberg blocks and full-site editing complicates things on several levels, and feels like an attempt at lock-in as well.

Ironically, I’ve been moving toward Eleventy, which has also been very frustrating…but only in building the layout I want.

On one hand…

I have to develop a lot of the components I want from scratch. More than would have thought. Though I suspect there are enough pre-built layouts out there for most people’s use cases.
The documentation is sorely lacking. (Eventually I’ll get around to helping with that.)
Dynamic features like comments need to be handled by another program.

But on the other…

I can fine tune things a lot more easily than fine tuning a WordPress theme.
Once I’m done building the layout, adding a new post is almost as easy as it is on WordPress.
My actual post content is portable.
There’s essentially no attack surface, so if I have a site that’s “done” I can just build it one last time and leave it as-is — and not worry about spam, maintenance or security (beyond general webserver security).
I don’t have to send extra JavaScript libraries along with every page, so it can use a tenth of the bandwidth and load faster on slow connections.

With Eleventy, setting up the layout and features has been super complicated…but once it’s set up, it’s smooth, easy to deal with, and does the job well. It’s kind of like running Linux back in the 1990s.

But with WordPress, there’s complexity in every layer.

Sometimes it’s worth it.

Sometimes it’s not.

#blogging #eleventy #wordpress

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