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march 2018 by ignatz
ORBITAL OPERATIONS: Alive And A King - OO 18 Feb 18
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Damien Williams on a book about animal tool-use [https://social-epistemology.com/2018/02/13/deleting-the-human-clause-damien-williams/ ] and the "human clause" -

Shew says that we consciously and unconsciously appended a “human clause” to all of our definitions of technology, tool use, and intelligence, and this clause’s presumption—that it doesn’t really “count” if humans aren’t the ones doing it—is precisely what has to change.

Tracking Elon Musk's car through space.

Eight reasons why Facebook has peaked.

Does anyone else find it odd that selfies still get more likes and engagement on Instagram than anything else?


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Via Nabil, this interview with Jason Kottke [http://orbitaloperations.createsend1.com/t/d-l-ojdgtl-iroiiuht-i/ ], a survivor of the first wave of "professional bloggers," is interesting.
The way I’ve been thinking about it lately is that I am like a vaudevillian. I’m the last guy dancing on the stage, by myself, and everyone else has moved on to movies and television. The Awl and The Hairpin have folded. Gawker’s gone, though it would probably still be around if it hadn’t gotten sued out of existence.

On the other hand, blogging is kind of everywhere. Everyone who’s updating their Facebook pages and tweeting and posting on Instagram and Pinterest is performing a bloggish act.

The Republic Of Newsletters.

The Invisible College of Blogs.

Kottke notes that he gave up on RSS when Google Reader shut down. So did some websites. But not all of them, not by a long chalk. And RSS readers like Feedbin work just fine, even in tandem with phone apps like Reeder. (I know other people who swear by Feedly.)

In part of a long thread about the Mueller indictments, my old acquaintance Baratunde Thurston said:
We build a giant deception machine called marketing and advertising, and an adversary used it against us.

We build a giant influence machine called social media, and an adversary used it against us.

These two lines apply to pretty much everything on and about the internet in the 2010s, too.
When I was young, living down the road in Essex, where radio was born (in a Marconi hut outside Chelmsford), radio came out of wooden boxes. Switches and dials. I liked the way my old radios imposed architecture on a world of invisible waves. A red needle, numbers, a speedometer for signals. Physical switching between Medium Wave, FM and Long Wave. Ramps and streets and windows. To me, it gave radio a structure like the false topology of the Tube map.

That was me, from a few years ago. I bet, at some point, there were Tube maps made for certain blogging continuums.

Why am I going on about this again? Because you like reading. You wouldn't be here if you didn't like reading. The "pivot to video" narrative of last year turned out to be basically Facebook's way to kill publishers, and it was a great doomsday weapon. Get publishers to fire all their writers and get video makers in. Then kill publishers' ability to reach people on Facebook with video! It was genius, and you need to understand how insidious that was.

(Also ref. Chris Hardwick's recent Twitter rant about the terrible timeshifting Instagram is doing.)

Tumblr's so fucked up that you could probably take it over between you. And set up systems with IFTTT as simple as mailing your posts to yourself so you have an archive for when the ship goes down.

The Republic and the College are pro-reading, pro-thinking, pro- the independence of voices.

In 2015, I also wrote:
I’m an edge case. I want an untangled web. I want everything I do to copy back to a single place, so I have one searchable log for each day’s thoughts, images, notes and activities. This is apparently Weird and Hermetic if not Hermitic.

I am building my monastery walls in preparation for the Collapse and the Dark Ages, damnit. Stop enabling networked lightbulbs and give me the tools to survive your zombie planet.
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Back in 2012, I had the great honour of introducing reporter Greg Palast to an audience in London, and this is part of what I said:

I'm a writer of fiction. It's fair to wonder why I'm here. I'm the last person who should be standing here talking about a book about real tragedies and economics. I come from a world where even the signposts are fictional. Follow the white rabbit. Second star to the right and straight on til morning. And a more recent one, from forty years ago, the fictional direction given by a mysterious man to an eager journalist: follow the money.

Economics is an artform. It's the art of the invisible. Money is fictional.

The folding cash in your pocket isn't real. Look at it. It's a promissory note. "I promise to pay the bearer." It's a little story, a fiction that claims your cash can be redeemed for the equivalent in goods or gold. But it won't be, because there isn't enough gold to go around. So you're told that your cash is "legal tender," which means that everyone agrees to pretend it's like money. If everyone in this room went to The Bank Of England tomorrow and said "I would like you to redeem all my cash for gold, right here, in my hand" I guarantee you that you all would see some perfect expressions of stark fucking terror.

It's not real. Cash has never been real. It's a stand-in, a fiction, a symbol that denotes money. Money that you never see. There was a time when money was sea shells, cowries. That's how we counted money once. Then written notes, then printed notes. Then telegraphy, when money was dots and dashes, and then telephone calls. Teletypes and tickers. Into the age of the computer, money as datastreams that got faster and wider, leading to latency realty where financial houses sought to place their computers in physical positions that would allow them to shave nanoseconds off their exchanges of invisible money in some weird digital feng shui, until algorithmic trading began and not only did we not see the money any more, but we can barely even see what's moving the money, and now we have people talking about strange floating computer islands to beat latency issues and even, just a few weeks ago, people planning to build a neutrino cannon on the other side of the world that actually beams financial events through the centre of the planet itself at lightspeed. A money gun.

Neutrinos are subatomic units that are currently believed to be their own antiparticle. Or, to put it another way, they are both there and not there at the same time. Just like your cash. Just like fiction: a real thing that never happened. Money is an idea.

But I don't want to make it sound small. Because it's really not. Money is one of those few ideas that pervades the matter of the planet. One of those few bits of fiction that, if it turns its back on you, can kill you stone dead."
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february 2018 by robertogreco
How should you markup the first instance of an acronym in body copy?
How should you markup the first instance of an acronym in body copy?
February 19, 2013 at 8:36am
This week’s Ask the Sherpas question comes from reader Trevor Brennan:



Q: How should someone markup the first instance of an acronym (within body copy) where its acronym directly proceeds its definition: eg. “Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)”



Obviously the following would be daft for screen readers: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines <abbr title="Web Content Accessibility Guidelines">(WCAG)</abbr>



But if it's text only and not an abbr tag than it's against guidelines and likely a screen reader will try and pronounce “WCAG.” — Trevor Brennan



Sherpa Author Derek Featherstone answers:



Screen Reader Defaults


Providing abbreviation expansions in the title attribute is “what we do,” but it does rely on the some customization of settings for some screen reader users:

VoiceOver on the Mac reads title attributes by default
Screen readers like JAWS and Window Eyes don't read them by default
Whether or not people actually do change their settings is another question, but the fact that it is not a consistent default setting limits its potential.



Accessibility for All Users


But it isn't just a consideration for screen reader users. title attributes aren't readily available to keyboard users. Hiding the expansion in the title attribute does nothing for those users, which include many “groups” of sighted keyboard users — people with low vision and people with mobility or dexterity impairments, for example.



Fortunately, we can make abbreviations expansions more accessible to everyone. I'd use what you already have spelled out in your question, but reverse it. Here's an example:



When crafting accessibility legislation, many countries around the world refer to the WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) from the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium).



It is entirely acceptable to use this method of full expansion on the page to provide the meaning of abbreviations this way. I prefer the pattern where we provide the abbreviation first and then the expanded form after, rather than the other way around as you did in your example.



If we're providing this expansion for the first occurrence on a page, the idea is that if the person consuming the page comes across another instance of the abbreviation later in the page where it isn't expanded, they can search the page for the abbreviation and come across the expanded form.



Thinking in those terms, if we find the abbreviation using the browser's search/find tools, and we list the expanded form after, we create a more natural reading order. If we write it as expanded form (abbreviation) then once the person finds the abbreviation, they need to move backwards rather than forward to get the expanded form.



Meeting Guidelines


As for this part of your question:



But if it's text only and not an abbr tag than it's against guidelines and likely a screen reader will try and pronounce “WCAG.”



Well, you'll be okay with that. It's not really against guidelines — you've provided an appropriate mechanism to figure out what the abbreviation stands for. That's about all you can do, and a totally accepted solution for meeting the requirements (see the details of How to Meet Success Criterion 3.1.4 below).



The screen reader is going to do whatever it wants with the text there anyway, even if you marked it as an abbreviation without a title attribute. Besides, I've heard several different pronunciations of WCAG from real people: wuh-cag, double-you-cag, way-cag. We might as well add a screen reader's interpretation into the mix :)



Further Reading
Understanding Success Criterion 3.1.4
How to meet Success Criterion 3.1.4
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february 2018 by skeetergraphics
The Verge: Google introduces the feed, a personalized stream of news on iOS and Android
Imagine the meeting! "We need a personalized feed of news and adoption is difficult so we need to have started years ago." "Too bad we shut down Google Reader." "You're fired."
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july 2017 by pb
Cloned at Birth: The Story of Ridiculous Fishing | Polygon
Over two years of interviews, Vlambeer tells Polygon the inside story of how it beat the clones and launched the best-reviewed iOS game of 2013.
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