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First Mention of Blogs: 2 Aug 99

Bernie Goldbach - Mon, 08/02/2021 - 00:58

THE FIRST MAINSTREAM PUBLICATION to mention the word "blogs" was The New York Times on August 2, 1999. While blogging has receded as a touchpoint for everyday discussion, services like WordPress continue offering compelling reasons to host content on the open internet instead of behind closed apps such as Instagram and Facebook.

Some claimed that weblogs didn't get started until late 1999, a few months after Blogger was first deployed. This was contradicted by the Times article and by by Scott Rosenberg at Salon, in May 1999. Both pieces reported on a weblog world that was already established and growing. Today, nearly every student in my university classrooms were born after I started blogging. Most of them prefer their short form news and information via Instagram. I doubt any of them have commented on or subscribed to a blog. 

I still read Dave Winer's daily musings on Scripting News but normally I scroll Dave while swiping through Inoreader or Feedly.

[Bernie Goldbach teaches blogging fundamentals during a Content Management Systems module for the Technological University of the Shannon.]

While watching the Korean language enter our home [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 22:29

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

With BTS and friends.

On our BlackPink Wishlist [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 22:00

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Saved for Mia.

Watching playlists emerge [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 22:00

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

h/t 13yo Mia

Bernie Goldbach's COVID Cert [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 14:31

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Proudly double vaxxed.

Zapier [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 10:19

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Useful Zaps enhance workflows.

Respecting Twitter's AI more than YouTube's

Bernie Goldbach - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 09:29

ACCORDING TO TWITTER, I am interested in items I like, retweet, or comment upon. According to YouTube, I'm interested in things that lead to the highest paid advertisements. Facebook's [algorithm] has lost its way, totally subordinating Facebook Group activity for mindless emotive musings of my friends. I count on Instagram to serve me advertisements of things I try to buy locally.

I'm interested in knowing how algorithms parse my personality by viewing my interactions on various networks. I know we are often personified by machine learning behind the scenes when people search for us online. I'm also interested in seeing more relevant things when I visit places online. After all, I often allow all cookies and permit tracking to occur so I'd like to get something in return, such as personalised information, better wish lists, and pertinent wisdom of the crowds.

Here's one view of Flickr analysing the 35,000 public images I've displayed there in the past 17 years.

Each online demographic differs. In my experience, the most text-heavy one (Twitter) returns more value per minute than any other place I opt to scroll online.

[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business on the Clonmel Digital Campus of the Technological University of the Shannon.]

Bernie according to Flickr [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 08:55

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Here are the most-visited images Bernie Goldbach has posted into the Creative Commons.

Rendering at 4k [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 08:27

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

It takes soooo looong.

Marvin Rosner First Solo Autonomous [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Fri, 07/30/2021 - 07:46

Bernie Goldbach posted a video:

First solo autonomous flight with Marvin Rosner in command.

Birr Castle [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Thu, 07/29/2021 - 23:28

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Entertainment for three generations visiting together after lockdown.

Marvin's First Solo Landing [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Thu, 07/29/2021 - 17:09

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On the Clonmel Digital Campus.

Axolotl in a Motion Image [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Thu, 07/29/2021 - 16:50

Bernie Goldbach posted a video:

Snapped in our kitchen.

Basic Flight Briefing [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Thu, 07/29/2021 - 16:50

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Before four flights in County Tipperary.

Green with Envy: Homemade Salad Dressings

Evin O’Keeffe - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 14:43

A bite of crisp lettuce is refreshing and hydrating, which makes anyone's mouth water on a muggy summer day. There are so many types of salad greens, and even more dressing options. That makes it easy to have your daily greens in a salad without becoming bored with the same flavors day after day.

The post Green with Envy: Homemade Salad Dressings appeared first on EvinOK.

Yes, you do need to take notes #zettelkasten

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 07/25/2021 - 11:34

I USED TO BE a casual reader until I figured out I remembered things better when I highlighted them. I think I need to take notes as I read (or hear or view) things. Let me explain how I do this.

I noted something while scrolling Twitter so I liked the item. This post shows an image that the Readwise app created from the tweet I liked. Readwise.io shows me snippets I've liked or highlights I've made or annotated. The images show up in a set of cards pushed to my phone once a day. The images look like the one accompanying this post. They're part of my daily digital [Zettelkasten] routine. Some people call this Personal Knowĺedge Management. Others say it is a form of digital literacy. And others, like Chris Byrne, trade screenshots with me from content their instance of Readwise makes.

I want the things I share to sit outside of silos so I tend to put simple throwaway things on Insta and I'm using FB only for high school reunions, family announcements, and funeral arrangements. I personally believe Facebook will pivot into the metaverse next year and Instagram will become short form video service spun off on its own before 2025. I'm preparing for a world in which we need to pay for more of the content we value, especially for content that alerts us to important items.

I like to use online power tools to dynamically discover backward links. For this discovery process to work, the content has to be in open file structures without paywalls and be unconstrained by password controls. And I need to be able to use a suite of tools that work inside the mobile devices I carry.

My Note-taking Tools
  • Share sheets that open Instapaper inside my mobile apps quickly grab content from premium sources.
  • Readwise.io helps me master concepts.
  • Feedly's AI serves me useful alerts and also ports content to boards that fold into Teams channels.
  • Inoreader is so extensible and folds into Readwise just like Feedly.
  • Otter.ai generates text on my handset from podcast episodes and YouTube clips.
  • I use Thought Stream (free app on Android) when viewing streaming video services.
  • My Note 9 extracts text from images I capture on my handset.
  • Zotero feeds into my Zettelkasten routine too, complementing the ORCID profile I have.
  • Office Lens can extract and save pages of information from print publications.
  • Calendar reminders prompt me to archive relevant snippets into Roamresearch for back-linking and lightning-fast cross-checking.
My Digital Archives

I have two years of content from social networks that several Machine Learning processes are analysing. Directory structures from 24 years of blogging are inside my core repository. More than 300 Moleskines need to be processed into my digital collection. I'm asking Microsoft Lens to grab this short post and will watch to see if a small image like the one on this post shows up a few weeks from now among a set of cards that rotate in a slideshow as part of my Daily Review.

Bonus Link: MindstoneHQ. "Learn faster, Remember more."

[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media students how to do these things on the Clonmel Digital Campus of the Shannon Technological University. Are you using any sort of note-taking techniques to enhance your digital literacy?]

Microsoft Lens [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 07/25/2021 - 10:46

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Using it for pages, whiteboards, and text extraction from images.

Getting local alerts inside Feedly [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 07/25/2021 - 08:31

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

People also do this with their News apps.

My Inoreader Needs Pruning [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 07/25/2021 - 08:28

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It is such a clever app.