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Scripting News, the weblog started in 1997 that bootstrapped the blogging revolution.

Published: Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:07:01 GMT

Last Build Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:07:53 GMT

Copyright: © 1994-2017 Dave Winer.

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:33:45 GMT

Good morning. I just did a switchover of my CMS. Hopefully all the pieces still fit together as they did before.

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:07:01 GMT

Bert Cooper: The Best Things in Life are Free.

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:39:43 GMT

I'm working my way through Godless. It's nice, but so far, three episodes in, it's not as great as the reviews say. I'd say it's about 3/5th of Deadwood, which came first, was more depraved, and more entertaining. That said I was just in the part of the country that it's about, southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. I think it was filmed there too. And this gives me a clear picture of what's next for BingeWorthy, a diary, a place where I can take notes about programs as I work through them.

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 18:07:23 GMT

Godless may not be a masterpiece, but it is bingeable. Not all shows are. I find myself looking for excuses to stop working so I can get to the next chapter of Godless. They got me to care about the characters. That's the basic thing about bingeable shows. They get you to care.

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:36:38 GMT

Lovely. A neighbor is doing construction in a nearby apartment. It sounds exactly like a dentist's drill. And it's intermittent. At least when you're at the dentist you know when the drilling is going to start. (Update: I found that putting on my Bose headphones helps a lot. Hard to believe the noise cancelling function is working. The drilling seems very far away. Only downside is I can't hear my fingers on the keyboard.)

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:40:02 GMT

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving to all the turkeys who read this blog! ❤️

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 16:16:54 GMT

A new Radio3 bookmarklet, fixes a longstanding problem with percent signs in titles.

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 18:50:56 GMT

I see a trend. Bloggers making their Twitter name the URL of their blog. It says something. I may post here, but I live there.

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 21:04:51 GMT

Sing along with Arlo in four-part harmony and feeling.

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:13:00 GMT

Yogi Berra: "In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is."

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:13:23 GMT

I told my massage friends from Europe about Yogi Berra and the things he said. They thought he was their kind of Yogi, not the baseball kind. The cultures are connected I guess.

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:14:39 GMT

Another great Yogi saying: You can observe a lot by watching.

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 18:53:05 GMT

Now to what's really important, basketball. Thanks to Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony for leaving the Knicks. I didn't know we needed the space so badly. What a great team the 2017 Knicks are. So entertaining and hopeful. I have a theory about basketball. Once teams win two championships they should disband, because there's no reason to win a third. But teams like this year's Knicks, so full of naive optimism and the joy of youth, they are the reason we watch all sport. Al Pacino's character said it so well at the end of Any Given Sunday. Sport, like life, is about creating together. It's the friendship, teamwork, that's why we play, that's why we live. We are a social species, not designed to go it alone. Yet the myth is of the Great Man. That's Melo. And Jackson. But KP has a different ethic. He leaves room for his friends to shine. So you get a dozen characters instead of one. I could be wrong. It could be KP is upset at all the individuality, but I sure hope not. Anyway, that's the story that is this year's Knicks.

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:02:34 GMT

I couldn't find Pacino's end-of-movie speech, but his inch-by-inch speech is the classic, and there are lots of clips of that on YouTube.

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:42:03 GMT

This year I am thankful for all my friends, near and far, new and old, all genders, races, political persuasions, from red states and blue states. All we have really are each other. People who want more or think they have more are on a fool's mission. We start out as stardust and that's where we end up. In between, we hope there's time enough for fun and love and great ideas and helping each other.

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:57:48 GMT

I'm thankful this year for women friends, all of whom have #metoo stories, though not all have been told publicly. Especially women friends who tell me, with love, that they know I'm a good man, not because I needed to hear that to know it, but because it helps me feel somewhat safer. I am afraid about where we're headed, how our strings are being pulled, how men's voices are silenced in this huge debate about what it means to be a man, and where leadership will come from, and if it will be kind, and wise.

Net neutrality and exclusivity of ISPs

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:36:29 GMT

People are getting more vocal about net neutrality because there's a PR campaign to get people to rally behind the cause of the tech companies, which is ridiculous. People would never fall for it if it were Exxon or the NFL intead of Google or Facebook. The tech industry is every bit an American industry, meaning they'll take whatever they want until some entity with more power stops them.

One of the ideas circulating is that your ISP has a monopoly, owns the only way for you to get to the Internet, but that's an old idea, it's no longer true. Where I live the wireless vendors are just as fast as the wired ISP. The cost is still prohibitive, I still need wifi, but given an economic incentive to replace Comcast and Spectrum et al, some wireless vendor is going to step in, probably the smaller ones who aren't yet owned by one of the big ISPs. Google could buy Sprint for example, and provide a route-around.

In other words if a market develops for neutral Internet access, there's no reason a service can't rise to meet the demand. And remember Google and Facebook have already kicked the legs out from under the web. It's on the floor screaming for mercy. These are not cuddly cute baby squirrels, they're unregulated robber barons with the best PR ever, for now at least.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:27:06 GMT

Good morning bingewatching fans!

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:58:54 GMT

A simple JavaScript demo app, running in Node, creates a new file in a repo on GitHub using the REST API.

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 02:25:44 GMT

Net neutrality is already broken. When you see a mobile service offer free Netflix or no bandwidth charges when watching Youtube, those are violations of the principle of neutrality. They predate Trump and the new FCC.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:34:57 GMT

Braintrust query: How should I add shows to BingeWorthy?

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:47:29 GMT

I just added Godless, the new Netflix show, to BingeWorthy. Once it gets 5 ratings it will be eligible for the hotlist. A highly-rated Netflix program is pretty much an automatic add.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:12:12 GMT

Plot for a scifi book. An alien race from a faraway galaxy visits earth. We know they're coming and where they'll land like Close Encounters. When they show up, they walk right by the humans and greet the dogs. Turns out dogs are the master species of planet earth. And of course the aliens are canines as well.

It shouldn't be that easy

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:42:32 GMT


In TrumpSpeak

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:58:57 GMT

Tough on crime == racist.

Soft on crime == respects rule of law.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:20:58 GMT

Here's my page of best binges.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:21:30 GMT

The new version of BingeWorthy is released, v0.5.11. The docs have been updated to show you how to create your own public ratings page. If you want tweet a link to your page, cc to @davewiner. I'll be RTing them so people can see what's up.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:26:17 GMT

Also there's a JSON version of the ratings page, so it can plug into other apps, if that's interesting. Here's the JSON version of the ratings on my page. To find yours, there's a link at the bottom of your ratings page or just add ratings.json to the URL for your HTML page.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:49:23 GMT

There are also fixes and tweaks in the new version. One of the most consequential is that the browser's Find command now works in BingeWorthy. With a long list of programs that scrolls off the bottom of the screen, having a Find command that works is pretty essential.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:18:30 GMT

Thanks to: NakedJen for putting together the initial list of programs with help from her friends in Salt Lake City. To JY Stervinou for lots of coaching on SQL and tireless testing and feedback on the initial design and all through development. Also bad French humor. And Scott Hanson and Andrew Shell for testing help. It's so important to have people who care and pitch in as software is developed. Thank you all so much! 💥

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:02:10 GMT

Ted Nelson: "The Four Horsemen of Respectability — Shallowness, Conventionality, Pomposity and Smugness."

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:29:47 GMT

Ayn Rand, Rand Paul and Paul Ryan walk into a bar. The bartender serves them tainted alcohol because there are no regulations. They die.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:52:43 GMT

Braintrust query: Testing the new BingeWorthy w public ratings pages.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:20:20 GMT

This Japanese sport is weirdly entertaining.

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:48:04 GMT

Next feature for BingeWorthy -- coming soon. A public page for each user that lists their ratings. Opt-in required. The data is also available in JSON so it can be shared with other apps. No lock-in, right from the start.

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:36:45 GMT

I spaced out on renewing the domain. It seems to be back now A little reminder of how fragile our Internet is.

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:30:07 GMT

I don't share his faith in the crowd. I've seen them fuck too many people over, too many times. How can anyone, after the last election, and the way Hillary Clinton was treated, conclude that the crowd is fair. SMH.

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:53:07 GMT

New version of Electric Pork for Mac supports 280-char tweets.

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:52:17 GMT

What if Zuck's PhDs wrote him a memo, saying that unless Facebook disappears immediately it's a virtual certainty humanity will self-destruct, within days. What would Zuck do?

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:20:08 GMT

Twitter poll: "Any gender, have you ever done anything sexual that you're now ashamed of?"

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:16:03 GMT

Timothy Snyder says that America defeated itself in the 2016 election.

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:19:13 GMT

Earlier this year I decided to revert my blog to its original (1990s) format and not try to fit it into Facebook, Medium or Twitter's models. It's working nicely. I feel no urge to go back, esp since Twitter expanded to 280.

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:37:53 GMT

When you see someone online doing or saying something outrageous, consider the possibility they work for an Internet research center in St. Petersburg.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:39:44 GMT

I released the BingeWorthy that works with phones.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:54:28 GMT

October 2000: "How much money do you need to feel secure?"

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:45:05 GMT

Robert Frank writing in the NYT says that a tax cut for the rich won't make anyone richer, because it's all relative. It's a bug to see your wealth as relative to other people's wealth. There comes a point, way before you're in the 1%, that more money can't buy you more than you already have that you can actually use. You can't use two bedrooms, or two cars. Owning a stadium with 50K seats does you no good because you can only sit in one. Having more money does not make you bigger. As Bill Gates said, wisely -- the hamburger is the same, no matter how much money you have.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:49:58 GMT

Bill Gates: "I can understand about having millions of dollars. There's meaningful freedom that comes with that, but once you get much beyond that I have to tell you, it's the same hamburger."

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 03:03:03 GMT

When people say someone is tone-deaf, clueless, doesn't get it -- someone's mind is closed, one point of view is dominating others.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:26:06 GMT

One of the things that makes Mathew Ingram dangerous is that he asks what other people think. Which led to this thread with Ben Thompson, Rafat Ali and myself.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:01:12 GMT

Erin Gloria Ryan: "Morgan’s account reeks of naked political opportunism, of weaponizing victimhood in a way that is so morally bankrupt that it threatens to derail the entire #MeToo conversation for selfish political ends."