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Published: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:25:18 GMT

Last Build Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:28:50 GMT

Copyright: © 1994-2017 Dave Winer.
 




Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:31:29 GMT

Have you noticed that Google is making it much harder to find the Wikipedia page on a topic. I'm now looking for the page for The Crown Season 2 on Google. It isn't even on the first page of results. That can't be an accident. It isn't as if Wikipedia doesn't use HTTPS. They must have violated some other strategy tax of Google's? They are becoming less and less trustworthy over time.




Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:25:18 GMT

Matt Damon got mostly sharp criticism because people who are not sharply critical of him are sharply criticized. There's a toxic atmosphere around this topic. People mistakenly see other points of view as abuse. They're just ideas! If you disagree, disagree. It's cool. But don't make people shut up. You can't show them they're wrong if they don't speak, and you might find you're wrong about some things too. You don't solve problems that require cooperation by making people scared to speak.



The Melo Era is now officially over

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:27:10 GMT

Last night's Knicks game vs OKC was confusing. I am so accustomed to Melo being a Knick, I really did at times have trouble remembering which team was mine.

Amazingly, the Thunder lost the way the Knicks always lose, and the actual Knicks won the way teams always beat the Knicks. It seems we did a karma swap with the Thunder. We gave them our superstar, and the Knicks became an NBA team.

In all the years Melo was with the Knicks, he never had a sidekick. Never had a Scottie Pippen or Dwyane Wade. The closest he came was (sorry Melo) with Jeremy Lin, and for some reason he couldn't handle it. Both the coach and Lin had to go. And the Knicks settled into a run of mediocre years.

It was telling that in the Melo remembrance video played at the Garden last night, the main thing we remember about Melo are his personal accomplishments. There was no glory for the team, for the city, for the legacy.

Last night the door finally closed on the Melo Era of Knicks basketball. The transfer is complete. Oklahoma now owns the Melo Way. Yes, we do love him. We'll still follow and root for him. He is a sweet person, with a nice smile and a good friend to the superstars of the NBA. But he's an individual and basketball is a team sport. Teams win, not players. Greatness in baskeball is in the team's spirit, not the accomplishments of an individual.




Jackie and Elizabeth

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:22:45 GMT

As I mentioned yesterday, the funniest thing happened with my watching of The Crown. Due to an operator error or software glitch, I had missed two full episodes in the middle of season 2. One of the episodes was worth noting, episode 8, where Queen Elizabeth meets Jackie Kennedy. The episode stands alone, you can watch it without watching any of the others, and it really is extraordinary.

It's a story about human beings of enormous grace and self-awareness, and courage, are also frail and vain. Nothing is as it appears to be. Even the person you think has everything, actually is under the surface is as much on the edge of falling apart as every other human.

The story made me realize that more than ever that the thing that moves me the most is people caring for and working with each other.





Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:14:25 GMT

Here's a PDF of Computer Lib/Dream Machines. In the late 70s and early 80s, we were all reading this book, and its ideas are reflected in the software we made. I want to make sure this treasure can be found in the future. Even if only in an archive.org backup.




Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:34:31 GMT

The funniest thing happened. I realized that there are two episodes in the middle of season 2 of The Crown that I hadn't seen. Some kind of glitch in the new Roku? Whatever, it's kind of embarassing, but actually cool. I hadn't seen the episode with the great Elizabeth line. "There is no possibility of my forgiving you. The question is how on earth can you can forgive yourself." The thing that alerted me was reading a story about the actress who played Jackie Kennedy. What? And the quote from her is amazing, I never would have forgotten it. So now I get to watch two great episodes I hadn't seen. No wonder in my review of the series I said "It's a little confusing as new characters are introduced without explanation." That was actually a bug report, though I didn't know.



Let's run ads on Fox News

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:50:27 GMT

Sometimes I watch the news just to pass the time. I'm reading stuff on my iPad, playing a game, thinking, making dinner, whatever, and I have the news on in the background. Usually it's MSNBC, but sometimes they're too loud or repetitive, so I switch, looking for a Law & Order rerun, or if I get really desperate, I might turn on Fox News, just to see what the Trump Propoganda Machine is selling. It's always the same. They're out to get us. They're stealing our shit. We work hard and they collect welfare. They vs We. We are good, they suck.

So I was surprised to see an ad for "the Y" on Fox News -- showing people of all races, genders, abilities, ages and religions, getting along, doing things together, hanging out, laughing, being friends. The message is this: The Y is where we all come together.

Obviously the ad is an editorial, trying to say to the Fox viewers, hey you know everyone else is just like you and we should try to get along. As I said, I was surprised. But on second thought, why not? Fox is there to make money and they make money from ads, and presumably the Y pays for their ads, so go for it.

It works the same on MSNBC. I see ads for all kinds of strange things, confirming Judge Gorsuch, for example. A young woman says she worked in The Obama Administration (whatever that means) and she thought Gorsuch was a good guy. He could be trusted. Maybe he's not such a Scalia or Thomas. Or they say the deficit is bad, that's why we have to cut spending, or the middle class deserves a tax cut, even though we were just told (on MSNBC) that the tax cut isn't for the middle class. They must pay for these ads because they're worth it. They must sow some doubt in liberal news-watchers.

I'm tired of waiting for the Democratic Party to get its shit together. Let's start a PAC and run this message, before it's too late:

  • Fact: Donald Trump, president of the United States has a weird as yet undetermined relationship with Russia. He probably owes them a lot of money. We need to know about this. Since the president hasn't been forthcoming, we're using the FBI.

I envision George Clooney saying this behind a desk in an office with an American flag on the wall. Sipping a cup of coffee. I am not fake news. I'm not a Democrat or Republican, just an American. I want to know where Trump's loyalties lie, who's paying him, that's why I support the FBI.

Supporting the FBI should be an easy idea to sell on Fox.

We need the skills to create the ad, and the money to run it. I think we can get the money. I'd kick in $100 for sure, maybe even $1000. If the ad were good enough, you would too. And I think so would a fair number of people who voted for Trump. All we want to know is what he won't tell us. Where does his money come from?

That's the idea.





Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:39:10 GMT

Did you see The Last Jedi? Tell BingeWorthy what you thought. ๐Ÿš€




Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:43:17 GMT

One thing people might not realize is that when you have a tech company in California you end up on a lot of redeyes to the east coast. Even though we thought we were the center of the world in Silicon Valley, the rest of the world hadn't quite caught up yet.




Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:39:50 GMT

I got a coffee at Dunkin Donuts. I was so impressed with how fast and efficient the people were. I was in and out in less than a minute. And the place was full of people. New York is amazing that way. People do what they do with the minimum of fuss. Not always, but often.



We paid for the net, not Comcast

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:36:53 GMT

Something I've not heard said in the #netneutrality debate.

The Internet was created by the US government, the Department of Defense, and built out by universities.

Taxpayers paid for it. Not Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, etc.




"Reported out" vs "reported"

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:26:05 GMT

Rachel Maddow has what I think of as a verbal tick. Instead of saying reported she says reported out. I think the extra word is not needed, it doesn't do anything. Maybe once a month it would be okay for emphasis, sort of like "she reported the heck out of that" meaning a sort of extreme reporting like scuba diving or rooftopping. But when you always say it, it would seem to lose all meaning. Unless it means something that I just am not aware of. I wouldn't say anything if other people on MSNBC weren't starting to say it. They are.




"Let me intrude" vs "I know what I want"

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:10:52 GMT

Google had the best movie showtimes page, but they shut it down for some reason. I've been searching for a replacement, just found the Rotten Tomatoes showtimes page -- it's pretty good. Its main problem is it's slow to load. The Google movies page was plain and simple, took no time to load. And it did the most important thing, that Rotten Tomatoes also does -- you can view by movie or by theater. So if you feel like going uptown, you can see what's playing, or if you're looking for a showtime for Lady Bird, you can do that too, across all the theaters it's playing in.

I guess Google thought what you needed is movie showtimes mixed in with all your other searches. This is the Let Me Intrude school of advertising. But sometimes you are actually seeking commercial information. You know what you want, it's not an intrusion. Google had exactly the I Know What I Want movies page, and didn't think there was value in it. I guess because they couldn't sell clicks? Maybe they could have gotten a reward like WireCutter's.





Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:40:21 GMT

I've wanted what BingeWorthy for Movies does for a long time, and especially for this time of year, when the Oscar-worthy movies come out, all at once, in December, with a final flourish with the ones the studios think are best on Christmas Day. Each year we have what's called the NakedJen Film Festival, to see how many movies we can watch on the big day. This idea was of course originated by NakedJen, in Santa Cruz, many years ago. I am a relatively recent convert. So we have to know which ones are the best. We've gone by very loose word of mouth, and reviewers' opinions. I always wanted to find a way to involve my blogging community. Hence BingeWorthy for Movies. ๐Ÿš€




Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:18:42 GMT

I finished The Crown season 2 last night. Very nice. It's a little confusing as new characters are introduced without explanation. Feels like it's just getting started. So many characters to develop yet. And the Queen herself. Her majesty Claire Foy is just amazing, and the queen's husband, played by Matt Smith, is revealed to be complex as well. I love this show. Almost ready to give it a 5.




Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:03:43 GMT

Does Fox News tell their viewers that the Repubs lost the Alabama senate seat?




Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:08:36 GMT

There might be a silver lining to the end of net neutrality. A hacker culture might emerge, as it did in the early days of the PC. the Mac and the web. We are stagnant now in tech. BigCo's control everything. More limits on the official net might force new channels to develop.




Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:41:16 GMT

I'm always looking for people I can work with on news projects. Like David Beard. He's leading a project to make a news river for news people. I'm just providing the technical assistance, as needed. It's running pretty smoothly, I'm happy to report. ๐ŸŽˆ




Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:12:02 GMT

A notepad for me to write little stuff in GitHub as I do in other writing environments. Key is that it's super easy for me to post and edit notes from my desktop. Just write and Save. Here's a screen shot.




Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:40:03 GMT

Welcome to BingeWorthy for Movies! ๐Ÿš€




Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:43:42 GMT

There's a section in the BingeWorthy howto for the movies.




Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:44:44 GMT

Overview: the movies in BingeWorthy are the ones currently in theaters. New movies will be added over the coming weeks. The big day of release of course is Christmas Day. Not sure how it will evolve after that. The immediate goal is to find out what people think of movies in almost realtime, as they roll out through the theaters. Also included are new releases on Netflix and other streaming services as well as featured releases from previous years. I wanted to be sure people had something to rate on their first visit.




Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:46:47 GMT

With this release, the first site is now repositioned as BingeWorthy for TV. It has been moved to a sub-folder. The home page still is the TV version, but I plan to redirect from there to one of the sub-sites. Not doing that immediately.




Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:48:54 GMT

There are a bunch of changes and new features. There's a link icon in the upper left corner of the program box. This is the permalink to the page for that program. Previously there was no easy way to get a permalink. Also there's a menu bar at the top of the screen. The links below the program box have been moved there. I expect there will be more things to link to over time, and we needed an approach that would have some ability to extend.




Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:53:20 GMT

If you have questions or problems to report, please post a comment on the howto page.




Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:33:27 GMT

Demo of new thread-writing feature in Twitter.




Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:04:34 GMT

I have these sexy new headphones. Great sound. But I keep accidentally hitting the controls, which are not labeled. I have no idea what they do, other than they turn the music off, and I can't figure out how to turn it back on. This gets inconvenient when I'm out and about and it's fucking cold outside. They should user-test these things in the conditions people really use them in.




Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:06:40 GMT

Another thing. The Music app on the iPhone doesn't let you search your own library. You can only search their library, the one that costs money or shares all your prefs who god-knows-who.




Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:22:47 GMT

Fact: Donald Trump, president of the United States has a weird as yet undetermined relationship with Russia. He probably owes them a lot of money. We need to know about this. Since the president hasn't been forthcoming, we're using the FBI.




Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:16:17 GMT

BuzzFeed imho should have become a venue for news the way the cable channels are. But with lots of studios distributed around the world. That would have guaranteed them a seat at the table going forward.




Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:51:55 GMT

Braintrust query: Help me test BingeWorthy for Movies. ๐Ÿš€




Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:52:49 GMT

There's been a change in criteria for inclusion. We now also include movies featured on Netflix. Still getting a feel for what works here.




Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:05:56 GMT

Here's my ratings for currently playing or featured movies on Netflix.




Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:02:44 GMT

Storify is shutting down. I wanted to learn about the export formats so I started this thread, and linked to an exported story in XML and JSON.




Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:09:56 GMT

Every generation must learn about NIH for itself.




Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:23:02 GMT

It's Mueller vs Moore for the heart of the Republican Party. That's the choice should Moore win today.




Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:39:14 GMT

Dems are more likely imho to become a majority in Congress when the Republican Party splits in two because Mueller and Moore can't fit in the same party, Repubs will have to choose. If they all go with Moore, then the election will probably be meaningless, sadly.




Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:26:01 GMT

Let's run a hologram of FDR for president in 2020. FDR gave the best campaign speeches. We need someone who can fire up a crowd like he could. If there aren't any living Democrats who are up to it, we can fall back to technology, need-be.




Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:56:35 GMT

If Moore loses then Repubs may feel encouraged that there is a bottom below which they won't sink.




Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:10:21 GMT

Survey: What did Trump mean when he said Gillibrand would do anything for a donation?




Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:16:13 GMT

I expect to have BingeWorthy for Movies ready to go tomorrow. It's the same codebase as the TV version, but there are differences. I only include movies currently playing in theaters, and new movies on the streaming services. So if a movie opens on Dec 25, it's not in the initial database, but will be there as soon as it's in theaters. I don't know if movies will age-out of the list. We'll see how it goes. I'm using Google for search because they include showtimes in their listing and DuckDuckGo does not. Utility wins out. No strategy tax. And there are a bunch of tweaks and little improvements of course. ๐Ÿš€




Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:07:20 GMT

We need a Democrat who can sell The New Deal. Here's a demo.




Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:57:18 GMT

Be sure to swallow any coffee in your mouth and take a deep breath before watching this video. Trust me. You're going to be laughing, hard, for quite some time. ๐Ÿ’ฅ




Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:49:55 GMT

Idea. When the president attacks a reporter we all follow that reporter. So @daveweigel would have as many followers as @barackobama for example. Double what El Presidentรจ Trump has. It's like the Streisand Effect applied to ranting authoritarian politicians on Twitter.




Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:50:40 GMT

Another idea. An outliner you use to gather all the tweets you don't want to lose.




Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:23:24 GMT

Highly recommended: This Politico survey re the #metoo moment by Emily Yoffee. I learned a lot reading it.




Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:59:36 GMT

New header graphic for the change in season.




Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:47:05 GMT

Hillary's mistake was thinking all she had to do is remind voters how awful Trump is. I saw the ads as evidence she had nothing to offer, no passion. Over and over. I wouldn't bother pointing this out now if the Dems weren't repeating this approach.




Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:05:41 GMT

Reporters and pundits seem to think we're reliving Watergate. I don't think so. In Watergate you didn't have ex-presidents warning that if we don't do something, we're going to wind up in Nazi Germany. I wonder how many times we'll hear that warning, or if you only get it once, and if the next thing is that the ex-president goes into hiding. How much are the Repubs in Congress backing Trump because they like the politics or they fear for their lives? There probably won't be a point where you get a choice, go this way for salvation and the other way for hell. It may be that by the time you realize there was a choice, there no longer is a choice. A year ago we were trying to convince electors to do the sane thing and not vote for Trump. Now look where we are. If Roy Moore makes it into Congress, how many Roy Moores will follow?




Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:28:11 GMT

I'm working my way through The Crown, season 2. It's every bit as good as the first season. No John Lithgow, unfortunately. But still plenty of politics and intrigue and British mannerisms to keep you entertained. Stiff upper lip. Cheerio. Quite right.