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Published: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:06:25 GMT

Last Build Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:06:44 GMT

Copyright: © 1994-2017 Dave Winer.
 




Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:06:25 GMT

I am a non-conformist. If you tell me I have to conform to your way of thinking I say no. And not with respect.




Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:24:09 GMT

I've been trying to write this morning, but everything I write comes down to this. Humans have made a total mess of everything. I could write more, but it would amount to the same thing.




Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:06:34 GMT

Took a long drive from Denver to Taos today. On the map it's supposed to take five hours, but I took nine. Lots of stops. Listened to a bunch of podcasts including two Sunday news shows. Conclusion: the best Republican liar is Tillerson. That guy is slick. I didn't hate his lies. But Lindsey Graham and Netanyahu, they just plain out lie, no spin. Insulting to the intelligence of the listener. I can see why Trump likes them.




Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:52:43 GMT

When I was driving cross-country in the mid-2000s, I remember wishing that I could ask the maps app to tell me what Starbucks were on my route, not nearby. I wasn't going to backtrack to get coffee. They have it now. I wanted to pick up groceries before checking in. I searched for groceries, it gave me a chance to search on my route. It presented a list of choices along with how much time they'd add to my trip. A button next to each one offered to add it as a stop. Smooth as silk. Another bonus, Google Maps says "Welcome to New Mexico" a mile or so before you see the official sign. It was a surprise and made me laugh. I guess what's next is the Google Home interface for the Maps app.




Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:08:59 GMT

Very slow Internet at the place I'm staying. Barely faster than a 1990s dialup. I guess it's via satellite. I may have to use the Google Fi Nexus phone, if it's faster. Or find a Starbuck's.




Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:10:00 GMT

Best podcast I listened to was the Longform interview of Michael Barbaro of the NYT Daily podcast. It has become the Visicalc of podcasts. I think everyone is listening to it. I don't miss an episode. He of course talked about the famous interview with the coal miner, but left out the best part, the thing he got dinged for the most (at least of what I heard) -- not challenging the guy on his opinion that coal didn't cause climate change. I totally supported that. I wanted to hear the guy's story and have the interviewer just let him say his piece. We know the arguments. It wouldn't have added anything to the story. Also, he defines the Daily as a podcast about the reporters who report the news. And the Longform interview was a podcsat about the podcast about the reporters who report the news. I wondered if another level is possible, but for now I couldn't imagine it.




Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:13:54 GMT

I get a lot of ideas when I do long drives in the western US.




Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:20:16 GMT

Someone should do an interview with Hoder about life in Iran for young bright entrepreneurial people. The deal Obama did with Iran wasn't just about the military, it opened up Iran to the rest of the world, and as you might expect from an intelligent population of an ancient civilization, they are rebooting. The theory is that the hardliners will have more trouble being jerks internationally if their citizens are bringing home lots of money trading with the rest of the world. It's a theory that works. It's why what Trump is doing is so wasteful and sets us back. It's not just about nukes.




Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:25:00 GMT

CBS had an interview with the Iranian chief diplomat, who speaks good English and repped his case well. The snotty Repub they interviewed to balance it of course lied, bigtime. Iran is not on the UN Security Council. DIckerson is performing a service, by clearly stating reality knowing (probably) the Repubs will just lie. He's telling the listeners the truth. They should have an alternated channel with narration, sort of a translation. What he really means is.. That kind of thing.




Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:22:54 GMT

Did you ever wonder where North Korea got the money for their nuclear program? Planet Money has the answer. Kim Jong Un has let an entrepreneurial class develop. They say he's funding it with tax money. How about that.




Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:14:25 GMT

Watched the first two episodes of Mr Mercedes, expecting it to be drek, and was surprised at how good it is. I knew the story because I read the book. The book started great and then like a lot of late Stephen King books got bogged down in smarmy bullshit. Most Stephen King movies/shows are crap, like the recent It. Some of them make great movies like The Shining, Carrie, Shawshank Redemption. This one is promising.




Sat, 14 Oct 2017 11:12:01 GMT

Good morning sports fans!




Sat, 14 Oct 2017 11:12:08 GMT

Today's a travel day. Headed to Boulder, and then to New Mexico tomorrow. I want to enjoy some mountain air, hikes, change of perspective. I should be blogging once I arrive at the other side. 🎈




Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:00:51 GMT

JY is helping with yesterday's query. 2nd opinion(s) sought.




Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:14:21 GMT

A Twitter thread I wrote without benefit of Electric Pork. Freestyle. I think it's pretty good. It starts out like this: "Twitter users who think you are a customer. You are not a customer. You are the product."




Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:08:43 GMT

I knew when I saw the web that's what I had been born to do. Just because people want to use Facebook doesn't change that simple fact.




Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:13:25 GMT

The last phone booth in Manhattan, possibly.




Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:54:43 GMT

One thing's for sure, if we want to have a chance to survive we're going to have to start seeing the good in each other.




Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:37:27 GMT

Yes indeed NYT, Silicon Valley is not your friend but the open web is. As often is the case, corporate media has trouble seeing anything but corporate tech. But before there were tech companies, there was the web, which sprung from academia. It instantly wiped out the business models the tech industry had for networking, all of which were designed to lock users in. It took a couple of decades for Silicon Valley to re-establish lock-in, at least partially because news let them take over their distribution system. It may not be too late for the open web, but it needs a lot of help.




Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:45:37 GMT

Michelle Goldberg writes about sexual harassment. She has only experienced it once, in college. Her theory, she has only worked in organizations with women at the top. That fosters an environment of respect.



Why I empathize with Twitter

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:34:13 GMT

In 2003, almost by accident, the company that I founded but had left, surprised me by directing requests to a popular domain to one of my colocated servers. I tried to keep it running but there was too much traffic. I couldn't do the work required to stabilize the service, i had a new job and my health was still iffy after heart surgery, and I would have had to buy a bunch more servers, and there was no revenue to support it. So I had to turn the service off. Really the only choice was to risk my health, and spend a lot of money.

A few of the users went on a campaign aimed at punishing me personally. Many of them had empty sites on the service, they had never published anything, so they didn't have anything at stake. I completely disclosed what happened. None of the bloggers referred to my post or the podcast I did explaining. They kept right on attacking. I appealed to blogging friends but they wouldn't say anything in my defense.

Eventually the story was covered by mainstream journalists, and guess what -- they listened, and told my side of the story too. The ranters wanted something else, certainly not the truth. Most of the users just wanted their sites back. Quietly I worked with them, and got every one who wanted one a backup of their sites, personally, on my own time.

I waited it out, they got tired I guess, but never forgot how awful they were. That's why I empathize with Twitter.





Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:29:10 GMT

Braintrust query: Error handling in mySQL package in Node.




Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:26:07 GMT

Little Outliner tip: If you keep LO2 open all day every day, when you start work in the morning, reload the page. There's some kind of performance issue in the app that causes it to get slow if you leave it running too long. Reloading the page is the same as quitting and relaunching an app. Fargo didn't have this issue. I must be doing something differently, but I don't know what it is. Still diggin!




Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:31:45 GMT

A message to people who are angry at Twitter.




Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:44:56 GMT

It seems to some, all men are responsible for the worst of men. It's analogous to blaming all Muslims for the acts of "Muslim" terrorists. It's one of the reasons I talk about "Christian terrorists" -- to make the point that it's a form of racism to connect a religion to the acts of murderers. So perhaps, instead of talking about "men like Harvey Weinstein," try "rapists like Harvey Weinstein." That would help.




Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:49:13 GMT

BTW, I look like Harvey Weinstein. So I realllllly resent it when people say he looks a certain evil way. Please. The awful stuff isn't on the surface. That's why body shaming is the worst thing. And it applies to men too.




Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:47:11 GMT

It's a good time for the closing monolog in Killing Them Softly.




Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:30:18 GMT

Idea for a new social net: Last night Doc Searls was in one of my dreams. I don't remember what we were doing. But it was nice to see him. What if there were a place I could go to record that event. And what if by chance Doc recorded that I was in his dream last night. Then we'd know there was some kind of cosmic connection. How would we know if we don't have an app for it? 💥




Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:23:04 GMT

I see parallels in the way people attack Twitter today and the way the music industry reacted to Napster in 2000. The great thing about Napster was that ALL the music was there. And it sort of had an API. It could have developed into a music operating system. But it was attacked, and broken into pieces. And once that happens you know they almost never come back together.



An email to Doc worth preserving

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:50:39 GMT

Hey it's like everything. I'm amazed that we still listen to journalists. I finally got re-awoken when I heard Rachel Maddow ranting about FB ads and Russia the other day. Did she somehow think that a human being at Facebook could have been involved in the content of the ad or who it was targeted at? It's all based on keywords and pointers to stuff on the web.

And how could Russians possibly know how to speak American English or know what our divisive issues are? Well they could have gone to school here. We are a remarkably open society. They could read academic journals, or watch conferences on livestreams, or even go to the conferences. They could read Nate Silver and Jon Chait and many others, the same columnists that Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes read. Russia must have people who do what our CIA does. Read everything they can get their hands on and look for all kinds of changes and vulnerabilities. How do they think espionage works? You think they need help from Cambridge Analytica? Maybe there is a linkup there, I hope so -- but you're insulting our intelligence if you think the Russians can't carefully study us, the way we certainly study them.

I came away wishing they'd do a one-day training for journalists about how Facebook ads work. If they don't learn we're going to have the same kind of debacle that we had w Hillary's emails.





Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:06:43 GMT

Braintrust query: In SQL do updates accumulate or overwrite?




Thu, 12 Oct 2017 01:28:06 GMT

BTW, if you're a regular reader of this blog, you can and should call me Dave. I don't like fancy names. I'm kind of a beatnik. And when you call me Mr Winer I am reminded I never got a PhD and that makes me sad. But I get over it quickly. 😐




Thu, 12 Oct 2017 01:30:22 GMT

We hear a lot re men mistreating women. Here's some gender balance.




Wed, 11 Oct 2017 22:31:52 GMT

What happens when a tornado intersects with a fire.




Wed, 11 Oct 2017 20:58:33 GMT

Reporters of all people should have open minds and be good at listening. But I find it's the opposite. It's a very closed world. I've had a little taste of it from the inside when I wrote for Wired a bunch of years ago. It's not a good thing for a profession that depends on listening.




Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:24:16 GMT

I'm going to be in Boulder on Saturday night, if anyone wants to get together for dinner, or drinks. I remember there's a pretty good Mexican place with Margueritas. If you're doing a Boulder startup, tell me about it. I did office hours in 2008 in Boulder with Techstars it was a lot of fun. We can talk about Node, browser-based apps, how to save the world from Trump, you know the usual stuff. 🚀 💥




Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:48:07 GMT

So, I just signed up for Caviar. They deliver Shake Shack in my neighborhood. And I found out they also deliver Momofuku. I'm hooked. Then ten minutes later I get an email from Delivery.com offering a 15 percent discount if I order today. You think they have a spy?



How to freak out Donald J. Trump

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:36:26 GMT

1. He tweets out something outrageous.

2.




Enter an emoji using HTML encoded chars

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 21:02:16 GMT

First, I wish there was a table somewhere with all the emoji and their hex equivs expressed in HTML format, like this: F4A9; But it's not so bad, you just have to do it for yourself.

  • Look up the char on this page, and copy the "code point value", something that looks like this: U+1F4A9.
  • Remove the U+ part.
  • Add &#x at the beginning and a semicolon at the end -- yielding: 💩

Here are the translations of a few characters:

  • poop == U+1F4A9 == 💩
  • fire == U+1F525 == 🔥
  • neutral_face == U+1F610 == 😐
  • smile_cat == U+1F63B == 😻
  • clap == U+1F44F == 👏




Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:14:26 GMT

10-minute podcast on Harvey Weinstein, in two parts, two stories. Please listen generously and be kind in your criticism.


Media Files:
http://scripting.com/2017/10/10/aboutHarveyWeinstein.m4a





Tue, 10 Oct 2017 23:08:30 GMT

Video of the destruction in the California fires.




Tue, 10 Oct 2017 23:03:19 GMT

It's a good time for one of the universities to have a one-day training for reporters on how Facebook ads work. How to use the software. Let's get in front of the problem before news makes another mess like the one with Hillary's email.




Tue, 10 Oct 2017 19:49:26 GMT

If you find yourself saying someone else must shut up, you're very likely wrong.




Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:36:57 GMT

Carl Sagan used to say that humanity is the cosmos becoming self-aware, coming to "know itself." I always thought that was a super elegant idea. Well, Bob Corker saying the White House is adult day care is, in a similar way, the United States deciding to know itself, to tell itself the truth. Now reporters can quote him, saying what they could easily have said before, and imho should have. News has become news for lawyers. They're all trying to prove what's obvious, that we're reeling and teetering and sputtering on the edge of a cliff, with a guy juggling nukes in both hands and while they're in the air tweeting insults at everyone and anyone. It's as if Don Rickles and Joan Rivers were running the world, and they weren't just comedians.




Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:56:26 GMT

SQL question: When I say a value is varchar (255) does that mean in every row it takes up 255 chars in the database?




Tue, 10 Oct 2017 23:51:11 GMT

Jon Stewart on Trump with Colbert. The best.




Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:05:06 GMT

Yesterday I did an interview with Brian McCullough of the Internet History Podcast. We talked about many of the things you'd expect. When we got to podcasting, I realized his was exactly the kind of podcast I hoped would emerge when we did the work in the early-mid 2000s. Something that starts out as a hobby, a passion, an idea, and develops into real media with regular listeners. A weblog for the ears is what I called it back then. I'll let you know when the interview is available.




Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:12:01 GMT

BTW, you want to know how disgusted I was with Maddow? I switched stations to watch the Yankees in the playoffs. I might have to get my head examined. The Yankees won, btw. And oddly enough I find myself rooting for them (really need to see a doctor). Why? Well Cleveland is favored to win it all this year. And I love to see the favorites get knocked off their perch. Same reason I pull against the Warriors. That the Yankees are underdogs now doesn't really mean that I don't hate the concept of the Yankees. I do.




Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:14:04 GMT

Another BTW, Brian thought, like virtually everyone I meet, that I am a Brooklyn boy. Not so. Why do they think that? Wikipedia incorrectly states that I am a Brooklyn native. I was born in a hospital in Brooklyn, that much is true. But I grew up in Queens. First in Jackson Heights, and then in north Flushing (near Whitestone and Bayside). Ask anyone from Queens in that era if they came from Brooklyn (as I said on the podcast) and you're likely to get a (virtual) punch in the nose. And that, my friends, is where my hatred of the Yankees comes from. These days you see people wearing Yankees hats in Queens, but not when I lived there.



I turned off Maddow last night in disgust

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:21:56 GMT

Last night I turned off the Rachel Maddow show in disgust. Never thought that would happen. They're going after Facebook on the flimsiest of pretense. She made it sound like there was collusion, something nefarious, as if Zuckerberg had sold out the United States to Russia to make Facebook richer.

I have no idea why they're doing it, but it was coordinated. Ari Melber, earlier in the evening, became a panelist on his own show, and expressed the same ridiculous ideas. So much so that longtime tech journalist David Kirkpatrick started interviewing Melber. Melber was full of it, but Kirkpatrick was more polite. It doesn't reflect well on the rest of MSNBC's reporting.

I don't know what they're doing, it was never exactly journalism, but now it's become total advocacy. It's wrong and dishonest and as fake as anything you hear on Fox. I'll give her another try, maybe there's an innocent explanation, but they crossed over into something mean and evil last night, and I'm not going to support that.

BTW, I am not a fan of Facebook, the company or the product, or Zuck. I do think they're evil, but not very likely in the way that Maddow et al say. Maybe it'll turn out they're onto something, then I'll apologize. But I think the odds of that are miniscule.

Like I said I don't know what they're trying to do but whatever it is I'm sure it will end up restricting the First Amendment rights of users of the net. I don't think most journalists give a damn about that, they care about their rights, not ours. Never have I seen a better demo of that than last night on Maddow, a former hero of mine.