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

Published: Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:56:44 GMT

Last Build Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:57:41 GMT

Copyright: © 1994-2017 Dave Winer.

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:22:28 GMT has been refreshed. A maintenence release to get it in sync with other software components here in DaveLand. 💥

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:56:44 GMT

It's becoming hard to find news sources to point to. They all pop up ads, including Wikipedia. Many have videos that start playing automatically. It's nice to find a news site that doesn't do this. So far Axios and TPM are both reliable. But they don't have all the stories I want to link to.

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:46:44 GMT

I like yesterday's blockbuster trade betw Boston and Cleveland. I think Cleveland got the better deal. Kyrie Irving is a solid superstar, but I don't think he drives other players to perform. Not like the guy they traded for, Isaiah Thomas. He's a force of nature. I guess the Celtics thought he would burn out fast and Kyrie will last a while and will like staying in Boston. Cleveland is destined to be volatile. But it'll be interesting to watch Thomas and LeBron team up. Two very different kinds of players.

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:51:57 GMT

And we're still waiting for the deal the Knicks make for Melo.

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 14:30:45 GMT

Trump's speech last night was all about him, and not at all about the victims of the Charlottesville terrorism, a word btw he still refuses to use. Also Trump made no mention of the sailors who died on the USS McCain.

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:10:58 GMT

Good morning eclipse fans!

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:19:45 GMT

Latest progress report on Instant Dave in a screen shot.

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:48:12 GMT

Sarah Larson's New Yorker reviews of Game of Thrones make me LOL.

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:48:53 GMT

When Doc was starting his blog in 1998 or so, it took about six months for it to catch on. I was regularly pointing to Doc from my blog, because his writing was so good and perspectives about the net so valuable. Six months. You have to show people steadiness. Update even if they aren't reading in the numbers you'd like. Keep doing it. It takes time to build up a trust, a pattern, a habit. And that's what reading a blog is, a habit. Conclusion: If there's a will to reboot blogging, we have to create that kind of habit, across a number of sites.

Disgusting things Repubs do

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:33:07 GMT

Alan Dershowitz is a weird guy. He says he's a liberal, but his words are Republican. I should explain what that means. 🍎

There's a dishonest debating style that Repubs use, never heard a Democrat use it. They go on about how unfair it is for some Democrat to do X, Y and Z. They are things that are obviously unfair. He keeps going. Lots of examples. Of things that never happened. You nod your head. Those disgusting Democrats. What awful people. Such hypocrites.

You have to be very circumspect when listening to a Repub like Dershowitz. Ask yourself each time he declares something a Demo did. Did they do it? Probably not.

People who work for BigTechCo's use this technique too. It can be pretty egregious. People assume if you work for a famous company You Must Know. They take advantage of this, and say things that are not true knowing you'll probably believe them.

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:43:38 GMT

It's Trumps's fault, until further notice. Everything.

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:46:34 GMT

NYC eclipse report: Everyone in NYC stopped. No one is moving. All are looking skyward.

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:59:11 GMT

When I am thinking about "eclipse" the word my brain uses is "earthquake."

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:39:12 GMT

I keep saying don't underestimate Trump. Then this.

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:50:59 GMT

I bet many people haven't heard this classic World War II ballad.

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:39:23 GMT

I'm guessing w/o looking that Trump's religious council consists of preachers from churches that serve white Christians in the south. If there were any preachers whose congregations were not Christian whites from the south, they would have gotten off last week. These so-called religious leaders need to have scapegoats I guess. Doesn't seem very holy to me. Who's responsible for the suffering of white people? Everyone who's of a different religion, or if they're black or hispanic. They have everyone covered. We're all keeping the Master Race down, so they can be more masterful and less depressed. They've been doing this for centuries. Maybe even millenia.

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:49:24 GMT

Dolores Claiborne is a pretty great Stephen King novel that's set during a total eclipse in Maine. It was also a movie starring Kathy Bates.

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:22:56 GMT

I want to try to reconcieve blogging, to make it more like Facebook, but not in a silo. I've been having trouble convincing people this is possible, but it is -- if we believe it can. It really is that simple. Like Tinkerbell and Peter Pan.

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:15:16 GMT

I have a new version of Instant Dave almost ready. It's got a lot of RSS in it, some new ideas related to RSS. Ones I'm sure you'll find interesting.

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:33:10 GMT

I want to call your attention to this NY Times story about two sisters who were injured in the terrorist attack in Charlottesville last weekend. They were both moved by a "sea of white faces" chanting Black Lives Matter. The crazy events of the last week remind us that we have much more work to do to get over the awful history of race in the United States. And we've never had a greater opportunity to make progress. Yes, black lives matter. Yes. And so much more. That's just a beginning.

MLK is the best icon for America 2.0

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 18:08:38 GMT


The United States, rebooted.

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 21:20:25 GMT

Sometimes cats do stupid things!

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 00:24:43 GMT

A picture is worth a thousand tweets.

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:35:01 GMT

In September of last year, Evan Osnos wrote a piece in the New Yorker that imagined what the beginning of a Trump presidency would look like. I wanted this to be the beginning of a thread in journalism, give us an idea of what we were getting into. But the focus remained on Trump's outrageousness and the Russian leaks about Hillary. We blew it. Now I'd like to see a new thread that imagines what the sequence of events might be from here-out assuming Trump stays in office and his militia grow in power and the violence escalates.

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:43:23 GMT

Somewhere in America someone is devising plans for mass extermination. For once I hope the good people of this country get out in front of the progression. At every step we've not been willing to consider how it could get worse, and do what's needed to head it off. Then it gets worse and we do it again. Right now we have a Nazi president (I don't credit him with being a "sympathizer" as some do). We still have a political system that's capable of dealing with him, but the people who have the power refuse to use it. People already have died. We have to be ready to deal with the thugs and their violence, either way. The question is can we handle having the American government leading them? One more Supreme Court appointment and we'll have open carry everywhere and you'll have to be a white male non-Jewish property owner to vote.

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 15:01:00 GMT

God is goofing on me. After I wrote the super-serious post above, I dropped my Apple Watch and broke the screen. I've only broken one mobile device screen in all the years I've been using them, and after that I developed a routine to keep it from happening. Can't wear it. Too broken. Not safe. But my wrist feels totally naked without it.

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:26:40 GMT

For some crazy reason I'm tempted to go down to Washington Square Park tomorrow to observe the Nazis. I'm guessing most of them come from Staten Island and New Jersey, maybe some from out on the Island. Tomorrow also is the final Summer Streets bike ride from 7AM to 1PM starting at Park Ave and 72nd St, through 4th Ave and onto Lafayette St, to the Brooklyn Bridge. Nazis coming by car should be aware that there will be limited cross-town access. Anyway, Summer Streets riders end up pretty close to Washington Square Park which tomorrow is Nazi-Land in NYC.

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:54:46 GMT

Doc is going on an Eclipse Safari in Wyoming.

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:54:15 GMT

Andrew Sullivan says that Charlottesville is even worse than it might appear at first because it has shown that Trump can blow through another level of normalcy, and not pay a price in support from Repubs. Until this weekend, Nazis and the KKK were unimportant fringe groups. This is no longer true. This is the United States, our world leadership is based on our defeating the Nazis in World War II.

Tina Fey on sheet caking

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:27:52 GMT

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Google says this blog is insecure

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:56:50 GMT

I got an awful email from Google last night saying that my blog has a security issue and Chrome would start warning people about it in October. Right off the bat you know it's bullshit, because if it were a real security issue, how could they justify waiting until October?

Here's the story. At one time I had my own search engine because Google wasn't yet doing a great job of indexing blogs. There was a small search form on every page. The archive pages from the blog in this period, in 2006, eleven years ago, are still there. Here are the examples they cited. The forms don't work, the search engine is long-gone. They're afraid someone will type their SSN in that form and it will be observed and recorded by an intermediary. On a decade-old archive page.

Don't worry. The pages aren't going anywhere and I'm not modifying them. I try to keep the archive of this blog intact and unmodified. It serves not only as record of the events on the blog, but also the technology of the blog. If you've read this site at all you'd know it was central to the development of blogging and other technologies. The blog's HTML and scripts are part of the record.

I have an uncountable number of domains I have used over the years. I try to keep the sites running to the best of my ability. I've been doing this since 1994. Converting them all to HTTPS isn't going to happen unless HTTPS becomes much more manageable. And as I've explained many times here, I like storing my blog content on Amazon S3, and HTTPS and S3 are not happy partners, if you want to use your own domain name, which of course I do.

Google will lie about security to accomplish a strategic objective. And a lot of people will believe them when they say Scripting News is a bad site. But over time, if they abuse the trust, they will lose it. That's the way this works.

They've certainly lost me. I don't trust Google even a bit. They don't own the web, they didn't create it, and I'm not going to submit to them. If you can't read this site with Chrome, so be it. That's their choice.

I think the EFF should stand up for the rights of individual bloggers vs the giant corporation, but don't hold your breath. EFF is funded by Google. Same old shit, just a different industry.

Siskiyou chickens

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:22:12 GMT

My longtime friend Stan Krute took this picture of three young contestants waiting to be judged at the Siskiyou County Golden Fair.


When I saw the picture on Facebook I wasn't sure if it was a Norman Rockwell painting. Stan really captures a sense of pride and anticipation. Human qualities, in young people, and their chickens.

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:58:50 GMT

Philip Bump, a friend from Ye Earlie Blogging Dayse did a bot that RTs everything Donald Trump sees in his Twitter timeline. No wonder the guy is so hyper (Trump, not Bump). This led me to a business model that Trump himself would appreciate. Let me buy ads aimed at a specific user. Let's load up Trump's timeline with messages of Trump-Love. We love you Dear Leader. We love you soooo much. And then tell him what we want him to do. ❤️

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:22:46 GMT

Arnold Schwarzenegger knows about Nazis. Watch this.

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:13:58 GMT

Another concept I'm becoming more formal about is grooming. I tend to move on to the next project without iterating over the loose-ends of the one I'm leaving. I still do it. Have to. Because projects are like pies. They aren't ready for eating until they've had a chance to cool off on the counter a while. While that's happening I like to still be "there" and ready to tune things up here and there, to make things work more smoothly. And when the time feels right, go back to the pies I left on the counter a month or two ago. 🍄

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:09:57 GMT

I shifted my approach to development a few months back, with the turn to Old School, and decided to build where the users were going. Scripting News was still getting most of the flow, despite all my efforts to create new more compelling flows.

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:10:55 GMT

Another shift happened a few years ago, when I decided it was okay to develop just for myself, with no intention of ever releasing the stuff I was working on. That led to a new style of product, and a happier developer. I was always doing it for myself, and fooling myself into believing it was for other people. I'm no less a narcissist than anyone else. Once you own that, you get a lot more powerful, I have found. 🚀

My defense of Electron

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:55:24 GMT

Here's a screen shot of the Dock on my Mac. Lots of Electron apps. How many are running right now? Seven. And that does not include Slack. Now look at the Activity Monitor in the Dock. Very little resource utilization. A bunch of Electron apps sitting there doing nothing doesn't use very much CPU. Here's a screen shot of the Activity Monitor window. Dropbox is using 34 percent. After that, a lot of Chrome helpers and a few of the Electron apps. The most expensive is about the same as iTunes. Today's machines have lots of memory and very capable CPUs. Electron is not the issue. I'm sure some of the apps written in Electron suck, but that's not the fault of the platform.

New technology in the works

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:49:52 GMT

I don't know why this never occurred to me before, but we can do better than the realtimeness of RSS. One thing that's always been a concern of mine about RSS is the inability to update a post after it's been published. There's no allowance for this in the protocol.

But in the new scheme I'm creating, called for now Instant Dave just to keep it manageable in my head, not only are updates instantaneous but if I update a post, it flows back out to the subscribers at the same instant rate that new items go out, at the same rate that new posts go to Twitter and Facebook.

I'm working on one of the pieces of that puzzle today.

Do we have test posts? Oh yes we do!

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:40:25 GMT

We're still at it. More rock and roll! 💣 💊 💣 ❤️

I want the best performance.

A test post for the ages. One that can be added to. Etc etc ad nauseum. Seriously folks. Unbelievable.

That feeling after you threw all your cards in the air and spent a day putting the house back together and now it works.

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:04:41 GMT

Problem with the president is that he and the country he's supposed to lead have very different values.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:44:34 GMT

Sorry friends, I am doing test posts again.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:05:26 GMT

Another good day of programming. Still working on Instant Dave. Lots more functionality in the second iteration. One thing I must have is the ability to update. If an item on my blog updates, it must also update in the Instant Dave interface. I often edit after I post initially. Correct spelling, tighten up the wording. Add links. These should all flow through to the people who are reading my stuff in Instant Dave.

Another day of look-away

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:37:13 GMT

I was having a good day yesterday until I started seeing tweets about the press conference. With dread I turned on MSNBC at 6PM and watched. When they started airing his full press conference I switched to a Law & Order rerun. By the time Maddow was over it was just one more thing. She did run a clip of Fox, when first processing the press conference. It was cause for hope. But of course by the morning I'm sure they've reconnected with their bosses, found their spin, and are ready for another day of look-away.

How does this end?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:31:07 GMT

A simple way to show solidarity. Wear a MLK button for America.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:16:15 GMT

Maddow asked a question tonight, wondering if what Trump said today helps the Nazis grow their movement. The answer is yes. The same way Al Qaeda and ISIS crave publicity for their atrocities, American terrorists use publicity to drive recruitment, to grow, so the next march and uprising is bigger. More campus invasions. A clash between the First and Second Amendments. Liberal college towns: Austin, Berkeley, Madison, Ann Arbor, Boulder, Cambridge, Portland, Raleigh. Every time POTUS does a press conference and whistles loudly saying he's behind the movement, expect more deplorables to step up. The people at the marches looked like people who last year at this time were going to Trump campaign rallies.

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:02:46 GMT

When the journos talk about Trump "appealing to his base" they are being too generous. He is a narcissist. There is no base. Just people who like him and those who hate him. If you like him you're cool (like the Nazis and KKK). If you criticize him, he's being treated unfairly.

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:17:07 GMT

People puzzle over Trump. Really? Two things to remember. 1. This is a replay of his refusing to disavow the support of the KKK during the election. 2. The president is a narcissist. There is no one else in his mind. His thoughts involve only himself. He likes the Nazis because they like him. That's all there is. If they were ever to criticize him he would flip on them in an instant.

Fairness only matters when it's Trump

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:27:39 GMT

Trump says he was treated unfairly.

What about Heather Heyer, the young woman who was killed?

What about Deandre Harris. Was he treated unfairly?

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:37:43 GMT

Here's the third in a series of new NPM packages I've produced in the last few months. This one is called githubpub. It's close to the ideal for the #indieweb storage system. You put your web content in GitHub repositories, and they are served directly from there from the public API, with a domain name associated with each site. It's not as easy as Dropbox, and requires a bunch of setup, probably not something for end users, but a bunch of the pieces are there and work.