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Interesting example of backfeed for in the wild at @biorxivpreprint http://biorxiv.org/content/early/2017/02/16/108977 http://indieweb.org/backfeed

 
Reposted Jose Afonso Furtado's tweet

Standards: Three Recommendations From W3C Working Group to Enable Annotations on the Web | LJ INFOdocket @infodocket http://www.infodocket.com/2017/02/23/standards-three-recommendations-to-enable-annotations-on-the-web/

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Virtual Homebrew Website Club Meetup | February 22, 2017

Join some like-minded people in building and updating your personal website.

Location: Virtual: Google Hangouts

Time:

Ends:

•Work on your IndieWeb Resolutions for 2017
•Finish that blog post you’ve been working on
•Demos of recent IndieWeb breakthroughs
•Share what you’ve gotten working
•Ask the experts questions

Participate: Link to Google Hangout https://hangouts.google.com/call/swlermyderda5f2suhctzthy5ye

Join a community with like-minded interests. Bring friends that want a personal site.

Any questions? Ask in chat: http://indiewebcamp.com/irc/today#bottom

Optional quiet writing hour starts at 17:00 (Pacific)

Add your RSVP in the comments below, by adding your indie RSVP via webmention to this post, or by RSVPing yes to one of the posts below:
Indieweb.org event: https://indieweb.org/events/2017-02-22-homebrew-website-club

The IndieWeb is a growing people-focused alternative to the ‘corporate web’.

Skill levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Colin and David, I've been a long time Feedly user myself and certainly feel your pain. (And in particular, I'm a bit irked that I can't seem to get Feedly to discover alternate RSS Feeds being broadcast from my site to provide consumers with more options about what content they'd like to consume from my site, see also: http://boffosocko.com/2016/12/18/rss-feeds-a-follow-up-on-my-indieweb-commitment-2017/ )

While slowly hacking away at IndieWeb philosophies, one of the big issues I've always hated was using an outside feed reader that wasn't directly integrated into my own site. I've played around a lot with woodwind.xyz which has some great IndieWeb features, but doesn't have the massive developer team behind it that Feedly does.

Recently while doing some alternate research I also came across the WordPress plugin PressForward that was originally designed for journalists and academics, but in short is actually a built-in RSS feed reader that you can self-host as part of your WordPress install. I've been loving its general functionality and also use it somewhat like a self-hosted version of Pocket/InstaPaper as well, so it serves multiple uses. While it may not have everything that Feedly does, it's incredibly functional, and better, it's open on Github with lots of documentation, so you could potentially add the features you want. I've written a bit more about it (including some useful links) here if you'd like to explore it a bit more: http://boffosocko.com/2016/12/31/pressforward-as-an-indieweb-wordpress-based-rss-feed-reader-pocketinstapaper-replacement/

Like both of you, I'm always eager to hear of other options should you come across them.

 

@eatpodcast @jimpick @realkimhansen @abrams @Feedly Jeremy, I agree with you wholeheartedly that SoundCloud is a dreadful option overall--apologies if I gave the impression otherwise. Given it's cost and the fact that it's what I would call a super-silo make it a non-starter unless you're looking for a very sort term solution or if you're a mega-media company and have the money to burn to try to reach another tiny sliver of audience you didn't have before.

Sadly, given their position in the space, companies like Apple, SoundCloud, and perhaps a few others haven't continued building out and innovating. (Marco Arment, who you mentioned in this particular podcast, recently had an episode on being "Sherlocked" that touches on the economics of perhaps why they haven't gone the extra mile http://boffosocko.com/2017/02/02/%F0%9F%8E%A7-under-the-radar-65-getting-sherlocked-under-the-radar/ ) Given the technology they've already got, they could/should go the next several steps to leverage their position to make things easier for everyone. The search and AI portions could also be done by Google, but presumably they'd need some additional motivation to do this as it's the type of niche area they've been getting out of lately. (And could we really take another GoogleReader-type shutdown?) Perhaps it might be a rich area for a feed reader company like Feedly to get into? Or maybe Jonathan Abrams with Nuzzel has some of the search/algorithm technology to be able to extend into this area, particularly for the discovery portion which Nuzzel is quite good at for articles.

We also need a better/easier solution for the average Jane who wants to create a simple podcast without spending two weeks doing a mini-startup to set it all up and get it going with the widest distribution possible.

I'm honestly puzzled that YouTube doesn't get into the space as they've already got a huge piece of the puzzle built. Just provide the ability to strip out an .mp3 file from a video (there's a huffduffer bookmarklet that allows this: http://huffduff-video.snarfed.org/ ) and make that available for download/subscription within their ecosystem. I'd suspect that with a week of coding, they could completely corner the entire podcast market from soup to nuts. One of the toughest parts of web is audio/video, and it's one of the few places that indie developers don't/can't touch because of the high technical and even intellectual property hurdles.

I do appreciate larger companies like This American Life doing things like Shortcut [https://m.thisamericanlife.org/blog/2016/10/introducing-shortcut ] though it would be better if the technology was opensourced. (See also thread at: https://twitter.com/rdhyee/status/809556321871622144 )

As an aside, I've just noticed at http://indieweb.org/podcast that Kevin Marks' ever useful unmung.com will apparently "turn podcast feeds into playable HTML5 audio with microformats markup".

 

I'm not seeing the HTML export on the desktop version of Kindle (from 2015) on my work laptop at the moment, but I'm positive it's hiding somewhere on my desktop machine, which is currently out of commission for some quirky problems. When I get it running, I'll try to document the feature as I don't think I've seen it mentioned anywhere else and it was tremendously easy and helpful.

I hadn't tried Bookcision as I'd stumbled across what I supposed was an easy answer, but there are a few edge cases for non-Amazon books in my collection that might benefit from using it as Amazon doesn't always play well with content that doesn't originate from the "mothership".

A while back, I'd bookmarked http://the-digital-reader.com/2015/02/21/how-to-download-your-kindle-notes-and-highlights-and-export-them/ as one of the better articles explaining most of the pathways currently available. If I remember the comments were relatively helpful as well.

For general file conversion you might appreciate Pandoc: http://pandoc.org/

There are also some in the community who have tools (like Kevin Marks' http://www.unmung.com/ ) which can do inter-conversion. I can't recall specifics at the moment, but someone in the chat will likely know of the others, or you can search github to find some of the opensource ones https://github.com/search?q=indieweb&ref=opensearch (it can be an interesting browse in general for things you didn't know you needed/wanted).

Finally, I liked the teleprompter.css hint for marked2, but if you've not come across it, I often read newspaper, magazine articles, and fiction on my mobile using RSVP-related technology (Rapid Serial Visual Presentation) which has been patented (though I'm not so sure it's enforcable) by http://spritzinc.com/get-spritz and for which there are multiple apps floating around for multiple platforms. My favorite thus far is Balto-reader which I think may only be available in the Amazon store, but it's one of the few I've found that can break through Amazon's encryption to allow using Spritz-like technology on my Kindle Fire or Android Phones. I don't recommend using it to read technical documents or passages which require more thought, but it's lovely on mobile and has a nice bookmarklet for reading web-based articles quickly. If it's something you think you'd use, but you can't find something that can access Amazon books, let me know and I can suggest some workarounds that will allow Amazon book access.

 

@matigo_ca Found 10C via friends, curious to try it out. Are signups open? Signup doesn't seem to work.

 

Replied to a post on github.com :

Bridgy won't send webmentions (for Instagram) properly without it, so I'd submit it's more of a webmention issue. It's definitely not a theme issue, and even if it were, only the smallest number of themes would ever be aware to support it anyway.

Given the broader number of users this could potentially affect, it should be sitting some where towards the top of the stack. I'd recommend webmention first, otherwise, perhaps the IndieWeb Plugin itself?

 

Retrieve Running Time for listen and watch post kinds? · Issue #71 · dshanske/indieweb-post-kinds https://github.com/dshanske/indieweb-post-kinds/issues/71

For sites like Soundcloud, ITunes, Netflix, youtube (if it's available) it would be nice to retrieve the "running time" of the music, show, film, etc. to display as a running time in the UI for listen, watch, and jam types (rather than the published/updated) for other post types.

Sample URLs
https://www.netflix.com/watch/60002321?trackId=14170060&tctx=1%2C1%2C711b329a-1ca8-4c14-b4d7-43f682113d2e-14372159
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNr0JNwsLy8
https://soundcloud.com/user-154380542/how-to-build-an-autocracy-david-frum-the-atlantic-march-2017
https://open.spotify.com/track/3B3ZOmLGFlAjyBKHbgiblv
https://www.hulu.com/watch/403538
WordPress blueberry podcasts: http://www.eatthispodcast.com/long-live-the-carolina-african-runner/

When not scrape-able, allowing one to simply enter a 0:00:00 time and a finish time and letting it display the appropriate running time (without entering a date) would be useful for these types as well. (I'm presuming it requires dates to calculate currently as I haven't yet checked....)

 

Jeremy, glad you figured it out. If you sync your books/notes to the Kindle desktop app, you can also alternately export your notes and highlights from individual texts as raw html with one of their interface buttons. You can then more easily cut and paste into your own site. With a bit of modified CSS magic, you can format it as you like, thus: http://boffosocko.com/2012/06/17/big-history/

Your clippings file isn't bad, but doesn't sync across devices, so you have to export from each of your devices if you use multiple, and they're also time ordered, so if you read multiple things at once, or interspersed, it makes for more processing between titles. There's also a service called https://www.clippings.io/ which may give you some better raw data, though I think they charge a fee for some services.

See also http://indieweb.org/read for other ideas.

 

I'm using a relatively standard WordPress set up with a handful of relatively standard "alternate" feeds advertised in my site , but Feedly doesn't seem to be discovering them. I'd set it up in December (discussion here: http://boffosocko.com/2016/12/18/rss-feeds-a-follow-up-on-my-indieweb-commitment-2017/ ) and I recall Feedly found the alternate feeds at the time. Has Feedly changed the way it finds alternate feeds?

If it helps to troubleshoot, my site is at http://www.boffosocko.com. And at the moment Feedly seems to only find the first (and canonical WordPress) feed, but none of the other half a dozen or so which are primarily defined to create subsets of the original RSS feed based on categories or tags using typical WordPress methods. (Kudos by the way on apparently getting rid of the bug that defaulted to finding WordPress comments feeds first instead of the primary feed.)

For some reason, the old Feedly bookmarklet I use (is this still supported as I don't see it on the feedly site anymore) will work for most sites to add fees, but doesn't redirect properly to add mine instead the url indicates that it finds my json/oembed alternate link:
https://feedly.com/i/subscription/feed/http://boffosocko.com/wp-json/oembed/1.0/embed?url=http%3A%2F%2Fboffosocko.com%2F&format=xml
and then reports that no feed was found.

Using my direct URL in Feedly.com search appears to work as does the chrome Feedly mini, though they both only seem to find the primary feed and none of the other alternates as I would expect?

Thanks in advance for any hints or advice to fix this!

 

Eric, You'll get used to it all pretty quickly. Feel free to use my site to ping against if you want to test things out without annoying someone.

If you want a potential set up for using it with your mobile phone, try: http://stream.boffosocko.com/2016/sharing-from-the-indieweb-on-mobile-android-with-apps-and

It looks like you're using the hosted version of Known, but it you ever self-host, there's lots of additional goodies at: http://docs.withknown.com/en/latest/plugins/community/

 

@dagutierrez With interests in this area, you might appreciate some of what the community is doing: http://indieweb.org

 

For those interested, @mapkyca has an Archive.org/Wayback Machine support plugin for @WithKnown
https://www.marcus-povey.co.uk/2017/02/02/archive-org-wayback-machine-support-for-known/