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Biomedical and Electrical Engineer with interests in information theory, evolution, genetics, abstract mathematics, microbiology, big history, Indieweb, and the entertainment industry including: finance, distribution, representation






Liked dallas's post: Been working on joining my WordPress site up to the Indieweb, and it’s rekindling my enthusiasm for the web.

Perhaps I'm not quite reading your meaning properly, but I'm curious about the portion about your having turned off comments. I also notice your link requesting to "Comment on this at Medium". Both seemed odd to me as some of the benefit of having an indieweb site is having things set up to have better two way communication with others, while still owning the and having control and agency over the conversation.

This being said, I have, however, been considering turning off generic public (and anonymous) comments in favor of receiving comments only via webmentions. I think the fact that users who wish to comment on my content needing to post it on their own site first helps cut down on the spam and poorly thought out me-too commentary.

To some extent I think this was the tremendous value of Tumblr's not having a native commenting system. In their paradigm, to comment on something, one needed to put their commentary into their own personal stream first to be able to push the comment to the receiver's site as a secondary action. The social consequences of this are much stronger in terms of cutting back on a lot of junk, spam, and personal attacks because it becomes personally identifiable as representing themselves first and foremost (especially on their own site). Some of the problems Twitter and others have stem from users not really owning their content or their identities on those platforms which makes it much easier to become a nameless/faceless bully.

In some sense I think of it by analogy as a "Christmas tree effect". One purchases a wonderful Christmas tree and only puts up the useful and pretty decorations on it because it's what they and others who visit will see in broad view--often even publicly through their window from the street outside their home. Very few will go out of their way to buy a shabby looking tree and festoon it with dreadful ornaments as it's something ugly that not only they see constantly within their own home, but which will publicly brand them as such to friends, family, and even outsiders within their community.

Separately, thanks for the example your site provides. There are many subtleties you've got within your theme that I've been slowly working my way toward as well. I appreciate the way you've laid out and delineated the content. I also love the idea of a microcast which is something I've been contemplating for ages, but have never gotten around to actually doing. Your version and conceptualization are inspiring me to take another hard look at actually doing something.


Losing My Patience with Google+ #indieweb

And this is where I start to get really mad. Like many others here, I have invested a lot of personal time and energy building a following here. Like many of you, I have poured heart and soul into filling this place not just with great content, but also with a sense of community. I could have made those investments in Twitter or Facebook or reddit, but like many of you, I made them here. And now I'm starting to wonder how smart of a decision that was.

We've heard these cries before all too many times, and sadly we're likely to continue to hear them into the future until and unless people begin taking the web into their own hands.


Andrew, in case you don't see the notice in chat ( at there's an HWC in Bellingham as well:


There's a bunch of us hanging out if you want to join us:


Yes: Can't wait for IndieWeb Summit 2017!


@vasvir2 based on your recent tweets you might appreciate the :


@louisgray If you want to take a peek at the bleeding edge again, there's some great stuff at the end of June:


@louisgray Movements like and even @manton2's upcoming are going to open things up again.


@louisgray I hope that open W3C specs like Webmention and Micropub can help to turn the tide.


Thrilled to be able to POSSE posts from @WithKnown to Mastodon now courtesy of @nxd4n using


Interested in open & ? Registrations are now open for Summit 2017 in Portland 6/24-25


Can't wait to try POSSE from @withknown to Mastodon!


Jeremy, thanks for another great example in the wild of another journalist doing this type of workflow.

I know you read the article "What Web Page Structure Reveals on News Quality" the other day, as did I. From that I also found and read The Platform Press: How Silicon Valley reengineered journalism which talks about the platform problem that news producers are having. I'm hoping that new structures like those in the indieweb will help to remedy some of their problem over time. It's not just people who need to take agency over their own online presences, but news organizations and content producers as well.