A note-taking tool for networked thought.As easy to use as a document. As powerful as a graph database. Roam helps you organize your research for the long haul.–Roam
I wanted to bookmark this for the future. I currently use org-mode in emacs for journaling and NextCloud Notes for a Keep replacement. But, this looks interesting.
“Welcome to Facebook Horizon, an ever-expanding VR world where you can explore, play, and create in extraordinary ways. At Horizon, you’re not just discovering a new world, you are part of what makes it great.”–Facebook Horizon
At first glance, Horizon seems like a modernized Second Life, a first-person Sims, a fulfillment of the intentions of AltspaceVR and a competitor to PlayStation’s PSVR Dreams and cross-platfrom kids’ favorite Roblox. Back in 2016, Facebook was giving every new Oculus employee a copy of the Ready Player One novel. It seems they’ve been busy building that world since then.
Facebook Horizon will start centralized around a town square. Before people step in, they can choose how they look and what they wear from an expansive and inclusive set of avatar tools. From inside VR, users will be able to use the Horizon World Builder to create gaming arenas, vacation chillspots and activities to fill them without the need to know how to code. -Josh Constine, “Facebook announces Horizon, a VR massive-multiplayer world.” Techcrunch.com. September 25, 2019.
Imagine. An entire world mediated by Facebook, where they monetize your creativity for their profit.
“On [Archive of Our Own, a.k.a.] AO3, users can put in whatever tags they want. (Autocomplete is there to help, but they don’t have to use it.) Then behind the scenes, human volunteers look up any new tags that no one else has used before and match them with any applicable existing tags, a process known as tag wrangling.”
—Samantha Puc, “Fans Are Better Than Tech at Organizing Information Online.” Wired. June 11, 2019.
There’s been lots of discussion of the significance of AO3’s Hugo Award for Best Related Work.
Modest proposal? Use this process on new terms entered in the search box of a library’s online catalog to surface subject headings for users. It’s a logical extension of the catalogers work.
I was using a website this morning that pointed to fonts.googleapis.com. I know this because the url was displayed at the bottom of the browser, as my machine freezed into an unusable state, which required a reboot to return it to functioning again.
It seems strange to me that a website should be able freeze both a browser and the machine running it. But, minimally, I thought I should prevent downloading fonts from google from doing it in the future.
With a little web searching, I came across this article, “Fix Slow Page Loading Waiting for fonts.googleapis.com.” I made the appropriate changes to my /etc/host file and noticed an immediate improvement on the loading of the site I was using.
So, not being one for half-measures, I thought, “I wonder if there’s a good list to block most of these types of sites that slow down the web experience…” Of course, there are many. I ended up choosing Steven Black‘s list: Unified hosts + fakenews + gambling + porn + social because it is used by the previously mentioned Pi-Hole as one of its filters. I kept my original host file, noting in the top where to get an updated list and just added everything after: # Custom host records are listed here. to the end of the file.
Works beautifully. I’ll live with it for a few months and post an update here of any problems I encounter. However, this seems like a good option for cutting down the amount of crap you come across on the Internet and will likely speed web page load times considerably. If you need more explicit instructions, this article seems to provide a good discussion on how to do it across different platforms..
“This is an instruction booklet that shows you how to build a text editor in C.
The text editor is antirez’s kilo, with some changes. It’s about 1000 lines of C in a single file with no dependencies, and it implements all the basic features you expect in a minimal editor, as well as syntax highlighting and a search feature.
This booklet walks you through building the editor in 184 steps. Each step, you’ll add, change, or remove a few lines of code. Most steps, you’ll be able to observe the changes you made by compiling and running the program immediately afterwards.”—https://viewsourcecode.org/snaptoken/kilo/index.html
Might be interesting to compare to the source code of mg, which is a minimal editor written in C that works like Emacs.