Replied to Surfacing My Anti-Library by Ton Zijlstra (

Back in 2012 E and I gave about half of our many books away as part of a BBQ party. We kept what we hadn’t read yet but still found interesting, as well as reference books and books we had read and felt attached to. In the decade since I’ve bought a lot of new books, based on interests, recommen…

I really like the idea of antilibrary as a positive thing. I have an ‘antilibrary of articles’ that for a long time felt like a source of informational anxiety, but now I think of as a subset of the Internet recommended to me by friends, already partly curated. Much more positive that way.

Replied to making a logo with PlantUML by Maya (

I don’t know quite why but this strikes me as a hilarious version of a blazon. This then raises questions about whether there are ways to configure PlantUML such that this image might be generated with a dramatically different appearance, and who should specify the equality comparison…

Haha, I love this idea! You can skin PlantUML a bit from what I’ve seen. Side note: I have a plot to make a bot that posts randomly-generated PlantUML art.
Replied to Week Notes 20#38 by Ton Zijlstra (

A regular week ending in a weekend away. prepared and did the second ‘Networking 101’ session, our internal course on networking discussed creating a ‘digital garden’ as collective memory for our company with Elmine discussed finding additional board members for the NGO I chair worked on dig…

I’ve been finding Bill Seitz’ wiki a trove of interesting thoughts on wikis lately – his page on TeamWiki’s might be of interest re: the company digital garden you mentioned:
Replied to Indieweb, we zijn er nog niet by Frank Meeuwsen (

Na een paar jaar actief mee te praten en te denken over het Indieweb, merkte ik bij mezelf dat de fut er uit was. Ik kon mezelf niet meer genoeg enthousiast krijgen om weer een issue aan te maken op Github voor een bug, om weekenden op te offeren met code schrijven die ik zelf amper begreep. Immers,…

I am less active too right now, in the sense of building anything or attending events.

But I hope that just regularly posting and being visible as part of the wider IndieWeb is a useful contribution, too.

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My personal wiki at is based on Jethro Kuan’s Cortex theme ( which is based on theme ( which I think is *probably* based on Andy’s theme 🙂

(My blog is WordPress but is not SemPress, it’s my own theme –

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Hugo’s a good un but you might personally like Hakyll…

One nice way to get comments on a static site is webmentions –

Replied to Two Effects From Notetaking by Ton Zijlstra (

Both those effects, new things rising because of writing about existing ones, and spending time thinking to be able to create, are most welcome ones.

Great to hear! It’s nice to hear about your note notion-taking system leading to a long-form post. I haven’t written a very long post from my notes yet – I think I’ll have a reflect as to why that is.

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Another good find by Neil Mather for me to read a few times more. A first reaction I have is that in my mind p2p networks weren’t primarily about evading surveillance, evading copyright, or maintaining anonymity, but one of netwerk-resilience and not having someone with power over the ‘off-switc…

Yes it’s interesting that they focus on privacy.  I do agree with the main thrust of the article, that without diligence, and when just focusing on the tech, the decentralised can easily be centralised again.  And in some cases the absence of privacy can be the attack vector.  But I think I find things like the anti-disintermediation of blogging, email (gmail) and git (github) as more low-hanging examples of what we need to prevent against, where privacy had nothing to do with it.
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Bookmarked for reading (found in Neil Mather’s blog). Actual cases of ‘tethered’ economic transactions where a buyer is bound into an ongoing relationship with the seller with an uneven power balance, are already easy to find: John Deere suing farmers for tinkering with their tractors (with De…

It’s troubling too to think how this will encroach on more and more transactions, as so many things become are becoming so-called ‘smart’.  As Paul says in his Info Civics article, “All authority is borrowed from the server, and so the users possess no authority of their own. As a result we must describe these services as authoritarian.”  It’s provocative but I think the same could be applied here.

We have an interview with one of the authors, Aaron Perzanowski, here –