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In the twentieth century, the golden age of public relations, publicity, meaning the attention of the press, came to be something that many private citizens sought out and even paid for. This has led, in our own time, to the paradox of an American culture obsessed, at once, with being seen and with being hidden, a world in which the only thing more cherished than privacy is publicity. In this world, we chronicle our lives on Facebook while demanding the latest and best form of privacy protection—ciphers of numbers and letters—so that no one can violate the selves we have so entirely contrived to expose.

  – Jill Lepore, The Prism, The New Yorker

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Keep Bridgy Publish dumb

Bridgy has three parts: listen, publish, and blogs. One of them is not like the others.

Listening for responses to your silo posts and backfeeding them to your web site was the first service Bridgy provided, and it’s still the most popular. It runs entirely in the background. No UI needed.

Blog webmentions run entirely in the background too. Bridgy sends webmentions for you when you write a post, and it receives webmentions and adds them to your posts behind the scenes. Again, no UI needed.

Publish, however, is a different beast. It has a user interface, which is where most people start. Even after that, when they automate it via webmention, they often still want an interface of some sort or another to customize their silo posts, and that’s where the trouble starts. Continue reading

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Anote Tong, president of low-lying Pacific island nation Kiribati, delivers what may be my favorite climate change talk ever. In place of the usual tropes of rising sea levels, natural disasters, and renewable energy, Tong describes concrete plans to build sea walls, lift buildings onto stilts, and move many of his citizens whose homes will be underwater within years, if not months.

He’s strikingly calm and resolute, and way past conservation or even geoengineering. Climate change is irrevocably altering his country right now, and he’s leading his people to adapt as we speak. They have no other choice. Amazing. Sobering.

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I think my understanding-to-results ratio may be low, compared to the average person. I get a fair amount done without actually understanding much of it. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad yet…

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