If only our digital social networks were to exhibit this kind of faded grandeur when they no longer exist.
Sunday, January 14th, 2018
Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
Peter looks into his crystal ball for 2018 and sees computers with eyes, computers with ears, and computers with brains.
Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
Monday, October 2nd, 2017
Amber has been investigating which image formats make sense for which situations.
Choosing image format is only one step towards optimising images on the web. There are many, many other steps to consider, and so, so much to learn!
Thursday, September 7th, 2017
Time-shifted photographs of my hometown in Ireland.
Sunday, August 20th, 2017
Marc took some great pictures at Patterns Day.
Friday, August 18th, 2017
Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
Posting to my site
I was idly thinking about the different ways I can post to adactio.com. I decided to count the ways.
This is the classic CMS approach. In my case the CMS is a crufty hand-rolled affair using PHP and MySQL that I wrote years ago. I log in to an admin interface and fill in a form, putting the text of my posts into a
textarea. In truth, I usually write in a desktop text editor first, and then paste that into the
textarea. That’s what I’m doing now—copying and pasting Markdown from the Typed app.
Directly from my site
If I’m logged in, I get a stripped down posting interface in the notes section of my site.
This is how I post links. When I’m at a URL I want to bookmark, I hit the “Bookmark it” bookmarklet in my browser’s bookmarks bar. That pops open a version of the admin interface tailored specifically for links. I really, really like bookmarklets. The one big downside is that they don’t work on mobile.
This is something I knocked together at Indie Web Camp Brighton 2015 using the Twilio API. It’s handy for posting notes if I’m travelling somewhere and data is at a premium. But I don’t use it that often.
Thanks to Aaron’s OwnYourGram service—and the fact that my site has a micropub endpoint—I can post images from Instagram to my site. This used to happen instantaneously but Instagram changed their API rules for the worse. Between that and their shitty “algorithmic” timeline, I find myself using the service less and less. At this point I’m only on their for the doggos.
OwnYourGram and OwnYourSwarm are very similar and could probably be abstracted into a generic service for posting from third-party apps to micropub endpoints. I’d quite like to post my check-ins on Untappd to my site.
Other people’s admin interfaces
rel="me" and IndieAuth, I can log into other people’s posting interfaces using my own website as the log-in, and post to my micropub endpoint, like this. Quill is a good example of this. I don’t use it that much, but I really should—the editor interface is quite Medium-like in its design.
Anyway, those are the different ways I can update my website that I can think of right now.
In terms of output, I’ve got a few different ways of syndicating what I post here:
- RSS feeds for my journal, links, articles, and notes.
- JSON feeds for my journal, links, articles, and notes.
- Twitter accounts for my journal, links, articles, and notes (that one is my main Twitter account).
- I syndicate most of my my photos to my Flickr account.
- I syndicate most of my journal posts and articles to my Medium account.
- I used to syndicate my links to my Delicious account but at some point that became fairly pointless.
- Whenever I post a link, The Internet Archive gets pinged and makes a copy for the wayback machine. Here’s an example of a recent link.
- I syndicate just about everything to my Facebook account using If This, Then That recipes (RSS to Facebook posts). Facebook is a roach motel. I never post any original content there—everything starts here on my site.
Just so you know, if you comment on one of my posts on Facebook, I probably won’t see it. But if you reply to a copy of one of posts on Twitter or Instagram, it will show up over here on adactio.com thanks to the magic of Brid.gy and webmention.
Monday, May 1st, 2017
Photos of analogue interfaces: switches, knobs, levers, dials, buttons, so many buttons.
Saturday, March 18th, 2017
Monday, November 7th, 2016
If you enjoyed reading Marcin’s serendipitous story on Twitter, here are the pictures to accompany it.
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
A selection from an ongoing photography project—seven years and counting—leading up to the launch of the Orion project.
Saturday, September 24th, 2016
Lovely, lovely photos from this weekend’s Indie Web Camp.
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
Yummy wallpapers for your desktop, tablet, and phone, from NASA and ESA.
I giggled at quite of few of these mashups.
Saturday, June 11th, 2016
A lovely little native app:
The world’s most advanced camera for your mini pocket computer.
View source for added nostalgia/flashbacks.
Oh, and RTFM.
Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
Lovely, lovely pictures from last weekend’s brilliant Indie Web Camp in Düsseldorf.
Sunday, April 17th, 2016
Great photos from a great gathering.
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015
Kate has been hand-making Christmas cards for seventeen years.
2013’s Gizmo Stardust remains my favourite.
Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
This is so, so wonderful—hundreds and hundreds of photographs from all of the Apollo missions. Gorgeous!
The shots of Earth take my breath away.