🔖 Bookmarked: How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation by an author
“I couldn’t figure out why small, straightforward tasks on my to-do list felt so impossible. The answer is both more complex and far simpler than I expected.”
A great long-read to kick-off the week. Very America-centric, but I’ve observed similar patterns on this side of the Atlantic too, so the core of the article still rings true.
Also shared to IndieWeb.xyz
I love how Colin has provided a clear, simple, page describing how to subscribe to his blog in several different ways. Feed icons are great if they’re easy to find, and your audience knows what they are, but not many people do. I might have to steal this idea for myself
There’s some seriously cool and interesting deep cuts of Games Workshop and Warhammer history in this article.
While I don’t fully agree with the author’s characterisation of the current state of things, I do wish the company would do more; that it was still radical with how it portrays cultures and diversity in the settings and models. I get that it’s harder to take those bold stands when you’re a multi-national, publicly traded company worth hundreds of millions of pounds, but Games Workshop didn’t get to where it is by being timid in the first place.
Also shared to IndieWeb.xyz. 🔖 Bookmarked: Now EVERYBODY hates the new EU Copyright Directive by an author
“Now that Article 13 has not a single friend in the world, save for a single, lonely German MEP, maybe it’s time we stopped holding the future of European copyright to ransom for the sake of a few recording companies who are willing to sacrifice the free expression of 500,000,000 Europeans to eke out a few more points of profit.”
Also shared to IndieWeb.xyz. 🔖 Bookmarked: RSS is not dead. Subscribing is alive. by an author
“But the big point that many of these articles dismiss lightly or directly omit is that RSS is still used as the underpinnings of so many widely popular services today. Apple News, Google News, Flipboard (each with likely tens of millions of users or more) and many others use RSS it is just that people do not know it.”
In response to the Motherboard article “
The Rise and Demise of RSS” I linked to a couple of days ago, Colin makes some great points.
RSS isn’t dead, and might never be… it’s just been abstracted away for most people who don’t need to care.
Also bookmarked on IndieWeb.xyz. 🔖 Bookmarked: How to Start Your Own Little Directory on WordPress for Free by an author
“If you are using self hosted WordPress you can have a small links directory running in no time. This uses the “Links” feature in WordPress that was never removed, just papered over.”
I’m already doing a basic version of this with my
Links Page, but that’s all hand-crafted. I’d forgotten all about the Links Manager that was built into WordPress, mainly because it was hidden away ages ago. Maybe I should switch over to using that… Also bookmarked on IndieWeb.xyz. 🔖 Bookmarked: Improving user experience with links, notifications, and Webmentions by an author
“While I want people that I mention in some of my posts to be aware that they’ve been mentioned by me, I don’t necessarily need to add to the visual cruft and clutter of the pages by intentionally calling out that link with the traditional color change and underline that <a> links in HTML often have.”
I think on my site I’d always want a mention to look like a link, so a reader can identify it and choose to visit whoever I’m mentioning. But that’s part of the joy of IndieWeb — we’re free to implement the details to our own tastes. Chris
wants his mentions to blend into the text of his site, and that’s a perfectly valid choice.
I can only agree on dropping “@” prefixes though. Those are clunky and completely unnecessary in environments outside of siloed social media. The only time I include one is if I know I’m syndicating a particular post to Twitter.
Also bookmarked on indieweb.xyz. 🔖 Bookmarked: Ars Technica turns 20 years old, and we couldn’t have done it without the community
“For two decades we’ve learned, we’ve laughed, we’ve cried, and sometimes we’ve gone wtf.”
20 years is a long time on the web. When I was just starting out in the IT industry, the two major sources of news I’d use to keep up with things (outside of blogs) were Ars and
The Register. It’s comforting to see both still going.
The secret, I’ve found, is to not treat lifestyle changes as New Year Resolutions.
Small adjustments, done consistently, and not tied to a particular point in the calendar, are the way to go.
🔖 Bookmarked: This Friday: Hang Out and Paint For Charity
“Hey folks! This Friday, on Warhammer Live, we’ll be hosting a very special Hang Out and Paint.”
A great little bit of community support by GW. I’ll be tuning in if I can.
🔖 Bookmarked: F*ckedbook by an author
“While Facebook used to also have a positive aura around them, this has clearly turned in recent months. At a high level, I do think there’s something to the notion that while Facebook provides certain services that are nice — or even very nice — to have, such as connecting remotely with friends and family, none of it is a must-have. And, in fact, a lot of it now makes people feel worse about their lives. Either because of the content they’re seeing or because they’re simply using the services too much.”
I meant to link to this a few weeks back, but the Christmas break took over.
I’m not sure it has everything up to date, but it’ll be a handy reference. The more recent stuff I’ll glean from pulling apart
I’m bookmarking this as it contains the recipe for “wonder wash,” which is as great as the name implies.