When I first announced that I was beginning a side project to create a Dictionary of Cyborg Anthropology in 2010, I didn't know how many people would be interested or excited about it. It's taken over 3 years to get the final copy out, with many changes along the way. Originally the book was going to be an encyclopedia, and after compiling the first draft at 600 pages I realized that a more approachable book might be a better idea. A year into the project, I re-worked and refinished the entire book to make it friendlier and easier to read.
Are you building your own website? IndieReader? Personal publishing web app? Some other digital magic-cloud proxy? If so, come on by and join a gathering of people with likeminded interests. Bring your friends that want to start a personal web site. Exchange information, swap ideas, talk shop, help work on a project, etc. What's the "IndieWeb?" See Rise of the IndieWeb (video: 45min)
Valentine's Day is a strange concept. For a day centered around love, I feel that many people can feel obligation, stress, annoyance and loneliness when they participate in the day. The timing of the holiday is also strange. Winter months are already bleak, and having a holiday that makes people feel left out adds another level of pain to the entire experience. I know that many people claim they don't care about Valentine's Day, but that doesn't stop them from noticing it as it approaches and passes.
Last night at Portland's Homebrew Website Club Aaron Parecki modified the Selfoss reader to be able to parse Microformats instead of just RSS feeds. The result? A much asked for ability: the ability to subscribe to IndieWeb sites through a reader!
This evening Aaron Parecki and I hosted a Homebrew Website Club at Esri R&D Center Portland! Here's a write-up of the event.