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Published October 29, 2007

This NFT explainer, linked here already by many, is amazingly good:

That said, this sentence is just art:
> This is what makes [NFT] enthusiasts so deeply unreliable: they have meaningful financial stakes in an intangible, volatile thing that exists entirely as a collective ideoform.

I promise the rest of the video is very clear and easy to understand, cuts through the bullshit like knife through butter. But that sentence... that sentence is *dense*.

Signal, NFTs 

Looks like Moxie has converted to being a full time NFT platform creator. Seems to be the direction that many of the tech builders are going.

obsidian, PKM 

I think I finally figured how to keep my log notes in Obsidian for all my different life areas in a way that actually sticks as a practice.

Each area gets its own "homepage". Every day I start a daily note and add all the tasks, tasks, log notes, thoughts, etc for every thing I do that day, grouped by area.

Then sometime later I will go back through the last N days worth of daily notes and use the Note Refactor plugin to extract each section of notes into a separate note with the days date, and then cross-link that to a running log of notes on the homepage for that area.

The end result is that each hub area of my life has an ongoing log of what I worked on, what I need to do, and any writings I produced, that I can go back through as a history. At the same time, my sequence of daily notes also has a similar cross-domain view of what I worked on each day.

I got a monitor arm for my standing desk and now I feel compelled to actually use it as a standing desk because I'm not hunching down to look down at my monitor. :blobmindblown:

But seriously, I’m reading a paper right now called “Data organization in spreadsheets” :blobsadrain:

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I went for a long walk in the snow to do an errand and I think my eyebrows are still frozen.

The author's further comments say:

"Every node/entity is one markdown file. The top of the file has something like:


You can fill the file with info on that particular subject, including a photo or anything. Internal links are made with [[Watson]] where '' is a file Slightly smiling face"

"Graphs are created fully automatically. And when I was editing a markdown file in VSCodium, I saw that the graph was updated in real time. I also installed the 'dataview' plugin, sonI could create lists where a person/location etc was mentioned in stories"

"For the tagging: I used RegEx to go over pieces of text with Mr/Mrs, one capital and a second word with a capital, block of strings with street/road/lane etc, and so forth. I did it the hard and geeky way"

cc: @pixouls @feonixrift

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(Apologies for the twitter screen shot but...)

This would be an amazing research data collection methodology using I have to figure out how they did this.

@pixouls check this out!

I think one of the reasons why many people in the United States context don't take cryptocurrencies seriously as having any potential to be a liberatory technology (as they are sometimes seen in other countries) is because this is typical of who is driving cryptocurrency adoption in the US: mega corporations like Walmart (or celebrities and billionaires like Kim Kardashian and Elon Musk).

"Walmart is preparing to create its own crypto and collection of NFTs, filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office show"

(non pay-wall link:

@vortex_egg Are you familiar with the history behind and constraints upon MARC?

It dates to mainframe days, when primary memory was measured in words, and if you were really lucky, maybe a few kilobytes.

I used one of the early online library catalogues whilst at uni. Storage was actually on disk, phenomenally expensive and unusual at the time. These were the size of washing machines, and had ... I forget precisely, but I believe somewhere between 5 and 15 MB storage each. The catalogue required a room of such devices.

It was amazing --- Google before Google existed, in many ways (though metadata only).

The other problem with standards, which xkcd sort of gets at but doesn't really highlight is that once you have an extant standard there is one heck of a lot of inertia behind it, and any change requires an absolutely compelling advantage and some organisation to throw its weight behind the effort.

Little gets librarians more worked up than metadata schemes. Dublin Core and all that jazz.

See also: Conway's Law.

You know the XKCD joke about needing a new standard to unify the 12 existing standards and now you have 13 standards? We have read about So. Many. Standards of metadata invented by the Library of Congress for sharing bibliographic data, each one in turn meant to be the one that fixes the previous standard while all maintaining backward compatibility to their standard that was originally used for transporting card catalog cards between libraries. And which are all now currently in use, including the original one.

I could probably write an essay critically eviscerating all of the techno-utopian things these metadata textbooks have to say about metadata and the particular popular metadata schemas just by looking at what those schemas are used for in practice.

I think this is the first time I’ve really struggled with my grad school work. It’s not hard — I just know how this reading is both factually and normatively incorrect, and to make matters worse it’s not even exciting about it. A real slog to get through.

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I hate this class reading on metadata so much. It’s incredibly ahistorical about the tech industry and its past (and present).

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A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.