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Independent historian, freelance editor, and translator, Washington, DC, and Conway, NH. This is my blog in the Fediverse. Replies to posts here appear as comments on the blog and on Micro.blog's timeline. On 🦣 Mastodon I am @markstoneman@zirk.us. ("Zirkus" is German for "circus," which recalls the blog carnivals of yore.)
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@amerpie Peak three!

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@markstoneman The automatic backups I have Drafts doing might look proprietary (.draftsBackup is the suffix), but those are just big JSON files. I opened one on my phone with Textastic to confirm. I looked at Obsidian a year or two ago, but it's got more power than I need at the moment. Ir's also got more ways to distract me. On the positive side, it looks pretty easy to get text into. I tested it by moving everything Bear into it, and it didn't bat an eye. That means I could easily leverage its power for a big project.

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@pratik If only.

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Shared Notes - Why I'm Dropping Bear.app markstoneman.com
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@pratik I just tried them for the first time. That is a terrible implementation. In dark mode, they scream for my attention instead of hanging out until I need one.

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I fleshed out my site’s portfolio page for the scholarly blogs that consumed much of my attention and creative energy from late 2016 to mid 2022. In particular, the section devoted to History of Knowledge grew because that is the site where I had the most latitude for independent initiative.

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@billharrison Thanks for the heads up! Correcting now.

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@Miraz Here's another---from a completely different context---that rhymes with yours: "Cognition is the most socially-conditioned activity of man, and knowledge is the paramount social creation." – Ludwik Fleck, Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact (original German 1935, English translation 1979), chap. 2, sec. 4.

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@manton My first thought was that there might be some sort of machine learning that this could feed, but I can't see how. The image of "infinite content" for an "infinite algorithmic feed" is something to chew on. Maybe it contains the seeds of a dystopian movie script: the main human characters only gradually become self-aware.

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Reading about Black Librarians and Knowledge Formation markstoneman.com
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@Mtt Interesting. I've been told "no" so often that I quit asking.

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@markstoneman That Draft's action I linked to is now acting up for me. I haven't yet had time to look into the issue.

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@Mtt Nope.

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I noticed the GHI’s History of Knowledge blog was crashing this week. Apparently they solved the problem but had to disable the display of the blog’s categories.🫀 Automattic, you disappoint me. I hope the GHI comes up with a workable, long-term fix soon.

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@manton There was some new action by the FTC that is good too. (https://masto.ai/@rbreich/112639186900403183). I have my complaints about this or that big issue, but overall he's done a good job. Letting the orange one back into office simply because Biden disappoints in some way would not make sense, though we will hear the usual rhetoric about third-party candidates or not voting anyway. If only an majority were needed to win office. That and run-off elections could help a lot.

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@Mtt And their parents?

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@pratik Very good point!

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Reading about Netanyahu's Clusterfuck of a War markstoneman.com
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@manton Disney and/or a provider that charges extra for local stations.

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🫀 Why don’t I have any muscle memory for where the # key is when my keyboard is dark? I guess hashtags are still a relatively recent phenomenon, as far as my typing fingers are concerned.

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@ner3y I don't know about the Samsung, but in the land of iPad, it shouldn't make a difference. I'd just go for price and extra memory for just in case. I'm speaking as the son of an octogenarian who I set up on an iPad about 18 months ago. She uses it mainly for photos and solitaire and a little bit of Facebook, so can't say anything about learning apps. I can't imagine any learning app worth its salt wouldn't try to be backwards compatible for a decent amount of time, unless they don't care about public school customers.

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@amerpie I'm less heavily entangled with Facebook family-wise, but it is the one place where some of my IRL relationships go back to the 1980s. Some of those didn't survive the past ugly decade+ of online life, but others have. -- Lately, I was talking to a dental assistantup here in NH about how I don't know how to find out about a lot of goings on up here. I had been in the loop in DC because of more media outlets, and because the twittering bird had not yet been murdered. She sighed and pointed me to Facebook, which is a necessary fact of life up here.

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@amerpie That makes sense. And my own comment loses value when you take into account those powerful shadows in his painting. Then I can see brothers in unarmed resistance much more clearly. BTW, have you seen the 1961 movie about the children watching their parents' hatred? Back in 2020, I caught it on the Criterion channel. markstoneman.com/2020/11/0... (Related, a 1947 goverment film about racism and xenophobia of all kinds: markstoneman.com/2017/02/0...)

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@DazeEnd I have been afraid to ask this question.πŸ˜€

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@manton Has experiencing both this region and New Mexico in the same short time span felt a little jarring? I actually haven't been over to the islands, but I've got family on the Cape.

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@amerpie I hadn't seen that one. Presumably from the same period as his famous Brown vs. The Board of Education painting (the one with the little girl surrounded by uniformed police officers)? Was it published in Look like some of his other more socially aware art was? The white savior motif I'm sensing is a little uncomfortable, but it would not have negated the painting's power in this context.

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Reading: Evidence of Russia Using Starvation as a Weapon in its War on Ukraine markstoneman.com
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medieval city gate made of stone with a big mouth, which a car is about to drive through, and two eyes

Historian Daniel Bellingradt has been growing a thread "of screaming and horrified city gates" in Europe. Here's the first image in the series from @dbellingradt@historians.social.

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Reading: Aryeh Neier on Israel, International Humanitarian Law, and Justice markstoneman.com
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Reading: Israel's Universities during War markstoneman.com
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πŸ™„ That feeling after you try to do a thing that requires an app you haven’t used in a while, but that app acts up, so you research and fix the problem, but by then you no longer know what you were trying to accomplish in the first place. Yeah, that.

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@pratik Going back a couple decades, bloggers also needed search engines, if they wanted to get exposure beyond their own circles. A whole SEO industry developed around making web content discoverable. The benefits of an LLM "reading" and "learning" from your content are far less clear. We were also far more naive, I guess. I had related thoughts here a couple days ago.

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Second posting with a few extra details: Here’s a Git repository that gathers information about LLMs and offers some ways to deal with them. The only tool I know how to use is the robot.txt file, which depends on voluntary cooperation. Speaking of, the repository contains an interesting table of bot metric... markstoneman.com
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@Mtt I see paid and free options in a DuckDuckGo search. I've thought about this too, but it makes giving feedback impossible, and it only works for public accounts. At least Instagram's outbound data flow isn't blocked the way inbound data is.

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Tiny Theme Use and Modifications markstoneman.com
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Why Move from Wordpress.com to Micro.blog? markstoneman.com
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@Mtt Looking forward to trying it out soon.

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@bobwertz Tough conversations...

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What Can We Do about LLMs on Our Independent Websites? markstoneman.com
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@manton You seem to be covering vast distances.

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Creepy noises outside: Sounded like a life-and-death struggle between two small creatures in the woods, but maybe they each got away in one piece.

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Was in the dentist’s chair for two hours today. (One procedure became another, the second done by an extern.) I don’t want to use my mouth, but I haven’t eaten in twelve hours. Gotta cook something soft.

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View as detailed in long caption The clouds were changing shape and color, getting very dark in one part of the sky while the sun was playing with white clouds and a blue sky in other parts. The photo only hints at the dynamism, but my eyes were on the road, and I only had a brief moment without any cars near mine.

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Are people really shocked about the European Parliamentary election results? Or are the responses more part of the performative virtue that we’ve learned to offer on social media when people do bad things? I’m not saying the results aren’t bad, but they certainly didn’t come out of nowhere.

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