Two newer meta-ish search engines for encyclopedias (about 30+ wikis):
On math, magic, and mathematical grimoires.. As I was “speedrun reading” about MathML days ago, I discovered an amazing digital library of mathematical functions. Boring, but why amazing? Take a look at this function and hover click on any of the variables to view the definition, and keep clicking on more variables for even more.. definitions. That’s a legit library.
See, now all of us can roleplay as mages and mathematicians on the Internet.
Mathematical Markup Language (MathML)? I’ve thought about LaTeX/TeX strategies on the web for a bit ever since someone asked years ago about different approaches. I never got to poking around on my blog, but since then the masters have delivered unto us;
- MathML ( based web specification)
In format conversion land we’ve been given; LaTeXML, make4ht, texmath, temml, and Pandoc.
MathML looks rather safe. After that, I’d imagine it’s mostly incompatability struggles, XML spooks, and making math “write easy”.
I caught a glimpse of an interesting thing by chance.
Facebook hid the
x from their login prompt on
public pages–including government pages, then brought it back. ‘Twas on the
desktop before mobile and perhaps (who knows) for a subset (as a test). A “login
only public page” is for a near–distant future, set. Seriously though;
developer documentation will become my
final excuse to visit Facebook.
I came across a good
article on finding video feed links
from various (mostly western) sites. Odysee links have a funky format that are
https://odysee.com/$/rss + channel.
So this (channel):
Becomes this (feed):
I poked around the Activity Stream docs a while back.
And.. as a pretend expert :) started wondering: In the big bad messy real world (super serious business), how does one on such a decentralized (social) network thoroughly:
- Block specific users from viewing
- Block specific users from following
- Block specific users from interacting
- Delete previous local/remote content from specific users following
- Delete previous local/remote interactions from specific users interacting
ActivityPub is an open/transparent protocol (amazing) but for adoption, the expectation/reality of many users online anywhere (even public networks) is favourable discoverability not discoverability itself.. however contradictory/debatable. That’s probably easy/possible centralized but stupid hard/impossible decentralized.
The IndieWeb’s is a rather sophisticated syndication philosophy. Too bad I’ve got such a disdain for social media that I’d never explore it personally. It’s a good approach for working on other people’s stuff though: think Facebook’s (Meta) instant RSS articles (dies April 2023), podcast feeds, or any other (kinda) bi–directional site syndication mechanism.
The hypothetical outcomes/incentives of POSSE if it was done by everyone is an entertaining thought experiment.
It seems that.. from talking to a few people via email, basic feed discovery with rel alternates are ineffective. Simple redirects work better for organic discovery.
I was reading web.dev recently and couldn’t help but
think that in tech circles/articles online it’s easy to get the impression that
Firefox is a major competing
browser. Firefox actually doesn’t even register. Firefox has an estimated
global market–share and
doesn’t even show up in
Users implicitly use Safari (Apple) and/or some derivation of Chromium (Google Chrome). When was the last time you saw someone using Firefox? Not recently if you’re outside the tech bubble.
Of course in my case the social media applications within the Fediverse are not what’s most interesting. It’s the generality of its protocol. ActivityPub appears to have an easier time with different use cases than other protocols.
The link to a Fediverse server list in a previous post died but fediverse.party also shows the diverse types of applications that use the ActivityPub protocol.