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Hey everyone!

I'm a computer science student, a small-city digital journalist, and a web developer (ostensibly).

I'm approaching the dark side of my 40s and I'm working to make a transition out of journalism into tech. Wish me luck!

I love making websites and I'm very interested in learning more about .

Also, I hope you're having a fulfilling, if not relaxing, day.

I'm an older, (older than a lot of people learning to program, at least), guy and, while I enjoy coding I'm looking for something a little deeper when I actually (hopefully) start working.

I don't know what that is, but I listened to a podcast that made me think about the prominent web developers and web designers I look up to. They're people who are not only capable and smart but also seem to have a stronger guiding principle in their work.

I'm going to have to write about it soon.

Let's just add one more reply, and maybe a favorite to see how the data looks.

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After a few weeks off school, I finally got my site (more or less) going.

Now I'm testing out :

jeffcaldwell.is/notes/indieweb

Welp, finals are done.

* Stares into the distance with haunted eyes.

I've been pretty quiet for the last week due to finals removing my soul.

You should feel a little terrified of the people feeding you news, especially through broadcasts.

For example: I knew a morning anchor who was complaining about an infection she had in her eye after she tried treating her initial discomfort with essential oil.

WOW. Yeah I've been on mastadon for like only five days now but I'm already flabbergasted at the world that should have been... w3.org/TR/activitypub/#Overvie

Like literally how did we all agree to just NOT have interoperable social networks??? Looking at the activity pub docs makes it clear how ridiculously easy that would have been. You want my content? Just GET my outbox. Want to send me something? Just POST to my inbox. The server can be anything you want, just format your messages in this (VERY INTUITIVE!) way. It's so simple it's STUPID.

I'm very new to all of this, so I'll admit that there's a lot I don't know, but what is painfully obvious right now is how, yet again, the tendrils of Capitalism have fundamentally altered the STRUCTURE of the Internet to make it less open, less empowering and generally WORSE for most users. However, what's also becoming clear is that it does not have to be that way, and being here is in some small way, bringing about that better possible future.

While I'm in the process of finding a way out of the newsroom and into tech, I have to admit that working in local journalism has equipped me well to procrastinate on college writing projects.

Sometimes I feel like local journalism is really just fast, concise writing under duress.

Something important to know about me: I like decentralized technologies, distributed systems and the like, and have a research/dev agenda around them.

I do not like cryptocurrencies. At all.

OK who can help take Matt Mullenweg up on his offer to bring up to full standards? cc: @humanetech

Not a joke: this is a very real opportunity...

i need to know how to make sure my posts here never make it to google search

Before reading more about , I read a bit about blockchains.

Things like distributed ledgers and IPFS seemed to have a lot of potential for serving lots of people information via low-power devices.

The most exciting thing about learning for me right now is seeing that we pretty much have everything we need to do that without having to listen to insane libertarians.

To the moon indeed.

The semester's almost over and I _cannot wait_ to rebuild my site again.

Hahaha.

Before taking this assembly language class I was like "Oooh, maybe I'll write a MASM REPL with JavaScript! Sad students like me who have to run MASM on Linux will find it super useful."

No. I will not do that.

I just want to goof around with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Instead, I'm about to finish up a number of assembly language labs.

Sad!

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