Posts categorised ‘Internet’

Tonight my sister and I had the joy of discovering that our massive IT nerd dad had never heard of XKCD. Naturally we had to start him off with the 1 in 10,000(external link) one… I think he has many hours of enjoyment up ahead 😃

Link: “Say it with us: #NoNeoNFTs”

Original post found at: https://www.jellyneo.net/nfts/

This is likely to be of interest mainly to people of a certain generation (that is, late Millennials/early Gen Z) but among Neopets’ small remaining playerbase there’s serious anger at the moment over the decision (apparently undertaken by Neopets’ parent holding company) to partner with cryptobros and start this new Neopets NFT project. Leading fansite Jellyneo explains what’s going on, and why people are so pissed off, well.

Overall, people are suspicious that this is something of a last-ditch moneygrab before the parent company shuts down the long-neglected and currently half-broken Neopets website for good. Personally, to indulge the nostalgia I have for Neopets in the Good Old Days (that’s circa 2005) I made a user account on Neopets Classic(external link), which is an ongoing fan project to re­cre­ate the site with the vibe it had at that time (except without ads, and swearing is allowed, lmao – I laughed so hard when literally the first secret avatar I unlocked read “I NEVER FUCKING LEARNED HOW TO READ.”). Copyright is a bitch but honestly, I think it’s fan projects like this one which have the potential to be satisfying in a way that the “real” website is unlikely to ever be again.

Note also: an effort to archive as much fanwork as possible(external link) from the almost 1,000 editions of the Neopian Times.

Wiki: Neopets

Neopets is a browser game and a franchise, the core part of which is based around having and taking care of virtual pets. It was founded in 1999 by Adam Powell & Donna Williams, and grew rapidly to become one of the most-visited sites on the internet.

Neopets was a pretty major part of my childhood (late primary school years) and with the sheer amount of stuff the site offered, it gave me the …

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Reply to “Indieweb as state of mind” by Leon Paternoster

Original post found at: https://www.thisdaysportion.com/posts/indieweb-is-not-social-media/

I found this all an interesting discussion! I’ve certainly enjoyed having my own site again and tinkering to add various IndieWeb features, but it’s not something I’d realistically expect the average person to do. That said, I also agree that the fundamentals of the IndieWeb are really just having your own site – everything else like post types, webmentions, etc. seem mainly there to mimic social media, which I think is an awesome extra, but isn’t necessary just to have your own, “independent” site. The latter is much easier of course (although still not something everyone will want to do).

Another thing I will say I’ve noticed is that most of the people who’ve implemented IndieWeb principles to any degree on their site also have Micro.blog accounts… making it much easier in most cases to comment on Micro.blog than by actually making a reply post on my own site. I guess there’s nothing really wrong with that, but it just seems funny given the “IndieWeb” ethos. I can make the effort to do otherwise (like I’m doing for this, now) but most of the time I wonder what’d be the point, and take the path of least resistance.

Thoughts on Socialising, Online and Off

Today I read a couple of blog posts that got me thinking about this question: How do the ways we “socialise” online compare to the ways we (used to) socialise IRL, and what does the rise of social media and other forms of online socialisation tell us about the modern world?

I’m not saying I have awesome answers to these questions. Just that I’m thinking about them.

One of …

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It’s been bugging me for a while that Vercel is generating incorrect “last modified” datetimes for my wiki pages on this site. What it seems to be doing is getting the last modified date only if it’s within the ten most recent commits. If the last modification was further back than that, it prints the last modified datetime of the tenth-most recent commit. From the docs(external link) it looks like Vercel is not even fetching git commit author dates (but commit SHAs and commit author logins, those it fetches…), so instead I guess it stores some cache that only goes back ten commits? I have no real clue, but because I don’t know how to fix this, I’ve commented out the part of my template that generated “last modified” text for my wiki pages. Better to display nothing than to have it display something that’s wrong for the vast majority of pages…

I mean… one way to fix this would be to build my site using GitLab’s CI/CD and just upload the built files to Vercel, instead of GitLab merely passing the source files along for Vercel to build. But ugh, what a hassle to change that all around 😩 Another strategy would be to manually set a “last modified” date in the front matter of pages I want to have one, and display that in preference to whatever git says. (Or even disable enableGitInfo entirely, if it’s just resulting in junk data.) That’d also be annoying, though. So, for the moment, I think just not displaying “last modified” dates’ll have to be the go.

CSS Hyphenation

Since I made the switch to a narrower main column and larger text, I’d been feeling like the “jagged right edge” of my posts had become much more noticeable. The fewer words there are on each line, the greater a proportion of a line each word occupies, you see, which means that when a long word was too long to fit on the end of a line and was forced to become the first word of …

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a cartoony avatar of Jessica Smith is a left-wing feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also very interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.