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Meet the New Dark Web: The Web
WWW blogging predictions passingthought openweb
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With the continued marginalization of the World Wide Web and concepts like "web surfing", the next phase for the complete eradication of the open platform is its "mystification". People will be made to fear the concept of engaging online outside social media.

This is not hard to understand. As people gradually forget about a place they could publish freely, exchange files, and start dot com revolutions in their underwear, the protocol itself will be left to its die hard evangelists who buck the trend because they are not willing to give up their online liberty to Facebook.

Man in hoodie standing in front of world map overlaying bits of code

That number of people is (relatively) small, but they will continue sharing information between themselves, some of which will be inconvenient to governments and corporations.

What better way to pinch the holdouts by pouring negative paranoid press about that other "non-Facebook" place that people are doing things. Mostly good or neutral, but to a small highlight-able number, bad things like breaking copyright laws, planning terrorist attacks, or patronizing or trafficking child porn. Those grim things are typically characteristic of the so-called "Dark Web" today but it is trivial to drop the semantics entirely, when it is time.

Imagine the headlines of 15 years from now. "Police Find 'Web Browser' on PC of Area Man Arrested For Credit Card Fraud".

This won't happen tomorrow but in the long future, it's where we're headed. The pure web does not natively monetize, track users as precisely as closed social media networks or mobile apps, and provides a loop hole for free anonymous expression to those who still take the time for it. With everything else comfortably controlled, this makes the classic WWW a threat.

If you care to stave any of this off, learn HTML, blog outside social media networks (and link to other blogs and bloggers), and refer to the "web" not "Facebook" when talking about web things.

Check My Click
announce project WWW blogging
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A while ago I programmed my blogs in such a way that visitors who attempt to visit my blogs via mobile devices would be "blocked". Instead of reaching my blog they reached a mobile-friendly page explainer which told them that my blogs were meant to be enjoyed with a cup of coffee or glass of wine while surfing the web from a home PC or laptop.

In essence I decided to give up running two production houses: One for the PC web and the other for mobile, favoring the former. In my mind the predicament boiled down to the problem that must have beset producers at the cusp of radio and television. You have a show to play but where do you play it? After all your show will not project the same on both mediums.

So I decided I would stick with the PC web and control for presentational bleed by programtically discouraging mobile visitors. And it worked. Without concerning myself with the endless perimeter of the visiting universe I was able to focus my development to produce faster and more in depth articles.

Still, I couldn't help but wonder why it was so difficult to serve both audiences comfortably on a platform that was designed specifically to remain open to all (that platform being the web which you've probably forgotten about if Facebook is getting its way).

I thought about it a long time and then realized that maybe I needed to re-think at least part of the problem. It's true that I didn't want the overhead of composing for two foundations, but what if there wasn't an overhead for the important part which is each blog entry itself?

Mobile visitors are not interested in a blog's larger presentation. They are darting out to content from their social media applications before withdrawing directly (and quickly) back. To them one's "blog" is nothing more than the single entry they focused on for all of a minute before getting back to LOLing party pictures in their newsfeeds.

On this angle and as master of my own blogging engine, I decided to alter it so that mobile-friendly output existed concurrent to the PC based output. I could not do this for the entire blogging engine which would essentially mean re-writing it from the ground up in unfamiliar code, but, I could do it using simple HTML and a "redirect" to output that drew directly from the same entry database. I just needed a separate entry rendering script that took the same text as that which appeared on the PC version and re-composed it in mobile-friendly HTML.

It took a day, but that's what I've done. And if I've done it right, you can view this very entry on a PC with no aggravating contortion to look good on "both" PC and mobile. Or, you can click on a link in your dang-nabbit "Facebook web" and find yourself looking at a clean scrollable article that looks great on your phone.

I draw a deep sigh, click "Publish", and sit back to see what happens.

Selling is Service Video is Good (Admit It)
viral video lol
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The "Selling is Service, Service is Selling" video is good, not bad. That is why it is a viral sensation.

People are loathe to admit that a non-professionally composed video leaves them tapping their toe and humming the tune, hours and days later after first exposure to it. But that's why they are fascinated by the video, not because it is "campy".

Which of course it is.

Saying things like it is a video "so bad you can't stop watching" is just our mental excuse to keep watching it.

The video demonstrates a remarkable talent and the resourcefulness of its producers. The participants are spot on in their timing and facial expressions. The entire video is one happy personality after another, somehow brought to an actor's polish despite their obvious lives as the otherwise nameless change-givers in the wayward stores.

You have to imagine at least a few were not camera-happy (ever try to compose a video comedy sketch with your family or friends? It's why we can't have Skype things) so right off the bat its creators not only had the talent to keep the final product snappy and fun, they were able to encourage their workers, or whoever they are, to get on camera in the first place and "do the camera well". The interactions between each other are flawless.

The New York Daily News piece link below sheds light on the people behind it. Apparently it's a "Once in a Blue Moose" gift shop franchise training video in, of all places, Alaska.

The article doesn't get into the specifics of its producers, director, or the editing team, but it does cite Hillary Fisher, an office manager of the Blue Moose who explains the genesis a little.

Fisher said the small family business makes all of their videos in-house, each of which is designed to bring on the laughs.

....which it does, but only because that's how we permission ourselves to enjoy something that doesn't orginate from billion-dollar studios curating eugenically approved people to act in them. The people who actually sat down with video editing software to create this video are special and it would be great to know more about them and to what degree they are professionally involved in the field of video production.

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Bringing New York City Home
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It's been two or three years now since I left New York and I do miss it. I'm trying to cajole my SO to someday return but in the meantime a little live streaming helps sooth the pain. Here's a little HTML 5 embedded video showing off what I mean.

This post is more a test of my ability to post HTML 5 embedded videos than share my lament, but why not kill two birds with one stone?

Check That ID Re-Hosted
checkthatid
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This is a technical entry to advise users that I have re-hosted CheckThatID.com so that it is resourced entirely from its own domain. This entry also provides a category slug for the blog link that links back to the DWG website to provide updates and other information related to the project, such as this entry itself.

Repealing True Motivations
trump politics
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Now the mentality is above board. Trump's core motivation has only been to repeal Obamacare, period. That is one reason there has been so little care for form or consequences in the effort to overhaul healthcare in the first place. It's never been about the frustration of complicated math, it's only been about erasing the work of a previous administration.

This is just another telltale marker for the executive inadequacies of our commander in chief. He's a fine man, probably, in person, a great showman for sure, a refreshing kicker of the media which we can all appreciate, and effective in the framework of his business - at least half the time. But, he is not suited for governing the affairs of people.

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Half and Half Sucks
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Honestly I could almost care less whether we live in nation controlled by Republicans or Democrats. I'm so fundamentally disgusted by our cultural assumptions and practices as they relate to social justice and what true freedom really is, I understand that neither party is actually out for either principle in any big way.

Let's face it, both parties are contorting to let corporations master over the affairs and fates of individuals, so why get too jimmied up over the nature of the whip if we aren't going to act over the notion of one.

As an independent I favor at least the hot air of the Democrats who are kinder and find no shame in striving for idealism in the outcomes of human affairs, while appreciating the strong social policies, particularly the "law and order" mantra, of the Republicans. In the best world Dems and progressives would set the agenda, while Republicans would budget and run them.

Where the presidency is concerned, I solely rate the man. I oppose Trump - resist if you will - because he is a bad spirit who thinks nothing of channeling the worst of human sentiments through his political waterwheel for sake of power. Will he make America "great" again? Sure he will. Sociopaths don't weigh themselves down with moral contemplation. Regulations without meaning, which is to say, taking the time to contemplate what those meanings are, are just regulations to be scrapped. I cannot imagine decision making being any easier.

Yet as an executive, as the choice of so many naive Americans, I've been consistently pragmatic about him. Let fools suffer the consequences of not valuing intelligence and diplomacy in their elected leader, yes, but, elected he is.

What I have real trouble dealing with is the half-and-half ongoing nature of our political order that means nothing is getting done. At the end of the day I can adjust to the worldview of any strong winner (again, on the foundation of ceding to its general corruptness). But hoping for true technological and social advances in a country where only half the country can be for them at any given time, is futile and exhausting.

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