May 2nd, 2020
- Set up an Etsy store for Macellaio.
- Helped Gustavo set up Meet :)
- Chatted with jwz on Twitter.
- [ ] Caramel City: add Infre Tea. The protagonist likes Choco Mountain -> Infre -> Caramel City.
- [ ] Install Wordpress and check out two federation plugins, see Twitter.
One sensemaking tool in Roam and org-roam is the wiki graph - a graph (in the nodes and edges sense) of all of the notes in your wiki and their links to each other. Not quite a mind map. More of a hypertext map. I've been playing around with publishing this map to my public site.
Thinking about 'bliki' (blog and wiki, garden and stream, stock and flow, etc etc) tooling a bit.
[Aside: perhaps if I made some bliki software, I would call it 'Flock'.. flow and stock…]
What I'm currently doing
For the garden bit, I'm using org-roam. I actually write my stream bits first in org-roam, publish it to HTML, then just manually copy that HTML to WordPress and publish there for all the public stream stuff. As it's IndieWeb-enabled, WP gets me feeds for people to follow, and all the interactions you'd expect from streams - replies, likes, etc.
So it is manual until it hurts, but it doesn't hurt too much at the moment. In fact, writing and hyperlinking with org-roam then copying it over is for me a lot more pleasant than writing straight in to WordPress.
But obviously there's quite a lot of redundancy there.
Where I could go with it
I could use WordPress pages as my interlinked garden. This would have the great benefit of also having all of the stream functionality OOTB. I haven't explored WP for wiki pages much, but I know that Ton does it. I think I personally won't do it this way as I find WordPress too much friction for me for writing, but having everything in one system is obviously a big boon.
But I think it'll be a while before I'm set up with Arcology, and even then, given it is static, it's missing a lot of the building blocks of the IndieWeb that would also need adding. So I'll keep it as this manual Rube Goldberg device for now.
But, good to have a long-term goal!
Beyond the name, however, there's the very ephemeral nature of blog postings. Short bursts of writing that might be interesting when they are read - but quickly age. I find writing too hard to want to spend it on things that disappear.
"I find writing too hard to want to spend it on things that disappear" - I love that as a little epigram for why you might want a digital garden.
Martin calls the blog and wiki combo his bliki.
Like a blog, it allows me to post short thoughts when I have them. Like a wiki it will build up a body of cross-linked pieces that I hope will still be interesting in a year's time.
As a word, I'm not so keen on 'bliki' (although back then Martin didn't like the word 'blog', and well here we are now, I don't give it a second thought).
But blikis as a concept - I'm all in.
Improving my wiki publish step
Tinkered around with my org-publish steps a little bit - moving the config out of my .spacemacs file and into a dedicated publish.el in my wiki project, along with a Makefile to run it as a –batch process.
This way, it can be better shared with others, and I can also run it in the background - org-publish is pretty slow sadly, and blocks all of Emacs when you run it interactively.
This also takes me in the direction of having the publish step actually happen as a post-receive hook on a git remote somewhere, if I wanted to do that.
It was a bit of a faff, but I learned a bit more about Emacs and org-publish in the process, and had to do some basic elisp debugging to figure out why the org-roam backlinks stuff wasn't working. Pleased to have learned some new things!
As I try the stream-first approach, a comment from Bruno at the Garden and Streams session sticks in my head - along the lines that he had experimented with software where pretty much everything was written in to his wiki first, with simply a flag to say 'also publish this to my public stream'.
I find that interesting as I just posted something to my stream in my wiki (a tech note to myself about Chromium disk usage), that I don't feel a particular benefit to posting to a public stream - I can't imagine anyone really wanting it popping up in their social readers.
BUT I do want it in my own chronological timeline (as well as my longer-term garden), as I find it useful to be able to look back when something first happened. I want to record the journey as well as the destination, so to speak.
You see quite a few IndieWeb people do something along these lines, with a full 'firehose' stream you can follow, but also a more restricted subset of 'stuff I think other people will be most interested in'.
Chromium disk usage
I just noticed that Chromium (which I very rarely use) was taking up 1.3GB of space in my .config folder.
Here's how to clean that up: disk usage - Why does Chromium take up 1 GB in my .config and can I reduce th…
Odd that it was taking up so much space, given that my daily driver is Firefox.