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Dec 29, 2020

  • December 29, 2020

Christmas Flu

I’ve been sick with a horrendous flu since Christmas Day. TLDR, it was “just” a bad flu.

I called the BC public health line at 811 on the 3rd evening of being sick, the nurse recommended that I get a COVID test. The next morning (yesterday) I went to the drive through at VCC and got tested with the saline mouth gargle. They didn’t test Rachael because she didn’t have symptoms. This was shortly after 9am.

By 9:30pm, I got an SMS notice that my test was negative. What a relief.

I did a log of my interactions, working backwards:

  • Fri, Dec 25th: went for a walk and realized feeling very weak. Made it home and then badly sick from the afternoon onwards.
  • Thurs, Dec 24th: cooking all morning, parental hand off of food
  • Wed, Dec 23rd: comic book and cookie hand off with Su, Evo to Granville Island to Propeller Design. Standing in line outside Rio Friendly Meats for 1hr+
  • Tues, Dec 22nd: office breakfast and then lunch, with Brooke, Katie, and Rachael
  • Mon, Dec 21st: Lyft to Revolver, see Roland, go for walk in rain with Riad, tea & whiskey at Miku to warm up, Tom Lee Music to pickup Arturia KeyStep, cab to office, Evo home
  • Sun, Dec 20th: bike to do masked pick up at Cadeaux Bakery, drop off at the office
  • Sat, Dec 19th:
  • Fri, Dec 18th: home office, biked to do a masked cookie pickup and wheat beer handover
  • Thurs, Dec 17th: home office, Fission Demo Day
  • Wed, Dec 16th: Fission office with Brooke

Brooke and our shared office space is part of my bubble. On the 21st, obviously I had lots of interactions with different people, but all were wearing masks and/or 6ft away.

Of note: I got really chilled and wet out in the rain on the 21st. Then, on the 23rd, I again got really cold waiting in line outside Rio. And, in general, coming off a bunch of work and “relaxing”, so I guess my system hit the wall and collapsed.

Digital Notes Garden

So Christmas is traditionally “tinkering with my blog” time. I’ve got things running OK on Micro.blogMicro.blog
for https://blog.bmannconsulting.com. The embed on the home page here works fine.

I’m doing updating of notes here only when I’ve got free time on a weekend or an evening at a full computer desktop. It takes 2.5 minutes to generate the site, which really sucks.

The other deficiency is that I can’t really provide a feed of updated notes. I could go and add dates to all the notes and then have a modified date as well, but really that doesn’t make a lot of sense.

And this Journal is looking an awful lot like a blog, which I decided I didn’t want a feed for, because it really is just me writing for myself.

I’m still on again / off again with Roam ResearchRoam Research
“A note-taking tool for networked thought. As easy to use as a document. As powerful as a graph database. Roam helps you organize your research for the long haul.”
website: https://roamresearch.com/
. I use it for my private notes and simple TODOs and it’s been fine.

Anyway, this is all working for now, and I’ve been enjoying actually blogging, with things like Bandcamp Fridays.

via @agentofuser, NeuronNeuron
A future-proof open-source app for managing your plain-text notes in Zettelkasten style, as well as for publishing them on the web.
[[AGPL License]], written in Haskell, installed via [[Nix]]
You can use the Neuron Template to publish to [[Github Pages]] using [[Github Actions]].
Github: https://github.com/srid/neuron
The author is also building Cerveau to edit Neuron sites online – it uses this by editing Github repositories. He is considering open sourcing based on Github sponsors.
is a Haskell based Zettelkasten / Second BrainSecond Brain
The concept of wikis goes back to an earlier era of the web. With the advent of blogging (and I would say, RSS feeds to subscribe and follow content from all over), wikis went away for a while.
Wikis probably also get a bad rap from their early incarnation inside company intranets. Aside from a bad editing interface, bad search is the big thing that kills company intranets of all kinds. More on the [[Wiki]] page.
Currently, in 2020, personal and company note repositories are experiencing a re...
implementation.

Open Subscription Platforms

via @rosano, the people behind GhostGhost
Ghost is an open source blogging and publishing platform.
More recently, it’s been calling itself a [[Headless CMS]]. You can use Ghost for its admin and editing interface for making blog posts and pages, and then use a different framework such as [[11ty]]1 on the front end to customize and display the content.
Ghost is now also being compared to SubstackSubstack
Substack is a publishing and paid subscription platform. It is most often thought of for newsletters, but it’s more of a combination newsletter + blogging platform.
It is a fully hosted, proprietary, free to start platform. They charge 10% of fees you collect.
As of October 2020, you can pay $50 one-time to add a custom domain.
[[Ghost]] has a Ghost vs. Substack page that goes into more detail to consider.
My personal recommendation if you’re going to use Substack, is to use it with a custom ...
, it has a Ghost vs. Substack Comparison Page. This is powered by Ghost’s membership / subscription features.
About Ghost
Ghost was crea...
are putting together OPen Subscription Platforms:

A shared movement for independent subscription data. With everyone getting into subscriptions, it’s never been more important to be in control of your customer data.

And in the footer:

An open standards working group committed to data portability for independent subscription platforms

This is mainly about data exports, not platform risk – so no discussion about open source here. I thought GhostGhost
Ghost is an open source blogging and publishing platform.
More recently, it’s been calling itself a [[Headless CMS]]. You can use Ghost for its admin and editing interface for making blog posts and pages, and then use a different framework such as [[11ty]]1 on the front end to customize and display the content.
Ghost is now also being compared to SubstackSubstack
Substack is a publishing and paid subscription platform. It is most often thought of for newsletters, but it’s more of a combination newsletter + blogging platform.
It is a fully hosted, proprietary, free to start platform. They charge 10% of fees you collect.
As of October 2020, you can pay $50 one-time to add a custom domain.
[[Ghost]] has a Ghost vs. Substack page that goes into more detail to consider.
My personal recommendation if you’re going to use Substack, is to use it with a custom ...
, it has a Ghost vs. Substack Comparison Page. This is powered by Ghost’s membership / subscription features.
About Ghost
Ghost was crea...
and SubstackSubstack
Substack is a publishing and paid subscription platform. It is most often thought of for newsletters, but it’s more of a combination newsletter + blogging platform.
It is a fully hosted, proprietary, free to start platform. They charge 10% of fees you collect.
As of October 2020, you can pay $50 one-time to add a custom domain.
[[Ghost]] has a Ghost vs. Substack page that goes into more detail to consider.
My personal recommendation if you’re going to use Substack, is to use it with a custom ...
were pretty rivalrous, but Substack is listed right there as well.

Medium, Patreon, and ConvertKit get specifically called out as closed platforms.