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Author: Eamon Caddigan <eamon.caddigan@gmail.com>
Date:   Sat, 29 Jul 2023 19:59:58 -0700

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diff --git a/content/posts/website-update/index.md b/content/posts/website-update/index.md @@ -0,0 +1,102 @@ +--- +title: "Website Update" +date: 2023-07-29T15:53:06-07:00 +draft: false +categories: +- Meta +--- + +[Google is getting +worse](https://freakonomics.com/podcast/is-google-getting-worse/)[^google]. +Twitter is imploding[^twitter]. +[Reddit is at war with its volunteer +moderators](https://www.sfgate.com/tech/article/reddit-ceo-steve-huffman-landed-gentry-18237821.php). +Facebook is doing... [whatever Facebook is +doing](https://www.businessinsider.com/metaverse-dead-obituary-facebook-mark-zuckerberg-tech-fad-ai-chatgpt-2023-5?op=1). +It feels like the major hubs for "internet culture", if such a thing can be +said to exist, are reaching the later stages of +"[enshittification](https://pluralistic.net/2023/01/21/potemkin-ai/#hey-guys)" +at the same time. + +In my corner of the internet, the reaction to this apparent trend has been a +call to go back to the old ways---or at least our rosiest memories of what +the internet was like before it was like _this_. Often at the heart of these +calls is the notion that people should be making our own websites again. In +this spirit, I've shuffled a few things around on my neglected personal +site, and naturally I'm blogging about it. + +<!--more--> + +First I put some effort into taxonomizing my posts. This has been a _de +facto_ data science blog for several years, and I'm not sure whether I'll +stick with that or branch out. Now, anybody who might want to hear what I +say about about data science---but not other things---can head to the [web +page]({{< ref "/categories/data-science" >}}) or [RSS feed]({{< ref +path="/categories/data-science" outputFormat="rss" +>}}) for that category and ignore everything else. If I start writing about +home improvement projects, ham radio[^radio], baseball, or whatever, I don't +have to feel like I'm letting anybody down. Next, I changed URIs so that +they don't contain date strings, and I tweaked the theme so that it would +display things by update-order. I like writing how-tos (I do it often for +work and personal projects) and I hope to share more of them here. But +how-tos can quickly become stale, so I want to make it obvious which ones +are and are not out-of-date and encourage myself to fix the former. + +{{< aside >}} +Both of the above changes are partially inspired by the notion of a +[digital garden](https://github.com/MaggieAppleton/digital-gardeners). +I don't think this webpage counts as one, really, but it's a neat idea. + +Other things that nudged me to do this: + +* [Publish your drafts](https://www.maxcountryman.com/articles/publish-your-drafts) +* [Some blogging myths](https://jvns.ca/blog/2023/06/05/some-blogging-myths/) +{{< / aside >}} + +As web search feels less reliable, I'm using browser bookmarks more often. +This reminded me to take the time to set up HTTP redirects for everything I +moved, in the off chance that anybody does bookmark anything here. The RSS +feeds[^rss] also carry full posts, so folks don't have to leave their reader +if they don't care to. + +Finally, I updated the look. I'm using a [slightly modified +version](https://git.eamoncaddigan.net/hugo-theme-readable/log.html) of [the +readable theme for Hugo](https://github.com/cjtheham/hugo-theme-readable), +which is itself built around the +[readable.css](https://readable-css.freedomtowrite.org/) CSS framework. I +appreciate the philosophy of the project, and I think it looks nice too. I'm +grateful to [CJ](https://ww0cj.radio/) and +[Benjamin](https://benjaminhollon.com/) for their efforts in leading these +projects, and all the contributors for helping improve them. + +Some of the above probably makes me sound like a curmudgeon, but the thing +is: I still like the internet. A lot! The tradition of building personal +websites where people can share their interests (and obsessions) has been +one of the most charming and useful phenomena on the internet since its +inception. I realize that I'll never really be "a blogger", and that's fine. +I don't have to post regularly or "develop an audience" in order to +participate in this tradition. + +[^twitter]: No citation needed. + +[^google]: I'm not a Freakonomics listener, but I'm linking to them here +because it's validating when folks with a worldview slightly different than +your own acknowledge a social phenomenon you've experienced. I do think they +missed an important point in this episode however: Google's conflict of +interest not only lies with the ads they show in search results, but also in +the ads they display on other people's websites (according to Google, 35 +_million_ websites comprise the "Google Display Network"). Most of the +spammy pages on the internet exist to show people ads (a problem likely to +become worse as [LLMs](https://ucsd.libguides.com/AI) produce more +human-like text), and down-ranking pages that are full of ads would be a +sensible approach to curbing this problem. But Google can't do that, because +they would lose money if they did. + +[^radio]: I skipped the Technician and picked up my General class license +last year. So far I've participated in some local nets and helped provide +radio support for an event, but I haven't gotten on HF yet. + +[^rss]: In addition to the +[feed for all posts]({{< ref path="/posts" outputFormat="rss" >}}), +there are feeds for each +[category]({{< ref "/categories" >}}) and [tag]({{< ref "/tags" >}})