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Kaku now supports Micropub via JSON

I was in need of some serious distracting today and I also wanted to get my Micropub handling within Kaku cleaned up and further tested because I just know that Aaron will soon have Micropub Rocks! active soon.

So yea, after about 6 hrs of refactoring and thinking and testing... Kaku now supports:

  • Micropub CREATE using old-school params
  • Micropub CREATE using JSON
  • Micropub UPDATE (replace) using JSON for content

Soon I'll have UPDATE (replace) working with other fields and also UPDATE (add|delete).

Also need to look into DELETE now - gotta go read the specs...

Thoughts on what is normal

Thoughts on what is normal

I'm back from a week in West Virginia which started as a visit to see how my dad was doing after his recent heart attack and then quickly turned into what Carolyn, the lovely lady who was taking care of him, calls an "adult panties" event. His health quickly declined and we decided that Hospice care was required and then two days later he passed in his sleep.

I'm wanting to do a proper post about my dad soon, to be honest I'm still dealing with all of the "adult panties" required activities that being the executor of his will requires -- also I'm just not handling it well so i'm not handling it at all :/

Normal used to be me watching multiple online feeds and streams, clucking and shaking my head at the silliness and absurdity of how folks act, and working on keeping my small part of the internets sane and comfortable for others.

In the part of West Virginia where my dad retired you are lucky to get cell coverage at all. My carrier plan had me roaming so data coverage was not found. My dad also didn't need or want wireless so his fast internet-via-cable was useless.

This meant that I spent my week away from tech and the subsequent turmoil and/or drama -- something which I (re)discovered was very calming ... except for what I was having to do :/

I'm extremely grateful for the family that adopted my dad and then myself and my brother as they were so warm and thoughtful and caring the entire time, hugs and pokes to Carolyn, Brad, Jennifer, Sam, Jesse and Jessica.

I'm already missing them mightily and we are all missing my dad terribly.

I'm glad I was able to be there for his birthday and give him a big hug and say that I loved him.

Thoughts on a distributed Indieweb chat

The other night while talking to some of the Indieweb community I had one of those aha! moments you think only happen in movies :)

I was describing how I use XMPP to have a lot of different streams of data flow to a terminal client that I pretty much use as a dashboard - different bots and agents listen to Twitter feeds, poll the few atom feeds I still follow and other sources of notifications and then they are sent to different Multi-User-Chat (MUC) rooms on my XMPP server (Prosody) based on filters.

This type of setup is something i've been working on for decades and i've always had a few different iterations going as I learn about new tech or even new languages: the first version of it was in Perl and now most of it is in Python. I have tried to envision what this would require before but always got bogged down in the translations required to move messages from one service (silo) to another.

Then it struck me that we could now use some of the core Indieweb protocols to enable a distributed chat environment that doesn't (necessarily) require a central server or hub.

Now I'm wondering if we couldn't use simple text with some HTML+MF2 for the required metadata - this would allow a lot of the things that we in the Indieweb community have been working to be used to handle the publication (micropub, syndicate-to), notification (webmention, PuSH) and consumption (h-feed)!

Encouraged by Tantek I captured on the Indieweb Wiki most of the brainstorming from that night and I started to work getting my own site to syndicate notes to a prototype distribution hub that will allow me to see if it's realistic to have many people syndicate their own chat messages to a topic and then enable consumption of that topic in a way that feels like a chat room.

Pretty cool stuff!