Tantek Çelik https://tantek.com/updates.atom Tantek https://tantek.com/ 2020-08-23T23:59:00-07:00 2020-08-23T23:59:00-07:00 2020-08-23T23:59:00-07:00 https://tantek.com/2020/236/t1/mozilla-amazing-people-mozillalifeboat <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="if-your-feed-reader-displays-this-then-it-is-violating-the-Atom-spec-RFC-4287-section-4.2.14"></div>
As announced over a week ago, @Mozilla had a “significant reduction in our workforce by approximately 250 people” https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2020/08/11/changing-world-changing-mozilla/

See https://talentdirectory.mozilla.org/ and #MozillaLifeBoat for amazing people.

I worked directly with many of these individuals and am sad to see them go.

I’ve ignored my LinkedIn for many years; will be logging in to connect with Mozillians, and helping to make introductions.

Previously: https://tantek.com/2020/015/t1/mozilla-roles-mozillalifeboat
2020-08-09T15:39:00-07:00 2020-08-09T15:39:00-07:00 https://tantek.com/2020/222/t1/ <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="if-your-feed-reader-displays-this-then-it-is-violating-the-Atom-spec-RFC-4287-section-4.2.14"></div>
I’m sorry this happened Yan :(

I know @bcrypt and trust her. Read the images.
2020-08-07T16:28:00-07:00 2020-08-07T16:28:00-07:00 https://tantek.com/2020/220/t2/blockchain-wrong <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="if-your-feed-reader-displays-this-then-it-is-violating-the-Atom-spec-RFC-4287-section-4.2.14"></div>
#TechIsNotNeutral. Laws SHOULD NOT mandate specific technologies (certainly #notBlockchain) nor unproven standards.

@Mozilla blog:
 By embracing #blockchain, a California bill takes the wrong step forward: https://blog.mozilla.org/netpolicy/2020/08/06/by-embracing-blockchain-a-california-bill-takes-the-wrong-step-forward/

2020-08-03T13:37:00-07:00 2020-08-03T13:37:00-07:00 https://tantek.com/2020/216/t1/forward-hindsight <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="if-your-feed-reader-displays-this-then-it-is-violating-the-Atom-spec-RFC-4287-section-4.2.14"></div>
Looking forward to 2021, when 2020 will finally be hindsight.
2020-08-01T23:59:00-07:00 2020-08-01T23:59:00-07:00 https://tantek.com/2020/214/t1/august <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="if-your-feed-reader-displays-this-then-it-is-violating-the-Atom-spec-RFC-4287-section-4.2.14"></div>
* 17k+ #Berlin anti-mask/anti-vax protesters gathered without masks (#COVID19 surge coming)
* "Day X" preppers infiltrate German state institutions (@kbennhold), like a real-life MCU Hydra
* Ware State Prison riot
* Murder Hornet trapped, <2 mo. to find their nest

Welcome to August.

Berlin anti-mask/anti-vax protests:
* https://in.reuters.com/article/germany-protests-idINKBN24X3SC
* https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53622797

"Day X" thread and article:
* https://twitter.com/kbennhold/status/1289568828691746816
* https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/01/world/europe/germany-nazi-infiltration.html

Ware State Prison riot:
* https://www.ajc.com/news/breaking-violent-riot-reported-at-south-georgia-prison/3EISC6BDTZBRHI7YATPM3HPPNU/

Murder Hornet trapped:
* https://www.npr.org/2020/08/01/898173003/researchers-in-washington-state-have-trapped-their-first-murder-hornet
2020-07-31T23:26:00-07:00 2020-07-31T23:26:00-07:00 https://tantek.com/2020/213/t2/hey-guys-please-read-thread <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="if-your-feed-reader-displays-this-then-it-is-violating-the-Atom-spec-RFC-4287-section-4.2.14"></div>
Hey guys (yes, literally), and anyone in a position of power (management, leads) at Google, or any tech company, or any company, please read this thread by @EmilyKager:

Content warning: domestic violence, images

2020-07-31T13:13:00-07:00 2020-07-31T13:13:00-07:00 https://tantek.com/2020/213/t1/virtual-w3c-f2fs-ab <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="if-your-feed-reader-displays-this-then-it-is-violating-the-Atom-spec-RFC-4287-section-4.2.14"></div>
2wks "virtual" @W3C F2Fs:
Prev: MTW 06:00-09:30 @W3CAB, first as a returning AB member
This: MT1-5p ThF7-11a @CSSWG
Long Zoom/gMeet hrs, missed in-person time & break chats.
Though I could reference 30yo typography books for ::first-letter issues, like The Elements of Typographic Style, and How to Spec Type.
2020-07-24T17:35:00-07:00 2020-07-24T17:35:00-07:00 https://tantek.com/2020/206/t1/thoughts-implications-indicators-watching <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="if-your-feed-reader-displays-this-then-it-is-violating-the-Atom-spec-RFC-4287-section-4.2.14"></div>
Thoughts with Portland friends, and implications.
Watching indicators:
* # cities DHS Operation Legend
* # kidnapped from protests, streets
* dystopia phrases like “proactively arrest”
* USPS delays, defunding
* swing state outbreaks
* novel voter disenfranchisements
* “resignations” of or “retiring” US generals
* border closures
* airport closures

Some links:

“Operation Legend”:
* https://www.politico.com/news/2020/07/21/trump-federal-force-cities-377273
* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Legend

People kidnapped from protests, streets:
* https://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2020/07/20/28659148/what-to-do-if-youre-kidnapped-by-federal-officers-while-protesting
* https://twitter.com/matcha_chai/status/1283328232033411072
* https://www.wweek.com/news/2020/07/17/federal-officers-appear-to-be-using-rental-cars-from-enterprise-to-snatch-portland-protesters/

Dystopia phrases, especially from police/military dystopias:
* https://www.newsweek.com/portland-federal-agents-minority-report-1519574

* https://www.npr.org/2020/07/23/894794250/critics-say-changes-to-usps-may-completely-transform-the-post-office
* https://fortune.com/2020/07/24/usps-mail-delivery-postmaster-general-louis-dejoy-us-postal-service/
* https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/22/maine-letter-carriers-allege-usps-leadership-willfully-delaying-mail-sabotage-postal
* https://www.vox.com/21328220/senate-democrats-usps-vote-by-mail

Novel voter disenfranchisements:
* https://americanindependent.com/texas-gop-electoral-college-rig-elections-popular-vote-senate/
2020-07-15T16:04:00-07:00 2020-07-15T16:04:00-07:00 https://tantek.com/2020/197/t2/good-indieweb-reminder <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="if-your-feed-reader-displays-this-then-it-is-violating-the-Atom-spec-RFC-4287-section-4.2.14"></div>
Good #IndieWeb reminder from @brentsimmons: https://inessential.com/2020/07/15/zillion_times_easier (https://twitter.com/brentsimmons/status/1283534944493502470)

And #BlueChecks appear to be frozen, unable to tweet, only retweet.

So of course this exists: @EveryWord
2020-07-15T14:57:00-07:00 2020-07-15T14:57:00-07:00 https://tantek.com/2020/197/t1/twitterhacked-bitcoin-blockchain <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="if-your-feed-reader-displays-this-then-it-is-violating-the-Atom-spec-RFC-4287-section-4.2.14"></div>
#TwitterHacked. What she said https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1283513914597298178 via @b_cavello

Y’all know:
#Bitcoin is a coal-burning CO2 producing currency for organized crime
#blockchain is mostly #dweb snakeoil (singleton, OSS monoculture)

Go #IndieWeb or SSB for the real: https://indieweb.org/
2020-07-13T18:08:00-07:00 2020-07-13T18:08:00-07:00 https://tantek.com/2020/195/t1/modern-multi-generational-housing-care <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="if-your-feed-reader-displays-this-then-it-is-violating-the-Atom-spec-RFC-4287-section-4.2.14"></div>
@solarpunk_girl still reflecting on https://twitter.com/solarpunk_girl/status/1261196542519672834, how to design modern multi-generational housing? E.g. with care-sharing & support as primary goals, and COVID persisting: create quarantine split levels/sections with separate BRs/BA. Healthy half could provide food etc. for those in quarantine. Would work both for traveler / suspected exposure quarantine (like many countries requiring 14 days), and confirmed cases recuperating. If there were both (suspected and confirmed cases), they would need to be split apart as well, both sections accessible for care-providing without intersecting the other. We need new architectures of local sustainable support for a post-pandemic world.
2020-07-06T23:59:00-07:00 2020-07-06T23:59:00-07:00 https://tantek.com/2020/188/t1/moralimaginations-continuation-impossible-train <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="if-your-feed-reader-displays-this-then-it-is-violating-the-Atom-spec-RFC-4287-section-4.2.14"></div>
A month ago @moral_imagining, @solarpunk_girl asked us to write a #MoralImaginations continuation to The Impossible Train story.

* * *

Since the train stopped, we’ve seen so many odd, shocking, and inspiring things.

People outside their train cars protesting to be let back on to enjoy their window views and demanding their familiar entitlements served by others.

Tensions outside the train bringing rise to new & familiar tragedies, now more visible to all.

A pair of humans board a shiny new train to the sky, launch, and arrive at the sky station to much applause.

People from different train cars, witnessing tragedy on tragedy, declaring enough, band together in solidarity, confronting and witnessing more tragedies.

Reports arrive that despite the apparent stoppage, the train is still moving, slowly, and the upcoming cliff, still crumbling away.

* * *
2020-07-05T23:59:00-07:00 2020-07-05T23:59:00-07:00 https://tantek.com/2020/187/b1/changes-indieweb-organizing-indiewebcamp-west <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="if-your-feed-reader-displays-this-then-it-is-violating-the-Atom-spec-RFC-4287-section-4.2.14">Changes To IndieWeb Organizing, Brief Words At IndieWebCamp West</div>

A week ago Saturday morning co-organizer Chris Aldrich opened IndieWebCamp West and introduced the keynote speakers. After their inspiring talks he asked me to say a few words about changes we’re making in the IndieWeb community around organizing. This is an edited version of those words, rewritten for clarity and context. — Tantek

Chris mentioned that one of his favorite parts of our code of conduct is that we prioritize marginalized people’s safety above privileged folks’s comfort.

That was a change we deliberately made last year, announced at last year’s summit. It was well received, but it’s only one minor change.

Those of us that have organized and have been organizing our all-volunteer IndieWebCamps and other IndieWeb events have been thinking a lot about the events of the past few months, especially in the United States. We met the day before IndieWebCamp West and discussed our roles in the IndieWeb community and what can we do to to examine the structural barriers and systemic racism and or sexism that exists even in our own community. We have been asking, what can we do to explicitly dismantle those?

We have done a bunch of things. Rather, we as a community have improved things organically, in a distributed way, sharing with each other, rather than any explicit top-down directives. Some improvements are smaller, such as renaming things like whitelist & blacklist to allowlist & blocklist (though we had documented blocklist since 2016, allowlist since this past January, and only added whitelist/blacklist as redirects afterwards).

Many of these changes have been part of larger quieter waves already happening in the technology and specifically open source and standards communities for quite some time. Waves of changes that are now much more glaringly obviously important to many more people than before. Choosing and changing terms to reinforce our intentions, not legacy systemic white supremacy.

Part of our role & responsibility as organizers (as anyone who has any power or authority, implied or explicit, in any organization or community), is to work to dismantle any aspect or institution or anything that contributes to white supremacy or to patriarchy, even in our own volunteer-based community.

We’re not going to get everything right. We’re going to make mistakes. An important part of the process is acknowledging when that happens, making corrections, and moving forward; keep listening and keep learning.

The most recent change we’ve made has to do with Organizers Meetups that we have been doing for several years, usually a half day logistics & community issues meeting the day before an IndieWebCamp. Or Organizers Summits a half day before our annual IndieWeb Summits; in 2019 that’s when we made that aforementioned update to our Code of Conduct to prioritize marginalized people’s safety.

Typically we have asked people to have some experience with organizing in order to participate in organizers meetups. Since the community actively helps anyone who wants to put in the work to become an organizer, and provides instructions, guidelines, and tips for successfully doing so, this seemed like a reasonable requirement. It also kept organizers meetups very focused on both pragmatic logistics, and dedicated time for continuous community improvement, learning from other events and our own IndieWebCamps, and improving future IndieWebCamps accordingly.

However, we must acknowledge that our community, like a lot of online, open communities, volunteer communities, unfortunately reflects a very privileged demographic. If you look at the photos from Homebrew Website Clubs, they’re mostly white individuals, mostly male, mostly apparently cis. Mostly white cis males. This does not represent the users of the Web. For that matter, it does not represent the demographics of the society we're in.

One of our ideals, I believe, is to better reflect in the IndieWeb community, both the demographic of everyone that uses the Web, and ideally, everyone in society. While we don't expect to solve all the problems of the Web (or society) by ourselves, we believe we can take steps towards dismantling white supremacy and patriarchy where we encounter them.

One step we are taking, effective immediately, is making all of our organizers meetups forward-looking for those who want to organize a Homebrew Website Club or IndieWebCamp. We still suggest people have experience organizing. We also explicitly recognize that any kind of requirement of experience may serve to reinforce existing systemic biases that we have no interest in reinforcing.

We have updated our Organizers page with a new statement of who should participate, our recognition of broader systemic inequalities, and an explicit:

… welcome to Organizers Meetups all individuals who identify as BIPOC, non-male, non-cis, or any marginalized identity, independent of any organizing experience.

This is one step. As organizers, we’re all open to listening, learning, and doing more work. That's something that we encourage everyone to adopt. We think this is an important aspect of maintaining a healthy community and frankly, just being the positive force that that we want the IndieWeb to be on the Web and hopefully for society as a whole.

If folks have questions, I or any other organizers are happy to answer them, either in chat or privately, however anyone feels comfortable discussing these changes.

Thanks. — Tantek

2020-06-20T23:14:00-07:00 2020-06-20T23:14:00-07:00 https://tantek.com/2020/172/t1/juneteenth-make-it-official <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="if-your-feed-reader-displays-this-then-it-is-violating-the-Atom-spec-RFC-4287-section-4.2.14"></div>
Yesterday was #Juneteenth, a holiday I hadn’t heard of before this June. Read a bit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juneteenth
Grateful @Mozilla closed that day.

Thanks @GavinNewsom https://twitter.com/CAgovernor/status/1274043072045813760
Please make it an official paid state holiday like TX VA NY PA (per Wikipedia).

2020-06-01T23:33:00-07:00 2020-06-01T23:33:00-07:00 https://tantek.com/2020/153/t1/justice-for-george <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="if-your-feed-reader-displays-this-then-it-is-violating-the-Atom-spec-RFC-4287-section-4.2.14"></div>
Stencil street art of George Floyd on a red wall with the word JUSTICE above his head, and FOR GEORGE below.Stencil street art of George Floyd on a gray wall with the word JUSTICE above his head, and FOR GEORGE below. Two of the dried drippings of gray paint appear as if they are tears coming from his right eye.Justice For George.

Yesterday on Haight street, artist unknown.

#GeorgeFloyd #SayHisName #JusticeForGeorge #BlackLivesMatter #laterGram #20200531 #2020_152 #noFilter
2020-05-26T13:24:00-07:00 2020-05-26T13:24:00-07:00 https://tantek.com/2020/147/t1/ten-years-mozilla-web-standards <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="if-your-feed-reader-displays-this-then-it-is-violating-the-Atom-spec-RFC-4287-section-4.2.14"></div>
Ten years ago today I started working with Mozilla on #webStandards.


Still @Mozilla (now @W3C AC Rep), still working for a more #OpenWeb, and for an #IndieWeb that puts users in control instead of #BigTech.
2020-05-24T17:33:00-07:00 2020-05-24T17:33:00-07:00 https://tantek.com/2020/145/t2/systems-metaphors-narratives-framing <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="if-your-feed-reader-displays-this-then-it-is-violating-the-Atom-spec-RFC-4287-section-4.2.14"></div>
There are systems of division, dominance, extraction, & growth, and systems of solidarity, community, stewardship, & sustainability.

Each has metaphors & narratives, in everyday language & framing.

Which systems shape your thoughts, words, and actions?
2020-05-16T23:37:00-07:00 2020-05-16T23:37:00-07:00 https://tantek.com/2020/137/t3/sf-distancing-day-twelve <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="if-your-feed-reader-displays-this-then-it-is-violating-the-Atom-spec-RFC-4287-section-4.2.14"></div>
Intersection of Frederick and Ashbury streets at night, looking westward, everything is dark except for streetlamps, lights outside a boarded up Ashbury Market, and a second floor corner apartment on the other side, above a lit bus stop for the number 6 outbound bus.Intersection of Frederick and Downey streets at night, looking eastward, everything is dark except the aforemention things at Frederick and Ashbury, the trees of Buena Vista Park are very dark, outlined by the gray sky above them.🌃🌳 March 28th, SF distancing day twelve. Spent the day inside (except to move my car) until leaving 10 minutes to midnight for a night run.

Started tracking at Frederick & Ashbury, an empty intersection, lights out except the corner 2nd floor apartment(1). Empty to the East as well, up to the dark trees of Buena Vista Park, outlined by a gray sky above(2). Continued onward to spell NO FEAR on the streets (https://tantek.com/t55q1).

#run #runner #AshburyHeights #FrederickStreet #night #nightrun #midnight #darkness #empty #ShelterInPlace #COVID19 #CoronaVirus #SFdistancing #SF #SanFrancisco #optOutside #fromWhereIRun #NeverStopExploring #InstaRunner #2020_088 #20200328 #laterGram #noFilter
2020-05-16T22:50:00-07:00 2020-05-16T22:50:00-07:00 https://tantek.com/2020/137/t2/story-from-the-future <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="if-your-feed-reader-displays-this-then-it-is-violating-the-Atom-spec-RFC-4287-section-4.2.14"></div>
Yesterday @moral_imagining, @solarpunk_girl asked us to tell a story of this time, from the future. I wrote this (edited)

There was so much fear
As we started sheltering
we felt safer and yet more lonely
Venturing outside, it was so quiet
Fewer cars, fewer machines making noises
Even in the city, we heard nature’s sounds
from the crows to the parrots
We closed streets to cars,
welcoming runners, hikers, bicyclists
Without cars, without their noise & pollution,
more animals wandered near us.
Coyotes, birds, rabbits, squirrels
Even red tailed hawks swooped near the ground,
showing off the bright tops of their tailfeathers
Strangers started to greet strangers,
as they passed each other at a distance,
Maybe a smile, a nod, a wave, a hello,
perhaps a brief exchange of greetings,
well wishes, introductions to pets
Slowly, our sense of fear
transformed into a sense of solidarity
2020-05-15T14:40:00-07:00 2020-05-15T14:40:00-07:00 https://tantek.com/2020/136/b2/this-week-indieweb-six-years <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="if-your-feed-reader-displays-this-then-it-is-violating-the-Atom-spec-RFC-4287-section-4.2.14">🎂 This Week in the IndieWeb celebrates six years of weekly newsletters! 🎉</div>

This week (no pun intended), the IndieWeb community’s “This Week in the IndieWeb” turned 6!

First published on 2014-05-12, the newsletter started as a fully-automatically generated weekly summary of activity on the IndieWeb’s community wiki: a list of edited and new pages, followed by the full content of the new pages, and then the recent edit histories of pages changed that week.

Since then the Newsletter has grown to include photos from recent events, the list of upcoming events, recent posts about the IndieWeb syndicated to the IndieNews aggregator, new community members (and their User pages), and a greatly simplified design of new & changed pages.

You can subscribe to the newsletter via email, RSS, or h-feed in your favorite Reader.

This week we also celebrated:

See the Timeline page for more significant events in IndieWeb community history.

2020-05-09T18:36:00-07:00 2020-05-09T18:36:00-07:00 https://tantek.com/2020/130/t1/ahmaudarbery-blacklivesmatter <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="if-your-feed-reader-displays-this-then-it-is-violating-the-Atom-spec-RFC-4287-section-4.2.14"></div>
Strava map showing a roundtrip running route in red from Haight Ashbury to near a hairpin turn on Twin Peaks and back.Hazy sky over a view of downtown San Francisco, Buena Vista park with dark green trees, and a row of bushes in the foreground.View of Mount Tam in the distance, Marin Headlands in front of it, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Presidio hills, trees close by, and the roofs of houses near by, some with solar panels on top.Yesterday I ran 2.23mi(1) in memory of #AhmaudArbery, who would have turned 26. He was shot on 2/23 for jogging while black. The video is horrifying. #BlackLivesMatter because how is this still happening in 2020. #IRunWithMaud

This weekend #RunWithMaud in solidarity. If you’re in SF, you can start at Haight & Ashbury, run up Ashbury until it merges with Clayton, turn up Twin Peaks Boulevard, and turn around a bit after the first major turn, before the hairpin turn(2,3), running back down to Haight & Ashbury to complete 2.23 miles.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Ahmaud_Arbery
2020-05-04T18:04:00-07:00 2020-05-04T18:04:00-07:00 https://tantek.com/2020/125/t1/running-for-w3cab <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="if-your-feed-reader-displays-this-then-it-is-violating-the-Atom-spec-RFC-4287-section-4.2.14"></div>
I’m running for @W3CAB (The @W3C Advisory Board), one of eight candidates for five seats: https://twitter.com/w3cdevs/status/1257294597530755072
Official statement: https://www.w3.org/2020/05/04-ab-nominations.html#tc
Blog post to follow!