Notes for week of 8 January, 2024

⤳ I very much agree with Giles when he says Let’s make the indie web easier. I made the decision to move this site of Wordpress a few years ago (just because the plugin/update bloat was becoming too much for me), but the move to Jekyll was not easy by any means (especially as this was in a pre-ChatGPT era). I’m still glad I did it, but I can’t imagine many people would enjoy taking on the learning curve.

By far the most lovely thing to come out of ‘the social web’ for a very long time

⤳ On Friday I went to the North Wessex Downs with a couple of old friends (and a dog). We walked along the Ridgeway and took in the Uffington White Horse and Wayland’s Smithy (that’s it in the photo above). We finished with lunch and a few pints by the fire in a nearby pub. It was pretty much bliss.

⤳ I finished The Future by Naomi Alderman at the start of the week. I absolutely loved it. I wasn’t sure books like that could exist to be honest. It’s smart, thoughtful and relevant as well as exciting and sexy and funny.

⤳ Now I’m about a third of the way through Doppelganger by another Naomi (Klein), which is about being mistaken for yet another Naomi (Wolf). It’s also great.

⤳ Some interesting things I’ve read this week:

A Frictionless World Is Boring As Fuck by Thomas Klaffke is very good and also introduced me to The Friendship Problem by Rosie Spinks which reminded me of one of my favourite books of last year: Hanging Out.

BTW: Both of those articles are in Substack publications, which means they not be very soon. Thank God I’m no longer publishing a Substack newsletter!

⤳ Listening to:

The wonderful Greta Gerwig on Desert Island Discs.