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  • 13:50 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2018-12-17 What killed the blogs? . . . . Jeremy Friesen Here! Here! It is nice that you have comments enabled, but I affirm your approach of writing blog posts in response to others. Time to write one up. [en]
  • 12:24 UTC (new) (history) 2018-12-17 What killed the blogs? . . . . Alex Schroeder We used to have a good blogosphere going, OSR RPG bloggers in particular. Most blogs shrank away. A big part of that was that it was all scooped up by Google+. But Google+ is ending. And some people are returning to their blogs. Remember the 52 Pages project by Roger G.S. of [Roles, Rules, and… [en]
  • 07:11 UTC (new) (history) 2011-09-08 Heimgehen . . . . Alex Schroeder Ich liebe folgenden Ablauf: Hirnen, Coden, Ausprobieren, Einchecken, Heimgehen. Wenn doch nur jeder Arbeitsag so ablaufen würde. Tags: [[tag:Life]] [[tag:Work]]
  • 07:10 UTC (new) (history) 2011-09-14 Die Nacht im Büro . . . . Alex Schroeder Ich liebe es, spät in der Nacht alleine im Büro zu arbeiten. Es ist 23:39 und schon seit Stunden ist Totenstille. Es fährt kaum noch ein Zug. Man hört keine Autos. Kein Telefon. Nur die Tasten klappern und die Lüftung brummelt. Tags: [[tag:Life]] [de]
  • 07:05 UTC (new) (history) 2011-08-12 Picking Solar System . . . . Alex Schroeder I started reading through the Solar System RPG. I'm looking for a new system to replace D&D 3.5 in my Sunday campaign. We want to continue in the same setting (_Wilderlands of High Fantasy_) so it will have goblins, trolls, fish men, frog men, toad men, alien slave traders in crashed space… [en]
  • 07:01 UTC (new) (history) 2011-07-29 Adding people on social media . . . . Alex Schroeder Before adding me to your circles, you should have some basic info about you on your public profile. Even better, you should have posted a few things. Why is this you ask? Once you add me to your circles, I will get a notification that you did so. I will get this notification at some point in the… [en]
  • 06:59 UTC (new) (history) 2011-08-01 Library of Concress archives Twitter feed . . . . Alex Schroeder I didn't know the Library of Congress is archiving all of Twitter (something I missed in 2010). What about other, new media? What about other countries? Hello Switzerland? [How Tweet It Is!: Library Acquires Entire Twitter… [en]
  • 06:26 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2018-05-24 Ads . . . . Alex Schroeder The End of the Ad-Supported Web: “This started with the “information overload” complaints from 20 years ago and continued with the incessant slideshows, notifications, click bait and eventually fake news: everything that can steal a couple more minutes of the free web users’ time is financially… [en]


  • 13:23 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2011-07-16 Unease online . . . . Alex Schroeder Copied comments from G+ [en]
  • 13:20 UTC (new) (history) 2011-07-16 Unease online . . . . Alex Schroeder Over the recent weeks and months, the web has started to fill me with slight unease. The web, you ask? Yes. I spend a lot of my free time reading and replying to email, skimming Facebook, diligently reading Twitter news, reading blog posts in my feed reader, chatting with people, playing a silly… [en]
  • 13:12 UTC (new) (history) 2011-07-15 Session Reports, Again . . . . Alex Schroeder Everytime I write a session report for one of my campaigns, I keep thinking of the comments I made regarding the general lack of interest in reports written by others. You can't change people, so you have two choices: spend hours polishing your wordcraft and be a better writer (not what I intend to… [en]
  • 13:09 UTC (new) (history) 2011-07-11 Getting the Mac Mini to boot . . . . Alex Schroeder Notes for my future self [en]
  • 13:05 UTC (new) (history) 2011-07-12 SUP . . . . Alex Schroeder Heute haben wir SUP – Stand Up Paddle – ausprobiert: vom Seebad Enge auf einem großen, breiten Surfbrett und einem Paddel... Und es hat Spaß gemacht. Tags: [[tag:Freizeit]] [[tag:Zürich]]
  • 12:54 UTC (new) (history) 2011-07-11 What made Original D&D great . . . . Alex Schroeder Jeff Rients postet a link to a sequence of old pages explaining why Original D&D is _great_. I approve. * [What Made Original D&D Great]( Tags: [[tag:RPG]] [[tag:Old School]]
  • 12:43 UTC (new) (history) 2011-07-11 The iPad is my principal web terminal . . . . Alex Schroeder I like how some of the Google Apps on the iPad have a more application-like design. This part about their mobile effort I like. Sometimes, however, it seems that the iPad ought to be able handle "more" features. The iPad is my principal web terminal. It really is. I can't be bothered to boot my old… [en]
  • 12:32 UTC (new) (history) 2011-07-11 Credentials . . . . Alex Schroeder Giving D&D and space colonization a Bad Name: ["Yes, but what are your credentials, Mr Stross?"]("") Tags: [[tag:Academia]]
  • 12:25 UTC (new) (history) 2011-07-10 Sitting indoors . . . . Alex Schroeder D&D 3.5 sandbox game in Lenap (Wilderlands of High Fantasy) coming up. Right now the sun is shining. I don't like sitting indoors when the sun is shining. Tags: [[tag:RPG]]
  • 12:03 UTC (new) (history) 2018-12-16 Importing old Google Plus posts . . . . Alex Schroeder I have written a little tool to help me *curate* my Google+ archive using Emacs. I posted over 2000 times on Google+, and left even more comments. As Google is planning to sunset Google+ by April 2019, I got a copy of my Google+ Stream archive from Google Takeout: 1. *select specific data* and pick… [en]
  • 11:08 UTC (new) (history) 2011-07-08 Small Links . . . . Alex Schroeder $20 per link and month?




  • 22:24 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2018-12-10 Handwritten Digits for Download . . . . Alex Schroeder git add hat auf Windows 10 über 1h gedauert, also habe ich den Rechner über Nacht laufen gelassen. git commit hat dann nochmal etwa 1h gedauert. Hochladen waren dann relativ schnell, haha.
  • 09:27 UTC (new) (history) 2016-08-19 Rangers & Rabbits . . . . Alex Schroeder Playing classic D&D (or *Labyrinth Lord*, as it were) using cartoon animals. "This is a book of cartoon animal races for old school roleplaying games. It includes a host of talking critters from Armadillos to Monkeys to Wolves. Imagine Bugs Bunny, Captain Carrot, or Felix the Cat casting… [en]


  • 16:10 UTC (new) (history) 2018-12-10 Useful Information . . . . Alex Schroeder I sometimes think about information and how the usual ideas don't help me think about *information overload*, or *disinformation*, or *propaganda*. So what is information?" "Information reduces uncertainty. The uncertainty of an event is measured by its probability of occurrence and is inversely… [en]
  • 11:16 UTC (new) (history) 2018-12-10 Handwritten Digits for Download . . . . Alex Schroeder In 2017 I announced a git repo containing *handwritten digits* suitable for machine learning. Some coworkers and I wanted to get some hands-on experience with Deeplearning4j and that included the entire experience of collecting and preparing the data. That's why we didn't want to just use the MNIST… [en]


  • 21:42 UTC (new) (history) 2018-12-09 Indian Fascists . . . . Alex Schroeder Today I had my first encounter with an Indian fascist, online. Here are some of the messages I wrote. It all started with me noticing their profile: “Proud Hindu. Nathuram Godse a hero.” Nathuram Godse is the guy who killed Gandhi. I asked: How do you explain "Nathuram Godse a hero"? That seems… [en]
  • 12:05 UTC (new) (history) Comments on 2018-11-14 Firefox Setup . . . . Alex Schroeder says: * "If PureBrowser supports it, try Multi-account Containers too. It silos cookies and maybe other stuff too." * "For cookie management, you can try the Cookie Autodelete extension. You can use it to whitelist some sites, and it autodeletes cookies from other sites once… [en]


  • 18:39 UTC (diff) (history) List of Open Books . . . . Uli Bone Clocks -> Feb2019 entry [en]
  • 18:38 UTC (diff) (history) Past and Current Reading . . . . Uli Feb/Mar 2019 [en]
  • 18:21 UTC (diff) (history) 2019-02 Book Club . . . . Uli Feb -> Bone Clocks [en]
  • 18:19 UTC (new) (history) 2019-03 Book Club . . . . Uli *What*: /"Magdas Apokalypse"/ by /Chloe Vollmer-Lo, Carole Maurel/ *When*: 20 Mar, 19:30 – RSVP on Meetup (optional )) *Where*: [Restaurant Werdguet] From Amazon: "Was, wenn morgen die Welt untergeht? Gut, dann kann man ein Apfelbäumchen pflanzen und ansonsten froh sein, dass einem nicht mehr allzu… [de, en]
  • 14:12 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2018-03-24 No IPv6 . . . . Alex Schroeder Months later, here I am again. ~~~ $ ping PING (...)) 56 data bytes ^C — ping statistics — 38 packets transmitted, 0 received, 100% packet loss, time 912ms $ traceroute6 traceroute to (...) from ..., 30 hops… [en]



  • 17:31 UTC (new) (history) 2018-12-02 Writing Science Fiction . . . . Alex Schroeder Yeah, Science Fiction, speculative fiction. I think I like it best when the story is in "the future" but relatable. The only thing this adds is a sort of tech "magic", the "tech babble" words that incite the imagination, and at least one extrapolation of a social idea. *What if ... ?* And so for my… [en]


  • 12:40 UTC (new) (history) 2018-12-01 Gopher space is growing . . . . Alex Schroeder I love the tiny, expanding Gopher network. People hosting small public access shell servers, sometimes with only 128MB RAM, sometimes more, access via a restricted shell, sometimes with git, sometimes with a weird publishing system, all of them with Gopher hosting. 😍 * gopher:// *… [en]
  • 09:20 UTC (new) (history) 2018-12-01 Thinking about the real RSS 3.0 . . . . Alex Schroeder I'm still sad about RSS 2.0 and Atom. Why didn't we go the other way? Aaron Swartz had the right ideas and called it [Spec: RSS 3.0]! He was so ahead of his time. Follow those links and read it. The introduction in particular is still gold! 😂 1. Remove XML. XML is… [en]




  • 21:43 UTC (new) (history) 2018-11-28 Cosmic Voyage . . . . Alex Schroeder I've signed up for an account on Cosmic Voyage. It's basically a way to write a little Science-Fiction together with other people. The website reflects the Gopher mindset: it's text based. You can visit it via Gopher, too. If you don’t have a dedicated gopher client, I’ll suggest using the text… [en]
  • 08:53 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2018-11-27 What is Sandbox? . . . . Alex Schroeder Wohoo!
  • 07:48 UTC (diff) (history) Comments on 2018-05-07 Laptop Fan . . . . Alex Schroeder Thanks! For now I'm following's advice: systemctl --user disable tracker-store.service && systemctl --user mask tracker-store.service As for /var/log/messages I find a ton of error messages related to tracker, including the one you mentioned (but… [en]


  • 19:30 UTC (diff) (history) 2018-11-27 Gopher Module . . . . Alex Schroeder I'm thinking of a gopher module for RSS 2.0 and I started writing up a specification...
  • 17:27 UTC (new) (history) 2018-11-27 What is Sandbox? . . . . Alex Schroeder Brad J. Murray has been writing about his games: sandboxery asks challenges our definitions of a sandbox. What are they? A few months ago I wrote that exploration is overrated. And I offered the following summary: 1. start with an empty map 2. talk to people or otherwise learn of new locations… [en]


  • 18:18 UTC (new) (history) 2018-11-26 Fennel and Bussard . . . . Alex Schroeder said "OK, I went ahead and rebooted the Bussard codebase with a fresh start. The new version lives at and is written in 100% #fennel" Yay! I won't have much time during the week, but I'm still interested in figuring out how one… [en]