P.T. Barnum: prominent anti-racist, progressive Republican politician, pictured here in 1851.[Wikimedia] Carnival barkers have a certain "reputation" for truth and honesty. One famous carnival barker: the alleged source of the phrase "There's a sucker born every minute". Because of this, I've grown more curious about P.T. Barnum over the past four years. It seems many… Continue reading Trump and P.T. Barnum
This is the "first IRC server", according to Wikipedia. Back in my day, a "server" was a physical machine. The picture is from much later, but the machine is probably from 1987 or 1988. (robla updated this 2020-07-31 1:40am PDT... yes, robla really should go to bed) Who is going to win the battle of… Continue reading Battle of the DMs
It really does. If you don't know what it is, see my RobLaWiki description (at <https://robla.miraheze.org/wiki/Mastodon> ), or see the Wikipedia article (at <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mastodon_(software)>), or just see my user profile: <https://mastodon.social/@robla>. This is the logo. I got it from here: File:Mastodon_Logotype_(Simple).svg
I have accounts on Quora, Twitter, Medium, reddit, Mastodon, myndmess, Electorama, Miraheze, GitHub, GitLab, and robla.net, among other. Blogging is so aughts. I'm going to cover just a few of the sites that I journal on here: Website(s): robla.net/RobLaWikiJournal: https://robla.mirahze.org/wiki/RobLa_journalMicroblog: https://mastodon.social/@robla (see also: https://twitter.com/robla)Website(s): Electorama/electowikiJournal: https://electowiki.org/wiki/User:RobLa/JournalMicroblog: https://twitter.com/electowikiWebsite(s): myndmess.orgJournal: https://myndmess.org/wiki/User:RobLa/JournalWebsite(s): Wikipedia (en)/Wikidata/WikimediaJournal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:RobLa/JournalWebsite(s): MediaWikiJournal: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:RobLa/Journal Those… Continue reading Blogging is dead; long live journaling!
Doc Searls from Santa Barbara, USA / File:Glacial_features_near_Beaver_Dam_Lake,_Wisconsin.jpg / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) UPDATE: 2020-04-24 - I posted most of what I was working on a few days ago over at Quora: https://www.quora.com/What-dont-most-liberals-realize/answer/Rob-Lanphier I still have some content for Daily Kos as well, but I'm still working out how to present it for the Daily Kos… Continue reading Thinking about “flyover country”
I didn't get a chance to publicly pontificate about Internet Archive while I was employed there. From March 2019 until very recently, I managed the Core Infrastructure team at Internet Archive. I suppose I did take one notable opportunity to blog about it. I wrote a blog post for blog.archive.org titled "Two Thin Strands of… Continue reading End of a chapter…
photo via Wikimedia Commons by Rich Niewiroski Jr. A few weeks ago, I posted "Replacing the jungle primary", where I outlined a couple of proposals that seemed like plausible replacements for California's current "top-two" primary system. I assigned both proposals jargon-y names, but I only want to highlight one of them: "Majority Approval Filter (MAF)". … Continue reading Replacing the jungle primary, December edition
California's jungle primary can be replaced with an approval voting-based primary. This is a description of how it would work.
Back in 1996, I wrote an article for The Perl Journal, which they published in the Volume 1, Issue 3 in Autumn 1996. There are several alternatives available for the article: A scan I made of my 1996 article "Perl, Politics, and Pairwise Voting: Perl as the Activist's Friend" - I used CamScanner to make a… Continue reading Voting Methods in The Perl Journal
I managed to get into some wordy discussions with MikeMC over on Medium. Here's how it played out from my perspective: Oprah Winfrey gives an excellent speech at the Golden Globes (transcript). This causes rampant speculation about Oprah for President 2020. A backlash ensues. The backlash includes a lot of crappy discussion on a giant… Continue reading Debating Oprah