My icon stopped appearing in replies and webmentions recently and I couldn’t figure out why. I tried adding hCard code manually to an HTML widget (editing HTML in a WordPress widget is a world of pain) instead of using the IndieWeb widget but it still wouldn’t appear in the hCard validator.

I’ve been messing around with cache settings so I tried turning off Litespeed Cache and the photo appeared again. This wasn’t an ideal solution so I fiddled about with various settings and found out that “Lazy Load Images” was the culprit. It didn’t make a lot of difference anyway so I turned it off and my hCard is working properly again.

I used to go to a lot of concerts but the older I’ve got the the less I’ve been inclined to make the effort. There are certain favourite bands that I’ll try not to miss but the move to giant edge of city centre event “campuses” makes everything a hassle. I feel uncomfortable in big venues like The Hydro and I’m more inclined to go to a gig if it’s taking place in Glasgow city centre.

There seems to be a renaissance for small venues in Glasgow and I should make the effort to support smaller bands that need it.

My little WD My Passport Ultra external hard drive is full. I use it to back up all my iMac’s files and applications and Time Machine is starting to delete old backups. How many backups do I need to keep? The oldest is from July 2018.

The only thing I would be devastated about losing would be photos and they’re backed up in three different places now.

I have a newer, bigger capacity, version of the My Passport portable drive waiting to be used. It’s a new design and the all-red plastic shell is ugly compared to the old shiny Ultra.

nine albums

My contribution to on Twitter. These don’t “define me” but they are important. I could come up with lots of nines though.

Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark
The High Llamas – Hawaii
The Beach Boys – Friends
Genesis – Seconds Out
Stephen Stills – Manassas
Yes _ The Yes Album
REM – Reckoning
Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love
Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden

TopElek Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Blue Switches and 6-color Backlight

I dumped the awful Apple keyboard at last and got a mechanical one. It’s not the Das Keyboard Professional I would have liked (too expensive) but this is a decent alternative.

It’s branded as TopElek Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and made in China but I’ve seen the same one with different brand names. Despite that it’s a solid keyboard with nice clicky keys. I had to make very few changes to mirror my Mac muscle memory and I can see a huge improvement in my typing speed and accuracy already. Happy.

It seems to me that if I want to get involved in the Indieweb I have to try and embrace the DIY side of things more. My technical knowledge is pretty basic so with that in mind I need to do the following things as a minimum:

  1. Learn more advanced CSS
  2. Learn more advanced HTML
  3. Learn PHP. I’d like to learn how to break WordPress apart and put it back together again so that I can add my own customisations.

I have a few courses in mind and a good bit of time off coming up so I’ll be diving into this.

Lots of people have become disenchanted with Twitter and it’s not hard to see why. The reasons are numerous. I still think it is what you make of it though. I’ve managed to keep out the rabble. My problem with Twitter is the same one I have with every other social media service.

I’m not very good at initiating conversations there and most of my activity is in reaction to other people’s contributions. As more and more of my timeline is filled with retweets my road in seems to be contracting. Hence my recent comment about a “no retweet” option.