Oh, look: @books.

@Zot universe NEWS+
Moby Dick is on hold. I am currently reading Aasmund Olavsson Vinje's articles from Drammens Tidende from 1851. Norway fell under Danish rule for over 400 years, till we got our own constitution in 1814, just before we were forced into union with Sweden till 1905. Today, Vinje is famous in Norway for breaking with writing Norwegian in Danish, and rather write in a manner closer to the language of rural Norway - nynorsk or new Norwegian, like Ivar Aasen. However, in my local newspaper from 1851, this has not happened yet... He writes in Danish about the growth of the journals, journalism and its growing influence as a fourth power in Europe. Entertaining, biting and very interesting.
Black Theology and Black Power -- James H, Cone
Ignition!:  An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants -- John Drury Clark

I can't recommend Ignition enough!  It is hilarious, dark, and super informative.
I finished Angel of the Revolution and am now listening to The Invasion of 1910 by William Le Queux. It was written several years prior to WW1 but is about a German invasion of England. It is not bad but a little on the technical side. The librivox reader speaks a little on the fast side but is ok.



@science fiction group+

Joel Kinnaman to Lead Netflix's Sci-Fi Series Altered Carbon
Netflix has announced the casting of Suicide Squad and House of Cards' Joel Kinnaman in the lead role in their upcoming sci-fi series Altered Carbon.

I am not a fan of Mr. Kinnaman's acting, but this could be interesting. The book has been sitting unread on my shelf for a while.

Anyone else looking forward to William Gibson's new one?

The Peripheral tells the story of a brave new world of drones, outsourcing and kleptocracy, and of a crime that can only be solved across time.

Upcoming4.me has a more complete synopsis.

CC: @Charles Roth MPC  because, well, I think he'll know why.
The Pleasure of Reading to Impress Yourself - The New Yorker

But there are pleasures to be had from books beyond being lightly entertained. There is the pleasure of being challenged; the pleasure of feeling one’s range and capacities expanding; the pleasure of entering into an unfamiliar world, and being led into empathy with a consciousness very different from one’s own; the pleasure of knowing what others have already thought it worth knowing, and entering a larger conversation.

How are we?
It isn't mosquito season out here just yet, but I'm not looking forward to it.  My blood type is "Yummy" as far as the skeeters are concerned.  I can go out into a field with four other people and be the only one with bites.  Six-legged assholes!
The lack of mosquitoes is the best thing about winter.
OliverOliver wrote the following post Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:39:44 -0400

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This is how the internet should have worked from the beginning.
Do you more often regret the things you say or the things you don't say?

Depends...how carefully was that question worded?

More often, the things I say, but most qualitatively, it's always the things you don't.
I'm probably going to regret answering this, so I won't.

Paper books or ebooks?

Until you can have a pile of 16 e-readers all open on the table at the same time while you're cross referencing stuff, I'll stick with dead trees.

AFAIK the authors get a little bit more from a sold ebook then from a paper book, from the endprice. But some books feel better on paper then as epub.
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Ebooks - for fiction and non-fiction.

- any font size and font you need.
- remembers where you stopped reading, it is on the right page.
- you can have several open at the same time and switch back and forth.
- bookmarks for your own specific favourite parts.
- can read in sun-light and at night without flash-light.
- searchable
- text-to-speech for reading support. English, German, French and Spanish on my phone.
- retrieve books from all over the world whereever you are.
- comments and high-lights can be created - and shared, i.e. quotes.
- none-text material like diagrams and 3D and multimedia can be integrated for a richer experience if appropriate. "Then the composer thought..." DA-DA-DA-DAAAA (hit play to listen).

I am sure I forgot something. ;-)
My favourites are

* FBReader for Android, http://fbreader.org/
* Lucifox for Firefox, https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/lucifox/
Version 0.5.0 of mediagoblin was announced last week.

We're now able to support multiple authentication systems including the standard login/password system ...and OpenID... plus Mozilla Persona. Maybe *your* customized login system will be next? The framework is flexible and ready for you to build on.
Yeah, I know - I've just fallen into the habit of seeing everything from a "Red first" perspective.

Just trying to justify it, and admit I'm being unfair at the same time.
Friendica has an extensible login system - and actually so does Red. For Friendica, I built connectors for openid and ldap. Nobody ever used ldap and all people did was bitch and moan about openid - but never enough to show me logs or try to fix it.

So it sounds like a cool feature, but it's really kind of ho-hum.

But they need some kind of remote authentication to offer media privacy, so you can read between the lines here. openid means somebody can login to your MG via Facebook or Google. The only problem here is that it's all centralised. You can login to see Joe's photos. Then you'll have to login on Bob's site to see Bob's photos. This is where we were with Wordpress and Drupal in 2004-2005, except that now Facebook and Google can authenticate you to all these little isolated islands.

So yeah, been there, done that.
More to the point, I don't know how we might link to MG auth or vice versa from Red because accounts (which is your authentication) and channels (which is your identity) are completely different. It's an interesting little problem.
"A modern, fast web-mail client with user-friendly encryption and privacy features. 100% Free and Open Source software"
Looks interesting.  Will give it a shot in a few.
My buddy posted the first couple episodes of his new podcast, Age of Discovery.  Science!
Converse.js is an open source, webchat client, that runs in the browser and can be integrated into any website.
All posts to my Red test site are being set for delayed delivery, I guess because UTC is in the future, and I'm hanging out in the past. I wonder if the same thing will happen here.
I'd wait for them to fire next and report if it's still delayed. We should only be delaying future posts.
Oh, and time travel posts have nothing to do with item_flags, they set item_restrict (to 128 plus any other flags). Since most stream searches include "item_restrict = 0", they shouldn't show up until published. So what you're looking at is

99 = 64 + 32 + 2 + 1

Ah, yeah - being the only channel not logged into recently and having any unseen items would be a better way to explain it's unique item tags.

When I saw the flags, I checked the logs and saw the delayed post, put one and one together, got three.