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I don't think I could be a lawyer that represents people who are defending themselves against law enforcement officers doing their job badly or not doing their jobs because every time I read about it happening, I get 💥 l i v i d 💥

I wish goat milk was as popular and accessible as oat milk.

My dream retirement would be buying an out-of-business bowling alley in a small town and living there

People saying "in mass" or "in route" instead of "en masse" and "en route" irritate me.

My parents started a shared text document detailing the key family events that have happened since they married >3 decades ago. It is now nearly 5000 words long. Part of me thinks this is a great idea and I want to make my own for my own life/family, but the other part of me wonders… is there a better way to do this?

The explainxkcd.com entry for #2804 is almost better than the comic itself

How’s that for a headline for the first post of a new year!

Webrings hold a special place in my memories of the late-90s early internet. For those who never encountered one, or weren’t around back then, webrings were an early tool for content discovery. In the pre-Google and social media era, finding content — let alone good content — was a significant challenge. DNS provider Hover wrote an insightful blog post about webrings a few years ago.

I recommend giving it a read before continuing here.

I found it interesting that webrings were such an integral part of the early internet that the company was actually acquired Geocities; and then when Yahoo! later acquired Geocities they found it worthwhile enough to attempt to monetize it with ads. Go figure.

I ran a webring. Any tech-savvy teenager with an internet connection could set up a webring and recruit members. This early exposure to a “democratized” internet piqued my interest in blogging, podcasting, and WordPress later on.

Find a niche in the post-social, post-Google Internet

Restate my assumptions:

As everyone has noticed by now, Google is starting to suck.I don’t want to say that finding quality things on the internet is as bad as it was before Google even exists; but I can’t recall the last time I’ve found something delightful via a Google search.
Most of my delightful finds come from reddit, newsletters, or TBH the kottke.org RSS.
Social networks are decentralizing and fragmenting.This is a good thing (but that’s a different blog post) but it’s making discovery more difficult. A various points in the past, Twitter’s algorithmic feed and Facebooks newsfeed have both surfaced genuinely good relevant-to-my-interests content.
With all my contacts fanning out across different mastodons, if not different apps entirely, it’s becoming more difficult to casually stumble upon good stuff.

Which makes me feel a lot like we’ve swung back around to the content recommendation zero-state that existed on the internet of the 90s.

Everything 90s is back, why not bring back webrings?!

A retro solution for modern times?

Why not consider reviving webrings? But what would a modern webring look like?

I’m not really envisioning a literal revival of webrings. The original webring UI, as detailed in the Hover post, would feel out-of-place in today’s internet (in a bad way). The UX, the concept of browsing sites in a linear order, curated by someone else, might hold some novelty but lacks practicality.

What intrigues me is the essence of webrings: a centralized yet distributed system of recommendations.

If I knew what that looked like and how it worked I would be building it right now.

https://ohryan.ca/2024/01/15/a-case-for-webrings-in-a-post-social-internet/

#justathough #webrings

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