June 19, 2019

Domains 2019 – Pt. 1

The second Domains Conference has been in the works since last September, so it feels a bit surreal now to be back home, one week later, writing that Domains19 has come and gone. I’m not exactly in a position yet to even begin unpacking all of the conversational goodness that happened in Durham, North Carolina over those two days. I was in hostess/event planner mode for the large majority of…

Whence the Virtue of Open

The word ‘whence’ means “from what place, source, or cause”, and that is the question I would like to address with respect to the virtue of ‘open’.The question is raised in the context of Heather Morrison’s recent comments on The Dialectic of Open. Unf…

Baby Snarf

This is a ridiculous thing. It came into my head the other day and it amused at least a few of my children . . . once I explained what Snarf was. I plan to make ridiculous things more often. I initially had it up on SoundCloud but they took it down after a few hours as a copyright violation. Rather than fighting them about what my rights are, I’m just putting it up on my own site. Then I couldn’t find a decent1 Snarf gif on Giphy so I made one of those too. Nothing fancy in either case but this is the kind of useless, amusing things that I really like about digital media and the Internet. Consider it the opposite of surveillance capitalism. 1 The new Snarf is super creepy.

Organizing My APIs Using OpenAPI Tags

I like my OpenAPI tags. Honestly, I like tags in general. Almost every API resource I design ends up having some sort of tagging layer. Too help me organize my world, I have a centralized tagging vocabulary that I use across my JSON Schema, OpenAPI, a…

Help the Next Person Through the Dark (via poet Joy Harjo)

Espaces Vides (#03) flickr photo by lepoSs shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license I love this final line from a poem by Joy Harjo, entitled For Calling the Spirit Back from Wandering the Earth in its Human Feet: Then, you must do this: help the next person find their way through the dark. which […]