I made my first firefox extension!
It adds a handy button to your toolbar for surfing sites on the #merveilles webring.
You can install it from here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/merveilles-webring-surfer/
and you can read the source here: https://github.com/aadilayub/webring-extension
@cblgh In the late 1990s investors were pouring venture capital into any web-related company they could find. The idea was that the web was going to be the new shopping mall and that out of the many startups a small number would become what at the time was called "the next Walmart".
Many business models were tried, but by 2000 it had become obvious that "people will not pay for web content", even if companies provided enticements and loss-leaders. It was that realization among investors which, in my opinion, precipitated the crash.
Of course they didn't mean that people would not pay. What they really meant was that people would not pay *enough* for any investor to become really rich out of it, and that micropayment attempts were insufficiently profitable with the technology and legal environment at the time.
There then followed a bust period where there was general despond about the web. Many useful websites suddenly closed with no prior warning. It was not until Google discovered "behavioral surplus" in 2004 that the fortunes of the web began to change, bringing us eventually to the problems we have now.
The Toronto Public Library did a workshop on livecoding ORCA and Pilot last night and posted the video online.
If anyone wants to follow along:
germany people: my dear egyptian friend who was in leipzig is apparently now in a refugee camp, if you know anyone that can contribute to this campaign or help in other ways please share http://www.startnext.com/weloveaadil
Building an E-Ink Laptop
(submitted by alex-a-soto)
The Toronto Public Library is offering a free online class on Live Coding using ORCA!!! @neauoire 🤩 https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT448792&R=EVT448792
enjoying a tranquil afternoon thanks to this track
Cian Nugent - When The Snow Melts and Floats Downstream
Brooklyn Raga Massive - Terry Riley In C
and meanwhile I was worried about merveilles crossing the 500+ users mark...
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