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Hi pals!

I'm Cinnamon. You may have seen me around Scuttlebutt for the last couple of years, mostly thinking about usability and harassment prevention.

My current project is Earthstar, which is similar to Scuttlebutt but designed for usability from the beginning. github.com/earthstar-project/e

Also: procedural art, music, drawing, photography.

Gearing up to build wiki again, for real this time.

Should pages be written in Markdown, MediaWiki format, or maybe Gemini format?

Markdown is most widely known, MediaWiki is more ergonomic for wiki links, Gemini is the simplest to implement from scratch

Ok who wants to build a browser in an old Palm Pilot or Nokia feature phone? :)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless

A reflection on WAP, the Wireless Application Protocol:

"Some have suggested that the bandwidth-sparing simple interface of Gopher would be a better match for mobile phones and Personal digital assistants (PDAs)."

"Wireless Markup Language (WML), based on XML, is a now-obsolete markup language intended for devices that implement the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) specification, such as mobile phones."

"A WML document is known as a “deck”. Data in the deck is structured into one or more “cards” (pages) – each of which represents a single interaction with the user. "

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless

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"Compact HTML includes support for GIF images, and uses four buttons for operation, rather than two-dimensional cursor movement. Scrolling is not featured, because it is assumed that pages properly designed will fit the screen."

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I'm learning about older, simpler formats for the web that were designed for cellphones in the 90s

Compact HTML (CHTML)

"cHTML is a subset of standard HTML adapted for use with small computing devices. It was created as a stripped-down version of the standard, excluding support for the more demanding features of HTML pages, such as image maps, backgrounds, varieties of fonts, frames, style sheets, and JPEG images."
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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless

BTW, Earthstar is a personal project, AGPL, and Not A Blockchain. The goal is to get people onto self-hosted web infrastructure that's small and cheap enough that it's run by the generosity of your friends, moving it from capitalism into the realm of the gift economy.

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!

Come hang out in the Earthstar chat if you have ideas or questions. I think this dream of "easier Scuttlebutt" has a chance of getting used by enough people to make a difference. :matrix.org

This layout is really nice for right-handed chord playing. Each finger is responsible for variations in one of the chord notes: index is the root, middle finger the third (major or minor), ring finger the fifth (or diminished), pinky the sixth or seventh.

A nice direct mapping between your body and the underlying chord.

Since the grid is regular, you can just slide your hand around to transpose to different keys or root notes.

Found this paper on isomorphic grids for musical instruments.

researchgate.net/publication/2

Waffletone uses minor-thirds, like figure 8b but transposed. I chose that one after prototyping every possible regular square grid with this iPad app:

shiverware.com/musixpro/

Y'all may also enjoy this musical instrument I built with a regular grid layout based on minor third intervals.

The Waffletone

How to build and play: github.com/cinnamon-bun/waffle

Hi pals!

I'm Cinnamon. You may have seen me around Scuttlebutt for the last couple of years, mostly thinking about usability and harassment prevention.

My current project is Earthstar, which is similar to Scuttlebutt but designed for usability from the beginning. github.com/earthstar-project/e

Also: procedural art, music, drawing, photography.

Merveilles

Merveilles is a community project aimed at the establishment of new ways of speaking, seeing and organizing information — A culture that seeks augmentation through the arts of engineering and design. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.