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David @ratamacue@mastodon.sdf.org

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Hey look. Mastodon trending topics. Still needs a little bit of work, but it's enough to start working on a web front end that lets people explore the toots.

github.com/ratamacue/mastodon- mastodon.sdf.org/media/qr1_bFj

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I like the people on Mastodon, but much like Twitter, you don't really make any friends on here. Every interaction is brief and transient, with no relationship formed. It's a bit like going to a bar, except there is never a happy ending. Not that a bar visit ever resulted in a happy ending for me, but through reliable sources, I have been informed that such things happen to people who aren't me.

Now it paginates through the last 400 toots in the public federated timeline. Only takes about a minute. I think all I need to do now is make it exclude super common words or, better, have it automatically learn common non-trending words. mastodon.sdf.org/media/u2FCA5H

I'm only looking over the last 40 posts right now, so the quality is very poor. I need to look over at least several hundred (maybe a couple thousand) toots for results to be useful.

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People have been citing and referencing web pages in academic texts since the 90s.

People who claim that lack of citability is some sort of deal-breaking issue for putting publications on the web are trying to sell you something.

I'm considering writing a script that collects and counts words on my instance's public timeline to create a "trending topics" web site. Does such a thing already exist? Would this upset people (public timeline posts only)?

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After the work to get VP9 codified into the HTML5 video tag imploded, Cisco did their one get deed for this century with Open H.264 and Mozilla implemented DRM I kind of lost track of the patent free media codec war.

How do people like AV1? Any wierd drama from all of it's corporate backers I should know about before I start encoding media with it?

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Those who are all "meh" about history are doomed to be ambivalent about it.

Why does fresh ground salt exist?

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Whenever one browser is in the lead, there's always a chorus of voices saying that every browser should just use that one engine.

The strength of the web is in diversity, though. So for the sake of the web, let's hope browser vendors continue ignoring that advice.

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NPM is simultaneously the best thing about JS—almost to the point of being _the_ primary reason to use the language—and the most worrying.