Announcing JSON Feed

Today, Manton Reece and Brent Simmons annoucned JSON Feed, a way to get news ala RSS but with JSON:

We — Manton Reece and Brent Simmons — have noticed that JSON has become the developers’ choice for APIs, and that developers will often go out of their way to avoid XML. JSON is simpler to read and write, and it’s less prone to bugs.

So we developed JSON Feed, a format similar to RSS and Atom but in JSON. It reflects the lessons learned from our years of work reading and publishing feeds.

See the spec. It’s at version 1, which may be the only version ever needed. If future versions are needed, version 1 feeds will still be valid feeds.

There’s even a WordPress Plugin, which gives a working version of any sites feed in JSON. However, try as I might none of my feed reading services support it. Which is understantable, it’s a new project. Hit me up if you see any readers that use this, because it looks like the Python version of RSS and I love it.

The Atlantic asks the important questions: Does Trump use reddit?

Adrienne LaFrance, The Atlantic:

In defending the move, which has created a firestorm of criticism, Trump has been reminding people that Democrats asked for him to fire Comey. Hence the O’Donnell tweet. Questions about what, exactly, the president of the United States is up to have officially reached fever pitch.

Questions like: Is Donald Trump reading Reddit?

It would also not surprise me if he was a prolific shitposter on 4chan’s /pol/ board.

And for another Trump article by the same writer: Trump wants steam catapults on aircraft carriers, becuase you have to be Einstein to understand how digital catapults work. You probably also have to be Einstein to understand The Cyber.

Ain’t No Party Like A Propaganda Party

Brilliant piece from the Awl on protesting and propaganda:

America may debate ad nauseam the meaning and legitimacy of our current Administration, but few adhering to any political creed would deny that the era of Trump has officially rejuvenated the art of the protest. The Women’s March in Washington, D.C., in January, was the largest single-day of protest in U.S. history, spawning hundreds of satellite marches in cities across the world, but what set it apart was not just its size but its creative brand of humor. In the months since, social media has been flush with “best protest sign” listicles, turning the language of political dissent into a mainstream battle of wits. Among the highlights from this past weekend’s March for Science were “Rising Seas — Adios Mar-O-Lago!,”; “Got Plague? Yeah Me Neither. Thanks Science!”; and “No Science, No Death Star,” carried by a protester wearing a Darth Vader mask.

I will admit that I am disappointing about the lack of student protests in my single term at university. It’s not like we lack things to protest about: The university, for no reason other than elitism, decided to block workers who were building the new buildings from accessing the school cafes.

This is elitism and discrimination, two things I cannot stand unironically, at it’s finest. It pushes the ‘ivory tower’ approach of universities further, and damages the public image. Those men and women are working much harder than us to build something which will probably be grossly underappreciated by anyone but the staff.

Wait, why am I getting political all of a sudden… I need to go to bed.

Ostdrossel’s camera setup

Ostdrossel, who uploads photos taken by an automatic bird feeder to their Tumblr, has documented the camera set-up they use to get the quite funny bird shots:

Since people keep asking, here is a pic of my setup. I am using a device called Bird Photo Booth 2.0. It consists of this camera box, much like a trail camera, that has a macro lens on the top and a regular one on the bottom. Inside is a little shelf on which I place a small camera (sold separately, you can also use a smartphone or a GoPro) that has, amongst other things, a motion sensor function that I can set to take 10 pics per second. The bowl attachment comes with the camera as well. So whenever a bird makes it to the bowl, the camera takes pictures.