“Tomorrow: You’re Hosting…”

By which I mean that I’m hosting, but Meetup sent me a reminder.

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We’re going to be talking Gutenberg, and if there’s interest I might quickly demo the recently announced support of plugins and themes on the WordPress.com Business plan.

RSVP for the event on Meetup.com, and note we have a new location.

August WordPress Meetup (New Location)

Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017, 6:15 PM

659 S 8th St
659 South 8th Street Louisville, KY

9 WordPress Users Attending

The WordPress Louisville meetup comes to a new location on August 8th.## TopicGutenberg, the new post editor, is currently available as a beta plugin. Its block-based approach is quite a departure from the current editor experience. We’ll take a look at Gutenberg, go over how to try it out yourself, and how you can get involved with the project….

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Let Our Formulas Find Your Soul

Every Monday, Spotify creates a playlist for you with music they think you’ll like. It’s called “Discover Weekly.” It can be hit or miss – but I usually give it a shot at least once during the week. This week it did not disappoint.

Leading off the playlist was Vienna Teng’s “Hymn of Acxiom.”

I recognized the song, but not immediately. I was used to it not with words and digital harmonies but with a brassline. It was the Bluecoats’ ballad in their 2014 show, Tilt.

I had no idea this was originally a song with lyrics. And as I heard the true meaning of the song for the first time I was pulled in.

Let our formulas find your soul.
We’ll divine your artesian source (in your mind),
Marshal feed and force (our machines will)
To design you a perfect love—
Or (better still) a perfect lust.
O how glorious, glorious: a brand new need is born

 
Acxiom is a provider of marketing software. They do a lot of stuff, and having experience in the industry I don’t want to over-generalize the pros and cons of them or their competitors. But let’s say they have a lot more to gain from your lack of privacy than they do defending it. “Hymn of Acxiom” presents a dystopian farce; a religious rite of a company tracking and manipulating people.

Imagine if 1984 was written from the perspective that Big Brother really was just the best.

Vienna Teng performs the song live and explains its origins in this video.

The song has been my work soundtrack for the week. I’ve been known to listen to songs on a loop before and this one really fit my mood. In past jobs I basically sold people’s information to companies, a part of the internet I really hate. My day to day now lets me fight on the right team: advancing an open web, advocating for both transparency and privacy where both are needed.

Get a .blog

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Open registration for new .blog domains begins on November 21st, but you can apply early today at get.blog. In November when it’s all up-and-running you’ll see this very site move over to a .blog domain!

But I can tell you what it won’t be…

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… unless someone else wanted to get me a present!

WordPress Louisville Meetup Tonight

The monthly WordPress meetup is upon us! I’ll be talking child themes, Scott Gilbertson is going over image optimization, and we have another guest speaker showing off some professional WordPress creations.

It’s a laid-back meeting with lots of opportunities for questions, discussion, and finding help for any problems you may have with your own projects.

RSVP to attend on the Meetup.com event.

June Meetup

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016, 6:15 PM

Mirazon Group
1640 Lyndon Farm Court #102 Louisville, KY

12 WordPress Users Went

Come on down and talk WordPress with us for the June WordPress Meetup.  I hope to have another guest speaker come in and share a site they recently built.

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Thanks Treehouse

Recently I hit a cool benchmark of 10,000 points on the technology education website, Treehouse. I really like what they offer and really owe a lot of my career to them. I guarantee you, without learning what I’ve learned from them I never would’ve been hired at Automattic.

In celebration of those points, I decided I needed to get some Treehouse stickers on my laptop. I remembered they had a swag store up at one point, but they took it down. Not to be deterred, I emailed their support team and they offered to send me some stickers to celebrate the occasion. They also added a cool “Thanks!” card with a hand-written note inside!

Mike the Frog now gets to chill along with Wapuu and friends on my laptop.