Author: Joe Brockmeier

Editor, writer, communications expert, former community manager, open source enthusiast, music nut, and cat guy. Not necessarily in that order.
Black and White ai-generated profile of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare, yea or nay?

Is Shakespeare mandatory for a well-rounded secondary education? After more than 400 years, it’s reasonable to ask whether the canon is due for an overhaul,…

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How I got started with Vim

Yesterday I made an offhand comment about the long story of how I got started with Vim, so I figured I’d follow up today with…

Sketchbook with watercolors and a cup of tea.

Is there a note-taking app that beats Vim, Markdown, and Git?

Usually I avoid post titles / headlines in the form of a question, but I’m genuinely curious: Have you found a good note-taking app that’s…

Rainbow phoenix rising from the ashes.

Vivaldi jumps into social while Twitter burns

Looks like Vivaldi is the first to jump on Mastodon/the Twitter exodus as an opportunity to boost their other offerings. The company launched “Vivaldi Social”…

Little bug in Apostrophe in Fedora 37 (or “oh, I can’t log into bugzilla”)

Installed Fedora 37 today and it was a pretty smooth experience. No surprises there. One of the recommended applications (Apostrophe) looked interesting so I installed…

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Stop normalizing Musk (and why “work harder” isn’t going to do it for Twitter)

One of the most disheartening things about the Musk takeover of Twitter is how his malignant narcissism is being treated as normal. Even sadder, celebrated,…

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A plea to people making howto and informational videos: Give us a transcript!

Video content is here to stay. As a text-based person with a face for radio, I’ve come to grips with it. But that doesn’t mean…

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Taming Mastodons for a better web

The surge of people joining Mastodon and the Fediverse the past few days has been inspiring. I’m optimistic about the potential for a better web,…

All the perfect drugs and superheroes…

Don’t let the title fool you, this is a rambly post about social media1. Specifically, about the plague that has visited the house of Twitter…

Sir Wobbles ponders

Sir Wobbles yells at birbs

We got a bird feeder a few months ago. Dollar for dollar it provides maximum return on entertainment budget.