Thank You, TPN

Yesterday I received my first support for this site from a reader. I wrote an email to thank him for his generous contribution and he reminded me that we go all the way back to the Word Cup of 2006. Those days I still had comments turned on. That’s pretty wild that he still continues to visit or read.

Without comments and Google Analytics, I have no idea who still read my blog these days. I have been blogging on this site since 2004 when blogs were booming. Nowadays, independent bloggers like myself are rare. Most blogs have die off. The trend has gone and the incentives are none. I still do it because I don’t rely on my blog to support myself and my family. Nevertheless, I wanted to see if I can get a bit of finance to cover the annual domain name and hosting fees. I added a little message at the bottom of this page for reader support instead of display ads.

If you like what I write on here, please consider support my effort to continue to blog. Any amount is appreciate it.

Tiến hoá trong nhạc tình dục

Sáng nay lái xe đi làm, tôi để nhạc trong điện thoại theo random. Thú vị là khi nghe Thái Thùy Linh hát bài “Hãy ngồi xuống đây” của Lê Uyên Phương rồi đến bài “Krazy” của Bin Z. Lời nhạc xưa và nay tuy hơi khác nhưng có thể kết hợp thành một medley. Chẳng hạng như, lời của Lê Uyên Phương:

Hãy ngồi xuống đây
như loài thú hoang yêu nhau ngoài đồng
duới nắng ban mai
phô thân trần truồng kiếp sống hoa sơ.

Lời của Bin Z:

Nhưng em ơi em ơi đừng dụ dỗ anh
Vì nếu em cưa anh sẽ đổ nhanh
Em ơi em ơi đừng làm khổ anh
Anh chỉ muốn chân em ở trên cổ anh.

Local Digital Media

Kyle Chayka writes in the Nation:

The worst thing that a reader can do, we now know, is to consume whatever pops up at the top of a Facebook feed or Google search—the pond scum floating on the surface of the Internet. What we need is a digital-media version of organic food or a local farmers’ market: ethically sourced, sustainably funded, and integrity-certified, all the way from CMS up.

Right on!

Welcome Back to the Independent Web

DHH explains the reasons “Signal v Noise exits Medium”:

Writing for us is not a business, in any direct sense of the word. We write because we have something to say, not to make money off page views, advertisements, or subscriptions. If some readers end up signing up for Basecamp, that’s great. But if they just like to read and not buy, that’s also great.

Beyond that, though, we’ve grown ever more aware of the problems with centralizing the internet. Traditional blogs might have swung out of favor, as we all discovered the benefits of social media and aggregating platforms, but we think they’re about to swing back in style, as we all discover the real costs and problems brought by such centralization.

When SvN moved to Medium, I was disappointed to see a small, independent company moves its blog to Medium. Glad to see it is moving back out. I have not read an article in Medium for years.

The Rise and Demise of RSS

Sinclair Target writes in Motherboard:

Regular people never felt comfortable using RSS; it hadn’t really been designed as a consumer-facing technology and involved too many hurdles; people jumped ship as soon as something better came along.

RSS might have been able to overcome some of these limitations if it had been further developed. Maybe RSS could have been extended somehow so that friends subscribed to the same channel could syndicate their thoughts about an article to each other. Maybe browser support could have been improved. But whereas a company like Facebook was able to “move fast and break things,” the RSS developer community was stuck trying to achieve consensus. When they failed to agree on a single standard, effort that could have gone into improving RSS was instead squandered on duplicating work that had already been done.

I still prefer RSS reader over social media for online reading. It is quieter and more focused. I do hope blogs will be coming back after people get sick and tired of Twitter and Facebook.

How to Get Preschoolers to Share

Malia Wollan shares some tips on teaching kids to share:

For better or worse, children are watching you for cues on how to behave among human groups. Let them see you be bighearted. Find ways to embody generosity. Donating money is great, but with very young children, it doesn’t really count as teachable, imitable behavior unless you’re collecting it in a jar and carrying it with your child down to the homeless shelter.


Clutter Sucks

Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi writes in the New York Times:

The study, published in Current Psychology, found a substantial link between procrastination and clutter problems in all the age groups. Frustration with clutter tended to increase with age. Among older adults, clutter problems were also associated with life dissatisfaction.

I find clutter suffocating. Keeping the house tidy is quite challenging with for kids. The older I get the more irritate I become with cluttering. I need more time to reorganize and purge before it gets overwhelming.

Breast-Feeding and Slim Waist

Nicholas Bakalar writes in The New York Times:

Breast-feeding for longer than six months may lead to a smaller waist size for the mother, researchers report, and the effect persists for as long as a decade.

Now I understand how my wife has managed to keep her sexy waist without exercise.