chrisaldrich / Chris Aldrich

I'm a Johns Hopkins trained biomedical and electrical engineer with a variety of interests in information theory, biology, big history, abstract and theoretical mathematics, evolution, genetics, microbiology, transgenetics, translational medicine, mnemonics, and the entertainment industry including: finance, distribution, representation.

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  1. ‘Charlie Chaplin vs. America’ explores the accusations that sent a star into exile : NPR

    Author Scott Eyman explains how Chaplin was smeared in the press, scandalized for his affairs with young women, condemned for his alleged communist ties and banned from returning to the U.S.

    movie:genre=satire, movie:genre=comedy, movie:title="the great dictator"

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  2. #99 – Matthias Pfefferle on ActivityPub, WordPress and Decentralised Social Networks – WP Tavern

    Matthias Pfefferle started using WordPress in its early stages when it was still known as b2. He became passionate about blogging and the web 2.0 era. Over time he dedicated himself to making blogging relevant and developed various tools to compete with social networks, building communities professionally and working for a European hoster. Matthias ultimately joined Automattic to focus on WordPress and the ActivityPub plugin full-time.

    We start off talking about the importance of owning your own content, and how it grants us control over what gets published and when it gets deleted or amended. Matthias introduces us to Mastodon, a social network that operates on a non-algorithmic, chronological feed. This means that the content is displayed in the order it was created, breaking free from possibly addictive patterns we see in other platforms.

    We learn about the Fediverse, where users can set up their own servers and customise their own rules. Matthias explains how servers communicate with each other through following and federating, creating a truly decentralised network. He shares insights into how relays can be used to generate traffic and activity on new Mastodon servers should you find your feet a little quiet at the start?

    There’s definitely some new workflows to learn using the Fediverse and Matthias highlights the differences between Twitter and the Fediverse, with the latter starting off quiet and gradually growing as users find and interact with others.

    He introduces us to the ActivityPub plugin for WordPress, which allows users to publish their blogs on Mastodon, and federate the content to different servers. We get an explanation of how it works, what it does, and where it strays from the way you’re used to interacting with a proprietary platform.

    We discussed the various waves of migration to Mastodon and the factors that triggered them, including Reddit’s decision to monetize their API. Matthias sheds light on the challenges faced by decentralised networks, and how has implemented his ActivityPub plugin, albeit in a modified form, making it easier for users to migrate their accounts. The adoption of the plugin has been steadily rising, and Matthias expresses his confidence in the plugin’s potential, citing the press coverage and impact of Automattic’s takeover.

    He also provides insights on how interactions on Mastodon federate, explaining how likes, comments, boosts, updates or deletions to blog posts are reflected across platforms.

    Towards the end Matthias shares his thoughts on the future of federated social networks and the potential support from existing platforms like Meta. He emphasises the profound benefits of using protocols like ActivityPub, allowing users to own their own data and have more control over their content, unlike closed platforms that can delete accounts and cause data loss.

    If you want to learn more about the Fediverse, Mastodon, ActivityPub, or just want to know how to make WordPress a first-class citizen in social networks, this podcast is for you.

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  3. Atomic Habits by If Books Could Kill

    Atomic Habits from If Books Could Kill on Podchaser, aired Thursday, 15th June 2023.This week we're discussing "Atomic Habits," a book about how to use science (and also some stuff that’s definitely not science) to train yourself to be a more functional person.Support us on Patreon:

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  4. Leading Lines: Ep 114 Remi Kalir

    In this interview with Derek Bruff, Remi talks about how annotation works in partnership with reading as a knowledge construction activity. With physical books, digital reading, and even on social media, people add notes to texts to wrestle with what they read and reach new audiences.  Let's explore how instructors can harness the power of annotation in formal educational contexts.

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  5. David Lynch – Museum of the Moving Image

    “Jimmy Stewart on Mars” was how Mel Brooks, who produced The Elephant Man, described David Lynch. The collision between the quotidian and the dreamlike has been Lynch’s key theme, from the suburban nightmares of Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks to the noir netherworlds of Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive. In this discussion, just before the 1997 release of Lost Highway, Lynch demonstrates his aversion to interpretation, preferring to let viewers take what they will from the mood and texture of his films. He reveals his method of working by instinct and embracing the role of chance in his creative process.

    FEB 16, 1997


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  6. Sönke Ahrens on Smart Notes – The Informed Life

    “It’s very difficult to change your mind about something when it’s only in your mind.”

    Sönke Ahrens is an independent researcher and coach. He is best known as the author of How to Take Smart Notes, a popular book on the zettelkasten method of note-taking. In this conversation, we discuss the role of notes in thinking and learning, with a focus on zettelkasten-inspired note-taking.

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  7. Episode 12: Historians on Higher Ed, Educational AI, and our Roles as Instructors, pt. 1 – Caleb Curfman

    In this episode, I sit down with Dan Allasso, who teaches history at Bemidji State University, to talk about the state of Higher Ed, AI in assignments, humanizing education, and our role going forward. This is a bit different, but offers some interesting ideas that we workshop! Dan's Substack Dan's Youtube Channel

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