the pod paper, On the Origin of Species, and the evolution of dark mode press

After many hours of work last week, I have finished and published the pod paper. (As someone who has written and edited in the tech industry, I abhor the term “whitepaper.”) The one you see on the Pool.pm asset viewer is a simplified version of the home page. There is a downloadable ZIP file containing the whole pod tucked inside a fungible token on Cardano.

It has a short post on the home page explaining what it is and why HTML beats PDFs and EPUBs as a format for offline digital publishing. There’s a blank home page and a blank content page to serve as a template for anyone who wants to use it to create their own pods. And there are two tutorials I specifically wrote for beginners who have never fooled around with code before.

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how HTML and JavaScript make footnotes obsolete

God, I hate footnotes! I confess I tend to ignore them. And they’re important. But by the time I get to the part of the page where they are, half the time I’ve forgotten which one I was supposed to look at and have to go back up and find my place again.

The difficulty and time spent finding where you left off depends on the distance your eyes have to travel both ways. Then you have to use cognitive effort to put the new information in context with what you were reading. And each of these activities takes time and thought away from the thoughts you were having about what you were reading.

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21 Flavors of Lorem Ipsum: How I built a book as a website and minted it as an NFT on Cardano

I’ve been working on a way to create literary NFTs, or at least NFTs with significant literary components, with HTML and CSS. Basically to demonstrate that NFTs aren’t just JPGs. They can also be books, articles, short stories, screenplays, musical scores, etc.

So far, I’ve minted an article, a four-page magazine template, and an album for the 04 variants of Atmosfear Destroyed. On Thursday, I minted the prototype of a book of 83,012 words.

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[publishing] just minted a 4-page HTML album. Now what?

Since I successfully minted an article as HTML, I’ve been working on list of formats I want to test. Thursday I minted my first “album” of 04 variants from my Atmofear Destroyed collection on Tezos. A four-page website with a home page, two gallery pages, and an About page.

This is web design, but it’s not like designing a normal website. All the files are stored on IPFS and being served from a p2p network. HTTPS protocol serves content from a central source, and browsers are built on HTTPS. The two protocols don’t always play nicely together.

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[publishing 3.0] trying to mint a website as an NFT on Cardano

I haven’t posted for a little while because I’ve gone down a creative rabbit hole trying to do something hard and have forgotten about the physical world. The one where I have to eat and talk to people and stuff.

So my brain is flickering with various types of code and what I’m trying to do hinges on a tenuous relationship between IPFS protocol and HTTPS-oriented browsers that don’t recognize it or know how to handle it properly yet. When there’s full browser support for this, it will all be easier.

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