If you’re a software engineer, you should check out How Git Works by Julia Evans. I purchased it last week, but only paged through so far. And then I was looking at a Mastodon thread and Julia blew my mind with git log -S: find every commit that added or removed some text. Of course it’s in the book. Check it out!

RSS blogrolls are a federated social network:

As a starting place I manually identified twenty websites with OPML blogrolls. From these I can follow links to find 150 distinct websites. Several of the links go to YouTube pages, reminding us that RSS isn’t just for blogs.

The network is up to 1700 feeds. It’s already becoming obvious that there needs to be a way to search all of these feeds. It’s hard to find what you’re looking for in such a long list.

Simon Willison on link blogs:

Link blogging is a pleasantly low-pressure way of writing online. Found something interesting? Post a link to it, with a sentence or two about why it’s worth checking out.

People have commented on links they found on social media for many years. For some reason the big white canvas of a blog editor is intimidating though. Sometimes I wonder if smaller text input boxes would take the pressure off. I think P2 got this right many years ago.