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notes from the hub 07-22-24


Just a quick note. If the homepage looks a little odd, please empty your cache. Some of my recent changes may require that, depending on which browser you’re using.

Thanks for stopping by.

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a cool β€˜walkie-talkie for the web’


So cool! I’m excited to share this puppy.

Overtalk, made by a web enthusiast named Vasanth…

A frictionless peer-to-peer audio chat app for the web that can be embedded in any web page.

Music to my ears! My better half Kim and I tested it yesterday - it works great!

I set up a channel at Overtalk / iwebthings and if it shows I’m online, feel free to give me a literal shout out.

Needless to say, this cool idea inspired me to tinker a bit with the idea of embedding the channel here at the hub.

Though it worked fine in later versions of Firefox, Safari, and Vivaldi, my idea for adding the embedded channel didn’t work in some other browsers, such as the older version of Waterfox I use (because it still has certain useful features that Firefox did away with).

So. I tried a new approach - see the button at the top of the homepage. of the sidebar (or down there on the sidebar if you’re viewing the site on your phone). This new approach is experimental for now. Whether you try the embedded version or the original channel (linked below), you need to allow microphone access to use it.

Say hi if ya like. 😎

Note: Updated 07/17/24, 8:20 AM
Note: Updated 07/20/24, 8:01 AM

super.useful 07-16-24


My recent rebuilding of bulltown required a fair amount of troubleshooting related to webmentions.

After spending hours researching, changing, and testing over and over again, I discovered a tool made by Aaron Parecki - you know, the guy behind Webmention.io and Telegraph - a key player in the IndieWeb community.

The tool saved me hours and gave me a fresh start on optimizing webmentions on bulltown as well as two other webthings. If you code your own website and use webmentions, you might find it useful too:

PHP Microformats Parser

Thanks Aaron!

On one hand, you could learn to make cool browser games...


…on the other, you could have fun with the demo (like I did).


an open source HTML5 game engine that empowers developers and designers to focus on content. The framework provides a comprehensive collection of components and support for a number of third-party tools. Giving you a powerful combination that can be used wholesale or piecemeal.


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