El Malei Rachamim, (God of compassion), is a prayer recited during Jewish funerals, as well as on occasions of remembrance of the deceased: Memorial Day both in the US and Israel, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and the anniversary of the death of a loved one. There isn’t a version specific to US Memorial Day, but it’s suitable for today in its traditional form. It’s also customary to light a twenty-four hour memorial candle and to give charity on behalf of the deceased. I hope all of you have had a meaningful Memorial Day, and here is the translation of the prayer for both men and women, as well as a chanted version. The chanted version is by the IDF cantor, Shai Abramson.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXVxMCPbDAM

English translation for a man: “O G?d, full of compassion, Who dwells on high, grant true rest upon the wings of the Shechinah (Divine Presence), in the exalted spheres of the holy and pure, who shine as the resplendence of the firmament, to the soul of
(mention his Hebrew name and that of his father)
who has gone to his [supernal] world, for charity has been donated in remembrance of his soul; may his place of rest be in Gan Eden. Therefore, may the All-Merciful One shelter him with the cover of His wings forever, and bind his soul in the bond of life. The Lord is his heritage; may he rest in his resting-place in peace; and let us say: Amen.”
For a woman: “O G?d, full of compassion, Who dwells on high, grant true rest upon the wings of the Shechinah (Divine Presence), in the exalted spheres of the holy and pure, who shine as the resplendence of the firmament, to the soul of
(mention her Hebrew name and that of her father)
who has gone to her [supernal] world, for charity has been donated in remembrance of her soul; may her place of rest be in Gan Eden. Therefore, may the All-Merciful One shelter her with the cover of His wings forever, and bind her soul in the bond of life. The Lord is her heritage; may she rest in her resting-place in peace; and let us say: Amen.”

I’m done with syndication. Let’s help people be themselves on the web. by Ben WerdmüllerBen Werdmüller (Ben Werdmüller)
The IndieWeb has long promoted the idea of POSSE: Publish on your Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere. In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, lots of platforms are re-evaluating their API policies. This is kind of rearranging the deck chairs on the privacy Titanic, because the problem was that all this data was collected in one place, not that there was an API that allowed third party apps to publish on a user’s behalf. (To be fair, the publish API possibly enabled algorithmic propaganda / marketing campaigns to operate more efficiently.) Still, here we are. I think this is a good opportunity to reconsider how the independent social web thinks of itself. I’ve long stopped syndicating posts to Twitter, and instead just post there directly. But I do try and post anything of substance on my blog.
Speaking as a citizen of the indieweb and not one of its architects, it seems to me that POSSE is so heavily promoted because platforms like Twitter and Facebook are more often than not the only significant exposure most people have to the web, and therefore in order to help most people transition from those closed platforms to the open web, there’s some weaning that has to happen. POSSE is, I think, that weaning process. Of course the hope is that all of us will eventually go full indieweb, and I think those of us who are indieweb evangelists need to come up with a method of helping people easily transition. With regard to posting on social media, I think we also have a situation where we’ve been trained not to value our content unless that content serves some sort of business or self-promotional purpose, and we’ve also been trained to believe that short content has no value because it doesn’t have a title and it’s not thousands of well-thought-out words. As a consequence, the content we post to social media is seen as throw-away content, and who cares if the content is scraped for marketing or manipulation purposes, and if we care at all about whether or not our content is used without our explicit consent, we hope that it’s someone we like doing the scraping and only object when it’s someone we don’t like doing the scraping and analyzing. So we need to find a way to communicate that content, even short content or content with no words at all, is valuable to the individual simply because the individual took the time to create it. Not sure how we do that.

For the most part, my reposts happen on the closed platforms directly, simply because it’s easier to retweet from a Twitter client or share from the Facebook mobile site than it is to repost and syndicate from my own site. Facebook, for example, doesn’t support reposts, so if you want to share someone’s post you came across on that network, you’re forced to do so from within Facebook. Twitter is a bit more permissive I think, but those days are numbered.

To add to all this, for me, social media, (with the exception of Mastodon and Micro.blog), has, to put it charitably, lost its luster. It’s become a chore, both personally and professionally, and the bad has finally gotten to the point where it outweighs the good for me. On a professional level, publishing criteria are getting so strict that publishing content, (especially when you’re scheduling it so as to not spend all your time staring at a social media client), has become fairly difficult, both because of the publishing rules themselves and because of the inaccessibility of scheduling services and their apps. This is most of the reason why I’m pulling the trigger and going full indieweb later this month. How the closed platforms treat their third-party developers also has some influence on my decision to pull the trigger.


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Current temperature: 87F/30.6C. Forecasted high of 91F/32.8C and low of 77F/25C. Air conditioner still not fixed. If it’s not fixed by the end of today I’m commandeering someone’s fucking office space tomorrow. This is so much bullshit and I’m tired of it and I’m tired of having to go back and forth only to be fed a line of shit and given the option to sleep over in the other building when the actual fucking problem is I need to work during the heat of the day in this apartment. Sorry for those who care about the swearing but I have had enough.
Another thought: Why should I beg services like Twitter and Facebook for a higher character limit when I can just say screw all that and rely on the character limit set by my own website? Twitter: 280. Facebook: 63,206. WordPress: You’ll run out of useable memory before max character length becomes an issue, but in raw numbers it’s 4,294,967,295. WordPress definitely wins.