I'm Alex Kearney, a PhD student studying Computer Science at the University of Alberta. I focus on Artificial Intelligence and Epistemology.


It's happened, I've turned into a robot. Or, rhiaro was nice and gave me a tele-presence so I could pretend to be in Edinburgh.

Things I did:

  • Added linear navigation
  • Did some refactoring
  • Added a reply-counter on my stream
  • Added a mention-counter on my stream
  • Broke self-webmentioning...
  • Forgot I was still on-camera when I started a lab discussion on Asimov.

I hope we have more HWC when I'm back in Edinburgh for the winter...


I added a nice little counter at the corner of each post on my stream.

It gives a heads-up as to how many people have responded and whether or not it's in response to another post.


Woo, I now have linear navigation. In other words, the older posts button now actually displays older posts!


Okay, I didn't realize how messed up my microformating is.

Tomorrow I'm going to:

  1. go through and make sure that my site is properly microformatted
  2. try to improve readability
  3. do linear navigation

I guess I have things to do for the EDI HWC


I'm a bit stumped right now, I'm trying to figure out what to work on next for my site.

I've got:

  • A micropub endpoint for Own Your Gram and Quill
  • In-reply-to
  • Webmentions

I guess cleaning up my ui and working on refactoring would be the responsible thing to do...


An interesting take on changes in the way we use the web by an Irani-canadian after being imprisoned for several years.

Some networks, like Twitter, treat hyperlinks a little better. Others, insecure social services, are far more paranoid. Instagram — owned by Facebook — doesn’t allow its audiences to leave whatsoever. You can put up a web address alongside your photos, but it won’t go anywhere. Lots of people start their daily online routine in these cul de sacs of social media, and their journeys end there. Many don’t even realize that they’re using the Internet’s infrastructure when they like an Instagram photograph or leave a comment on a friend’s Facebook video. It’s just an app.

This aptly describes a lot of the issues I've had with using-social media. Specifically, it mentions how walled-off instagram is.

His blog is now here


I've just moved to a public repository so that I can share my project with a couple of other. The project's pretty rough around the edges, but I'm pleased with the way everything's flowing now.

especiallly given how hacked together this is

I've now got support for:

  • micropubbing
  • webmentions
  • in-reply-to
  • albums (albiet in a hacked together way)

But, I need to add testing. That, and there are a lot of little things that would make the project overall nicer. For instance, simply displaying the link if we can't find any indieweb formatting on an in-reply-to page.

Also, I'm running critically low on storage space on my server. I'll need to start working on some self-image-hosting soon. That would also enable me to throw some albums up.

That being said I'm going to take a little dev sabbatical for now.


Woo, just added geolocation.