1. HWC was started in San Francisco by Tantek at the end of of 2013. I finally hosted the first Homebrew Website Club (HWC) at the Pivotal office in Santa Monica on Wednesday April 27th.

    Three of us were there:

    Chris and I already had #indieweb friendly websites, but Anthony did not. So after a quick round of intros and demos, I worked with Anthony as he walked through the Dark Matter deploy, setup, first (and second) posts, and POSSEing to Twitter.

    Homebrew Website Club at Pivotal in Santa Monica

    Homebrew Website Club at Pivotal in Santa Monica

    Homebrew Website Club at Pivotal in Santa Monica

    This was the first of hopefully many weekly HWCs in Santa Moncia.

    On Friday, I set my iPhone down. I walked away for a minute. Then I realized “oh shit my phone”. I ran back and it was gone.

    I grabbed Morgan’s phone and called my number. It rang several times then went to voicemail. I called three more times. Each time it went straight to voicemail.

    To me, that says the phone has been turned off. If the phone was turned off, it was stolen. The reason? My lock screen has a background image that says

    If found, please call. And ask for Morgan. Thanks!

    Stolen.

    I ran back to the van, grabbed my iPad, and opened “Find iPhone”. The app tells me the phone is offline. It’s been turned off by whoever has it.

    Stolen.

    The good news is:

    • I have a six digit lock code (1 million permutations)
    • My phone gets erased after 10 failed attempts to unlock it
    • All of my data is backed up / synced to the cloud and other devices
    • My Apple ID / iCloud password is required to unlock the phone, erase the phone or disable “Find My Phone”

    So, I wasn’t worried about data loss or privacy. I was just angry at the person for stealing my phone. Doubly angry knowing that they wouldn’t even be able to do anything with it. I thought it might even go the way of the stolen phone in China story.

    I put my phone into Lost Mode with Morgan’s phone number on the lock screen message.

    This phone is lost. Please call: (her phone number).

    And I set it to notify me next time it was turned and connected to the Internet.

    A few hours later that happened. I got the alert and looked at the map. The phone was over by The Do Lab stage inside of the festival.

    Two problems:

    • I only have staff wristbands, not a festival wristband. So I couldn’t actually go into the fest to try to find my phone.
    • I’m pretty sure that after they saw it was in Lost Mode, they turned it right back off.

    Stolen.

    Morgan and I ran around to eight different people at different stations and levels of security/authority. No one would take us to my phone or even into the festival.

    At this point, the location data I had was out of date and I couldn’t even get to it. An hour later, we called it quits.

    The next morning. I woke up, checked the time on my iPad (7:30a) and right then I got a notification that the phone was on again.

    This time it was in camping. And I had access to camping. I put on my shoes, grabbed a water, threw some supplies into my backpack, and hoofed it over to camping.

    The phone pin on the map never moved and never turned off. The location was incredibly precise. Within a few feet.

    I got to where my blue dot was right on top of the phone’s green dot.

    I pressed the “play sound” button. I heard nothing. Again. Nothing. Several times. Nothing.

    But the phone stayed on and didn’t move. So, I used my words.

    With a voice as loud and booming as I could muster, I announced:

    Good morning, campers! Someone over here has my stolen iPhone. I want it back right fucking now. Find My Phone says that I’m on top of it. None of you are getting anymore sleep until I get my phone back.

    Meanwhile, I was tapping the Play Sound button, but couldn’t hear anything yet.

    No security had been called yet. No police. No one’s getting kicked out of the festival yet. Just give me my phone back.

    Pingpingpingping.

    Pingpingpingping.

    PINGPINGPINGPING.

    Oh hey. Is this your phone, man?

    Some half asleep 20 something kid unzipped his tent and hands me my phone. He claimed that he found it. And didn’t turn it off. When I asked why he didn’t call the number on the lock screen, he stammered then changed his story to “my friend who’s still asleep found it”.

    Stolen.

    I yelled at him real good, thanked the other campers for their understanding and then left. Phone in pocket.

    Not a bad way to start my day.


    This story was the result of a couple human actions. Me misplacing my phone for a minute and him stealing my phone. But there were no human solutions to the problem.

    Everyone that could’ve helped me wouldn’t. Someone actually told me to file a police report online. I told her that A) cops do fuck all about stolen phones. And 2) it’ll be weeks, days or at very best hours before the cops even see the report, let alone do anything about it. Meanwhile, I knew where my phone was. I just wasn’t allowed to go to there.

    The event security was completely useless. In fact, there were two security companies working the event, one for inside and one for out. “Mumble mumble jurisdiction. Can’t help.”

    The only solution to the problem was a technical one. Were it not for a strong(er) lock code, the setting to erase after 10 failed attempts, Find My Phone, and owning another device that also had cellular data (iPad mini), I would’ve never seen my phone again.

    Once again, the law and law enforcement is lagging behind the technology of both criminals and victims. And also once again, authority and bureaucracy was not only not helpful but was actively in the way.

    Score another for DIY ethics and self determination.


    Now that I’ve gone through this process, there some features that I’d like to have built into iOS / Find My Phone.

    • I have an Apple Watch paired with my phone and that watch almost never leaves my wrist. If my watch looses Bluetooth range with my phone, buzz and beep like all hell to alert me that I’ve left my phone behind. (Except if it’s on a charger.)
    • Take a photo (or continuous photos, hell maybe even video) with both cameras and upload them to some place in iCloud and/or email them to an alternate email address. (So the thief doesn’t see that they’ve been photographed.)
    • A setting to require my passcode to power off my phone. It would be slightly inconvenient for me on the very rare occasion that I turn my phone off. But it would’ve completely prevented the thief from hiding my phone from the Find My Phone map.

    I recently posted about how I didn’t really know The Beatles that well. I knew some popular songs here and there but never really got into them. I never had a Beatles phase as a kid. So, I decided to listen to their discography in chronological order. (Just The Beatles proper, not the post-Beatles solo projects.)

    I’ve now listened to all1 of The Beatles records2. I clicked the little heart icon in iTunes on each song that I liked. This is the list of my picks. I only listened to each record once. Obviously, I already knew of some songs. Though, not all of those made the list (eg, Yellow Submarine). The list is sorted by the album’s release year.

    These are just the ones the I like, not some measure of bestness or historical significance or technical ability or whatever. Please don’t email me about how wrong I am.

    1. I Saw Her Standing There : Please Please Me
    2. Boys : Please Please Me
    3. Please Please Me : Please Please Me
    4. Love Me Do : Please Please Me
    5. Twist And Shout : Please Please Me
    6. Please Mister Postman : With The Beatles
    7. Rock And Roll Music : Beatles For Sale
    8. A Hard Day’s Night : A Hard Day’s Night
    9. Can’t Buy Me Love : A Hard Day’s Night
    10. Help! : Help!
    11. The Night Before : Help!
    12. Drive My Car : Rubber Soul
    13. Good Day Sunshine : Revolver
    14. And Your Bird Can Sing : Revolver
    15. With A Little Help From My Friends : Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
    16. Back In The U.S.S.R. : The Beatles (White Album) [Disc 1]
    17. Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da : The Beatles (White Album) [Disc 1]
    18. Blackbird : The Beatles (White Album) [Disc 1]
    19. Birthday : The Beatles (White Album) [Disc 2]
    20. Come Together : Abbey Road
    21. Let It Be : Let It Be
    22. Get Back : Let It Be
    23. From Me To You : Past Masters Volume One
    24. She Loves You : Past Masters Volume One
    25. I Want To Hold Your Hand : Past Masters Volume One
    26. Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand : Past Masters Volume One
    27. Sie Liebt Dich : Past Masters Volume One
    28. I Call Your Name : Past Masters Volume One
    29. Slow Down : Past Masters Volume One
    30. Matchbox : Past Masters Volume One
    31. I Feel Fine : Past Masters Volume One
    32. She’s A Woman : Past Masters Volume One
    33. Bad Boy : Past Masters Volume One
    34. I’m Down : Past Masters Volume One
    35. Revolution : Past Masters Volume Two
    36. Don’t Let Me Down : Past Masters Volume Two
    37. The Ballad Of John And Yoko : Past Masters Volume Two
    38. Old Brown Shoe : Past Masters Volume Two

    1. for some values of “all” 

      1. Please Please Me
      2. With The Beatles
      3. Beatles For Sale
      4. A Hard Day’s Night
      5. Help!
      6. Rubber Soul
      7. Revolver
      8. Magical Mystery Tour
      9. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
      10. The Beatles (White Album) [Disc 1]
      11. The Beatles (White Album) [Disc 2]
      12. Abbey Road
      13. Yellow Submarine
      14. Let It Be
      15. Past Masters, Volume One
      16. Past Masters, Volume Two

    Previously on IndieWebCamp Logo Redesign

    I’ve been in the process of redesigning the IndieWebCamp logo. The last round of iterations ended with this version which had an admittedly not the best C in the logomark.

    No new attention has been paid to the logotype. Ignore that for now.

    Iterations of Rounded C Knockout

    Based on suggestions from the #IndieWebCamp IRC channel, I worked on rounding off the knockout in the C.

    Original version with rectangle and square corners knockout

    Iteration with rectangle and rounded corners knockout

    Iteration with pill shape knockout

    Iteration with taller pill shape knockout

    Iteration with longer pill shape knockout

    I felt like this read more like a C. It’s pretty fun, kind of looks like a racecar drive / astronaut helmet. And it’s pretty evenly balanced within itself and within the whole logomark. So at this point, I made the one color and three color versions.

    Tennis ball iterations

    Tennis ball iterations

    Tennis ball iterations

    But after a while, it started feeling like a tennis ball. I got some more feedback from the #IndieWebCamp IRC channel which led me down the path of using just a single cut for the knock out.

    Iterations of Thin C Knockout

    Here are four slightly different variations of the same idea. Rounded vs square. Half vs three quarters width.

    Iterations with single cut knockout

    Iterations with single cut knockout

    Iterations with single cut knockout

    Iterations with single cut knockout

    The third one resonated best with the group. I like it too. So, I made the outlines and three color version as well.

    Final IndieWebCamp Logomark Redesign With Thin C Knockout

    Final (?) proposed IndieWebCamp logomark redesign

    Final (?) proposed IndieWebCamp logomark redesign

    Final (?) proposed IndieWebCamp logomark redesign

    If these versions are well accepted by the group, the next step is really nail down the logotype. Which is currently fine, but not that great.

    Again, direct any converation about this over to the IndieWebCamp wiki’s /logo page.