About Me & This Site

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Hi, I’m Jason. Welcome to Uncut Kibitzing, my personal E/N microblog. If you don’t know much about me, I have an “official” About page on my main site at jasonshew.ca. You may start from there. A roundup of my updates in real time is on the home page.

Wondering what I’ve been up to recently? You should read my Now page.

Looking to connect? If shooting an email (regular or encrypted) or iMessage is your thing, my Contact Card is at shew.cc. If you intend to show your support or send a gratuity for something you find useful or interesting, you can do so by one of the means listed on that page. Support in any form would be appreciated. My social media handles are listed at shew.cc/links.

Curious to know how this website is built and what hardware, software, and services I’m currently using? See Colophon.

Now let me introduce myself and this site in more detail:

Me in a Few Words

๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ chunky bloke in The North
โ™ˆ๏ธ๐Ÿ”  Aries Asian Bearded Chubby Dude
๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€โšง๏ธ #loveislove #translivesmatter
โ“‚๏ธ๐Ÿ†‘ believer in monogamy & committed love
๐ŸŽต๐Ÿถ music buff & would-be dog dad
๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿน taco lover & cocktail nut
๐Ÿ˜ถ5๏ธโƒฃ INTP-T 5w4

Netizenship

I became a digital citizen in as early as 1999. The first websites I frequented were Yahoo! and AOL. Apart from the Web, I came into contact with Email, IM, and Telnet in that year.

I started to build my first home page in 1999 using Microsoft FrontPage and later Macromedia Dreamweaver (a demo site: www.jasonshew.com) and my first personal website proper in 2006, hence the time span shown in the footer. Over the past 10+ years I hopped from one blog to another, but these sites came along by the same token: serving as a repository for my personal digital content.

Musicianship

I learned to sing and play the keyboard from childhood to early adulthood. In 2001, I came into contact with FruityLoops 3, and it was an eye-opening experience. Since then I’ve been a self-taught DAW user and amateur singer-songwriter. I wrote my first song in 1999 and produced my first digital EP in 2005, all tracks being primitive, coarse, and lacking in texture. I wrote and recorded most of my works during and shortly after my college years. I’ve also collaborated with a few indie artists as a pop arranger. I went into an indefinite hiatus in 2013 because of my day job as an instructor and administrative manager, despite a few singles released between 2014 and 2017. As such, I took down almost all my stuff from the Internet. At this point I’m planning to rebrand my previous music project and add new materials to it โ€“ of course I’ll get to do it only when I’m not otherwise occupied.

Inclusivity

flags for the LGBT, bisexual, aromantic and bear communities
An LGBT rights and body positivity advocate, I identify as a cisgender aromantic bisexual male and member of the bear community. Friends also call me J Bear as a term of endearment based on my first initial and middle name, which happens to reflect my physique and identity. If you identify as an LGBT person or a straight ally, visit my LGBT-themed microsite at BEAR.OMG.LOL to learn more about my sexuality. It’s like yet another “About” page of mine with curated content for LGBT audiences, and you’re supposed to be an adult 21+ to enter.

My main site is at jasonshew.ca. For important links, please see this page: shew.cc/links.

About This Site

Uncut Kibitzing is an all-in-one E/N moblog (mobile weblog, or microblog-style website) encompassing my status updates and blog posts. Despite the .uk TLD, neither the site nor I am associated with the United Kingdom. The “uk” here just stands for Uncut Kibitzing. I did use two .ca domain names for this site, but later I decided to drop them for a few reasons.

This site is run for personal rather than media or professional purposes, and all the opinions you read on this site do not reflect the views of anyone else. It is my personal journal in this immense digital world. That said, it still embraces visitors from all over the world and thus has a very intuitive design.

Three basic principles:
(1) absolute autonomy in determining boundaries of free speech expressions, i.e. decided denial of unsolicited censorship imposed by any authority;
(2) little to no expectation of social media engagement (through comments, shares, and likes, for example), no link exchanges, but utter openness to people from all walks of life who are fond of deeper levels of connections;
(3) zero involvement in corporate sponsorship, zero monetization, and zero tracking, with the possible exception of a few affiliation links.

Orientation

On April 26, 2020, the navigation menu changed to plain text, which is much more legible than the previous graphic design. So you should have little difficulty navigating. But there are some tricks to better experience.

Shortcut

When the home page has fully loaded in Safari, press the share button and select Add to Home Screen, so that the site can become something of an app installed on your phone. The icon is very consistent with those of the apps you already have on your home screen. Of course, you can customize the name of the “app.” You may do so on an Android phone as well.

Jump to Top

You can always jump back to the top of a web page by clicking on the little maple leaf in the bottom right corner. Likewise, you can return to the home page by clicking on the site logo, which is on the top left.

Images

On the home page, images are resized to keep the front-page snappy. If you want to view larger images, click on the timestamp of a post. For original sizes, right-click on an image, copy the image address, and just keep the middle part of the URL (i.e., v.shew.uk/img/*.jpg). For example, if you get an image address like https://i0.wp.com/v.shew.uk/img/2Xai.jpg?ssl=1, trim it to v.shew.uk/img/2Xai.jpg (case-sensitive), which is the link to the original image. Almost all the images on this site are watermarked as copyright content unless otherwise noted. If you need a watermark-free version, feel free to reach out.

Search

A simple search bar is located at the bottom of every page. You can type in specific keywords (with all unnecessary spaces trimmed away) and press Enter to get search results. If you want to get to posts published in a specific year (YYYY) or month (YYYY/MM) or even on a specific day (YYYY/MM/DD), type in shew.uk/date/YYYY (/MM) (/DD) in the address bar. For example, all posts published in April 2021 are archived at shew.uk/date/2021/04. Good luck with your search!

Comments

Since March 2019, comments have been allowed on this site. You cannot see any comment or a reply button on the home page. However, you can click on the date / timestamp — which is in grayer and smaller print — showing above any post or below the title of a post. When that clickthrough guides you to an individual page, the comment field can be seen right below the post. Put your two cents in anytime! If you wish to follow updates on your own comments and/or to get notified of future new posts, choose Notify me of follow-up comments by email and/or Notify me of new posts by email before you click on that Post Comment button. If you find all the comments (even including your own) gone, they may have been archived to keep the pages clean and tidy.

Webmentions

Since March 2019, Webmentions have been allowed on this site. If you’re very web-savvy, try sending a Webmention โ€“ simply reply to any of my post on your own site or mention me in one of your posts, then copy and paste the link to your post into the box below the comment field, and finally click the  PING ME!  button.

Dark Mode (Night Mode)

Since June 24, 2020, Dark Mode (Night Mode) has been enabled on this site. You can switch it on or off using the little toggle beside the site menu.

Feeds

This site allows you to subscribe to RSS and JSON feeds. Also, you can follow this website through WordPress.com or by selecting Notify me of new posts by email in the comment area of any post.

Creative Commons LicenseAll graphic, audio, and video materials as well as text on this site were created and/or edited by Jason Shew, except where otherwise noted. All original content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ PROUDLY MADE IN ONTARIO, CANADA