Author Archives: Parker Higgins

New Rossword puzzle

Sorry I Haven’t Posted for a while! I do of course intend to return to the blog, yadda yadda, lots of updates to share. One quick thing that merits an update today is that I’ve co-constructed a crossword puzzle with Ross Trudeau over at Rossword Puzzles. Go check it out. Ross is a mentor to […]

1923 zine and website launch

Towards the beginning of this year I ran a Kickstarter campaign for a monthly zine of archival material from the year 1923. That year has some copyright and public domain significance. For twenty years following the 1998 Copyright Term Extension Act, 1922 was the most recent publication year for which a given work could be […]

Introducing: cursewords, a crossword puzzle solving interface for the terminal

I’m releasing new software today for solving crossword puzzles in the terminal. cursewords is a small Python program to open, navigate, and solve puzzles stored as .puz files. If you’re a Mac or Linux user, you can install it today by running pip3 install –user cursewords in your terminal, and then use the cursewords command […]

Shutting down @LinkArchiver, the Twitter link backup bot

After a little over a year of service, @LinkArchiver, the Twitter bot that automatically made Internet Archive backups of the links you tweeted, has archived its last link. In that time it archived somewhere around 7.2 million links total from about 9,000 users.1“Quote tweets” are treated like links to tweets, and constituted about a third […]

Twitter should allow users to “hide” old tweets: my correct opinion

Twitter should allow users to “hide” old tweets so that they are only visible to that user, and selectively “un-hide” individual tweets from that collection so that they once again become available at their original URL, in quote tweets and threads, and in sites where they are embedded around the web. The need for a […]