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So, New-ish blog!

by on Aug.08, 2010, under Admin

So, for a long time (almost 10 years, in fact O_o), I’ve had a LiveJournal account.  Eventually, however, I realized that I didn’t quite have complete control over that account; LiveJournal could cancel it, for example.  Not only that, but I had actually set up a couple of other blogs on my own.

So, eventually the thought occurred to me—Why not make a personal blog that was completely under my control?  (All right, Dreamhost could still cancel my account, but I’ve already trusted them with a lot more than just one blog…)

So, I’ll probably leave the LiveJournal account up, just in case anyone linked to any of my entries.  However, I’ve imported all the LJ entries into this blog.  (I don’t know if there are any entries missed or strange formatting quirks; I’ll have to look through and see.  Also, many of the entries aren’t tagged…)

So, enjoy this new blog!

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Feed Me

by on Jun.02, 2008, under Uncategorized

So, recently I’ve been learning about RSS feeds. The basic idea of an RSS feed is that you have information that comes in small doses on a continuous basis. Like news updates…or blog entries.

RSS feeds are pretty easy to make. With the help of the W3C Feed Validator, I was able to code a small PHP script to create them. (If someone asks, I might be willing to share it, even though I’m sure other people have already done similar things.)

The really interesting thing about feeds is that they represent the idea of people pulling in information from different sources, sorting it, remixing it and finally re-presenting it in another form. A sort of web-bricolage.

LiveJournal itself allows you to denote feeds as part of your “friends page”. In fact, the entire “friends page” is itself an RSS aggregator, since LiveJournals may also be presented as RSS feeds. This brings me, however, to a gripe I have with LiveJournal. Why do I have to denote journals as “friends”? Why can’t I use LJ as a feed reader without all that social networking baggage? This is why I use Google Reader as my feed aggregator.

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