Bright gas and dark dust permeate the space between
stars in the center of a nebula known as
NGC 6559. The gas, primarily
hydrogen, is responsible for the diffuse red glow of the
emission nebula. As energetic light from neighboring stars ionizes
protons and electrons recombine to emit
light of very
specific colors, including the
red hue observed. Small dust particles
reflect blue starlight efficiently and so creates the blue
seen near two of the bright stars. Dust also absorbs visible light, causing the
dark clouds and
filaments visible. NGC 6559 lies about 5000 light-years away toward the constellation of Sagittarius."
Imagine if we lived much closer to this, and we saw this view when we looked up at night (assuming there was no light pollution). I'd be quite sure, that either we'd be completely nuts about gods, or we'd be flying about in space ships by now.
Still, I can't grab any old frame from an .avi as I can with an .mpg. I have to settle for the first frame from my .avi
But, as I do with my jpgs, I simply drop the avi into a folder called 200 or 300 and that number denotes the size of the thumbnail. I do have to watch the file size, as some of these .avi are quite big, 4meg plus, for two reasons: to ensure that the whole file gets up loaded, and my bandwidth — don't want search engines or other bots coming and sucking up all these large files, like, everyday... I'll have to keep an eye out for that.
There's a few more refinements to do, like illustrate the .avi's file size, and write something on the jpg'd thumbnail to say it's an avi file...
I need a more contemporaneous method of blogging. A good camera, with a
good keyboard and inbuilt connection to my mobile internet network.
Sure, then I'd need a Photoshop-like red eye fixer, crop, adjust balance and so on, spell
checker, search past entries... Lot's of nick nack functions.
But a nice camera, good keyboard, Radio Userland, Photoshop, and a browser with a decent screen, and I'd ditch my PC.
I need something that I can snatch 10 minutes with a pint of best, to blog up some pix of the kids as they climb slides, and balance on obstacle courses. Current mobile phones with cameras, are max'd at 1 megapixels. Don't know yet, about the quality of video, but, surely that would be a shortcut or a do-a-way-with for a qwerty keyboard? Thus, I could video comments rather than write them up, add in a txt msg/description 4 the video, and open a window (in Radio on the home PC) containing an outline of all such txt msgs at home for me to touch up later.
Sounds about right? Anybody think of another way to blog kids when one's out and about?
Sucking sweets at the cinema. We had so many left, that they lasted me the week. (I hid them from the kids when we got home.)
If that were a bottle of beer... The seats are so big for Bradley. He dropped his bottle of juice, and it rolled all the way to the front.
This weekend, after swimming, we go to Bradley's nursery for a fair. We won on the raffle too. Some character chalks for Brad, and a pencil set for Esme. They wouldn't go into the fire engine, but that's quite usual.
We also went to a pub for Dinner Friday evening. Lovely food. And I never say that, like ever! I had medium rare steak in a red wine sauce, with a dollop of pate on top, and mushrooms. The current landlord has only been there three weeks, so was very pleased with my comments, and that Manda took Es and Brad with Alex and Francis along again today.
They only reason they look so unhappy is that we have to go. They want to stay. There's a slide, swings and an obstacle course at this pub on Long Lane near Wrockwardine.
more, NTT DoCoMo (we’re beginning to
think they should be called DroolSoMo) will be releasing a phone to
the Japanese market which makes us half consider dropping our American
citizenship—this one holds the record as being the smallest
Internet-enabled cell phone in the world (probably for like, 15
minutes). The Premini is 9cm by 4cm by 2cm, which is almost exactly
like talking into a short stack of credit cards. And for once a
manufacturer actually took into account the size of the keys in
proportion to the human finger, and addressed the ergonomics issue
with a tactile feedback model they call Slopekey. And what’s more, they
must have read our earlier
post, and gave us
all a print-your-own paper
of the thing! Could it get any better?"
<span class="captions"> would become:
Easy enough, using boilerplates. But, some of my stylesheets use different sizes and positions, depending on how the viewer wants to read them (see pick a style sheet that suits you at the top of this page), different screen resolutions are an example. So, I'd be constraining myself in my HTML version for the RSS version. Unless I used the RSS callbacks to replace the HTML linked stylesheets with the explicit versions for RSS.
But, then I'd have the RSS purists after my ass. They don't want any formatting. Just plain info. Some don't even want pictures. And some RSS readers, I believe, cannot even see HTML let alone render it correctly.
What would I say to them? Screw you! You don't like my feed, bugger off, and unsubscribe! Or I could make another feed that's just text...
Anyway, what would be cool, is to have several post buttons. One for the old behaviour one for my new. And more importantly perhaps, one so that it creates a link blog type post which would use a different and minimal #itemTemplate (perhaps just a purple #). These could even be auto posted—I hit the post button, and that's what happens, with no further editing from me. (Though I could take this much further and get Radio to fetch the article, stick it into a page with the other items I'm intending to read, and perhaps even print it out?) I could also have different types of link blogs, (actually categories in Radio's parlance), and icons for them too.
I already have two different blog icons in my news2email process.
Aggressive marketing? That's a new term to me. "Spam is here to stay. If you look under the hood, everyone is doing deals that are related to spammers."
hope the cluetrainers will one day put a bullet in these heads. Think
of the wasted money that we, as consumers, pay. Are we really so
gullible? Do we really buy pills to increase our willies?
"50% of my advertising works, I just don't know which 50%." I think it's much lower than 50% these days.
" South Korean government bans Kim Sun-Il execution video. Activates government emergency internet monitoring system. Orders web sites and ISPs to comply. "Web sites that fail to follow through the instructions will be subject to shut-down or police investigation".
Several South Korean web sites have already been shut down, while other sites, such as Yahoo! Korea, are assisting the government by blocking and censoring their user's email. Meanwhile, a general strike, massive antiwar protests, and a refusal by airline unions may prevent the deployment and supply of 3,000 South Korean soldiers to Iraq, as well as the rule of the current South Korean government.
Numerous U.S. websites are being blocked, and one of the sites, Ogrish.com, is under attack from hackers for carrying the execution video. (warning: tragic and traumatic. Windows Media.)"
There's some awful videos at Ogrish. Saddam hench men cutting tongues out, fingers off. Decapitations. I wish I hadn't gone there. I really wish I wasn't such a sicko rubber necker. Those videos are going to have flashback qualities for days to come. I really could do without that.
Been hanging around suprnova.org
yesterday, downloading a gig anf a half of music in the background. All
of my other torrent sites have gone since I was last there, probably a
month or two. So, how come the largest suprnova is still alive. Surely,
it's under a tonne of pressure?
Remember to use some protection while you're out there. Otherwise, you'll have Sony or RIAA looking down your ports.
The BBC is in talks about launching a 24-hour news channel broadcasting in Arabic across the UK, Europe and the Arab world.
Funded by the UK Gov.
The BBC ran an Arabic channel in the mid-1990s, which was funded by Orbit Communications, an arm of the Saudi Arabian royal family.
It broadcast for eight hours a day between June 1994 and April 1996, and was closed down when Orbit withdrew its support over editorial disagreements.
Many of the channel's journalists were employed by al-Jazeera when it launched soon afterwards.
Educate, educate, educate! It doesn't matter if there's to be a problem with credibility or bias. Just better to fill the vacuum with something!
"Last week's murder of a US engineer turns the trickle of westerners quitting the kingdom into a flood."
Wouldn't you? I certainly would be on the first plane. If you've ever read about the very strange world that is Saudi, you'd know the country's about to fall apart.
"Travel: Undercover police operation exposes a group of up to 100 tourists, including Britons, conducting a mass orgy aboard a cruise ship off the island."
So, who will win? The writers of network apps, like eBay, or the writers of rich client apps? Certainly both can win, after all there's so many computers out there mostly connected, mostly very powerful.
Why did Microsoft stall on MSIE? For the very reason they couldn't sell more OSs — who needs an OS when they're on the web?
Not that I fancy taking on Microsoft, but surely they're missing something here?
And there's Nokia investing in Mozila.
Was Russel Beattie right when he says that the US are ignoring the mobile phone as a platform?
"There are lessons here for manufacturers concentrating on making phones as smart and function-filled as possible.
These include increasing the amount of space for storing texts, giving more indication of where calls are coming from and a better way of ordering all the information people are increasingly storing on phones."
And from the RSS-Dev group Julian Bond asks, "Digital cameras use a different scheme don't they?
I have this dream that cellphone cameras will automatically embed geo lat/long data and time into the pictures they take before posting them onwards. It would be good if this was standardised early. If it hasn't already been done."
(via Andrew NewMan)
More grist for the RSS 1.0 boys.
You are bidding on a one of a kind hand set that has bee modified to house a bluetooth headset. It works fine and you'll get loads of looks! there is an access hole to charge and operation is via a single rocker at the base (see picture) this enables volume up and down for the ear piece aswell as for the ringer volume. I will include the manual for operation." More here.
Nice bit of test marketing for a possible mass produced market?
daughter spends much of her workday at the computer, but has no
interest in blogging. Her hobby is scrapbooking, a hobby that now supports a $2.5 billion industry.
must be a combination of the electronic and the real in there
somewhere. I'd certainly like to find it. My daughter's only 5 and ¾
so much of her 'journals' consist of scraps of paper, glued to toilet
rolls, with glitter placed inside shoeboxes. At least this is this
"List of sites hosted on this server"
I've been nosing around this site of 3,000+ Manila weblogs. Seems there's been much fuss about nothing. To me 90% are long dead. Many never went past the "It Worked" page — the first page that's seen when the site is created. Many more never went further than the year 2000. Only 4 or so of the 50 or so that I looked at were still alive, and out of them 3 were annoncements that the owners or community had moved to blogspot or liveJournal due mainly to the outage.
Dave Winer says that 40 or so had posted their URL to reclaim their site. So, I wonder how many are actually wanting to pay? Somewhere between 300 - 30 will be viable, of which 10% will want to pay = 30 - 3 Of which 10% would move their Manila site. So, tops, I reckon, 3 - 0.3 will move hosters.
There's four other hosters: ideaForest.net, editThisPage, Weblogger, and me.
Not, a big businesses. Hence, a lot of fuss about nothing.
As a server owner, who has deleted abandoned blogs, who sometimes sits up all night fixing bugs, who knows the 24/7/365 worries of maintaining a server, I sympathise with Dave Winer's need to not have the stress. As a user of his tools, and sometimes early adopter of his inventions I admire him. I'm not a minion, however, I have picked fights over some blind alleys he's lead me up, while I really wanted to stop and fix bugs.
As a community owner (I know I don't own people, but I own the servers) I understand the pressures that can be put on one from jerks, who have no right to stick their oar in, moreover, to threaten or abuse. And it is true, I did once receive a death threat by email — a casual, overstated angry comment probably, but it had a major effect on me.
If you ran a server, and you failed at a major task, there would be no warning of a lights out.
If you listened to Dave's mp3s, you would have heard the sorrow in his voice.
If I were Userland I would have commented, but for sure, I'd also be thinking of keeping out of it.
Nothing of import.
But, what I saw in those comments on Dave's site requesting the URLs of sites that wanted to be 'saved' (these have now disappeared) was shocking, mindless, vicious abuse of Dave. It reminded me of the children in IRC rooms who send screaming messages that block out everybody else. It was appalling. Frightening, that someone, who I've watched for so long could attract such vitriol.
I wrote about it. I was worried that I too could be put under such stress. When you do things for free, people get real angry with you. Raise your head up too high, and the tall poppy choppers come for you (but also on the internet they come for your children, with axes and knives). The internet it seemed could attract madness like a lightening pole, and that's what I want to stop, I believe all good people would want to stop.
I've seen it before in newsgoups in Usenet. A person I knew, though he put up a brave fight, and though, yes, he was a trolling nerd, called in the police and moved his real address, such was the threats and anger.
So, I volunteered to chip in, something has to be done about this I thought. This sort of abuse cannot be ignored. Good people have to stand up and say they are disgusted, appalled. Dave Winer named three names, only one of which I could find easily at the time.
On any given day: writing, sleeping, blogging, mothering, obsessive, apathetic, passionate, angry, euphoric, suicidal, empathetic, pathetic, repetitious, original, sobbing, gafawing, dog walking, remembering, laundering, and avoiding creditors.
After reading her posts, I figured that Sessum was a she, and that was waaaay important to her arguments. After reading her self description I saw that she was indeed in therapy. "Well like most of the US," I thought. Her blog was thought out, considered, and though it's biased from a female perspective, even though weblogs.com's outage or shut down was nothing to do with sexism, there seems nothing violent. Lots of rage, or more correctly, anger directed at Dave. Was she a vitriolic poster in those comments?
...for women, many of us who have been told to ‘ask nicely’ when we want to be treated fairly and equitably... this act is all too familiar: the stronger holding that which is needed or wanted out of arm’s reach from the weaker.
But Sessum pointed to others, I guess for back up: fem2fem, as Dave: mano2mano. Still, I look for those crazies from the comments on Dave's site. Yet, all I find is well written feminist arguments about power relationships, which are easy to write, once you know the rules. Hell, I use the same, but from a working class down trodden male like me shaking his fist at the class system of England, same thing, different characters. Rehearse it often enough, it comes across as a seemingly powerful division. When you're a toff in private scoool you can be troubled by it; as when you're a man, hassled by oppressed 'hysterical women.' Obviously, you see it as their problem.
All this sexism role playing , in my opinion is off topic. It's the anonymous abusers in those comments on Dave's site I want to name, shame and ridicule. If anyone of these angry yet considered public bloggers would stand up and say, yes it was I, or it was this person, or those commentors were very, very wrong, then perhaps, I, and the rest of the blogosphere could move on, noting who condemns this behaviour and those that condone it.
It's out! Bit of blood, but out. My pretty little girl with a gorgeous smile, now has a gappy smile.
Much whooping, hooping and yaying. She says she doesn't want the fairies to have it, so I call Nanna and she says, "I think you wrote a letter to the faries, Stephen, to ask for it back." Good idea Nanna!
EditHere.Com offers Manila hosting, with a 180-day free trial, $35 per year after that.
After seeing this last night, I thought long and hard, about my pricing levels, as they are over double Thomas's.
Nah, my price is reasonable and fair. My service and suport levels are extremely
high. My additional features are exceptionally wicked. My up coming
features are drop dead gorgeous. My experience is long and deep in
Radio as well as Manila. It is, then, top line. And for that you get
what you pay for. I will however, do a special offer of 10% discount,
and offer 30 days free trial to ex weblogs.com sites. I'll write more
about this later.
Watching the highlights of Big Brother last night, what, crappy, but engaging TeeVee!
When he demanded they clean up the mess, Marco responded by performing a loud and camp jig in front of his face.
The burly Scot exploded and accused him of being “disrespectful”.
“How dare you intimidate me!” Marco squealed, to which Jason threatened: “You dance like that again and I’ll take your f****** head off.”
Man! That Marco would get up anybody's nose. And to have done a
nur-nur-nu-nur-nur, while dancing like that, I too, would have gone
nuts. That was provocative, just like Jason said. But he could have
been better humoured. Or, kept out of the way. Big Brother, because of
poor and dull viewer figures last year, have really put in an odd and
incendiary crew of people this year.
Thankfully, it all seems to have calmed down now. I hope they bring Emma back. I like her grittiness.
No 10 said it was not
claiming a direct link but a spokeswoman said: "The prime minister has
always said Saddam created a permissive environment for terrorism and
we know that the people affiliated to al-Qaida operated in Iraq during
And what now? Though there is no 'permission' to operate in Iraq, they certainly are, and very angrily too. For al-Qaida is it more or less powerful in Iraq after the invasion? Obviously the situation is much, much worse. Breeding more internal 'insurgents' and more who are looking to hit the head of the beast (US and UK).
IE is too old, too insecure, too slow, too behind in standards, too
inextensible. While Firefox, which I've been running now for over a
year in one form or another, is wicked, man. Fast, powerful, a pleasure
to use. If you're not running Firefox, and still in IE land, likely your IT manager at work says that's the way it is (so sorry ;-) or your a newbie to the net.
On that note, Thunderbird the email reader is pretty nice too. Though missing text search through a folder of messages.
[Update:] 02/07/04 Doh, Thunderbird has the BEST text searching, really fast, very configurable. Just not where I expected to see it: Tools menu ==> Search messages. Brilliant!
In the comments in Dave Winer's post re: weblogs.com he says:
"Groundrules: Personal comments, ad hominems, will be deleted. And no negotiating or whining."
Pity he hasn't deleted a lot of the abusive messages posted there. Because I'm having second thoughts about my offer:
- there's many, many more than thought, perhaps with high traffic, maybe loads of pictures or other server loads
- whilst some are thankful, others are downright abusive
- why the hell should I do something for free, when most of these people could afford to pay?
No, sorry, if you come here you'll need to pay our standard rate for Manila hosting and our relationship should be one of business, not charity:
£49.50 ($90.56) a year in one lump sum.
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Or, £4.13 ($7.56) a month for 12 months.
You should also buy a domain name off a reputable supplier like register.com, that's where I buy mine. You can then take charge of where that name points to, and even wildcard it so you can have more sites here like www.mysite.com, fred.mysite.com, apples.mysite.com and so on.
If you're serious about your weblogs.com site, then you should be serious about hosting it. A domain name of your own is vital!
Dave Winer popularized Netscape's RDF syndication format, which has since splintered into nine incompatible formats.
This is just troll bait.
I'm unsubscribing to the register. The news there has gone tabloid. Obliviously they're after traffic for ads. Wankers.
A long time ago, a weblog at http://heroes.editThisPage.com was thrown off--for too much traffic. Well, it was doing 30,000 to 60,000 hits a day! My mate ran the site and still to this day moans about being thrown off. I roll my eyes and tell him it was free! For about two years he had free hosting! Sheesh!
Dave Winer was helpful, downright damned helpful. We had plenty of warning, he even put a redirect in, that we never asked for.
Pretty quickly the site was up and serving. It was a natural home for him since I was already hosting the blogs that were a spin off from this site. Soon they'll be four years old.
So, I hereby offer the same for orphaned weblogs.com sites. I just hope that they too don't clock up 6,000 page builds an hour at peak times.
My own service manila site may give you a clue as to the service levels, and the extra features that are available, like thumbnails, spawning of further blogs under your domain name, your own inbuilt aggregator, enhanced surveys and a bunch of other bits and macros that aren't available anywhere else.
Advertising in feeds? Letmesee, who does that already?
Oh yes, real people talking to other real people. Like Scoble and Microsoft, Winer and RSS and numerous others who are their own brand.
If some real person who physically made chocolate bars built a weblog, and it was interesting enough, I'd subscribe. So long as it wasn't ALL about chocolate, I'd need to see their soul too.
Nike's blog is same old same old. No character nor personality — fake.
If NYTimes wanted adverts in feeds, get the manager of the ad sales dept to blog about: ads, selling space, wrong copy, sunny days...
If Nokia wanted to advertise in feeds, get the clam shell designer to blog about: other clam shells, dropping phones down toilets, tricks and tips, trout fishing, being told "if you don't stop smoking you'll die..."
Advertising is necessary for companies to tell prospects they exist. But, with TV ads, junk snail mail, spam, enclosures in free ad packed newspapers it's just too much. Sure, repeat seven times and I'll trust you, but it's so hard to get under my nose seven times without pissing me off. At the crunch moment in the action thriller... adverts! I scoop up pizza and beers leaflets from my letters. Tune filters in my email app, turn page after page, looking for local news in the free press. Ads, piss me royally. They phone me just when I sat down with a nice cup of tea. They get in my way, begging for purchases. Too many, too often, too soulless. Tax them, delete them, cut them down, stop them.
Word of mouth has always been a better, more sure fire way of getting me to buy. Why? Because I ask for information. I have a problem, the geezer down the pub has a solution. I just wish he made the mobile phone too.
You want my attention? Give me some soul, some reality, some honesty.
In a telling metaphor, the former head of brand communications at Orange described her attitude to the brand as a "love affair."
Enjoy yourself. It's later than you think.
Always a friendly place, mostly. The young couple across the other side with grand parents are having a stressful day, but Esme makes friends with an older girl of 8 and her aging father come across and we natter about the reservoir at the top of a path we're near to. Brown trout he says, of a pound and a half, feeding of the surface. Hmmmm. Thinks I dreamily.
No pictures of Esme, she was playing with her new friend, or going off to the toilet with Amanda.
Bradley scares, or attempts to scare the thick skinned sheep who try to steel left overs, or anything really.
Only around the corner a mile away perhaps, Horse Hay's Telford Steam Railway. We've seen Thomas there before. Today there's a special events day, with Thomas the Tank, Percy, The Rocket, Diesel, and one other, who I can't remember. (Must ask Bradley, he's got a head for these train names.)
Bit expensive, I thought for the ride, £14 for the three of us. But, then, all these heplers are doing it for free. So, I don't complain, and fell like I helped in some small way.
The ride we took on Thomas was a bit of a cheat, a bit funny really. They said when I bought the tickets that there was two miles of track, and when we get to 'the other side' there was a tea shop, and a model railway display.
We steamed up the line at about 3 miles an hour. Stopped in what seemed like deep jungle, and started to go back! Eh? Back we came, and stopped at a station, everybody came off, to the tea house and so on. Took me a while to figure where we were, merely the other side of the rail yard! Though to the kids it was 'another town.'
Sitting on the little train. We had to keep out feet on the board, and not lean out 'for safety' because of the nettles. Esme related this story several times. Must have been the nettles that caught her imagination, as she'd been stung a few weeks ago.
Out of focus, but adding to the cartoon nature of the 'show.' The Fat Controller in the background, while the conductor on the platform yells out the instructions, to the driver, bottom left, who needs to get water into the black train, The Rocket. But the hose pipe's too short. And he looks down it, to get an eye full of water. The small crowd on the platform laugh their socks off.
And when he does get water in there, he find a fish and a duck. This was Bradley's part of the story that he told Manda a couple of times, while laughing to himself, of course.
Esme heard that if water wasn't put into The Rocket quickly, she may blow up. Esme then moves to the back of the crowd, and won't come closer.
We leave pretty quickly when we hear from Auntie Alison that Thomas and Percy are at Telford Steam Railway.
Esme is getting pretty good on the internet, well, the BBC sites. Using the back button, closing windows, very confident. So confident she adopts my pose.
While she's on this machine. Bradley's on the laptop in the kitchen, doing more BBC games. I have to run between the two machines when they call. I do a lot of running up and down the stairs. This is good for me also then.
officers will turn a blind eye to England supporters who openly smoke
cannabis during Euro 2004, having decided that a stoned crowd is easier
to control than a drunk one.
Ha ha ha. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Hoo hoo hoo-ha. No, don't, ha ha ha ha. Heehee. Hee he he he. Stop it! No, ha ha ha ha ha.
At 6.58pm precisely, dozens of individuals dotted around the concourse
at Victoria station, each wearing headphones, begin to dance. Lost in
their private musical world, they all bop happily on the spot to their
heart's content. Welcome to the world of mobile clubbing, the latest
underground, and somewhat surreal, movement taking hold in London.[Via TechDirt] and [Engadget]
I think there's something sad about this — loneliness, maybe? Tube stations in London are where nobody looks at each other. As a country boy, I want to say hello to everyone. Are these mob dancers coming together because they too are lonely and to express that loneliness in a crowd of lonely people?
Art. Means different things to different people.
Bloody typical! I go over to the dark side with Atom API, and find that
it's pretty shaky, but seemingly fairly powerful. Just don't wobble the
table too much ;-)
Then, Google comes back into the light with RSS.
The only reason Ev Williams took on Atom was to shaft Dave Winer. Bollocks about Atom API being better, and not wanting to confuse teenage girl customers with too many tick boxes. Ben Trott's reasons for choosing the erstwhile Echo API look hollow these days too.
So now what? Do I wait till Ev's been binned by Google along with Atom? Or will there be two versions of the feeds and then two versions of the API? Or, do we have to wait to see if they'll join together into another half breed API? Or wait till IETF matures the Atom API? Or Web-Dav swallows everything?
Fear, uncertainty, doubt!
I guess, this blog vendor will do this, and that blog vendor will do that, which is the way, it seems that Six Apart is adding their own stuff to the Atom API, books, music, links and people lists... Sure Blogger will add their own soon, if they haven't already. Though Atom is extensible so I guess that it's good move.
So I'll move on regardless. One API for these, one for those.
I was reading Mark Pilgrim on the Atom API and the Atom authentication till late last night. Thinking that it looks not too difficult, once you get into it. After using XML-RPC and the MetaWeblog API as a well as the Blogger API for years, this doesn't look too tricky at all.
I'm interested in it for a project that I'm thinking up, and it's the API I'm interested in not the feed. So was also reading: TypePad's Atom API documentation and Ev Williams on the new Blogger's use of templates and the Atom API: I've taken some notes.
[Update:] Nonces in UserTalk. More from Mark Pilgrim re the Nonce in Atom API And to sha1 I'll try a com object, since there's no sha1 in usertalk. [Update:] Andre Radke pointed to a set of crypto bits for Frontier, with a sha1 hash. Works perfectly.
I'm pretty sure it's
British, mentioned in the song are the National Front, a far
right wing politial party who've gained slight real gains in local
elections here in the UK, though the noise made from them is much
louder. There's also, at the end, a sure English accent. I do like the
song. I usually like rap, and this is quite catchy. However, this is
just the type of propaganda that's gonna cause us all a whole lot of
grief. This could become a rallying call for the 10,000 or so Muslim
youth here in the UK who are looking for a meaning to their
Thanks to John Robb for this little nugget.
The blogger who blogs the football blogs asks: "Anyone else already sick of Euro 2004?"
Damn right I am! Why did the BBC play endless, boring coverage of some bloody football payers boarding a bus, then boarding an aeroplane? I switched over to CNN for some real news. Only to be told that sometime past midnight there's be discussions about fucking golf!
Get all sport off the news! That's the people I'm voting for tomorrow.
CT talks about the St George's English flags on cars, over on the blogFootball server: "I was just wondering if there was something a bit more deep and meaningful to this"
have to say, as a non English person, I find it insulting, aggressive
jingoism. I'm sure that's the message that is meant to give out to
other non-Englisers like me. I mutter, "fascist" to each one I see.
Flag waving national pride like this is one step away from uniform
wearing, strutting, blind patriotism. They say, I'm better than you,
and I show it with my flag. I've yet to see a flag on a non-English
From the BBC's page on the issue:
I expect the British National Party are happy about it.
Used to declare annoyance against immigration issues.
Could be used by some to incite racism.
It's not about being English, certainly nothing to do with football.
It's about flaunting nationalism. In the US, such flag waving is the
norm, their flag doesn't have the racial meanings that St George's has.
If it were the Union Jack, I'd think different.
God knows why MI5 is interested in these 'loyalists.'
"Under some conditions, however, cloud pockets can develop that contain large droplets of water or ice that fall into clear air as they evaporate. Such pockets may occur in turbulent air near a thunderstorm, being seen near the top of an anvil cloud, for example. Resulting mammatus clouds can appear especially dramatic if sunlit from the side. The above mammatus clouds were photographed last month over Monclova, Mexico."
"Seventeen Danes and one German have settled at a cost of several thousand euros each. In Italy 30 criminal cases are being brought against individuals."
And so it comes. Or rather goes—the end of the golden age of free music.
600m handsets in 2004? Maybe Russel Beattie will be right about billions of mobile users joining the internet. Mostly Chinese ;-)
An obesity researcher, argues that contrary to
popular opinion, national data do not show Americans growing uniformly
He looks at data from 1991 to today in the US. Here, in the UK I'm seeing many more fat people than 10 or 20 or even 30 years ago. I'm sure of it. There was only one kid in my class 30 years ago who was 'fatty.' In my daughters class now there's four, and many who I could have called 'fatty.'
And when I see pictures of Americans in bars, they're really fat! Maybe, my mind is warped? I don't think so.
From the New Yorker, I think.
This article tells of the layers of corporate waffle and loss making
work middle manages seem to generate, but the one gem is this allegory:
An architect once designed a cluster of buildings. When asked by the landscape crew where to pave the sidewalks, he told them to plant grass between all the buildings, wait a year, then, after the occupants had worn the most useful paths, the architect told the landscape crew to pave the pathways that the occupants had created.
The comments and discuss features in blogs, where readers can leave feedback help to create the right lines, the right thinking, the right story. People aggregate and work out the best paths, ideas, deeper conversations happen, people actually think harder before they write. Relationships start between people and ideas. Other blogs link into these thoughts, stories, driving more traffic, and more thought... This is group thinking at its best. AKA internal, blogging systems, just like the one I run for the Government Office for the West Midlands.
eBay: "...the feeds would be used to push special offers, promotions and system status messages via RSS."
Doesn't sound very interesting as a first step. Another site provides RSS feeds that are targeted at your search key words — much more useful, and its been out nearly a year.
Russel Beattie ranted about the lack of vision in Silicon Valley, re the coming explosion of mobile phones joining the internet. He reckons that there'll be another 1.5 billion or so coming on line soon, and many will be in the 3rd world, where they can afford mobiles but not laptops. Think also of all those teenagers who are glued to their mobiles. And the penetration of mobiles compared to computers.
In the US there is such a disjointed mobile network that they are far behind Europe, which is in turn far behind Japan. This from two years ago: "The first thing that strikes a visitor to Japan now is that the number of people looking at their phones exceeds the number who are talking on them. Phones are to be seen flipped open and in use everywhere- on subways, while walking, in lines, while walking, in bars and restaurants..."
A commenter on Russell's site, who works as a tech in a software company in Helsinki pointed out where the money is and isn't: VAS (Value Added Services) is not selling particularly well in Europe and get this the States are THE growth area for VAS. For the folks at home, VAS is the acronymn the telecom industry uses for non-voice (data) services.You heard me right, the States are where the action is. Europe is quiet as a mouse. Who woulda thunk it?
And..."As a rule of thumb selling content services to mobile operators is
an excellent way to go out of business. Death by revenue split. The
mobile carriers will hang you out to dry my friend.
So where's the money at? Infrastructure software, baby. As long as you have the resources to weather a 6 month to 1 year sales cycle (!) you just might make it."
A developer writes: In Google's latest implementation of Atom, they are creating Atom entry
elements w/ no namespace. Any client who is expecting to find the entry
w/in the Atom namespace will be surpised to find this obvious problem.
From this post it seems that typePad are also doing what the fuck they like.
Why? I thought they'd play nice together, at least for a while, till Atom had matured, but suspected business reasons to rip them apart, after all they're letting other apps and developers live off their hard work. I suspect that this sloppiness is just that, sloppiness.
I use the metaWeblog API which uses RSS 2.0 as its base. Simple, and been around for over two years. With XML-RPC, I've been whacking folders of images into Manila sites with no bother whatsoever. Why on earth would someone want to re invent the wheel, and create something that isn't compatible with other wagons nor circular. Oh, never mind, I'll let them get on with their complexity, I'm happy in my little world, where I know what's there and how to get it.
I'm also lucky that I can work both sides of the fence, being a Manila hoster, as well as someone wanting to get at the API, so it's easy for me to extend the metaWeblog API.
Today, Esme learnt to skid, and Bradley tried to climb the big spider web climbing frame. Much bigger than the one in Aberdare Park.
First down was Bradley, who lay on the slide, unimpressed with the water spraying over the top of him, and waited to move, thinking that he'd be moved, automatically.
Then, Tom our neighbour, showed him how to do it. From then on all hell broke lose.
She wrapped some toys up in toilet paper, and demanded that we bake a cake. Now, my cooking days are long gone, and I was never very adventurous with baking anyway. I decline. In truth, I'm really not into the mess kiddies baking makes.
Hours later, and much badgering, I find myself in the Coop, looking at the cakes. I persuade her that a pre made one would be better, and we can cover it with icing and other sprinkle bits. Bradley insists that he wants some baking/making to do as well. So I end up with some Scooby Snacks, which involve baking, anyway.
The weekend in Wales involved two birthday parties, I think this is where the idea came from.
Bradley was sent home from school the next day, for having the squits. Maybe it was these cakes. I ate one, Esme didn't have any, Bradley ate quite a few.
""Web search is a incredible business," he continued. "(But) If you
want to find things that are local...it's terrible today. If you want
to find things that are of particular interest to you, it is quite
Microsoft is going to go after Google, big time.
I wonder if they or Google will crack the local problem? My take would be that there aren't enough 'local' sites here in Shropshire, UK. Those that are, aren't marked, as mine with geoURLs in their meta tags. Personally, I think if there were more, local, blog suppliers, then this problem would go away, more sites, with geo meta tags would make searching much easier, and this would bring advertisers to the big search engines. However, it gives smaller, more tightly focused local search engines space to compete.
It's a big world out there, and sometimes I just want to know what's happening in my street. That type of info can only come from local news producers (bloggers).
British Telecom has taken
the unprecedented step of blocking all illegal child pornography
websites in a crackdown on abuse online. The decision by Britain's
largest high-speed internet provider will lead to the first mass
censorship of the web attempted in a Western democracy.
Excellent news. I just hope they can keep up with them changing their IPs. For sure, it'll be an arms race. [Update:] The Register has more tech details.
And what about IRC? I understand, from TV shows here in the UK, that's where the next level of paedophiles orperate. This level that BT have blocked, is just for casual browsers, I'd guess, though what they see is abhorrent and may serve to change a casual browser into a collector (from there into a 'rea life' paedo). So, it's a good thing, to make it very difficult to see such stuff.
Recently the police here in the UK brought out satellite tagging and lie detectors for paedos. This is all good to see.
This seems a nice way of blogging from a mobile
phone, using the metaBloggerAPI, yet, reading the set up instructions,
there's no mention of Radio, nor Manila, the people who invented
XML-RPC and the metaBloggerAPI.
Blogger, TypePad, MT, Roller, B2 and Nucleus are there.
Has Radio and Manila such a small installed base, that it has slipped off the blog landscape?
Yep, thats exactly what I want to extend my picture Radio tool. Got enough pix of my kids, now I
want vids offa my digicam, embedded as easy as my jpegs are now.
The famous Scottish Lass says: Syndicate this site:
So done chick ;-) I'm subscribed in my Radio aggreator. I must start watching the programme. I read some stuff in the Sun in McDonalds tonight. Made me think there could be murder invthe house let alone sex.
And I blog into my big brother category. My own BB5 RSS 2.0 feed here:
This is an intriguing place for me. I'll take some print offs for
tomorrow (when I get an opportunity :-) with the kids in the park.
Saturdays — what else are they for?
I see some blogging opportunities amongst the great and the good in the business consultancy sector.
I'm more interested in panoramics on this trip.
Bradley was caught on his thumb with a stingy nettle, here he's muttering to himself about super human powers, I think, while holding the doc leaf tight on his sting. He walked in the side on The Line, in this long grass, for ages, really holding us all up.
He kept the leaf all afternoon. Later Nanna asked if he wanted to take it back to Telford, so attached to it was he.
The park used to be the pride of the valley, though it's still nice, it's fallen into disrepair. The band of seats that used to follow near the whole outline of the pond have gone, the water is now churned up and muddy looking. Once it used to be crystal clear, so you could see the golden carp deep in the waters. The fountain, while it never worked even when I was small, is rusting and in need of repair before it's too late.
Some of the larger kids come on and are told off by Bradley as their weight makes the whole apparatus wobble while he climbs.
They played Good Guys and Bad Guys on the helicopter, climbing around like monkeys.
We headed towards Cwmdare. I expected we'd go as far as the Tanyard, about a mile and ½. As it was we went all the way to the Country Park in Cwmdare, where the stables are and a little cafe where I could get a cup of tea and the kids pop crisps. Maybe 3 miles there and 3 miles back.
We had numerous debates whether we should continue. And several rests. Bradley gave up peddling about half way there, so I had to push his bike, which was hard work for me to bend down and try and get him to walk faster to catch up with the riders.
Eventually, I pulled him with a jumper around the handle bars, and he just sat admiring the view.
They were to sleep well that night, a six mile ride surely wore them out. From the archive: the last time we went to the Cwmdare Country Park in June 2003.
And the view across the otherside of valley to Cwmbach (behind the tree) Abernant (centre) and Llwydcoed (left).
In the museum, near the tea shop, a few drawings from the past when Aberdare was sparsely populated. Before coal was found and exploited.
The Guardian: Attack on key Saudi oil terminal could destabilise west. Oil: Fears of Saudi upheaval help set world crude oil prices to 21-year highs. And to continue the impending doom theme: MetaFilter's thread on a doom article, probably fishing for financial business of scared investors.
The Federal Reserve has confirmed a Stock Market Crash forecast by raising the Money Supply (M-3) by crisis proportions,,. What awful calamity do they see? Something is up. This is unprecedented, unheard-of pre-catastrophe M-3 expansion. M-3 is up an amount that we've never seen before without a crisis...The amazing thing is, the Fed's actions mean they know what is about to happen. They are aware of a terrible, horrific imminent event. What could it be?... No, something is up, bigger than we have ever seen in the history of the United States.
Institutional Islamophobia could lead to a time-bomb of resentment, warns a think tank.
I know a spy for MI5. Normally he snaps pix of 'rough tough Muslim lads.' Of late, he's been snapping car number plates of those cars with St George's flags.
He can see the day when rough tough Muslim lads are killed by 'good English people.' I guess that'll be the day after a WMD atrocity.
I had a particularly vivid dream this morning. An RSS dream. Sure there
was no ATOM, so it must have been a dream.
I was staying in a swank New York hotel. Having a breakfast meeting with the great and the good of syndication. The debate was leaving me aside, as it was about the future, the vapourware that exists there.
I moved over to the manager of the hotel, started passing the time of the day. She was nice, big tits, nice teeth (this was an early morning dream, did you think she'd be a he?)
I explained RSS in a few sentences — an elevator pitch I suppose though I was more interested in those tits. "Hmmmm," she said. Suddenly, we were talking business applications. Menus. Vacancies. Special offers. Billing and expenses information. She could see the value of up to date information for her, for her customers, for her customers employers.
Pretty soon, we had a contract, and I had an expense account at the hotel ;-) I was writing code, in Radio, she was getting her feeds on her mobile, then we met to discuss further projects, and my daughter woke me up. <Sigh!>
Off to the Smoke tomorrow, that is a trip to London, for some business
meetings about blogs. But as the main rail line is closed I have to
drive. I read
the Virgin website, that, "customers to use alternative rail operators’
to/from London". Which is stupid, as the line is under works, closed.
No other advice. No advice about driving and park and ride. Typical.
[Update:] I can use Chiltern Railways but that would take 2 hours and 15 minutes as it stops nearly everywhere and goes a circuitous route. Hmmmm. Maybe better than driving 170 miles (340 total) though.
It'll be a nice ride in the Saab. But park and ride for me. Don't want the hassle of driving around London.
From Wired: Firms need to aggregate collective wisdom.
I've been saying this for years. No doubt others were saying it before me. Now, that the web has appeared and taken root, perhaps blogs will shake the tree? Only if one company takes a lead so others will follow (or die).