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Happy Birthday Scripting News

Arguably the long-running weblog in the World, Dave Winer’s Scripting News turns 10 years old today.

Happy Birthday! Keep diggin’. And Thanks Dave.

Two years ago today, I was sat with Dave in a bar in New York, drinking coffee and doing a podcast. Two years! Wow. How time flies!

It’s also Frontier‘s 19th Birthday too, btw.

If Dave Winer had a daughter…

.. would she be an Heiressess?

*boom tish*!

Animatechies

Heh. I just found these two old animated gifs I did a couple of years ago πŸ˜‰ I use to do alot of photoshoppery and animation stuff. back when I seemed to have alot more time than I do now!


They’re both from Gnomedex 2005

I’ll see if I can find the urls to the others from the plethora of domains I have out there πŸ˜‰ Maybe I could find the time to make some more!? But of whom?

Here are some pictures I did using my web – doodle – graffiti project called ‘Blograffiti‘ πŸ˜‰ [warning: potentially offensive line drawings!]

The Power of RSS and linkage

Here’s a little factoid for ya. This is what happens to your blog stats when you find a phone with an RSS button on it and Dave Winer links to it over on Scripting News. Impressive πŸ˜‰ And gratifying.
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Talking of Dave, he wrote a very poignant post today about the longevity of his content, his blog, his life’s work over on Scripting News. I had the pleasure of listening to Charlie Nesson a couple of times. Brilliant, thoughtful and inspiring.

Yesterday, I paid up another year for my server. That can’t happen forever for everyone. Hopefully one day I’ll host all at home as part of my connectivity package. Hosting aside, there’s much scripting going on around the place. I have old demos which won’t work unless I kick a cron job off again. So much dynamic content would not work without editing a config file, for example.

Dave Heals

Let’s try seeing if we can send out some positive energy here, seeing as it appears to be in the air. πŸ˜‰ Happy Dave Heals Day!


Wow. I just caught up on all this TechCrunch UK – Sam getting fired – LesBlog/LeWeb/LeWhatever – hoo haa. Looks like we need more positive energy, man. Welcome to the bickersphereβ„’
There are plenty of good London-based bloggers out there who could fill Sam’s shoes.

The first time I met Sam a while ago, he said he was working on an ‘OPML Exchange Server’ for Microsoft. Never heard any more about that since then. Seemed like a nice guy, but was little up himself, imho. He also had quite along heated debate with my partner outside Kettners, as Hugh McLeod and I stood around and talked bollocks to kill time πŸ˜‰

The last time I saw him, at the Chris Anderson Geek Dinner, he was pissed as a newt! ( you might be bale to see him wobbling in the doorway behind Chris) ;}

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The Well-Formed Web?


With well formed data, there’s no reason why not. πŸ˜‰

Now, can we please work out the right way to *do* OPML please?

Basically:

If you want to point to a WEBSITE: use type=link and url=http://your.web.site.com

If you want to point to an RSS feed use type=rss and xmlUrl=htt://www.your.rss.feed.com/rss.xml

If you want to point to MORE OPML use type=include and url=http://www.you.opml.file.com/hoopla.opml

OK. So, you could argue that there might be better ways of doing/specifying it.
And what about htmlUrl, opmlUrl, atomUrl, foafUrl, rdfUrl, type=rdf, type=atom, type=application/pdf or whatever… I don’t know. Just DOCUMENT how you do it.

But what I do know is the sooner we agree and what is the right way to ‘do it’ – the better. πŸ˜€

IMHO.

Hey! Is my OPML Icon out of date?? :p

Dave’s Hiring

Looks like Dave needs a developer.

I do alot of what he needs, but a) I’m busy at podcast.com b) I’m in the UK and c) I’m probably not the ‘professional type’ he wants. :p Heh. Maybe you are?
I’m glad it sounds like Dave is getting back into (publicly saying that he is) developing *something* – as the theme of posts recently haven’t been as interesting as usual for me. Sounds like he’s getting back in to one of his ‘modes’ of operation. That’s usually good news for us all.

Alot of people think I don’t like Dave anymore. That’s just not true. On the contrary – I miss him and all the funny, innovative and insightful conversations we used to have a while ago, into the wee hours here in the UK. He knows what it’s like to sit home alone all day and night coding too πŸ™‚

Judging by the recent issues he’s had with computers, I imagine he’s not in Second Life. This would be a shame, as we could meet up there – virtually – and if I did anything wrong, he could bop me on the noggin with a cartoon anvil, if he wanted. Who knows – it might be cathartic. Heheh.

He could also have a looksie at the blogHUD – there’s alot going to happen with that which I just know would float his skybox πŸ™‚

Official Second Life blog picks up RSS NewsScreens and blogHUD!

So, there I was last night,hanging around on the ‘RSS Platform’ in Nooribeom, watching the fearsome news of the ‘Real World’ fly by, when none other than Hamlet Au, the ’embedded journalist’ in Second Life (though not at Linden Lab any more) on New World Notes dropped by to check out the BBC NewsScreens I set up here. There’s a CNN one nearby too, by the way – next to the ‘River of News’ πŸ™‚ The screens read a list of feeds and loop through them, 10 stories at a time.
The good thing about the BBC News ones are the feed content has specific limits in the text entries. I happen to know that this is due to the journalists having to write stories which can run across many platforms. They have strict limits to the amount of characters for the headline and description text. This increases their value. On platforms with different text and size/resolution constraints, Flash is excellent at dealing with this, as you can embed fonts and that it is a ‘vector-based’ format, meaning you can stretch it any way you like and you will not lose resolution. At any size, if you do it right.

Second Life and the LSL scripting language presents many opportunities for an old skool web hack createc like myself. I frequently tell people that SL makes me feel as excited as I did when I first saw the web over 10 years ago. πŸ˜‰ And no, it wasn’t for all the adult content (though be aware that most technology developed for the adult industry ends up revolutionising the mainstream in some way) it was for the ability to communicate with other people all around the world. Connect them. Network with them. And even meet them sometimes. (I’m still great friends with a couple in New Jersey who were the first people I met through the internet 12 years ago, through a mutual appreciation of the band ‘The Stone Roses‘. I met my partner online too. 8 years ago!)

With easy tools to publish content, media, whatever you want to call it, along with easy ways do consume, organise, filter and rate it it, there you have it. Bingo moment. Democratisation of media. Open mashable consumption by an constantly evolving , iterative audience.

I heart feeds. πŸ˜‰ Thanks Dave.

Want to build an ‘OPML Tree’?

Web 2 point oh no!

I totally agree with Dave on this. I was thinking this the other day,when I saw it.

Though I don’t think that Go2Web20 claim to have all companies listed, as it appears to just be a hobby(ish) site, but some of the ‘companies’ listed? Are they ‘web2.0’?

AOL??? Cooome oon!? Eh?

Also I see more than one link to a ‘Crunch’site. Is a blog as web2.0 company? Hmmm? πŸ˜‰ (though their job site thing *might* be worth it – but no way is it a ‘2.0’ system)

Take Me To The River!

For anyone out there interested in Dave’s River of News concepts, please come and have a read of this, over on my OPML powered blog. I think it’s very important and hopefully will be very, very helpful in giving this simple genius concept more data to play with and feed from.

πŸ™‚


Who is this ‘kosso’ anyway?

I am a 'Createc'. A creative technologist, entrepreneur/ hacker/ geek. Worked on building things on the web for over 12 years.

Used to work at BBC News interactive and created the publishing and delivery systems for video news to get distributed on huge screens in major railway stations around the country.

I left the BBC to become CTO / sole-lead architect/developer at podcast.com for three years.

I have now left them to build a start up a new system called 'Phreadz', which is a 'Social Multimedia Conversation Network', integrating everything that is 'V.I.T.A.L' to us on the web. Video, Images, Text, Audio and Links.

I built the whole thing my myself. I programmed every line of code and positioned every pixel. I'm looking forward to attracting an hiring new members of the team to help me out! :)

There are currently over 1000 happy and helpful beta testers on the system so far and one client of a white-labelled solution.



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