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A photo taken while at Gnomedex of Flickr displaying a photo taken by Steve Lacey of my laptop while in Second Life, looking at photos from Gnomedex while sat in the auditorium at Gnomedex. Woo – weiiiiiird.
Even weirder still, i was outside in between sessions chatting to Steve and we were talking about Second Life and he mentioned about someone doing something around the podcaster places in Second Life at a place called the Bluggcast something – I said “Ha! That was ME!”

Me so meta

Gnomedex 6.0 OPML list of attendees

I was asking Chris Pirillo today if there was an OPML list of the attendees and their RSS feed for this year’s impending geekfest in Seattle, Gnomedex6.0. He pointed me to a few feeds created by a service at Blogrolling.com

One of these feeds was RSS 0.92 and seems to be used to supply the website link and rss feed url, using the description for the RSS.

So, I knocked up a quick PHP script which takes that RSS 0.92 feed and converts it, in the best way I can figure out, to OPML.

And hey, I’m even giving you the PHP source code I actually used to do it. VIEW THE SOURCE, LUKE!

Don’t say I never give you anything πŸ˜‰

UPDATE: Heh. I just saw a hit on the file from a familiar IP address and the ‘User Agent’ – Frontier/9.0.1 (WinNT) – that can only be one person I know πŸ˜‰

No prizes for guessing where this OPML is about to show up ? πŸ˜‰ Ahh – there it is!

http://sndirectory.worldoutline.com/Gnomedexers/

Gnomedex6.0 is so Meta

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Originally uploaded by kosso.

Put up an ad for Gnomedex next to ‘The RSS Platform’ in SL with a flickr viewer, called ‘flissl’. Just after, I bumped into Chris in SL who still had a bottle attached to his head πŸ˜‰

OPML Camp : May 20-21 2006

OPML CampComing up in May at the Berkman Center in Harvard, the first OPML Camp will be taking place. Organised by Adam Green, this looks set to be a interesting couple of days where lots of OPML geeks will get together and talk about some of the stuff they are building around OPML and share ideas and help eachother understand it. [I hear that Tom Morris may be on his way over to that, too.]

It's possible I may be over in Boston at this time, depending on schedules etc. And if I do, I may be able to show some people some of things I have worked on over the years, around OPML and also the stuff we are building over at podcast.com. I have created many products for the BBC in the past, where I used a 'made-up' format of a similar XML structure to OPML, and now I'm using OPML 'proper', along with extending it again, with some 'made up' attributes which I ned to get things done. It's OK – it's doesn't 'break' anything. πŸ™‚

The week before the OPML Camp is anoyther great looking event at the Berkman Center called Beyond Broadcast, which does sound reeeeally interesting indeed. I was told about this, and invited by, Jake Shapiro of PRX.ORG [The Public Radio Exchange] who is also a Berkman Fellow. It was great to meet up with Jake the other evening, over in Cambridge and share thoughts and ideas about stuff like podcasting and public radio. Lots of synergy. I like it.

PRX.ORG is a very interesting thing indeed. It is a "web-based marketplace for public radio pieces. Programmers find and air work from other stations, independent producers and international broadcasters. Producers – station-based or independent – license their work directly to stations."

This is such an interesting idea and the list of shows and content picked up and used by other stations continues to grow, year on year. Impressive stuff. I'd like to see this idea go global and into the UK, since our BBC's 'Nations and Regions' seem to be continually marginalised in what they can do, I hear.

So, I hope I would be able to make both of these events, however it's very likely that Dr. Jo will be able to come over for the Beyond Broadcast event too, as it is right up her street, since she started as Senior Research Fellow in Digital Society & Media for the Institute of Public Policy Research – a thinktank which helps to inform the government on public policy. They set up OFCOM for example, a ombudsman for the communications sector which was much needed as communications and media technology evolved beyond telephones and television etc.

So. Lots going on before the summer time, when we have Gnomedex 2006 to look forward to and possibly SuperNova 2006. Phew! It's a good job that Glastonbury Festival is having a fallow year, this year! πŸ™‚

PirillOPML

Great post over here from Chris Pirillo about OPML. I think there’s going to be a whole lot of new info emerging to explain OPML to the masses. I’m putting together some info over here too, as it happens.
Another VERY COOL thing is that the OPML output from Chris’ Gada.be metasearch site works in the OPML and RSS system I have cooking here. Veeeery nice πŸ˜‰

I think maybe I’ll drop Chris a line and ask if I could incorporate a gada.be search into ‘treedia’ πŸ˜‰ That would be cool. I can’t imagine he’d mind.
BTW: I think I must have some kind of cyber-mind-meld going on with Chris at the moment, as the other day I was thinking about adding favicons to the output pages of treedia/podcast.com searches, after realising that the browsers supported them in html (when did that happen? was I asleep?). Then, lo and behold, Chris posts to his blog about the very same thing. Weird. Cool!

Do all browsers support a .ico image in the html as an img tag? If so, this makes life very cool, because people (was it MS?) decided to make sure that to have an icon in the address bar of a browser, while on a webiste, the image MUST be called favicon.ico, and stored in the wbe root. Therefore it’s a cinch to find them πŸ™‚ Hurrah!

Gnomedex06, here I come!!

CIMG1404Got booked up today for Gnomedex06. I can’t flippin’ wait! We had such a great time last year and made such great friends and contacts. It was great meetΒ so many like-minded people so far away from home.Β 

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This year promises to just as good for so many reasons as we evolve the amazing platforms enabled by super formats such as RSS and OPML. That’s what OPML plus RSS is : a platform enabler.

Gnomedex is a ‘people aggregator’. It’s time to make more badges/buttons πŸ˜‰

Hey! I also just realised I am in both of the photos from last year that Chris has placed on the Gnomedex page. Cool! Can you spot me? 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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