2016 Jul 26, 12:25
47 years ago I submitted my travel voucher reimbursement for my trip to the moon. #Apollo11
2016 Jun 6, 4:50 2016 Feb 16, 2:06 2012 Jun 7, 3:04 2010 Jun 20, 1:18
Protocol for doing distributed commenting and implemented by Google Buzz! "This document defines a lightweight, robust, and secure protocol for sending unsolicited notifications — especially comments
and responses on syndicated feed content — to specified endpoints; along with rules to enable resulting content to itself be syndicated robustly and securely."
2010 Mar 12, 1:28
It was relatively easy, although still more difficult than I would have guessed, to hook my bespoke website's Atom feed up to Google Buzz. I already have a Google email account and associated
profile so Buzz just showed up in my Gmail interface. Setting it up it offered to connect to my YouTube account or my Google
Chat account but I didn't see an option to connect to an arbitrary RSS or Atom feed like I expected.
But of course hooking up an arbitrary Atom or RSS feed is documented. You hook it up in the same manner you
claim a website as your own via the Google Profile (for some reason they want to ensure you own the feed connected to your Buzz account). You do this via Google's social graph API which uses XFN or
FOAF. I used XFN by simply adding a link to my feed to my Google profile (And be sure to check the 'This is a profile page about me' which ensures that a rel="me" tag is added to the HTML on your
profile. This is how XFN works.) And by adding a corresponding link in my feed back to my Google profile page with the following:
atom:link rel="me" href="http://www.google.com/profiles/david.risney"
I used this Google tool to check my XFN connections
and when I checked back the next day my feed showed up in Google Buzz's
So more difficult than I would have expected (more difficult than just an 'Add your feed' button and textbox) but not super difficult. And yet after reading this Buzz from DeWitt Clinton I feel better about opting-in to Google's Social API.
2010 Mar 11, 3:33
"The headers and captions on http://diveintohtml5.org/ use an open source font called "Essays 1743." The creator of that font was looking for a tutorial on HTML5, came across my site, and was
pleasantly surprised to see his own work on prominent display. He now wants to update his font to include stylistically appropriate Unicode arrows, which I will then use with my captions.
The internet is awesome. It's so wonderfully intertwingled."
2010 Feb 22, 7:36
How to add your own feeds to Google Buzz
2010 Jan 18, 3:24
"UVB-76 is the callsign of a shortwave radio station that usually broadcasts on the frequency 4625 kHz (AM full carrier). It's known among radio listeners by the nickname The Buzzer. It features a
short, monotonous buzz tone (help·info), repeating at a rate of approximately 25 tones per minute, for 24 hours per day. The station has been observed since around 1982. In rare occasions, the
buzzer signal is interrupted and a voice transmission in Russian takes place. Only four such events have been noted. There is much speculation; however, the actual purpose of this station remains
unknown." Inspiration for Lost?
2007 Dec 26, 5:45
Miscellaneous thoughts I had that would have been relevant many months ago:
- A History Channel program had a reenactment of a 1920's archaeologist discovering a stone tablet, sending the tablet to a warehouse, etc. all behind the voice over giving the dry facts. The
reenactor hammed it up a bit and I would have rather had clips from Indiana Jones in the background. If they're already not showing me the archaeologist who discovered the tablet, they may as well
show me one who will be entertaining.
- There are many parodies of the Get a Mac ads and so when I saw a UK Get a Mac ad I payed attention to see what the joke was. I was
disappointed by the 'parody' because it was a conventional Get a Mac ad with different actors. Apple localized their Get a Mac ad campaign in this fashion in the UK and in Japan. I've got a
playlist of the US, UK, and Japan's version of the Piechart ad. Ranking the lovable bumblingness of the PC I give the order
UK, Japan, then US and ranking the sumgness of the Mac I give the order UK, US, then Japan. But don't take my word for it, view
the ads for yourself.
2007 Apr 18, 1:25
SirTBL disses the Web2.0 buzz-phrase.
2007 Apr 15, 4:06
For the past several months I've seen various articles suggesting why bees are disappearing. At first I thought this was another crackpot's article that somehow made it onto digg.com. But they keep
coming and sometimes from credible sources. After the article I saw tonight I thought I should go back and put together the various articles I've read on this topic. Bees may be disappearing due to
, new organic pathogens
, genetically modified crops
, or climate change
. Apparently, the US hasn't been keeping accurate counts of its
so we don't know the extent of the situation. There's an interview with Maryann Frazier, M.S., of the Dept.
of Etymology at Penn State
and a congressional hearing
on the matter.
I know this is all very serious and could signal the end of our ecosystem as we know it, but I can't help throwing in the following links as well. The bees could be hiding in this Florida couple's kitchen
. Or perhaps they're laying low while being trained by the government to fight terrorism
. Or they're hiding in extra dimensions that we mere humans can't perceive
(I'm fairly certain that's what this
article is suggesting. Really. Read it. Seriously. Its awesome.)