Just found this post from pre-2003.
I was thinking about how one would make a map of walks around teh neighbor, to determine which corners get the most traffic.[...] Then, I want to dump that information to my computer and, over time, figure out where I walk the most. Combine this information with others' maps and we can find ideal meeting places, or (which is what I was thinking about) I can figure out the place to leave a note for someone on a lamppost.
I think I'll revive that idea. It's not quite ready, because of the lack of GPS in phones, but soon. Or maybe in a different form.
What's great about this post is, also, that it proves I had this idea quite a while ago. THat might be good because of its similrity to other ideas that other people have. Sometimes it's useful to publicly declare one's thoughts.created: Wed Feb 1 09:55:01 2006
At the end, someone will be able to write a crawler to aggregate the data and map the social connections (though this task is complicated by the lack of a format, or even so much as a standard way to indicate parent node (that is mathspeak, oh varied reader, whereas nested parentheses are more computeresque)). Therefore, I am pleased to participate in this "Four Things" game.
I spent a few summers working the Circle Line concession stand. Later, I was day manager of Flamingo East restaurant (that is a very old web page - Flamingo East no longer exists). Some time later I became the Gawker Media Systems Administrator & Systems Architect, though I still think a lot about when I was a food delivery boy for an Italian restaurant. In only one of these jobs was I called upon to use nested parentheses.
The Shining, Blade Runner, Broadway Danny Rose, and Shadows. Don't feel strongly about this one. Who watches movies over and over again? Maybe film students.
I have really only lived in three places: Alphabet City, Greenwich Village, and Chelsea, though you could say, New York in the '70s, '80s, '90s, and the present decade.
I like Johnny Staccato, with John Cassavetes as a crime-solving pianist, The Twilight Zone, the BBC's production of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which is the only DVD I have ever bought, and Seinfeld, the pinnacle of sitcom.
I'm just glad I'm not dead. Skipping this one.
I like pizza, falafels, bagels, and cheesecake. Also a good salad, though that is a category of dish, so not included.
Negril (don't go there), Fire Island, Miami Beach (don't go there either), and Vienna.
4 ting is filed under blogging (21) .created: Wed Dec 28 11:55:53 2005
Great review. A S/FJ classic. I even knew what he was talking about, sometimes.
The review also contains an interesting typo: "Having this kind of show in the Garden only drives further home similarities between arean rock and the circus." There is, in fact, sometimes a deep similarity between aryan rock and the circus.created: Tue Apr 6 11:11:11 2004
It would be interesting to be able to see what posts get people dropped from others' kinja digests. This was enough to end it for me. Camille Paglia I can put up with, but praising DJ Spooky for being on "the cutting edge of true, radical hybridity" is the end for me.created: Fri Jul 16 11:11:11 2004
I've set up a script like Jeffrey Veen's wget mp3 blog script. On a slow, old computer in my place, this script runs every once in a while, downloading any mp3s linked to from various feeds I have selected. These feeds include the Blogdigger mp3 RSS feed, a webjay playlist that gets updated frequently, a couple music blogs, and a kinja digest. Any mp3s that get linked to get downloaded, stored for a while, and deleted, unless I specifically mark them to be saved.
The old computer in question is always on. It's got a Federal Express terminal 9" monochrome monitor attached to it, and a keyboard, but still, logging in and turning on the mp3 player is too much hassle. Like any home media entertainment appliance, this thing should just turn on and go. So, what I've done is written another script to continuously play the mp3s in this folder. Now, all I have to do is turn on the stereo, and some music will come out, or perhaps an audio blog post from a PR blog.
Immediacy is crucial.
(By the way, I'm aware of the potentially massive security holes in this scheme which, if you haven't noticed them already, I'm not going to point out.)
Some next steps here would be to use Gonze's cachem3u, or some other mechanism, to preserve a bit of data about the files I've collected. Right now, about two thirds of the downloaded files are named completely meaninglessly: SDO.mp3, IAB.mp3, track4.mp3, etc. This is not so terrible, as it corresponds to the frequency with which broadcast radio announces its song titles. Another future direction would be to use this system not just for audio files.
As an alternative, check out konspire, a piece of software that does something similar.created: Tue Apr 20 11:11:11 2004
Lucas, a man who needs no hyperlink, has come up with this new way to include playlists from webjay. Each playlist, which can be found at a url like
See? Just add the ".js" to the URL. Very nice URLage, by the way. Here's what you get with the above code: He says that this is experimental, so maybe don't go crazy with this just yet.created: Mon Jun 6 12:45:25 2005
I toyed with the idea of becoming the world's foremost expert on crystal meth, even signing up for several google alerts, but I dropped it for being too relentlessly depressing, PNP and Philip K. Dick notwithstanding.created: Sun Nov 13 18:10:20 2005
I have added hReview metadata storage and output to the system I use to publish this part of the website (note studious avoidance of the word "blog"). This means pretty much nothing to most people, but it could be interesting if large numbers of people start adding such data to their online publishings, or if Blogger or Moveable Type make it part of their systems. It would mean that an aggregator (like Google or Kinja) could give you data on not just what is said, but an idea of the meaning behind the HTML.
This post is itself a review. I give myself a 4/5, modest fellow that I am.created: Fri Dec 17 19:09:38 2004
1. When levelling charges of racism, it's unfair to be vague. The distinction between what an individual does to another individual and what a culture does to another culture needs to be kept clear.
2. If the charge is that IDM borrows from Black music without giving credit, the questions are then, what is black? Who is black? What would constitute credit?
3. Who invented the label?created: Thu Dec 30 11:58:29 2004
nigritude ultramarine thought is filed under blogging (21) .created: Wed Dec 22 09:51:34 2004
My next big feature is to add the capacity to emit commentaries in a standardized XML format. I will probably use some syntax from Alf Eaton's rvw module.
Each commentary will point to at least one web page, such as a weblog post or a band's web site, for the purposes of being able to clump the commentaries together in a useful way.
I'm staying away from the word "review", though this might be the quickest way to describe what these commentaries will be. Reviews, especially online reviews, tend heavily toward advice on whether or not to buy something.
The idea is more to decouple the review, thought, criticism, or comment from the web page of any thing being commented on. Though there will probably be rating scales involved, the system could also be used to comment on a blog post, or to critique a work of art.
The word critique is also problematic, because it tends to put people in mind of a negative critique.
Trackback is an idea in a similar direction. Trackback, however, requires a change to existing web pages, and is designed for inter-blog discussion. This system here (tentatively called "brain", for cvs purposes at least) will be more general, but will lack trackback's instant gratification. the hope is that some sort of great aggregator will take care of figuring out which commentaries are attached to which web pages.created: Tue Feb 10 11:11:11 2004
This may or may not have been my idea.
movable type plugin <MTV> is filed under blogging (21) .created: Mon Oct 11 11:11:11 2004
Newest operablog post is posted. In this one I deal with those broader issues that effect us all.created: Sun May 30 11:11:11 2004
ErrorDocument 404 "document not found.
ErrorDocument 403 "forbidden.
ErrorDocument 500 "error.
IndexOptions NameWidth=* FoldersFirst FancyIndexing
SuppressDescription FoldersFirst IconsAreLinks
IndexOrderDefault Descending Date
# AddIcon /icons/unknown.gif ..
IndexIgnore ".." foot.html head.html
This goes with some HTML files called
head.htmlthat hold the html header and footer stuff, like the doctype declaration, the tag, etc. Seems like you need to write a replacement for mod_dir or you need some sort of script. Here is a really bad script:
echo Content-Type: text/plain
/bin/cat `/bin/ls -tR *.html | /usr/bin/head -n3`
echo OLDER ENTRIES
/bin/ls -tR *.html | /usr/bin/tail -n +3This script cats, or prints to the browser, the three most recently modified files in the directory, and lists the rest. created: Thu Jan 8 11:11:11 2004
last mod: Tue Nov 16 13:36:46 2004
on interface design
User interface design is pretty hard, as anyone who's actually done it and had users be completely baffled can tell you. One thing to keep in mind when doing web site design is this: a page is only clear in context. How a user GOT there is as important as what's on the page. Each page should somehow acknowledge the clicking that brought the user there.
on subjects for blogs
The web sites that get read are the ones with a single, well-defined subject, like microprocessor design, flower arrangements, or Zoroaster. This is not that type of weblog, but it still has a purpose. It links things, my friends read it, and maybe someone will some day find something interesting here. Also, I put ideas down here for my own benefit.created: Wed Apr 2 11:11:11 2003
last mod: Sun Nov 14 13:17:36 2004
Brett now has a blog. Check it out. He also hangs out on the [plateoshrimp] list. created: Wed Feb 5 11:11:11 2003
last mod: Sun Nov 14 10:29:14 2004
blogging for doughnuts? somehow that one sticks in my head. there have been some mods to this PHPosxom script to make it work with this server, but only two lines of php were changed. you'll notice some bugs. posted by ___ is broken. so are category-specific searches. that's because this machine's php is a little old.
when i get the code fixed, i'll write a little authoring web interface so i can blog from anywhere. lucas's blog has disappeared. it's always a little scary to blog publicly. people might notice my bad spelling. previously, i'd been writing at /. under my pseudonym, Glass of Water.