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Bloglines and greasemonkeyed

Saturday, July 9th, 2005

Integrating Bloglines and A very very cool Greasemonkey hack that adds “Post to” to every entry in Bloglines. This was my first use of Greasemonkey and damn I think I’m already hooked. This just made my life so so much better.

Irish Examiner acting the bollox over Archiseek

Friday, July 8th, 2005

Paul Clerkin gives his side or rather the actual facts about when the Irish Examiner acted the bollox and sensationalised a non-existant story. I know this is silly season but post something about funny shaped vegetables if that’s the case. Gutterpressing and twisting facts is not called for. To run the story is one thing but then to create a follow-up piece adding more mistruths is something else.

In total, of all the comments made apparently by users criticising the elderly, about 2 stand – one of which is definitely out of order, the other is a very general observation about objecting if a church was planned. The remaining quotes would seem to be either falsified, misrepresented and/or misquoted.

In a subsequent piece on Friday, 8 July, the Examiner ran a headline “Website pulls section over anti-elderly comments”. I have not pulled it, it like so many threads before it, has simply dropped off the front page.

Good fucking christ, can they teach them how to use a website before they mouth off about it?

They also stated today, that “A representative of the website was unavailable for comment yesterday”. I have not been contacted for comment at all.

Certainly a lesson to be learned here for those operating websites and blogs and the liberties journalists can take when reporting “facts”. Shame that the Examiner is stooping to this level. I wonder will an apology be published over this? perhaps with enough pressure?

Be handy for those in the to point to this story and comment on it to keep people focused on it. Nobody can allow this kind of shite to happen again and again. How long before there’s an Irish Blogs union and an Irish Blogger’s Defense Fund?

The Hundred Mile Diet

Friday, July 8th, 2005

Via WorldChanging comes the idea of the hundred mile diet. You only eat produce grown/raised/caught from up to 100 miles away.

For one year we would only buy food and drink for home consumption that was produced within 100 miles of our home, a circle that takes in all the fertile Fraser Valley, the southern Gulf Islands and some of Vancouver Island, and the ocean between these zones. This terrain well served the European settlers of a hundred years ago, and the First Nations population for thousands of years before.

It seems this is really hard to do these days.

With all this globalisation happening and us getting our beans from asia and our spuds from South America and our milk from Africa, what would happen if for some reason we were cut off from the rest of the world, for whatever reason? If our island was quarantined in the morning how equipped would we be to sustain our current way of life?

William Gibson on Remix Culture

Friday, July 8th, 2005

William Gibson wrote a “wake the fuck up” style commentary in Wired Magazine about remix culture.

Loads of fantastic quotes but one not-specifically about remix-culture, but cultural shift in general:

We seldom legislate new technologies into being. They emerge, and we plunge with them into whatever vortices of change they generate. We legislate after the fact, in a perpetual game of catch-up, as best we can, while our new technologies redefine us – as surely and perhaps as terribly as we’ve been redefined by broadcast television.

All-in-one tagger – Tag, Furl, Simpy etc all in one click

Thursday, July 7th, 2005

Tag Furl, Simpy, etc all with one click. Nice handy application. Reminds me, I must actually sign up for

Connect Via Books

Wednesday, July 6th, 2005

Connect to others via the Books they read. Interesting idea. I’ve signed up. It’s a pity that it doesn’t integrate more with Amazon so you can import past purchases and wishlists.

New company/customer relationships

Wednesday, July 6th, 2005

Via Doc Searls comes a post from Nellie Lyde on how a business is influenced massively by its customers.

This type of company is often started by a dissatisfied user.

An example would be Firefox.

I was sure I posted this link before too: Steven Berlin Johnson on how he collates information. This is just uber cool and geeky. I re-read that post yesterday and that’s how I signed up for Simpy.

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Wednesday, July 6th, 2005

Signed up for Simpy today. Another tagging social bookmark thing. This appears to cache the pages though and you can import and export bookmarks but what I like is it will also allow you make notes and store them. Hard to find what other users are tagging though.

Invisible people have invisible rights

Monday, July 4th, 2005

Invisible people have invisible rights. That is all. Let it soak in.

New Motorola iTunes Phone

Sunday, July 3rd, 2005

Engadget gets first view of the new Motorola iTunes Phone. Looks boring really.