EE 1.x, creaking and groaning.
I’m noticing some rendering issues with the site here. Over 40,000 entries; I’m abusing both PHP and MySQL, I think. I think it’s time to upgrade to the 2.x series, and consider converting some of my databased archives into static HTML.
Just be warned, I may have to slow down posting in order to allow time to reengineer this site.
Quarterly Conversation: The Decameron, by Giovanni Boccaccio
Review of a new and exciting translation. “… Rebhorn is the first Boccaccio translator in 300 years to understand so clearly that the main thing being celebrated amidst all these fevered couplings is ‘intelligence in all its forms.’” On my list. Thank you, wood s lot.
Google indexing the site.
Google’s decided to love my archives again. They’re currently indexing me extensively, and the site’s a bit slow in response. Give it another hour or two … a lot of links here (80,000?).
Katie Travis Barrett, 1974-2014.
All you old-schoolers know Damien Barrett, one of the Barrett twins. His beautiful wife, Katie, has been battling cancer. Yesterday, Valentine’s Day, she took her last breath.
Sandra and I had the opportunity to meet this special young lady when the whole family passed through Santa Fe a few years ago. We shared a meal with them at Harry’s Roadhouse here, and heard all the stories and tales of how Damien and Katie met, married, and more.
She was vibrant, happy, and glowed in the corona of her husband’s devotion. Her eyes would flash when a joke was told. We enjoyed her company, and hoped to spend more time with her in the future.
This was not fair, this was not right. I cannot help but think of their two small children. As Damien himself says, (and I will waive my usual avoidance of four-letter words) … FUCK CANCER.
We love you, K.
Ghost in the Machine: R.I.P. Berkeley 2000-2014.
Berk appeared on my radar when Ghost in the Machine was added to my daily news trolling, way back. I’ve always had a thing for collies and Shelties; for a child who was afraid of dogs in general, collies and Shelties always seemed to like me, never bit me. This is not some Lassie fantasy; it was played out over and over again as a kid. I have the bite marks from most other breeds to prove it.
Berk was a particularly entertaining and handsome young Sheltie, and so he found a way into this blogger’s heart. I daresay he was the canine mascot of early weblogging, as far as I was concerned.
I will miss you, Berk. My deepest condolences to his buddy, Kevin.
Cnet: Eterni.me lets you Skype with the dead.
“Eterni.me collects almost everything that you create during your lifetime, and processes this huge amount of information using complex Artificial Intelligence algorithms. [snip] Then it generates a virtual YOU, an avatar that emulates your personality and can interact with, and offer information and advice to, your family and friends after you pass away. It’s like a Skype chat from the past.” I expect an Eliza-like experience. Even in primitive form, Eliza was surprisingly appealing.
Mashable: Why Klout Had to Change — and Why You Shouldn’t Count It Out.
“… Klout gave itself a whole new business model. Now it won’t just measure your score and offer dubious perks, it will also provide you with a stream of content you’ll most likely to want to share, actively boosting your score.” So, now I’m curious.
I finally signed up to Klout. And here are some of the stories they suggest to me, to ‘improve’ my score:
HuffPo, Why you should start eating more bugs.
Betfair.com, Argentinian Football.
Jalopnik, What Chinese Carmakers can learn from dumb Starbucks.
Forbes, Why your company needs to be ‘brandful’.
io9, Why cutting off the tail off someone’s horse used to be a huge insult.
These are supposed to boost my scores? If that’s improvement, I prefer oblivion.
Suffice it to say … FAIL. I’ll spend a little time to try to train it, but given their article sourcing, I doubt it will have any influence on my daily link trolling.
BuzzFeed Style Guide.
Interesting. Mostly common sense.
I love that ...
… randomwebsite.com is still up and running. I miss Le Blogeur … not even on the Wayback Machine (unless I’ve got the URL incorrect) ...
Serendipita: Fourteen years and eleven days.
Happy Fourteen, Andrea! And the happy Ten, as well.
Happy Thirteen, to ‘The Obvious?’
Keep ‘em comin’, Euan.
The Atlantic: What Great Artists Need: Solitude.
“You know the cliché: You’re out on the town, you’re doing drugs, you’re drinking, you’re running on the walls, you’re pissing on the fireplace. It’s a cliché. Often you run into artists who live that life—and at one point, you find out that they’re not actually producing that much art. They’re living the life of the artist without the work.” Works with social media too, I think. Those who are most active, are not ‘doing the work.’ (Providing that work is not social media marketing itself.)
Ghost in the Machine: Four Score and Seven Slides.
Laughing so hard, I’m crying. To any A/V tech, new or old, this is gold.
SER: DMOZ Prunes Sites & Editors While Adding A Feature?
2dCloud: Apology Not Acceptable.
Guardian.UK: Dan Gillmor - Why all the angst? Blogging is far from dead.
“A decade or so ago, journalism went through a mini-spasm of angst about one of the changes then roiling the trade. Many worried about a practice they considered weird and, they concluded, at best semi-professional: blogging. But what became known as the “bloggers v journalists” affair ultimately faded into obscurity as just about every major news organization added blogs to its website.” Dan himself was the first, really.
Open Culture: David Foster Wallace’s Lists of His Favorite Words.
Because, when you get right down to it, all us bloggers love words.
Independent.UK: How town planning can make us thin and healthy.
5by5/The East Wing #82: Tim Murtaugh.
I thoroughly enjoyed this. I have more posts to deal with, and I’m a solo operator, so hearing how the ‘big players’ do it, just helps me handle the overload. Esp. while I contemplate and knock around redesigns.
Donuts Set to Open First New Internet Domains to the Public.
Note in particular, friends: Next Wednesday, February 5, .CAMERA, .EQUIPMENT, .ESTATE, .GALLERY, .GRAPHICS, .LIGHTING and .PHOTOGRAPHY will be open for registration by anyone interested in an online identity connected to these terms.
Macworld: Facebook finally shakes things up with Paper, the front page for your life.
This’ll be interesting. The advantage for FB is similar to that of Kottke.org and Stellar.io … sitting on top of pre-curated already-going-viral content in their systems, to pick and choose the real ‘cherries’. It’s brilliant. Even in ‘failure’, it will be popular, I suspect.
Guardian.UK: The blog turns 20 - a conversation with three internet pioneers.
Familiar faces with good things to say.
Guardian.UK: Academic group proposes editor blogging ban to keep ‘professional’ tone.
“A major academic body is proposing that editors of its journals be banned from blogging in an effort to maintain a ‘professional’ environment.” I thought we’d gotten past all this.