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  Friday, June 07, 2002

RSS Feeds in Outline Form
Here is this first preview of something much greater. I took Marc Barrot's opml/xslt demo and tweaked it so it renders RSS feeds instead of OPML documents.

I won't tell you where I'm going with this quite yet, because I haven't quite figured it all out. If you have more than 3 brain cells you can probably guess.
10:32:27 PM    comment []  Google It!  

Don't Steal My Focus
Here's why I don't think that focus is all that magical at all -- I have focus. I have had it my whole life. Focus is whatever I am doing at the present time. Here's an example:
  1. You're programming away. Happy as a clam. In your text editor. Typing furiously, getting stuff done. Then.....
  2. BOOM! There's another window up on screen! It's got the focus now. IT STOLE THE FOCUS -- FROM YOU.
  3. Do the ALT+TAB dance back to your editor. Figure out what keystrokes didn't get in. Retype. Sigh. Until the next time.
[The FuzzyBlog!]

IMHO the best solution for controlling focus is 'sloppy focus' (whatever window your mouse is over has focus, until you move your mouse to another window, then it has focus). This is usually only avaliable in window managers for *NIX. I use Blackbox.
7:34:52 PM    comment []  Google It!  

Latest: Ninjatune bought by EMI
Mr Scruff has been dropped from the label, the spokesman commenting "He's a bit unkempt and smells of fish". Similarly Bonobo has been axed, as apparently "a monkey could write this stuff".

The Cinematic Orchestra will be rushing out a new album, with "a lot more beats and... we just feel it needs some guitars".

Rumours that Amon Tobin will be producing Britney's next album "Smack me up one more time, bitch" are as yet unfounded. 7:16:53 PM    comment []  Google It!  

More autodiscovery for bots: Finding weblogs via RSS referers. Okay, so now we've got a bit further toward our News Aggregators leaving vapor trails. Thanks, Morbus. Thanks, Dave. There's still some more work that needs to be done, though. In specific, how do I get to you via your trail? Or, to be even more specific- how to my... [0xDECAFBAD]

deus_x recommends adding another LINK tag on all weblog pages that points to the root site so that agents can better define 'your weblog'. He suggests something like this: <link href="" rel="contents">. I like it but I haven't had a chance to let all the ramifications sink in yet.
7:11:55 PM    comment []    

Music Industry Unveils New Piracy-Proof Format: A Black, Plastic Disc With Grooves On It
As part of the invention's rigorous testing process, the designers gave some discs to a group of teenage computer experts who regularly use file swapping software such as Limewire and gnutella and who admit to pirating music CDs.

Despite several days of trying, none of them were able to hack into the disc's code or access any of the music files contained within it.

"It's like, really big and stuff," said Doug Flamboise, one of the testers. "I couldn't get it into any of my drives. I mean, what format is it? Is it, like, from France or something?" [Build And Destroy]

7:00:08 PM    comment []  Google It!  

Superstring Theory - Why we need it, how it's progressing. []
6:50:08 PM    comment []    

Tonight is season premier of Farscape and Stargate SG-1 on the SciFi Channel.
6:43:52 PM    comment []    

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What I'm Reading

The Scar [a]

Interface [a]

American Invisible, Inc

Agent to the Stars

The Ambient Century

The Rough Guide to House Music


Information Architecture for the World Wide Web

Cascading Style Sheets by Example

Foundations of Geometry [a]

Karl's Calculus Tutor

Dave's Short Trig Course

Cellular Atomata: Digital Worlds

Ordered Online
Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software [a]

Design for Community: The Art of Conecting Real People in Virtual Places [a]

Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A unified Theory of the Web [a]

Linked: The New Science of Networks [a]

A New Kind of Science [a]