Blurbs

It’s been a very busy week, as evidenced by the dearth of posts over the last few days. Work is really keeping me hopping, especially since I missed two days serving jury duty. I didn’t really want to go, but I will say it was satisfying to convict someone who preys on children- and that is all I will say about the matter. Herewith some random thoughts from the past week.

  • I watched Steve Jobs’ Macworld Expo Keynote Tuesday evening. It deserves its own post, which it got.

  • While on the topic, this made me laugh out loud (via zephoria.org).

  • Considering the impact the original MacPaint had when the original Mac was introduced, and the longevity of MacPaint 2.0, I find it amazing that OS X comes with no “paint” application. Even Windows has one. I haven’t had any luck locating an open source, OS X-native paint app, either. This is one of those projects I consider doing myself, until I remember just how much free time I have.

  • Speaking of free time, I stole some by staying up far too late for the past few nights, indulging myself with a copy of the new version of Sid Meier’s Pirates! This is one of my all-time favorite games, dating all the way back to my Commodore 64 in high school. The new version is quite faithful to the original, and yet still as engaging as ever. I’m playing it on the kids’ PC… I wasn’t about to wait 6 months or more for an OS X version.

  • The hot topic in the technical blogosphere these days is “folksonomies”, which just means categorization schemes where the end users create categories on the fly. Think del.icio.us and Flickr. Whoever coined that term should be slapped, but the whole notion of roll-your-own tags rocks. I use del.icio.us quite a bit (my del.icio.us links); here’s a couple of tricks I use:

    • Tags starting with an asterisk (*) sort to the top of the list, making for quick reference. I have a few, such as *toread, *toblog, *tobuy, etc.

    • Since everything on del.icio.us has its own rss feed, I went to my “reading list” (http://del.icio.us/jason/*toread) and used Firefox’s autodiscovery support to create a Live Bookmark subscription, which sits in my Bookmarks Toolbar. Anytime I want something to read, there it is. Now I just need to find the time to read the stuff.

  • Getting a couple hundred comment spam attempts a day lately. Attempts – my spam trap is catching them. Don’t forget, the comment system uses Markdown… no raw HTML links, please. I think it has a bug that marks some trackbacks as spam… I restore these when I see them, but if you send me a trackback and it doesn’t show up, e-mail me.

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2 Responses to “Blurbs”

  1. Mark Says:

    “Folksonomy” was coined by Adam Mathes, at http://www.trenchant.org — I kind of like it.

  2. Jason Says:

    Mark- Went looking for some info on Adam’s coining of the term (for another project which hadn’t seen daylight yet) and couldn’t find it… Wikipedia credits Thomas Vander Wal, but without link… any further info?