Archive: November 11th, 2001


Some more geeky stuff:

Ever since Derek Powazek started doing something with his RSS feeds, I’ve been looking around at what kind of up-to-date headlines are out there.

I’ve put together a little portal for myself. It grabs headlines from RSS feeds from news sites and weblogs. It also displays one random webcam picture - I’ll add to to the list of cams whenever I come across a good one.

I think I’m starting to "get" this whole XML/RSS/RDF syndication thing.

On a completely unrelated note:

The journal entry before this one (which you should see directly below this) is blank, as you may have noticed.

This is deliberate. The time of the entry is the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. It was at this time in 1918 that the armistice was signed. The blank journal entry is my moment of silence.

This year, veteran’s day and armistice day coincide. For that reason, today is a day to remember all those who have fallen in combat, but especially those who died in the first world war*.

*except the generals and field marshalls on both sides whose incompetence in that war caused so much misery - they can rot in hell.

Weblogs.Com: Recently Changed Weblogs

This is really only of interest to the geeky amongst you. I’ve been messing around with my custom made blogging application.

Basically, every time I write a new entry here, a new XML file is made on the fly, the journal page here gets updated and so does the RSS file (which will be useful for something, I’m sure).

Now I’ve added an extra little feature. Every time I add a new entry, a site that tracks recently changed weblogs gets pinged with a notification.

It’s a nifty site if, like me, you’re a voracious reader of blogs. I like the immediacy of seeing other people’s thoughts appearing in rapid succession.