Archive: March 31st, 2005

Truncated iChat status mess

iChat is a nice little application, one that I find myself using more and more each day.

It’s not without its limitations, however. For instance, it would appear that status messages get truncated at 25 characters. That can lead to some ambiguous status messages.

Take, for example, Dunstan’s cryptic note:

"Busy @ Apple: Don’t call unless you’re my bo"

Drew put two and two together and was able to reverse-engineer the message.

two similar status messages in iChat

RSS to hCalender with PHP

Following on from my low-tech solution for displaying links here on my journal, I thought I’d apply the same technique to another RSS feed.

I’m now displaying my Upcoming events in the sidebar. Seeing as this is a list of timed events, it’s the perfect candidate for the hCalendar treatment.

The transformation was pretty straightforward, although I haven’t styled the resultant XHTML in any particular way. There’s just enough information provided in the RSS feed about each event. An end date would be handy, though. I should really look into using the newly released API.

Slowly but surely, I’m beginning to pull in the small pieces of me that are scattered around the web. I’ve reigned in my links and my Upcoming events. Now I just need to reel in my Flickr photographs and the items in my Amazon wishlist.

I am developing a deep and abiding love of Web Services.

Annelie's FotoAlbum

A nice homey implementation of my JavaScript image gallery script.

Ben Hammersley: Second Sight

In the Guardian: Yahoo is the new Google. Google is the new Yahoo.

The Man Who Shot Sin City

It sounds like Robert Rodriguez is capable of bringing Frank Miller's graphic novels to life.