CogBlogged in ‘2014’

Pulled Out of an RSS Rabbit Hole By a Hawksey Genius Card

creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by xJason.Rogersx Does anyone set out to go down such a hole? It all started because Matt Rafalow contacted me- he was hoping to use medium.com to publish his work for Connected Courses. Simple, I thought. I knew medium publishes RSS feeds for user accounts. RSS is RSS. It should Just Work. Well, these RSS feeds do work in a Feed Reader. Because they are generally forgiving on the format of the feeds. But Matt reported an interesting problem. He tested his URLs. But when he puts it in the forms on our site, he gets a message that it’s not a valid URL It looks like to me that the URL validation code on the Gravity Forms plugin is failing on the “@” in the URL, although technically, it is a valid, though not common, construct for a URL. The […]

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An Extra Large @medium Response

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by Tracy Lee After a bit of a rant posted on medium how medium’s rss feeds are messed up, I was pleased to see the post published there getting probably ore recommends than anything else I published there. Not that’s what I aim for. But I could not wag a tail more from getting a response from Nick Santos, wo essentially is the person who knows best how medium works It Takes a Village To Read an RSS Feed I appreciate the detailed response. Some of the points I raised (readability of source HTML, lack of presence of RSS buttons) are minor points. I didn’t know that there were WordPress related brute force attacks that caused Medium to shut off their site from curl requests. I am not quite sure how I would know that. What I do know now is […]

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In Which I Chase Medium.com Up a Tree

Cagey cat. Lazy cat, cannot even generate output to provide valid RSS feed. @medium your rss feeds are @ mess Technology like RSS dies not because of failure, but neglect. You get what you ignore.

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Looking Through My Own Time Tunnel

This is not just a presentation prop for my presentation nostalgia trips to the past, pleasantly seated at my hosts breakfast table in Auckland, I am drinking coffee in your future. I tracked on the flight over not just the crossing over the International Date Line, but the way it jags, we actually went over, back, and over. In the old TV shows, at such junctures the ships would violently lurch about. After my arrival yesterday, my hosts Richard and June took me on a sunny walk where I think they’ve taken me before, Milford Beach, and I could see a familiar landmark. creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog I’d seen it from a different point, Campbell’s Bay Beach almost exactly 10 years ago, on a visit here in 2004 creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog And if you squint […]

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WordPress Hidden OPML Gem

I often don’t know what I don’t know. Ben Harwood posed a question this morning @cogdog Looking for a way to export FWP list to another site. Not that I'm lazy, well.. but maybe there's a post that isn't on WP org site? — Ben Harwood (@BenjaminHarwood) September 24, 2014 Basically to export the sites you have in a Feed WordPress site, all you need to do is export the WordPress links, that us a kind of data originally built into the software when people were big on doing these things called blogrolls (a list of recommended blogs). Links are a useful thing I have used time to time to built collections of sites, you can put them in categories and use widgets/shortcodes to push them to your site. On the bottom right of my site are two widgets to list sites “other webs” and “stuff I’ve made”; these are […]

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From the Wop Wops of Arizona to New Zealand

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog I won’t get to see Milford Sound again on this next trip, but I will get a whirlwind swirl around the North Island of New Zealand. The journey into the future has me leaving home at 10am, driving to Phoenix, flying to San Francisco for the first leg. I have a 6 hour SFO layover, and believe me, after missing my connection there last year on a trip to Japan, I am more than happy to chill. I fly out at 9PM and get to Auckland 5:30am Friday morning. Who knows what time that is for me. I have a 2 week circuit starting in Hamilton, keynoting and presenting twice more for the Shar-E-Fest 2014 conference Sept 29-30 in at Waikato Institute of Technology in Hamilton. There’s no resting; they have me on a circuit! Oct 1 The Open […]

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When You think That Tech Is More Awesome Than Possible, yet…

Flash! Poof! I thought I just discovered a hidden search gem in my OS X Mavericks system. One of the coolest things in Evernote is uploaded photos with text in the picture, becomes searchable for those words (it does some magic OCR on your images). Now that is magic. This morning I was seeking an image on my computer that I as not sure is there– I had used it on a post about the saying “The cobbler’s children have no shoes”. On a whim I put “cobbler” into the Spotlight search in the finder. I did not find the image I was looking for (insert Star Wars robots reference), but was surprised that an image titled IMG_9119.JPG would appear on the search result- in a photo with the word “cobbler” in the picture. Before I got excited and tweeting like a proud papa, I wanted to check a few […]

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Grasping for the Holy Comment Grail

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by RobotSkirts Blog comments. Once the only social network, the way we conversed among blogs, wikis in the pre-twitter, pre-facebook era. It was, really, where the interaction happened. Now, thanks to Google providing the link bait incentive, blog comments are the honey pots for bot gibberish; Akismet snags some 10,000 spam comments per week on this site. But they are still rather important in Connected Courses– nothing, absolutely nothing, motivates someone new to blogging, reflecting in their own space than getting feedback. Especially when it comes from a person they do not know. It cracks open the “why” of what may appear to be pointless blabbering. We seek to be hear, to be acknowledged. Blog comments do that in a simple, but effective way. There is, and has been, for a long time a desire to be able to “track” comment […]

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This is How My Health Insurance “Works”

Unlike many tea partiers I’ve been pleased with my experience getting ACA Healthcare (get the name right, willya, labeling it ObamaCare gives your bias away). I found the signup smooth, and have had above par service when I have called them with questions. As a self-employed Type 1 Diabetic, without it, I’d likely be (a) without healthcare or (b) without a home for the cost of care the TPers would leave me with. For a shade under the monthly cost I paid until March 2014 for a COBRA insurance plan (it expired), I was able to get a comparable Blue Cross / Blue Shield health care plan plus a Cigna Delta insurance one. I kept my doctors, but had to shift to a different prescription provider. By the way, this is costing me, out of my pocket, $500 per month. Please thank your employer, give them a hug, for covering […]

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Farewell Cadu

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog I got the sad news today from my ex that Cadu has left this earth. This loyal black lab was the sister of Mickey, the brown lab who stands in for me on my various avatars and this web site banner. We got both puppies in 2001, partly as a means of getting over the loss of a predecessor dog, MC Fudge. creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog Her name was chosen as a shortened version of Caduceus, the staff of Hermes that is the symbol of medicine, of health. Metaphorically, of the healing of the loss of Fudge. The irony was that as a puppy, Cadu was really sick! She was lethargic for a puppy, lost a lot of fur, and overweight. But thanks to the staff of Hermes and our veterinarian, she […]

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