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Build Form added to RSS to Javascript (July 31, 2003 10:29 AM)
I just added a small feature to our RSS to JS demo, the site that demonstrates a bone-simple (even humans can do this with their bare hands) way to take a known RSS feed and have it displayed inside any web page. This new feature is a simple web form... «more»
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Boris Finds Emerson RSS from Amazon (July 30, 2003 04:40 PM)
Just days before packing his bags to leave for the MERLOT 2003 Conference, our humanities learning object Blogger "Boris" gets rather clever. He has found out how to get RSS feeds from on his favorite American literature movement, see object human: Feeds for Transcendentalism What Boris has found... «more»
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Creating RSS (bottle opener optional) (July 29, 2003 03:17 PM)
Stephen Downes outlines How to Create an RSS Feed With Notepad, a Web Server, and a Beer, essentially a 9 step process for (ugh) writing RSS Feeds by hand. An RSS (Rich Site Summary) feed is an XML file used to describe the contents of your website. As your website... «more»
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Show Your Love for RSS (July 24, 2003 10:01 AM)
By way of Dave Winer (by way of NetNewsWire on my desktop) come these nifty graphic badge icons from Bryan Bell. Get yours today in delicious pink, blue, green, as PNG or GIF files, nicely provided to match your site. Yummy candy. Show your love. Fortunately, they are NOT... «more»
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Bag Dropping Bookmarklet (July 22, 2003 11:47 AM)
Regarding our post about a new RSS feed for the web's eye view bag of urls site, Scott Leslie commented about our submission form being an ideal candidate for a web browser bookmarklet tool. Scott has recently championed these underused tools for one's browser toolbar, rightfully so, because they are... «more»
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How Many Grains of Sand on a Beach? (Counting Blogs) (July 22, 2003 07:57 AM)
Deep philosophical questions or trivial trivia? "How many stars are there in the sky?" "How many grains of sand on the beach?" The question of How many blogs and bloggers? How big the blogosphere? from blogcount yields an estimated 2.4 to 2.9 weblogs as of Monday, June 23, based on... «more»
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New RSS Feed for Bag of URLs (July 21, 2003 05:31 PM)
Give me a free hour and there goes another new RSS Feed. Since 1996, we have been accumulating some 4000 interesting web sites in our web's eye view bag of urls. Essentially the format for the content is a site title, URL, and description (does that sound like RSS or... «more»
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TrackBack Is There for Radio/UserLand (July 21, 2003 08:02 AM)
Finally! A test site now proves that Radio/UserLand weblogs are TrackBack enabled. And it works! Got Trackback? Yup! My blog entry here was created by using the MovableType bookmarklet tool that automatically dissected the test source, found the embedded RDF TrackBack data, and provided the ping address directly to my... «more»
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Dullest Blog in the World (over-blogging) (July 17, 2003 12:31 PM)
If ever I think I am blogging too many things, I can use the dullest blog in the world as my reference point. Very tongue-in-cheek (we hope), this blog includes fascinating tidbits such as: Taking a short break July 2I was doing some things. After a while I decided to... «more»
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Google Alert: Another RSS Feeder (and good all around resource) (July 17, 2003 09:26 AM)
Another gem of a resource that has a hook or two into the RSS game, is the free Google Alert service. Google Alert runs daily Google searches for you and emails you whenever new results appear. Many people use Google Alert to keep track of what the web is saying... «more»
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Bonus Feature for MT Bookmarklet (July 16, 2003 02:42 PM)
Scott Leslie recently posted some well deserved praise for Bookmarklets (little Javascripts to perform tasks), citing them as vastly under-used but powerful tools in your web browser. The MovableType Bookmarklet makes blogging any website a snap, see our Blogging with the MT Bookmarklet summary. But by pure accident, I discovered... «more»
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New RSS Feed: Teaching and Learning on the Web (July 16, 2003 09:15 AM)
Building on the code done for adding RSS to our DirectorWeb site, it took less than an hour to integrate it into our Teaching & Learning on the Web. Once again, adding RSS was wonderfully simple. You can find this new feed at «more»
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NaDa: Does Nothing for Everybody (July 16, 2003 06:01 AM)
On an extremely light note... hurry now and download your copy of NaDa, only 1k! "Nada does nothing for everybody". Most products we see on the market want to increase our productivity, organize our screen joyfully or make wonders with our sound card, but NaDa™ does nothing. This is a... «more»
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Splitting Up MT Category Archives (July 15, 2003 05:19 PM)
I absolutely love MovableType for publishing this weblog, and know there is quite a bit more to dig into. One thing that has bothered me is in creating my category archives, they potentially have no end in sight for how long they will get to be. They just grow and... «more»
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Taking a Dog Nap July 25-27 (July 15, 2003 02:29 PM)
Cogdogblog will be off-line between July 24 (6:00 pm PST) to July 28 (7:00 AM PST). There is some new power generator going in the building, and they are pulling the plug on all computers, networks, and servers. What will we do? Take a blog-break and going outside to chase... «more»
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DirectorWeb sports a new RSS feed (July 14, 2003 11:00 AM)
I have just hacked together a script to generate RSS feeds for the items posted to the front of Director Web, our long standing web resource site for users of Macromedia Director. Although, I have not touched the inside of Director for about a year or two, this site still... «more»
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Weblog Ethics (There is room for that, eh?) (July 13, 2003 09:34 PM)
As an excerpt from a new book on blogging, Rebecca Blood's Weblog Ethics is certainly timely. Especially given the current recess fighting over "de-publishing". But more than that, Rebecca's wisdom rings true as one of the early bloggers (see Rebecca's Pocket for may more gems) and is sound advice for... «more»
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Thanks IDBlog for Pointer on Adding Comments... (July 12, 2003 08:10 AM)
Thankls to Beth Mazur and her post on IDblog: Spotlighting comments that had the MovableType code for adding the excerpts of the 5 most recent comments to this blog, now visible on the right under the heading "Others Bark Back" Just another small way to bring bits of information from... «more»
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Because They Can... (July 11, 2003 04:52 PM)
One might ask why someone would use or create something like BlogChatter - Realtime Weblog Aggregation and the answer is the topic of this post (same answer to the philosophical question, "why do dogs lick themselves?"). Blogchatter allows you to peek into the fast paced universe of weblogs (or blogosphere)... «more»
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After the Fuss (July 11, 2003 10:32 AM)
Wow, it is not even 15 minutes following our teleconference on "What's The Fuss about RSS?" and already George has posted some great summary points, elearnspace blog: The Fuss about RSS - Summary. How did I know? I glanced at my NetNewsWire RSS aggregatos and saw not only George's new... «more»
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The Fuss wiki is Open (July 9, 2003 04:31 PM)
Okay folks. We have polished off most of the rough edges of the wiki part of our presentation on What's the Fuss abour RSS? and are here tossing it out for your viewing. Update (Sept 3, 2003) The wiki has been spiffed up and moved to «more»
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a teaser for "Fuss about RSS" (July 9, 2003 10:26 AM)
This is just a pre-notice teaser for our upcoming LOVCOP teleconference on July 11, 2003: What's the Fuss about RSS?. Tune in at 9 am Pacific, 10 am Mountain, 11 am Central, noon Eastern. For access details (it is a toll free call), rush and click over to the LOVCOP... «more»
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LO White Paper (July 8, 2003 04:04 PM)
We spotted a new Learning Objects White Paper posted in Macromedia's Learning Object Development Center. Written by New Media Consortium CEO Larry Johnson: Elusive Vision: Challenges Impeding the Learning Object Economy, explores the drivers, enablers and mediators in the learning object economy.  Larry Johnson, CEO of the New Media Consortium, describes and analyzes... «more»
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A Humanites Blogging Prof Not to Be Outdone... (July 8, 2003 03:27 PM)
And not to be outdone by a mere earth science teacher, our Humanities Blogger, Boris, has also latched onto the new RSS Feeds from (see boris blog...) and quickly drills down to some useful Art History ideas for "approaching art" This is pushing beyond the bounds of mere learning... «more»
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Lora Adds RSS Feed (July 8, 2003 08:16 AM)
After a bit of summer vacation (actually field work in Montana), Lora the Geologist (who is blogging about learning obejcts in geology) has found the news that is now syndicating their content via RSS, and very quickly she has added a feed for their Geology collection to her site.... «more»
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Generational Word Association (July 2, 2003 03:04 PM)
Each May we organize a year-end "Ocotillo" retreat for faculty and staff in our system to spend some focused time on instructional technology issues. This year, the theme was "Guess Who's Coming To Learn?": What do we know about our students and their motivations for learning? Are our planning activities... «more»
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ePortfolios at Maricopa (July 1, 2003 01:19 PM)
Actually, we have some ventures going on Electronic Portfolios at Maricopa. A new mcli site (for now) chronicles three project/efforts.... «more»
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ePortfolio 2003 International Conference (July 1, 2003 01:12 PM)
Now, I wish our work with electornic portfolios was buzzing enough for someone in the organization to force me to attend ePorfolio 2003, the "first international conference on the digital portfolio, 9-10 Octobre 2003, Poitiers France" Can you say "buzzword"? This year's "portal"?? ePortfolios might be the biggest thing in... «more»
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Web-based TrackBack Tool for MLX (July 1, 2003 11:00 AM)
For our new CDB readers, we have been experimenting a few months with adding Trackback records to all items in our Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX). This allows a way for each item to potentially record an entry everyitm someone describes an MLX item in a weblog. And we also have... «more»
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