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Down On The Server Farm (January 31, 2005 11:32 AM)
flickr foto MCLI Server "Farm"available on my flickr A tour of the mcli server "farm", more of an agglomeration. Starting from the left, we have "Jade", a 1.33GhZ Apple Xserver that runs CogDogBlog (weblog plus a few more), the Feed2JS site as well as virtual hosting Maricopa eP, an... «more»
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Poking Around Weather via WAP/WML (January 29, 2005 10:54 PM)
As a geek happens a lot- I get curious and start poking around on the net, peeking at web page source code. Tonight, I was checking out the NOAA weather forecast for near our cabin and there was a little note near the top: New! Cell Phone (wap) URL: «more»
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Word Salad Spam Poetry (January 29, 2005 01:38 PM)
Rummaging quickly through my filtered email (some legit things keep falling through), I came across one of those ones with 2 cryptic links and then a whole raft of random words. I think the intent is to try and flood or fool email filters (but this is my un-educated guess,... «more»
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Jade Hiccup (January 29, 2005 01:31 PM)
Sometime between 1:00 Am yesterday and 11:00 am today I think this server was down-- I could not ping it nor access any content on it. I was rather worried, knowing that there are many people using Feed2JS for their sites, and the sites will just stay in an endless... «more»
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My Messy Pile of Leaf Tags (January 29, 2005 02:19 AM)
The new Journal Of the Hyperlinked Organization (JOHO) metaphorically paints folksomony and controlled vocabularies as "trees vs leaves": Folksonomies are different in important ways from top-down, hierarchical taxonomies — the shape we've assumed knowledge itself takes. The old way gets some experts together who create a nested tree of concepts... «more»
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A Few More Critters for Amy's Menagerie (Courtesy of the Porcupine Anti-Defamation Scoiety) (January 28, 2005 11:55 PM)
I am a card carrying porcupine. According to Amy Gahtan's new series on "Handling Online Vermin", the internet is swarming with undesirable, nasty "vermin" who apparently threaten the well being of innocent online souls: online media presents a deeply weird juxtaposition of isolation and connectedness, anonymity and identity, parts and... «more»
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Wow... Adunct Faculty Jumps Feet First Into MLX and ePortfolio (January 28, 2005 04:56 PM)
CDB readers may know of the struggles written here to solicit Maricopa people to share their instructional materials and teaching ideas in our Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX) which is at almost 1100 items. Our efforts have included bribery and competition, but have yet to embrace physical threats. If I had... «more»
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Putting MLX Feeds Where My Mouth Is (January 28, 2005 04:35 PM)
I recently wrote some criticism of views that RSS feeds are "only for new stuff", and given that I had a request today for a randomized Maricopa Learning eXchange feed, it was time to put my feeds where my mouth is/was. Before today, the feeds we generate as fixed static... «more»
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RSS Blips on the Maricopa Radar (January 28, 2005 09:55 AM)
I saw today that RSS might be starting to meme its way across our system. It takes time. This morning I got a call from a faculty member asking where she can get software to see RSS. I sent her googling in "Desktop RSS Aggregator" not recalling which of the... «more»
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A Big Squared Circle Flickr Poster (January 28, 2005 07:03 AM)
Check out this flickr spawned creation, the Squared Circle Poster. It is a mosaic of 2600 photos from the flickr Sqaured Circle Group (photos of circular objects inside a square image): This image was made by compositing 2600 photographs and arranging them in a fibonacci spiral, a form commonly seen... «more»
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Arf! Can Your Hear Me Now? Woof! (January 28, 2005 06:48 AM)
More from the weird web department... can anyone guess who's remaindered links I am plundering?? Anyhow, as a DOG themed corner of the web and a techie, I gave some serious perusal of Pet's Mobility: PetsMobility™ Network, Inc. (PetsMobility™) is a wireless communications company that will be providing innovative wireless... «more»
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One Down, A Billion To Go (January 28, 2005 06:34 AM)
Okay, so "nofollow" is "nomiracle"... but today I got confirmation from a site in Span that one or molecules of spam were stomped: Hello Mr. Levine Sorry for the long time without news about our "problem" but we've been very busy making changes in our network in order to fix it.... «more»
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The Basket is Good (but way inside the 3 point line) (January 27, 2005 10:00 PM)
From Bore Me, here is a video clip of a bunch of guys who toss a cheerleader through a basketball hoop. There is a lot of surlpus time out there working in strange ways. What else can be said? And can someone help me understand The Two Headed Dog? (from... «more»
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Sigh, Cancel The Jubilation (January 27, 2005 09:36 PM)
Oh well, might as cancel the jubilation over Google's "nofollow" announcement. Ben Hammersley spells out the sobering reality in "Let no fellow nofollow, lest we all lie fallow": I’m deeply mystified by the hallelujahs bursting forth about Google’s rel="nofollow" method of preventing comment spam. The idea being that comment spammers... «more»
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It's About Time I Read This (January 27, 2005 09:17 PM)
For the last year or more I have been blabbering about the "small pieces of technology loosely joined", so it was extremely overdue that I actually read the book I pilfered the phrase from. So thanks to a holiday gift card from Borders (which is really just a portal... «more»
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Best 404 In a While (January 27, 2005 07:15 AM)
Following a link in an email notification from Jay Allen's Comment Spam web site, I came across the best "404 Document Not Found" page I've seen in a while: For more fun things like this, or if you have some large amounts of time to idle away, check out the... «more»
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Small Pieces Gone to the Dogs (Guide Dogs that is) (January 26, 2005 10:11 PM)
I've been deploying my day time discoveries some web design work I do outside the Maricopa gig... most recently wrapping some of the Small Technologies Loosely Joined for the Eye Dog Foundation. This is a local organization that raises and trains German Shepherds as guide dogs for the blind, providing... «more»
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Flickr-ing with the Flickr Song (January 26, 2005 05:30 PM)
If you love flickr as much as me, well, you need a groovy, iPod like tune. A band called birdw0rks has done it, check out the flickr song [4.5 Mb mp3], and if your ears are a bit, ahem, well "mature", here are the lyrics. Oh, there is also cover... «more»
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On the Wrong Side of the Velvet Ropes (Again) (January 26, 2005 08:56 AM)
After my usual too-much-over-the-top-sarcasm bark at the Professional Bloggers Association, I got a quick professional PBA trackback from their new professional PBA site: Trackback: "Chuckle..." Excerpt: My own personal snarky anti-fan strikes again: He does this periodically, so please don't lash out at him. We all need to be... «more»
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Vancouver Aerial Tagging: Holy Flickr! (January 26, 2005 07:31 AM)
Holy Flickr! I just blindly stmbled into yet another wildly frenetic flickr functionality. I think it was Roland's feed that led me here, but flickr is being used, along with its note features, to create a collaborative map of Vancouver-- a series of closer and father up images of the... «more»
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What We're Doing When We Tag (January 25, 2005 11:32 PM)
(with apologies to Meg's "What We're Doing When We Blog")... Discussions of "folksonomy" are meme-ing across the blog-space and I am disappointed that it is yet another round of issues being encamped in dichotomies. I am picturing something like a "Meta Data Professional Wrestling Smackdown" (imagine a deep booming voice,... «more»
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Foibles of my First Pod... er, iRiverCast (January 25, 2005 11:52 AM)
Today was one of those technical gambles that actually, sort of worked! This morning, the EDUCUASE/NLII Meeting in New Orleans had a general session where the New Media Consortium provided a 5 Minutes of Fame overview of their just released Horizon Report (I was lucky to be among some great... «more»
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But Will Flickr Have A Manicure As Well? (January 24, 2005 08:26 PM)
My hands are quivering. The DTs are starting. I have photos to upload... and Flickr has sent the database for a massage? Will all the tags be rubbed down as well? Will there be vibrant toenail polish? Will the bunions be sanded? An herbal wrap? Oh well, I guess I... «more»
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Skyecasted Today, Some Other Cast Tomorrow (January 24, 2005 06:05 PM)
I'm into some crazy stuff. If you told me even last year I'd be having a 1 hour, clear, voice conversation over the net to a colleague in Finland, I would check to see what medications you were missing. But today, I was interviewed via Skype by Teemu Arina from... «more»
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From the Feedback Grab Bag (January 24, 2005 12:51 PM)
Feedback is a mixed bag, and one lessons I may have learned is that you are never going to please an audience as wide as the one on the web. So among the many places we collect feedback, some recent ones have just caught my eye. First, from our Writing... «more»
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I Can't (Blah blah blah blah) Read Long (Blah blah blah) Academic Papers (January 24, 2005 07:03 AM)
I admit it- the web has ruined my ability to read long papers. Okay, that is a cop out. But like conference presentations that are 90% background and bullets, in reading published papers, I get the twitch very quickly if I cannot find the concrete, the stuff I can see,... «more»
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My Saturday Spent in School (January 21, 2005 07:18 PM)
I spent my Saturday in school, not furthering my education, but paying my penance for zipping by a photo rador van last month. That's right, I did an 8 hour course from the National Safety Council, in lieu of paying the full fine, going to court. Sitting in a cramped... «more»
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New Amateur Bloggers Association: Biff's On Board (January 21, 2005 07:19 AM)
What are the odds? Amy Gaharan has just announced her joining the Professional Bloggers Association (PBA): the practice of being a consulting blogger-for hire, or operating a weblog with a functioning revenue model that goes beyond Google Ads Now it would be easy to take potshots, to throw darts, to... «more»
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Not delicious Feeds (January 20, 2005 10:42 AM)
Oh, I feel like a bad net citizen. Either due to my own code blunders, or someone else's overly aggressive page reloads or some force of the moon, our Feed2JS site has been banned from accessing feeds. Sorry about that folks, but you cannot display these feeds through our... «more»
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Bless You, Google (January 19, 2005 05:49 PM)
Google has spoken: Web links tagged with rel=nofollow shall not get PageRank. A grand rejoicing has been heard across the land. Well, at least from my office. From now on, when Google sees the attribute (rel="nofollow") on hyperlinks, those links won't get any credit when we rank websites in our... «more»
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Feed Changes that Send Ripples (January 19, 2005 01:09 PM)
It's a bit scary when I make a change/edit/?improvement to our Feed2JS (Feed to JavaScript) code, as any glitches or gotchas might show up on the hundreds? thousands? 3? of sites using it (I am basing some large numbers on the 20,000 files that built up in the cache directory).... «more»
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Mickey's Tribute (January 18, 2005 07:44 AM)
We interrupt the regular stream of yammering about rss, wikis, flickr, tags, learning objects, eportfolios, spam (actually it's been a while for that, don't ask why) for something meaningful to me (well it is my blog). It's been more than 3 months since my companion and subject for the... «more»
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RSS of Newest Stuff: Syndicating With Blinders (January 17, 2005 09:58 AM)
Robin Good's recent "Why RSS Search Feeds Based On Web Searches Are Important" was an interesting read for what it says about syndicating the results of web searches, but I had thought it would go down a different track. The quote that leaped out the page, from Steven M. Cohen... «more»
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Tag! Technorati is It (and got my feeds up to snuff) (January 16, 2005 12:29 PM)
Just days after marveling about a prototype of a combined + flickr service, technorati has rolled it all up into their new tagged service - combining tags from and flickr plus ones now extracted from feeds that Technorati crawls: Where does the stuff on Technorati Tag pages come... «more»
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Build Your Own DeliciousFurlBagConnotea Marklet Maker (January 13, 2005 11:08 PM)
I recently wrote of some JavaScript glue-ing I did to create a tool that allows my to take any web page in view, and submit it with one click to Furl,, Connotea, and our own Bag of URLs (see A Cup of Connotea: A New Flavor of Social... «more»
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Hey, That's Us! (But are we in FL?) (January 13, 2005 10:15 PM)
The January 2005 issue of Campus Technology has a nice two spread on my employer, the Maricopa Community Colleges. In "Who We Are", our IT Vice Chancellor outlines some of the big numbers about our big system (which is impressive), our recent successful .980 billion dollar bond election, and puts... «more»
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Oh, those messy character encodings.. (January 13, 2005 10:27 AM)
I recently wrote of some experiments to improved Feed2JS (see the updates fed to the site, bottom of the main page). Specifically, based on the request from a user in Germany, I attempted to change the output to encode content as UTF-8 using the new features on Magpie RSS 0.7.... «more»
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When Projects Rain, It Pours (January 12, 2005 06:12 PM)
Yes, what is with the weather? Even here in Arizona, the last two weeks have brought tremendous rain to the desert, doubling are average, flooding the dry washes. Up north, the mountain tops are getting snow by the foot. And this week, the projects here habe been coming down in... «more»
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Better MT-ing 3: All Your Archives Are Wrong (January 12, 2005 09:11 AM)
Getting back to our series on better blogging, on this one I make the bold contention (ducking tomatoes) that all (well most) weblog software packages create archives the wrong way. It is not that they cannot do it better, but for the most part, the out of the blox... «more»
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Tinkering Again With Feed2JS - Help With Char Sets? (January 11, 2005 10:24 AM)
For those the care to feed, I have been doing more minor tweaks to Feed2JS, and inside you will find I use the very same to display the latest updates to that site, since it now has its own feed. The main thing to look for (beyond coverups for my... «more»
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Tags on delicious flickring Steroids: Taggregator (January 10, 2005 04:13 PM)
Last week it was Tags on Speed. That was then, this is now... Richard S writes "More on Social tags" pointing to "taggregator" an experiment with allows you to provide one "tag" and it generates a side by side view of and flickr results: Someone built a thing I... «more»
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Spread That Love (and take 5 photos of it) (January 10, 2005 07:18 AM)
Yup, flickr is the land of maybe more than the land of 10,000 memes, maybe it is the long tail for photographic odd-topics. Today, I got an invite to join the "spread that love" flickr group (which explains why I had to fish it out of the junk mail folder!).... «more»
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Hero's Journey Project Desperately Needs Web Programming/Design Update (January 9, 2005 10:28 PM)
Help! I am in search of someone, some benevolent group, maybe a web design/development class project, willing to do an overhaul of a writing site that very much needs an update. Is this a lot to ask for? I just lack the time and resources to do it myself, and... «more»
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Thrice Warned: Piracy Shy? (January 9, 2005 03:12 PM)
Who reads the fine print any more? From the Stamp Out And Abolish Redundancy Department (apologies to Mad Magazine) comes the fine print on the back on an audio CD: Like the famous multiblade razors, the first warning (1) gets your attention. FBI Anti Piracy Warning: unauthorized copying is punishable... «more»
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For Computer Games Let's Hear it for the Underdogs (And Another Long Tail?) (January 8, 2005 10:04 AM)
Here is a CDB "web good dog" nod to "Home of the Underdogs" a site devoted to preserving "underrated" computer games many, but not all of the being "ambandonware" or titles no longer available: Home of the Underdogs is a non-profit site dedicated to the preservation and promotion of underrated... «more»
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Larry, Curly, or Moe on the Server Install (January 7, 2005 05:44 PM)
I had planned this afternoon to be a good quiet time to do a clean install on our office's in house server. I cannot complain about the sorts of problems Brian wrote about as mine seem a bit, well self inflicted. The server in question is a G4 OS X... «more»
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Email Signature of the Day (January 7, 2005 02:03 PM)
Lurking at the bottom of another email message today: "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it is too dark to read." ---Groucho Marx Now where is my flashlight? I cannot read that that mysql manual....... «more»
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Macromedia! Cease and Desist! (January 7, 2005 02:00 PM)
I got a cryptic e-mail message recently, that barely made a ripple among the daily spam flood: How come you pop up on my computre without invitation. Get lost you MF As you can see there is not much we need to do to educate written communications skills these days...... «more»
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Tags on Speed: 43 Things (January 5, 2005 10:10 PM)
Thanks to a tip from Alex I tuned into the now released version of 43 Things, which is addictive, intensive connected, and tagged inside out. I had peeked at the beta a few weeks back, but the released version is wild, social, and amazing. It is tags, tags, and tags... «more»
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Essence of Podcasts (January 5, 2005 07:26 AM)
Yes, I may be grumpy. No I did not get an iPod for Christmas. Despite this extreme hinderance, I have sampled a few more, and am still feeling a yawn reflex or hearing the strumming of lowdown 12-bar blues. I was thinking of the old (and still alive) Movie-A-Minute site:... «more»
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How Refreshing... Anders is GIVING money (to Tsunami Victims) For Blogging (January 4, 2005 11:47 PM)
Anders is doing something link worthy- offering to dotate $1 for every blogger who posts a list of relief agencies and posts it on a public blog. That's right, just post some links and/or make your own dontation, blog about it, and he chips in to the relief fund. I'd... «more»
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Writing Teachers Describe Blogging (January 4, 2005 11:32 PM)
Yes, the blog bubble is mushrooming. Soon we may see less quizzical looks generated by the word. (remember when you had to explain what a mouse was or what a URL really provided?). I just skimmed some nice perspectives on blogs ppublished in LORE: An E-Journal for Teachers of Writing.... «more»
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And Perspective on Bandwidth... (January 4, 2005 06:47 AM)
Roll back your time clock to the mid 1990s and consider your reaction to this statement (lifted out of context from a comment about BitTorrent): Yesterday, it took me 2.5 hours to download a measly 39 megs. I remember being hesitant to download something as large as 5 Mb (even... «more»
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Morning Perspective (January 4, 2005 06:36 AM)
With access to newspapers and highspeed net access after a week away, the graphic imagery and harsh realities of the post-tsumani impacts make anything complained about here last night seem infinitesimally insignificant. Like others, I have been contacting friends and colleagues with families in Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand, and... «more»
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AT&T Wins The CogSogBlog All Time Customer Service Hall of Shame (January 3, 2005 11:14 PM)
Readers of the CogDog may know we are not that gentle towards bad service from big corporate entities. My recent experience with AT&T Universal and Phone Company (and whatever the other percentage of the universe they own) has earned them the all time Pile of Stinky Poop Award for doing... «more»
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No Photoshop At All (January 3, 2005 08:50 PM)
flickr foto No Photoshop At Allavailable on my flickr This looks like something one does by compositing and feather-edging layers in PhotoShop, but I can vouch that this is an un-retouched photo. The view is looking in the window of the Strawberry Schoolhouse (the oldest standing school house in... «more»
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A Bit of Edu Torrents? (January 2, 2005 09:41 AM)
I've got some back of the cranium wonderings about educational uses of BitTorrent -- if this has not yet crossed your scope, check out the January 2005 Wired article The BitTorrent Effect (no, the article does not star Ashton Kutcher as BT creator Bram Cohen): BitTorrent lets users quickly upload... «more»
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Spammers New Year's Resolution: Stick Their URLs in Any Hole They Can Find (January 1, 2005 09:45 AM)
It's mid morning the first day of 2005, relaxing peacefully in our hideaway cabin ion Strawberry, a warm fire is in the stove, and the sky out the window is heavy with clouds-- and it looks like spam is failing from the sky, in big ugly clumps. Yup, on a... «more»
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