- Apple Mailing Lists: Syndication-Dev FAQ
- RSS Feeds for Apple Mailing Lists
- PHP HTML2PS – “html2ps is a PHP equivalent of the popular Perl script by the same name that accurately converts HTML with images, complex tables (including rowspan/colspan), layers/divs, and CSS styles to PostScript.”
- Innovation, Burt Rutan and EAA’s Airventure – Burt Rutan says: “We bought the engines on eBay”
- Beam Me Out Of This Death Trap, Scotty – Note that this was written in 1980, and that NASA thought they could manage a total of 50 to 75 shuttle flights per year. Why does Don McLean‘s phrase “A generation lost in space” come to mind when I read this?
- Seafair – The annual Seattle Fair is about to open. The Airshow will take place August 5th through the 7th, we get to see the Blue Angels practice for an entire week from the Amazon building.
- Issaquah Salmon Days (speaking of festivals), the Salmon Days will be here before too long. See the salmon struggle to swim upstream and to jump through the fish ladder, and lots more.
- MapBuilder.net – Create your very own customized Google Map (I will use this to map out our recent (and still to be blogged) road trip).
The aptly named rss2pdf site does exactly what the name implies, taking in an RSS feed and returning a PDF document as a result. I took the RSS feed for this blog and ran it through the site; you can see the results here.
Now all we need is an interesting way to use this! For example, taking an entire OPML list of RSS feeds and printing each one would create a rough sort of newspaper.
What are your ideas?
- Please, Mr. Gates, I Want More.
- Book Burro – Now with a site of it’s own.
- Beginning Of The End Of E-Mail .
- Venture Capital Blogs – Very handy list.
- AttentionTrust – “A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the basic rights of attention owners.” Just getting started, should be interesting to see what happens here.
- Memorandum.com – “A newfangled news tangle.”
- How To Be A Blogging Idol Instead Of An Idle Blogger.
So, readers, are you finding these links at all useful? I realize that there’s no particular theme to my list, and that’s by design. When I see something that’s useful to me, I want to save it for possible later use, and I want to share it. Let me know how I am doing — please feel free to leave a comment for me.
Let’s start out today with some interesting places to find new links. I like to think of these as “coffee break” sites, the kind of site that you can pull up at any time of day to find a few minutes (or hours) of new and interesting things to read.
- The 7 Step RSS Marketing Plan
- Running Windows with No Services.
- Life Sized Pirate Statues – On our recent trip to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, a lot of the tourist shops had large, detailed pirate sculptures out front, to give a nautical theme I guess. I realized that there couldn’t be too many companies supplying this little niche, and mentally bookmarked a search term. Got home, and this was the first hit for life sized pirate statues. There’s actually some other cool stuff in there. If you don’t need a pirate, how about the Blues Brothers or a baby elephant, or Marilyn Monroe?
- iTunes RSS Tags
- GameTomorrow.com – A group blog from IBM’s thought leaders in the gaming space. Some fascinating posts about cell processors, piracy, 3D, and more. New and worth watching.
- Kurt Cagle: How RSS/Atom is Replacing Web Services.
- Subzero Pro48 – Not just a mere refrigerator, but a monument to food preservation featuring two compressors and three separate evaporators (what is our society coming to?).
- Open Letter to Bill Gates – Exec Summary: If the software industry routinely expects developers to work a lot more than 40 hours per week in order to do their job, potential new developers will vote with their feet and find a profession where this is not the case.
- Mark Pilgrim: XPCNativeWrappers and Deer Park compatibility – Some important information on how to write Greasemonkey scripts that will be compatible with the next (Deer Park) release of Firefox.
- MSFT Bagholder – Another “things suck inside of Microsoft” blog in the inimitable spirit of Mini-Microsoft.
- XML user group in the UK
- XML Summer school in the UK
- Atom Feed Autodiscovery – (updated, thanks Phil).
- Start Your Engines: Developing Driving and Racing Games
- Northwest Entrepreneur’s Network
- In Tokyo, a Ghetto of Geeks.
- Geek Your Car.
- GreaseMonkeyed.com – Registry for Greasemonkey scripts
I’ve gotten into the habit of simply creating a blog entry full of the interesting stuff that I run into each day. Some is blogged for sharing, others so that I can find it later for further review. From here on out I am going to institutionalize the process by date-stamping each entry. I will update it throughout the day.
- BIOCOMPUTATION – A Conversation with J. Craig Venter, Ray Kurzweil, Rodney Brooks
- Sam Ruby: REST vs API
- WordPress Codex – Over 450 articles on how to get the most from WordPress.
- MSDN Web Services Developer Center
- X-UFO 4 Motor Flying Machine
- XML 2005 Conference – November 14-18 in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Optimus Keyboard – All key legends are “soft”, production slated for 2006 per the FAQ.
- Neo iON – Direct connection: iPod to car stereo via CD changer port
- Tim Bray: RSS 2.0 and Atom Compared.
- MIT Registry of Standard Biological Parts.
- What are Microformats?
Regular readers of this blog may have noticed that I have not had time to write anything substantial for a week or two. For the past 1.5 weeks we (myself, my wife, her mom, and 4 of our 5 kids) have been on a family road trip, Seattle to Southern California and back.
Here’s the executive summary of our trip:
- June 14 – Leave Seattle, drive 600 miles to Redding, California.
- June 15 – Drive 450 miles to Bakersfield, California. Stop in Sacramento and tour the State Capitol.
- June 16 – Drive 40 miles to Tehachapi and pick up our daughter at gymnastics camp. Continue on to Anaheim, 150 more miles.
- June 17 -Tour Hollywood and Rodeo Drive.
- June 18 – Visit Disneyland.
- June 19 – Relax a bit; shop at Downtown Disney.
- June 20 – Drive 270 miles to the Hearst Castle, take the tour, stay in Morro Bay.
- June 21 – Drive 250 miles to South San Francisco, with stops in Gilroy, Silicon Valley, Stanford, and Palo Alto.
- June 22 – Tour San Francisco, including Pier 39, Fishermen’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Lombard Street, Chinatown, and Haight-Ashbury.
- June 23 – Drive 865 miles to Seattle, brief stops in Berkeley and at Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe.
All in all we drove about 3000 miles in 10 days. We had a really good time and I hope we created some lasting memories.
I will blog a more detailed recap of our trip, for those who simply must know every last detail, and I will post some pictures as soon as I have the time to get them off of the camera.
We used a GPS receiver connected to a laptop for navigation (via Microsoft Streets and Trips) and it worked pretty well. I’ll write more about this in the coming week.
I reserved mid-range hotels for each night, being careful to select only those that offered “high speed internet.” I was not disappointed once — I was always able to get a reasonably strong WiFi signal and had no real problems connecting.