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Going to a Pizza Place and getting something with meat on a Friday in Lent.

  Posted: Feb 29, 2008

Reactions to Playing with FriendFeed

I've been playing with FriendFeed the last couple of days after seeing posts from folks like Scoble. I've long discussed the need for the "great Web 2.0 presence aggregator". It's something I've considered writing it, although I've never had the time nor the web design skills (I can do functional, just not pretty). Now that I've played with it it's about 75% of what I envisioned.
The system provides a clean interface for seeing all the activity of your friends in one place. This is more people centric, so a person can have any number of web 2.0 services attached to his account which are presented coherently and logically.
One interesting feature is the inclusion of "imaginary friends". Unlike Mr Snuffelupagus, everyone will admit that imaginary friends exist (yes, I know that Mr. S is now seen by everyone on Sesame Street, but from my youth he is still imprinted as Big Bird's imaginary friend) . The purpose behind them is to allow you to follow folks who have not yet subscripted to FriendFeed. A friend of mine asked how this compares to just adding the person's feeds to an RSS reader. The people centric nature of FF is more coherent and a better approach, IMHO.
FriendFeed supports a number of the popular web 2.0 services including Digg, Google Reader, Reddit,, Furl,, Ma.gnolia, StumbleUpon, Gmail/Google Talk Status, Jaiku, Pownce, Twitter, Vimeo, YouTube, Flickr, Picasa Web Albums, SmugMug, Zooomr, Blog, Tumblr, iLike,, Pandora, Amazon Wishlists, Google Shared Stuff, LinkedIn, Netflix Queue,Upcoming, and Yelp. Addionally you can add any RSS feed to the service (your blog, any new web 2.0 service that's created, etc). There is a facebook app which presents my presence rather nicely and effectivly removes a number of boxes from facebook, replaced by one consistant interface,
Where I really like the look and feel of thie beast there are a couple of pieces missing. Since I have provided FriendFeed with accounts I have on a number of social networks, why can't FriendFeed do reverse lookups to determins who's already there. For example, if I have Scoble listed as a friend in twitter, why doesn't FriendFeed automagically hunt him down and ask if I want to add him? The process of finding all my contacts one more time and adding them is rather annoying.
Also, It would be really nice if this thing produced an FOAF file or added XFN style links so it ties into the semantic web better.
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BTW, this is my first real post with Qumana's Q-Editor so don't be surprised if things look a little different. I'm checking it out for a friend and will probably post on it later.

  Posted: Feb 28, 2008


OK, I am bowing to the pressure and checking out friendfeed (the great web2.0 presence aggregator). I'll let you all know in the next few days... in the mean time

Observation 1:
If I'm telling friendfeed about the other social sites I'm on, why can't it dope out who some of my friends are based on reverse lookup?

  Posted: Feb 26, 2008

Social Graph - 1st Draft

OK, the first draft of my Social Graph Page is up. It's rather rudimentary. I'll be pulling data out of my other socnets and inputting them into the database in the next couple of days.

Right now it's only generating XFN compatible links... soon I'll have an FOAF file generated as well. Once I'm happy with it I'll post the code for the module.

I'm still importing contacts, so don't feel slighted if you're not on there (if you want to be, feel free to email me).

  Posted: Feb 23, 2008

Documenting my Social Graph

OK... after a bunch of waiting I have decided to embrace the semantic web and document my social graph. After a ton of debating I have decided to use both XFN and FOAF. There are a number of reasons for this.

I am currently managing most of my social graph in LinkedIN and Facebook (see my Social Networks page for links). Where this is nice; the question of who owns my social graph. The more I use facebook, the more I crave something more open so I can play with it more.

Recently google released a social graph API. I know that as google gets more actively involved things will take off, so now it the time to get working on it.

As stated in this article XFN and FOAF are different approaches to documenting one's social graph and I can see benefits to both.

Being agnostic on the XFN vs FOAF front will give me a little more exposure, which can be interesting.

I am working on building a drupal module that will build my links list on the right as well as build a FOAF module (I'll post in the lab section when I'm done). In the mean time expect to see some changes under the covers and more information soon.

  Posted: Feb 21, 2008

Ash Wednesday

Had a slight panic today, while out on Long Island on some personal business. I order my traditional Ash Wednesday tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich for lunch and it occurred to me that I didn't know if Episcopalians considered Ash Wednesday a fast day and if so, what fasting meant to an Episcopalian. I made the decision that throwing away the food would be a bigger sin then eating on a day where I should be fasting. I spoke with Tom before the service this evening and found out that there is no requirement to fast.
The evening mass at CHR was sparsely attended, to the point that I wonder if there are A&P Episcopalians. One thing that struck me about Jim's sermon was 6 things to give up for Lent (all beginning with the letter A). Anxiety, Anger, Averous, Animosity, Acquisition, and Apathy. As certain things in that list seem to apply to me (Acquisition for example) it is something I will look into.

  Posted: Feb 7, 2008

Flickr Interestingness RSS Feed

For some reason Flickr does not provide an RSS feed of the photos on their "interesting" page, so I spent some time building a script to create a feed over lunch.

Like my APOD feed it has flickr style enclosures that work with FlickrFan and other pieces of software.

The RSS feed is stored here: It should be updated every couple of hours.

I have uploaded the code here The code is released under the GPL ver 3, and uses phpflickr (

Share and Enjoy!

  Posted: Jan 24, 2008

Garrison Keillor on Episcopalians

Alex Handed this to me and I thought it was appropriate

Garrison Keillor on Episcopalians
(An essay by Garrison Keillor)

We make fun of Episcopalians for their blandness, their excessive calm, their fear of giving offense, their lack of speed and also for their secret fondness for macaroni and cheese. But nobody sings like them. If you were to ask an audience in Des Moines, a relatively Episcopalianless place, to sing along on the chorus of "Michael Row the Boat Ashore," they will look daggers at you as if you had asked them to strip to their underwear. But if you do this among Episcopalians, they'd smile and row that boat ashore and up on the beach! ....And down the road!

Many Episcopalians are bred from childhood to sing in four-part harmony, a talent that comes from sitting on the lap of someone singing alto or tenor or bass and hearing the harmonic intervals by putting your little head against that person's rib cage. It's natural for Episcopalians to sing in harmony. We are too modest to be soloists, too worldly to sing in unison. When you're singing in the key of C and you slide into the A7th and D7th chords, all two hundred of you, it's an emotionally fulfilling moment. By our joining in harmony, we somehow promise that we will not forsake each other.

I do believe this, people: Episcopalians, who love to sing in four-part harmony are the sort of people you could call up when you're in deep distress. If you are dying, they will comfort you. If you are lonely, they'll talk to you. And if you are hungry, they'll give you tuna salad!

Episcopalians believe in prayer, but would practically die if asked to pray out loud. Episcopalians like to sing, except when confronted with a new hymn or a hymn with more than four stanzas.

Episcopalians believe their Rectors will visit them in the hospital, even if they don't notify them that they are there. Episcopalians usually follow the official liturgy and will feel it is their way of suffering for their sins.

Episcopalians believe in miracles and even expect miracles, especially during their stewardship visitation programs or when passing the plate.

Episcopalians feel that applauding for their children's choirs will not make the kids too proud and conceited.

Episcopalians think that the Bible forbids them from crossing the aisle while passing the peace.

Episcopalians drink coffee as if it were the Third Sacrament.

Episcopalians feel guilty for not staying to clean up after their own wedding reception in the Fellowship Hall.

Episcopalians are willing to pay up to one dollar for a meal at church.

Episcopalians still serve Jell-O in the proper liturgical color of the season and Episcopalians believe that it is OK to poke fun at themselves and never take themselves too seriously.

  Posted: Dec 22, 2007