3 entries tagged livejournal

LifeJournal syndication

Jo Charman has created a LiveJournal ‘syndication account’ for me. As a result you can see my RSS feed, converted in to a LiveJournal journal. She says that if you have a paid-for LiveJournal account, you can add pdc to your friends roster. And people can comment on the LiveJournal pointers to my posts. Woohoo.

Updated (4 March 2007). Updated URL. Corrected the spelling of Jo’s first name.

LiveJournal, now with cool URLs

I have been scraping the syndicated version of my RSS feed on LiveJournal in order to add comments links to my articles (not that anyone does). They recently changed the format, so that (a) readers must click through to a second LJ page to find the link to click read the post itself, and (b) my scraper broke. But that’s their perogative, and offering a comment service to strangers who aren’t even LiveJournal members is hardly part of their core mission, so I cannot fault them for it!

They have also switched to using ‘cool’ URLs (in the sense described by Tim Berners-Lee in his Style Guide to Online Hypertext) of the form ~pdc/1234.html rather than talkread.bml?this=that&thother=1234. Apart from making the URLs shorter, this change means that the mechanism used to serve the files is now invisible, and can be altered without having to change the URLs in future. It could even be (gasp!) static files generated once a night when they scan my RSS feed.

Picky Picky Disaster

Yesterday the server hosting our Picky Picky Game suffered a hardware failure, and for some reason we have lost all additions to the object database since it went live. After discussion on LiveJournal, enough people found pictures cached in their web browsers that I have been able to reconstruct an archive of the completed panels (with only a couple of lacunae), and so we plan to start the game afresh, with the output of the previous game inserted as Page 0 of its archive. Read more