Category Archive: Etcetera

Titus Theophilus Brinley

I take a brief aside from the typical fare of this blog to announce the birth of my son, Titus Theophilus Brinley. At 1:05 Sunday afternoon, Stephanie delivered a healthy, beautiful, 7 lb., 3 oz., baby boy.

Titus Theophilus Brinley

Welcome to the world, Titus. Say hello to all the nice people on the Internet.

Orthophemism : Word of the Day

the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt
dysphemism (or cacophemism)
the substitution of a harsh, disparaging, or unpleasant expression for a more neutral one
the use of a neutral expression to mean exactly what it says

Some examples of orthophemisms from recent #code4lib conversations:

It’s time for the afternoon banana.

They’re burning the popcorn early today.

I held her Grammy.

The Code4Lib Journal, Issue 2

The Code4Lib Journal published its second issue today. Much thanks to all the editors and authors, especially Eric Lease Morgan, coordinating editor this time around.

It’s been exciting, these last few months, watching the Journal really get going. We’ve had a large number of impressive submissions for this and future issues, a good amount of word-of-mouth advertising, and nearly 15,000 visitors to the site since the launch of the first issue.

I still haven’t gotten around to blogging about many of the hacks we’ve made to WordPress to make all this happened, nor have I created all the plugins that I need to create to ease our workflow and enhance our presentation. Eventually…

Announcing the Code4Lib Journal, Issue 1

The Code4Lib Journal released its first issue today. There’s articles on a variety of topics: catalogs, LCSH, digital repositories…. Much praise is due to Jonathan Rochkind, the other members of the editorial committee, the authors, and everyone who offered their input over the last eight months that we’ve been putting this together.

For this first issue, I’ve been playing the role of web developer for the Journal. We’re using WordPress as our CMS, with a custom template and a few hacks/plugins to make everything run smoothly. As time permits, I’ll try to blog about some of the work we did to make the website happen.

Filter Your Feeds With Yahoo Pipes

If you look at my blog roll, you may notice a few planets: Planet Cataloging, planet code4lib, and Planet RDF. These topical aggregators are quite handy, saving me much of the trouble of seeking out new and relevant blogs. I just subscribe to the feed for the aggregator and let the maintainer do all the hard work.

Aggregators do have their drawbacks, though. A fair number of blogs that I’ve no interest in reading get lumped in with those of value to me. Since some blogs are included in more than one feed, I also end up getting duplicates in my feed reader (Google Reader, if you’re curious). All of the clutter can be a nuisance and a time-waster. I need a way to filter out the chaff.

Ed Summers kindly suggested that I try out Yahoo Pipes (thanks, Ed). Pipes is a visual editor that lets you take input from various feeds (RSS, Atom, RDF, or iCal) and other data sources (XML, JSON, iCal, or KML), run the information through a series of filters, and output the results in RSS 2.0, RSS 1.0, JSON, and Atom.

I’ve now built my first pipe. Smaller Planets grabs the feeds from the aforementioned planets, removes any items with in the title (I prefer not to see what everyone bookmarked today) and removes any duplicates (based on the URL of the post). After just a couple of minutes getting Pipes figured out, I now have my custom feed to subscribe to.

Filtering out other content is easy, too. You can add rules to the Filter module to block, for example, posts from certain blogs. A rule that says “ contains” would block out anything I post to this blog. Feel free to clone Smaller Planets and customize it to create your personalized feed.

I’ve only just scratched the surface, but Pipes looks to be a powerful application; I look forward to playing around with it more. If you create any interesting or useful pipes, please leave a comment here; I’d love to see it.