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bookmarks = lightweight blogging?

Hm. Here's something that came to mind today while setting up some bookmarks in the Ning bookmarks app. I was thinking, wow, that looks kindof like an outline... a bloggish outline... a blog? I remembered this stuff I wrote a while back about a tool's influence. What's missing there is RSS and OPML feeds for each of the views. Won't be hard to add.

Update: And done! All pages now have an RSS subscription icon that you can use to subscribe to any bookmark listing. Example. Took about 20 min to write and test. :)

Bonus: one of my favorite posts of all time. Especially Woody Allen comes to mind: "What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet."

Categories: ning
Posted by diego on February 28, 2006 at 1:10 PM

taylor mali: totally like whatever

Sometime ago, channel surfing at some ungodly hour of night, I happened to catch one of HBO's Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry where I heard Taylor Mali, well, perform his poem Totally Like Whatever, which was just astonishingly good. I linked it but here it is:

Totally like whatever, you know?
By Taylor Mali

In case you hadn't noticed,
it has somehow become uncool
to sound like you know what you're talking about?
Or believe strongly in what you're saying?
Invisible question marks and parenthetical (you know?)'s
have been attaching themselves to the ends of our sentences?
Even when those sentences aren't, like, questions? You know?

Declarative sentences - so-called
because they used to, like, DECLARE things to be true
as opposed to other things which were, like, not -
have been infected by a totally hip
and tragically cool interrogative tone? You know?
Like, don't think I'm uncool just because I've noticed this;
this is just like the word on the street, you know?
It's like what I've heard?
I have nothing personally invested in my own opinions, okay?
I'm just inviting you to join me in my uncertainty?

What has happened to our conviction?
Where are the limbs out on which we once walked?
Have they been, like, chopped down
with the rest of the rain forest?
Or do we have, like, nothing to say?
Has society become so, like, totally . . .
I mean absolutely . . . You know?
That we've just gotten to the point where it's just, like . . .
whatever!

And so actually our disarticulation . . . ness
is just a clever sort of . . . thing
to disguise the fact that we've become
the most aggressively inarticulate generation
to come along since . . .
you know, a long, long time ago!

I entreat you, I implore you, I exhort you,
I challenge you: To speak with conviction.
To say what you believe in a manner that bespeaks
the determination with which you believe it.
Because contrary to the wisdom of the bumper sticker,
it is not enough these days to simply QUESTION AUTHORITY.
You have to speak with it, too.

Check out his site---Lots of good stuff over there.

Categories: writing
Posted by diego on February 22, 2006 at 9:59 AM

ning 2.0

ninglogo.gifLast week we released a new version of Ning. With websites and webservices it makes less sense to talk about versions (we've of course made many releases since the launch last October), but this change was both extensive and highly visible. What's new has been discussed at length in the days I was gone, so I won't add to it -- check out the Ning Blog entries (here and here) for the release and David's comments. One of my favorite changes is by now a clear distinction in the UI between developer and non-developer paths. The tension in our first rev between being clear about technical issues and highlighting features developers worry about less but that are crucial for most non-coders was palpable. A single UI can't do everything, and in this case you definitely need two (or, eventually, a self-adapting UI that shows you what you have selected as being interesting, but that kind of degree of control will take more time to implement).

That aside, I have been notoriously slow in producing a blog entry for the ning blog that talks about our architecture and the performance work we've done and continue to do. Hopefully I'll fix that this week.

And now back to work. We've got some pretty cool stuff coming down the line. :)

Categories: ning
Posted by diego on February 20, 2006 at 6:47 PM

into the desert

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It's been a hectic few weeks, with a new release of Ning (which I'll talk about in a minute) and a 2-week visit by my brother and his wife. Last week we took a four-day road trip down the coast to LA (through Route 1, which is astonishingly beautiful), then to Las Vegas, and finally back home through Death Valley National park. I've wanted to go to the desert for a while now, and now that I've been there I know I'll be going back soon. On the Nevada-California border we stopped for a bit and there was no wind, which created perfect silence. Awesome. Highly recommended if you're ever looking for a cool trip through the area.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on February 20, 2006 at 6:38 PM

A free VMWare?

Now that would be cool. VMWare, for its reliability, features, and simplicity, is one of my favorite sofware products of all time. News.com says the free server edition is just around the corner. Now what about the workstation? I'd bet that half the development world would rush to download it and start tinkering with it. Speaking of tinkering. VMWare APIs, anyone? :)

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on February 2, 2006 at 6:48 PM

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