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A note on the RSS/Atom conflict era

8 Apr

It’s been so long since the early days of the blogging technology that I think it’s important for people who were “there” to not let those with big megaphones rewrite history.

Dave Winer was just one of the people involved with feed syndication technology and he created years of drama over an XML format. RSS 2.0 was ambiguously specified and he wanted to prevent even minor updates to retain credit for the mechanism. I can suggest he was motivated by personal reasons because his objections to tiny improvements in the specification made no sense, ever, and because he’s obsessed with receiving credit over various things to this day.

I can’t believe there was so much interpersonal conflict over just making a couple updates so feed parsers could know what to display?

If Tim Berners-Lee had handled HTML like Winer did RSS, he’d have spent the early 90s mad at Marc Andreessen over the <img> tag while the web died and we all ended up using PDFs and Flash over the network.

I don’t know what Winer did before RSS and what he did after it. I know he gets a lot of recognition in the industry, including from people I respect, so he’s probably made some genuine contributions. All I can speak to is the era of RSS/Atom conflict, in which his behavior was pointlessly destructive.

Also see this post from Ewan Spence, which motivated me to finally write this: https://www.facebook.com/ewanspence/posts/10152764973795151

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Heartbreakingly Beautiful Spam

9 Jun

Sick of stock spam? Me too. (I’ve never understood why anyone would trade stocks on a daily basis. I know: you think you’re different, that you’ll beat the market. Well, let me know how that works out.)

Meanwhile, I just received a more welcome sort of spam email: personal reflections on literature! Now only if it wasn’t automatically strung together from various webpages.

From: Patricia Frank
Subject: The series is beautiful and raw as it is, I think, and when revised, it’s going to be an absolute masterpiece.

I think perhaps Cupertino is beginning in some mild way to realize pretty monitors aren’t all that. Remembering his first, fatal love, Morden works to reconcile himself to his loss. The Paris Review Interviews, I by The Paris Review and Philip Gourevitch Scanning our Recommended selections, one might conclude we’re addicted to interviews, and one would be correct. The state of letters is not so bad.
Max Morden has returned to the vacation spot of his youth as he grieves the death of his wife. And the parties – of which there are always more than we can get to, which go later than they should, and where we drink more than we should.
Bud has a nice video of the ethics panel up for your viewing pleasure.
well, looking at the two Of them looking at each other, it’s hard not to admit they must be in love.
Remembering his first, fatal love, Morden works to reconcile himself to his loss.
Then the mailman brought ten copies of Rachel Cusk’s Arlington Park.
I guess that makes me smug and indulgent too.
The Elegant Variation A Literary Weblog.
Otherwise, why would he stay around? Is that good writing?
Remembering his first, fatal love, Morden works to reconcile himself to his loss.
Letters are, in fact, in tip-top shape. Maps at the beginning of each chapter and fine captions and essays by Jean-Louis Cohen help you navigate the City of Light as never before. The interviews are formal and thoughtful but never dry and can replace any dozen “how-to” books on writing. Schneider about the Orange prize. Careers are in jeopardy, nerves are frayed and petty turf wars are fought. Denis Johnson, September. Remembering his first, fatal love, Morden works to reconcile himself to his loss.
I think perhaps Cupertino is beginning in some mild way to realize pretty monitors aren’t all that.
well, looking at the two Of them looking at each other, it’s hard not to admit they must be in love.
well, certainly since we’ve started this blog.
Taylor until we return to these precincts next Monday.
I can’t wait to read more of her writing.

As for me, Patricia, I can’t wait to read more of yours.

Salut, le Monde!

24 Sep

Well, I wasn’t gonna get one of these, but I came around. They all come around.