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Blog before you Think!

Saurier Duval's Blog

Modified: 2005-06-22T16:47:13Z


Tagged Jobs and other ThingsTagged Jobs and other Things


Final post on tagged somethings (see sounds, feeds, coffee shops, code, news) - is just merciless in popping up new webbased services utilizing the metaphor tagging every day, it really doesn't make any sense replicating them all here again... (see

Jobazaar: tagged jobs
CommonTunes: free tagged music
CommonBits: free tagged multimedia content
Dailymotion: tagged home-made videos

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Free Tagged SoundsFree Tagged Sounds


Gee, given the number of tag-based applications I mentioned here recently, I really should consider renaming this blog to something like Tag before you Think!, anyway:

the freesound project, which aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, ... released under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License, also provides tags as one channel for assigning (meta-)information or associations to the individual samples (and browse all samples by tag respectively). Flickr for sounds.

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Good ideas are usually pretty obvious, yet no one had thought about it (or acted upon it) before. yubnub from Jon Aquino is the result of one of those shiny moments. It's a (social) command-line for the web, which means that you don't click your way through the various webservices you might use anymore, but learn a few commands and trigger the services by typing the corresponding command withing your browser (and hit enter).

This is really fun (and a great timesafer), and there are tons of commands available already (the golden eggs are the most popular ones), but if you are missing something you also can generate your own.

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Next Action Balls 13Next Action Balls 13


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current snapshot of my next action balls basket

Well, after quite some time taking an almost exclusively paper based / analog approach for organizing my work-, info-, and data flows, the more toolish parts of my brain started feeling itchy and scratchy, and I started to use a few applications again (Basecamp, local Wikis, and most enjoyably Edward Vielmetti's shuffle theory of management suite.) Hence the basket was closed for a while.

Previous NABs (this series is rather self-referential and monadic): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, main documentation page.

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Technorati MakeoverTechnorati Makeover


Technorati obviously took a good look at the webapps from 37signals and the like and released a fresh new Public Beta.

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One great improvement is that you are now able to access not only the very latest results for any (keyword, URL, or tag-based) query you've made, but to specify an offset or to page back within the results. E.g. and - see the bottom of the page (this feature actually was available before, but only if you used the Technorati API.)

Another cool new feature is the extented Option Panel you can access here or whenever you click on '> Options'.

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Tagged Feed ItemsTagged Feed Items


Part Three of an unwanted triptych on tagged things (see Tagged Code Snippets and Tagged Coffee Shops) but too good to be true (if you are infected by the tagging virus): Gregarius.

Gregarius is a web-based RSS/RDF/ATOM feed aggregator (...) designed to run on your web server, allowing you to access your news sources from wherever you want, the installation is painless (you need the usual Apache/PHP/MySQL setup), and what you get is a beautiful looking Newsreader with a few goodies:

* the items are taggable (you can assign tags to individual items and browse by tag later).
* full text search within your archive
* fine grained control over which items to keep or delete
* good (and blog driven) documentation

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Tagged Coffee ShopsTagged Coffee Shops


Speaking of Tagged Code Snippets... - just spotted at O'Reilly Radar: CafeSpot (a social guide to independent cafes, coffee shops, restaurants and more).Here's a (somehow symptomatic) snapshot of the current tags applied:acoustic american art atmosphere australia bakery bar bbq beans beautiful beef beer beergeek blues books brazilian breakfast burgers burrito cafe cajun canberra cheap chill chinese christian cityscape coffe coffee coffeehouse cool corona cosy couches creole dayold dessert desserts dimsum diner dodon donmono eastvillage espresso ethiopian events fair fairtrade family film food free freewifi french friendly games german gourmet greek heineken henninger hippy hotspot icecream inside italian japanese jazz juice kaffe kierland knitting korean_bbq lattemachiato livemusic lobster lounge lunch magazines meals mexican mic microbrew music noodles nowifi ochaduke open organic outside panini pastries patio peking_duck persian pizza poetry portland pub salad sandwich sandwiches secret shambhala singlemalt slow small smoking smokingroom smoothie soup soy speech steak students style suiryumon sushi taiwanese thai trade travel trident tv used vegan vegetarian vietnamese whiskey wifi wine zone[webapps] [tagging] [lisp] - trackback[...]

Tagged Code SnippetsTagged Code Snippets


Another webapp leveraging the power of tags: (Code) Snippets (Snippets is a public code repository. You can easily add code to your personal collection of code snippets, categorize your code snippets with keywords (known as 'tags'), and share your snippets via this site.)

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delicious againdelicious again

2005-06-06T10:37:55Z moved to new servers and seems to be back to glorious old speed. It's a free (and insanely great) service, and it's run on limited resources, so I try to resist any demands (for speed,...) and make the best of the features available, but waiting for 10 or 20 seconds for to respond was an exercise in patience and zen lately.

Some fresh features:

* you can switch between a list and a cloud view for your tags
* you can sort your tags alphanumerically or by frequency
* the posting interface now provides 3 lists (popular tags, your tags, and recommended tags)
* and suggestions, which display possible completions as you type (implemented via plain old JavaScript but not AJAX!)


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Movable TypedMovable Typed


Checking out webapps kind of weekend:

I can't recall why, but for whatever reason I had the preconception that the blog publishing system Movable Type is both complicated and costly. A friend asked me to evaluate it, and its actually free for personal use and really easy to set up and use. Textpattern remains to be my favorite, but if you are looking for a more fully fledged and one click control panel, Movable Type is definitively worth a look.

Also signed up for Backpack and Basecamp, two web based applications from the user interface and webflow wizards from 37signals. There's tons of coverage in the blogo sphere.

And there is the PeanutButterWiki (Make a free, password protected wiki as easily as a peanut butter sandwich.) - getting a Wiki never has been easier before. Really.

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Unique Information PropositionUnique Information Proposition


Amazon started to display SIPs (Statistically Improbable Phrases) for books. In a nutshell: the SIPs for a book is a collection of terms or phrases within this book which are most unique in comparison to all other books (see Amazons definition here).

The SIPs for Getting Things Done for instance are: your open loops, nonactionable items, natural planning model, next physical action, defining your work, your action lists, reference filing, action reminders, organizing you, collection buckets, daily files, tickler file, mind like water, project thinking

- which actually isn't that bad and would make a great reference for picking essential but not utterly obvious tags for various resources, if this service would be available for them as well. (SIPs for e.g. Blogs would be great.)


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A furl WorkflowA furl Workflow


I just loooove Here is a little tip for mixing in the best of Furl to add persistence to your valuable bookmarks:

Furl is another social bookmarks manager, and -unlike Furl also saves copies of the websites and allows a full text search within your archive. I do prefer the minimalistic beauty of for everyday use, but I want some of my bookmarks backed up in Furl, just for the case they die (the average website has the lifespan of a horsefly).

Luckily Furl provides the possibility to import bookmarks from Now it's possible to stove in just everything from, but I prefer a hand picked selection of articles, postings, and the like - mainly for two reasons:

* there is no added value in saving and searching the front page of google or slashdot or some webservice.

* these ressources pollute the rest (probably no big deal if you have 100 bookmarks or less, but cumbersome if you want to page through 2000 articles in steps of 25). OK, you always can search or browse by topic, anyway...

So here is one way to do it:

(1) bookmark and tag like mad in, but add a special tag (e.g. 2furl) for the articles you want to save in Furl later.

every few days:

(2) export the bookmarks tagged with 2furl :

open in your browser (you'll have to identify yourself with your delicious username and password);
save the result (you might not see anything, but it should be there) to your disk (e.g. as 2furl.xml).

(3) import this file to Furl:

in Furl go to 'My Tools' - import;
select the file you just created;
make sure 'Import from' is selected and 'Save files..' is checked;


click 'Import It' (this might take a while);

(4) back in delete or rename the tag 2furl (in settings - tags) so you can start fresh again. I prefer to rename it to something like furled, so I can see right within whether I've already furled a link)

(5) start happy bookmarking again

This might seem a little complicated, but once you have done it two or three times, it will take you less than a minute (and made me sleep just a little bit better).

If you don't mind popup windows you alternatively might want to check out Alan Levine's Multipost Bookmarklet Tool which is pretty cool and can be configured to accomplish pretty much the same.
Furl and Almost Perfect Together is an excellent introduction to and Furl.

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Panic ClutterPanic Clutter


"According to the Wahington Post, President Reagan's attempts
at conciliation with the Soviet Union in Geneva in 1985 included
a vow that the U.S. would join the USSR in case Earth was invaded
by aliens from outer space."

from the Panic Encyclopedia (edited by Arthur Kroker, Marilouise Kroker, and David Cook)

Found this hilarious book from 1989 during a heavy anti-clutter session this weekend. It's out of print, but available for free download (after informal registration) here and a pretty weird reading. The book is in retrospect a very innocent and nostalgic compilation of some symptoms and phantasms of the eighties, a time when one could phantasize about cyberflesh or speak about post-xxisms without flushing.

As for the clutter: I found it tremendously useful to set some quantifyable goals for myself (I tried to get rid of 10% of everything, tossing 80 books and 200 LPs along the way). It's odd that it always feels deliberating once you got rid of stuff, but that the act of getting rid is so hard.

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URL MnemotechnicsURL Mnemotechnics


As far as I know TinyURL was the first service to trim hypertrophic URLs to a decent size. The URL for this blog for instance translates to (TinyURL), or (SnipURL), or (HugeURL), which still might be a mnemotechnic challenge.doiop is great since it allows to assign your own name for those beasts: (if doiop is becoming popular you probably will have to come up with creative pre- or postfixes soon though).[webapps] - trackback[...]

How to use RSS oftenHow to use RSS often


I believe I've never seen the word/acronym RSS in such density before. My guess was 42 times (on a one page blogentry), but I was way below.

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