Critical Section

Archive: July 5, 2008

<<< July 4, 2008


July 6, 2008 >>>

Saturday,  07/05/08  01:46 PM

So, how about a mid-day Saturday post?  I want to make a pass on the blogosphere and this seems like as good a time as any.  I spent the morning watching the Tour de France (yay, July, time to watch the Phil and Paul show again :), and plan to do a little ride of my own later this afternoon.  Mood good.

Alejandro ValverdeSpeaking of the Tour, Alejandro Valverde got off to a great start, winning the first stage in fine fashion with a late charge up the climb to the finish, and took the first yellow jersey.  He definitely has the talent to win, but does he have the stamina?  In past grand tours he has faded toward the end.  Stay tuned - we'll see!

I have to say parenthetically, I am so glad I have a "real" Tivo now.  I can't believe I ever thought a Moxi was good enough.  It found and recorded the Tour automatically of course, but the real thing is the UI; a simple bleep bleep and you're watching, then simple bleeps to move forward and back, skip commercials, pause, etc.  Really great.

Also related; Google now lets you see the Tour de France with a street view!  How cool is that... pretty soon they'll have live video from one of the bikes :)

LGF reports on 1,200 soldiers who've reenlisted to mark July Fourth.  Thank you all!

Huh, apparently Intuition can be explained.  It seems like that should be true, but I can't explain why I think so :)

"stars and a stripe" - supernova remnantHere's a pretty awesome picture of the day: a thin section of a supernova, entitled "stars and a stripe".  Beautiful and amazing.  [ via LGF ]

Slashdot notes Cassini's Primary Mission Ends, Two-year Extension Begins.  How cool is that?  Our unmanned space programs seem to be consistently exceeding expectations...  certainly the photos and scientific information we've received from Cassini and its Huygens probe have been incredible.




more full text feeds (Sailing Anarchy)

Saturday,  07/05/08  05:34 PM

Flushed with my recent success at creating some full text feeds (for Cycling News, Instapundit, and Powerline), I just finished a more ambitious project, and now have a full text feed for Sailing Anarchy.  Yay!

In case you don't know, Sailing Anarchy is a longtime blog run by Scott Tempesta which covers all kinds of sailing and sailboat racing news, with (as you might expect from the title) a rather humorous and irreverent air.  It is a great website, but it doesn't have an RSS feed at all.  I really don't read it all that often because I actually have to visit the site and figure out what's new; yes, I am that spoiled by reading news through my feed reader.

So this site presented a particular challenge, because it has two home pages.  Items are first posted on the first [main] page, where they do not have permalinks nor archive pages, and then migrate to the second page, where they get permalinks and archives.  So the full task was to combine the two pages in one feed and make it possible to link all the items, including especially the ones on the first page.  I began by slicing and dicing the two pages in order to create a full text feed; so far, so good.  Then I invented my own permalink indices for all items, with a mapping back to the location of the item on the site.  As items appear on page one they are assigned an index, and this is preserved for each item as it migrates to page two, and ages into archives only.  Each item links to a new CGI I created on  If the item has an archive page, the linked page redirects to the site's archive.  If the item doesn't yet have an archive page (still lives on the first home page), then the linked page synthesizes an archive page from the home page.  Pretty complicated and probably overkill, but it works (!) and now I have full text feeds for one of my favorite blogs :)



Return to the archive.

About Me

Greatest Hits
Correlation vs. Causality
The Tyranny of Email
Unnatural Selection
Aperio's Mission = Automating Pathology
On Blame
Try, or Try Not
Books and Wine
Emergent Properties
God and Beauty
Moving Mount Fuji The Nest Rock 'n Roll
IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
Adding Value
The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
Toy Story
The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
the big day
solving bongard problems
visiting Titan
unintelligent design
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
second gear
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
universal healthcare
triple double
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Holiday Inn
Daniel Jacoby's photographs
the first bird
Gödel Escher Bach: Birthday Cantatatata
Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
Jobsnotes of note
world population map
no joy in Baker
vote smart
exact nonsense
introducing eyesFinder
to space
where are the desktop apps?