Articles in RSS, but not on Web site

In case Blake (or someone else equally powerful) is reading this:

Sometimes I see articles showing up in my RSS reader that don't show up on the Web site until hours later. Right now, I'm getting the story "What Librarians Really Mean." Also, I notice it's dated Friday, Aug. 22, at 2:00 a.m., a day and a half from now.

Is this a bug or a feature? Could it be a gift for "RSS bigots"? ;-)


With Blake's assistance I will be doing a wireless blog here.

Generosity and Selfishness at the New King Library

The new King Library in San Jose had its grand opening today. This is the grand new experiment: a public library and a university library rolled in one, with 2 staffs, 2 collections and 2 user populations.

It was literally a festival. Thousands ... maybe tens of thousands of people showed up. Even though nothing could be checked out today. Lots of stuff for little kids, but a fair amount of activities for adults.

As a public library, it's magnificient: lots of space, lots of light, lots of windows. 33 art installations secreted all over the place. Wide, well-lighted stairwells, nice browsing library on the first floor (although the sci-fi, hardcover & soft, is fairly lousy in that particular section).

As a university library ... we'll see. I was disconcerted to learn that bound periodicals is in the basement, 4 floors down from current periodicals. That will be a bit of a bother. Otherwise ... we'll see.

When I'm a public library user, I'm fairly patient and generous. I don't mind long lines at check-out or to get a library card; I think kids running around and being themselves in a public library is a perfectly good thing. I trust that there are some areas where people who want peace and quiet and to be left undisturbed, but that the rest is public space: loud, chaotic, funky, energetic public space.

When I'm a university library user, I'm really selfish. I want quiet and books neatly on the shelves and quiet conversation; no chatter, no crying, no screaming. I don't want kids or tourists wandering in on my space obliviously. I want comtemplative, meditative space to read and absorb and think. There are public spaces (especially the first floor), but the rest is sacred space: I want my university library, on the whole, to be quieter than my church (and if that sounds weird, remember that I grew up as a Baptist).

Don't know if the library will, can or is even meant to work on that level.

In other news, I was interviewed briefly by a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News. Since I had on my public library user hat on today, I was very good and gave nice, enthusiastic quotes.

The long walk home 08/14/03.

I was working in the library trying to figure out which of our microfilms needed to be discarded, when my computer went down and the lights started flickering around me like a 70s disco. My coworkers and I thought that just the library's power had gone out. However, we knew the problem was widespread when we went outside and saw New Yorkers desperately dialing their cell phones. I really had no idea what to do except to start walking.
I finally reached home after three hour of walking. I was not upset, because worse scenarios have happened.

Week 2 With The Slashcode

Not really in any order, but here's what week 2 has given
me to do, so far:



ENT Feeds for Jen

The older stories need help still

Still some Db issues I guess with those

The old quotes are just gone right now, not sure if I can import them or not

Slowly getting there. It's still a challenge figuring how this code works, it's
much more complex than the old site.


The old polls, forgot about those till someone asked.
I'll get there, I hope, haven't even looked at that one though, maybe just a
link to the old poll code?


I need to write some decent documentation for both
authors and members

Authors is coming along, and I think members is done until
someone tells me otherwise.

Old comments, HOW TO?

ACK! This is going to give me nightmeres.

Integrate mailing lists
No, wait, this is going to give me mightmears!


What about subscriptions?
Yeah, what about them? Can this place pay for itself finally?


Make the "hits" come back to the story display
Should be simple... famous last words.


I don't like "Read/Comment..." but not sure what would
work better
Maybe just comments?


What Karl said, the edit link is misleading. See if I
can hide that when previewing stories (authors only).
[Submitted to the
Slashcode folks as a bug]
Status is fixed, so maybe I can just diff that file.


Make a

better page
that lists UID's.

Damn that's ugly.


Make admin toolbar stand out more, it's easy to miss.

Just some Bold Tags should do it.

Ender filter.

Fix all those 404's via ln -s.
More or less complete


Get that "about" page rewritten

Yeah, some day.

Categories for all the vars?
Maybe ask the list for help.


Modify the moderation reasons a bit

Work with Aaron and other authors

Make better, or move back to the old .php one.
Might be a good file to get chops on.



I swear I read that somewhere.

Old stories with single and double quotes in their titles have the \ showing



Add links to Urchin, search, and mailadmin to admin tool

Now that I can do!


Tell me how many user accounts we have when I log in

Might not be too hard.

anon people to start out at 1, and
people with acocunts start out at 2 (maybe up the ceiling?). That
way, no worries about what it does with 0s and stuff. And default
viewing is at 1.

The Big Red Button

When I got hired I noticed a big red button in the corner of the library.
My boss said:
"This is the big red button. NEVER press the big read button!!"

So yesterday, I got bored, and around 4 and I figured, what the heck, lets see what the big red button does...

Someone came in this morning to install the blue button that'll take care of everything, so hold tight for a little while longer.


Note: This makes sense if a) you know where I work and b) you know what happened yesterday around 4.


Well, since blogs have been around for a while now, has anyone ever done a survey on the average lifespan of a blog?


so, how long before the ubiquitous "in soviet russia, libraries own YOU!" quote? :)


From the Slashdot quote thingie:

You possess a mind not merely twisted, but actually sprained.

At last! Recognition!

However, I still prefer the old quote feature from the pre-Slash days.

first entry

don't know what to say on the first entry except ---what is this? I must be bored and ready for school to start -- did I say that!

Greetings, Earthlings!

In the spirit of things, I hereby write my first entry. Blake, all your hard work is appreciated. I didn't truly realize until now that you're really building a community, not just a blog (blogs are often communities, too, but with very limited functionality!).

I'm not 92, I'm 74

I understand the nature of websites and losing information. I originally registered on and had the UID of 74. Now, after registering again, I'm 92. Still double-digits, so I shouldn't complain too loudly. Rant is over.

Power Of Google?

Maybe google’s popularity is working against it?

The News LISNews

I'm glad Blake switched to this new slash code. Yeeha. I'm hoping that we see tons of action around here.


This is only a test.


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