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Ponzi's new MacBook Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Ponzi is over at my house checking out the RSS Couch, and setting up her new MacBook.

I took a movie as she was getting started.

We had a bottle of Ponzi wine while we were setting it up. Hic.

jkOnTheTwitter Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Kevin from JK, an excellent mobile gadget blog, suggested he might like to see his blog as a Twitter River, and I said it would be my honor to provide one.


Having generalized the code this morning to make it work for Wired in addition to the Times, it took all of 15 minutes to get it working for JK.

PS: It's kind of obvious I should do it for Scripting, too?

I love Patti Smith Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named smith.jpg1999 Salon profile of Patti Smith who was outstanding on last night's HD broadcast of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame awards.

Patti's mom, who called her Tricia, loved her music as much as we do. Mom told her, on the day she died, that when she was inducted she should play her favorite song, the one she played while she was vacuuming. Smith told the story so sweetly, so you had to wonder what the song would be. She turned around, put the mike to her mouth and screamed: "I don't fuck much with the past but I fuck plenty with the future." Mom's favorite Patti Smith song, it turns out, was Rock & Roll Nigger. Kind of the punk rock equivalent of We Make Shitty Software. I love Patti Smith.

Google's discography for Patti Smith.

Wired on Twitter? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Michael Calore at Monkeybites wonders if someone will make a TwitterRiver for Wired News.

Okay, here it is.


They have 16 blogs, all of which have feeds. If they provide an OPML reading list for all those feeds, I can add them to the river. I'm kind of tempted to do it myself.

Later, after I get some sleep. (It's 4:30AM.)

Twitter news feeds Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Tom Newman sends word to check out the following Twitter names: cnn, cnnbrk, bbcnews, bbc.

He also points out that there's a nytimes account that reflects the contents of the main NY Times feed. The nyt newsbot I set up reflects the contents of all the Times feeds.

Tonight I'm working on generalizing the TwitterRiver tool so the same code can process multiple accounts as well as multiple feeds and correctly route news items between them.

The reason why it's such a good fit is that Twitter is a river, I saw that immediately. It's what I've been preaching. They got a lot of people to think in terms of River of News. So of course I'm going to jump on that bandwagon. I'll take victory however I can get it.


Last update: Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 11:37 PM Pacific.

Dave Winer, 51, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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Things to revisit:

1.Microsoft patent acid test.
2.What is a weblog?
3.Advertising R.I.P.
4.How to embrace & extend.
5.Bubble Burst 2.0.
6.This I Believe.
7.Most RSS readers are wrong.
8.Who is Phil Jones?
9.Send them away.
10.Negotiate with users.
11.Preserving ideas.
12.Empire of the Air.
13.NPR speech.

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