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118,254 RSS feeds Permanent link to this item in the archive.

A picture named love.gifLast week I met with the founders of a young Emeryville company named Persai Research, and they told me about a project to gather a huge collection of feeds.

They just sent me a link to a zip file containing over a hundred thousand feeds.

And stay tuned to this blog for more information about the company.

Today's links Permanent link to this item in the archive.

NY Times pumps Pownce.

An idea of what it's like to have a neighbor who, on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, has a construction crew tearing out their foundation.

Lifehacker on timelines from RSS feeds.

Fred Wilson is staying with Facebook, not declaring bankruptcy. Me, I never accepted it as a liability. Jason Calacanis gave up yesterday.

Nice thing about Twitter is that unlike Facebook, it doesn't demand anything of you. I like that.

Doc Searls turns 60 tomorrow. Heard it on Twitter.

Rex Hammock: "Facebook is a sandbox I'm playing in -- but it has a long way to go before it can hope to be the world I live in."

Barry Bonds hit a home run last night, and is one away from tying the record.

NPR piece on MP3 blogs. Next time I want to share a song with readers of this blog, I think I'm going to do it.

Overheard at last night's party Permanent link to this item in the archive.

One of the cool things about parties like the one last night is that ideas spread like colds in a kindergarten classroom.

And sometimes product leak, and like the game of telephone we played in kindergarten, are enhanced and tweaked with every telling.

Luckily there's one more party, tonight, on Potrero Hill in San Francisco (a neighborhood made interesting by Marc Canter, many years ago), to transmit and repurpose last night's lies and innuenda.

Marc, of course, won't be there. He's in Italy, not returning until Gnomedex, which is less than two weeks away. Yet another oppty to mix it up!

Scripting News? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

From time to time people ask what this site has to do with Scripting News.

I shrug it off, saying "It's just a name."

I don't stop to explain because many people who think in terms of scripting languages think linearly and only in one direction. A site named Scripting News must contain news about scripting, right?

But what if the name describes what the author does when creating the software that manages the site? And further, if he shares that software with other people so that this site becomes a focus of the activity of applying scripting to the area of news?

What would you think about that?

Back in the beginning people would have thought I was out of my mind.

Scripting news? Why would anyone want to do that.

But today, many years later, news is the subject of much scripting.

So there you have it.

PS: Sometimes when I say the name of site in my own mind it comes out like this: "Scripting Jews." Same logic.

A drive down Whiskey Hill Permanent link to this item in the archive.

I was early arriving at the party so I decided to drive by the back end of my old hacienda in Woodside, the one I sold in 2003 as I was moving east.

I sold it to a neighbor with plans to build a megahouse with a huge outdoor entertainment complex, and he needed the extra acres so he would comply with Woodside's strict zoning laws.

I already knew, from Google Maps, that he tore down my old house, and that he had never built the huge house he planned to build. There must be a story. Illness, a death or divorce? Or he just got busy or lazy, or ran out of money?

I didn't have the heart to drive up to the front entrance and see what the land looked like without the house.

It was an old house, constructed in many projects over many years. Some of the contruction was excellent, some of it terribly bad. All the roofs leaked at one time or another. Each segment of the house had its own roof, a different style, as if the builder were experimenting to find the least reliable form of roofing (if so, he found it, a flat tar roof with a skylight). But I loved the house nonetheless. It had a charm to it. And around this time of year, bees (which are really yellowjackets).

Yesterday, as I approached the property from Whiskey Hill Road, the first surprise was to find that Joan Baez's house is for sale. And then the really big surprise, the property of the guy who bought my property is for sale too! Wow. If I had enough money I could buy it back. Heh. No way of course, Berkeley is a fine place, and I'm sure I can't afford it. But it was a lovely place to live. And it's great to see that the story keeps evolving even when I'm not there. I bet Jamis at Bucks knows what's going on there, assuming he still owns Bucks after all this time?


Last update: Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 7:35 PM Pacific.

Dave Winer, 52, 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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"The father of modern-day content distribution." - PC World.

"Helped popularize blogging, podcasting and RSS." - Time.

"The father of blogging and RSS." - BBC.

"RSS was born in 1997 out of the confluence of Dave Winer's 'Really Simple Syndication' technology, used to push out blog updates, and Netscape's 'Rich Site Summary', which allowed users to create custom Netscape home pages with regularly updated data flows." - Tim O'Reilly.

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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.
14.Russo & Hale.
15.Trouble at the Chronicle.
15.RSS 2.0.
16.Checkbox News.
17.Spreadsheet calls over the Internet.
18.Twitter as coral reef.
19.Mobs of the blogosphere.
20.Advice for Campaigns.
21.Social Cameras.
22.The Next Big Thing.
23.It's time to open up networking, again.
24.Am I competing?

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