Dave Winer, 56, is a visiting scholar at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and editor of the Scripting News weblog. He 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 New York City.
"The protoblogger." - NY Times.
"The father of modern-day content distribution." - PC World.
"Dave was in a hurry. He had big ideas." -- Harvard.
"Dave Winer is one of the most important figures in the evolution of online media." -- Nieman Journalism Lab.
10 inventors of Internet technologies you may not have heard of. -- Royal Pingdom.
One of BusinessWeek's 25 Most Influential People on the Web.
"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.
8/2/11: Who I Am.
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FYI: You're soaking in it. :-)
Every year we have what's called the NakedJen Film Festival, and Murphy-willing, this year will be no exception.
This is how it works. On Christmas Day you go to a lot of movies.
It doesn't matter where you are. It's called the NJFF because NakedJen invented and perfected it, and spred the good word like Johnny Appleseed with the apples. If you ever get a chance to do the NJFF with NakedJen, I say go for it. She's a wonderful person to go to the movies with. And she was my choice for Blogger of the Year in 2007. Hard to go wrong with that combo!
Anyway, given that it's December 23, it's now time to start considering which movies we will see at this year's FF in NYC.
In no special order...
2. True Grit. A Coen Brothers movie with Jeff Bridges. Say no more. Must-see. Every year there's one of these. Sometimes they are disappointing. Last year it was Sherlock Holmes. Totally boring. A few years back, Sweeney Todd. I'm going to say True Grit is the Big Hope for the blockbuster of NJFF 2010.
3. Tron. It's always good to have a schlock scifi movie as an option. I don't seriously think this will make the cut, but you never know.
4. King's Speech. This has the makings of a truly boring movie. I used to joke, when imitating British speech (I'm good with accents) that I'm speaking with marbles in my mouth -- and in this movie (I hear) they actually do speak with marbles in their mouth.
5. Somewhere. Okay Sophia Coppola is an automatic. Lost In Translation was a masterpiece. If Somewhere is 1/150th as good it's a must-see. Only problem is it's playing in just one theater in Manhattan, and it's waaaaaay uptown.
6. Rabbit Hole. Nicole Kidman. I could watch her in a shitty movie, and have many times. This one doesn't sound like much fun, but I'm in. xoxox
Those are the movies I'm thinking about for this year!
I want a node.js module that does that. A web app that takes two params, the URL of a JSON file and the name of a callback. Example:
What it would return is this:
myLocalSubroutine (["Oregon", "Pizza", "Wheat"])
Then Step 2 would simplify it to:
I wanted to provide this functionality in Frontier, but my guys are polling this thing ever 5 seconds (which is BS, they shouldn't do that, but WTF) and that would cost me $90 per month and it wouldn't run very well as soon as their stuff got a few hundred users, which is what we hope happens. A lose-lose-lose.
What we need is a bare-bones machine language thing that does this. Node.js would be ideal.
Caveat: Of course, I'm sure something like this already exists!
Tis the season and ho ho ho!
The JSONification of the River was a big hit, and now the river renderings are starting to get real beautiful. Here's the latest one.
Ain't she pretty!
That's cool, I thought -- so what's next? Well I'm getting ready to do a really simple blogging tool, like the one we did in 2002, but even simpler. And I'm going to need to display the blog posts, so why not do it in a really modern way.
1. JSONify the RSS from the blog.
Yes! That's certainly worth a try.
So this is what I did.
1. I did a JSONified version of the feed for Scripting News. You'll see that it bears a strong resemblance to the XML version, from which it is derived.
It's worth a note to say that now RSS has escaped the confines of XML. It's become a more general language for describing stuff that updates.