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Zooomr is a little photo sharing site that has a wee bit of potential I think. While I wouldn’t exactly call it “reliable” at the moment (its recent upgrade took it down for weeks and it’s service has been sketchy ever since), I could see it amassing a cult following among geeks like myself.

I’m still waiting on an API key so I can test my Flickr migration script. I wrote a bit of Ruby to download each of my Flickr photos, along with their tags, geotags, description, title, etc. and upload them one by one to Zooomr. I’m anxious to see if it works.

At the very least, I think it will be neat to have my photos in two places on the Web.


Update: I’ve been using this for awhile now, and I still have to manually check my watchlist every day because my reader only gets updates every few days. I’m not sure, but it seems to be a caching issue on the WP API and not so much the script’s fault.

Update 2: The load on my server was too much, so I removed the hosted script from my server. You can still download the source and host it yourself.

Update 3: Turns out it’s better to just subscribe to each page’s feed rather than to use a script like this.

Back before Wikipedia had an API, I created a script that scraped the HTML and generated a plain RSS feed of my watchlist. Now, it’s even easier as the new API does most of the work for you, provided you correctly authenticate with it. So, version 2 of the script is much simpler, and simply acts to authenticate a user and grab the feed as-is and hand it to the browser/aggregator/etc.

The script source is here.

Basically, the URL would look like this:

Before you go trying it on my server, be aware that: (I have removed the script from my server. Sorry.)

  1. Your password and username are in the URL in plain-text (and thus in my server logs if you use this script directly from my server). This might scare you. I’m not an evil person, but then again, I wouldn’t believe someone else telling me that for a second. If you don’t trust me, then grab the script and stick it on your own server.
  2. I will leave my script running for you to use directly, but if the load becomes too much on my lowly server, I will disable it.

So, there’s two reasons to grab the script and run it on your own server.

Thanks to Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya for his Python script that does basically the same thing.

Useless Account

This is my reason for getting one:

You’re addicted to signing up to account-requiring websites the moment they’re released just so no one else takes your usual username.

As we tend to do every couple years, Jennie and I have once again overhauled the website of Cedar Ridge Christian Church, our church home in Broken Arrow, OK. I’m very proud of this one. It has a clean look but seems modern enough to not look like your run-of-the-mill church website.

Cedar Ridge Christian Church Website

Not that I would really know, but I’d imagine hard drugs couldn’t be much more addictive than Facebook. I’m still sinking my roots deep into that thing, finding more and more old friends and people I forgot about (sorry; bad memory :-).

Particularly, I hope to find more college and high school friends and see what they’re up to these days.

I’m still running Hpy, a place to list things that make you happy. I still think the idea is simple and neat, though it has yet to reach critical mass. Go see my list here and think about adding your own.

My favorite programming language had a bit of a facelift. Now the homepage is as beautiful and elegant as the language itself.

All those Web 2.0 logos are starting to look the same… so some guy went and created an app that generates them automatically…


In my quest to make everything into a feed… I present the Code Snippet Comments feed. It goes with this site, which lacks a feed for comments posted on snippets.

For this feed generation, I used a free service called Feed43. It’s quite powerful! Basically, you give it a URL and about ten minutes of your life working out some pattern recognition, and voila! you get a feed auto generated every six hours based on the content of the page. Nice.

Update: Version 2 is available here.

Today, I finally got fed up with Wikipedia‘s lack of watchlist feeds, so I wrote a script that generates them.

A few of the photos I had uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons have been marked for deletion for some time now due to inadequate license information (my fault entirely), but I didn’t know it because I didn’t think about the Commons having its own separate watchlist. Oops. That got me thinking… these watchlists should have feeds so I don’t have to keep pulling up my bookmarks every day.

Now, until they actually add feeds to those pages, I have my own solution in a few lines of Ruby code: This code can be run as a CGI on a web server and generates feeds like this.

So, I’m sharing this because the other two or three scripts out there written to do this suck IMO. (Or at least I couldn’t get them to work — which in that case means I suck :-)