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03/16/2012  — 

RSS Feeds To Follow


  • http://blog.ruhlman.com/ruhlmancom/index.rdf
  • http://blogs.kqed.org/food/feed/
  • http://www.tastespotting.com/atom.php
  • http://feeds.feedburner.com/FpDailyTest
  • http://feeds.feedburner.com/foodgawker?format=xml
  • http://foodporndaily.com/feed
  • http://amuse-biatch.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
  • http://anthony-bourdain-blog.travelchannel.com/atom.xml
  • http://greacen.com/greacen/fruit/rss.cfm
  • http://alineaathome.typepad.com/alinea_at_home/rss.xml
  • http://carolcookskeller.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
  • http://feeds.feedburner.com/foodgawker?format=xml


  • http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2644701268942249637/posts/default
  • http://www.qualitypeoples.com/feed/atom/
  • http://shipwormandgribble.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss
  • http://wwwbadtripsurfandsounds.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss
  • http://surftherenow.com/feed/atom/
  • http://www.surfysurfy.net/feeds/posts/default
  • http://www.niceness.org/wordpress/?feed=atom
  • http://www.stokemaster.com/StokePortal/desktopmodules/activeforumstopposts/feeds.as px?tabid=55&moduleid=609
  • http://hishred.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
  • http://sfbay.craigslist.org/search/sss?query=longboard&format=rss
  • http://sfbay.craigslist.org/search/sss?query=capresso&format=rss
  • http://sfbay.craigslist.org/search/sss?query=stewart+surf&format=rss


  • http://www.dancarlin.com/dchh.xml
  • http://feeds.feedburner.com/29songs
  • http://www.airkingsound.com/autopilot/atom.xml
  • http://www.slumberlandrecords.com/podcast/slrpodcast.xml
  • http://perfect.slumberlandrecords.com/?feed=atom
  • http://blog.myspace.com/blog/rss.cfm?friendID=135294561
  • http://blog.360.yahoo.com/rss-mbNcWewzaa_0sK.cQKyrjLMZKKlvzw.RYn1m


  • http://feeds.feedburner.com/assemblablog
  • http://socialmode.com/feed/
  • http://blog.freebase.com/?feed=rss2
  • http://feeds.feedburner.com/sharkjumping/xman
  • http://feeds.brightcove.com/brightcoveblog
  • http://feedproxy.google.com/Techcrunch
  • http://feeds.feedburner.com/Trizle
  • http://24lilhours.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default


  • http://feeds.feedburner.com/OpenadsBlog
  • http://feeds.feedburner.com/OpenadsForum
  • https://developer.openads.org/timeline
  • http://www.doubleclick.com/insight/blog/atom.xml
  • http://adage.com/rss-feed?section_id=350


  • http://nikcarlson.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
  • http://realtravel.com/feed-R5034187-rss.xml
  • http://wwwilsons.wordpress.com/feed/


  • http://feeds.feedburner.com/GreacenZone
  • http://digg.com/rss_search?search=netscrap&area=all&type=url
  • http://www.linkedin.com/rss/nus?key=n1CA6rwTmLou- nEFpVtHFspiJkbjco4IcsVXzEsIbjlC6U2rSiJwyL8CXm1Lsm0E
  • http://www.facebook.com/feeds/friends_status.php? id=556260904&key=4a01eebf05&format=rss20
  • http://www.facebook.com/feeds/status.php? id=556260904&viewer=556260904&key=1985e2125a&format=rss20
  • http://js-kit.com/rss/29.netscrap.com/29/
  • http://js-kit.com/rss/songaday.netscrap.com/songaday/
  • http://feeds.kodakgallery.com/greacen/main/rss-albums.xml
  • http://www.vizu.com/results.rss?n=67517


http://feeds.feedburner.com/ICanHasCheezburger http://www.miniclip.com/games/en/feed.xml


http://paigemorrison.smugmug.com/hack/feed.mg? Type=nickname&Data=paigemorrison&format=atom03 http://feeds.feedburner.com/Twitpic http://feeds.feedburner.com/nourse/zhIY


http://trac.edgewall.org/timeline? milestone=on&ticket=on&changeset=on&wiki=on&max=50&daysback=90&format=rss http://www.lambdaprobe.com/forum2/rss/rssthreads.jspa http://forums.openqa.org/rss/rssthreads.jspa?forumID=1&full=true&numItems=50 http://blogs.jetbrains.com/idea/feed/ http://www.trac-hacks.org/timeline? wiki=on&ticket=on&changeset=on&max=50&daysback=90&format=rss http://www.lambdaprobe.org/forum2/rss/rssmessages.jspa?forumID=1 http://www.lambdaprobe.org/forum2/rss/rssmessages.jspa?forumID=2 http://www.lambdaprobe.org/forum2/rss/rssmessages.jspa?forumID=3 http://snippets.dzone.com/rss/tag/bash http://googletesting.blogspot.com/atom.xml http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/tRaA http://rss.groups.yahoo.com/group/brightcove-dev/rss

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03/29/2009  — 

Twitter-Based Blog Syndication Flowchart

Following on the microsyndication theme I mentioned earlier, I decided to map out the events that take place when I put a new post onto this blog.

Here are the basics:

  1. I publish an article on greacen.com. The article appears on the site as well as a (private) url of an RSS feed which...
  2. is polled regularly by feedburner.com which republishes the feed and gives me some basic analytics for how the feed is used and...
  3. is polled by twitterfeed.com. It reads the feed and gets twitter-friendly shorturls for each feed item and updates...
  4. twitter.com with each new article which...
  5. updates my status on facebook.com.

The nice part about this setup is that it's all automatic: the only action I take is posting my idea onto my site. The feeds take it the rest of the way.

Analytics are pretty crude at this point. Any clicks on the feedburner-based feed should offer some basic analytics. If I really wanted details, I think I'd need to generate a separate feed for each microsyndication destination if I wanted to measure twitter clickthroughs vs. facebook clickthroughs (though google analytics should offer a hint about the source of clicks to greacen.com)

Here's the Graphviz drawing of the flow I described above. digraph BlogPost {
ratio = fill;
node [style="rounded,filled,bold" shape="box" fillcolor="skyblue"];

/* Set up specific shapes */
"RSS Aggregators" [style="rounded" shape="box3d"];
"URL Shortener" [style="" shape="invisible" label="URL Shortener"];
"Analytics" [style="" shape="invisible"];
"greacen.com" [label="greacen.com Publish blog article"];
"feedburner.com" [label="feedburner.com Analytics and scaling"];

/* Box in those 3rd party things */
subgraph cluster_c1 {"Analytics"; "URL Shortener";
label="Other Parties"; style= "dashed";}

/* Show and label relationships */
"greacen.com" -> "feedburner.com" [label="GET RSS" dir="back"];
"feedburner.com" -> "twitterfeed.com" [label="GET RSS" dir="back"];
"feedburner.com" -> "Analytics" [];
"twitterfeed.com" -> "URL Shortener" [label="GET URL" ];
"URL Shortener" -> "twitterfeed.com" [];
"twitterfeed.com" -> "twitter.com" [label="POST twitter api"];
"twitter.com" -> "facebook.com" [label="facebook/twitter bridge"];
"feedburner.com" -> "RSS Aggregators" [label="rss feed" color="darkorange"] ;
"twitter.com" -> "RSS Aggregators" [label="rss feed" color="darkorange"] ;
"facebook.com" -> "RSS Aggregators" [label="rss feed" color="darkorange"] ;

Here's what those instructions become with a click:

publishing flow

This is different from my surf report post. The surf report is the content, whereas with a blog post, my site holds the real content. The RSS feeds publish a pointer to the original content.

Make sense?

03/26/2009  — 

Twitter-Based Surf Report Flowchart

I've been mucking around with Twitter and Facebook lately. There are a few folks who have been using these services to post info about how the surf is. I don't live close to the beach (yet), so I like to see what's happening before I jump into the car and make the trip.

I sent a message from my phone this morning. Even though the surf was lame. The message was published all over the place (microsyndication). Here's how it worked:

  1. I emailed a photo to twitpic.com which...
  2. updates my status on Twitter which...
  3. the @StokeReport user follows. If my tweet contains "SMLM", stokereport will publish my tweet on stokereport.com (and even pull the image off twitpic it seems, nice!).
  4. also, http://greacen.com has that little widgety thing over there on the left. Your browser will pull the image from twitpic and put it onto this page.
  5. also, Twitter will pass my status update on to Facebook.com

Guess what? Most of these nodes along the way have their own RSS feeds for others (services or people) to slurp & read.

Thinking about this plinko-esque publishing flow is a little dizzying. I've been working on web site flows for a few weeks now. It's often helpful to map out a flow to see what's really going on. Graphviz is an open source tool for producing network diagrams and flow charts that I've been using for mapping high-level flows. Here's what a map looks like for the publishing flow I described earlier:

digraph TwitterSurf {
ratio = fill;
node [style="rounded,filled,bold" shape="box" fillcolor="skyblue"];

/* Set up specific shapes */
Phone [style="rounded,filled" shape="oval" fillcolor="grey"];
"RSS Aggregators" [style="rounded" shape="box3d"];

/* relationships */
Phone -> "twitpic.com" [label="Email with attachment"];
"twitpic.com" -> "twitter.com" [label="twitter api"];
"twitter.com" -> "facebook.com" [label="facebook/twitter bridge"];
"twitter.com" -> "stokereport.com" [label="if post contains 'SMLM'" style="dotted"] ;
"twitpic.com" -> "greacen.com" [label="widget/embed" color="red"] ;
"twitter.com" -> "RSS Aggregators" [label="rss feed" color="darkorange"] ;
"facebook.com" -> "RSS Aggregators" [label="rss feed" color="darkorange"] ;
"stokereport.com" -> "RSS Aggregators" [label="rss feed" color="darkorange"] ;

If you ignore the []s, it looks like a terse version of our list up above. Here's the flowchart those instructions produce:

Surf Report Publishing Flow

Kinda neat, huh? I find the way this goes from text to sitemap really intriguing. This -> that; that -> next; other -> next; makes sense to me. Graphviz does a great job of putting this all together in an easy-to-digest graphic.

There are a few rails front ends to graphviz (demo) that might make a web tool for this possible. I could see this becoming a handy planning tool for our organization.


  • Anyone ever use a tool like this for making sitemaps or high-level flows? What tools work well for modeling these interactions?
  • What other publishing tools are you using to propel your tweets? (where's my linkedin hook?)
  • Has anyone run into ownership issues with this plink-esque publishing?
  • Does this have a name? Let's call it microsyndication.
  • What's the best way to get metrics for this kind of publishing? Is there a way to measure in this distributed/microsyndicated system? How many people read my surf report?

Thanks for reading.

03/02/2009  — 

Song-A-Day 2009: DONE

We did it. Congrats to everyone who put their songs onto the site. Thanks for all your hard work; I had a great time listening to all of your songs.

I got about 28 songs up there, a few are even keepers. Of my stuff, I feel good about these:

  • 2/03: Istanbul
  • 2/06: Put Down That Bag Of Rocks
  • 2/17: Up In The Attic
  • 2/19: Special Sauce
  • 2/25: Put A Burrito In Your Mouth

This URL will take you to all my songs.

This player has everything that was uploaded. Steal the embed code if you want this on your site.

Here are some of the most listened-to songs from the month: 247 0203_bruce_2nd_time.mp3
196 0204_bruce_3rdwave.mp3
192 0201_derek_a_song_a_day.mp3
190 0205_bruce_shouldabeenalespaul_.mp3
176 0201_greacen_oh_hell_oh.mp3
173 0203_greacen_istanbul.mp3
163 0202_derek_jury_duty.mp3
163 0202_bruce_timesup.mp3
160 0204_greacen_trouble_sleeping.mp3
159 0215_bruce_base.mp3
158 0203_derek_where_is_walt.mp3
158 0201_peter_all_that_i_can_feel.mp3
157 0206_bruce_thank_you.mp3
152 0204_bruce_whatthe.mp3
149 0202_greacen_2wo.mp3
147 0204_derek_disneyland.mp3
146 0203_ryan_in_to_the_night.mp3
146 0201_seth_the_best_place_in_the_world.mp3
145 0131_seth_the_day_before_song.mp3
143 0209_greacen_master_of_the_mall.mp3
142 0203_peter_twothreeohnine.mp3
140 0213_derek_hawaii.mp3
140 0205_greacen_bring_it_back.mp3
139 0216_greacen_watching_all_the_good_ones_go.mp3
139 0202_peter_all_of_them.mp3
136 0212_bruce_alone.mp3
132 0208_greacen_wafflepalooza.mp3
129 0212_derek_taxonomy.mp3

Pretty evenly distributed. I remember Bruce's stuff got a lot of attention last year too, but it seems like the earlier songs are still getting plenty of play.

We're almost to 13000 song streams at this point and if the traffic followed last year's pattern, people will still be listening for a few more days.

Starting to think about Song-A-Week for the rest of the year. Email me if you want in on this.

02/15/2009  — 

Song-A-Day Week 2: Still truckin'

We're trucking along with Song-A-Day. This is the point in the month where the daily contributors cross the 'album-length' line. For me, an album doesn't really need more than 10-14-ish songs. So if the well wasn't so damn dry I'd say that the rest of the month is gravy.

For me, it's time to turn to other instruments, other family members, more wine, plagarism... you get the idea.

I have a few comments in no particular order.


  • I'll tune into http://www.xanga.com/sethrocker a bit more. Somehow this fell out of my RSS reader.
  • Totally understand the schedule crunch. Toss in whatever half-baked ideas you want to share. This follows the 'every idea is a good idea' principle.
  • badaba works! It's a mostly-baked idea. More of these please.
  • adding the drum + background vox for Derek's song was a great idea. I think we've all heard another part that would fit in with the stuff we've heard from each other.


  • You are so prolific, it's always fun to hear your stuff.
  • I like the acoustic versions you're putting up there. Both versions of 'Thank You' are nice. The acoustic version is a treat. Did you get a microphone?
  • "Not Much" I like much.
  • "Acou" I like a bunch too.
  • I like instrumentals. Would be fun to add vox or more to one of your tracks (like Seth added to Dereks).
  • There are a few other instrumentalists this year. Can you out-Tom Tom? or out-Ryan Ryan?


  • http://bringbackcardwalker.bl ogspot.com/ has fallen out of my RSS reader too. I'll tune in there.
  • I'm glad to hear that you've roped the family into songs.
  • I disagree with your thesis presented in 'Monkeys and Clowns'. Songs that mention Monkeys can be turned cool by the mere mention of robots.
  • "Jury Selection" really works for me. Quietly angry. Totally pissed in fact. Dangerous. That's how you come across.
  • I find "Second Life" pretty damn cool.
  • "Me and the Pope" is a triumph. I'll be watching Meet the Press for the story.
  • All your recordings sound very natural and high-fi. They work well on every speaker I've used to torture my family.


  • I haven't read http://midgaardsormen.blogspot.com / much lately (also fell out fo my RSS reader), but I'll add it.
  • Short and sweet works for me.
  • "twothreeohnine" is a highlight for me for some reason. I love the mood. I think it's also because of the sound... I can hear the room.
  • I like the confessional-style of the recent lyrics.
  • I need more please. Get back to work.


  • I'm so psyched that you're doing this.
  • You are totally jamtastic
  • There's a moment in the beginning of Twilight that reminds me of a song by Rodan, but you take it in a totally different direction.
  • There are a few other instrumentalists this year. Can you out-Tom Tom? or out-Bruce Bruce?


  • Great to have your music up here this year. Vocal and guitar chops are coming through loud and clear.
  • Is Bigsby a person or a vibrato? (or a cat?) I like this one.
  • Is "Annalime" using an open tuning? Neat.
  • Are you using an amp modeler or a microphone. I like the dirty guitar sounds.
  • There are a few other instrumentalists this year. Can you out-Bruce Bruce? or out-Ryan Ryan?

If you know anyone else interested in playing along for the rest of the month, invite them over.

Finally, I made a few changes to the RSS feeds on the site. There are actually 4 feeds worth knowing about. Here's the skinny:

What sort of nefarious things can one do with feeds (nefeedarious?) like this? Well, that MRSS feed will now work with more flashy mp3 players that take RSS feeds as playlists. Like this:

02/09/2009  — 

Song-A-Day Week 1: Awesome

07/16/2008  — 

twitterfountain, fun stuff!

06/16/2008  — 

RIP tastespotting.com

06/13/2008  — 

twitpic, kinda cool...

03/24/2008  — 

Simple Rss Widgets

01/25/2008  — 

js-kit comments on greacen.com