Scripting News for 3/1/2006

Announcement: “The public review of OPML 2.0 begins.” 

OPML 2.0 is easy to understand if you’re intelligent, have common sense and are patient. I explain, in this podcast, why the improvements in OPML 2.0 will help users.  

Here’s what the CIO Insight interview with me looks like. Pretty funny! Do I really look like that? 🙂 

When Joan Crawford saw a picture of herself at age 69 or so, she said “If that’s what I look like you’ll never see me again.” They told her that’s what she looks like and she was never seen in public again. 

Nicholas Carr: “Edgeio enters a crowded market with a ton of pizzazz and a gram of strategy.” 

This can’t possibly be true, but if it is, I’m going to rename my podcast the Morning Coffee Notes Podcast Show, and find out whose lawyer is doing this.  

I love the way people are not buying Apple’s horse crap this time. For crying out loud, it’s a g-d stereo. I had one of those when I was 15 and that was 35 years ago! 

Meanwhile, the mini-crisis in RSS appears to be over, as the group that was proposing to be the authority on the evolution of RSS has turned, and is now producing a best practices document, which is totally consistent with the roadmap because anyone can produce a best practices doc, Uncle Juan in Beirut can produce one, so can Aunt Alice in Bucharest. You can pick your plan, they can compete in the market, and everyone gets a choice. We live with the imperfections of RSS 2.0, because that’s the way life is. Nothing and no one is exactly as we’d like them to be. Whew! That was hard work. Glad it’s over. 🙂 

Rick Segal and I go to lunch, and he gets an email from the CEO of a blogging tools company asking why Rick is “sucking up.” That is so ridiculous, and beneath comment, if it weren’t so common. Have the guts to put your name on a dumb comment like that. It leads to other people being openly rude just to prove they’re not sucking up, and that’s totally not constructive. Let’s deal with each other as mature adults, let’s get out of the mode where civilized behavior is considered cowardly. In fact it’s cowardly to make personal attacks like that, anonymously. 

Gabe rolls out a new esthetic for M-O-R. “A general reduction in rate of eye injury,” he says. First impression: Nice! 

Sam Ruby responds to yesterday’s post here.  

A bunch of people want to know what Marc Canter’s picture is doing here on Scripting News. Easy. It’s a cool picture. And when you click on it, a bigger story is revealed. More coolness! Still mysterious. That’s what I like. 🙂 


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Aunt Mid on March 1, 2006 at 2:54 pm

    SOAP isn’t anything nearly as useful as RSS? SOAP is everywhere!


  2. Posted by Kermit on March 1, 2006 at 7:59 pm

    I am experimenting with the OPML Editor. I clicked on the OPML icon on the Scripting News front page and the outline from Feb 8 opened. I was expecting to see today’s outline. ?????????


  3. Kermit, thanks for the report — that was broken when I rebuilt my CMS right around February. I just fixed it, and it should work again. Sorry. Dave


  4. Posted by bbluesman on March 2, 2006 at 5:17 pm

    Hey Dave,
    In case you didn’t already know-I thought you’d be pleased with this application of rss technology:


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