I just realized that it’s been over two weeks since I last posted, so
here’s a quick run down of what I’ve been up to. More details at 6.
- Garrett and I spent a long weekend in Las Vegas. We scheduled the
trip to coincide with a trip his friend from graduate school was
taking so we could see him again. It was good to see Jeff, although
his companion was a little less than charming. We saw Mamma
Mia, loved it, and confirmed that
really, we are that gay. We learned that Fremont Street is the
slightly creepy, single, older uncle of “the Strip,” and that Vegas
is the city of extremes. Oh, and just because Binion’s Horseshoe
Casino advertises itself as the home of the World Series of Poker
doesn’t mean the room aren’t decorated straight from Rent-A-Center,
- My 28th birthday was Sunday, and to celebrate we had a party on
Saturday evening. I’m not usually one for birthday celebrations, but
decided to make an exception this year. The result was pleasantly
suprising. Now if there had only been a pinata filled with
single-serving bottles of booze. Mmmmm…. booze.
- We began work on the Creative Commons Developer
Toolkit, a website
for collecting sample code, best practices and developer-oriented
information on the Commons. We also have mailing
I’m going to try and get back in the habit of blogging regularly… it’s a
good habit, but one I need to make time for instead of expecting time to appear.
I don’t know about anyone else, but Google
News has become an important source of news
in my daily surfing. Even more useful has been the Google News
Alerts, which allow you to
receive email notifications of news stories containing specific
keywords. Now an RSS or Atom feed of said stories would be even better,
but News Alerts are a start.
At Creative Commons, we use News Alerts
to keep up on our exposure in the press, and record the mentions in our
press blog. Today I finished
whipping up a little utility to make the job easier. GNAimport is a
Python script which reads email messages from a specified mailbox
(currently POP3), checks if they come from Google News Alerts, and then
proceeds to parse the message in to a series of News Alerts. Each News
Alert is then run through a series of handlers, which could do things
like spit out an Atom feed or grab the contents of the URL. In the case
of CC, the handler interfaces with a Zope Python
Script to create
You can find the source to GNAimport.py, along with the code for the
SimpleBlog Python script,
here. To use it you’ll need
to set the mail server, username and password at the top. The list of
handlers to use is specified in main.
Let me know if you find it useful or find bugs; enjoy.
Part of our goal at Creative Commons is
to make it easier for people to use our licenses. The Internet
Archive helps out with that goal by providing
free hosting for licensed audio and video files. That’s no small service
for the hobbyist, and relieves bands from the headaches of bandwidth
bills and metadata hosting.
Today I uploaded the newest beta of our new Internet Archive integration
ccPublisher takes your audio or video file and allows you to select a
license. It will then either upload the files to the Internet Archive
for you, or generate metadata for hosting the files yourself (like our
online license engine). You can download the beta, version 0.9.7, for
A Linux release should be available shortly after we reach 1.0.
Those of your interested in digging in the dirt can check out the
available from the CCtools SourceForge
project. As always, your
comments, suggestions and recommendations are welcome. Enjoy.
I’ d like to provide some pithy, insightful commentary on the election,
but frankly, I’m in a state of shock(“23% of my people voted for
him?!?”). I’ve voted for plenty of losers (witness my flirtation with
the Libertarian Party), but I’ve never felt so… betrayed. So instead I
offer a list of things other bloggers are saying which made me smile.
Now go, crank up the Le Tigre, and
kindle the anger and outrage that will last for the next four years.
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CNN just showed the President watching the returns in the Yellow Room
with his family. First, can Jenna and Barbara look any trashier? Second,
Bush totally looks tanked. Oh well, it can’t make him any worse a leader.
BoingBoing has an amusing
about the latest sign of our esteemed
influence: he has his own meme. Go on, “strike a Lessig.”