Archive for March, 2002

Is Google getting too timely?

Monday, March 25th, 2002

While one of Google’s strengths is the way that (Hi Googlebot) it indexes pages that it sees changing (Hello again, Googlebot) frequently more often than it indexes (Good to see you again, Googlebot) static pages, I’m beginning to wonder if it isn’t changing things just a little too quickly. I presume that they are constantly […]

Top 100 characters in books I don’t want to read

Friday, March 22nd, 2002

I really don’t get why the NPR list of the 100 best characters in fiction since 1900 is currently at number 11 on daypop—my only real interest in characters in literature is when someone writes series about one really good character and one not-quite-so-good, so that I want to separate the Thomas Black from the […]

Your second search engine

Thursday, March 21st, 2002

Now that you’ve discovered that any bunch of flaming lunatics can knock a site out of Google if they have a lawyer, your second thought, after “everyone who voted for the DMCA should be drawn and quartered,” is probably “I need a backup search engine.” In the dark days before Google, I knew the urls […]

I’ve got the sharpest teeth, so I get the biggest bag of crunchies

Wednesday, March 20th, 2002

And this 70-year-old check-out clerk and his 10-year-old manager are hemming and hawing over the ditzy bitch who only has $40, instead of $55. What do I throw out? The two largest and most easily accessible things. The cat food, and the cat litter. That might work for Shannon, but around here, that’s not the […]

Shannon Campbell Week at

Tuesday, March 19th, 2002

I was already thinking that this should be Shannon Campbell week in my blog, to make up for the fact that pinging directly, rather than letting them pick up the ping from, seems to have put her in permanent purgatory at the bottom of my blogroll, when I dropped by her blog and […]

Got PHP? Need to ping

Monday, March 18th, 2002

For those of you who use PHP you can use this Weblogs Bug script to “ping” when you update. Basically you add two lines of php which load the library, and then check to see if the file has been updated.—gnumatt I’m not sure quite why, but the idea of having your weblog check […]

Editing with a vengeance, indeed

Monday, March 18th, 2002

Let me make one thing perfectly clear: I am not recommending that you download and use the Adminimizer Toolbar. Yet, anyway. Not if you have “convert line breaks” turned on, or you’ll get an extra break tag for every break in every post on the page, each time you edit. Not if you use any […]

Remote editing returns with a vengeance

Monday, March 18th, 2002

Warning: this post is brought to you by the number 0.9 and the letter beta – don’t try this in your own home unless you’re willing to risk a bit of confusion and messed up posts! Back in its day, Blogger’s remote editing feature was a cool tool: add ?blogEdit to your blog url while […]


Monday, March 18th, 2002

You know how hard it is to keep up with one weblog, in one language? Well, for me it is, anyway. I’m awed by Elke’s ability to maintain two separate blogs, in English and in German, freshly moved out of Blogspot. Swing by her housewarming, and check out the roomy new closets.

Weblog Writing Kit

Sunday, March 17th, 2002

Don’t bother reading Instapundit or Scripting News or even to find out how things are done. —Meryl Hmm, if she gives away advice that good, maybe I should order the kit.