Archive for August, 2002

We don’t need no stinkin’ popups

Sunday, August 25th, 2002

Sniff. I’ve always really liked popups for comments, even though Mark and Mark both seem less than fond of anything opening in a new window of any size. It just seems to work with the flow of a weblog’s main page: read an entry, pop up the comments, maybe add one, close the comments and […]

In which my keenness is impugned

Sunday, August 25th, 2002

With the exception of one rather glaring error, the greatest gonzo blogger of our time tells the sordid but true story of two starry-eyed bloggers, the Golfer’s Girlfriend Whose Name None Dare Speak, and jackbooted horror in disguise. Let the record show that I was keen (oh, so keen), but every other word (in whatever […]

Whose fonts?

Sunday, August 25th, 2002

From the There’s Always An Excuse To Stroke Your Own Ego Department: Looks like I haven’t linked to the lovely and very useful Google Dance Tool, and what better way than to point out that as of right now, it looks like I’m the world’s number two Phil, up from number three last month. Take […]

A new Shannon Campbell

Sunday, August 25th, 2002

In keeping with my mission to link to all things Shannon Campbell, may I present Shenandoah Valentino Campbell[link to pulled for Google’s sake], known as Shannon.

Is cloaking RDF cheating?

Sunday, August 25th, 2002

Despite the fact that I think they’re both joking, I presume that other people will think that using PHP and user-agent sniffing to hide TrackBack RDF from validators is cheating, or wrong, or that the page with RDF in it remains in some meaningful sense invalid. I don’t think so. While it’s true that a […]

Blogger weekday translator

Saturday, August 24th, 2002

It’s been far too long since I did anything for Blogger (yeah, let’s skip the obvious reply to that), so by request, here’s a little javascript to translate the weekdays in Blogger’s BlogDateHeaderDate to whatever suits you. Add to your main template, somewhere between <head> and </head>: <script type=”text/javascript”> function changeWeekday(dateheader){ var splitDate = dateheader.split(“,”); […]

pb’s TrackBack genius

Saturday, August 24th, 2002

When I saw back in July that pb added TrackBack to’s comment system, I just thought that it was an interesting reuse of existing code. It wasn’t until I went back just now, while gathering links for a post on third-party TrackBack, that the other shoe dropped, and I realized just what an elegant, […]

Blogging ecosystems

Saturday, August 24th, 2002

I was never a very big fan of N.Z. Bear’s Blogosphere ecosystem, despite the category names, probably because the minimal overlap with my own ecosystem meant that I only made a brief appearance as a Insignificant Microbe. Even without cute categories, I much prefer fellow Phil’s blogging ecosystem, since starting from and has […]

TrackBack and validation summary

Saturday, August 24th, 2002

While considering adding “Related:” links to my various posts on TrackBack and XHTML validation, I discovered that I don’t seem to have ever actually posted the current semi-official best practice / lesser of evils solution. So, here’s an executive summary of the possible solutions, leading up to the current situation: The problem: TrackBack inserts a […]

Back again. Sigh.

Sunday, August 18th, 2002

350 message(s), 349 unread. Delete spam. 340 message(s), 339 unread. I miss spam. Delete goofy search referrals from aolsearch and msn, read and delete real referrals, read and mostly delete list mail, leaving only (non-flame) comments, direct requests for help, and unanswered list questions. 38 message(s), 0 unread. Another hour or so, and I can […]