Archive for March 31st, 2005

RSS Esplained

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Down here in Ecuador, we have been spending a
lot of time trying to explain, in Spanish, what exactly a Blog is.
The
closest we have come is by using analogies to a "Best places to go"
travel guide for a foreign country combined with a personal diary.
Everyone nods and says "Chevere" but we can tell they don’t have a
clue.  We haven’t even tried to get into what RSS is and why it
is even more significant than blogs themselves.  Perhaps we will
have to sit down and translate this article from todays New York Times,
which takes a stab at putting the technology into non-technical terms.
Amazing how something so intuitive and significant can be so hard to
explain…

Q. What does it mean when a Web site says it has an
R.S.S. feed available?
A. Really Simple Syndication (R.S.S. for short, and sometimes called
Rich Site Summary) is a tool used by a Web site for condensing new headlines
and information from the site into a bite-size summary, also known as
a feed. You can use a program called a news aggregator or news reader
to display these R.S.S. summaries (which usually include a headline,
a short description of the article and a link to the full article) on
your screen for a quick bite of news.

from the New
York Times

RSS Esplained

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Down here in Ecuador, we have been spending a
lot of time trying to explain, in Spanish, what exactly a Blog is.
The
closest we have come is by using analogies to a "Best places to go"
travel guide for a foreign country combined with a personal diary.
Everyone nods and says "Chevere" but we can tell they don’t have a
clue.  We haven’t even tried to get into what RSS is and why it
is even more significant than blogs themselves.  Perhaps we will
have to sit down and translate this article from todays New York Times,
which takes a stab at putting the technology into non-technical terms.
Amazing how something so intuitive and significant can be so hard to
explain…

Q. What does it mean when a Web site says it has an
R.S.S. feed available?
A. Really Simple Syndication (R.S.S. for short, and sometimes called
Rich Site Summary) is a tool used by a Web site for condensing new headlines
and information from the site into a bite-size summary, also known as
a feed. You can use a program called a news aggregator or news reader
to display these R.S.S. summaries (which usually include a headline,
a short description of the article and a link to the full article) on
your screen for a quick bite of news.

from the New
York Times

OSS Hitler File Available Online

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It
has long been known that FDR commissioned a psychological profile of
Adolf Hitler from the OSS, predecessor to the CIA. Now, 62 years later,
it is available on the Cornell
University library web site.

He was
a feminine boy, averse to manual work, who was "annoyingly subservient" to
superior officers as a young soldier and had nightmares that were "very
suggestive of homosexual panic." The mass killings that he later
perpetrated stemmed in part from a desperate loathing of his own
submissive weakness, and the humiliations of being beaten by a sadistic
father

OSS Hitler
profile
from Cornell web site

related article from the New
York Times

Crewel and Unusual

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Full
disclosure: It is a little known fact that the Dowbrigade is an embroiderer
(and not just of our stories) and once created designs for a company
named "Crewel and Unusual."

The NY Times has a related article on how knitting is making a comeback
among younger Americans. Unfortunately, its hard to blog and knit at
the same time.

These days, young women knit during their lunch breaks, on
the subway and in
cafes.
Trendy
coffee
shops offer
knitting
classes
and
sell
yarn.
Across the country, young women get together to "stitch ‘n’ bitch," as
a best-selling book is aptly titled. Amtrak is offering "Stitch
‘n Ride" cars out of Oakland for people who prefer the click of
needles to the buzz of cellphones.