Oops, look like I left over my blue jeans somewhere, probably in Doubletree (Portland) or the Argent Hotel (San Francisco). It's okay that blue jeans was GAP's cheap one and nothing should be in the pockets. I guess I can get it back by calling the lost & found, but it'd be more expensive to send it back over the pacific than simply buying a new one.
So I'm here in OSCON. We had our Six Apart party "FooBar @ OSCON" last night and it went really well. I enjoyed really nice conversations with great people like Casey, Alex, Perrin, Geoffrey, Schwern and Jesse. I guess I got drunk more than I should be and now have a small hangover now (it's 7:30 am).
Today is the final day of OSCON and I'll be headed back to San Francisco at noon. Since there is no direct flight PDX - NRT, I have to stay one night in San Fran. Hmm ...
So my first talk in OSCON is over. Check out the slides on Plagger website if you missed it. Basically I got mostly positive feedbacks "Hey that's cool!". I'm pretty happy. And now Junior (Mark Smith) from Six Apart wrote a really nice writeup about the session. Thanks Junior!
I updated the slides after I woke up on 5am this morning and did some reharsal in the room. The main problem I found is that it took longer than 45 minutes, and it was actually 60 minutes. So I decided to speak faster than usual. Another issue was the order of the slides, since it started with the killer app before the quick guide of plugins, it got boring towards the end, and at the same time it gets somewhat awful to explain which plugin it actually uses.
So I decided to switch so I introduce the killer apps after the plugins tour. It worked well, but it might be boring for some people during the 1st half. I don't know how to deal with that in YAPC::EU again. Feedbacks are welcome.
BTW the highlight plugin this time is Notify::Pizza. That was Notify::Eject in YAPC::Asia, and Publish::Excel in YAPC::NA. I wonder what is gonna be in YAPC::EU :)
Now that my talk is over and I'm relaxed. Looking forward to attending to other sessions in the conference, and party!
I'm here in San Francisco, Six Apart office now. This evening I'll fly from OAK to PDX for OSCON 2006 and I'm really excited about it.
This is my first OSCON ever (either as an attendee or a speaker), and I will give a 45 minutes talk about Plagger. The talk will be mostly the same with the one that I gave in YAPC::NA, but it will reflect the feedbacks I got in YAPC, and will have the latest updates in the project, namely the 0.7.4 release and upcoming 0.7.5 release with lots of Plaggnet goodness.
I'm really looking forward to the parties at night, too. See you in Portland!
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Plagger is written in Perl and the competition always comes from Python world. For instance, Planet is a good software written in Python to aggregate posts from lots of blogs into a single HTML and our friend Dave Cross wrote a very good post how easy it is to build Planet site using Plagger.
Today I found another competition: newspipe, which is also written in python. The site has a very good summary of what it does and how you use it. And the list of the features makes me feel that the author has the very similar strategy to how to deal with configuration and site scraping stuff, and what's actually needed for email notification/archiving. Very good stuff.
So, let's compare the things newspipe claims to do, with Plagger (Subscription::OPML + Publish::Gmail).
Yes, you can write a list of feeds in an OPML file using Subscription::OPML. Optionally you can take the list from XOXO file, Database, your Bloglines account etc. with the power of plugins.
feed options can be set individually for each feed or for a group of feeds
No feed options support yet when you use Subscription::OPML. I think this is a good idea.
supports screen-scraping scripts via an internal pipe:// URI schema
Supports screen-scraping with the usual HTML page URL (written in htmlUrl if you use OPML) and register CustomFeed:: for the URL. (Plan: I'll rename the CustomFeed:: to Scraping:: or something) CustomFeed::Pipe plugin actually calls another process to get the data from various sources including screen scraping.
the OPML file can reside locally (in your hard disk) or remotely (in a web server).
Yes. The OPML file can be local or remote one.
sends news items via SMTP to a designated e-mail address
Yes. Plagger supports SMTP, Sendmail and SMTP-TLS. There's a patch to do SMTP-AUTH as well.
messages can be in HTML/multipart MIME format or plaintext
Yes. The Emails are now sent in HTML. No built-in plaintext format support yet but there're plugins to do that.
multiple items from a feed can be grouped and sent in a digest message
Yes. This is the default behavior of Plagger Publish::Gmail.
updated news items are detected and re-sent with additions and deletions highlighted
No, we don't do this but leave it for Gmail's diff functionality.
images linked from the feed items are downloaded and included as inline images inside the mail message (great for archiving purposes).
Ellegarden has been on my antenna for a while, whenever I listen to their song on cable TV stations like MTV Japan. They're a Japanese alternative rock band (kind of emo + punk) and does really great tunes. I just downloaded their (probably first) major album "Riot on the Grill" from iTMS Japan and it surely rocks.
If you like New Found Glory, the Ataris or Blink-182, you'll definitely like ELLEGARDEN as well. Check out Last.fm artist page for more.
[this is good] is a great feature and it's funny to see the coincidence with the funniest tag in Japanese social bookmarking site.
See posts tagged これはひどい (this-is-awful) on Hatena Bookmark. Consider it as del.icio.us/tag/thisisawful or something like that. This page lists blog posts and/or news items which are awful, bad, stupid and ridiculous. Especially a good page to start surfing on the net when you're bored.
Just downloaded Dashboard Confessional's new one "Dusk and Summer" from iTunes Music Store. So far, this album really rocks. Chris Carrabba's emotional vox (Oh, vox!) still impresses me and the melody is so good.
Note to myself: Don't forget to buy the iTunes Music Store gift card when you get to San Francisco next time.
In short: Too much beer and so time consuming fireworks.
I moved from Boston Hackathon on July 3rd, taking the Amtrak train. I took Acela Express Business Class and the seat was okay, except the air conditioning was terrible and it freezed me.
Anyway I arrived NY and went to "The Producers" with my friends in Broadway. The musical was an awesome one and the "gay" director himself is the same guy with the movie version and that was amazing.
Today I woke up 11am and had a lunch in an Uklaina Restaurant (with Brooklyn Lagger beer). The food was kind of nice, but too much carbo for me. We wandered around the Grand Central to find a sports bar where we can see GER - ITA world cup games, We had a hard time finding it but finally did find it.
After that we moved to the Macy's fireworks ferry. The fireworks itself was a nice thing, but too much waiting time before and after the fireworks makes me a little boring. Ferry came back to the ground on 11:30 pm and we got a taxi ride to the little Korian Town and had Son Dofu. Nice dinner.
The flight ORD - BOS was great. Somehow my seat was upgraded to Economy Plus, or looks like the most seats in the cabin were Economy Plus styles. Anyway, a little more spaces.
On the flight I read the last half of Murakami's norwegian wood and got so impressed. This is a very beautiful, sad and yet emotional story. I couldn't stop falling into tears in the last few chapters.
It'd be interesting to re-read them in English. I'm just curious how they translate the phrase "やれやれ" of the guy in most of Murakami's works. He always says "やれやれ" whenever he feels sick or tired of the conversations with girls, or any other things in the world. Maybe ... "WTF", "Boo-Hoo" or "Good grief"?
Looks like there were lot of people from UK around there in O'Haire concourse. There was a stream of "OMG" after the penalty kicks. My flight to Boston is being delayed and I signed up Wi-Fi account here to kill some time ...