Wed, 23 Oct 2002

Syndication / RSS stuff

First off, if you currently run a news aggregator, check to see if you're running the most up to date version. It has been pointed out in several places that a lot of aggregators have not been doing the right thing bandwidth-wise (namely, using the built-in features of the HTTP spec to reduce bandwidth when requesting content that hasn't changed.) The latest betas of Netnewswire Lite and Userland Radio now implement the appropriate HTTP request mechanisms, and I'm sure other aggregators will be revised to do the same soon.

Secondly, there's now a spiffy new RSS validator. Though my HTML is still a shambling wreck, my RSS feed glides on the wings of validity.

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The Magic Word:
The two elements in water are hydrogen and ______

Men’s skin is different from women’s skin. It is usually bigger, and
it has more snakes tattooed on it. Also, if you examine a woman’s skin
very closely, inch by inch, starting at her shapely ankles, then gently
tracing the slender curve of her calves, then moving up to her …

[EDITOR’S NOTE: To make room for news articles about important world events
such as agriculture, we’re going to delete the next few square feet of the
woman’s skin. Thank you.]

… until finally the two of you are lying there, spent, smoking your
cigarettes, and suddenly it hits you: Human skin is actually made up of
billions of tiny units of protoplasm, called “cells”! And what is even more
interesting, the ones on the outside are all dying! This is a fact. Your
skin is like an aggressive modern corporation, where the older veteran
cells, who have finally worked their way to the top and obtained offices
with nice views, are constantly being shoved out the window head first,
without so much as a pension plan, by younger hotshot cells moving up from
— Dave Barry, “Saving Face”