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Last update: 7 Jan 2010 -- 1:05am
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14 Dec 2009
I have been trying out Posterous, which is one of the several free, hosted blogging platforms that are out there now. I tried out several of them and found Posterous to have it pretty together. One can post from Twitter, and email, and other web log software, and probably smoke signals. Posterous will also auto-post back to all these places. What makes it interesting to me, though, is their bookmarklet.

If there's something I like on a page, I click the bookmarklet (which is just an icon on my toolbar) and it pops up a dialog pre-populated with content from the page. I can choose from that content, or augment it, or change it. Alternatively, if I have something already selected on the page, the dialog is initially filled with that as a blockquote.

The content is handled well. From Flickr, for example, it'll make a nifty little slideshow to embed in the post. On YouTube, it automatically embeds the video. For pictures, it'll snag a copy of the picture and cache it on their servers. This is probably wrong and a copyright violation or something, but I love it.

Check out my Posterous web log as an example of a typical effort.

It's pretty easy to post content on Foam Totem. I can email it stuff and it'll be auto-posted. I can add or edit entries in a browser. But the bookmarklet is dead simple and instantaneous. It's a killer feature. They're not the only one with this feature, of course. Google Reader and Tumblr both have one, for example. But Foam Totem doesn't have one, and it's not trivial to write one.

I was torn, however, because I hate having my stuff scattered all over the place. I still bristle over the Facebook walled garden. Anything I post in there is stuck there: content, comments, and all. I can't archive it, which makes a packrat like me uncomfortable. (To wit: notice the calendar at the bottom of this page. Nothing goes into the memory hole.)

But never fear, dear reader! Posterous is not a walled garden and a good Internet citizen. They let me get at my data programmatically. So, I wrote a quick script and now Foam Totem updates with copies of posts from Posterous. I could go on, but I suspect you stopped being interested in the first paragraph.

Anyway, that is why you suddenly see 20 new posts from the last two months you didn't see before.

 Saturday
12 Dec 2009
I Find Your Lack of Gifts Disturbing

Noisy Alphabet

URAGA!

MEOW. MEOW.

(Warning: Not for children.)

Amazon Fulfillment Center

 Friday
11 Dec 2009
Trippy Fantasia Poster

Bendis saw Avatar
Bendis saw avatar

and boy is it a james cameron movie. i mean, right down to it.

spectacle like no ones bidness, heavy handed themes laid down with a sledgehammer, and if he ever wrote an intelligent line of dialogue it would die of loneliness.

every single character in the movie is from another cameron movie, ribisi plays paul reiser from aliens, michelle rodreguiz plays the hispanic girl from aliens and there's a hard nose military guy that would have been played lance hendrickson in another day. oh and signorney weaver plays ripley. very well.

the good news is they have left the amazing imagery off the trailers. you have not seen how amazing the film looks and feels. and it is not boring.

the movies music is 6 out of the 7 notes of the titanic theme to the point where many of us were laughing. and the 'not celine dion but might as well be' song has the audience burst out in laughter when i think he wants us to sit in awe.

enjoy the blue people, enjoy uhura delivering another amazing performance, enjoy the dragons vs transformers (because that's all the movie really is) and enjoy the rifftrax of this coming next spring. it will be hilarious!

b-

 Thursday
10 Dec 2009
Art Nouveau in Brussels

Some stunning Art Nouveau architecture in Brussels.

 Tuesday
8 Dec 2009
Beatles Retrospective

From 3120

Vintage Nimoy

Lego Sushi

 Monday
7 Dec 2009
 Friday
4 Dec 2009
A Visit to a Steampunked Home

 Thursday
3 Dec 2009
How to Kill an Idea

Barkour!

Buck Rogers Trailer

 Wednesday
2 Dec 2009
Shag - Autumns Come Undone

Incredible new stuff by Shag.

 Tuesday
1 Dec 2009
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