Burningbird Weblogging

Source updates

I am regenerating the documentation of the PHP for my site and should have replacement pages up tonight. The pages will include my Talkback feature and comment editing. They won’t include the counter post technology, which I’ve removed.

I want to congratulate Jay Allan for winning the Six Apart contest. He deserves recognition for his hard work and I’m glad to see he got it.

This reminded me, though, that those who contribute plugins for other products, such as WordPress, also deserve recognition for the hard work they do. So I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to those who have provided documentation, plug-ins, or even inspiration for my own tweaks, including the WordPress development and documentation teamChris Davis, Mark from Weblog Tools CollectionCraig, and Carthik.

I gather that August 1st is WP Patch Day where plugin authors pick a bug to fix in the core. Though I’m working on converting the Redland Unix libraries to Windows in order to create a PHP extension (and having a bitch of a time with it–nothing to do with the Redland code; it’s my own rusty Visual Studio/C skills), I’m going to see if there’s a bug left to claim. And then that will be it for me.


Copyright, copyleft

Dave Shea has a set of images at his web site, depicting a photograph being altered in progressive stages. He asks the question:

Assuming the photo I started with was copyrighted by someone else and I wasn’t licensed to use it, at which step does the design process below does the work become ‘legitimate’?

I gather that his doing this was a direct result of one or more CSS designs from CSS Zen Garden being taken by one or more people, used as is, and the other person or people actually claiming credit for the work. However, people could not understand how something that is ‘open source’ so to speak, also be copyrighted; hence his unusual and rather clever experiment.

I was going to write more on this, because as you all know, I’m just so fond of discussions involving Creative Commons and copyright. And the comments at Shea’s were pretty damn interesting. I also have a pictorial essay I’m writing on the state of politics here in Missouri for American Street. However, I am feeling pretty beat tonight.


This is Democratic National Convention week

I know that there are many of you unaware that this is National Democratic Convention week. For those new to American politics, all this fooflah must seem a bit bewildering. What is all the fuss about if Kerry has the nomination?

So what does the National Democratic Convention mean to webloggers, anyway?

Does it mean that weblogging is going to be inundated, nay, saturated with American politics?

Does it mean that we’re going to be subjected to 100 different weblogger interpretations of just the type of speeches we wouldn’t watch on TV, read in the papers, or listen to the radio?

Does it mean that we’re going to hear about free meals and not enough port-a-potties?

Does is mean that there’s a possibility that Kerry will lose the nomination in a last minute breathless bid by (what was the name of that guy that had all that money and was going to win the nomination–oh yeah) Ralph Nader?

No! None of this!

It means that it’s time to start a new meme.

This week, regardless of who you are and what you write, try to incorporate the words ‘democratic’, ‘national’, and ‘convention’ into whatever it is you’re writing. The words don’t have to appear together– they just have to appear in the body of the post. You could of course write about the DNC, but that’s a bit of cheat really.

For instance, are you writing about breaking up with your boyfriend? Then try this for size:

It’s not been my convention to talk about my personal life on my weblog. After all, it’s rather embarrassing to think of my private thoughts being read by a national audience, must less by an international one.

But I believe that we can learn from each other’s pain. We can grow as we share these moments together in a democratic display of fellowship.

And I want to make that asshole pay. I want to make him pay real bad. So I’m going to write about every one of his fetishes…including the one where he …

See? Couldn’t be easier.