Parking lot fish

Photos missing because of no longer existing flickr account.

I’ve been under the weather lately, which has been good from a programming point of view. I did get out for a light walk on Sunday to Powder, and was surprised to find a large, mobile fish tank in the middle of the parking lot. I didn’t have my camera but did have my trusty cellphone. Whipping it out, I took several photos, such as the one following, and emailed them to my flickr account.

Odd thing is, the photos have been appearing, in between other photos, the last two days. Not only that, but one that I took a week ago appeared yesterday. Not necessarily expected behavior, but does have a rather poetic feel to the whole thing. I imagine my photos drifting around the aether for hours, days, until the right conditions form and it manages to make its way to my flickr pages.

Hiya picture, how you been? Seen any good sites on the way?

(Photographic evidence of kite eating trees…)

I had talked with a friend once about whether Walker Evans would like the new generation of photography equipment. He though Evans would like digital photography, but I think he’d like cellphone photos, too. After all, in his later years, he focused almost exclusively on Polaroid photographs–a medium not normally associated with ‘great’ photographic art. And there’s something spontaneous and fresh about cellphone photography.

But to return to programming, I’ve managed to bring Tinfoil Project back to life, except it’s now run completely off of the semantic data I’m collecting from Burningbird, and from web services provided by Flickr. More to come when I get my other work finished. No tags, though. Sorry.


Feeds fixes

I’m working on a couple of sites for folks, either creating new pages and programming, or doing some fixes. One of the sites is Molly Holzschlag’s, in particular fixing her syndication feeds.

The problem with Molly’s feed didn’t arise until she linked to three MP3 files in one post. WordPress 1.5 automatically links any MP3 file as an enclosure, but in this case, doing so generated problems with both the RSS 2.0 and Atom feeds.

The encoding of the MP3 link is a problem, but that’s fixable. The Atom feed is breaking because the program is using RSS enclosures, while Atom supports a link element for each media file. However, this should also be fixable.

What isn’t is how multiple enclosures are handled within RSS 2.0. WordPress creates a separate enclosure for each different MP3 file, yet according to what I can find online, RSS 2.0 only allows for one enclosure. Unfortunately, among all the punditry related to this issue, there’s no solution for multiple media links in a post. Unless someone has another solution, I’ll be changing the code to just enclose whichever is the first file — it’s not a good solution, but it’s better than the feed breaking.

Whatever fixes I do for Molly I’ll also apply to Wordform, since this application is currently using the WordPress feed programs, as is. The main difference is that I’ve added a flag to turn off or on automated enclosures.