RSS native parsing in the next Firebird

This is new to me. I was checking out the nightly builds of Firebird 0.8 betas (windows and linux, mac) and they’ve got an rss button and panel that parses RSS, with titles linking to the main window. Slick, but they need to let you track which ones have new/old items.

update: It turns out I’m actually a dumbass. I installed this RSS extension so long ago I forgot about it, and because I never saw it show up in any menu, I figured it never “took” on my Firebird install. Then when I had the new nightly build the toolbars were out of whack on first run so I went to customize them and saw the RSS button for the first time, and assumed it came with Firebird 0.8. My bad.

Time for a serious roadtrip

States I’ve visited:
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I had a pathetically sheltered youth. While I saw just about everything you could see in California, it was always from the inside of a car so we could only get so far in so many days. I think my first plane flight wasn’t until I was 12, and that was to the faraway place of Arizona. At the age of 25 the farthest east I’d ever been was still Arizona. Even with all my web-related travel over the past few years I didn’t surpass ten visited states until 2001 and now I stand at a paltry 14 at age 31.

I once worked with someone whose goal was having his kids see all 50 by the time they turned 18. He got pretty close, too. I think it’s a worthy goal — you can’t appreciate the vastness, the differences, or the similarities in this nation and its people until you get out there and visit a bunch of places and meet a good deal of them.

(Make your own map at Alpha66)

Word of the day

Stockphotopia: Where all those people you see in advertising come from.

“The new website looks great, but could use a few more faces from stockphotopia on the index page.”

Step 1. Internet music Step 2. ??? Step 3. Profit!

Whoa. People I know are in the Apple Music store. I can pay to download last year’s Fray Cafe and the 2001 Fray too (I can buy Lance Arthur and Mena Trott for 99 cents!). The Brad Sucks album is there too (psst: you can download it from his site for free, and it’s unencrypted or buy the CD direct from him like I did). I even see a search for “Scott Andrew” is turning a song up from the Fray CD, with hopefully more to come.

Like the Oscars of central Texas web awards

I was delighted and surprised to see my ten years site show up in the list of SXSW web awards finalists, in the personal category. The personal category covers personal and portfolio sites, and since the site is so personal (it is, afterall a shot from my vantage point each and every day) I figured it belonged there more than the weblog category.

After looking at the other entries in the personal category, I was struck by two things. One, they’re quite beautiful to look at, JennysRealm is like classic High Five top-notch design work. The other thing that stood out is every other site is a portfolio built in Flash. Lots of Flash.

I have no idea what my chances are given that my site is so different from the rest, but I guess if there’s ever a peoples’ choice know that a vote for me is a vote for cutting-edge web standards and a vote against the tyranny of flash-powered splash pages. If I worked for Miramax, I’d probably send diamond-studded rolex watches that said “This Year, Skip Intro to Ten Years” to all the judges.

It’s aliiiiiive

pb and I (mostly pb) brought SXSW blog back from the dead tonight. Pardon my minty bubble-gum design, I really just wanted to play with CSS backgrounds on the page more than anything else. A big thanks to Michael Buffington for donating the image of an Austin building used in the header.