Sunlight on a rainy day.
Sunlight on a rainy day.
I’ve often posted links to this blog and on occasion whole sets of links, usually from my pinboard collection. I’ve created them in various way. The idea is somewhat inspired by other blogs and the fairly recent resurgence of bloggers posting Newsletters 1.
My favourite is Tom Woodward’s Weekly Web Harvest which is an inspiration, a fascinating and wide ranging list.
Tom produces these posts automatically in WordPress grabbing the links from pinboard.
Recently Arron Davis was blogging about Scripting an Automated Solution to the same problem. I suggested throwing pinboard into his google sheet mix. This got me experimenting with google sheets and thinking about the problem.
In previous efforts I’d been wondering about separating my thoughts from quotes in pinboard descriptions 2. Thinking about this again I though the easiest way would be to use the markdown convention of putting a greater than sign > before the quoted lines.
I made a start in google sheets but hit a snag with parsing the quotes. Sheets seemed to add some extra line breaks to the RSS feed from pinboard (or pinboard has extra line breaks in RSS). Anyway I though it would be easier to handle in AppleScript.
The script I’ve come up with does the following
It would be easy to automatically post to the blog with AppleScript, but I want to be able to edit, fix typos and think a bit.
You can see the first post created on this blog: Life in Links 20-10-2017
I am not sure if this would help Aaron. I don’t even know if he has a mac. But I had fun playing with this. AppleScript does not seem to be used by many(any) people I meet but I find it really useful.
Featured image: Image from page 237 of “Mechanical appliances, mechanical … | Flickr No known copyright restrictions., I changed the colour a wee bit.
For a quite a while I’ve been thinking about writing a book about the IndieWeb to provide a broader overview of what it is philosophically, how it works, how its community functions, and most specifically how the average person can more easily become a part of it.
This should be very useful. I’ve been trying various indieweb things for a while, but still find it tricky to understand and implement some of the technologies. There is a great wiki, but I think I am more likely to read through a book.
Holiday job, Updating my classes iPad to iOS 11. Investment in the mac Server app, £19.99, and turning on caching has really speeded things up.
Curlew and first post from micro.blog desktop.
waterfall near Kildonan
Ophelia battered heron
In the dock (on the right had side, vertical) Graphic Converter, Safari, SuperCard, AppleWorks, Claris Emailer, Flash MX, Tex-edit-plus, terminal, NetNewsWire, IE, QuickTime, System Prefs and Classic. There are a few other fond memories in the Application Folder.
I couldn’t get it on the Wifi but it connected via Ethernet.
I was hoping to find out what podcasts I was listening to back then, but no luck, nothing in iTunes at all, I think I cleared out it out at some point to pass on to my wife or daughter.
(My first mac was a performa 475 bought in 1996 just as the power pc macs appeared.)