My exciting Saturday Night

What?

  It’s Saturday night and I’m sitting at the computer working.
  Nerd!

Why?

  I’m upgrading a production web system for Sloan.
  This is not the kind of thing you want to do at 9am on a Monday morning.

Why does this post look different from your other posts?

  I’m composing it in Radio’s outliner.

Technorati keyword search

Technorati now has a keyword search feature. It’s sort of like Google in that it indexes the contents of a web page at a specific point in time. Because weblogs can update fairly quickly, Technorati’s search must do the same. Sifry says, “The indexes are rebuilt several times each day, which means that it can take as little as 2 hours from the time you post something on your weblog to when it shows up in Keyword Search results.”

Faster than Google? A quick look at the Google cache for Scripting News suggests so. The cache is from last Thursday, or four days ago.

Biggest difference from Google: search results come from weblogs only, not the Web as a whole. Also, weblog sources are annotated with inbound blog/link numbers and Cosmos links. Like PageRank in a way, just more transparent.

Relationship to Scripting’s Weblog Search? Scripting’s search allows you to search the historical archive of a single weblog. Technorati’s search looks at just the front page, but lets you query across (approximately) all weblogs.

OSCOM

We are registered for OSCOM. On a first pass of the Program, I find track two, “CMS contextualized (Law, Biz / Soc, Evaluation)”, most interesting. I like the focus on decision makers, society, users and deployment. Call it a good dose of reality . Here is my rough plan:

Wednesday afternoon: Intellectual Property, User Panel (possibly slipping out to Collaborative Mapping on the Semantic Web)

Thursday morning: Winer Keynote, CMS for Universities: A case study

Thursday afternoon: Integrating Content Management and Semantics, Using Zope to Support Open Course Collaboration? A Case Study, Open Coding Innovation: socially responsible, sustainable economic and technological growth

Friday morning: Udell Keynote, Extending CMS with Web Services, Managing the Semantic Web

Friday afternoon (hopefully): PANEL :: “Content for the Masses”

Why Linux?

The .NET Guy: “But if a group of people have decided that they really would prefer free software, why would they turn to Solaris in the time of Linux crisis? Wouldn’t it make more sense to use a BSD derivative?”

Poorly Connected in LA

This is such a fabulous rant. For some reason it makes me think of a scene in Airplane 2. Captain: “I’m afraid that we’re 10,000 miles off course and we might not make it through the asteroid belt”. Passengers: no reaction. Captain: “Oh, and we’re out of coffee.” Passengers: panic.

ScrappleFace

New favorite weblog title: ScrappleFace. Excerpt from a scrapple recipe: “After the hams and bacon have been put down in cure and the sausage is all ground and the lard rendered and the feets pickled and the snouts soused, you take what’s left (the scraps) and make scrapple.” Sure to be a hit with your vegan friends! I discovered this delectably titled weblog over at Breaking News.