Sun, 24 Nov 2013

Website and blog updated

Earlier this year the blog had its tenth anniversary. I had meant to celebrate the occassion by revamping the site and blog a little.

Having set up the updated R/Finance site, the Rcpp Gallery and Rcpp sites as well as the much-needed overhaul of the html side of the CRANberries RSS feed (which also integrates it with the static blog compiler I use), I figured I just needed a little time to get this done. Well, eight months later we're there. It still uses Twitter Bootstrap for layout, and a slightly modified Bootswatch theme.

Comments welcome, and please let me know if links are missing or going nowhere in places.

This post by Dirk Eddelbuettel originated on his Thinking inside the box blog. Please report excessive re-aggregation in third-party for-profit settings.

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Thu, 21 Feb 2008

Time flies ...

... when you're having fun. This blog turned five a few days ago.

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Wed, 25 Aug 2004

Movable Type help needed

One of my favourite blogs has a broken rss/rdf syndication: No newlines, no parapgraphs, no indentation. Running Blosxom myself, I don't what could be wrong. If some knowledgeable source could send me a pointer, I'd gladly pass that along. Merely pointing out the error achieved naught so far, better be a little more constructive with a patch suggestion. So help would be welcome.

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Sat, 07 Feb 2004

Score tied at one all

Earlier today, and after reading Joerg Jaspert's rant on Debian Planet being at times too off-topic for him, I felt compelled to send him private mail as I happen to disagree with that point. Unfortunately, he and I didn't get much further than repeating our positions once over.

Back now at the computer, I just saw MJ Ray's riposte which I happen to, no surprise here, agree fully with. To me, one of the nicer aspects of Debian Planet is how it, at least occassionally, brings out the other, non-computing side of fellow Debianers. That is clearly not a bug but a feature.

Coincidentally, while running errands this afternoon, I listened to Chicago Public Radio (one of the very few remaining stations worth turning on) which carried an interview with a U of Chicago law prof on the origin of the word 'echo room'. His thesis is that people self-select themselves more and more into virtual communities. The main point here that these communities are all non-overlapping, so people simply reinforce prior beliefs and opinions as the only feedback they get is from people who, by virtue of the pre-selected, are likely to hold views very similar to their own.

Getting back to the prior topic, having non-Debian posts on allows us to break the 'echo' pattern at least a little bit.

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Sat, 31 Jan 2004

Simple html mode for .txt file in blosxom tree?

So I made a blunder omitting a closing " earlier, and the post got an foobar'ed. Working in the one and only editor, I am wondering if someone had some elisp magic to turn html mode on for a file ending in .txt provided it sits below a configurable top-level directory, i.e. my blosxom directory?

Right now, and for kicks, I manually turned html mode on and off again as we don't formal document header for a blosxom input file. Better than nothing, but far from ideal.

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Mon, 01 Sep 2003

Now serving statically

Ok, finally switched over to static pages. As with many things blosxom, this was tremendously easy to set up. I am also splitting it between my normal workstation and the front-end webserver which now no longer needs to hold the blog entries.

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Sat, 15 Mar 2003

Some refreshments, please

Having played around with the css and wml code, the look of the pages is now a little more modern. Making the (dynamic) blosxom pages look like the rest of the (static) wml-generated pages was fairly simple: cut & paste some wml-generated output into the blosxom 'flavour' templates.

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Sat, 15 Feb 2003

Blogging with Blosxom

Having looked around for a suitable, preferable Free / Open Source, simple blogging system, having been tempted by the non-really Free Movable Type, I think I have now settled on blosxom which isn't bad. It will surely be a painful while til I have enough noteworthy content. Oh well. Gotta start someplace.

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