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That was a well needed break

As of last Wednesday, I had gone 31 days with only one day off in the preceding month. I was burned out. Fortunately, this coincided with my friends coming to visit my wife and I from Ohio, so this gave me an excellent opportunity to deman^H^H^H^H^Hrequest time off, and they gave it to me.

For the past 5 days or so, I’ve been off and running around the NY/NJ area, doing all sorts of touristy things with our friends, and just exploring NYC like I haven’t had the chance to before. We spent an entire day at the American Museum of Natural History, and I finally got to go to the Hayden Planetarium to see Cosmic Collisions. It was absolutely worth it, and I’m so glad I picked up a membership on my first visit.

I finally got to go visit Liberty Island and see the statue. It was great, very impressive. After July 4th, they’re going to be opening up the crown, but until then, you can only go to the top of the pedestal. It was still a great view.

Ate lots of great food, had a good time with my friends, and today I’m back at work. We’re switching over to a new backup site this week. Hopefully things will go smoother than they have the week prior to my vacation, but we’ll see, and I’ll write about it.

So did I miss anything good?

Fine, fine, I’ll do it. I’ll microblog too

but I won’t like it.

Actually, I think I’ve finally settled on using twitter to publish all of those weird little links and things that don’t really merit an entire blog entry.

Because I don’t want to untie those useful little tidbits from the blog itself, I’ve added an RSS reader to the lower right hand side of the page which will contain my twitter feed. This way if you don’t use twitter, you can still take advantage of the links.

I have not carved this in stone, of course, so I’d like to hear some feedback on what you think of this. Do you like even the little blog updates with the links, or does this arrangement improve the signal to noise ratio for you?

Just so you know, feel free to follow my tweets: standaloneSA (since the username can’t contain “admin”)

RSS aggregation of blog entries and the like

The other day, I read a post on MySysAd blog about people copying blog entries verbatim and passing them off as their own. esofthub added a postfix to his RSS feed to automatically credit the source of the material, which I think is a great solution.

I wasn’t too worried about it until I google’d for a random string from one of my blog entries. The results led me to http://www.melonjuice.com/planet, which appears to be an RSS aggregator for technology blogs.

The owner of the site doesn’t claim at all to be the author of the material, and I love that my feed is getting aggregated there, but if you look at the site, there aren’t any sources listed, except a small link at the bottom with the first name of the author and a link back to the source post.

Like I said, I don’t mind, but I have added a ‘signature’ to my RSS feed which displays the source domain. If it bothers anyone, please drop me a line at [email protected] and let me know. Otherwise, I’ll keep it on. It doesn’t seem too intrusive and provides confirmation of the source of the data.

And lest there be any doubt, if you have an aggregator on your site, feel free to aggregate this blog. You’re very much welcome to do it, and you don’t even have to let me know, though it’s neat when I hear from a new site that’s doing it :-) Thanks for your support and interest in my material!