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Tuesday 05 December 2005
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We are always more anxious to be distinguished for a talent which we do not possess,
than to be praised for the fifteen which we do possess.
-- Mark Twain --

I've been neglecting these pages for a while now, and am thinking that should bring things up to date.  We'll see.  I have some time in the next few weeks, so I'll try.  There is lots to tell, and maybe a new campaign to completely open the Canada/US border to bees on and off comb!

Be sure to check back over the last few months, since I am filling them in.

Wednesday 07 December 2005
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Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.
-- Ronald Reagan --

This just in...

I enjoy reading your journal. I wanted to know if you have thought about converting your online journal into an RSS feed so that people with newreaders can get the content? Please consider this. I'm not too knowledgeable about the inner workings of RSS but there are some website out there that explain it. It's not difficult since RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication...

This isn't the first time I've been asked this question, and I've set out to look at it a few times over the past few years, but haven't quite figured out how it fits in with what I'm doing.  I have some other ideas, and may change format soon, but keep the suggestions coming.  If I could get a simple 1, 2, 3 sort of explanation of how to proceed, I might just get around to it soon.

By the way, if you have written me, and I haven't replied, I'm still digging myself out from under a pile of work.  If it is urgent, please write again.

Thursday 08 December 2005
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The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever.
-- Anatole France --

I spent the day in the basement here at Blacks', catching up on things, including these pages.

Friday 09 December 2005
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A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations.
People wish to be liked, not be endured with patient resignation.
-- Bertrand Russell --

I awoke early and looked out to see several inches of new snow.  Today I pick Mom up at the hospital and head home to Sudbury, so I am not pleased to see that the roads will be slushy, and that we may be driving through flurries and blowing snow.

Here is a suggestion for me to consider.  I actually have experimented with some content management systems the do RSS, but never did get around to decide whether to move in that direction.  Check this out.  It is just a shell that I put up some time back, but have been too busy to play with.

Hi Allen,

I read your recent response to a reader about RSS syndication. This is definitely something you should consider, it would give you a much wider reach.

I use RSS extensively. The easiest way to do it is to use a blogging software. You are basically already publishing a blog, but the software would make it a lot easier. TypePad is one of the best tools out there but comes with a monthly fee (low, but still a fee). Word Press comes free with most hosting accounts, just contact your host to see if they offer it. They should be able to install it as well. The easiest is Blogger, it's free as well, and with a little bit of effort you can 'host' it on your own site.

Finally, there is Joomla, which is a free, open-source, website management system that automatically includes the ability to do RSS feeds. I used Joomla to create several sites, including http://www.backyardhive.com

I hope that helps.


The difficulty I have with RSS is that I don't quite get how the material gets into RSS, when it expires, and how it lives in the database.  I'm not looking for extra work, and, frankly, although I am delighted to find out how many people read these pages, I don't really care if anyone does or not.  The other factor that I find unsuitable to my style is that I do not just write one piece to distribute daily, but rather I peck at the keyboard from time to time, and may publish ten to fifty times a day, or none, depending on my mood.  I also typically go back and re-write several times.  Sometimes that is an hour later, and sometimes days.

Well, Mom and I arrived in Sudbury.  The drive was uneventful, although there was plenty of slush and congestion on the roads until we got north of Barrie. 

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