Is RFB dead?

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Hey, I said to filchyboy, I know I haven’t been posting much lately. I got book deadlines. Whine, whine.
No, he said, check out the new pricing structure for Movable Type. What is going to happen to your publishing empire?
I guess we won’t be upgrading from 2.661 anytime soon if it will cost me $600. I mean, unless I get rich or something, of course.
Meantime we stand pat and I accelerate my study of Scoop and Bricolage and Texpattern.
Nobody ever said life wasn’t a moving target.

Opening up the editorial chat at RFB

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When we expanded the contributors to this blog to include five of us, we started an editorial weblog where we could discuss structure, redesign, policies, and so on. We made it a password-protected separate blog and frankly it sucked. Most of us didn’t bother to check into enough and I’ve come to realize that secretive sites with few contributors just don’t thrive as well as public sites with lots of readers and feedback.
So we agreed to import the old editorial blog into this site as a category and continue our editorial deliberations in public. That way people can comment on our plans and our redesign efforts and give us feedback and tell us when we’re full of shit.
I’m about to import the contents from the editorial blog into a new category and after I do I’ll post a link to the category page so readers of this site can (if interested) read their way through our backlog and comment on it. The hope is that we’ll actually be more responsive and productive if we do our deliberations in public.

Almost nanofamous

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I was playing around with some of the implementations of Steven Johnson’s “googleshare” concept (What’s xian’s googleshare of ‘blogistan’, ‘mediajunkie’, ‘nanofame’) and I found I had to exclude a word (starts with nanot–) to avoid references to a nanotech research site called NanoFAME and get a more meaningful measurement.
The good news is that xian’s googleshare of nanofame is 77.78%.
The bad news is that the above link to the query terms will probably screening this particular post out of the sample. It’s all so Heisenberg.
(Ed, if I deplete your Google key I’ll lend you mine for a while.)

Kinja is alpha testing

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I spy in my referrer logs with my little eye an incoming link from alpha. kinja. com/ user/ nick.
You may recall that Kinja (née Lafayette) is Gawker Media’s “blog of all blogs” projects headed up by Meg Hourihan.
They must be getting close to having something useful to decloak. I wonder who they will disrupt… technorati? feedster? pubsub? bloglines? blogrunner? findory? none or all of the above?
I’m hoping there’ll be some kind of collaborative filtering or something that helps bring interesting blog content to the fore on a custom basis without a lot of manual filtering and administrivial overhead.

Wanted: Bayesianly faceted weblog

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Categories and the rest of the presentation and grouping issues that come up with heavy microcontent streams are a metacrap problem. It’s (always) too complicated. Let the computer figure out when I’m jotting in my writer’s journal, when I’m commenting on something I experienced, when I’m discussing work or politics or my new book or baseball or the dsm-iv.
And death to categories! those inadequate cave-crayon drawings of taxonomy and metadata. The whole problem with that paradigm is that it’s always static at the next level up. You have to engineer flow into the sorting and presentation. You outgrow every fixed system, no matter how good in the snapshot moment.
I wants me my Bayesian-filter generated facets.
Let’s work on a plugin for that in Movable Type 3.
Someone ping Lazyweb.