Writing in the new world

Posted August 28, 2009 by dburt
Categories: Uncategorized

“Of all the writing that the Stanford students did, a stunning 38 percent of it took place out of the classroom life writing, as Lunsford calls it. Those Twitter updates and lists of 25 things about yourself add up.

It’s almost hard to remember how big a paradigm shift this is. Before the Internet came along, most Americans never wrote anything, ever, that wasn’t a school assignment. Unless they got a job that required producing text (like in law, advertising, or media), they’d leave school and virtually never construct a paragraph again.

It makes a lot of sense. This idea of their being a golden age of people hand writing letters to each other is bullshit for the vast majority of the populace.”

My god. The big question is whether anyone should try to write anything.

The interesting question is whether this is a further breakdown of immediate community. Do people spend more time typing than talking?

Mmmm. Better stop that typing then…and go have a conversation IRL.


WordPress Integration

Posted August 10, 2009 by dburt
Categories: Integration

So, now that I have joined the WordPress world, I would like the ability to edit and store things locally, ie while not network connected.

Then, whenever I choose, update those to the WP website

Looking at the local tools available, most are simply front ends for updating online blogs etc, rather than a fully functional copy of that data. I can use WP itself; I could run it at my own website, which defeats the purpose of having it locally. Or I could install it on my machine locally from wordpress.org. Good ubuntu instructions are available. Requires LAMP, so not really lightweight, but should be fully functional.

There’s some factors to consider:

  • Export only changed/new items
  • Export only items I want to export (eg flag something as ‘private’)?
  • Replication conflicts? eg can I change something on the WP site and then update it to mine.

Currently, the WP export dumps everything, and the only selection is to limit by user.

Haha. Can only do some types of attachments (doc, pdf etc)
But just choose the Add Media and see what happens

Posts vs Pages, Categories vs Tags

Posted August 10, 2009 by dburt
Categories: Using


Posts vs Pages

I’m still trying to work out some of the pros/cons for these.

The basic premise is that Pages are static, posts are time dependent.

Things I’m wondering about:

  • How can I show, or query, what the current info is. How can I get a historical view of that? Sample: I upgrade from version X of something to version X+1. Probably use categories

For a basic CMS, Pages are the way to go. Posts can be used as ‘news’ that then points to the relevant pages. A wiki might be better for those purposes?

For page navigation, need:
– a tree navigator for subpages
– could have 1st level across the top

Pages cannot have categories or Tags. So, it relies purely on the page hierarchy. How can you find networked pages, ie that relate to multiple topics? You can’t! Ridiculous!

Categories vs tags


Tags are for search engines. Is it keywords? No. I added ZZXXYY as a Tag, and it did nothing. It does add some ‘possibly related’ subsection into it. Not sure I would want that by default.

Basically, tags seem to be a disintermediation of search engine keywords. It allows relationships across blogs within this site, but not really beyond WP, except by accident rather than design.

Categories are really for navigation within a blog.

Frosty piss!

Posted August 9, 2009 by dburt
Categories: Uncategorized

This is my first blog post. I am now off to see if I can find some blog type of software that I can run locally and then update to here (if I want to). Alternatively, I’ll think about FB…