24 May 2005

A del.icio.us furl Workflow

I just loooove del.icio.us. Here is a little tip for mixing in the best of Furl to add persistence to your valuable bookmarks:

Furl is another social bookmarks manager, and – unlike del.icio.us – Furl also saves copies of the websites and allows a full text search within your archive. I do prefer the minimalistic beauty of del.icio.us for everyday use, but I want some of my del.icio.us bookmarks backed up in Furl, just for the case they die (the average website has the lifespan of a horsefly).

Luckily Furl provides the possibility to import bookmarks from del.icio.us. Now it’s possible to stove in just everything from del.icio.us, but I prefer a hand picked selection of articles, postings, and the like – mainly for two reasons:

So here is one way to do it:

(1) bookmark and tag like mad in del.icio.us, but add a special tag (e.g. 2furl) for the articles you want to save in Furl later.

every few days:

(2) export the bookmarks tagged with 2furl :

open http://del.icio.us/api/posts/recent?tag=2furl in your browser (you’ll have to identify yourself with your delicious username and password);
save the result (you might not see anything, but it should be there) to your disk (e.g. as 2furl.xml).

(3) import this file to Furl:

in Furl go to ‘My Tools’ – import;
select the file you just created;
make sure ‘Import from del.icio.us’ is selected and ‘Save files..’ is checked;

click ‘Import It’ (this might take a while);

(4) back in del.icio.us delete or rename the tag 2furl (in settings – tags) so you can start fresh again. I prefer to rename it to something like furled, so I can see right within del.icio.us whether I’ve already furled a link)

(5) start happy bookmarking again

This might seem a little complicated, but once you have done it two or three times, it will take you less than a minute (and made me sleep just a little bit better).

If you don’t mind popup windows you alternatively might want to check out Alan Levine’s Multipost Bookmarklet Tool which is pretty cool and can be configured to accomplish pretty much the same.
Furl and Del.icio.us: Almost Perfect Together is an excellent introduction to del.icio.us and Furl.

23 May 2005

Panic Clutter

According to the Wahington Post, President Reagan’s attempts
at conciliation with the Soviet Union in Geneva in 1985 included
a vow that the U.S. would join the USSR in case Earth was invaded
by aliens from outer space.

from the Panic Encyclopedia (edited by Arthur Kroker, Marilouise Kroker, and David Cook)

Found this hilarious book from 1989 during a heavy anti-clutter session this weekend. It’s out of print, but available for free download (after informal registration) here and a pretty weird reading. The book is in retrospect a very innocent and nostalgic compilation of some symptoms and phantasms of the eighties, a time when one could phantasize about cyberflesh or speak about post-xxisms without flushing.

As for the clutter: I found it tremendously useful to set some quantifyable goals for myself (I tried to get rid of 10% of everything, tossing 80 books and 200 LPs along the way). It’s odd that it always feels deliberating once you got rid of stuff, but that the act of getting rid is so hard.

20 May 2005

URL Mnemotechnics

As far as I know TinyURL was the first service to trim hypertrophic URLs to a decent size. The URL for this blog for instance translates to http://tinyurl.com/d8zp8 (TinyURL), or http://snipurl.com/f1gr (SnipURL), or

doiop is great since it allows to assign your own name for those beasts: http://doiop.com/saurier (if doiop is becoming popular you probably will have to come up with creative pre- or postfixes soon though).

19 May 2005

How to use RSS often

I believe I’ve never seen the word/acronym RSS in such density before. My guess was 42 times (on a one page blogentry), but I was way below.

13 May 2005

Yahoo! News Tag Soup

More fun with tags: John Herren’s Yahoo! News Tag Soup creates a Newsgeist based on RSS feeds of Yahoo! News. The significant terms are extracted from the feeds via Yahoo’s very own Term Extraction Query.

It’s similiar to 10×10, but with a less fancy, more puristic interface.

Terms for this entry as extracted from Yahoo: [rss feeds] [10×10] [similiar] – interesting, Yahoo filters out itself.

12 May 2005

Metatags and del.icio.us

Just a few tips on how to make good use of del.icio.us (nothing new to veterans here).

There seem to be two camps when it comes to strategies for tagging. One promotes strict homogenity (tag consistently and as most others tag), the other promotes tagging off the tip of your head.

What works best for me is to apply tags consistently for all types of metadata for a resource, but freely associative for the rest. It is actually no big problem if you have a typo or two in your tags or if you want to rename them later. del.icio.us provides an interface for (batch-) renaming tags, so cleaning them up is a snap.

examples for metatags


_daily, _weekly, _monthly, _2009, ... (for flagging items you know you want to check at certain intervals) *read/review, *inbox, *sometimes,... (for flagging items that are actionable upon)
:interesting, :useful, :idiotic, :funny,... (for flagging the quality)


.blog, .wiki, ...

It’s useful to assign a tag signifying the format (notice the dot). You want to filter your bookmarks by format later (show me all blogs, not all ressources where the concept blog came to mind.)


A very nice use case for del.icio.us is to create a shared recommendation space between friends or co-workers (to:flat_erik) or defining intra-group tags, which every member of the group uses to share relevant links (to:gtd_potatoes). If you want me to point me to a ressource, tag it with to:saurierduval and I will pick it up.


It’s easy to track your conversations on the web. Many people tag entries they commented on with *mycomments or threads in forums they participated in with *mythreads.


via:boingboing, via:kottke,...

11 May 2005


RSSxl converts any website to RSS which of course can be tremendously useful for tracking changes, updates, and so on. You need to tell the tool which HTML elements are significant for generating the corresponding RSS items though (minor knowledge of HTML is required, and the page needs to conform to some sort of predictability).

RSS Mix mixes any number of RSS feeds into a single one (nice for quick and dirty aggregation of miscalenous stuff or providing specific bundles of sources as a single feed).

dodgeit – a recieve only, no setup, all public email farm also is fun. Send emails to whatever@dodgeit.com or read them at http://dodgeit.com/run/checkmail?mailbox=whatever.

Last not least: Mark Pilgrim has written a book on Greasemonkey.

8 May 2005


Argh, my workflow for this blog just became too cumbersome. Blogger is a great tool for starting out with blogging, but tweaking or extending it is a royal PITA, so I’m going to drop all add-ons which require any manual fixing (I doubt anyone will miss any of them anyway).

I integrated the entries of the linklog here: RecSense Week 12-13, RecSense Week 14, RecSense Week 15, RecSense Week 16, RecSense Week 17, and started a fresh and not so filtered linkdump using Textpattern here.

3 May 2005


I’ll miss you.

1 May 2005

May Day

30 April 2005


Wow, the TiddlyWiki has been amazing before, but the new version is just awesome:

Just for the case you didn’t run across it: it’s a self-contained, browser based Wiki, probably with the cutest user interface for displaying and editing of micro-content chunks around.