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Writer’s Drainage

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Don’t ask why, I just somehow fell into the mood of blogging again. It’s strange, for a long period I have had absolutely no intention to write. Even when I tried, words failed to flow.

Then, all of a sudden, now it’s all coming back. Every other minute, I’m getting hit by ideas and everything I do, I just feel like blogging it. I could’ve easily spurted in under 140 characters on Twitter or something, but it doesn’t feel right. I’m being possessed by the need to elaborate.

Is this the reverse of the Writer’s block — Writer’s drainage?

Let’s see if I can define it:

Writer’s Drainage
a phenomenon whereby a person who seldom writes suddenly gets streams of inspiration in during a period of time.

If that’s the case, I sure hope this is a chronic case because I certainly need the practice.

Moving on to the next post…


Thursday, July 31st, 2008

I’ve always wanted to post to my own blog from the mobile phone rather than using third party blogging platforms. Well, here it is – wordpress for iphone! Now, if only I can copy and paste the URL for you.

FriendFeed Comments Incorporated

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

Thanks to Louis Gray’s Tip #5, I’ve installed Glenn Saven’s FriendFeed Comments WordPress Plugin bringing FriendFeed comments into the blog entries.

sxore commenting

Saturday, August 12th, 2006

sxore logo

sxore is an identity and reputation system for blog authors, readers and commenters developed by sxip. As with any respectable web 2.0 services, it is in public (perpetual?) beta. I’ve heard of them before via TechCrunch but have not tried it. With so many new services being reviewed daily, where would you find time for that unless that’s your full-time job?

Our work on XRI somehow introduced me to Keith Grennan at Sxip who mentioned that they’ve successfully integrated i-name authentication in their sxore service – so I decided it to try it.

Everything works as advertised. The sign-up process was a breeze; just entered my i-name =wil, it brought me to my i-broker which authenticated me and kicked me back to where I filled in the URL, an alias and email address. There I am, instantly logged in, without having to stir brain juices to construct yet another password! Such is the power of XRI and OpenID.

Now I’m logged in, it tells me to download and install the sxore WordPress plug-in. Ok, wasn’t expecting that (in fact, I had no idea what the service did before I started!) I followed the instructions to install the plug-in and activated it with the code that was given to me and “claimed my blog”. There were a few manual steps involved there, but you’ve got to appreciate how smooth and pain-free it was. A lot of things actually happened behind the scenes and I’m sure I can’t do it justice. For example, sxore detected my blog publishing platform and provided instructions tailored just for me.

And that’s it! I can assure you that all that took less than 10 minutes.

When you click on the “Leave a comment” link below, you’ll be brought to sxore where you can leave your comment. You can also provide an email address to track replies to your comment, not only on this blog but others that use the sxore commenting system.

UPDATE: Was told that the sxore plug-in will eventually put the comment handling responsibility back into WordPress to take advantage of Akismet for spam filtering. The sxore plug-in will concentrate on the identity and trust instead. Having just gone through the pain of migrating posts and comments from the old blog, I have decided to turn off the sxore plug-in for a while, simply because I want my comments to stay in my database. The plug-in is great though, especially the feature for a commenter to track replies and the reputation system may really help the comment spam problem too but let’s wait for a new version. See the sxore plug-in roadmap for more information.

Blog Migrated

Friday, August 4th, 2006

I’ve switched to WordPress too. The old blog was run by bBlog which was promising at that time but it does not seem to be maintained anymore. Its ease-of-use and feature set is also far inferior to WordPress’s.

I’ve actually been running this 2.0 on for a while and never told too many people about it. I wanted it to be more of a casual, snappy moblog. However, I got lazy and moblog ain’t gonna happen. Instead, I’ve imported the posts from the old blog and call this v2. The comments are still on the previous blog, I will get round to doing that some time.. maybe..

This new theme is a darker one called “Sunset Runway”, I thought it is very apt for my 30th birthday. Actually I mistook it for dusk when it was really sunrise, but the name stuck. It’s a photo we took at Barcelona while boarding the SpanAir flight to Z├╝rich, in the wee hours of the morning after spending the night miserably at the airport. This theme was based on Kubrick but it looks quite different after all my mods. I’d love to get feedback from the new design – as you can tell I’m proud of it =D

Blog is being upgraded.

Monday, June 7th, 2004

Just upgraded bBlog to version 0.7.3. Lots of new features. Loving it…

Since the template format is not quite compatible with the old version (0.6), I’m forced to use the default template for now.. which is much better than the old version’s default, so I’m happy to live with it for a while until my new templates are baked.

Oh, and I just installed Zeitgeist too =)