[pcplantdb] [Fwd: [permaculture] Permaculture Frappr Group - join and locate yourself on the global map, uses Google :>+<: http://www.frappr.com/permaculture]
neshura at gmail.com
Wed Jan 18 11:47:29 EST 2006
RSS == Really Simple Syndication
It's part of what is called, in the internet vernacular, the Semantic
Web. RSS is effectively an XML schema that allows you to define and
populate items in such a way that it can be easily parsed by both
machine and person, and fetched the same way you'd fetch a web page.
It lends itself best to information that refreshes on a regular basis.
For example, if you go to http://www.worldchanging.com/index.xml in
Firefox, you'll see a minimalist tree-style browser that lets you open
and close the hierarchy of items -- an RSS wrapper contains a channel
wrapper, and the channel wrapper contains a bunch of "items". Since
it's all XML, it is easy to read and easy to write.
Frappr is more in line with what is called "Web 2.0", usually referred
to in opposition to "Semantic Web", but they are more like two visions
of the same animal, anterior and posterior, supine and prone...Ok I
digress...sticking with the RSS explanation...
If you want to collect and browse an assortment of RSS feeds, there
are a bazillion ways to do so. Some people swear by bloglines.com.
Personally I don't like bloglines because 99% of blogs are all tilth
and no nutrient -- I prefer a mix of news and mini-web-apps. Try out
www.google.com/ig -- their personalized home page actually is a great
way to get started viewing RSS feeds. Here are the steps to setting up
a simple RSS viewer using google.
2) Log in or create an account
3) In the upper left corner is a link called "Add Content"
4) Ignore their premade content blocks and go right to the item
labeled "Create a section"
5) Enter the RSS address (try the worldchanging one above) for the
site you are interested in and click "Go"
6) Move the resulting feed block into a place on the page where you like it
7) Repeat ad infinitum for all your RSS feeds
Or try Sage, http://sage.mozdev.org/, for an alternative reader.
Compare and contrast. I think any number of the big portal sites will
give you similar options to google for setting up RSS feeds, in
MyYahoo and whatnot.
And yes -- totally fascinated by terraforming :-)
Finally, a web site that will knock your finest organic wool socks
I've spent hours and hours browsing through the latest in web apps,
and have a login on 80% of these applications, which vary from odd to
good to transcendentally magnificent.
Hope this helps.
On 1/18/06, Lawrence F. London, Jr. <lfl at intrex.net> wrote:
> Frappr is very nice, well thought out and robust. Each group has 2 forums, on topic and misc/off topic,
> photo uploads to group archive and RSS feed.
> I would be grateful if someone would explain RSS feeds to me and the appropriate software to use, places to initiate RSS
> feeds from, how it works, tips, etc. John S.? You seem pretty familiar with these new web services.
> Next stop, finish installing my Permaculture blog on Blogger, provided by Google. Then maybe a new wiki on ibiblio.
> Anyone interested in terraforming?
> Many thanks,
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [permaculture] Permaculture Frappr Group - join and locate yourself on the global map, uses Google :>+<:
> Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2006 02:07:44 -0500
> From: Lawrence F. London, Jr. <lfl at intrex.net>
> Reply-To: permaculture <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
> To: permaculture <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
> I have created a Frappr Permaculture Group. It offers a map for you to insert a marker showing
> your global location down to almost a quarter mile plus street name. Upload your photo or pic of
> your homestead, website logo or whatever.
> Create a Frappr profile for yourself then join the permaculture group.
> It might be fun to show where we are all located and have an easy to use forum with photo gallery.
> In the group photo archive you can upload pictures of your homestead, farm and permaculture projects,
> sketches or blueprints of your designs and your artwork.
> It even offers an RSS feed and email notification of any updates in the PC forum.
> Cheers and enjoy,
> Franksfarm: join and add yourself to the map; upload photos of your farm!
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