I’ve been busy frantically trying to de-clutter the house to put it on the market (again) and uncovered a few ‘historical’ artefacts along the way. Dusted off first was a newsletter from an old holiday job:
Mashed might be over but I hope that doesn’t mean the end to the projects it created. SLorpedo has certainly made one or twoappearances since last year. Watch out for more CurrentCost, TV Twittering, Travel Streamr and Carbon Goggles in the months ahead. (I’m also on the look out for more details about the other projects, so leave a link if you have one.)
Update: finding a few of the twitter bots that got a mention to add to the tweetjects @jthouse follows. Also discovered that Carbon Goggles made an appearance in the BBC news article on the event. (25 June 2008)
My first impression of using pipes has been pretty good, although pulling out the right information from the source for a web page is a bit of a pain (don’t look too closely at the regular expressions!!) but that’s not Yahoo’s fault. (Maybe some more filters tailored to sorting out the wheat from the HTML chaff would be nice though.) I was also trying to use the last updated text on the site as the pubDate, but have so far failed to get that to work; I could get a separate feed of one item with a nicely formatted date in, but haven’t yet worked how to add that to each item in another feed.
Still, I did get something that looks like it works, although my guess is that I might need to tweak it over the next few weeks as new schedules come out. So, if you want to keep up with Freeview updates, or can suggest any improvements to my regular expressions, here’s the ‘Freeview OTA updates‘ pipe!
I might be getting on a bit, but my old school is really showing its age! I just caught something about it reaching its 300th anniversay on BBC South Today as I was leaving this morning. Strangely Shinfield isn’t big news, so it took a little tracking down, but I finally found the story at 6:25 in the online version of the lunchtime show (unfortunately it doesn’t look like that link will be any good after today).
A few years ago, quite randomly, I spotted a small display cabinet about Richard Piggott and my old school in Hursley House, which is where I work. I was pretty surprised to see it the first time I walked past! I might investigate what became of it as I haven’t a clue what it actually said now.
So happy birthday Shinfield school- it seems like 300 years since I was last there!
Before kicking off, a quick thank you to Jo who texted me a photo of a cloud that looks like the UK. I like clouds. Look up, it’s now the spangly new header image for my blog. By complete coincidence, BBC Breakfast had someone from the cloud appreciation society on the next day!