August 29, 2005

3 responses to As concrete as it gets

  1. Marie Rochat Says:

    Hey Kris!
    Congrats on your baby! What a cutie. Barz-a-bending is back up, I have all my work outs for this week posted. What’s a RSS feeder?

  2. Kris Says:

    Rufus asked me to relay his thanks for the compliment and said he plans to be in daddy’s lap whenever it is time to catch up on Barz-a-bending. At least that’s how I interpreted his “hmmpphh… iiik!” he exclaimed before retiring after another adventurous day involving lots of standing up and breakfalling practice. He turned a whopping nine months today! Time flies and I with it. :-)

    RSS feeds are XML encoded files that contain the latest headlines with at least an excerpt (here’s mine as an example). Everytime you add a post this file would also be updated. The point of a feed is that it can be subscribed to (syndicated) using an RSS aggregator. This is a piece of software, either sitting on your desktop (Windows, Linux) or on the web (many are free), that automatically checks the RSS feed for changes and displays items you haven’t read. This means you don’t have to surf over to the site to see if there has been any changes. Imagine how handy this is when you have syndicated, say, 20 sites. Instead of having to surf around all of them to look for changes, your aggregator will automatically check the feeds in a snap and show you all updates. In the long run, this makes sure you never miss an update on sites you like to track; even if there hasn’t been an update in a few months, you will be immediately notified if something pops up (without an aggregator you’d probably give up hope in a few weeks or so). There are several versions of RSS and also other feed formats such as Atom, but they all basically do the same thing. See this for more info.

    Actually, did some research and found that Blogger comes with an Atom feed. Yours appears to be enabled and can be found here. Making an RSS feed out of it is trivial with Atom2RSS (or FeedBurner). Here’s the your RSS feed. Presto! You could look into promoting the feeds with links (feel free to grab the images from my sidebar if you want) to make this public knowledge.

    Did the rounds. Here’s the feeds to the PL blogs at blogger I read.

    Lift’n Learn (Atom, RSS)
    The Reinvention Tour (Atom, RSS)
    Skinny Bastard Training Log (Atom, RSS)
    The Weightlifting and Powerlifting Chronicles (Atom, RSS)

    Think this might be a great opportunity to start frequenting the other PL blogs out there. With my limited time, I haven’t been able to read as many as I’d like and have mostly stuck to the older ones I have come to know and love.

    …now if Blogger would also have feeds for comments, heaven would be just around the corner.

  3. Marie Rochat Says:

    Thanks for the in depth report on RSS feeders. seeing as I am not quite as computer savy as you it is a bit confusing, but I’ll work on it and see if I can set it up.
    I fotgot to mention in my last comment how cool I think your outdoor gym is you’ve been creating. the surrounding area is so beautiful out there, I just love nature.

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