Hey Morgan (and Other Archeology Freaks)

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Hey Morgan (and Other Archeology Freaks)

Postby vertigo25 » Fri May 25, 2007 9:31 am

Cool blog that looks like it was made just for you:

Aardvarchaeology

Especially check out this entry
The firemen came and broke through the chimney top. And me and Mom were expecting them to pull out a dead cat or a bird. And instead they pulled out my father. He was dressed in a Santa Claus suit. He'd been climbing down the chimney... his arms loaded with presents. He was gonna surprise us. He slipped and broke his neck. He died instantly. And that's how I found out there was no Santa Claus.
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Postby Hardcoregirl » Fri May 25, 2007 11:19 am

Let me classify your kitchen ware and section the contents of your cess pit! Let me put the cremated fragments of your skeleton in a neatly labeled plastic bag! Just don't expect me to know about kings and battles and named people, OK?


Hehe...I love that.

I have a friend who reads various scienceblogs and I haven't really taken the time to peruse them. There are so many good blogs to read but unless they have a way to log in and read "your subscriptions" I have a hard time keeping up with them.

I know there is this RSS feed thing but I have no clue how it works. My geeky boyfriend who knows all about computers and networking and blah blah blah even doesn't seem to know about them, I guess since he doesn't read any blogs.

Anybody wanna 'xplain em to me....Andy?

Also I am interested in seeing how people use archaeology to attempt to back up their ridiculous beliefs. Biblical Archaeology and the like...even the mormons believe they have archaeological evidence of the things they believe...so yeah...great find..thanks.
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Postby vertigo25 » Fri May 25, 2007 10:16 pm

I'm going out right now, but if the next time I check this page no one has helped you with the RSS thing, I'll give you some tips.

It's exceedingly easy.
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Postby vertigo25 » Sat May 26, 2007 1:20 pm

How to read sites that syndicate their content with RSS or Atom:

Atom and RSS are really useful for keeping up with blogs and news sites. If you're using Firefox or Safari, they already have the ability to subscibe to any site implementing feeds.

But they actually aren't the best way to do it (IMHO, they suck). If you're using Firefox, however, install [urel=http://sage.mozdev.org/]Sage[/url], and all will be beautiful. The site has complete instructions on how to use it.

If you're using something else, you have two choices. You can install a program called a "feed reader," or you can use an online reader.

There's tons of feed reader applications out there, but I won't go in to detail about them. If you're interested in going that route, just do a search for feed reader, or aggregator (which is the technical name).

So... what I recommend for starting out is using an online feed reader. The two biggest, and probably the best choices are Bloglines and Google Reader.

Bloglines allows you to share your subscriptions with other people. That is, you can choose to make your subscription list public so that other people can see what you like. I don't think this feature is all that great. There's a lot of other stuff Bloglines can do that's pretty neat, but to be honest, once the initial "oh cool" factor wears off, the features are pretty useless. It's also a bit harder to "learn" because of all the features. The one very cool thing about it, however, is that a lot of sites have a "Subscribe via Bloglines" button already on them. But... not all of them.

Google Read, n the other hand is pretty straight forward. If you've used Gmail, you'll pretty much understand Reader.

So... I guess in the final analysis, my suggestion for anyone just wanting to see what all the fuss is about is that they try out Google reader.

Sign up for an account (you probably already have one and don't realize it, though... especially if you have Gmail). Check out their help section and grab some feeds.

Reader makes it really simple. If you're not sure if a site has a feed or not, you can click on "Add Feed" in reader and then just put the main URL or even just the name of the site. Reader will most likely find the feed.

Sometimes, however, it doesn't. A good example is that Xanga does it's feeds really weird, so Reader will fail to find it if you just put in: http://www.xanga.com/v25/

if you just add "rss" to thend of a xanga URL, though, it will work: http://www.xanga.com/v25/rss

For other things that don't seem to work, the best thing to do is to find a button or link on the site in question that says something along the lines of RSS, or XML, or Atom (these are often rectangular, orange buttons), or "Subscribe to the feed," etc. Find that link, right click on it, selc "Copy link" (or whatever it is that your browser says... could be "Copy address," "Copy Url," "Copy Link Location..."), and then past that in to Reader's Add Subscription box.

It's really, very, very simple. Play with reader for awhile, and you'll fall in love with feeds.

Maybe soon, I'll write up a thing on how to subscribe to podcasts in iTunes... It'll change your life.
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Postby Hardcoregirl » Sat May 26, 2007 9:43 pm

vertigo25 wrote:Maybe soon, I'll write up a thing on how to subscribe to podcasts in iTunes... It'll change your life.


LOL, I already subscribe to about 50 podcasts.
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