Saturday, February 16

XFN + Blogger in draft’s Blog List

Just a quick note that the same principals I used a few weeks ago to add XFN support to Blogger’s Link List work just fine when applied to the new Blog List blogroll page element, available on Blogger in draft. I’ve just done this, so everyone in there should be computer-officially my friends the next time a crawler comes through and notices.

A quick note of warning, though: if you edit the template of a page element, then any changes that Blogger makes in the future to the default page element template won’t get applied to yours. So if things start acting weird or you’re not getting a new bug fix, you may have to copy in a “clean” version of the page element.

Monday, February 4

XFN and Blogger Templates

Inspired by Google’s new Social Graph API (yay, bradfitz!), I’ve added XFN annotations to my blog template for the “Elsewhere” and “Friend’s Blogs” link lists, as well as my Blogger profile link.

This is pretty easy to do in Blogger. Just edit your template’s HTML and click the “Expand Widget Templates” checkbox. Then, look for the templates for the link lists you want:
<b:widget id='LinkList2' locked='false'
title='Friends’ Blogs' type='LinkList'>
<b:includable id='main'>
<b:if cond='data:title'><h2><data:title/></h2></b:if>
<div class='widget-content'>
<b:loop values='data:links' var='link'>
<li><a expr:href=''><></a></li>
<b:include name='quickedit'/>
Then, inside that <a> tag, just add: rel="friend" or rel="me".

You can use the Social Graph API’s Site Connectivity demo to check the output, though it’ll take a bit of time (I’m not sure how long) until the data is crawled.

Saturday, February 2

The Best of Fairport Convention, 1969–1976

Several summers ago I spent a few months solid playing Alpha Centauri and listening to a mix tape my brother made from his Fairport Convention CDs. Though the cassette is lost (and who has a player anymore, anyway?), I’ve been carrying around the track list from apartment to apartment since, hoping to re-create it in iTunes.

Here is the track list, recorded for posterity and so I can finally pitch the tape liner note card before I lose it.

Side A
  1. Come All Ye
  2. The Journeyman’s Grace
  3. Genesis Hall
  4. The Hexhamshire Lass
  5. Matty Groves
  6. The Plainsman
  7. Percy’s Song
  8. Dirty Linen
  9. Who Knows Where the Time Goes?
  10. Million Dollar Bash
Side B
  1. Rising for the Moon
  2. Fotheringay
  3. Walk Awhile
  4. Crazy Man Michael
  5. Meet on the Ledge
  6. Sir Patrick Spens
  7. Stranger to Himself
  8. Flatback Caper
  9. One More Chance
  10. Flowers of the Forest
  11. Farewell, Farewell