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JAPH. (That's right -- I'm not Really Inexperienced any more.)

I'm not just here, I'm here [], and here [] too, I ramble randomly in my philosophical blog [] and my other blog []. Soon I'll come in a convenient six-pack.

Journal of chaoticset (2105)

Saturday March 16, 2002
11:08 AM

Giving Up Is So Hard To Do

[ #3591 ]
Here, here, don't beat on me any more! I give up, I give up...I can no longer keep up with all the journal entries just by watching the Top 10 like a hawk. Either my life has become too busy or else there's just way too much volume now.

Now, I have to go look at my settings and see if I can get a notification for every journal entry that's posted, or if I have to make everybody my friend for that. (I like friends. That wouldn't be so terrible, I guess.)

I broke down and ordered the Wolf Book at Borders. (I realize that Bookpool has lower prices, but I'm a damn fool with no credit cards or checking account. Besides, I feel guilty about always going there and reading their comic books.) Hopefully this will help me advance my Perl-fu to the next level.

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  • I'm too lazy to learn SOAP, so I wrote a simple screen scraper that gets "" and looks at the by-date stuff, and notices whether there's anything new since the last time it ran.

    I should probably do it up in SOAP tho, since then it won't be fragile HTML-scraping.

    Aren't there already CPAN modules for talking to

    • That gets the journal entries, but it doesn't find the replies. Especially on Monday, you can get replies to an entry that was made a few days ago, long after you read the original entry itself.
      • It'd be cool to have a way to "tag" an interesting journal entry (or articles in general) and receive messages whenever a comment is posted. Already, journal writers get a message for any comment posted, even replies to comments from other people. I think.

        So, the question is, does "tagging" scale? Obviously, on slashdot, it could shut the whole world down if you allowed it on any article in general; hmmm... given that most articles would be tagged toward the end of the initial furor, that might not be

        J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
      • For the parent of the article to which I reply: the module in question is WWW::UsePerl::Journal.

        I'm slowly getting around to making some modifications so that it gets replies as well as the articles.

        The problem of making an emailer of journals is the replies - as jmm points out, they don't spring into life with the post to the journal, they accrete.

        So my journal mailer (available online []) uses a modified version of WWW::UsePerl::Journal where the recentarray function returns the list of articles on page 2
          ---ict / Spoon