mithriltabby: Serene silver tabby (Group Intellect)
Diaspora is an open source Facebook equivalent currently under development, designed to have better privacy controls and to be distributed across multiple servers. I’m there. I was able to just log in and sign up, but I do have 5 invites if anyone wants them.
mithriltabby: Dragon and Buddha boogying (Boogie)
I’ve created a Twitter account, mostly to add one more data point to annoy Internet censors in Iran. I’ve hooked the tweet stream up to my Facebook account.

Thanks to the kindness of [personal profile] firecat, I now have a DreamWidth account. It’s currently just a placeholder in case of a migration from LiveJournal. (I’m crossposting from DreamWidth right now; mithriltabby is slothman.)

As to the new appellation “mithriltabby”, I’ve been using it for increased uniqueness, since it seems I’m not the only Slothman or Catslaugh out there. To stake my claim on the name, this time I nabbed the vanity domain, which I’m using as my new home page.

mithriltabby: Adam Smith with caption “Invisible Hand” (Economics)
If anyone wants an invite to Doostang, let me know. Looks like they’re fairly similar to LinkedIn, but invitation-only, and more likely to make one think of rival schools to Hogwarts.
mithriltabby: Graffito depicting a penguin with logo "born to pop root" (Hack)
Just got myself a account as catslaugh. Now to start importing my bookmarks from various locations...
mithriltabby: Cthulhu silhouette in style of iPod adverts (iäPod)
In addition to all the other ways you can IM me, you can now reach me via LJ Talk as well.

The posting mechanism via the LJ Bot there is very rudimentary: you can control the subject, and provide one line of text, and that’s it. No icon, no friends-locking, no line continuation to do an extended post, no mood or music or location or tags.

mithriltabby: Sleeping tabby (Zonk)
My darling [ profile] obsessivewoman got me a handy piece of software called ReaderWare for my last birthday, which can use a CueCat bar code scanner to identify books, music, and videos. In a fit of getting organized, I used it to catalogue my CD collection and my video collection. With those lesser tasks accomplished, I turned to cataloguing all the books in Maine Coon Manor.

Turns out that the two of us have accumulated over 6,000 of them.

Last year, [ profile] hypothermya introduced me to a rather interesting Web 2.0 site called LibraryThing. I had a go at entering a few books, but I just didn’t have the stomach for the daunting task of entering it all by hand. After getting my 3000+ works of fiction into the ReaderWare database, though, I checked back at LibraryThing, and discovered that they have a bulk upload feature that takes ISBNs. So I dumped the whole database up there.

ISBNs are not entirely unique identifiers, so it’s necessary to go over these things with a fine tooth comb. I’ve also been collecting relevant hyperlinks such as author home pages, weblogs, and wikipedia pages, though those are only in my ReaderWare database as there’s no useful way to put them on LibraryThing as yet. And I’ve finally finished my first pass through my fiction section, and I think I have at least 99% of the books in the house now in the database. (Next thing to do is to start tagging all the works that have won or been finalists for various awards.)

You can look at my LibraryThing profile, see the linear catalogue, or try the author cloud or tag cloud as alternative ways of navigating the collection. Feedback from my manga-literate friends on the manga collection is particularly welcome; I’ve been going by Wikipedia’s notions of shōnen and shōjo, but would appreciate the insight of the connoisseurs. [ profile] obsessivewoman’s collection is mostly tagged cookbook and mystery; she hasn’t had as much time to get into the detailed tagging as I have.

mithriltabby: Graffito depicting a penguin with logo "born to pop root" (Hack)
slothman's Rapleaf Score RapLeaf are setting up a reputation management service for general commerce. I’ve syndicated their blog at [ profile] rapleaf.
mithriltabby: Graffito depicting a penguin with logo "born to pop root" (Hack)
Just hooked my LJ up to GeoURL. (As far as I know, this stunt requires messing with customizations.) When you see a button like this one: GeoURL, you can click it to find a web site’s neighbors in the physical world.
mithriltabby: Graffito depicting a penguin with logo "born to pop root" (Hack)
LiveJournal is already set up for FOAF (see the [ profile] ljfoaf community for more details); I’ve also started meddling with XFN as well. These are both ways of describing relationships between people on the Net. The information in these protocols is pretty much the same as you’d get if you looked at my User Info page, but in a machine-readable format. This is all part of the Semantic Web project for encoding knowledge (rather than just data) into the Web.

For example, my XFN profile allows me to list [ profile] weregamer as a friend, as a colleague, and as someone I’ve met in the flesh. An application following that link could conclude that I’m willing to vouch for [ profile] weregamer being a real person.

Let me know if you don’t want it to be easy for machines to figure out that we’re friends; I can easily take you out of my FOAF-knows group on LJ. All this does is facilitate hyperlinking; any personal information exposed is up to what you put in your own profile.

mithriltabby: Detail from Dali’s “Persistence of Memory” (Time)
Another interesting one is, which is a more general reputation management site. Their UI for checking to see if anyone you know is already on the system isn’t as good as the one at LinkedIn. If anyone wants to build a reputation network, I’ll be happy to offer my ratings...
mithriltabby: Graffito depicting a penguin with logo "born to pop root" (Hack)
I knew there was a niche for it: there’s a professional networking site called LinkedIn currently in beta test. It’s kind of like one of those six degrees sites, but the idea is that the links are to people you know who are competent professionals.

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