Back burner projects

In the hope that writing them down might goad me into doing some of them, here’s a list of things which keep running through my head but which I’ve done little or nothing about:

  • Fix my blog template so that you can navigate between posts from an individual post’s page
  • Make blog archive page navigation easier
  • When I post a form, intercept it with Greasemonkey (thanks to Mark Pilgrim) and save that result somewhere and serve it as RSS as a trail of what I’m doing on the web
  • Write a Greasemonkey script which lets you select any element on a page and have it generate an XOXO file from the links inside it (i.e. create XOXO from blogrolls)
  • Write a Greasemonkey script which sends someone a Flickr mail when you tag a photo with user:name (as prompted by Tom Coates and blech on
  • Write that damned FOAF OnlineAccount generator using Jena. Stupid rdf:about=”” 🙁
  • Build WikidPad from source and use it to implement an RSS handling tool (as prompted by Gareth Simpson)
  • Generate an Atom file for each months’ worth of blog posts and use these to generate iCal files and views like the Sippey Timeline. I’ve been meaning to do this for almost two years 🙂
  • Update the Greasemonkey Textile as prompted in the comments and release the new version I wrote six months ago!
  • Finish writing an SVG tags over time graph-based browser (as prompted by Leigh Dodds). Stupid maths.

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5 thoughts on “Back burner projects”

  1. I’ve actually implemented part of the SVG timeline viewer.

    I have something that:

    * reads your FOAF to find all RSS channels
    * parses them all to create an ordered list of items by date
    * plots the result on an SVG diagram, as a line with dots coloured coded by source of RSS items
    * adds in your name and your picture for good measure

    The results are sucky from a UI perspective, which is where my initial impetus ran out. Stupid me.



  2. I’ve been using WikidPad for a while and when I was initially looking around for recommendations for desktop Wikis for Windows discovered that you quite liked it just as my download was finishing. Great minds, &c.

    As such I’m curious as to how you’re looking to expand it, and what exactly you plan to do with RSS feeds with it once you’ve done it.

    Sorry this comment isn’t very eloquent, I’m hugely tired. Work’s Christmas ‘do’ – it was teetotal but the bowling has knackered me out.

  3. ah, hAtom, yes. That might be a nice way of future proofing data extraction. I’ll have to actually have a look at it now instead of just reading about it 🙂

    Hopefully I can fix the date field in the XSLT.

    Hey Leigh, that’s some good work there! I should try and finish off what I’ve got here (takes an RSS/Atom feed, finds tags, plots cumulative and separate frequency over time – good for, Flickr and weblogs).

    Shed – I’ve already done some WikidPad integration with JSPWiki, but really I want to do non-wiki things with it, it’ll just give me a nice framework for writing GUI Python applications. I’m lazy, see 🙂

  4. That greasemonkey form manipulation sounds awesome. It is so hard keeping track of all the places I frequent and post on.

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