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Feed Readers, Please Read!

I know that at least 1/2 if not 2/3rds of my regular readers here use a feed reader to view this blog. Or so says my log files.
Hello folks who read this blog via an RSS, RDF, or Atom feed! Please read the following, click through to the actual post and comment. I have enabled anonymous comments so that I can have your input.
I love you. Thanks for being faithful. I have been trying through the upgrade to Movable Type 4.0 to make sure that y’all have everything you need to read the posts on this blog. Now I would like a vote…
I appreciate how a feed reader makes life easier, but I would like to change my feeds to excerpts only with a link to the full post. Why?
1) Gesault: I love the merging of image / design / text / code of the internet. Black Phoebe :: Ms. Jen is conceived as a loving attempt to combine text, my mobile photography, with my web design. When viewed through a feed reader, unless the css is fully rendered, you are only getting a small portion of the whole.
I look forward to see how folks have combined imagery and design with there content. I generally use a feed reader to let me know when an update has happened then I connect to the actual post so I can see it in its native environment rather than the white and grey of my feed reader.
Do you really like your blog reading in the sterile environment of a feed reader or do you like to see what the blogger has for the whole visual / textual package? Or are many of the blogs on your reading list so poorly designed that the feed reader is a sight for traumatized eyes?
2) Parasites: I have been having a problem lately with unscrupulous humans or bots scraping my full feeds and using my content in their blogs without any proper credit or citation.
I would like to nip this in the bud by only providing an excerpt rather than a full feed. But first I would like to elicit the opinion of my regular readers…
3) Due to image stealing I have put further restrictions on how my images can be used in my feeds via anti-hotlinking .htaccess scripts. I am sorry to my readers who view this in Google Reader, as the images are not coming through at all. On those posts, please click through to see the image.
Vote with your comments and let me know… Do you want a full feed or an excerpt that you click through to is ok?
I would like to weigh your votes with my own desire to have this blog viewed in its native format as well as discourage lazy shits who steal. Let me know… ;o)

Happy New Year!

Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N95 while on a walk today with the dogs.

The true glories of winter in SoCal is the mild weather, which roses and gardenias love. As I was walking the dogs this afternoon, I spotted this rose next to the sidewalk on 10th St. in Seal Beach. It was similar to a Double Delight rose, but with an apricot yellow rather than cream colored interior. Gorgeous. I was so taken by its beauty that I forgot to sniff to see if it smelled like a Double Delight. Must walk back tomorrow.
The New Year’s Resolution Part of the Blog Post:
I received an email from Mrs. Kennedy the other day letting NaBloPoMo 2007 participants know that various folks decided to take NaBloMoPo even farther and start Blog365. When I read the rules, I signed up.

– Blog everyday for 365 days.
– Feb.29th is a Free Day and will be the Blog365 day of rest!
(Thanks Leap Year)
– You do not HAVE to post to the same blog as long as you post everyday.
– No internet? Write your post locally and post it once you are back on the grid.
– Computer Broken? Grab some paper and do some old school blogging.
– A post is a post, not everything has to be in writing. Photos, YouTube videos, and the like are all considered content.
– Have fun, because that’s the whole point!

So, I signed up. This I can do, as I do post either photos or text to some spot on the ‘net everyday anywhoo and if I don’t I do write in one of my two notebook / sketchpads. What I will set as a goal for myself is to post to this blog everyday in 2008, be it a photo or text or both. Wish me luck.
Happy New Year!

The Last Day of NaBloPoMo

I just reviewed my archives for November 2007 and I didn’t do as badly at NaBloPoMo 2007 as I thought I had. I only missed one day.
My goal was to moblog one photo and write one text post each day. Most days of November I accomplished both. Many of the days (Nov. 16 – 26th) that I was on the road, I was only able to send a moblogged photo with a bit of text. But on Nov. 25th, I failed entirely. It was the only day that I did not post a photo or text all day for the whole day. Oops.
All in all, I had hoped to get more writing done. Moblogging, or sending photos and/or text from my phone directly to this blog via Lifeblog and my data plan, is relatively easy. I just need to pick a photo that I like, open Lifeblog, type some text (non-qwerty mobile phone keyboard), and then push the send button and off it goes to my blog. Given I was in Ireland and England this month, my mobile bill will be painful when it arrives, but it was worth it.
I had grand plans about catching up on writing up all the big topics I have been wanting to blog about (mobile creativity, Whole Foods, PHP vs. Ruby on Rails, etc.), but writing up big topics and traveling don’t mix, esp. when one’s hotel / B&B does not have an internet connection.
There is always December.

TidBits : MT 3.2 beta, Amazon, Gratitude & Trinity

TidBits from a VERY hot Friday whilst sitting at the door at Alex’s…
It is a good thing that my brother told me to keep the Silver Pony until I depart as 5pm found the temperature at 96 F and found me driving around Orange, Santa Ana, and Tustin enjoying the air conditioning. Ok, I am a Super-Urban Wimp! I admit it.
1) I like Movable Type 3.2 beta. I do. My only problem / disappointment so far is the fact that I am unable to post my photos from my Nokia 7610 here via Flickr. Due to the fact that my phone’s version of LifeBlog does not play well with MT (only TypePad), I have to email my photos and text to Flickr and then Flickr posts the photos to my MT install. Since 3.2, no go. Sad. This blog is now text heavy.
2) I wish Amazon would set up their site’s user interface in a way that the login for regular customers was easy to find! It is so frustrating to hunt and peck for the small type on sub-pages. Hello! Hello, Amazon, wake up, let me login with a nice text box up in the nav bar on EVERY page. Hello, wake up!
3) I have been thinking about Gratitude. PTL and pass the…
As people have found about my getting into Trinity College Dublin for grad school, they have been very excited. I have moved past excited and into “Advanced Planning” mode. My head is : Where am I going to live? How much is it all going to cost? If I live on campus, what should I bring? If I live in an apartment, UGH, how will I get important stuff over to Ireland or how to afford new stuff? etc. etc. etc. etc.
How do I live in thankfulness as I move into practical / pragmatic mode? I have struggled for many years trying to realize my dreams and the practical mode is my way of keeping my dreams and hopes from being severely trampled on or thrown out altogether. I am trying to live in gratitude while trying to figure out my plane flights, money, and living situation.
In 1994, my friend Judy Dodgen gave me a weekly prayer workshop book and the first few weeks addressed how to be grateful amongst bad times. Now my question is how to have internal (& external) heart felt thankfulness in a time of plenty. Harder than I imagined after living in emotional survival mode for the last few years.
4) Ok, blogosphere, anyone out there attended Trinity College Dublin or the like in Ireland and can explain the academic system, esp. the examinations? I really want to go to SXSW 2006i, but it appears to fall on the weekend and start of the week of examinations. Please do tell…