Sleep and newspapers

Seems like a lot of people are having trouble sleeping. I know what you mean, although I’ve been doing this for nearly two years now and y’all are just jumping on my bandwagon, yeah.

I’ve been slowly psyching myself up to implementing Don Park’s idea of a newpaper UI for an RSS reader. And then he goes and starts writing it himself. Swine. Although, looking at it, it’s done in the American style: English broadsheets aren’t quite as aggressive in displaying a byline for each article. This is both a good and a bad thing; good in that it means you’ll be focusing on content, not on who wrote it, but bad in that I do focus on author because some authors do consistently higher quality work. Then again, I suppose the argument here is that you only read what you consider to be high-quality feeds.

Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone had categorised their post categories list with XFML so that you could group up posts by category in the newspaper? I know Aquarion did, and I’d imagine Mark has, but certainly it’s not a massively common thing. I wonder how Don plans to get around this? If Mono worked then I could run his .net thing when it comes out.

Memo to self: will Mono run Syndirella? After testing, it seems not: running the exe throws an error (“Assembly ‘Syndirella.exe’ has the non-standard metadata heap #-. Recompile it correctly (without the /incremental switch or in Release mode).Can not open image Syndirella.exe”), and I can’t get mcs, the Mono compiler, to compile the code. (For a while mcs died with a Wine error before I worked out that you have to do “mono mcs foo” to run it. Nonetheless, it throws a parsing error on IHTMLDocument2.cs, and I know nothing at all about C#, so I don’t know how to fix that.

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