Monday Miscellanea

May 23rd, 2005

I’ve been using Bloglines to manage my subscriptions to other people’s weblogs. It’s amazing the rate at which subscriptions accumulate. Bloglines is a great service, but it needs to add tools that allow people to track activity on their subscriptions, such as the rate at which different weblogs publish, and which weblogs have been idle for extended periods of time. That would help users to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Yesterday I found a site called H-Town Blogs that is a registry of weblogs written by Houston-area authors. Over a hundred weblogs are listed, but many of them have just a few posts and haven’t been updated in months. I read somewhere that over 4 million weblogs have been created to date. I wonder what the number would be if you counted only those that are updated on a regular basis, like once a week. Far less than 4 million, I’m sure.

While looking around H-Town Blogs, I discovered that Matt Mullenweg, the principal author and maintainer of the WordPress software that runs this weblog, is a Houston native.

Bryn was in a play last week. I didn’t get to see it, but Wendy went and taped it. Unfortunately, the sound is inaudible, due to the poor acoustics of the room, the location where Wendy had to set up, and the fact that 6th grade girls just don’t have big, booming voices.

We had a combination block party and baby shower for neighbors Carlos and Diane, who are expecting their second any day now. There was catered Mexican from Gringo’s, shrimp, hot dogs, and more desserts than you could shake a stick at. Wendy and I ate something that made us sick during the night. Probably our fault – we brought the shrimp.

Wendy looked for the bats last night, but they didn’t show. I’ll watch for them again tonight.

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