Simply Jonathan

Archive for April 2008

The Super Hacker 

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I would probably do the same. After all, I am a terrific hacker, and a super ninja.

Gamle Danske Ord 

(This post is in Danish)

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En fantastisk samling af ord der er gået tabt.

(Via Bromer)

Zeldman on Personal Sites 

Heh, seems I am not up to speed. Here I am moving my links back to my personal sites, posting photos on this blog, and what not.

Seriously, though, I see what Zeldman is getting at. I just go the other way myself. I want to collect this stuff here, just as he seems to advice1. And also, I think he is putting more into it than it deserves. Yes, people might be storing information elsewhere than at their own sites, but, and this is something Jeffrey points out himself, it could as well be due to convenience. He says:

Like nearly everyone, I outsource discoverable, commentable photography to Flickr.com instead of designing my own photo gallery like my gifted colleagues Douglas Bowman and Todd Dominey.

Using Flickr might be a matter of taking the easy way out, more than anything else. Likewise with using ma.gnolia or del.icio.us — they can seem easier to approach, than to set up your own personal publishing engine to handle it.

Twitter is the only thing that does not fit into this. And in this, Jeffrey might have a point; it is easier to write something that should just be 140 characters, than something that should be substantially longer. But hey, that is why I have notes. Furthermore, people seem to have fundamentally misunderstood Twitter. Very few answer the question Twitter asks; I have a Twitter account, which I have updated a grand total of 9 times — one of which did not answer the question. I personally find Twitter useless, and I cannot see why you would go and use Twitter instead of implementing some sort of custom category to you own blog.

Anyway, I do not think a centralised brand is crucial to maintaining the value of said brand — I think it could well be a consequence of laziness. I personally store links the way I do, because I find it gives me more flexibility — people storing theirs at ma.gnolia might find it is easier. We all have different needs and priorities, but I think centralisation is and should be of lesser importance. As long as you make all your decentralised entities available, you should be home free.


  1. I have one big exception to this rule: I still store my personal playlist at Last.fm. I can explain this, however: Last.fm has the kind of functionality I would never dream of storing manually, and as such, it would not make sense to duplicate it here. Uploading playlist information is an automatic process, storing links is not. 

Google AJAX Search API 

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I must look into this. Although I probably will not be doing it AJAX-style, but it could easily make for some nifty Python action.

Sayings and Phrases – Meanings and Origins 

Might come in handy… This is one of the things I need to master in order to near fluency in English.

Why Superman Will Always Suck 

I never thought it this well through, but I have always been more keen on Spiderman — he is more human, and he has personal problems, which makes him more approachable.

(Via Kottke)

Gruber on Allen on Multiple Feeds 

John Gruber:

[Asking for type of feed would] be like asking web site visitors what flavor of HTML they wanted: “No XHTML 1.0 Strict for me. HTML 4.01 Transitional, please.”

Um, this is actually the theoretical situation of content negotiation, although in practice it is much more transparent. Still, what John describes is what actually goes on.

Vista Music Video 

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I am lost for words. This is embarrassing. (So not completely lost for words, it seems.)

(Via The Macalope)

The Clash – Know Your Rights

This is public service announcement… With guitars!

The Streets – War of the Sexes

I dream that one day I will have a child, And that child will say, “Dad, what was war?” But it’s not going to happen!

This is Simply Jonathan, a blog written by Jonathan Holst. It's mostly about technical topics (and mainly the Web at that), but an occasional post on clothing, sports, and general personal life topics can be found.

Jonathan Holst is a programmer, language enthusiast, sports fan, and appreciator of good design, living in Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe. He is also someone pretentious enough to call himself the 'author' of a blog. And talk about himself in the third person.