Throwing Hot Coals

Users from the Future Accessing Websites

This morning at GMT 03:39:23 a user from the future accessed a website running on one of the servers that I manage at work.

There was a date timestamp in the HTTP request of “Wed, 34 Apr 3119 26:46:54 GMT”.

Not only does this prove that users from the future are browsing our sites but it also proves that some time in the future we will add extra days into the calendar and add extra hours into the day.

Apparently time travel is possible. Bravo Doc Brown.

I have a feeling that Apple is behind this. While there are numerous requests during that time period, one of those hits came from a browser using the Webkit rendering engine. And Apple has created a piece of software called “Time Machine”. I think that the “Time Machine” software and the Webkit rendering engine are running a Delorean. Now to find out where they got their “Flux Capacitor” from. And plutonium…Damn these guys at Apple are serious.

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Daily Meditation via Email and RSS

The Daily Meditation page has been updated to include subscribe via Email and RSS links. These features have been requested numerous times and it is about time that I deliver. Enojy!

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Free My Feed Gaining Momentum

Since launching FreeMyFeed on April 14th the service has really begun to gain momentum.

On April 17th Free My Feed was featured on and subsequently on Lifehacker.

Since all of the publicity beginning on April 17th from the aforementioned sites as well as many others, FreeMyFeed has been used to free over 800 feeds and has served up these feeds over 7000 times.

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Free My Feed

For some time now I have been using application based feed readers due to the lack of the ability to subscribe to authenticated feeds or to feeds that required the use of an invalid SSL certificate using a web based feed reader such as Google Reader. This has recently become really annoying as I have to use a different application based feed reader in Windows, Linux and Mac requiring me need to learn 3 different applications each of which act quite differently.

I was recently talking to a co-worker telling him that our developers would need to subscribe to our Trac RSS feed using an application based feed reader because web feed readers would not support authentication. His response was “yeah, they won’t work. the desktop ones/ff extensions suck.”

I made a decision later that day to determine a way to work around this. The solution actually came to me right away. Create a RSS proxy service where a user supplies a RSS URL, username, and password. From this information generate an alternate URL for the users use. When the user requests this alternate URL parse the URI to retrieve the original URL, username and password, then retrieve the feed on the fly and echo it back to the user.


As my co-worker stated on his web site, “It’s a crazy simple service and in hindsight I’m shocked that no one’s built such a thing before (to the best of my knowledge) - myself included.”

As I made the decision to not store any user data on my server due to security and privacy, I went with a solution that actually places the username and password in the URI. For those of you who may be concerned with this, please take comfort in knowing that the original URL, username and password are encoded in the new URI and the password is encrypted using a rotating cipher.

Without further adieu, I would like to introduce Free My Feed.

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Right Brain v Left Brain

I normally try to not post news that I got off of a news site but in this event I just had to.

Article from:,21985,22556281-661,00.html

**THE Right Brain vs Left Brain test … do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise?

If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa.

Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it.

uses logic
detail oriented
facts rule
words and language
present and past
math and science
can comprehend
order/pattern perception
knows object name
reality based
forms strategies

uses feeling
“big picture” oriented
imagination rules
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
spatial perception
knows object function
fantasy based
presents possibilities
risk taking

This just absolutely freaks me out. I see the dancer spinning clockwise and anti-clockwise. It switches while I am watching. I apparently use both the right and left side of my brain equally.

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Rewind to July 22nd, 2007. Yes I can still do that.

My wife and I missed our flight from Athens, Greece to Munich, Germany. Luckily enough we were put on a later flight but would have to spend the night in Munich. The following morning while eating breakfast and watching MTV I happened to see two videos for the band Seeed. From that day on I have loved this band and their music videos. I have to say that their music videos are some of the best I have ever seen. One in particular has remained my favorite music video of all time…Ding.

Forward to October 1st, 2007. Here we go again…

I was playing around on YouTube and found the video for Ding. See below:

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