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Journal: GeoURL is back

Journal by Pathwalker
geoURL is back.

Well, sort of. It looks like the old database is there, in a new fancy site, but there's something missing.

On the old site, there was an easy way to get XML dumps of the sites in a region. I made heavy use of that in plotting the locations of urls on maps at mapper.ofdoom.com.

Now, once the data goes in, there's no apparent way to get it back out in a form that can be easily reused.

I noticed the same thing with some others of the replacement sites, such as geourl.info. It's easy to add data, but hard to get it back out.

I think I'll keep working on and improving my implementation of the same idea geocrawler.mapper.ofdoom.com.
After all, it's too good of an idea to leave in the hands of one site (in case it disappears again), and all of my query pages support returning results in XML and RDF. (plus I have a downloadable dump of the entire database.
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Journal: Random emails

Journal by Pathwalker
In the past week or so, I have been getting some very very strange email via the mailcloak module I wrote a while ago.

I think I found the reason. Look and see what comes up in the middle of the first page for a search on compose email.

I forgot to block /_internal/ in robots.txt.

Now people all over the world who know very little about computers are typing their messages into a web form that emails them to me.
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Journal: I broke Final Cut Pro!

Journal by Pathwalker

Sequence Error: Unable to perform edit. The duration of the resulting sequence would exceed 4 hours.

It happened when I was trying to clean up the 6 hour chunk of audio from Friday's IPM. I brought in my laptop and a iMic, to grab an uncompressed version of the whole show, so I could crunch it down into QuickTime (Mpeg-4 AAC) at various bit rates (and eventually ABR MP3 and ogg) to compliment the old RealAudio archives.

I wanted to trim some silence off of the beginning, run a filter on some talk segments that had popping in the background, and see how hard it would be to mark start/end points of songs to add a text track with the song names, but I had to just crunch the raw audio.

Next time I think I'll see if I can break Peak DV...

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