Playing with (not so new) technology; William Elliott Whitmore tonight

Category: Blog — @ 1:32 pm February 24, 2005

First it was the new webboard, now it’s an RSS feed. What amazing breakthrough will Lazy-i introduce next?

What exactly is an RSS feed? It’s a mechanism for publishing (syndicating) and subscribing to recent additions to any website — the Lazy-I blog, for instance. RSS software tracks new blog entries, and sends them to those who have ‘subscribed’ to them. All RSS feeds are integrated, creating a kind of personalized newspaper. Some RSS feeds contain the entire article, others offer just the headline, or the headline with the first part of the article, with a link to the full article.

So, if you use MyYahoo (or a similar portal), you can now subscribe to the Lazy-I blog by simply going to your MyYahoo homepage, clicking on the “Add Content” link, in the “Find Content” area, click on the “Add RSS by URL” link, then enter http://feeds.feedburner.com/Lazy-I . Next time you check out your MyYahoo headlines, there will be a Lazy-I section that will have the past three or four blog headlines and a link to the blog. The same “subscribe” process works for other newsreaders.

I’m sort of testing this whole RSS process, and it can be somewhat finicky. The first day it only took about 10 minutes to “publish” the update to MyYahoo. Yesterday, it took six hours. I’m testing other RSS feeds (including an atom feed — http://www.timmcmahan.com/past_blogs/atom.xml — and might even attempt a podcast in the future.

Regardless, the Lazy-I blog will still be available right here from good ol’ www.lazy-i.com.

It’s singer/songwriter night tonight at O’Leaver’s, with William Elliott Whitmore, Sarah Benck and The Wanteds. Whitmore’s CD, Ashes to Dust, was released Tuesday on Southern Records. I’m listening to a track off it right now downloaded from the Southern site — Whitmore sounds like a 70-year-old black man singing Mississippi Delta blues on acoustic guitar. He’s played at The 49’r a few times over the past couple years, though I’ve never caught his act. The former music editor at The Reader used to rave about him. The Wanteds are one guy, Tommy Harrington, playing modern-sounding singer/songwriter fare using a variety of instruments. His new CD, Let Go Afterglow, sort of reminds me of Folk Implosion. Sarah Benck is a local acoustic-guitar playing legend who performs at Mick’s every week. Should be a great show.

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