It is time to stop quivering in our boots in pointless fear of the future and just roll up our sleeves and build it.
- Ray Pierrehumbert

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Bunny Escapes Reader Feed

No matter how much I'd like to, I can't put any of Dr. Rabett's stuff in my reader feed.

The Google reader view invariably shows "title unknown", which is irritating enough. And poor Blogspot ends up with ugly-as-sin URLs. But those are minor irritations. The problem is with the Shared Items widget, that simply treats the title as "", which I suppose it duly underlines. This does not give my readers anything upon which to click, and hence does not drive any traffic bunnyward. And it reduces my quasi-daily recommendations to four from the usual five. Rather pointless you'll admit.

Still, the good doctor has been generous with links hither in the past, and so I take the occasion to point you to his particularly nice submission du jour, entitled (as usual) "", with the peculiar URL http://rabett.blogspot.com/2009/12/darth-data-destroyer-as-all-good.html:
As all good auditors know destroying data is a sin. They should go tell it to Harold Lewis, one of the Princeton Denial Club and Retirement Party. ...

Dr. Aaserud: Your papers — correspondence, notes, manuscripts, things of that sort — what's the status of those? That's another thing we're interested in.

Dr. Lewis: Yes. I really don't have them, you know. I've long since either lost in moving or discarded everything that I had. So I have no papers around from JASON, if that's what you mean.

Aaserud: No, generally — both JASON and generally speaking.

Lewis
: There are lots of things, but they're scattered in a complicated way. Generally speaking, I throw things away after a few years, so the only things I have are the things that have accumulated over the last few years and are relevant to the things I'm actually doing these days.

Aaserud
: That's another thing that the Center is strongly involved in — just saving papers for historical purposes.

Lewis: Yes, I understand. But I have enough trouble keeping up with current papers.

Aaserud: But if for any reason you wanted help or advice on what to keep and how to keep it and where to go and all that, then we'd be happpy to help on that. But for JASON in particular, you don't have anything.

Lewis
: No, I don't.


There is shredding going on in Santa Barbara. Data has been destroyed. Where are the auditors when you need them?

Much more worth of note at the link.

PS: Dr R., if you want people to recommend your work, it might be a good idea to use the actual "TITLE" affordance that the blogger interface so thoughtfully provides, rather than simply bolding your title as part of the main text. A hassle I'm sure, but nowhere near as onerous as fastlane or a typical journal submission. I am sure you can handle it.

Thanks in advance.

6 comments:

Scruffy Dan said...

"The problem is with the Shared Items widget, that simply treats the title as "","

One way to get around this is to use notes, in Google reader. Using the provided bookmarklet you can go to any post of his (or any site on the internet) and clip any part of of it as a google reader note, which can be tittled anything you want, and shared through reader.

I use this when I want to share something that is not in google reader or I want to change the title in some manner.

Michael Tobis said...

Woot! It works! Thanks.

Eli still should use the title widget.

Bryan Lawrence said...

I want Eli to use the title too! Please, can the bunny give me a Christmas present ...

Michael Tobis said...

Looks like he is already, quietly, complying with our plea.

Anna Haynes said...

me too. Here's how a post shows up at Warming101:

"no title
An innocent question.Somebunny wanna tell Eli what Real Climate's politics ar..."

thanks Eli! (and MT for bringing it up)

EliRabett said...

A word to the wise is efficient