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100 Miles an Hour with My Hair on Fire!

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Things have been rather hecktic lately. I recently moved into a new apartment, I had my car accident, and I started a brand-new job all in a span of a week and a half.

I’m still getting used to my new job. I have to take the train to get to work and back everyday, and it has so far proven to be less than reliable (it took 2.5 hours to move 45 miles last Friday). I’ve been keeping up decently with the blogs I read over the last few weeks, particularly SxSW this weekend (I hope I can go next year), but I’m still unpacking my stuff, and am still waiting on the delivery of my new computer desk which is now two weeks late (I’ll never shop Office Max again).

So, my ever-so-exciting upcoming redesign has been on the back burner for longer than I’ve wanted it to be. I also haven’t had time to complete and release the updates to Blocker I had been working on, nor have I had the time to do any more work on Feed Parser. Grrr… I don’t like falling behind on projects.

I’m also working on a easier-to-use version of my blogroll system. Currently it’s just kinda hacked together, but I’m working on a version that would be easy for anyone to just start using. This system just reads through my OPML files that I export from Feed Demon, and parses it out to finds the RSS/Atom feeds, then parses those feeds to display content about it. Currently, I’m relying on a modified version of Magpie for the RSS/Atom parsing, but I’m tempted to try to implement a custom-built, simplified, RSS/Atom parser into the new Blogroll system. Really it just depends on my ability to figure out how to implement some sort of reliable caching system.

I submitted a link to Cameron Moll’s website to the CSS Vault, and it got accepted! Cameron has a fantastically beautiful site. Go congratulate him on it!

Anyways, that’s all from California’s Silicon Valley for today. Talk to you again as soon as I can.

Ryan Parman

is an engineering manager with over 20 years of experience across software development, site reliability engineering, and security. He is the creator of SimplePie and AWS SDK for PHP, patented multifactor-authentication-as-a-service at WePay, defined much of the CI/CD and SRE disciplines at McGraw-Hill Education, and came up with the idea of “serverless, event-driven, responsive functions in the cloud” while at Amazon Web Services in 2010. Ryan's aptly-named blog, , is where he writes about ideas longer than . Ambivert. Curious. Not a coffee drinker.