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Archive for November 30th, 2009

OK, It’s Official and NaBloPoMo Is Over

Posted by Avital Pinnick on November 30, 2009

I’m not eligible for any prizes because I actually missed the first two days. But I have blogged ever since Nov. 3, when I discovered the NaBloPoMo site and have posted more than a couple extra entries, so I feel that I’ve earned it. 😛

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Cat Pants

Posted by Avital Pinnick on November 30, 2009

That strange knitting commission I mentioned in October has come back to haunt me. Masha and her friends want me to knit a pair of pants for a particular cat, like the ones on this cartoon character.

Cat

She just sent me the cat’s waist circumference — 59 cm! That’s 23 inches. This is like knitting pants for a child, except that the legs are a lot shorter. No wonder this cat is on a special diet.

I asked her whether they’d taken the measurements correctly, pulling the tape snug around the “waist”. Indeed, they had. She did warn me that he’s a very big cat. Apparently the colour isn’t critical, so we agreed on bright red.

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Blog Backups with Google Reader

Posted by Avital Pinnick on November 30, 2009

Abandoned CDs

I stumbled upon this yesterday, when mailing myself something that I’d read in Google Reader, the popular RSS feed aggregator. I have subscribed to my own feed since the fourth posting and it dawned on me that I could mail my own RSS feed to myself.

Important note: This only works for backing up small numbers of postings. If you go over a certain limit (a sure sign is when Google Reader displays a capcha), Reader thinks you’re a spammer and locks you out for a few hours. You can switch to another browser until this happens again but you will get locked out eventually if you’re not careful. If you already have a backup routine and want a little extra security, this is an easy method.

NaBloPoMo

Today is November 30, 2009, the end of NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) for November. Actually, every month is a NaBloPoMo month, but I didn’t know that when I signed up on Nov. 3, so I’m actually short by two blog postings, officially.

It was an interesting exercise. At first it was much harder to find things to blog about. One thing that helped was to line up draft postings for Friday and Saturday, because the time around Shabbat is busy and I don’t always find something bloggable in my kitchen or laundry room. I didn’t notice any increase in traffic. I think that the only way to guarantee that is to cross-post to the NaBloPoMo blog site, which is essentially blogging twice. I did that a couple times, then lost patience.

I’m glad I tried to stick with daily blogging and I’m relieved to reach the end of the month. The kind of things I blog about don’t really lend themselves to daily posts, unless I want to turn this into a daily photo site (to do that, I would have to get out a lot more).

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