myelin ca 2002

Here's a pile of spare-time projects I hacked together around 2002-2003. For more recent work, try my blog (Second p0st) or one of the various links off my personal page,

Older blogs: PyCS dev log for Python Community Server and .NET notes, and my noteblog for everything else.


topic exchange

A system for people to categorise their blog posts by topic, and have them aggregated together with everybody else's categorised posts.

blogging ecosystem

Here are the results of periodic crawls of a number of weblogs (inspired by the Truth Laid Bear's ecosystem of political weblogs). They show who links to who, and who has got the most links. Each page is cached as it is read, for debugging, and link details are available.

The stats are generated by a Python script, and the raw data is available for researchers to experiment with. There's also a quick tutorial on how to load the data, for Python newbies.

the x of y

An attempt at a software thesaurus; something to link together concepts, implementations and systems in a way that makes analogies obvious.

radio comment monitor

One thing that's always been difficult for me is keeping track of the comments on my blogs. So, here's a PHP / javascript hack that generates comment summary pages for Radio weblogs hosted on PyCS or one of the many UserLand servers (r.w.c or salon).

New: The next version of the comment monitor is out: The RSS feed generator. This lets you track your comments in a news aggregator. Foolproof.

ring browser

A quick hack to let you cycle through a list of blogs you like. Proof of concept. Want me to put a user interface on it so you can read your own blogroll instead?


An index of kiwi video stores is under development. The 'network' name is videolink. The idea here is to make an online ordering site for a whole bunch of video stores from different chains, so you can do a search and actually find the video you're after.

For discerning viewers. Do get in touch if you run a video store and want to be a bit more advanced (or target the geek market :)

python community server

A free xmlStorageSystem server written in Python. Hacked together in an evening after a sort-of-challenge from Dave Winer, and 'perfected' (heh) over the next few months. Now hosting about 4 or 5 regularly updated weblogs, catching a few hundred hits a day.

PyCS spawned the Community Server Wiki, a place to talk about community servers, blogging software and so on.

Thanks go to MetaKit and Medusa, which do most of the work for me (MK is the database, Medusa is the web server).

php storage system

For some reason, I felt like writing another xmlStorageSystem implementation. This one will (might?) run on your $10 hosting account. It's not as complete as PyCS (above) but doesn't require you to be able to start long-running Python processes on your web server box.


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- Phil