i'm fluent in javascript as well as klingon.

hello world. my name is Ryan Alexander Boyles. often, it's pronounced the RAB. i'm into declarative living. i am a connector. this is my life-stream / tumblr / blog. call it what you will. find my sxsw posts. any questions, ask me anything! btw, here is a standard disclaimer.

 

"Carbine" Williams gun shop. So cool. #tools #guns #history #instawalkraleigh #igersraleigh  (at North Carolina Museum of History)

"Carbine" Williams gun shop. So cool. #tools #guns #history #instawalkraleigh #igersraleigh (at North Carolina Museum of History)

This was a two drill kind of project. One of these was my grandfather’s black and decker. It smells like science class like it spins.

This was a two drill kind of project. One of these was my grandfather’s black and decker. It smells like science class like it spins.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger on The Co-Evolution of Humans and our Tools

Great blog post by Irving Wladawsky-Berger on smarter systems, analytics, human behavior, interconnected things and what Watson means for the evolution of tools.

Meet The First Miners of the New Social Graph

Marshall Kirkpatrick says:

Name 3 people whom you admire, despise, work with or otherwise pay attention to and tools like HiveMindFollower Wonk and Twiangulate will quickly calculate who all those people are following in common on Twitter.

I don’t understand the implication that these are the first miners of the social graph. As slick and nice as tools like these are (and I really like Twiangulate), there have been sites generally available for well over a year to discover and analyze this same information about your social network on twitter. It is true that this data is cake to mine and graph with readily available tech, and many of these services have come and gone as twitter has matured and grown over the last 3 years.

marco:

The Tumblr Backup app is ready for its first beta testing.
Download (Mac OS X, requires 10.5 or higher)
Unlike other publishing sites’ approach to backups, our goal was to create a useful copy of your blog’s content that can be viewed on any computer, burned to a CD, or hosted as an archive of static HTML files.
Wherever possible, we use simple file formats. Our backup structure is optimized for Mac OS X’s Spotlight for searching and Quick Look for browsing, and we’ll try to use the same structure and achieve the same benefits on other platforms.
Release notes:
Sorry, there’s no Windows version yet.
The output is minimally styled in a plain theme to ensure complete backups, zero external requirements, and a consistent data structure. Custom theme code is included in the backup as a separate file.
To view the backup in a browser, open the index.html file.
Photosets are not yet fully downloaded. (Next version.)
The following are not backed up:  
Private tumblelogs
Submissions
Notes
Feed-imported posts
Audio files from reblogged posts

You can launch the app every few days and re-run the backup in the same place, and it effectively performs an incremental media backup: image and audio files are only re-downloaded if they don’t already exist in the target folder. Text content and post data are re-downloaded in full every time.
If you have private posts, be careful if you make the backup publicly available. Private posts are included in a private folder, and their images or audio files are included in the standard images and audio folders.
Are you a programmer? Each post’s XML data, as specified by our API, is embedded inside an easily-parsed-out HTML comment in each post’s HTML file, in case you want to do anything cool with it.
To report bugs, email me. Thanks.

marco:

The Tumblr Backup app is ready for its first beta testing.

  • Download (Mac OS X, requires 10.5 or higher)

Unlike other publishing sites’ approach to backups, our goal was to create a useful copy of your blog’s content that can be viewed on any computer, burned to a CD, or hosted as an archive of static HTML files.

Wherever possible, we use simple file formats. Our backup structure is optimized for Mac OS X’s Spotlight for searching and Quick Look for browsing, and we’ll try to use the same structure and achieve the same benefits on other platforms.

Release notes:

  • Sorry, there’s no Windows version yet.
  • The output is minimally styled in a plain theme to ensure complete backups, zero external requirements, and a consistent data structure. Custom theme code is included in the backup as a separate file.
  • To view the backup in a browser, open the index.html file.
  • Photosets are not yet fully downloaded. (Next version.)
  • The following are not backed up:
    • Private tumblelogs
    • Submissions
    • Notes
    • Feed-imported posts
    • Audio files from reblogged posts
  • You can launch the app every few days and re-run the backup in the same place, and it effectively performs an incremental media backup: image and audio files are only re-downloaded if they don’t already exist in the target folder. Text content and post data are re-downloaded in full every time.
  • If you have private posts, be careful if you make the backup publicly available. Private posts are included in a private folder, and their images or audio files are included in the standard images and audio folders.
  • Are you a programmer? Each post’s XML data, as specified by our API, is embedded inside an easily-parsed-out HTML comment in each post’s HTML file, in case you want to do anything cool with it.

To report bugs, email me. Thanks.

SXSW Tools

SXSW Tools is a collection of widgets, networks, and software made available to help you get connected to other SXSW attendees, learn more about SXSW and help you decided when are where you want to be during the event.