"Figg"

2007
May
29

For those of you who have scrolled down the page and wondered what that monstrosity is at the bottom of the sidebar, let me explain. Last week, Lore “Don’t call me Björk just because we share a ö” Sjöberg, who I love and worship in a totally satirical ironic way, wrote a piece in which he proposed several Website Mashups.

Now, first of all, I was disappointed that he did not include MetaFilter (where he is a member in good standing and occasional contributor) in any of his “if websites mated” scenarios. I remedied that oversight in a post at the related site MetaChat, which, totally ironically and satirically, generated no chat.

MetaWoot – ONE NewsFilter, ONE YouTube and ONE flameout per day.
FaceFilter – A social utility that connects you with people nowhere near you.
AskAsk – This algorithm, it vibrates?
Filterati – The biggest asshats in the blogosphere. Just don’t call it a blogosphere.
MetaSecret – Mail in your questions on a homemade postcard and prepare for a snarking.

Which is why I love and worship Lore in a totally satirical ironic way, because he could pull off this premise… But I digress.

Among Lore’s “dot combos” (and yes, you are so freaking clever to have come up with that) was Figg: “This community blog throws Fark and Digg together, insuring that that 95 percent of all frat boys with laptops will be members. The two cantankerous communities can’t possibly co-exist in peace, however, so this will be a fight to the death! Which will win: yet another post about someone getting caught having sex with a farm animal, or yet another post confirming that the Wii is, indeed, out-selling the PS3?” During this time I have been playing around at an undisclosed domain with every WordPress plug-in ever imagined by a bored geek who knows a little php syntax. And one of the best is the BDP RSS Aggregator, created by an Australian Political Blogger (which is an interesting ‘dot combo’ itself), and which, when all the acronyms are decoded, is capable of combining the syndication feeds from multiple sites. Yes, the perfect tool with which to create a real-life “Figg”.

Unfortunately, like everything else in the WordPress universe, it is justthisfarawayfrom perfect. It is not capable of putting its aggregated feeds inside a blog post, even when I use other plugins that are supposed to make it easy…

See? So, I had to put the “Figg” mashup at the bottom of my sidebar, here. Now, I could’ve gone to the trouble of creating a special separate page for the “Figg”, but, of course, those fun-loving goat-loving guys at Fark tend to resist anything “Web 2.0”, so their feed does not have “time posted” on each item, so its content won’t mix with Digg’s, but instead it forms lumps of content every time my aggregator checks the feed, so I didn’t feel the need to go to the trouble, rather I chose to just bitch about it here. Thanks for listening.

Anyway, “Figg” is still rather interesting, especially when you realize that some of Digg’s content resembles Fark’s content a little more than you might expect.

For my next trick, I will attempt to combine cartoonist Scott Adams’ blog with that guy who was on Star Trek to make: WILBERT!

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