Archive for February, 2005

What’s trackback

Trackback is a means for one Web page to let another Web page know that it’s been linked to. If that sounds simple but confusing, here’s an example usage.

Let’s say Wendy writes a post on her Web site and enables Trackbacks** on that post. In essence, what Wendy has done is said, “ok, I’ve said something and now I’m listening.”

Fred reads Wendy’s post. He writes a post on his site that links to Wendy’s post. Fred can then send Wendy’s post a Trackback ping that contains information about Fred’s post. In essence, Fred is saying, “hey Wendy, I heard what you said and here’s my response.”

Since it is Trackback-enabled, Wendy’s post is then modified to include a link to Fred’s response. In this way, Wendy can aggregate responses to her post, people who have read Wendy’s post have a way of letting her know they’ve responded, and anyone who reads Wendy’s post can click through and read those responses.

There are a few more options that complicate matters (I’ve left out those details), but that’s the gist of Trackback.



A break from my column

I asked my editor for a break with the column Not Scientific Science because “I have been drained up these last few weeks.” Hope she gives me the 2 weeks off that I asked for.

I got it… finally

Yes! The Charmed DVD arrived last thursday and I already watched 3 episodes. I never watched them before. I got hooked to Charmed in the 2nd season.

And the packaging is really good.

Fun with font size

Increase the font size and decrease them can be fun! Only if you have FireFox. Posted by Hello

Note: I’ll edit this post!

What’s this?

So what’s this pic?

The skeleton of a radiolarian, one of a group of single-celled sea creatures with skeletons made of silica, a glassy material. Radiolarians have evolved into a dizzying variety of shapes in their 600 million-year history. This photograph, whose original source we have been unable to determine, was processed by Dr. Sinan Canan of Baskent University, Turkey, who added color. (All scanning electron microscope images, as this one is, are in black-and-white).

Despite their geometric structures, radiolarians are related to the blob-like amoebas often studied in high school biology classes. Most radiolarian skeletons comprise an intricate network of holes and spines that regulate pseudopods, limb-like outgrowths used to capture prey. The skeletons contribute to the so-called radiolarian ooze, a deep-sea deposit found in the Indian and Pacific oceans.

Some websites are so… euh!

Look at facsimilation magazine for example. Oh my god. Not updated since last year and here’s their stinking message.

We’re back. You can expect more frequent updates and new features blah blah blah. Enjoy!

Heading to be a laureate

I decided that I would try to get a schoolarship next year for my A level. Why? Why not? I did well enough at O level so I have to at least try.

Plus the schoolarship is really great; and so it the pride.

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What’s up in my life?

1. Best friends: I love you people.
2. My own company: sky media
3. Science is so very cool
4. 6 month sabbatical.




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