Yearly Archives: 2003

Atom 0.3 Feed

I just added an Atom 0.3 feed to this site (in addition to the RSS 2.0 feed which I'll keep as well). Following the example template from Mark Pilgrim, it was quite simple. The template uses a couple of MovableType plugins (UTCDate and MTEntryModified, both from For now, I didn't take the additional step of serving the file up as MIME type “application/atom+xml”, instead just sticking with xml type until aggregators better support the subscription model.

My current news reader of choice (Bloglines) now reads Atom 0.3 feeds without a problem. So does the latest Feed Validator.

It will be intesting to follow the Atom development process to see what kind of new uses people find for it (beyond just replacing RSS).

100 Years of Flight

Today's San Jose Mercury had a story describing the Bay Area's contributions to aviation in conjunction with the 100 year anniversary of the Wright Brother's first flight. I was surprised to see connections to my alma matter (Santa Clara University:

John J. Montgomery, a Santa Clara University professor, gets credit for the first controlled piloted flight, in a glider he called the Gull, off the bluffs near San Diego 20 years before the Wright brothers' first powered flight.

There was also mention of the founding of Lockheed (Lockheed History):

So Allen Loughead, a Santa Clara University student, and his brother Malcolm borrowed $4,000, built a two-seat seaplane, the Model G, and flew it out of San Francisco Bay in 1913.
Then, they took their earnings from flying at the San Francisco exposition in 1915 and started Loughead Aircraft Manufacturing in Santa Barbara. The brothers later changed the spelling of their name to match its pronunciation. Their company evolved into aerospace giant Lockheed Martin.

Santa Clara recently noted that Professor Montgomery was inducted into the National Soaring Museum Hall of Fame:

Montgomery built a tandem wing glider called the “Santa Clara” which he launched from Santa Clara College, as the University was then known. Today, a granite obelisk near Varsi Hall marks the spot where the glider was balloon-launched to 4,000 feet on March 16, 1905. The flight lasted 15 to 20 minutes and included several horizontal figure-eights, controlled turns and spirals. At the time, it was the highest flight ever by a manned aircraft.

SCU Professor John Montgomery, the first person to fly a heavier-than-air aircraft in the Western Hemisphere

Cruft-free URLs

I just reconfigured my Movable Type blog to use cruft-free URLs. The basic premise is to clean up your URL scheme by removing non-essential information, thus ensuring that your links will live on in the future as you evolve with different web publishing tools and technologies.

In my case, I also wanted to change from my old method of daily archives (one file per calendar day, including one more more posts) to individual archives (one post per file). Among other benefits, this should help with searchability of the site because the entry post will be the same as the page header.

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