Link odds-n-ends

Scanning through my Bloglines Clippings list, found a few items that I’d probably been meaning to point to but hadn’t gotten to yet.

Chickens and Books

A couple of links I found interesting. First is to All Consuming, “a website that watches weblogs for books that they’re talking about, and displays the most popular ones on an hourly basis.” Kinda cool. The other is to an article on Kuro5hin titled “Raising the Humble Chicken,” which is kind of random but good. I grew up with chickens; if we didn’t live inside the city limits, I think I’d try to convince my wife to let me get some.

Historic house

My drive home from work everyday takes me by an old brick house on Hawthorne Avenue, just out of downtown Bend on the entrance to the parkway. What’s notable about this house is that it’s obviously old—one of those old, pre-War homes that has ivy growing on it and just oozes atmosphere and looks like it should be on a register of historic places somewhere—and for a long time I’ve been meaning to look up its address online and see what pops up.

Turns out it is a designated historic resource: the A.C. Lucas House, built in 1910, the first brick house in Bend. Cool.

Here’s some of the links I dug up while researching the Lucas House:

Okay, so not the most exciting of links. I can live with that.

Some blog links

Some things I found interesting this morning.

Via Technorati I found a link to my site from‘s blog of the day archive; apparently my site was their blog of the day on November 16 last year. Neat!

And from ORblogs I found a new blog from Portland: the Kenilworth-Abernathy neighborhood blog. Not only does it center on that cool patch of southeast Portland that we like to visit (my brother, when he lived in Portland, always lived southeast, and my bestest friend lives there), but it has “Abernathy” in the name. I never knew one of the neighborhoods in Portland was named “Abernathy.” Worth further investigating.

Back with links

Okay, yes, so I didn’t write anything here last night, the first time since the beginning of the year that I missed a night. I actually felt a little guilty about that. Keeps me honest, I guess. Anyway, I’m back tonight with some links.

The first is, courtesy of ongoing. On the front page, Topix appears to be a news site that aggregates the news from umpteen online sources. Ho-hum, Google News anyone? But the cool thing happens when you give it your zipcode to get local news; BAM! suddenly you get a page devoted to your city/region, and I have to say, the Bend, Oregon News page is one of the best local news pages I’ve seen online. Not just news, either; local weather, sports, resources, even Amazon bestsellers for Bend. Color me impressed.

And call me crazy, but I’d swear Topix was developed in PHP.

The next link is to BlogBinders, courtesy of Adam Curry. It’s a site/service that will turn your blog into a bound book. Interesting. I remember quite a while ago reading an article on blogging where this idea was suggested, and I thought it was eye-opening. I wonder, though, that a lot of blog entries revolve around linking to other sites—I can’t imagine this translates well to a book. Nor would I really want to read all my blog entries in book format—some are simply throw-away.

Third link is to A Californian’s Conception of the Continental United States, courtesy of Utterly Boring. I just thought this was funny.