Best Of 2003

I figure I’ll put up my list of Best Of 2003, since everyone else seem to be doing it. Here are my personal picks:


Atom And Eve

Everywhere I go, I read about Atom 0.3 and how it’s going to replace RSS. I was confused as to what Atom truly is, and what its purpose is, but I think I got the gist of it. From what I understand, the creator of RSS decided that there’s nothing left to be added after the 2.0 specifications, but a lot of people strongly disagreed. These people felt that there was a lot to be done with syndication, to make it easier, more robust, and ready for the future. A group of people decided to get together and created Atom to replace RSS. A lot of people are excited about it, even though it’s still in an early form, but apparently it’s the real deal.

I went ahead and added an Atom template to Good Blimey, which can be found at http://www.goodblimey.com/atom.xml. After reading all this, are you still confused about what exactly syndication is? Look at it this way, it lets you browse the web in a more streamlined manner, without a browser, but with a software called a news aggregator. If you want even more details on syndication, read up on this page. So what news aggregator supports Atom? Right now, not many, but supposedly Bottom Feeder works (Windows) and possibly clevercactus, and if you use GNOME on Linux, you can check out Straw with this patch to enable support.

For even further information on Atom, check the official spec page, this Wiki on Atom, and this excellent article if all else fails.


Blogstakes Giveaways

Blogstakes are having a giveaway where you can win a Slappa Hardbody CD case, and I could certainly use one right about now. If you enter to win it, you increase my chance of winning it as well (2 people win the prize, the winner, and the blog that referred you). Check it out here.

There’s also the The Onion Platinum Prestige Encore Gold Premium Collector’s Collection, which is a collection of books from the hilarious site, The Onion. Not really up my alley, but would make for a great coffee table piece. Check it out here.


Blog Design Showcase

There’s a Blog Design Showcase over at Cre8d Design, with some excellent blogs to check out. There were numerous ones I’ve never visited before, and some were old friends, but all of them are full of fantastic design skills and intriguing personal lives.

I always wondered where I stood in the design circle, but I feel like I’m not fully developed as a designer personally. There’s so much to learn, and I feel like I’m just at the bottom of the mountain, looking to climb to the top. It’s nice to see a showcase of blogs with excellent designs, just to get some ideas, and gather the capabilities of what web standards and CSS will provide for the future of the web.