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Ben, can we make sure that the new video section/rss feed is in a format that can be used for a DemocracyPlayer channel. I've had a few people ask about this in the last while.

http://getdemocracy.com

Other video sources
http://blip.tv/
http://ourmedia.org/

More details on Democracy Player:

Ben, can we make sure that the new video section/rss feed is in a format that can be used for a DemocracyPlayer channel. I've had a few people ask about this in the last while. http://getdemocracy.com Other video *sources* http://blip.tv/ http://ourmedia.org/ More details on Democracy Player: http://www.getdemocracy.com/make/channel-guide/planning_channels.php But their Wiki needs a log in to view! http://www.participatoryculture.org/wiki/index.php?title=RSS_Extensions Anyway the answer to Steve's question should be entirely in: http://drupal.org/project/video

Force sidebar for all pages (notably page not found error)

Some Drupal themes (especially our custom themes) require a column, or sidebar, to look complete. This isn't unreasonable, but because Drupal 5 seems to display page not found pages with no columns, it can be a problem at least in this circumstance.

Agaric wants a solution.

Resolution

403 Permission Denied: check .htaccess

More from the beMWeb archive.

For the beMWeb blog...

If a file or folder is giving a 403 Permission Denied error when it doesn't seem like it should be, check to see if removing the .htaccess file fixes it. That was my problem with WordPress on Reed Lindsay's site (on Ebony).

Picking a good web site address

From the beMWeb file... (beMWeb was the web site making division of Melançon Enterprises before I became part of Agaric Design.)

Picking a good web site address is important, and difficult.

For instance, the URI bemweb.com is a horrible domain name. [note to self: install automatic acronym identifier]

It's short, but impossible to remember if spoken, even for people who know I'm weird (think BEnjamin Melançon WEB design).

Drupal 5 FAPI... finding $form_values, replacing $_POST['edit']

Upgrading a module from Drupal 4.7 to Drupal 5, form issues (FAPI, or Form Application Programming Interface).

This gets a blog entry rather than Agaric's tech documentation page because this is still anecdotal rather than canonical.

Agaric, pretty much for the fun of it, is updating the taxonomy_switch module to Drupal 5. The problematic part of this 4.7 module seems to be replacing use of $_POST['edit'] with the now recommended $form_values.

No Scrolling Tabs in Firefox 2: using really advanced configuration

Firefox 2 got you blue? You know it's much better, you like it, but there are just a couple things that are different from Firefox 1.5...

For the fearless, there's a step way beyond the "advanced" tab under Firefox's preferences.

There's about:config

Just type that into the address bar, and see way more options than you've ever wanted to see with no documentation whatsoever.

Where is the Semantic Web?

Here I am, a wildly successful web developer, with "wild success" defined as "receiving money," and I want to publish a book review on my blog.

So of course I read the Wikipedia entry on Semantic Web.

And several hours of research later, I'm still not quite sure how to write up a book review, with author and publisher and ISBN and all that exciting information encoded in a way that tiny little people in mechanized bloodhounds (or however search engines and aggregators work) can find it when searching for such info.

We in the US Must Stop the Insanity of our Leaders: No War Against Iran, and Absolutely No Nuclear War Period

This isn't exactly web design related, but it sure as hell is important, so pardon my use of the Agaric Design site to try to get this the widest audience possible.

George Lakoff tries to save humanity with clear language: The Words None Dare Say: Nuclear War.

Free Software is Worth Paying for

Agaric coins a phrase. Yeah, it's passive voice and ends in a preposition, but it's ours: "Free software is worth paying for" is our response to a discussion about nonprofit technology needs over at NTEN. Searches of the internet turn up nothing, nada, zip. Inconceivable. So Agaric Design Collective has coined a phrase and written a new Drupal module all in one week.

Free software is worth paying for.

Advice for running an online auction

People write Agaric for advice, we might as well share our wisdom (if people ask, it implies we have wisdom, right?)

The first year we did this the arts center used the online bids as starting points for the silent auction bids (and then some of the silent auction items went to a live auction). The volunteers found it organizationally challenging, especially in payment/pickup on the spot.