Returning to Blogging

I revisit my blog after a busy May, 2011 including going to Google I/O 2011 and what do I see as the last post on my blog, a short stinger post about Google I/O 2010. This simply won’t do.

I’ve written other blog posts in the last year, they just haven’t been on my own blog. I’ve written a number of blog posts in the last year on Justia’s Law, Technology and Legal Marketing Blog. I’m well past due however writing blog posts for myself. I will make an effort to pick back up on this as it’s something I’ve always enjoyed.

I’ll begin with some general updates. Two blog posts ago (March, 2010) I was blogging about making a difficult decision regarding looking into adopting a child. While we did look into pursuing that angle, sadly the mother of the child in question changed her mind and decided to keep the child herself. We haven’t given up hope of having a child someday (hopefully not too far in the distant future) but sadly God has other plans for us right now it seems.

I have been incredibly busy with work over the least year and I love working for Justia. We’ve put out some great projects in that time including Justia Legal Answers which I had the privilege of writing about on the Justia Blog and Justia Daily Opinion Summaries which was part of a revamp of our Justia Law Center. More projects are, as always, underway and I look forward to pushing out some great new features in the upcoming days.

In my personal life, I’ve gotten to do quite a lot of exciting things this year, which I’m going to try to write separate posts for. Going to Disney World for the first time and visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the process, Going on my first Cruise, Visiting New York City (3 Times!) and getting my first (and second) taste of Broadway and Time Square.

 

Nick.pro Migrated to Drupal

I have successfully migrated the nick.pro site from the WordPress blog that it has been for ages, into Drupal. This is perhaps the most unusual migration of this blog (and I’ve moved this blog several times now), in that I don’t actually consider Drupal to be a better blogging software then WordPress, in fact, I find WordPress to be the absolute best blogging software available today. However I’ve long wanted nick.pro to be something more then just a blog, I’ve wanted it to be a whole site showcasing what I’m up to online and off, and Drupal is a far better CMS platform for a more robust site then just a blog.

While Drupal works fine as a blog, where it really shines is in it’s flexibility. There are Third Party Modules available to do almost anything you can imagine, and for those things you can’t imagine, it’s a robust php framework for coding my own modules to do even more incredible things.

For the moment, all I’ve accomplished is migrating my old blog content, making sure all of the URLs redirect correctly, and adding an activity stream to show my recent activity on various online sites (twitter, digg, youtube, and flickr to start, more to come).

This is far from the first time I have migrated my blog. Stay tuned after the break for a brief glimpse of how this site has progressed from “Cap’s Log” on Movable Type 2, to Nick.pro running on Drupal today.
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I was wrong, Turns out Chrome Extensions aren’t ready yet

I’m attending the Developing Extensions for Google Chrome session right now, which is hosted by Aaron Boodman who is noted for being the creator of the Greasemonkey Firefox Extension and who now works at Google, and is working on Chrome Extensions. He Started this session with a disclaimer “This is alpha code, we are not announcing Extensions for Chrome today” (see my Tweet of Disappointment at that).

That said, the way extensions are handled in Google Chrome is actually really cool. Extensions are very simple to implement, and I’m probably going to write some development Chrome Extensions as early as this week, unfortunately no NORMAL user of Chrome will be able to install it (only people using the dev release of chrome and who manually install it can use them). Still interesting, but my exclamation of February that earned me lots of pageviews as it showed up on Techcrunch, CNET, Lifehacker, and Mashable (and many others), was unfortunately wrong, and I’m not to big to admit it (certainly if I didn’t admit it, someone would do so in the comments, and rightfully so).

Am I totally disappointed? In this yes, but in I/O, for one thing, it was announced during the keynote today that every attendee of I/O gets a free unlocked Android Mobile Phone, WITH a free month of unlimited voice and data service on it, very cool.

UPDATE: The Session video is now up on youtube, I’ve embedded it below:

Google Tip: Tracking Yourself in Google Blogsearch

Earlier this month, I wrote about tracking mentions of yourself on twitter more completly then just checking the @replies tab on twitter (or in tweetdeck).  Keeping tabs on what people say about you in twitter is only one step in effectively tracking references to yourself online.

So here’s step 2, if you want to really know what people are saying about you online, take the search a step further and check out what is being said about you on blogs.

Here is a slightly modified version of the same search string I used on Twitter to track mentions of me.

“Nicholas Moline” OR “Nick Moline” OR NickMoline OR link:nick.pro -site:nick.pro

Now when I plug this search in at Google Blogsearch, I see mentions of me on blogs around the web.

Think of -site:nick.pro the same way we thought of -from:NickMoline on the twitter search, it is pointless to see mentions of my own name on my own site, so I quickly filter out my domain name from the results.

The link:nick.pro is similar to to:NickMoline on twitter search, by adding in “OR link:nick.pro” I will get posts that link to me even if they don’t mention me by name.

Once I had the results, I sorted by date, and then clicked the link on the bottom of the page to view the feed in Google Reader, now whenever someone mentions me on their blogs, I’ll be notified as soon as Google ads the post to their index.

Blogging on the iPhone

I’ve blogged from my iPhone before so this isn’t exactly new, but this post was written using the new WordPress iPhone native app just released in the app store today. I like it!

As an update I still haven’t acquired a new iPhone 3G, but JMac seems to have finally joined the iPhone revolution and now has one. Welcome to the club JM, I’m very jealous that you got a 3G before me.

Nick.Pro Finally in control

I’ve finally gotten around to moving my site onto nick.pro and off of capslog.info (which should now redirect to nick.pro).  I’ve long wanted to focus on this more professional domain name, so I’m very much looking forward to improving this site as time goes on.

Also in the process, I’ve finally upgraded to the new shiny WordPress 2.3.1 and am having fun tagging my old articles. 

Riding on air

I’m not sure why I’ve never done this before, but I’m writing this blog entry from the air, literally. Barbara and I are on our way to Texas to attend my brother’s wedding. David is getting married on Saturday in Houston. We are on our way to my parent’s house in Arlington at the moment and will drive down with my parents on Friday.

We should be landing in about a half hour or so, after flying for a total of about 3 hours and 15 minutes, and I don’t have too much to say at the moment. I’m sure to post pictures of the wedding up soon.

Note, while I wrote this on the plane, obviously I had no way to post this from the air so I’ll hit the Publish button when I get to my parent’s house.

I prefer “Sir Nicholas” if you don’t mind.

As for me, I'll be a KnightJust a little bit of Google humor today, I decided to do something I do every so often and do a google search for my name, Nicholas Moline. I was pleased to see that 8 out of the first 10 results were indeed about me (a few of which were by me), but I happened across a listing that made me smile.

Google Book Search found my name in a very old book: The Egerton Papers: A Collection of Public and Private Documents, Chiefly Illustrative of the … contains an interesting mention on Page 403

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Justia Federal District Court Filings and Dockets

I’m really excited about a new project I have been working on for my job. Justia Federal District Court Filings and Dockets is a new project I have had the pleasure of working on for Justia (the company I work for). This project is a database of all of the civil cases filed in federal district courts since the beginning of 2006, updated daily, and what’s truly great about it is that you can get RSS feeds of various methods of filtering the database. You can filter it by category, state, individual court, party name, or any combination of those filters, and then subscribe to an RSS feed for your filtered results.

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Upgrades

I’ve updated Cap’s Log to the new WordPress 2.1, though this may only be temporary, I’m planning on combining it and several other blogs I manage into a WordPress MU installation once I’m sure that MU works. In other news, after listening to this week’s episode of MacBreak Weekly, I’ve started messing around with Twitter. I installed a wordpress plugin that should automatically update my Twitter page whenever I’m working on a Blog post, which is in a way a bit frightening, cause that means that you all can now know when I’m blogging.  Also, it was noted to me recently that my title tags were broken on all my posts, I have repaired this now, and so my title tags should indicate what post you are actually reading.