A recent trip to Half Price Books
To buy the pick-axe tome
Status? Delayed by second look
At book from different home:

King Ottokar’s Sceptre, most awesome of tales
From the awesome Adventures of Tintin.
With an awesome new axe and a childhood pal
The sitch, I must say it, was win-win.

And so I wrote some basic Ruby,
Meagre code, unshowy;
Then, sick of coding like a newbie,
I went and read ’bout Snowy.


JanRain, the team behind Jyte, seems to be doing some good work with OpenID. They are a free OpenID Provider and have an anti-OpenID-spam-bot captcha system. Enter your OpenID once, complete a captcha, and your non-bot status is communicated to consumers through an exposed API. Nice!

Today I cruised over to Highrise, the new contact management app developed by the 37Signals guys. I went to create an account, and saw that they, too, are supporting OpenID authentication. I decided now was a good time to get my OpenID setup.

To setup OpenID, you have to decide a) what URI you want as your identifier, and b) what OpenID Provider (OP) you want to identify with. I’ve been trying to standardize my identity around joshuamclark.com for a while now, so that was the obvious choice for my URI. For my OP, I decided to use WordPress. I looked into setting up my own OpenID Provider at openid.joshuamclark.com, but I don’t have an SSL cert yet which I would want, and WordPress was quick and easy. Plus one of the benefits of OpenID is that you can migrate to a new OP very easily, so I can setup my own OP in the future. If any of you want to set up your own OP, there are some nice libraries available to speed you on your way.

Anyhoo, to get joshuamclark.com to work with WordPress, I just had to include a couple lines of code in my head tag:

<link rel="openid.server" href="https://joshuamclark.wordpress.com/?openidserver=1" />
<link rel="openid.delegate" href="https://joshuamclark.wordpress.com/" />

You can use your own URI as your OpenID identifier too — just copy those two lines in your head tag, making sure to replace ‘joshuamclark’ with your WordPress ID.

Anyhoo, once I setup the OpenID, I setup my Highrise account. It went flawlessly. My Highrise page asks for my OpenID, after entering it redirects to WordPress, I allow my identity to be passed once or always, and I’m adding contacts like a networking all-star. Read more about how OpenID works with WordPress.

“They can’t take that away from me.
Nooo, they can’t take that awaaay from me.”

Do you spend all your days in Google Reader? j-s-jjj-k- -sS.

Are you tired of reading the same thing everywhere? Want something fresh?

Well guess what, blogging ain’t dead folks. Get yourself a domain, subdomain, wordpress, blogger, whatever. Start writing! Everyone can do it. It’s fun!

Who cares if you don’t know how to market. Big deal. Write about what you want to write about, and tell your friends. Start giving a URL when you comment. Link cool articles and wait for trackback clicks. It’s all good. You may not be a huge success, but you never know unless you try eh. Plus it’s fun!

Those who can, write; those who can’t, read. Do the write thing.

What is the only complete sentence in English composed of 4 homophones?

Wright, write ‘rite’ right.

Thank you, this has been the post-inaugural post from…
Joshua M. Clark

Inaugural Post


I’d write something awesome but I’m heading to Red Robin for lunch. Later peeps!