Weblog Wipeout

There’s a piece in the Register yesterday about Dave Winer shutting down a number of weblogs. I discovered that eclectic — the XML-DEV weblog which I ran for a number of years — was one of them. This is no big problem for me as the site has been dormant for a while. It’s just a shame that the archives are no longer online.
Having expected something like this to happen for a while (Winer doesn’t like me) I took a backup of the Manila “root” file which contains all the data. It’s available from here.
Anyone have any ideas about how I can turn this back into static web pages? Can I use Radio Userland or something to retrieve the data?
According to my webserver logs a few people have downloaded that file (it was linked from the electic home page) so I’m hoping that someone may have already tried this.

Minas Tirith in Sand

I’ve just gotten back from the (now annual) Dodds family holiday in Weymouth — a nice holiday resort in Dorset on the south coast of England. Perfect if you’ve got kids. Much fun was had by all.
Every year we go down I look forward to seeing the latest creations from Mark Anderson the current owner of the “Sculptures in Sand” attraction on the sea front. Take a look through the gallery to see some of their excellent sand sculptures.
This year they produced a replica of Minas Tirith, and I remembered to take some photos rather than just gawp:

There’s a close-up too. Impressive.

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