16 Feb 2011 2 pm eastern

Blowing HTML up my own ass

I WANT TO export my zeldman.com feed to my Tumblr blog and point to a Readability view of each resulting Tumblr post using a shortened link created with Happy Cog’s URL shortener in my Twitter feed, which is automatically imported into my Facebook news stream. Then I want to import my Facebook news stream back into zeldman.com and see if the universe explodes.

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49 Responses to “Blowing HTML up my own ass”

  1. Fred said on

    For the love of god! THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

  2. Trent Walton said on

    First, you’re going to need 1.21 gigawatts.

  3. Paul May said on

    This is the dream.

  4. Bob Diercksmeier said on

    It will. So please don’t. Or maybe you should?

  5. Bjarne said on

    Maybe this schematic can build that 1.21 GigaWatt machine!

  6. Gavin Elliott said on

    The idea is perfect but stops at point 2 when tumblr falls over its own feet.

  7. John Nack said on

    Yo dawg, I herd you like a feed in your feed, so I fed your feed to your feed’s feed…

  8. Dino Baskovic said on

    Read this made my head hurt.

  9. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    1.21+gigawatts on Wolfram|Alpha.

  10. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    I need to build a “favorite comments” engine so I can favorite your comments here.

  11. Steven said on

    It’s possible but shouldn’t be done. It will be like typing Google into Google. Just don’t do it man!

  12. mattkoyak said on

    Then feed the “favorite comments” back to the senders feed as their “favorite, your favorite comments” of their comments. That should do it – that should take you far enough back in time to either like or dislike someone’s comments before they make them.

    Oh wait, was that just disliked? Or was that?!? Dude!?!

  13. Rob Erskine said on

    This is like Lex Luther talking about the 500 megaton bomb that is going to blow up the San Andreas fault.

  14. Hercules Papatheodorou said on

    I know I’m not an anarchist, but am I the only one here that wants to scream
    GO FOR IT SIR!“?

  15. amber said on

    Trent Walton is my hero.

  16. Jesse said on

    To infinity, AND BEYOND!

  17. Anton Peck said on

    I thought I had something funny, until I read the replies. Best comment thread ever. John Nack had me rolling!

  18. Frank Patrick said on

    This reminds me of the time back in the early 90s when I thought I figured out how to blast an email training announcement to everyone in Bell Labs. Unfortunately, I didn’t know about bcc and someone out there had his out of office reply set to “Reply to All”, including himself. Loop-de-loop.

  19. shoogle designs said on

    You got to be jokin mate. How the f**k a finite loop would make the digital universe explode. Everybody knows nilpotent groups are isomorphic to the inner mapping group of a loop, so i have to admit I fail to see the funny side of all of this.

    Unless you are being sarcastic.

  20. Nate said on

    Zeldman on tumblr makes me feel funny.

  21. Alan Moore said on

    That’s almost as dangerous as typing ‘google’ into Google. It breaks the internet. Whatever you do, don’t do it.

  22. Fred said on

    For a more immediate effect, get two of your Macs onto the same network. With machine A, screenshare with machine B. Now while screensharing, open finder and screenshare with machine A.

    I’m not responsible for broken Macs.

  23. Joe Casper said on

    what you talkin bout willis?

  24. Zoran said on

    I did similar thing with email forwarding from account to account until I have made circuit.

  25. julesj said on

    Here’s what you’re looking for:
    If This Then That.

  26. William Lawrence said on

    I’m pretty sure this has happened before, the universe exploding thing, that is.

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  28. George Hahn said on

    So dirty. So wrong. So right.

  29. Serg Corrales said on

    Holy crap…reading that made me pink sock myself! It’s like an html flux capacitor.

  30. Michael Persson said on

    Haha, thats crazy

  31. Volker Rose said on

    Reminds me of the infamous Cat Jam Bread Experiment:
    In this experiment it is given that a piece of bread with jam on it will always fall face down, and a cat will always land on its feet. So if one were to strap a piece of jam bread to the back of a cat, the cat/bread WOULD NEVER LAND.

  32. Will K said on

    Be careful of the moebius.

  33. Theo said on

    All great ideas are dangerous, so go for it! ; )

  34. Bramus! said on

    curl -I http://zeldman.com/
    HTTP/1.1 418 Too Much Recursion

  35. Dale Cruse said on

    Disqus allows you to “like” comments for easy retrieval later.

  36. Alexander Graf said on

    What is this I don’t even!

  37. Colin said on

    Please maintain six degrees of separation. Prosecutors will be violated.

  38. Adam said on

    Let me know how it feels. You *may* have invented content gerbilling.

  39. Ray McKEnzie said on

    Will it still be readable on my Kindle.

  40. Tanner said on

    Something about coming over to Myspace later and Twittering all over your Facebook?

  41. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Will it still be readable on my Kindle.

    Not on the Kindle on your iPad, if Apple has its way.

    You *may* have invented content gerbilling.

    I don’t know what that means, but I feel dirty.

  42. Rob Kirton said on


    May I suggest that you first contact the guys at the Large Hadron Collider. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_Hadron_Collider

    When they first started it up, some poor saps though the world would implode on itself. The same worried people are now going to need re-assurance with respect to your mad experiment.

    In fact if combined with the bread / Jam experiment as pointed by Volker Rose, I don’t want too be around when you throw the switch :0)

  43. Ken Howard said on

    I have tried this. The universe survived. There is nothing left worth doing.

  44. Ken said on

    This can be done, but it will involve sacrificing a goat under a full moon…

  45. Minilån said on

    A lot of funny replies on this. grat reading material

  46. Bèr said on
  47. Renda said on

    LOL Talk about overkill!

  48. Michel said on

    Trent Walton said:

    First, you’re going to need 1.21 gigawatts.

    Jesse said:

    To infinity, AND BEYOND!

    These are my favourite comments so far! Amazing thread! :-D

  49. Paula said on

    There’s an app for that.

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