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Find the coolest fisherman on Earth

Humans are amazing. With years of dedicated practice and training they can become nearly perfect at any discipline they set their minds to. Take something like computer programming, golf, or even fishing… Many people would consider themselves experts in these areas, but I hate to disappoint them with today’s news that one man in particular, from all the billions of humans alive on earth today, has indeed unanimously risen above all others to become the the coolest fisherman on Earth.

Who is it? His name is Craig Tucker, and his website says that he is the Coolest Fisherman on Earth and I believe it. If *you* don’t believe it, just take a look at his website and you’ll see that I am right. And so is he.

My Compuserve ID

I was able to dig up my old Compuserve ID:  76463,431

I first used this some time around late 1992 or early 1993.  I shared this user id with our company’s owner at the time, Jerry Edwards, but he rarely ever used, so most activity under this account was almost always me. At the time, I also was heavily into AutoLISP programming for AutoCAD, so that’s what most of my activity was focused on. Sadly, I was not even aware that FoxPro had an active presence on Compuserve, and I really wish I had known that.

I love me some Instapaper, but want better searching…

I really like being able to archive links for later review, and Instaper is a new toy I’ve found to handle that nicely. I really feel like there’s a lot of cool stuff that I can accomplish with it in the future.

Tonight (Feb 9, 2012), I joined Instapaper as a paying customer so I could use the Search capabilities (searching your links on the web site is only available to those customer who sign up for the $1 per month subscriber account). But, after signing up and finally getting to use Search, it does not appear to be searching the way I was expecting… In fact, I couldn’t get the Search feature to return anything. Evar!

No results.” it said… (which is not true, in that I have links with HTML5 in the title, url, summary, etc.)

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“No Results” ?!?!?!  What the heck is going on here? I know there are some links in my account that have this text in the URL, Title, and/or Description. Why won’t the Instapaper web site find any results?

I want to be able to do a search on the URL, Title, and Summary of the bookmarks, (not the actual contents of the link pages, which I don’t expect it to search anyway). I think most of us usually remember some keyword or tags as we save the links, so I expected to be able to search my links on the Instapaper site and search for “CSS’” or “HTML” or “GIT” or something like that to find links that I’ve stored.

So, I’m going to try to do something about this…. I’ve applied for an oAuth application token to see if I can build a better searching and filtering interface than the one they have now.

This will be a good exercise to sharpen my Ruby on Rails skills.

Boy, I sure hope they approve me…

Update 2012-02-10:

Instapaper sent me my app tokens later on in the same day. (Man, that was fast). And I found a gem on github (https://github.com/spagalloco/instapaper) that provides a nice wrapper around the Instapaper API, and I’ve already banged out a few lines of Ruby code which use the gem to connect to my Instapper account and post a few dummy links. Now I can move on the real work of pulling down all the bookmarks from an account, and providing a search/filter interface for searching through them for keywords or tags in the URL, Title, or Description.