Category Archives: My Blog

Goodbye Delicious. Hello Shaarli


Those of you who subscribe to The MKX® (via email or RSS) or pay attention to that list of links on the website’s sidebar know that I’ve been using a service called Delicious for link sharing. I started in 2005 back when they were known as Web 2.0 pioneers “”. I’m stopping now.

Delicious was a great, promising service for “Social Bookmarking”. They were “cool”. Then Yahoo bought it in their own desperate bid for relevance only to proceed to neglect it almost to the point of irrelevance. So they sold it to AVOS Systems, who then sold it to Science Inc. I don’t know who either is.

In the meantime, the website improved somewhat, an unusable iPhone app was released – not in the sense that it was hard to use but in the sense that it truly didn’t work at all, and the bookmarklet stopped working. The latest owners, before making any improvements, decided to stick ads to user’s RSS feeds without any warning. Monetizing is fine but not warning your users before such change is not. This was the straw. I myself subscribe to Delicious feeds for about 7 people who share maybe one link every six months. Yet I get one ad foe each of them daily!

So I decided to make a change. Introducing:

The MKX® Links

I am using a OSS system called Shaarli. I am self-hosting it which means that it cannot get sold to Yahoo without making me rich. Right now, I’m using the stock version, which sports a design only a mother could love. That’s ok – if I find time for it I may tweak it to be less offensive. All 1875 links were imported. Getting a combined RSS feed for The MKX® and The MKX® Links wasn’t so easy. I used ChimpFeedr (by MailChimp), then I put that through FeedBurner (which gives me both usage statistics and the email subscription service and risks joining Google’s Graveyard at any point). I hope it works out.


In the meantime, I apologize for any ads or RSS oddness. Let me know of any problems.

2015 Annual Report

WordPress puts together these neat annual reports for us bloggers.
The one for The MKX® is here.

The highlights:

  • It was a sad year with few posts. I blame parenthood.
  • The top post is from 2004: yes, the M&Ms one.

I make no resolution to post more in 2016, but it may just happen.

Happy 2015

This website is now 12 years old. That means we have quite a bit of readers for whom The MKX has always been around. Kind of how cars and airplanes already existed when I was born, just more significant.

Have a great year!

The MKX® 11th Anniversary Party

Graceful hosts The MKX® Editor and Chief and The MKX® Hummus Maker in Chief.

We had a small (who am I kidding? HUGE!) gathering to celebrate the 11th anniversary of The MKX®. Several famous celebrities attended, including some but not all of the following: Rihanna, prince William, the artist formerly known as Prince,, Michael Jackson.

We had a fully functional disco ball and enough homemade hummus for all of the Middle East. Total success.

Happy 2014!

View of motorized disco ball in the techno music hall.
Our most important guests: Amaresh, Emily, and our friends on the table.

The MKX® has moved!


Notice anything different? Look up. As in the URL bar of your browser. Yes, that’s right. After The MKX® has moved. We have dropped the .com!

Our team of economists determined that given 2 million daily page views, and the fact that typing .com takes about 0.67 seconds in average, we are saving the world economy about 372.2 hours of lost productivity every day!

Since we have way less hits, the productivity increase is not nearly as dramatic. But still, the new URL is cooler. Visit us at from now on! Or just use the old address which will just transparently redirect you… but wouldn’t you want to save 0.67 seconds of your day?

Cease and desist

It’s fairly common for large blogs to receive “cease and desist” letters threatening legal action unless some content is removed. Usually this happens when a website posts photos of an unreleased iPhone lost in a bar.

The MKX® recently received such a letter from an individual claiming that our popular “English with Andy” series slandered his persona due to the physical resemblance between a recurring character used in the images and his persona; given the possibility that someone may stumble upon one of the images and mistakenly believe that the depicted situation happened in real life and that the individual in question may actually confuse the terms “mushroom” with “much room” or “tissue” with “teach you”, to quote two examples.

In order to eliminate all possibility of said mistake, we:

  1. Stress that the situations shown in the series are not real. Some were invented by our team of writers but most were lifted directly from unfunny mass emails that were forwarded to us. All the characters are fictional and any resemblance to actual persons is purely coincidental. Names were not changed to protect any identities, because there are no identities to protect.
  2. Don’t actually know of anyone who speaks English like that; but would like to meet him/her.
  3. Added a disclaimer to all posts.
  4. Modified all the images using a face from the more crude yet widely known Rage Comics. This image is in the public domain.

The MKX® staff hopes that these actions are sufficient to satisfy all the parties involved. No further entries to the series are planned.