Sorry for the recent outage on Processing Blogs. For some reason all the wordpress plugins deactivated themselves. I hate the internet, and the internet hates me.
Let's try this again. If you're reading this on Processing Blogs or via its feed, then everything should be working.
If you ever need to run a site similar to Processing Blogs and your web host can run python then I definitely recommend Planet or Planet Venus as the solution. WP-Venus complained a little bit when I converted from Feedwordpress, but it looks good so far: hopefully the archives will be worth the effort.
If you're reading this on Processing Blogs, or via its feed, then everything should be fixed. For some reason, Feedwordpress just stopped working and wouldn't re-subscribe to lots of the feeds that were previously fine.
Feeds are now being grabbed robustly by Planet and merely massaged by Feedwordpress. Here's the current list:
Please do let me know if I'm syndicating too much or too little, and especially if I'm missing people or if I'm syndicating your blog and you don't want me to. Otherwise, the site should run itself for a while.
Apologies to the readers and writers of Processing Blogs for the recent downtime.
Our host machine was experiencing unusual load, and both Steve and I were away on holiday last week and didn't want to risk it going down and affecting all our other sites. I'm experimenting with Wordpress cache plugins and will probably offload the Processing Blogs feed to Feedburner, but normal service should be resumed for the time being.
Processing Hacks is progressing nicely. Toxi made a few updates this week, so we have better Processing source code highlighting (and links to the official reference) as well as the ability to post applets. We've moved the contents off the front page, and you can also generate an index to see what articles actually exist right now.
I've just added Chris O'Shea aka Pixelsumo's Processing category to Processing Blogs, as well as Ricard Marxer's fantastic Caligraft sketchbook. As always, if you're posting regularly about Processing or closely related topics, let me know and I'll add you as soon as I can.
Somebody just emailed me and asked me about Processing sites that aren't commonly known. It's a difficult question to answer, but if you're just starting out with Processing, here are a couple of tips.
Just remember that Processing is designed as a teaching language so there will always be more newbies than experts. You should never be embarrassed to ask questions - I can guarantee that they won't be as dumb as you think!
Please leave a comment if you know of other people blogging their Processing sketches.
Update: Douglas Edric Stanley has just been added too. Welcome!
You might know about Alison from her hugely and deservedly popular Processing-UnrealEd mashup, UnrealArt and despite her initial reluctance I'm looking forward to seeing what else she comes up with. I'm sure you'll agree that the culture of sharing of what she unjustly calls her "pathetic" experiments is actually what makes Processing such a great thing - keep it up Alison!