Whatever Twitter Feed Now Online

Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that generally speaking my Twitter postings don’t have much to do with what’s going on here at Whatever; they’re mostly my short (and goofy) observations. Well, for those of you who would actually like a Twitter feed for Whatever, now there is one:


It updates when I update here (more or less; it checks in every half hour) and includes the headline and a shortlink back, and covers both proper blog entries and Whateverette links. I think this is a good way to let people use Twitter to keep up with what’s going on here, without turning my own personal Twitter feed into a constant pimp thread.

So, in sum:

Whatever Twitter feed: @blogwhatever.

Personal, generally non-Whatever-oriented Twitter feed: @scalzi.

Enjoy them both in Twitterific splendor.

(The idea to give Whatever its own Twitter feed stolen wholly from the Nielsen Haydens, who have done the same thing for their blog, Making Light.)

11 Comments on “Whatever Twitter Feed Now Online”

  1. Every half hour is way too slow for me. I think I need help, but I check Whatever more than that, especially on work days.

  2. Hey, that’s as fast as they’ll let me set it up. Mind you, it’s okay just to come visit the site, you know. Indeed, I prefer it.

  3. Dave H – I can see Canada from my house – Aging dad, electronics nerd, embedded software developer. (I'm the guy who makes your microwave blink 12:00.)
    Dave H

    Social networking services with their own social networks? I’ve got a bad feeling about this. One of these days somebody will make one too many connections and the whole ‘Net will become sentient. Shortly after that Norton AntiVirus will start trying to delete us all. I hope Mecha-Zoë will be around to save us.

  4. I don’t understand the point of a “twitter feed”. What advantage does that have over RSS?

    I mean, I completely get twitter accounts, and follow lots of people. I just don’t understand accounts set up to say “posted blah on my blog”. RSS does a much better job of that.

  5. Dave H – I can see Canada from my house – Aging dad, electronics nerd, embedded software developer. (I'm the guy who makes your microwave blink 12:00.)
    Dave H

    Steve@4: Some of us (well, I) don’t have the attention span to use RSS, nor the desire to add another client program to the herd I already wrangle. But then I won’t be using the @blogwhatever feed, either. I don’t need the immediacy.

  6. thresholdlurker – Call Forth the Dweller Divination Effective Level: 6th Skill Check: Knowledge (arcana) DC 20, 6 successes Failure: Falsehood Components: V, S, M, F, XP, Casting Time: 60 minutes Range: Personal Target: You Duration: Instantaneous Saving Throw: None Spell Resistance: No This incantation contacts the enigmatic, extradimensional being known as the Dweller on the Threshold, an entity that imparts knowledge about its specific obsession: doors and other entrances. To cast call forth the Dweller, the caster must inscribe forty-two mystic symbols around an open doorway, then begin the chants and supplications required for the incantation. If the incantation succeeds, an image of the Dweller—an inky mass of tentacles and mouths—appears on the other side of the doorway. The Dweller on the Threshold truthfully answers any questions it is asked about a particular door. For example, the Dweller can provide a magical password that unlocks a door, indicate how to disarm a trap on a door, reveal the weaknesses of a door’s guardian, or describe the room that lies beyond the door. Its answers are clear and fairly specific, if somewhat terse. The caster may well appreciate such concise answers, because one of the forty-two symbols inscribed around the doorway during the casting of the incantation fades away with each word the Dweller on the Threshold speaks—and when all the symbols are gone, the Dweller disappears. If the caster asks the Dweller on the Threshold a question that doesn’t involve doors, the Dweller responds with a cutting insult, often about something the caster thought was secret. Each word of the insult likewise makes a symbol disappear from the perimeter of the doorway. The exact nature of the Dweller on the Threshold is shrouded in mystery. Some contend that it is somehow connected to the god of secrets, although no one has ever found conclusive evidence that the Dweller on the Threshold is evil. Option If the doorway used as the focus is one that the Dweller has been asked about in the past, the caster gains a +4 bonus on the Knowledge (arcana) checks during the incantation. For example, if Boredflak uses call forth the Dweller to learn about the Gateway to Despair, then when he reaches the Gateway, he can use the Gateway as the focus and gain a +4 bonus when he uses the incantation to ask about the Arches of Certain Doom. Failure If the caster fails two consecutive Knowledge (arcana) checks, the Dweller on the Threshold gleefully lies, employing falsehoods that demonstrate its inclination toward mischief and cruelty. Material Component Forty-two mystic symbols inscribed around the perimeter of the focus doorway (requiring materials costing 500 gp). As described above, these symbols gradually disappear during the time the incantation is in effect. Focus An open doorway large enough to allow a Medium creature to pass through it. XP Component 400 XP. Backlash After speaking with the Dweller on the Threshold, the caster is exhausted. Campaign Use This incantation is an obvious solution for characters who are “stuck” by an especially impenetrable door. The exhaustion backlash makes it less likely they immediately try the door after casting the incantation, and the XP cost ensures that they won’t try to use call forth the Dweller on every door they face. If you introduce this incantation in your game, you’re giving the PCs occasional access to a powerful divination. But because it’s rather specific, it doesn’t make the characters more powerful. Typically, getting through a door lands PCs in trouble more quickly than if they were unable to pass the portal.

    There already was a twitter feed which listed Whatever posts. @torforgeauthors also covers a bunch of other people. But, for your unadulterated Whatever twitter feed, I guess this new one will do.

    I use the Feedly plugin for Firefox and it does right by me for RSS feeds, so I’m all set.

  7. I use everything to read the internet, and now my brain is full.

    Just to beat everyone to the punch, will the cats get their own Twitter feed too?

  8. Ah, what the hell.


    BTW, just got THE GHOST BRIGADE and THE LAST COLONY from my sister-in-law. Nearly finished with TGB. Excellent, excellent book. You’re one of those authors who always inspire me to write better.

  9. Yeah, I just set my site up too. I actually tweet stuff more than I post to the Wall of my Facebook group. It just seems quicker and easier.

    So far I’ve only had to block one pornspam “follower”. Could be worse.

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