trending resource endpoint

URL: /assets/trending.<format>

Supported Methods

GET Gets a stream of trending assets across TypePad

Query String Arguments

start-token
The value of the moreResultsToken property of a previous response, to retrieve more items from the same query.
max-results
Maximum number of items to return in the list response.

Resource Type

This endpoint returns an object of type Stream<Asset>.

entries (array<Asset>)
The items within the selected range.
estimatedTotalResults (integer)
An estimate of the total number of items in the whole stream of which this object is a chunk. null if a count cannot be determined at all, or if an exact count is returned in totalResults.
moreResultsToken (string)
An opaque token that can be used as the start-token parameter of a followup request to retrieve additional results. null if there are no more results to retrieve, but the presence of this token does not guarantee that the response to a followup request will actually contain results.
totalResults (integer)
The total number of items in the whole stream of which this object is a chunk. null if an exact count cannot be determined.

Client Library Methods for PHP

Gets a stream of trending assets across TypePad
$tp->assets->getTrending(array(


    # Optional Parameters
    "limit" => $limit,
    "startToken" => $startToken,

))

Example Request

GET /assets/trending.json HTTP/1.1
Host: api.typepad.com

HTTP/1.0 200 OK
Content-type: application/json
Content-length: 520552

{
   "moreResultsToken": "a5b2cd1298df5385",
   "entries": [
      {
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Well, you might point to optical considerations such as its unperturbably consistent performance, the superb resolution, the excellent shadow detail, its freedom from flare, and the fact that it has no bad habits of any sort; or you could point to operational felicities such as the full-time manual override, the real aperture ring, or (<a href=\"http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2016/02/vile-rumor-ex-nex.html\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">yes</a>!) its reasonably small size and light weight; or you could mention its attainable price and the fact that it fits on ideally balanced cameras such as <a href=\"https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1433839-REG/fujifilm_16588509_x_t3_mirrorless_digital_camera.html/BI/2144/KBID/2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">the Fuji X-T3</a>. But the <em>real</em> reason this is the perfect lens is...</p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 8pt;\">...I own this one.</span></p>\r\n<p>And there you have it.</p>\r\n<p><em><strong>Tea is for &quot;C<span style=\"text-decoration: underline; font-size: 18pt;\">t</span>ein&quot;</strong></em><br />There might have been other reasons I was crabby yesterday—I had a full day scheduled and I was racing out of the house with only forty five minutes or so to put together a post, and rants are faster to write than anything else. Or it could possibly have something to do with the fact that I am in the process of switching over from coffee to green tea for reasons of health. That is to say, I am switching from a rich, full-bodied, aromatic, tasty and deeply satisfying elixir, to water that has been made to taste bad. I am ambivalent about it. But I&#39;m sleeping better. (A link: <a href=\"http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2015/08/oh-tea-ot.html\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Ctein on tea</a>.) Also in health news, I am pleased to report that I have finally, at long last, and after much questing, unlocked the secret to weight loss. I shall report when I conclude month three, because it is never good to jump the gun.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: right;\"><em>Mike</em></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10px;\">Original contents copyright 2018 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. 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         "renderedContent": "<p>Well then. I think I&#39;ve recovered from my little blurt of yesterday (it doesn&#39;t quite rise to being a rant). Sometimes one just runs out of patience, you know? There are other things that can make me irascible. Thousand-horsepower cars, for example. There are times when I think we&#39;ve all gone nuts. Lost the thread, no longer seeing—pun intended—the—big—<em>picture</em>.</p>\r\n<p>Despite what I said yesterday and what I believe about it, I also think you should treat yourself to whatever lens(es) you really want. The two aren&#39;t mutually exclusive. We do have a marvelous cornucopia of optical treasures being proffered to us today. Why not accept?</p>\r\n<p>I, for instance, own the perfect lens.</p>\r\n<p>A friend wrote the other day: &quot;I was traveling today and happened on a camera store that had a <a href=\"https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1431704-REG/nikon_1591_z7_mirrorless_digital_camera.html/BI/2144/KBID/2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Nikon Z7</a> in stock, and if you haven’t handled one yet, you should hop a Greyhound to NYC and B&amp;H and try one out. <em>Very</em> different than the D800 series, or any other DSLR. The one I handled had the new zoom, and it looks and feels excellent. Bigger and heavier than my GX8, but not uncomfortably so. When I get back home, I think I’ll probably order one, though I’ve still got to think about it a bit.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;The viewfinder, by the way, while not really as good as optical, is very close, and would probably be better in low light.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;I thought I’d like it, but I actually liked it better than I thought I would.&quot;</p>\r\n<p>And if he wants a Z7 with the lenses <span style=\"text-decoration: line-through;\">God</span> Nikon intended to go with it, what&#39;s to stop him? Not I, Gunga Din. Nor would I ever dream of discouraging you from owning whatever lens your heart desires. Is not life short? Is not a lens a harmless reward?</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/.a/6a00df351e888f8834022ad3b99ae7200b-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\" style=\"display: inline;\"><img alt=\"Sony-Zeiss 50mm\" border=\"0\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00df351e888f8834022ad3b99ae7200b image-full img-responsive\" src=\"http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/.a/6a00df351e888f8834022ad3b99ae7200b-800wi\" title=\"Sony-Zeiss 50mm\" /></a><span style=\"font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;\">Sony/Zeiss Planar T* 50mm ƒ/1.4 ZA for <a href=\"https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1282852-REG/sony_alpha_a99_ii_dslr.html/BI/2144/KBID/2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Sony SLT</a>&#39;s</span></p>\r\n<p>I can&#39;t guess what <em>your</em> flavor of perfect lens would be. Confining my examples to lenses between 35mm and 55mm FOV equivalents (just to whittle the panoply into something manageable), you might hanker after the <a href=\"https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/860529-REG/Leica_11141_APO_Summicron_M_50mm_f_2_0_ASPH.html/BI/2144/KBID/2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Leica Apo-Summicron-M 50mm ƒ/2</a>, or the much more affordable (yet still good!) <a href=\"https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1007599-REG/zeiss_2010_056_55mm_f_1_4_otus_lens.html/BI/2144/KBID/2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Zeiss Otus 55mm ƒ/1.4</a>; the <a href=\"https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1362557-REG/voigtlander_nokton_40mm_f_1_2_aspherical.html/BI/2144/KBID/2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Voigtländer Nokton 40mm ƒ/1.2 Aspherical</a> or the <a href=\"https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1045458-REG/sigma_311101_50mm_f_1_4_dg_hsm.html/BI/2144/KBID/2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Sigma 50mm ƒ/1.4 ART</a>; the <a href=\"https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/925829-REG/sony_sal50f14z_50mm_f_1_4_carl_zeiss.html/BI/2144/KBID/2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Sony/Zeiss Planar T* 50mm ƒ/1.4 ZA</a> or the <a href=\"https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/768816-REG/Panasonic_H_X025_Leica_DG_Summilux_25.html/BI/2144/KBID/2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm ƒ/1.4 ASPH</a>.; the <a href=\"https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1180801-REG/canon_9523b002_35mm_f_1_4l_ii_usm.html/BI/2144/KBID/2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Canon EF 35mm ƒ/1.4L II USM</a> or the <a href=\"https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1431709-REG/nikon_20081_nikkor_z_35mm_f_1_8.html/BI/2144/KBID/2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Nikkor Z 35mm ƒ/1.8 S</a>; the <a href=\"https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1393329-REG/tokina_opera_50mm_f_1_4_ff.html/BI/2144/KBID/2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Tokina Opera 50mm ƒ/1.4 FF</a> or the <a href=\"https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1366998-REG/olympus_v311100bu000_m_zuiko_digital_ed_17mm.html/BI/2144/KBID/2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm ƒ/1.2 PRO</a> (have I left anybody out?), and who&#39;s to say you shouldn&#39;t? It&#39;s <em>your</em> photography. Don&#39;t let the Internet tell you what to do. Even when it&#39;s (ahem) me. If you want to seek the perfect lens, go for it.</p>\r\n<p>Of course, as anyone sensible knows, however, the perfect lens is actually this one:</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/.a/6a00df351e888f8834022ad399f1b2200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Fuji23mm\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00df351e888f8834022ad399f1b2200d img-responsive\" src=\"http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/.a/6a00df351e888f8834022ad399f1b2200d-350wi\" style=\"width: 350px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Fuji23mm\" /></a><span style=\"font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;\"><a href=\"https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1003764-REG/fujifilm_16405575_xf_23mm_f_1_4_r.html/BI/2144/KBID/2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Fuji XF 23mm ƒ/1.4 R</a> for Fuji APS-C</span></p>\r\n<p>Why? Well, you might point to optical considerations such as its unperturbably consistent performance, the superb resolution, the excellent shadow detail, its freedom from flare, and the fact that it has no bad habits of any sort; or you could point to operational felicities such as the full-time manual override, the real aperture ring, or (<a href=\"http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2016/02/vile-rumor-ex-nex.html\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">yes</a>!) its reasonably small size and light weight; or you could mention its attainable price and the fact that it fits on ideally balanced cameras such as <a href=\"https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1433839-REG/fujifilm_16588509_x_t3_mirrorless_digital_camera.html/BI/2144/KBID/2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">the Fuji X-T3</a>. But the <em>real</em> reason this is the perfect lens is...</p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 8pt;\">...I own this one.</span></p>\r\n<p>And there you have it.</p>\r\n<p><em><strong>Tea is for &quot;C<span style=\"text-decoration: underline; font-size: 18pt;\">t</span>ein&quot;</strong></em><br />There might have been other reasons I was crabby yesterday—I had a full day scheduled and I was racing out of the house with only forty five minutes or so to put together a post, and rants are faster to write than anything else. Or it could possibly have something to do with the fact that I am in the process of switching over from coffee to green tea for reasons of health. That is to say, I am switching from a rich, full-bodied, aromatic, tasty and deeply satisfying elixir, to water that has been made to taste bad. I am ambivalent about it. But I&#39;m sleeping better. (A link: <a href=\"http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2015/08/oh-tea-ot.html\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Ctein on tea</a>.) Also in health news, I am pleased to report that I have finally, at long last, and after much questing, unlocked the secret to weight loss. I shall report when I conclude month three, because it is never good to jump the gun.</p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: right;\"><em>Mike</em></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 10px;\">Original contents copyright 2018 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. 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         "content": "<p>In regard to the question I asked in the title of this post, I&#39;d say &quot;No.&quot; For one thing, how could someone know that they are conscious without an extra something-or-other besides supposedly pure consciousness?&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>I talked about this in &quot;<a href=\"http://hinessight.blogs.com/church_of_the_churchless/2016/05/my-only-big-problem-with-sam-harris-waking-up-book.html\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">My (only) big problem with Sam Harris&#39; &#39;Waking Up&#39; book</a>.&quot;</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">Let&#39;s be clear: Sam Harris considers that the brain produces consciousness. He doesn&#39;t show any sign of believing in a transcendent non-physical consciousness (like soul or spirit) which exists apart from the brain. So I have no problem with this aspect of Harris&#39; view of consciousness.</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">But as I said in the previous post, I can&#39;t grasp what Harris is getting at when he writes about what he experienced while meditating:</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 60px;\">There were periods during which all thought subsided, and any sense of having a body disappeared. What remained was a blissful expanse of conscious peace that had no reference point in any of the usual sensory channels.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 60px;\">Many scientists and philosophers believe that consciousness is always tied to one of the five senses -- and that the idea of a &quot;pure consciousness&quot; apart from seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching is a category error and a spiritual fantasy. I am confident that they are mistaken.</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">Hmmmm. I&#39;m just as confident that they are<em> not</em> mistaken. &#0160;It seems obvious that everyday consciousness isn&#39;t limited to sense experiences. Dreaming is a conscious act. It doesn&#39;t involve seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, or touching via the five senses.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">Likewise, I can believe that in a state of deep meditation, Sam Harris did indeed lose any sense of having a body, and wasn&#39;t thinking in any ordinary sense. But Harris was still conscious of <em>something</em>, right? He speaks of this as &quot;a blissful expanse of conscious peace.&quot;&#0160;</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">That doesn&#39;t sound like &quot;pure consciousness.&quot; It sounds like consciousness of a blissful expanse of conscious peace. No thought. No sensory impressions. But there were contents within Harris&#39; consciousness: bliss, an expanse, peace.</p>\r\n<p>A letter in the September 22, 2018 issue of New Scientist rings true to me.</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\"><em>From Ed Subitzky</em><br /><em>New York, US</em></p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">I much enjoy the ongoing discussion of consciousness in your pages (for exampled, Letters, 21 July). It seems to me that one cannot just be conscious: you have to be conscious of something, whether it is the scent of a rose, the internal feeling of being happy or sad, or the words you are reading now.</p>\r\n<p style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">Consciousness, whatever it is, must have content in order to exist. Substituting the phrase &quot;consciousness&quot; with the phrase &quot;consciousness of&quot; makes the entire issue seem more tractable.</p>\r\n<p>Good point. This still leaves open the possibility that consciousness is an actual thing, distinct from what consciousness is aware of.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>However, it also opens the door to consciousness being awareness of something, not a self-existent entity. It&#39;s sort of like saying that there is something termed &quot;life&quot; that is separate from every living thing.&#0160;</p>\r\n<p>What would this &quot;life&quot; be like? Similarly, what would consciousness absent being conscious of something be like? Even if someone is only aware that they are conscious, that awareness is something, not pure consciousness devoid of any conscious content.</p>\r\n<p>So it isn&#39;t all that crazy to say that consciousness doesn&#39;t exist in and of itself. Only consciousness of some content exists.</p>\r\n<p><a class=\"asset-img-link\" href=\"http://hinessight.blogs.com/.a/6a00d83451c0aa69e2022ad399cf20200d-popup\" onclick=\"window.open( this.href, &#39;_blank&#39;, &#39;width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0&#39; ); return false\"><img alt=\"Consciousness\" class=\"asset  asset-image at-xid-6a00d83451c0aa69e2022ad399cf20200d img-responsive\" src=\"http://hinessight.blogs.com/.a/6a00d83451c0aa69e2022ad399cf20200d-500wi\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" title=\"Consciousness\" /></a></p>",
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A Zeiss spokesman, at a presentation in the &#39;90s, used this example: what if you see a person holding up a table utensil several hundred yards away, and you want to know whether it&#39;s a fork or a spoon? ...And you have time to set up your surveyor&#39;s tripod, which he recommended and used? John Williams used a slightly more plausible example: what if you&#39;re doing surveillance photography and you want to be able to read a license plate from a long distance away? But he had to add as a caveat: ...<em>and you can&#39;t switch to a longer telephoto lens?</em> Or words to that effect. Well. There are some pictures that might work better with higher resolution than you can get normally. A few.</p>\r\n<p>I&#39;d own both. Old, bad lenses and new, super-sharp, hyper-clinical ones. One for fun. The other for fun.</p>\r\n<p>Nowadays, we might add a third imperative: <em>what if you want to win arguments on Internet forums about the superiority of your gear choices by showing little snippets of pictures at 100%? </em></p>\r\n<p>Well now, <em>that&#39;s</em> important, as we all know. Just as important as showing whether it&#39;s a fork or a spoon, or for reading license plates when you left your 600mm at home even though you&#39;re doing surveillance.</p>\r\n<p><strong><em>...But mine are</em> better!</strong><br />I hate to break it to the Internet, but there&#39;s actually no law that says you get extra life points for a tiny bit more resolution in all your photographs. You get no credit for it. Most pictures will not be better for it. Most people will not care. Even the ones who do care won&#39;t care for very long.</p>\r\n<p>Use any lens you want to on your digital camera. 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Links in this post may be to our affiliates; sales through affiliate links may benefit this site.</span></p>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><strong><a href=\"http://www.bhphotovideo.com/?BI=2144&amp;KBID=2882\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">B&amp;H Photo</a> • <a href=\"http://www.amazon.com/?tag=theonlinephot-20\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Amazon US</a> • <a href=\"http://www.amazon.co.uk/?tag=cdrebyc6-21\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Amazon UK</a><br /><a href=\"http://www.amazon.de/?tag=cdrebyc603-21\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Amazon Germany</a></strong> <strong>• <a href=\"http://amazon.ca/?tag=theonliphot-20\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Amazon Canada</a> • <a href=\"https://www.adorama.com/?KBID=62935\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\" target=\"_blank\">Adorama</a></strong></p>\r\n<p><span style=\"font-size: 8pt;\">(<em>To see all the comments, click on the &quot;Comments&quot; link below.</em>)</span><br /><strong><span style=\"color: #0000ff;\">Featured Comments</span></strong> from:</p>\r\n<p><strong>James Weekes</strong>: &quot;Hear, hear. Some of my favorite pictures of the last few years are taken with my Holga lens on a Micro 4/3 body. I love the color, and am surprised by the resolution, which is better than my old Holga cameras with TX.</p>\r\n<p>&quot;The biggest advance in my world has been the 20-megapixel sensor on my Lumixes. The color is just lovely and the resolution is <em>really</em> adequate.&quot;</p>\r\n<p><strong>Andrew Lamb</strong>: &quot;A few years ago, I did some stills on a film set where the DOP was John Mathieson (<em>Gladiator, Logan, X-Men: First Class,</em> etc). He was using a state-of-the-art Red camera but the lens was a Cooke zoom from the early &#39;70s. I asked his assistant about this combination and was told that using an older lens was to stop the image from looking too clinical. Anything goes.&quot;</p>\r\n<p><strong>Phil Stiles</strong>: &quot;I&#39;ve played a lot with vintage glass on modern sensors. 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I&#39;m looking for an 85mm slightly blurry lens. Anyone have any suggestions?&quot;</p>\r\n<p><strong>Mark Roberts</strong>: &quot;Anyone interested in photography would do well to see the movie &quot;Mr. Turner&quot; (about the painter J.M.W. Turner). Director Mike Leigh had hoped to shoot on film to get the look he wanted but didn&#39;t have the budget necessary. So he shot digital but used the oldest, least-corrected lenses he could scrounge up. Can&#39;t argue with the results.&quot; <strong>Rob L.</strong>: &quot;There&#39;s one little bit of &#39;maybe&#39; here, though—I&#39;ve had several older lenses that did <em>weird</em> things on digital bodies—reflections off the back elements, or the way they light hit the sensor—so it&#39;s worth testing things a bit. 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