is a Nigerian who is returning home after years in the US. His writing is some of the best online prose I have ever read. Good photographs too.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen
on Jan 8, 2006 -
A blog for everyone in Davos.
"Every participant of the Annual Meeting – ranging from business leaders to political leaders, heads of NGOs, religious leaders academics and journalists – will be asked to join the Forum blog...All of the more than 2,000 participants, including presidents and prime ministers, will be asked to provide at least one posting for the blog
posted by nyterrant
on Jan 6, 2006 -
Jeremy Hermanns' flight
on Alaska Air #536 was out of the ordinary, to say the least. A baggage handler ran into the plane before takeoff and didn't bother to report it. So when the plane reached altitude, its cabin suddenly depressurized, and was forced back to Sea-Tac Airport. Jeremy, who has experience as a pilot, posted about what happened on his blog. Rather than offer an apology, Alaska Air employees have taken to bashing him from company IP addresses.
This brings up a larger question, though. What should
companies do when their products or services fail, and consumers (almost inevitably) discuss it in a public forum? Jeff Jarvis' Dell incident
comes to mind. In that link, he mentions Dell's no talking to customers on blogs policy.
Would you rather have a company that reached out to disgruntled customers, or pushed them away? I've seen more than one small software company comment on a blog or take direct action as a result of a post -- is that the preferable route today?
posted by bitter-girl.com
on Dec 30, 2005 -
Washington Post columnist/blogger Dan Froomkin writes the "White House Briefing,
" an online "daily anthology of works by other journalists and bloggers," which is often critical of the administration. This past Sunday, the new Post ombudsman wrote
that the paper's White House correspondents worried that Froomkin's column creates an appearance of bias at the Post. Froomkin responsed
, and hundreds of commentors offered their support. Then Post national politics editor John Harris weighed in
, to somewhat less acclaim from commentors. Harris expanded on his views in this interview
. The whole affair raises issues about allegations of a subservient, stenographic press
, how the media deals with charges of liberal bias
, the perceived vindictiveness
of the Bush administration, and the relationship between in-house bloggers and the traditional media
posted by ibmcginty
on Dec 14, 2005 -
Just another blog, sure, but a good one. 3quarksdaily is a filter blog much like our very own, but with only 15 users (and an editor). As they say on their about page "On this website, my guest authors and editors and I hope to present interesting items from around the web on a daily basis, in the areas of science, design, literature, current affairs, art, and anything else we deem inherently fascinating."
The do an admirable job.
posted by panoptican
on Dec 6, 2005 -
is an aggregator of freedom-focused bloggers, with some original content of its own as well. Great way to keep up on current happenings (good and bad) regarding our rights. Note, however, not much actual filtering seems to occur.
posted by knave
on Dec 2, 2005 -
is a performance and video blog project by new media artist Chris Barr. It's about suicide. [MI]
posted by sjvilla79
on Nov 22, 2005 -
Bryanboy: Le Superstar Fabuleux.
Apparently Derek Zoolander was based on a real person; and he blogs. "Adventures of the new-moneyed classess bitch from hell. Vulgarity is the new discreet. Trash is the new exclusivity. Third world has never been this *burp* chic. You just have to scroll down as in down!"
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Nov 18, 2005 -
No Condition is Permanent.
World music, and African music in particular, often falls into two categories: pleasant and inoccuous, or the fetishized other. Even speaking of "African" music is misleading. Senegalese mbalax doesn't sound that much like Camaroonian makossa.
And I don't say this as some great authority; I'm still just at the beginning of the learning curve.
So come along with me. There's the broad Benne Loxo du Taccu
, the sidebar of Mudd Up!
, the great (and self-explanitory) African Hiphop
, Stern's Music
(this link going to a more accessible Thione Seck), Aduna
(for Francophones— my middle-school French gets me by, but I'm really there for the music), Du Bruit
(more Francophones, with an emphasis on vinyl sharities), and Worldly Disorientation
(which covers all sorts of world music, but has some excellent African stuff).
Have I missed anything great? Recommend it in the thread. I tend to prefer the psychedelic and dubby stuff more than straight folk styles, but that's me.
posted by klangklangston
on Nov 17, 2005 -
Google's Crystal Ball::NYTimes.
Quite interesting...Via TechDirt
Google has created a predictive market system, basically a way for its employees to bet on the likelihood of possible events. Such markets have long been used to predict world events, like election results. Intrade, part of the Trade Exchange Network, allows people to bet on elections, stock market indexes and even the weather, for example.
I wonder how accurate
the aggregated content
of blogs would be to measure the likelihood
of prospective real world events
? The economist they consulted, Hal R. Varian
, has some interesting links
on his web page as well. I think that the internet better get their anti-spam technology up to par before we have people "gaming" the future through blogspam. For an explanation of Futures Markets (charts
), see this page
at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
posted by rzklkng
on Sep 26, 2005 -
- Dating advice for men from women
. With a name like that how can you not prick up your ears? With promises like: "I'll post an article in the next few weeks on how to convert a friendship on fourth down and make it to her end zone
," how can you not bookmark it? And with features like Women Only Want Tall Men vs. Men Only Want Big Boobs
, a "what she says/what she means" Chicktionary
, and 5 Cardinal Rules for Internet Dating
, how can the men and women of MeFi not immediately turn this thread into 101 separate flamewars about romance, love, dating & genitalia? Here's a momentary distraction to divert the guys' attention long enough for the women to take the high ground: on the off-chance that it's not just link spam, squadmember Jennifer P.
, 29, is tall, blonde, smart, turned on by guys in briefs, and looking
posted by scarabic
on Sep 25, 2005 -
Reporters Without Borders
releases a free handbook
for would-be bloggers and cyber-dissidents in censor-happy lands. It features tips on blogging anonymously, ways to get around censorship and to ensure your e-mail privacy, and hosts an Internet-censor World Championship list (which lists China, Vietnam, and Tunisia, among others) as well. Download the guide here
posted by riffraff
on Sep 22, 2005 -
the gastronomic blog of a little thai woman.... and her very own write up
in the observer. I sort of agree with one of the comments.... the shots of the food make me feel empty.
posted by sourbrew
on Sep 14, 2005 -
How To Win An Argument.
Plus, if you scroll down, you'll find an argument about "How To Win An Argument." (Which may remind you of a Monty Python skit
.) What do you think of this guy's strategy? Compassionate or passive-aggressive?
posted by grumblebee
on Sep 5, 2005 -
rode out Katrina in New Orleans and later "escaped" one of the freeway-based collection points. His is the first of what will surely be many firsthand accounts appearing on blogs. Why not collect your link finds here?
posted by mwhybark
on Sep 5, 2005 -
Living on top of Mt. Washington. 09:50 PM Thu Aug 18, 2005 EDT - ...
In the air this morning there was an undeniable chill and on the ground a touch of frost...Clear air pooling south from Canada opened views to the distant Adirondacks as well as deep into Quebec and all our surrounding states...just six week until snow can be expected.
Just a taste of this daily "blog" kept by observers living on the top of the tallest peak in the Northeast US.
Redux of a previous post,
but the blog is interesting enough to put it forth once again.
posted by Jazznoisehere
on Aug 25, 2005 -
Sex & Games
Finally, a place that seems to discuss sexuality in videogames as an adult topic. Brand new forum/blog/branch of the IGDA
, their leadership is a) mostly female, b) commited to "The right of developers to work together to create sexually themed games free of censorship and regulation," and encouraging parental responsibility and c) a nice tonic for Jack Thompson
posted by WolfDaddy
on Aug 15, 2005 -
Internets: Serious Business!
These last few months have seen an increase in the attacks on the participatory culture of the web. The mainstream establishments, both political and corporate, have been looking with a cautious eye towards this new developing place.
So far we've established that blogs can get you fired
, keep you from getting a job
, give pedophiles a place to ruminate on snatching your children,
threaten journalistic integrity *snicker*, endanger the marketing
, product planning
, and product life cycles
for automobile manufacturers, can infect your computer with virii
, and have all sorts of negative consequences
. The internets (both of them) can cause your children to be charmed, seduced, and addicted by readily available porn,
and can also provide access to extremist radical and fundamentalist groups, prompting Congress to discuss more restrictive legislation
), but only for the porn. It has even been claimed that the web has given "Al Qaeda wings"
. P2P is blamed as causing record loses by the music industry, despite their investments in
local station marketing
payola. The FEC has held public hearings attended by both hemispheres of the blogosphere
(amazingly in near-agreement) discussing the regulation of political speech online
. The figureheads of a certain political party fear that their affiliated slice of the blogosphere may be too far-left.
Newspapers and TV are leading the charge, with the internet standing in for pharmaceutical scares, yo-yo diets, and missing white women.
The question is, how will the libertarian-minded digerati respond to this very real attack on the essence of web culture?
posted by rzklkng
on Jul 29, 2005 -
Bloglash Blogger: Term used to describe anyone with enough time or narcissism to document every tedious bit of minutia filling their uneventful lives. Possibly the most annoying thing about bloggers is the sense of self-importance they get after even the most modest of publicity...
" and so it goes. Might bruise a few egos, but it is a very funny bit of ranting - with a few home truths.
posted by rhymer
on Jul 24, 2005 -
Entertaining food blog (previous mefi
topic) Regularly updated and worth a look for those interested in food ;) Written from Berkeley but not region specific, sometimes recipes."what is a bourgie? First let's get the pronunciation down, boo-zhee, sort of rhymes with sue me. Actually, it doesn't rhyme at all. It's the truncated version of bourgeoisie, you remember middle school history, Marie Antoinette, the rising middle class. But to English speaking nations, assuming that is what you belong to, this is the class with which we aspire to belong. And with food, it's almost the intangible. That little bit of effort that brings the dreary to the divine."
posted by wuakeen
on Jun 28, 2005 -