An American soldier
maintains a weblog from Iraq. It contains details about his day to day life as a non-combat (and non-career) soldier during this conflict. Some people think he is an imposter, others think he's a dissident for using his voice in any manner other than as a Stars and Stripes reporter would. Thanks to
I thought his weblog was interesting, including his responses to people's assertions that he isn't real or is somehow a dissident for using his voice.
Thanks to Sensible Erection
for the link.
posted by substrate
on Jul 12, 2003 -
Blogs For the Morbidly Inclined
i am sixteen and weigh ninety-eight pounds, but rather be ninety or less. will i gain more weight if i stop eating altogether for a few weeks? can anyone help me?
- Pro Anorexia Blog
We had a plane crash today. A small two-engine plane crashed into a pond killing three people inside. The pilot's face was pretty much nonexistant, which is mostly due to the trauma. However, the investigators did have to fight the turtles in order to collect the body. They ate the eyes and were in the process of "giving kisses" to what was left of the face.
- Autopsy Blog
posted by dgaicun
on Jul 10, 2003 -
something good has come from a newsfilter post! In a trackback to a recent post
on something-or-other (aren't they all the same?) I discovered a gem of a site dedicated to maps.
posted by silusGROK
on Jul 9, 2003 -
Things That Never Were
is a new novel from an ex-weblogger. First it was Cory
and now Matthew. Who's next and are there any other webloggers turned authors? Not the other way around.
posted by john
on Jul 7, 2003 -
Welcome back, Jorn
-- The host of RobotWisdom and coiner of "weblog" has been on an unexplained break since mid-May, leaving some to wonder if it was for good. But he's back. Now if he would drop the Iraq-protest-black background so we could actually read it . . .
posted by beagle
on Jul 2, 2003 -
Flaoting Wreckage: Jettisoned Cargo
has ceased to be. Often it was the only place you would need to visit, so good were the links it provided.
Hats off to Kirk Smith, I can barely comprehend that it was a solo operation.
I feel quite bereft. There is still plenty to look at though, he just isn't updating.
posted by Fat Buddha
on Jul 2, 2003 -
"Twenty-two years ago, late in the evening one night in March of 1981, to be specific, my mother was killed in an auto accident on Foothill Boulevard in a town called Claremont." Talking Points Memo author Joshua Marshall, one of the best-known political webloggers, takes an unexpected personal detour
posted by rcade
on Jun 14, 2003 -
Prospecting for Gold Among the Photo BlogsPhoto blogs are the colorful offspring of blogs, or Web logs, written diaries posted and updated regularly on the Internet. For a half-dozen years people have been posting text blogs to rant and to ponder the events of the day and the dust beneath their feet. Then, sometime in 2000, people started posting photographs to go with the text. The photo blog was born. Now photo blogs often are posted with no text at all. And there are thousands of them.--
Oolong gets his picture in the New York Times, among other things
posted by y2karl
on May 25, 2003 -
The Daily Adventures of Mixerman
is the hilariously brutal daily blog of an anonymous studio engineer, recording an anonymous major-label rock band. As Ink19
says, "What Spinal Tap did to Heavy Metal, Mixerman does to The Recording Process."
posted by Espoo2
on May 8, 2003 -
Iranian blogger arrested
Sina Motallebi, well-known blogger and journalist was arrested this morning. He is accused of threatening the national security by giving interviews to Persian language radios outside Iran, wrtiting articles both in newspapers and his weblog. His weblog, WebGard (i.e. web surfer), was among the top 5 Persian most popular weblogs while his wife, Farnaz, has her own weblog, mostly writing about their newly-born baby boy, Mani. [via jj
posted by dagny
on Apr 20, 2003 -
Ben Brown did it ages ago, staking out the avant-garde as usual. Now the meme gets its own site. Can you match the member to the bloggeur?
(Extra credit for spinning the project into a discursion on openness and self-revelation online.)
Not, as they say, work-safe.
posted by joeclark
on Apr 16, 2003 -
The (not so) Secret Weblog of Laura Palmer
brings back many memories of trying to work out who the real murderer was, and being deeply infuriated with how the story ended. As Agent Cooper puts it: "I know that good is stronger than evil and yet sometimes it's difficult to see it. Even in a place like Twin Peaks." [via Caro]
posted by feelinglistless
on Apr 8, 2003 -
Staggeringly weird MP3 collection
over at April Winchell's blog. Everything from Hindi ABBA covers to hideous celebrity sing alongs from the likes of Hulk Hogan and Catherine "Daisy Duke" Bach. My favorite so far is the german cover of the theme music from Bonanza.fromCKB's blog.
posted by jonson
on Apr 7, 2003 -
You know he's the blogging Presidential candidate
but did you know that he's also the Meetup
candidate? Over ten thousand people met yesterday in coffee houses across the country to discuss this candidate's election possibility. Are we witnessing the first true Internet candidate here? Grass roots/netroots, something interesting is happening with this candidate. He's tied with Kerry in New Hampshire.
posted by cjoh
on Apr 3, 2003 -
A solid sense of identity.
A small but interesting essay that is ostensibly about blogging, but instead really about the core problem of personal identity.
"Maintaining a successful blog requires a solid sense of identity.
...A blog's stickiness, or that quality that turns us into its regular readers -- comes not so much from the blog's informative value in content or through the network of links it provides as it comes from the blogger's authority... Teen blogs are boring because what permeates them mostly is a heightened sense of anxiety about one's place in the scheme of things. Having lost that sense of invincibility that comes from being a young adult, the over-forty is thrown in that same breath-choking cold current of doubts that he or she navigated as a teen. That is why a middle-aged woman's blog description of getting a haircut sounds the same as a teenage girl's account of the same event."
posted by namespan
on Apr 2, 2003 -
Superseding the mainstream media, or "quirky parasites"?
Less of interest here than the IraqFilter context itself - which amounts to the question "Is blogging to Gulf II what TV was to Vietnam and cable was to Gulf I?" - is an established medium caught in the act of visibly sizing up this comer, this new kid on the block, this parvenu we know as "blogging."
Is it a valid new medium of reportage, fit to take its place alongside print and broadcast? Or is it merely parasitic, interstitial, even marginal? Inquiring minds want to know. (Note O'Donnell's hedges and his final & bizarrely misplaced condescension: "Maybe Allbritton will start a trend - bloggers no longer dependent on the mainstream for their material." WTF?)
posted by adamgreenfield
on Apr 1, 2003 -
Washington Post gives a warblog round up.
The timing of the blogging going mainstream vs. Iraq war couldn't be more ironic and oddly appropriate. Washington Post provides an interesting war blog roundup that includes the usual suspects: Vodka Pundit, Instapundit, Kuro5hin and others. Are there some notable blogs they overlooked?
posted by cpfeifer
on Mar 31, 2003 -
appears to a blog aggregator that appears to do auto-extraction of blog posts in one coloumn, and lists recently updated blogs in the other. [via random($foo)]
posted by riffola
on Mar 23, 2003 -
The other war.
Dispatches from the trenches, in the middle of the Hong Kong SARS outbreak. [may be annoying popups] [more inside]
posted by Slithy_Tove
on Mar 21, 2003 -
ABC's blog "The Note" suspends operations,
citing lack of resources needed for war coverage, the blog's humorous style not being "the right national tonic," and this shocker: "We suspect that the amount of strictly political news — the kind of stuff that is the meat and starch of The Note — is likely to dramatically decrease in the coming days." GUH?
Aren't blogs now more important than ever? Aren't politics
now more important than ever? What message is being sent by the mainstream media here? (Via the indispensable Lloyd Grove
of the Washington Post.)
posted by PrinceValium
on Mar 11, 2003 -
This is a friend of a friend.
Jon and Heidi Connal traveled around the world
from June 2001 to Oct 2002. They included all of their experiences in a journal on their website
. Jon Andrew Connal ran a marathon almost every month. Then he got sick and started throwing up blood for no apparent reason. The doctor thought it might be some sort of pneumonia. He was a very healthy man but for no apparent reason he suddenly died 3 days later. It's a sad story about wonderful people.
posted by suprfli
on Feb 21, 2003 -
The Chuck Hagel voting machine ownership story gets even scarier.
In today's Best of the Blogs, Jerry Bowles reveals more bizarre details about the Chuck Hagel/voting machine story, including the fact that the majority ownership stake in the voting machine company that counted Senator Hagel's upset victory in 1996 (and his reelection in 2002) is held by a man long associated with the radical organization Christian Reconstruction, which believes in overturning democracy and replacing it with a Christian theocracy. This is really weird and frightening stuff, if it checks out.
posted by mitsu
on Feb 5, 2003 -
of the term blog is giving up his verb. "I've gotta do something else with this site," says Peter Merholz
, who began one of the first 25 weblogs in May 1998. "More essays. No blogging."
posted by rcade
on Feb 3, 2003 -
3 Feb '03 Word of the Day: Blog.
Definition 1: A clipping of "weblog," blog is internet jargon for what is basically an online journal or diary. Yes, blogs are going mainstream.
Will businesses discover uses for blogs
& blog software? Will (mobile-phone) "moblogging"
catch on? This link says ...the first Web logs consisted largely of links to sites on the Internet that the author found interesting. Early bloggers were presurfing the Web for people, in a sense
[sound familiar?]. About 1999, as free software came on the scene -- making it easy to create Web logs -- the content began to shift. Blogs became more personal, less link-driven.
But what is a blog to you
? And what is the future of the "blogosphere"?
posted by Shane
on Feb 3, 2003 -
is perhaps the only photo-blogger now in Iraqi kurdistan. He is one of the latest well-known Iranian journalists who has turned to blogging. (In Persian)
posted by hoder
on Jan 20, 2003 -
Treetop Bloggers Protest Logging
A group of anti-logging activists are now ready to maintain their own blog
130 feet up in an ancient redwood. I've considered tree sitting
, but find myself much more inclined to do so if I could continue working (or reading MeFi, as the case may be). Interesting intersection of technology and activism. Doncha think? (via /.
posted by maniactown
on Dec 13, 2002 -
In the Papers,
New York 1's, pre-blog video blog, the best thing on television, is now available on-line. I am going to cancel my cable this weekend!
posted by djacobs
on Oct 24, 2002 -
The Homeless Guy Weblog
A weblog written by Kevin Barbieux, who lives in a homeless shelter in Nashville and has been homeless since 1982. The guy can write and has put together an amazing blog through some of the Bill Gates computers in the public libraries.
posted by Coop
on Sep 14, 2002 -
Living in the Blog-osphere
MSNBC Science and Technology takes blogs more and more seriously. First, they created their own blogs, including some which were already discussed here from the start, for example a Science and Technology Weblog Cosmic Log
by Alan Boyle, now articles in the upcoming Newsweek print issue. Are they really onto something here? Are blogs going to be good official forums to present news fast?
posted by neu
on Aug 18, 2002 -