Are you ready for The Galaxy Girls
-- the world's first group weblog written by drag queens? I count nine girls participating so far, and more are on the way. Diamonds, Vicodin, Strom Thurmond -- whatever it takes to get ready for the next show!
Stupid things I have done,
a list by Heather and her readers.
The Player Piano Randall Jarrell's
last poem, perhaps...The pancakes made me think of famous MeFi android Buster Friendly--er, Miguel Cardoso. From The Wandering Minstrels
, a poetry log, a plog, I guess...The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner
has a certain timely resonance.
Metascene is alive!
In case you were getting worried like me, apparently metascene survived the transplant to NY and is posting again. Well, sorta...
The Ramon Stoppelenburg deathpool inaugurates as the naïve young lad jets to Sithifrica. Will he survive? “I found out that South Africa isn’t that criminal as I was told at previous places and by people I met on the road. It is just a country where you have to take extreme caution. I can’t just walk with my mobile phone to my ear in downtown Johannesburg and take some photographs with my camera at the same time. There is a minor possibility that I get shot to dead and mugged the next moment”
Dack is back,
but not in the blogging sense. Many here at MeFi thought he'd bring his blog back
after it ceased in May. His front page is now a collection of links urging peaceful resolution of the Current Situation. Refresh a few times to see a variety of quotes.
of a guy recovering from schizophrenia. Interesting, he includes some stuff from his madness on the site.
The Angry Flag Vendor.
From Jeffrey Zeldman's glamorous life. The latest entry makes for a very interesting read.
current (September 28, 2001) edition begins its story on the Internet in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in the United States with a paragraph stating that:
By 9:15 Tuesday morning, a link to a live webcam atop the Empire State Building with a clear view of lower Manhattan was posted on Dave Winer's Scripting News Weblog (scripting.com). And dozens of other daily log writers, including the all-encompasing Metafilter.com, compiled the highlights from U.S. and foreign news sources.
The article goes on to mention many other links to relevant online sites including kottke.org, thefineline.org/tflblog, and camworld.com.
Apologies if this is a repost. I couldn't find it in recent days listings or search results.
Islamic militants are like Medieval Christians:
The religion to which [modern-day Christians] pay lip service is a thin, watered-down version their distant predecessors would denounce as wicked. The Islamic Faith, by contrast, never had an Aquinas and thus never experienced a renaissance; it was never neutered. [...] Those we are at war with are consistent advocates of faith and self-sacrifice. We cannot defeat them by "getting back to God" -- that is, by clamoring to become earnest practitioners of a slightly different version of the same evil we're fighting. Instead we must selfishly, unequivocally and proudly stand for the worldly values that ended the "dark and doleful night of Christian rule" and ushered in the prosperous way of life Westerns enjoy [today]. (Via fkrn
Moby tells his side of the story.
Moby lives in Lower Manhattan, and he has been keeping the world updated in his own online journal. He has some rather poignant things to say. Moby feels that paying taxes to security organizations who have failed to protect the US is stupid. I'm inclined to agree.
Anonymous Juice tries to review everything he's ever encountered.
I first read about this website whilst reading the Web Life section of The Guardian
this morning while on the train to work. I live in Liverpool and . . . cont
The We-Did-It-Our-Way Tax Relief Anti-Massacre Page
one guy describes how he spent the tax rebate check, and invites you to tell him how you did. (the title's a bit of a nod to Alice's Restaurant, fyi)
Seventh seal opened, nytimes.com has a web log
Or is it...? This list of links in a section entitled "According to the Times" is a "Web-only feature highlighting facts and figures culled from the week's news. It appears every Wednesday." It seems to be a scanner of news stories by the NYT, not offsite. I used to think they were cool, but this dogged resistence to trends is making them seem aloof, no? (well, more so than usual...)
I miss CC...
Most of the interesting and memorable people I've encountered have been vice-ridden maniacs.
Through a slightly inebriated misposting I made recently, I wandered into succa
's profile, and from there to his blog
, where I found this post today. I offer it as a sort of coda to this
MeFi discussion, and wonder if people agree with the thought. I sure as hell do, even if it gets harder to do so with the advancing years. (I note too that there are tons of other great sites
by MeFi'ers out there too, but today this one did it for me.)
Is "me-zine" the new 'blog?
Or is it just when traditional
journalists do it? And is this whole thing now "legit"? [via medianews]
News for bogans. Warrant
can anyone out there tell me what the hell this is all about?
Political Loose Cannon
is The View From Here
's mum (and in spite of a back problem, no one here's dying of cancer)...I think this is so sweet - anyone know of other (real) parent/child weblogging families?
PR Watch outs ongoing public relations campaigns in the Spin of the Day
. The June 14th entry offers a search function to find a company’s PR firm. (Database and search provided by O'Dwyer
Could you Blog for 24 hours straight?
While some folks are happy spending a day Not Blogging, Cat over at Frykitty
is looking for people to join her in her 24 hour charity Blogathon. Sign up to blog with her or just sponsor someone. While I do think spending 24 hours at a PC is a sure sign of insanity, I can certainly respect that sort of insanity.
Trivial Pursuit 1.0 - The Weblog Edition
- Line up the 22 little-known (yet hilarious) facts with the right weblogger and win a gift certificate from Amazon.
How many can you name?
Another weblog goin' down.
There are almost too many of these to mention these days, but I hope I can be excused for thinking this one is special: Tomalak's Realm
is shutting its doors on Friday after two and half years and almost ten thousand links. A genuinely useful site, with lots of attention to detail. Thanks to Lawrence for all the work.
The trials and tribulations of Chad Slacker.
He's just a sim... nothing more, nothing less.
Steve Jackson Games
, the makers of such fine pen-and-paper RPGs as Gurps
, has been running a blog
since 1994. I've been reading it since 1996, and I just now realized: it was the first blog I've ever read. In addition to release information, they also post game industry news, personal stories, and even the Illuminated Site of the Week
, all with intimacy and personality we've come to expect from blogs.
'Welcome to Earl's World' - one of the great forgotten blogs?
My project to log people who've registered their first name as their domain name has already found some amazing sites
, and a fair few blogs
. But this seems to be the earliest, offering a Mahir-like quotability. "One man sees a glass that is half empty. Another man sees a glass that is half full. I see a glass that is twice as large as it needs to be."
Does anyone know what happened to Earl? Is he a Mefi regular? What happened with his friend "Susan"? Is Abner Berzon still his stenographer? Film at eleven.
dack kills his blog
". I want to spend more time making short films, playing golf, and reading books. But what I really want to do is make computers, and specifically the Web, a much smaller part of my life.
I guess there's no enjoyment left in poking fun at dot.com vanity in this day and age...
Glassdog to close personal narrative.
Well, at least the Life Serial, that is. Will there be a new section to round out Glassdog Services (tm)? We hope so.
A collection of some amazing video clips,
designed like a clip-blog. (Some clips contain explicit sexual and violent content not suitable for those not legally allowed to view such things.)
Who Let the Blogs Out?
I would just like to say, for the record, that my juggernautal legal team is currently assembling their case against Yahoo for copyright infringement
to return Tuesday. Before I went to bed last night it said Monday. I haven't been there for a while and don't know what's up. They used to be The Daily Instigator, (now a porn site) but went down because:
"First of all, the word 'Daily' in your title is a death sentence for your ego when you skip a day. Or in our case, a few weeks. Second, it's hard to arrange legitimate interviews with a word like 'Instigator' in your title. The most important moral: don't think of possible magazine titles while on your sixth beer of the evening."
I was also going to link My Boot for his "She hates my futon" story, but it appears down or gone.
This was going to be a happy post with me saying things like: "No time in history have so many people done so much for so little." But now I wonder is all this altruism fleeting? Is your URL doomed for porn? The rationale for ftrain is why I am on the web myself. How long can good people with good ideas continue to give?
Jason's incredible day
is the most moving blog entry I've read this year, if not ever. It's going in my bookmarks under "amazing stories that can move me to tears."
This link is copyright, Eric Costello...
. No, really, he's serious. Is this really necessary? Comments?
Foot-and-mouth disease marches forward
in Europe. In order to try to slow down the spread of the virus, UK authorities are urging cancellations of any events that bring people and/or animals together. Which means no horse racing. Which means the Brits are going insane because they have nothing to bet on. (Unlike the US, they don't consider gambling to be an evil on the level of homicide.) What to do? Rodents to the rescue
is offering live webcasts of hamster races to satiate your betting jones. Look at 'em go
! In other hamster news, some dork blew £3000 on a 6-foot-tall fiberglass hamster
left over from the carnage of the Millennium Dome.
Has anyone been to Megnut
recently? Be sure to read the page source.
Plastic is dangling carrots in front of users,
but my first thought is "ewww." Many successful communities have feedback mechanisms, but is a monetary one the best choice? Is this a good way to encourage high quality posts at Plastic, or does it seem like they're trying to create an instant community for $150?
egos on display. could the flames be rising? the guys at the "blog you" site get reviewed.
Jorn tries pay for play.
Seeking to sell links near the top of his extremely-widely-read weblog Robot Wisdom, Jorn Barger has set an (experimental) $20 submission
fee: you don't get considered if you don't pay, but if he approves of your site you get a link. (Actually, it's even more complicated than that, which is characteristic of the man.) There's even a $100 fee for certain commercial links. Jorn can do what he likes, of course, but how well do you think this might work?
"Because in the end..."
One of the most insightful, engaging, and well written sites (not to mention the one that got plenty of us blogging in the first place) stops updating, at least for the near future; the tear-jerker of a last entry touches on so many things- relationships, art, emotions, careers, etc - it perfectly encapsulates so much of what made the page great. We'll miss you, Jack Saturn.
That being said, I can't wait for the book.
A corporate MetaFilter?
The editors of Suck
present Plastic.com, a moderated web log with commentary, in collaboration with editors from about a dozen other leading cultural / news print and on-line zines
Is LiveJournal taking aim at Blogger?
I use both Blogger and LiveJournal myself, one for my weblog and one for more of a web journal I write things in occasionally. I think both web apps have different strengths and purposes, but there are certainly marked similarities, especially in light of the successful server fund raising drives both services have recently completed.
LiveJournal's "Paid Accounts" model
might be the route that Pyra wants to take with Blogger. I don't know much about LiveJournal's features as compared with Blogger, but they certainly have thought out their revenue model. Does anyone know anything about LiveJournal?
Mattl.com (links to dubious content)
I'm not Brad F'n Pitt.
Everyone's favorite fake celebrity diary has cleared house today, leaving one of the most contrite apologies I've ever seen. Methinks one of the real Pitt's handlers caught an eyeful of the fictionalized accounts of constant drug use, the assorted sex with various celebrities (including Willard Scott), and Jen Aniston's shower habit and slapped a cease and desist on "Pitt." Although the main link's been deactivated, the entries are still there.
The A-List Fan Club.
I know you're sick of hearing about it, but I found this site too amusing to not mention. Does anyone know the story behind it?
Joe Clark (a fellow Torontonian, no less) has provided food for thought in his "Deconstructing 'You've Got Blog'" screed
. While Joe scores some valid points, I think he misses the mark in a few major ways. In the process, he comes across as cynical, and a bit wounded, too. [more inside]
Has the BlogHop
self rating thing gotten out of hand? Seems like every blog I visit these days has the color stripe (except mine of course).
Whatever happened to...
The Weblog of a Six Year Old. It was soo-o-o cute, and so precocious of a kid to practice typing on the Web, with parents' help, of course!