I AM INTO THIS.
Who are the Cambridge Satchel Company and why should we care? The company started in 2008, and they sell old-style 1950s/60s era British school satchels. Originally meant for kids (the founder states, "I honestly thought that it would be schoolchildren and parents buying my bags!"), the satchels have become a more modest and budget-friendly alternative to designer bags
. As a small startup company, they relied on enthusiastic word-of-mouth from the internet to bolster their profits; Deane states,"I think online was the only way that we could really engage and get traction really quickly"
(warning: autoplaying video). This is the perfect storm of internet obsession: you click the link, and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. [more inside]
"You should have your tongue ripped out."
Female bloggers speak out about misogynist comments, rape threats and death threats. [more inside]
Pro-government newspaper Gulf News reports that five Emirati bloggers go on trial today
behind closed doors. While blogging has been on the rise in the UAE
, internet access is tightly controlled by state-run Etisalat, many sites, including Flickr Groups
and lists of blogs
, blocked by the Etisalat firewall.
High profile cybercrime researcher
Dancho Danchev has been missing since September
. Many in the security community fear for his safety, and a recent report
) has placed him in a psychiatric hospital since December 11th. (via
With it's new redesign
Gawker, and it's affiliates
, will be moving away from being blogs. They want to be like Television
Time has released their list of the best blogs of 2010
. [more inside]
Restoring Journalism Maureen Tkacik talks about her life as a journalist, the nothing-based economy, and the future of journalism. She suggests abandoning authority and productively channeling narcissism.
) [more inside]
The rise of the f*** yeah tumblrs has been noted on MeFi
, but with the appearance of Is it a F*** Yeah!?
, it's easier to find curious FYTs. So in addition to the obvious cats
and what have you
, one might happen upon modernism
, e.e cummings
, The Kinks
, and ballet
How to blog, or counter-blog, for the US Air force, in handy flow chart form
Time Capsule: the internet and E-democracy.
“Peoples’ lives now are as dependent on the Internet as they are on the basics like roads, energy supplies and running water. We can no longer take that for granted and we must advocate for the Internet politically, and support its vitality personally.
” - Susan Crawford, University of Michigan School of Law.
In recognition and memory of the beginning and continuation of the political internet, they have organized a Time Capsule of e-democracy's beginnings - everything from using e-mail to plead your friends to vote to flash animations that set the web alight. It is to be sealed on September 22. Help tell the story of internet politics.
I just escaped from prison - and I'm blogging about it!
Farah Damiji, 39, a former magazine editor from the UK, megawealthy scion of a real estate dynasty and "international conwoman", was given a 3.5 year sentence last year for credit card fraud and identity theft. She was given a day pass from Downview Prison
in Surrey to attend an educational event and never returned. That's when an English magazine found out
that Ms. Damiji was blogging about her jailbreak
on her Myspace page
. Her Majesty's Home Office is not amused
"House to Vote on Political Blogging Rules"
How is this to be interpreted? What's yhe motivation behind this? Who would it help more, MoveOn
, or Blogs for Bush
, or whom else?
In the Hot Zone
Yahoo! have hired journalist Kevin Sites
(previously discussed here
) to 'cover every armed conflict in the world within one year... to provide a clear idea of the combatants, victims, causes, and costs of each of these struggles - and their global impact'. The NYT
(reg required) quotes Lloyd Braun, Head of Yahoo! Media Group, saying that he hopes they can combat the "growing public distrust of network news... [with] a transparency I think the Internet user wants and the news audience is craving".
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.
Blogs are bad, essays good.
Yet another priesthood is taking defensive action, this time essayists. In this piece, the author argues, without much thought or precision, that the throughtful, precise essay is much, much better than those dirty blogs. With apologies to Bill Maher, NEW RULE: If you think Matt Drudge is a blogger and cite him as such, you've already lost the argument.
Grandfather of the personal blog freaks out
at age 30, after spending 11 years writing about the most i
of his life. From the beginning
, he was always brutally honest in a time long before it became so commonplace, before any of us knew where this internet business would take us. Naturally he recorded said freakout on video for the world to see, and more or less shut down
site. Can we take this kind of display at face value? Is it a bad case of someone substituting net life for the real thing? Is it all just effete whining? Or is this a genuine case of two loves colliding, and a man forced to make a difficult choice?
Girl murders mother, posts about it
on her blog
. Oh yes, it's real
. Many of the 1300+ comments on her last entry are defending her actions, or saying it's unfair to judge her. (via Waxy
: spurious blogs that look real, but exist solely to purvey smut in a very shady way. They're becoming ever more clever, those spammers.
How old are you? The Ageless Project
lists 1,800 blogs, sorted by the blogger's birthdate.
Sorry Matt, you can't post in this thread.
Google changes its Adsense agreement so that anyone participating in the program is barred from talking about the program. First rule of Adsense, there is no Adsense.
This community is filled with bloggers and I wondered if anyone had seen Maureen O'Dowd's take on how the Presidential Candidates are starting to use, for better or worse, "blogging" as a method to get their "message" across. ( Registration required )
With his own blog in place Tristan makes interesting observations on today's blogs.
He's definitely got a point when it comes to the variety of information on most blogs... sometimes it seems I can visit 20 blogs and see the exact same source articles over and over again. An interesting read from tnl.net, as always.
Blogs from the legal world. Lessig
is not the only lawyer sharing his expertise in the blog format. Blawgs range from individual lawyers (Ernie the Attorney
) to entire firms using a collaborative format to focus on a single practice area (such as the Supreme Court
). "Almost every law firm is trying to build a knowledge management
system for itself to take advantage of the expertise within the firm," Svenson says. "But with blawgs, it happens organically. If you gave your lawyers their own blawgs, pretty soon everyone within the firm could see who knows the most about different topics." Are knowledge management systems feasible or
Backlinking approaches critical mass.
Append the referreral history to the page served and illuminate another dimension of linkspace. Via flutterby
What is the future of online news.
Will subscription eventually win through? Is there a viable business model that will allow independent publishers (such as Salon) to survive, or will we see further media consolidation? Where does blogging fit into this spectrum?
Stupid things I have done,
a list by Heather and her readers.
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.
Blogging pay model
hits the wires. Would you fork out $4 per month for Image Hosting, Spell Checking, and an xTools editor that lets you cut and paste, format fonts and colors? Think the Trellix
eyes will be watching?
This link is copyright, Eric Costello...
. No, really, he's serious. Is this really necessary? Comments?
Blogs of Our Lives.
There I was, enjoying a Burger King breakfast, reading the local Gannett paper, when I turn to their Tuesday technology section and find . . .
One wo/man; many, many votes.
From the seventh circle of hell comes the second-last sign of the apocalypse; the voting form for the bloggies. I know which site I voted for... you're reading the damn thing right now. Go MeFi!
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]
Oh great another "weblogs are stupid and they all suck" article
came out, but what I really want to know is: why does the other article
running this week at ALA
acknowledge that "99% of everything is crap," but the weblog article doesn't? Comparing the cruft at the bottom of weblogs with the 1% best of writers (Ginsberg and Kerouac) seems unfair and pointless. And where are the solutions? Tell everyone to stop? Tell them to write better? What's so hard about ignoring the sites you don't like instead (I do that with most advertising)?
"The myth of the internet - and one I believed for a long time - is that most people really want to share the stories of their own lives." And I'd add to that: most of those people who DO want to share their own stories really don't know how to do it. And that includes me...
Journaux munis d'un blog
has a Weblog
, as does The Age
. Any other coelecanth media taking the plunge?
and grrl.com (a new chickclick style portal from womensforum.com
) are on the hunt for independent female sites to lump together and sell off to their advertisers. what have your experiences been with .commers? how do you feel about advertising on yr own site? what kind of money is actually earnt from being part of a portal (which seems to be their major selling point)?
what resources are available to independent site owners? perhaps another branch of the metafilter community could be dedicated to informing people about what does happen when a site signs on to a portal business, and what the alternatives are.
Blogs in the News: Tom Negrino
of Backup Brain
wrote a feature on searching
for Macworld's May issue. Part of the feature was a sidebar on where to go to find things on the web, including the Eatonweb Weblog Portal
with a description of what blogs are for the uninitiated.