After a series of death threats
led her to quit blogging in 2007 (previously)
, the brilliant writer/UX designer Kathy Sierra is back with a new blog, and an excellent new post: "Your app makes me fat."
In typical Sierra fashion, it's personal, entertaining, research-derived, and provocative. (An archive of old Sierra posts can be found either on her old blog, Creating Passionate Users
, or in this 400-page-long fan-made PDF
If you follow the usual crop of technology news sites, you will have read yesterday morning that Google had apparently acquired a little-known WiFi hotspot company for $400 million. This story spread with the help of the most popular (and most reputable) sites, like TechCrunch
, The Verge
, The Next Web
, and others. Only one small detail: the story wasn't actually true. [more inside]
"Claz Gomez" is reporting live from the 2010 Papal Visit to the UK.
Claz is using a variety of Internet media to provide her personal point of view from the ground, covering events running up to, during and presumably after the visit (official site
) which takes place 16th - 19th September. [more inside]
Much has been made
of the ethics of bloggers who receive compensation -- usually in the form of demo units and trial versions of products -- in exchange for reviewing those products, often with the implicit understanding that the review is a positive one. These questions prompted an FTC investigation, and last fall the agency revised their formal guidelines
governing endorsements and testimonials to include bloggers or other "word-of-mouth" marketers. The Interactive Agency Bureau maintains that the guidelines are unconstitutional, and is calling for the FTC to rescind the rules as they apply to bloggers and other online outlets
. The latest casualty? An intern at TechCrunch asked for a MacBook Air in exchange for a post. In the wake of this revelation, TechCrunch fired the intern and issued a formal apology
. To his credit, the intern has posted his own mea culpa
The Confederacy of Dunces.
The Village Voice
's comprehensive election-season guide to right-wing political bloggers, by Roy Edroso of alicublog
asked everyone on his blogroll to pick what they considered their best post of 07-- ...There are posts on politics by liberals, conservatives and moderates, posts on movies, music, television, books, economics, health care, science, sports, religion and history, personal stories and slices of life, poetry, prose, pictures and video. Some are very funny, some are quite serious, some will make you angry and some will make you say "Huh?" ...
Cabinet: The Movie
. Starring Australian PM John Howard and a bunch of chickens. [more inside]
-- both bringing more Black voices of the blogosphere to our attention. Rsspect is a growing collection of feeds, and AfroSpear a group blog. The loss of Steve Gilliard of the NewsBlog
this week has caused many to rightly question why more minority voices aren't as visible or prominent online.
Blogs by Phone
- for when your family and friends have trouble keeping up with your blog posts. (YouTube video from SixApart)
PM of Malaysia: Those who spread untruths on the Net will be detained
Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia, warned all bloggers that "if information in blogs, websites and online portals were incorrect, bordered on slander, caused disturbance or compelled the public to lose faith in the nation’s economic policies, their authors would be detained for investigation". The Malaysian government is even considering adjusting the Printing Presses and Publications Act^
to include blogs and online media.
This comes hot on the heels of a government-ordered media blackout
on Article 11
, a coalition of NGOs dedicated to upholding the principles of Article 11 of the Malaysian constitution, about freedom of religion, after several protests
claiming Article 11 to be anti-Muslim and confusing it with the now-defunct Interfaith Comission Initiative
, which aimed to be a body of people of different faiths raising awareness about diversity of religion and working together on religious issues.
Minister of Energy, Water, and Communications Dr Lim Keng Yaik said that they will not censor the Internet
(as promised when the Multimedia Super Corridor
was launched), but after events such as prominent Malaysian political blogger Jeff Ooi being investigated over a supposedly offensive comment
on his blog entry about Islam in 2005, and alternative news source MalaysiaKini
's office raided after carrying a letter critical of the ruling party's policies
in 2003, no one is really quite sure.
It has won recognition as "Best Interactive Viral" in the Viral Awards
. With all the viral1
marketing campaigns, comment spam, astroturfing3
, and other tools that marketeers are using to infiltrate the Brave New(ish) World of blog, we sometimes forget that we also have the power to do good, so "you know, like, reclaim the streets, or re-frame the conversation, or some damn thing
". Words of wisdom from our not-so-subservient chicken. [and, a bit more...]
Are Blogs to Blame?
Tom Regan, Associate Editor of the Christian Science monitor wrote an interesting piece
referencing the latest findings of the Feb 2005 Harris Poll
showing that more and more Americans (64%) *still* think that Saddam Hussein had strong links to Al-Qaida. Tom's piece proposes that too many Americans are getting their "news" from sources -- including blogs -- that are tainted with right-wing opinion. Tom proposes that blogs share a large responsibility for confusing readers and blurring the lines between news and opinion. On this same topic, last week Editorial Cartoonist Ted Rall wrote an Op/Ed piece last week on blogs
that primarily talks about the dangers of the right-wing blogger "lynch mob." Does the sphere of right-wing blogs far outweigh the sphere of influence of left-wing blogs? And is this something that is worrisome? Are blogs a danger to further polarizing public opinion? What do you think?
The global web blog community is being called into action to lend support to two imprisoned Iranian bloggers. (BBC)
to lend support to two imprisoned Iranian bloggers. (BBC) The month-old Committee to Protect Bloggers' is asking those with blogs to dedicate their sites on 22 February to the "Free Mojtaba and Arash Day".
Arash Sigarchi and Mojtaba Saminejad are both in prison in Iran.
In a recent broadcast on PBS archived here
4 popular bloggers, Ana Marie Cox of Wonkette
, Andrew Sullivan
, Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit
, and Joe Trippi
had a pretty interesting session with veteran interviewer Charlie Rose
. Three tiny but complete QuickTime segments...
Letters To Martha.
A blog novel (a blovel? a nog?) about an unemployed man who writes to Martha in jail. Updated every Tues and Thurs.
Bloggers as TIME's "People of the Year" ? " Each year around this time going all the way back to 1927 the editors of TIME magazine sit down to debate and select their Person or People of the Year. Last year, if you recall, they selected the American soldier. In prior years they have selected everyone from Charles Lindbergh (1927) to The Computer (1982)...
The Person of the Year is defined as folllows:
"Person of the Year is an annual issue of TIME magazine that features a profile on the man, woman, couple, group, idea, place, or machine that "for better or worse, has most influenced events in the preceding year"
Why not bloggers?
Web of Influence Every day, millions of online diarists, or “bloggers,” share their opinions with a global audience. Drawing upon the content of the international media and the World Wide Web, they weave together an elaborate network with agenda-setting power on issues ranging from human rights in China to the U.S. occupation of Iraq. What began as a hobby is evolving into a new medium that is changing the landscape for journalists and policymakers alike.
Hmm. Big Talk or should I get a clue & with the program ? Decisions, decisions....
The Bloggers on the Bus:
The New York Times Magazine on bloggers on the campaign trail, and what effect they may or may not have.
: "If the documents are not what we were led to believe, I'd like to break that story. Any time I'm wrong, I want to be right out front and say, 'Folks, this is what went wrong and how it went wrong.'" (reg. req.)
: "Memo to Rather: you can't break that story, because someone else in pajamas already did. Check the frequency, Kenneth. You are so far from being out front on this, you are leagues behind in the dust. Have you heard of the Internet? You can find it on that weird machine in your office they call a computer."
Me: Is anyone else astonished as I am at how far CBS seems to have its head up its ass WRT news media in the 21st century?
Fired from Friendster.com
• Scott Sassa, CEO of Friendster, has canned a programmer named TroutGirl
for blogging about her job in what appears to be a generally positive and non-specific manner. Some
are suggesting we cancel our accounts
"When two Iraqis sit together to talk then politics will be there."
Quite a powerful weblog post by Baghdad citizen 'Mohammed' who tries to focus on the positive side of things against ever increasing frustration. Just one of a number
of Iraqi weblogs that are beginning to pop up now that both the Internet and freedom of speech is available to the commoners.
Bill Gates May Blog.
Always ahead of the curve
, the astute visionary's groundbreaking foray into the virginal internet territory, known by computer hackers as "web logging," won't be all business, either. He's expected to share personal details such as tidbits from recent vacations.
I for one am trembling on the edge of my seat. 1.0
lacks that special something.
So the Blogathon
is taking a year off to come back bigger and better than ever before, but for all of you just itching to stay awake for 24 hours raising money for charity, there is Project-Blog
, a Blogathon-style event happening July 24th. See previous Blogathon discussion here
Yackity yackity, choo CHOO!, Yackity yackity.....BLOGS!
Self proclaimed Blogoholic George Packer, at Mother Jones, shits on blogs everywhere, joins bemused chorus - FOX
, journalism grad students
, and so on - blathering on blogs. What are they? What do they mean? Quoth Packer : "Blog prose is written in headline form to imitate informal speech, with short emphatic sentences and frequent use of boldface and italics. The entries, sometimes updated hourly, are little spasms of assertion, usually too brief......All of this meta-comment by very bright young men who never leave their rooms is the latest, somewhat debased, manifestation of the old art of political pamphleteering.....if blogs are "a new way of doing politics," there is also something peculiarly stale and tired about them — not the form, but the content......So far this year, bloggers have been remarkably unadept at predicting events.... Above all, they didn't grasp the intensity of feeling among Democratic primary voters — the resentments still glowing hot from Florida 2000, the overwhelming interest in economic and domestic issues, the personal antipathy toward Bush, the resurgence of activism, the longing for a win. The blogosphere was often caught surprised by these passions and the electoral turns they caused."
Packer even gets paid for this, plus starring appearances on snooty public radio talk shows!
[ Kevin Drum makes an appearance ].....I can excrete lightly digested opinions with the best of them. Where do I apply ?
Clothes by bloggers, for bloggers.
Two blogger girls make blogger-related stuff. Stock up in time for the next Juliana Theory concert. Some of their stuff is pretty funny.
"Antarctica: the best place in the world to be naked" (and take a bunch of awesomely beautiful pictures, too).
Want a blog that does the work for you?
Why waste time filling your blog with the same pointless posts, when with a few clicks you can know that the blog will take care of itself. No need to change your current tool, it supports Blogger, Movable Type and even Nucleus. Zeldman has one
, looks like Starvos has one
, filepile is in the mix
and it looks like Metafilter has been using it since August
Blogrolls around the globe now all point to Laura's blog
. Laura doesn't sound like your stereotypical evil hacker to me, but something sure went wrong at Blogrolling.com
. Anyone know what?
Laura's blog seems to have gone down what with all the hits it must be getting, but you can still read Google's cache
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.
The Hasidic Rebel.
A blogger from inside the Hasidic community provides some insight into a lifestyle few are familiar with.
Blog Parody Ben and Mena
We are cute. We are cute. We are cute. We are cute. We are cute. We are cute. We are cute. We are cute. We are cute. We are cute. We are cute. We are cute. We are cute. We are cute.
Celeblogging. I used to be a MTV VJ, you know, big hair, that whole thing? Yeah, I was cool. MTV sucks now though. I am cool. I am Beautiful People.
y0 toTaL 0wnz0red. y0 LiKeZ kRaD!!1!!1! DRM is EVIL! Magic Sci-Fi Future Net-Inspired Utopia Whuffie Waffle dust. Post-death, post-work, net-in-your-head future. BounceBounce. BoingBoing. SmoingeSmoinge.
Bloggers unite to fight
: Writers of web journals are joining forces to help free a blogger detained in Iran. At the same time, weblog are going to have much more political functions, especially in closed societies such as Iran. Their governments are begining to take notice
The idea: A place for posting songs where they might actually get heard -- preferably someone who can help get it published. We've teamed with SuperfastNetworks to create the first song blog**.
Will the the Metafilter Music Channel
be next? **Actually it works with any digital content.
AOL to offer blogging services. Ninety-nine per cent of bloggers won't make money," says Copeland."But when we've got 10 million bloggers a couple years from now, I'm confident that 100,000 of them will be uniquely valuable to advertisers."
What would you do if you found out that your significant other was keeping an anonymous, but very public, journal of things about you that drive them crazy?
are being credited with being at the forefront of an underground movement which is undermining the fundamentalist hierarchy. Perhaps we should blog Iraq.
Expelled for Blogging?
Kid threatened with expulsion after having the nerve to blog from school. I assume his high school had nothing else to crack down on other than the gangs of bloggers up to no good like keeping a tech journal.
Can the LA Times write a decent story about bloggers and blogging?
They certainly didn't in their latest piece. Plus they took an interesting angle of writing about bloggers, but ignoring every single LA-based blogger despite the fact that LA just might be home to the largest community of bloggers
on the planet.
But LA shouldn't feel shunned, the Times didnt mention the Instapundit, Ev, or Metafilter either.
I posted about it before
and there was a mixed response. But Blogathon 2002
actually started this morning at 6 am PST. Bloggers with a gimmick have posted details here
and it's not too late to sponsor
. Are you watching? And what's your favorite blogger doing?
Best British Blog.
The Guardian has launched a competition to find the best British weblog. Is this another case of the mainstream media not really understanding what blogging is all about?
"A Rift Among Bloggers"
is the name of the article in Monday's New York Times
on the state of the blogger these days. A must read if you've ever heard the term "warblogger." Its a mostly unbiased and refreshingly accurate piece written by David Gallagher of LightningField.com
You can blog if you want to and O'reilly would like to tell you how.
Some have commented
how antithetical it is for bloggers to keep a secret, even if a book deal requires them to. Well, these folks would like you to comment and contribute
Anti-Idiotarian Coalition/United Blogging Nation?
It seems all this talk of UN bias has has some bloggers so frustrated and angry that they feel it's time to band together as a political force, and the beginnings of a movement are taking shape
. Legal actions, media attention, and even a full fledged political party are all ideas that have been bandied about. They already have a couple of legal eagles and prominent blogging figures
offering services/resources. All they need now are t-shirts.
Oh wait, they have those
too. One Nation, under Blog...
Which Jerkcity Character are you?
The personality test to end all others. PLUS: although it only has a few entries so far, rands' blog is looking really great
. In case you didn't know, Jerkcity
is a daily comic strip enjoyed by all the cool people on the internet, similar to the weekly Hotendotey
(a comic strip by Ecco the cat, who "does anal") but with more mechanical production, more Perl/TCL jokes, and more references to hlauaghaghgah. Please note that you cannot be 1337 if you like RedMeat. This post is dedicated to Quonsar The Magnificent and all other truly 1337 mefiers willing to stand up for what is right. Remember: argument's are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.
"There should be a law about these people
with web diaries or they should all wear identifying clothing or something, so that innocent bystanders who don't need some perverse kind of public fame can know to steer clear." Or, using Google to flush out potential dating disasters.
Heather Hamilton got fired
because of her blog
(NB: foul language a-go-go)
Weblog Junior High.
Just in case you felt a little left out trying to figure out the pecking order, you'll be happy to know that Mr. Haughey is a jock. I won't even mention the K