has had its tour on MeFi
before, but have you gone on a Tea Tour of New York
? As tea continues to become the hot beverage
(although Americans seem to prefer it iced), the number of tea blogs
can only continue to rise. Want to get closer to the source? Try this blog in Bejing
Time magazine recently launched a new politics blog, Swampland
. The blog is, to this point, most interesting for its confrontations between the commenters and the bloggers. [m.i.]
30 blogs a seguir en 2007
A selection of original and creative blogs in Spanish besides rankings and A-lists.
Get paid to blog
Reveiewme.com is offering to pay you to blog. The site reserves the right to reject any submission but they do pay between $20 and $200 per each review taken. A new development or have we seen this before
Three small classes of high school students, one in Watsonville, California, one in Jos, Nigeria, and one in Dharamsala, India, are currently collaborating on "Project Happiness"
. The students are "exchanging their thoughts about
what happiness is, and how to behave in ways that promote happiness all around them," drawing on the Dalai Lama's Ethics for the New Millennium (useful 50-page pdf study guide; positive review from Christian Century magazine)
. In their work creating a curriculum for the book, the students communicate via email, a blog
, and videos (an instructor in India describes the project's focus; a "what life is like here" video from India)
. The podcast
section of the official site
currently features just one introductory video posted a few weeks ago. The project will culminate in a meeting of all three classes in March 2007 in Dharamsala. A book and a PBS documentary are planned.
Blogs by Phone
- for when your family and friends have trouble keeping up with your blog posts. (YouTube video from SixApart)
Carl Sagan has a posse.
Today marks the ten year anniversary of the passing of Carl Sagan
, scientist and popularizer of science, and bloggers are planning to mark the day with posts about the man
and how he's affected their lives. The initiative has the blessing of at least one member of the Sagan clan
, and has already spawned a site where those without blogs of their own can post their thoughts online
. Yes, Sagan could be prickly at times
, and there might have been things he could have been more open about in his lifetime
. But few scientists have done more to bring science to the public
. These days, we could use another of him. Maybe two.
Dr. Lisa Marcucci's surgical blog, will give you a lovely preview of exactly what they'll be doing to your guts, from gallbladder surgery
, artery plaque removal
, hemorrhoid removal
, and more. Supplement the text with this extensive collection of surgical videos
(NSFW), and you'll be ready to operate -- or, at least, to understand what'll go on during your operation.
Senator John McCain (R. - AZ) has introduced legislation [PDF]
that would hold blogs responsible for all activity in their comments sections and user profiles. Provisions of the proposed bill
include: (1) commercial websites and personal blogs "would be required to report illegal images or videos posted by their users or pay fines of up to $300,000," (2) bloggers with comment sections may face "even stiffer penalties" than ISPs, and (3) any social-networking site must take "effective measures" to remove any Web page that's "associated" with a sex offender. "Because 'social-networking site' isn't defined, it could encompass far more than just MySpace.com, Friendster and similar sites." The list could include any site that allows comments, authot and personal profiles. Kevin Bankston of the Electronic Frontier Foundation notes that this proposal may be based more "on fear or political considerations rather than on the facts
." "McCain’s legislation could deal a serious blow to the blogosphere. Lacking resources to police their sites, many individual blogs may have to shut down open discussion."*
Remember when folks were "up-in-arms" after learning that the Bush administration paid
prominent political commentator Armstrong Williams
$240,000 to promote 'No Child Left Behind' legislation? It turns out that a handful of liberal bloggers pulled in some decent cash
this past year from various political campaigns as consultants, while maintaining their "independent" blogs. Case in point: Jerome Armstrong
) made $115,000+ from Sherrod Brown (over 15 months) and $65,000 from Mark Warner (over 12 months). Turns out Armstrong admitted
this week that he has been writing on his blog under various aliases -- including 'Scott Shields.' 'Shields' received payments
from the Robert Menendez campaign.
So you're in the mood for some Christmas music, but you're tired of all the old standards. Not to worry, the web has you covered courtesy of several vinyl sharing blogs. First off, there's Check the Cool Wax
, with the soundtrack to Rankin/Bass's Night Before Christmas
, Pee-Wee's Christmas Special
, Yuletide Disco
, Western Christmas Songs
& Exciting Christmas Stories featuring Batman, Superman & Wonder Woman
. Much, much more inside.
Comics creator and Alan Moore collaborator Eddie Campbell
is blogging. He joins fellow UK artists Sean Phillips
, Chris Weston
, Colin Wilson
, Frazer Irving
, and Dave Taylor
in offering glimpses behind the creative process.
Is the web fuelling a crisis in politics?
Matthew Taylor, Blair's chief strategy advisor has commented "as a citizen" that the "net-head" culture of political criticism is fuelling a crisis in politics where the populace is "increasingly unwilling to be governed but not yet capable of self-government." One of his chief targets is the blogosphere, because he says bloggers are like teenagers - demanding, but "conflicted" about what they actually want.
Nice work if you can get it.
Bloggers are an increasingly important part of modern elections -- something that becomes immediately obvious when you look at FEC filings. Bloggers are increasingly starting to rake in the campaign cash. Initially inspired by this feature from The Hotline
, Bill Beutler combed through the FEC records and broke down what candidates were paying what bloggers how much in the current election.
Calling All Wingnuts
blogger Mike Stark (previously discussed here
) found himself
in a fight with George Allen's staffers
after asking the Senator an impertinent question about his first wife and sealed divorce file and court records
One Day in History
is a national blogging event organised by the History Matters
campaign in the UK. They want UK citizens (or anyone with UK ties) to blog a diary entry about their day today (17 October). The entries will be archived at the British Library, creating a snapshot of everyday life in 2006 for the bemusement of future generations.
Pat Buchanan blogs
. Let the name-calling begin.
Esposing Earmarks: networked journalism's first assignment
Today marks a key moment
in the evolution of the Web as a reporting medium. The first left
coalition of bloggers, activists, non-profits, citizens and journalists to investigate a story of national import: Congressional earmarks and those who sponsor and benefit from them. Join the hunt!
CBC Blogging Manifesto
Tired of waiting for CBC, Canada’s national public broadcaster, to come up with a blogging policy, CBC bloggers – including the infamous pseudonymous blogger A. Ouimet
– charge ahead and write one themselves.
English tutors complain of Chinese abuse.
As the Chinese economy keeps expanding, so does the number of foreigners in China. Like the people in the article some of them have had horrible experiences, others have had funny experiences
and many have had sleazy experiences
(NSFW text). And they all blog about it
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.
No, not that one
. Or even that one
. Fish [previously
] and his roommates remake a classic film. Only problem is, they've never seen it. Well, two of them haven't. Revisionist filmmaking never knew what hit it.
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
Criticizing the food is OK, just don't mention the water: the blog implied a specific knowledge of interrogations and . . . worried "the seventh floor" at CIA
The Plank started it,
using a NY Times piece
on MyDD.com founder Jerome Armstrong's recent settlement with the SEC to impune Daily Kos's integrety with accusations of graft and extortion, revealing a secret liberal-blog mailing list. Kos counterattacks
. TNR expands their assault.
David Brooks piles on. Kos's allies respond.
(somewhat), and brings up another skeleton
in Jerome's closet. Finally, the adults weigh in.
"This is the kind of idea no politician could put forward now."
In light of the recent Yearly KOS
liberal blogger gathering, "old media" columnist David Broder
surveys the potential emergence of a new generation of liberal blogs that strive to be taken seriously as promoters of actual domestic and foreign policy, including Democracy: A Journal of Ideas
and The Democratic Strategist
. Broder highlights a piece by Duke law professor (and anti-ironist wunderkind
) Jedediah Purdy on "The New Biopolitics"
(which suggests that first-world nations today should invest more into third-world economies, with the understanding that those third-world economies will later help pay the booming pensions and medical costs of first-world workers). Will liberal "ranty"
blogs give way to more sober online journals of this sort? Or is it just more insider wonkery
by another name? Was Woody Allen correct when he imagined what the merger of commentary and dissent
would lead to, or can we look forward to a heightening of political discourse in the near future?
The London Review of Books has a World Cup blog.
So has The New Republic
and Tony Blair's spinmeister Alastair Campbell
. WFMU tracks World Cup related fatalities on its World Cup Death Watch
while Slate's William Saletan sends us Dispatches from the World Cup
. And then there's the expected gaggle of World Cup blogs from the mainstream media (NYT
, Sydney Morning Herald
, Der Spiegel [in english]
, The Guardian
And finally, the mother of all World Cup blogs, worldcupblog.org
, with individual bloggers for each country, a main blog, and, my favorite section, a referee's blog
Congrats, Tsarfan Tony Pierce
, blogger extraordinare, owner of the world famous Busblog
, known to MeFites as Tsarfan
, has got a hot new gig. Recently (and unfairly) released from his starting third base spot at Buzznet
, Tony has moved up in the world. As of Tuesday, he will become
editor-in-chief of Laist
, the coast city's premier city-based blog and a part of the Gothamist
network of blogs. Congrats, Tsarfan
Over a year and a half after PastorDan, a diarist at DailyKos, suggested a national convention
, it's actually happening. Organized, at least at first, with very little encouragement or assistance from Kos himself, they've managed to pull together quite an impressive slate of speakers and panelists.
Cspan will be covering it live
all weekend. Is this a landmark for blogging?
The Room: The Movie.
Triple-threat (actor/writer/director) Tommy Wiseau
made his cinematic debut in 2003 with the The Room
and various scenes
), "a blend between a
softcore porn flick and a Tennessee Williams stageplay."
Wiseau ("who's not just one of the most unusual looking
an unidentifiable Eastern European accent-leading men ever to
grace the screen, but a narcissist nonpareil whose movie makes Vincent Gallo's "The Brown Bunny"
the apotheosis of cinematic self-restraint...may be something of a first: A movie that
prompts most of its viewers to ask for their money back-before even
30 minutes have passed." - Variety
), allegedly raised $6 million outside Hollywood to cover production and marketing costs
of the self-described "black comedy about love, passion, betrayal and lies" (see various rough dress rehersals
Audience members, including comedian
, have been "marveling at the bizarre editing, bad bluescreen, uncomfortably explicit
sex scenes and, of course, the enigma of Wiseau himself"
as the film
played monthly for years
in Los Angeles. Available on
DVD, diehard "roomies" swear by the
shout out their own commentary
, hurl spoons at the screen
and singalong to the soundtrack
. Some call it "The Rocky Horror of the New Millenium"
and stage "Room"
. If you look at the marketing campaign
or survived a screening
you might see The Room as "a seminar on how
NOT to make a movie."
Another blogger gets fired for blogging.
Blogebrity is reporting that the latest victim is Jessa Jeffries whose blog Jessaisms
got her booted. But mysteriously there is no explaination on her blog as to what her offense was and a cached
version reveals nothing negative to her workplace or any illegalities. Unless of course they stumbled across some of her anti-Bush rants or pictures of Lindsay Lohan's breasts. Is that
now termination-worthy? Furthermore her now-former employer is demanding that not just her offending posts be removed, but her entire blog. How is that possible? The blog is due to disappear at noon today.
We Feel Fine
is an art project that finds
sentences from blogs and stitches together a real-time picture of how the web community
is feeling. The default visualization uses a particle system to show the most recent thousand feelings. You can also build your own set based on criteria, such as gender, age, or location. Click the heart menu and go to Mobs to watch the particles organize
in impressive ways
. The gestalt
of the visualization is compelling,
but the details are the best part.
Some sample montages.
Also see a related project, Love Lines
, which uses the same API
is the name of a recently-launched blog written by the editors of Foreign Policy magazine, covering the same wide range of topics as the magazine itself does. Updated frequently and around the clock, informal and personal — I don't know if it's just because it's new, but they're doing a great job, and if you're a world politics and news junkie like me, it's fantastic.
There are lots of doctors who blog
. Among them, two recent entries were particularly notable: a heavy one
about a grieving 15 year old father and a light one
about child cancer survivors.
is a neat little graphic that shows how the top 50 blogs link to one another. Direct to the pdf
The 1st Blooker Prize,
awarded to books based on blogs, goes to the Julie/Julia Project
(who was once one half of the Brunching Shuttlecocks
, the compiler of the Book of Ratings
, and the creator of memorable internet doohickeys such as Untitled States
and The Star Wars Title Generator
) is now running a rather exquisite links blog called Table of Malcontents
over at Wired.
Comment is free It will incorporate all the regular Guardian and Observer main commentators, many blogging for the first time, who will be joined by a host of outside contributors - politicians, academics, writers, scientists, activists and of course existing bloggers to debate, argue and occasionally agree on the issues of the day.
One of the most powerful blog entries I've ever stumbled across.
This woman writes her two young sons a letter to be opened and read in twelve years. It's a profound piece on what she expects of them as men.
The Hype Machine
tracks MP3 blogs so you don't have to.
You've heard about YouTube's issues with NBC
. It seems the words copyright violation
have scared them into a stupor, as now several bloggers are complaining
, and even calling for a little civil disobedience
Escape to Romance
Here's a blogmeister that runs a romantic Powerball and offers the following:
"Romantic_atlanta_2 Are you a member of the Mile High Club? Would you like a free membership? Here is your chance to make your fantasy a reality with the amorous, single webmaster of Grow-a-Brain and the southern hospitality of the folks at Mile High Atlanta."
Do you qualify?