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.
Blogs contribute to political reform in Iran (New York Times):
Former vice-president of Iran, Mohammad Ali Abtahi
, said that he learned through the Internet about the huge gap between government officials and the younger generation.
"We do not understand each other and cannot have a dialogue," he said. "As government officials, we receive a lot of confidential reports about what goes on in society. But I have felt that I learned a lot more about people and the younger generation by reading their Web logs and receiving about 40 to 50 e-mails every day. This is so different than reading about society in those bulletins from behind our desks."
TCF bank dooces The Star Tribune
, pulling all their ads from the paper after A Star Tribune columnist posts a negative column about a TCF exec's blog
The journal of an American soldier.
Although it's typically my policy not to reveal the identity of people I know in Iraq, I am making an exception in this case. The journal above belongs to Michael Smith, a LiveJournal friend of mine who died in Iraq on Tuesday
when an RPG hit his Humvee. Mike
was 24 years old and leaves behind family, friends, and a newlywed wife, who he married in Korea shortly before he deployed to Iraq. As is tradition on LiveJournal, his last journal entry
has become a memorial of sorts.
The 5th Dentist
:: a photoblog
Roland Piquepaille, author of the excellent Technology Trends
blog and frequent contributor to Slashdot
, is accused of using plagirism
and his own blog to pump up his Blogads revenue
. Long quotes and summarization of sources are staples of the blogging culture. When revenue is involved, some infer that the blogger owes more than just credit to their sources. [via Eyebeam Reblog
"is a protest blog collective focusing on civil liberties in the UK and the rest of [the] world. It was set up to point a finger at the erosion of personal freedom in the UK. Government's active measures introduce new means of control such as identity cards and surveillance cameras, the passive measures such as weakening of double jeopardy and presumption of innocence." Nice quote from this entry
My audience were all gluttons for freedom, if by that you meant the freedom to hunt, or the freedom to eat roast beef without the fat trimmed off. But they were perfectly happy to see their own liberties curtailed, if that gave the authorities a chance to crack down on scroungers and bogus asylum-seekers.
With the next round of bloggies
(or web log awards for those not down with the hip lingo
), there's some concern that some types of blogs with large communities
may not be included. Specifically, communities that are well known for tons of online events
, and large gathering places
whose interactions leak in to and out from real life. So, the food bloggers (floggers?) have done what they do best, and started their own awards - with 14 nomination categories
, the results plan to, at the very least, make us all drool, if not inspire a few feasts here and there.
(and yay to mefi for winning last year's
best community blog!)
Think you've got a problem?
Then discover how you should pick your nose with a fish fork. Some guys really don't get all the luck. Not when they bleed to death from eating blueberries
Take a Nobel economist
who has devoted his career to studying the effect of social and political change on microeconomic theory. Combine with the most prolific legal scholar
of the past half-century and federal judge with immeasurable influence
on American jurisprudence. Add Moveable Type and a bit of technical help from our fearless leader,
and you've got the Becker-Posner Blog,
which debuts today.
is out, it's been under development for a while now by the good people at Downhill Battle
. It's a really simplified way of uploading files for the bittorrent network with an integrated client/server solution. Right now the client side is windows only, but the core functionality works with any client of course. Pretty neat.
What I Did Last Summer
--a graphic representation of blog posts generated by a blogbot. Pick Blue or Red, and watch and read (flash, i think)...this one use images from Civilization 3, and content from My War, written by a soldier in Iraq,
and Dear Raed.
A wonderful idea, from the mind of this guy, Alex Dragulescu
Webring of illustrated blogs. Very, very cool - via Michael Nobbs
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?
Listen up ballas, it's straight ganksta bloggin'
. Hip hop, trash talking, and more at We Eat So Many Shrimp
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....
Professor Allan Lichtman
has predicted the results of the past four elections correctly using a system known as The Thirteen Keys to the Presidency
The Keys predict election results by assessing the performance and strength of the party holding the White House. The thirteen points take into account all the factors that decide elections from the obvious (how the economy is doing) to the more subtle (whether the party in power has achieved major policy change). If eight or more of the keys favour the candidate of the incumbent party, he wins. Any fewer, he loses.
Eighteen months ago Lichtman forecast that Bush would retain the presidency
. But the Republican Party now has seven keys turned against it for 2004, one more than the fatal six negative keys
- OK, maybe there's some agreement not to post this here, but I wasn't part of the development, and it's already got some good links (especially the evolution of writing one). So here's Viewropa
- a community site started by members of MetaFilter who are attempting an experiment in multi-lingual, collaborative and Euro-focussed blogging. All are welcome here, no matter where you're from [...]
(beware the impossible Portuguese kill-the-snowman game) (and I get the impression a non-English link would be more than welcome).
Funny web shit curated by Dong Resin
. Also Jalopnik
, concerning cars, and Kotaku
, for gamers. All your vice are belong to Nick Denton
. Dot com entrepreneurialism scaled to blog size seems to be working.
"Iraqi blogger" indulges in disinformation.
"Sam" of http://hammorabi.blogspot.com
has graphic pictures on his site of children killed by Zarqawi terrorists in Baghdad on Thursday. Horrible and tragic, indeed. Even more tragic, however, is that a Reuters camera crew filmed their identical twins
, who died that same day after a US airstrike in Fallujah
. Is "Sam" a victim of US disinformation, or is "Sam" a practicioner? Could "Sam" be an uncle, perhaps?!
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.
Weblog on interesting stuff from the .GOV domain. Today's entry was quite appropriate. Maties.
: "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
The Power of a Blog:
take one conservative Republican Representative from Virginia
(a co-sponsor of the Federal Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment and representing a district that includes Pat Robertson's homebase), mix with gay sex phone lines, and you have it: his resignation, over "allegations."
As a companion to the Blogs around the world
project, Oscar Jr. posted the Blogs around the US project. His point/focus being blogs that focus on the US states in which they reside. All of this as a lead up to Big Sky Blog
. A blog by Montanans, about Montana, a project of our own davidmsc.
(Whoops, USAfilter. Miguel's gonna be pissed ...)
When I watched the women's marathon today (which has only existed for 20 years, a shocking story in and of itself
), the US coverage noted the final finisher
, pulling in at just under four hours, almost an hour and a half after the gold medal. I thought it was odd, and wondered what the last place times and scores were for other events. Lucky for me, I don't have to look too far, as McWetboy's DFL blog tracks the last place in every event
at this year's olympics. Because they're there, and you're not.
The most recent post on Brendan Grant's
site is an unfortunate one: "For those who do not know, back on July 12th I had my house broken into." The full story is
, but it has a upside: Grant recently picked up a used webcam
that takes shots automatically when someone walks past, and caught the break-in
The daily adventures of mixerman are back. Mixerman
has started posting a new set of diary entries about his recording sessions with an anonymous band. His original diary
) is now available in hardcover.
Fark.com sells their editorial, and the loyalty of their users.
"After trying to figure out a deal they told me that I could just buy the editorial. The cost? Like $300 to $400 for a story... They said they didn’t have a problem not telling the audience that the content was paid for..."
The true identity of the "mysterious" Atrios
has been revealed
While much of the blogging world has been ga-ga over getting into the Democratic National Convention
, it's tough to find anything interesting going on among the convention bloggers
(to their credit, go turn on CSPAN today and see for yourself how boring it is). While our own Jessamyn is there
(here are profiles
of everyone going), I've found the strange CNN/Technorati partnership
to be the most useful thing. Technorati
founder David Sifry is basically doing a metafilter of all convention blogs over on CNN as the daily blog roundup
, highlighting the posts worth reading among the participants.
An aggregation of bloggers
is attending the DNC, and here is a combined feed
, courtesy of Dave Winer
. If this isn't enough to send you into spasms of delirious ecstasy, you might also wish to explore politics.feedster.com
Straw House Blog
. Colorado house
. When summer comes, I invariably start dreaming of places to live that are utterly unlike the standard Korean Concrete Beehive Box
? Pshaw. BBS: The Documentary
, directed by Jason Scott of textfiles.com
, is where it's at.
A gallery of inexplicable objects
like a fridge magnet warning
, a U-haul truck
, a moist toilette
, medicated cream
, and many more. *Bonus Link* The same guy
also has a review
of the steaming pile of movie known as Gymkata.
"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.
High school students in Israel are harnessing the community-building power of weblogs to locate survivors of the Holocaust
No, I'm not talking about Michael Moore.
I mean that Every Member
of the Cast
) has now started
a freakin' weblog.
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.
Iran has censored Movable Type's website
The blacklist contains over 800 Persian websites, including many political websites and weblogs, as well as many entertainment websites.
Meet the Weblog.
Time Magazine describes the trendy fascination with online digests.
Murder Most Foul?
Yesterday, Dave Winer, the self-described "inventor of blogs", abruptly pulled the plug on 3000 blogs being hosted by weblogs.com, saying simply, "I can't afford to host these sites. I don't want to start a site hosting business. These are firm, non-negotiable statements."
He's giving his hostees a couple of weeks to request an export of their site content, but they're otherwise S.O.L. Not surprisingly, some people are a little bent out of shape
, particularly since the blogs just disappeared without any prior notice.
(P.S. What happened to "Blogroots"?)