Archive - Jan 2005

January 31st

Flirt Commentathon

I don't know what timezone Flirt is in, but assuming it is a U.S. Timezone, you still have a few hours to go comment on her blog. She is offering to contribute a dollar per comment for up to 500 comments to charity. A few other people have offered to join her in contributions, so please consider this an an opportunity for you to contribute to charity as well.

January 30th

Blogging the French Revolution

One of the popular geeky topics over the past decade has been to compare the Internet to the printing press. The printing press brought about a massive cultural revolution affecting all aspects of life, such as government, religion, and literature.

It took a long time for this change to take effect and this month we celebrated the 400th anniversary of the publication of Don Quixote, the second most published book in the world, which Janet Murray traces to the invention of the printing press and hails as the beginning of the European novel in her book Hamlet on the Holodeck.

January 29th

Lake Wobegon, CTY

It is a bright and beautiful day out. The sky is clear and everyone squints against the sunlight bouncing off the newly fallen snow as they bundle their jackets up against the cold. If this were Minnesota, I would half expect to hear Garrison Keiller voicing droning on a monologue about a quirky neighbor of mine. I, of course, would never expect to be viewed as the quirky one.

But this is Connecticut, not Minnesota, yet the gathering of the neighbors fits so well with the tag line of Lake Wobegon. This morning, Miranda is taking the Plus test. The Plus test is administered every year by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. It is a ritual for us since Mairead took her first test five years ago. It is a test for those children that are ‘above average’, to use Garrison’s words.

January 28th


I love it when a lot of themes come together. We are coming up on the Super Bowl. I love to watch the Super Bowl, not so much for the Football, I’m not a big Football fan, but more money goes into advertisements than into most creative endeavors. I’m also interested in the issues of how the media is regulated. Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction raises lots of interesting issues. Then, there is the issue of alternative distribution channels.

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Click exchanges

First there was Blog Explosion. Then, BlogClicker. Crystal suggested Wolfsurfer, and now there is Blogazoo. (If you found this through WolfSurfer, please leave a comment.)