A Busy Day

It has been a busy day, mostly spent in meetings. It has piled up more and more things I need to write about, but at this point, I’m too tired to put the energy into some of the more serious posts, so I’m going to write about some of the more day to day things.

On one list, I was pointed to Yuwie. If you join this MLMOSN, you’ll get paid to blog, upload pictures, spam your friends, and look at lots of advertisements. Next.

BlogCatalog sent out an email that they are doing some sort of partnership with SezWho. “SezWho is a distributed context, rating and reputation service for blogs, forums, wikis and other social sites.” That is, of course if the blogs, forums, wikis and other social sites use Wordpad or Moveable Type. Next.

Two new Ning sites: Visual Editors and Social News Central. I like Ning. I like the sites that friends have built. I gladly joined both groups. I’ll probably even stumble back to those sites one of these days.

That said, the innovate of the day goes to Lillie Yifu for wikiHUD. It is a heads up display (HUD) in Second Life that allows you to look up Wiki entries. Right now, it is set up to look up entries off of the Second Life Wiki. I haven’t had a chance to start playing with Second Life Wiki, but it is a good site.

Another website that was highlighted to me today was Central Grid Community. I’ve got mixed feelings about this. I am already on SLProfiles, SLUniverse, Bloghud, have a stub on Second Life Wiki, am on rezzed.net and probably several others that I’ve forgotten. Do I need yet another site for my virtual world personae? Not really.

Okay. You got me going. Let me toss out a few other things about the move to multiple grids. Have you played with SLURL with other grids? It kind of works, if you’ve got a region in your grid that maps to a region in the main Second Life grid and so on. Take a look at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Central%20Grid%20HQ/130/135/25. It ends up bringing up a Google map without anything to click on. What would be nice would be if you can have an SLURL that would like something like http://slurl.com/Central%20Grid/Central%20Grid%20HQ/130/135/25, where the name of the grid was part of the SLURL. Not there yet. However, going to secondlife://Central%20Grid%20HQ/130/135/25does seem to work in the Central Grid.

While we’re at it, it would be great to see AjaxLife add Central Grid to its list of sites.

Beyond all of that, I set up a Drupal 6 test site today, noted the beginning of the Year of The Rat, and random other stuff.

Clean Laundry and Clean Elections

From Project Laundry List, the eco chic activist online group, I have learned about Right to Dry legislation.

Many people in the United States are not allowed to hang out their clothes to dry in the sun. Community covenants, landlord prohibitions, and zoning laws are the three primary means of stopping people from using clotheslines. State and federal legislators are encouraged to introduce "Right to Dry" legislation to stem this growing problem.

The Hartford Courant had an editorial a few days ago supporting right to dry legislation. They note that such legislation would seem to fit nicely with Gov. Rell's OneThing campaign.

The discussion about right to dry promoted me to put up my Wordless Wednesday - Eco Chic picture.

From my wife, came an invitation to join the CT Common Cause Facebook Group. I’ve sent out a bunch of invitations. She also invited me to join the Common Cause group on Change.org. Kim has started as a senior organizer at Common Cause Connecticut. Kim’s key focus is to get people to participate in publicly funded state legislative elections under the new campaign finance laws. Details can be found at CT Citizen’s Elections Program.

Also related to elections is a series of emails and a blog post I put up on MyLeftNutmeg about Voting Problems in Hamden.

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Wordless Wednesday - Eco Chic

Eco Chic, originally uploaded by Aldon.

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Thoughts about Blogging the AGPA Annual Meeting

As I get ready for the AGPA annual meeting, there is some discussion on the mailing list of group psychotherapists that I’m on about a blogger being there. Dr. Bob, who has posted comments on the blog here, has asked an important question. How do the group psychotherapists attending the annual meeting feel about being blogged about? It relates back to an earlier discussion about members of the list using material from the group. It relates to boundaries. It relates to narcissism.

For some, the old quote from Oscar Wilde may come to mind,
“The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”

For others, perhaps including people who have talked about introversion on the list recently, the opposite holds true.

Some people have some very practical concerns. Can blogs, along with traditional media, be used to elevate the perception of group psychotherapy as a beneficial form of treatment for some patients?

Others may have reactions based on fears about the ambiguous nature of blogs. Within the blogging and journalism communities there are lots of discussions about exactly what blogging is. Is it journalism? What sort of ethics apply to bloggers? Is it the same as applies to journalists?

This leads to complicated decisions by organizations about whether or not they will provide media credentials to bloggers. More and more organizations are, but it remains hit and miss. Since I've been credentialed by many major organizations, getting credentials for me seems easier, but this ties back to the credentialing process and the issues of 'Am I good enough' that seem to emerge in every field.

I will note that my access to the AGPA annual meeting will be essentially the same as that of any other reporter. It might be a little higher based on the trust I've established with some group psychotherapists on the mailing list, but on the other hand, I am committed to journalistic ethics and trying not to damage that trust.

All of this said, I am very interested in hearing people's concerns about a blogger in their midst at the conference. It is something that I have to face where ever I go, and I trust the reactions here will be open and honest and perhaps give me useful insights which will help me be a better blogger.

Most of the above, I sent in a slightly different format to the list.

Dr. Bob responded (and I’m quoting him with permission),

I guess I see bloggers as like critics. Or, more neutrally, like reporters.

So I feel anxious. Self-conscious. Will he pan me? Or give me a thumbs-up? Or not mention me at all? The issue isn't just his opinion, but the opinions of those he influences. And it's not just about me, but about my work. So it's complicated. But we share some interests, and I've read his blog (and posted to it), so overall I'm hopeful. Expectant.

It is interesting to read Bob’s reaction. I don’t usually think about my opinions as being able to cause others anxiety, but I guess I can see that.

There are still a few weeks to go before the AGPA conference, but I am hoping that during these coming weeks I can explore more of my own thoughts about going the reactions of others and learn more from all of it.

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Fiona and Barack

As many of you know, Kim and I have been loyal Edwards supporters, traveling to New Hampshire, coordinating activities here in Connecticut. When Sen. Edwards suspended his campaign, we were contacted by just about everyone. Obama supporters across the county sent us emails about why we should switch to Obama. Political dignitaries in Connecticut called us up asking us to support Clinton. We even got an email a Gravel supporter.

Many of our friends said they were going to vote for Sen. Edwards anyway, simply to make a statement, or in hopes of getting him more delegates so that he can have a greater say in the discussion about the issues that matter. I’ve voted that way before. I was glad to vote for Gov. Dean in 2004, even though he had ended his campaign and my symbolic vote was unlikely to get much attention, let alone a delegate. I voted for Tsongas back in 1992, even though he was, for all practical purposes out of the race by then.

Yet every election is different. I have mixed feelings about Sen. Obama, just as I do about Sen. Clinton. So, today, I walked into the voting booth with Fiona, still struggling how I should vote. I turned to her and asked if she thought we could still make a difference in our country without voting for Sen. Edwards.

She turned to me and said, “Yes, We Can.” I smiled. Four years ago, Gov. Dean delivered a message of hope and he is still making an important difference in our country. Deval Patrick took up the message of hope with a campaign slogan, “Together, we can”, and he is making a difference.

While I believe that Sen. Edwards message of hope was more substantive than that of Sen. Obama, in the end, I voted for the future and not for the past. I hope Fiona was right, because it is her future that I voted for.
(Cross posted at MyLeftNutmeg)

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