Fiona Flying a Kite

Fiona Flying a Kite, originally uploaded by Aldon.

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A maze of twisty little passages, all alike

The other day I read that a bunch of my friends were moving from Twitter to Jaiku. I set up my Jaiku page and subscribed to the RSS feed of my Twitter page. I tried sending an SMS, but it never got through. I checked around. I then tried snowballing my contacts, and the only person I found there was Scoble, and he didn’t have any contacts there. So, I’m not currently using Jaiku in any significant manner.

However, it does have the nice feature of bringing in a bunch of different feeds, so I added Orient Lodge, Blip.TV, Flickr. Later, I read about someone trying to tie their Facebook status to their Twitter page, and I poked around a little bit on this. If you go to your Facebook status page, and change profile.php? to minified.php?status& you will get the minified page that has your statuses. From that page you get the RSS feed for your statuses, which you can subscribe to with Jaiku (or any other feedreader).

The next question became, could I subscribe to any of these via Twitter? One person recommended TwitterFeed. This raised a new issue. To sign into TwitterFeed, you need to use OpenID. LiveJournal uses OpenID, and I could have used that. However, TwitterFeed also pointed me to provides a service where you can use your Yahoo! id as an OpenID. In addition, they have details on how to set up your own site for OpenID, using idproxy as the server. I’ve added that to Orient Lodge, so I can now log into sites using OpenID using Orient Lodge and Yahoo’s authentication.

I logged into LiveJournal, and that worked. I then started to set up ClaimID. I didn’t see ClaimID doing a lot for me, so I’ve left it with only a little information.

Back to TwitterFeed, I added Orient Lodge to my Twitter feed, and every time I add a blog entry on Orient Lodge, it is now showing up nicely on Twitter. I then tried to add the Facebook feed, but that isn’t showing up properly.

He was playing real good, for free

In 1970, Joni Mitchell released an album, Ladies of the Canyon. On song, “For Free”, or perhaps her 1974 version on Miles of Aisles, “Real Good for Free” is getting quoted a lot in the blogs recently:

But the one man band
By the quick lunch stand
He was playing real good, for free.

Nobody stopped to hear him
Though he played so sweet and high
They knew he had never
Been on their t.v.
So they passed his music by
I meant to go over and ask for a song
Maybe put on a harmony...
I heard his refrain
As the signal changed
He was playing real good, for free.

What is it all about? Last Sunday, the Washington Post had an article entitled Pearls Before Breakfast (NewsTrust Review) talks about Joshua Bell, playing at a Metro stop in Washington DC and nobody stopped to hear him, though he played so sweet and high…

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A coherent vision

(The following is a comment I posted DailyKos, in response to Jeffrey Feldman's post.)

Jeffrey, thank you for your summary of the different viewpoints. I think it illustrates some aspects of a coherent Democratic vision that is too easy to lose during a primary.

In many ways, Edwards ties together all the other positions.

"We can see in this statement that Edwards is presenting his vision that I would call "action now," "

It ties into the greater theme of “limits of Presidential authority”.

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Davey D on the FCC

If you go to Technorati, you’ll find that a lot of people are talking about Don Imus. Apparently, he recently said something offensive about the Rutger’s women’s basketball team. I didn’t hear exactly what he said, but my understanding is that was something like calling them “nationally heralded heros” but came across as an offensive sexist and racist remark.

Everyone is weighing in on this right now. Hillary Clinton, who has always been such a great advocate of media reform channels Aretha Franklin and urges people to sign up on her website to “Send a message of respect to the Scarlet Knights”. You can always count on Hillary to get to the real root of the problems facing our country.

Brent Budowsky, on The Hill’s pundit blog suggests, The Imus Affair is About Apartheid in Media.

I was reading a post by a white male liberal radio host, associated with an almost totally white liberal radio network, run by white males, owned by white males, writing on an almost totally white liberal blog about the Imus affair.

He was writing about the bigoted words of another white male host, televised on a cable network run by white males, owned by a national television network run by white males, which is owned by a global conglomerate run by white males.

When I read this, my mind wandered back to the National Conference on Media Reform down in Memphis last January. In his closing remarks, Van Jones said,

When we look at the FCC, there's a reason that you can't go into urban America and say, "I'm here to warn you about the FCC", and get anybody to give one damn about what you're saying. It's not because people are so stupid that they just don't understand. It's because ain't no body on the FCC that has any remote love or heart or care or concern for the people in the community that is visible. There are no visible people on the FCC...We have to begin to say that we want Davey D on the FCC. Some here are saying who the hell is Davey D? That's the point! Davey D is a hip-hop historian of the first order...."

(Audio … about 27 minutes in)

People can argue about whether or not Don Imus has the rights with freedom of speech to say the sort of things he said. People can argue whether or not companies should advertise on his show and pay him to make that sort of speech, or whether or not people should buy products from companies.

We can sign up on Hillary’s website to send a message of respect to the Scarlet Knights, or we can work to bring about meaningful media education and real change to our media policies in Washington. Personally, I would love to see Davey D on the FCC.

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