It is a dark and stormy night and my spirits are matching the night. Fiona is in bed, still fighting off the remnants of a cold. I am run down, probably fighting the same bug. Kim is up visiting our friend Kimberly, outside of Boston.

Kimberly writes in My trip with breast cancer,” I am officially in Stage IIIA. Stage 5-year Relative Survival Rate - IIIA = 56% Source: American Cancer Society”. I am glad Kimberly is keeping a blog. I am glad that Kim has gone up to help. I know how hard it will be on everyone.

Pre-blogging the Daily Show

Today, we break new ground on Orient Lodge. You’ve seen live blogging of television shows before. Today, I ‘pre-blog’ the Daily Show.

This evening, Kim and I went to see the Daily Show being filmed. We got there early to wait in line because they overbook. We had a good discussion with the couple that was waiting behind us. After waiting in the green room, we got lead into the studio where they tape the show.

We were told that they don’t use a sound track, or an ‘applause’ light. A comic came out early to warm us up. He tried to get everyone as loud as possible. He was really good. He talked about how they didn’t want people to come watch the show, they wanted people to participate. It reflects a different aspect of why the Daily Show is important. It isn’t just an irreverent look at politics that matters, it is getting people involved. The audience is encourage participate.

Surfing the Non Profit Blogosphere

Recently, folks at the Non Profit Blog Exchange have been preparing for their next virtual event. I took this as an opportunity to add several non-profit blogs to by bloglines.

Today, I read a few interesting posts that I would like to highlight. Over at Mission Based Management, Peter Brinkerhoff writes about Sarbanes-Oxley and its implications for non-profits. He links to a couple good resources on the subject.

Ethan Zuckerman recently wrote about what is going on in Jordan. Ethan co-founded Global Voices, a site that calls attention to important blogging around the world. Reading both his blog and the Global Voices blog is a great way of getting a much richer picture of what is really going on in our world.

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How are blogs changing the political landscape?

(Originally published at Greater Democracy.)

Today, I received an email from Mike Lidell, the director of Online Communications for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee asking me to join in a blogger’s conference call with Senator Chuck Schumer, DSCC Chair.

In contrast, I received a bulk email from Howard Dean entitled “Investments pay off”. It asked for a $25 contribution. Rahm Emanuel, Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent a bulk email entitled, “Democratic Vision Wins Out” asking for a contribution. Emily’s list sent a bulk email “Insider News - Setting the stage for 2006” asking for a contribution. The bulk email from Eli Pariser of MoveOn was entitled “Good election news! Now let's win big in 2006” and asked me to donate now. Jim Dean, of Democracy for America entitled his bulk email, “...And We're Only Getting Started”. It also asked for a contribution. John Kerry’s bulk email was entitled, “Reality 2, Bush 0” and asked me to click on an online petition calling to withdraw 20,000 troops over the holidays and asking for a contribution.

Blogging about medicine

Two blogs I’ve really been enjoying recently are B.L. Ochman’s What’s Next Blog and Joe Salvati’s State of the Heart Blog

Joe has written a very compelling blog about his experiences with heart surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. B.L. writes about corporate blogging strategy. Joe, meet B.L. B.L., meet Joe. I think you might want to compare notes about Joe’s recent post Direct TV.

Joe writes, “I was contacted by administrators from the Clinic. It seems it had been brought to their attention that I had been writing a very public account of my experiences while under the care of the clinic. I was told that there are “…many people paying attention to my blog and if there is anything that I am or have been unhappy with I should speak directly with a “patient advocate”.”

I would love to hear B.L.’s take on Joe’s experience. Meanwhile, a close friend of mine has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Tomorrow she is having a lymph node biopsy. Perhaps we can convince her to write about her experiences, if only to get better service.

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