Thursday, February 27, 2003

WORD BURSTS: again thanks to Tom for pointing this development out to me. Over at Daypop they have developed what they claim to be an automated way of telling the most significant [highly used] words of the moment; these are intended to act as indexes of contemporary concerns and preoccupations. The use of weblogs as a resource which one can search and catalogue in order to retrieve cultural attitudes is an interesting, if perhaps problematic development. Or maybe this is just what happens to texts when they reach a certain threshold and visibility; maybe it signals their importance. Makes me want to go back and read Chartier on the birth of the library and the history of cataloging books.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2003

interesting piece by Tom on why mainstream content publishers shouldn't host weblogs on their site. I think it puts the case nicely.
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Monday, February 24, 2003

from the mailing list I read that many weblogs on blogspot have been deleted recently for being dormant or without new posts for a long time. Has this happened to you?
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Monday, February 17, 2003

GOOGLE BUYS BLOGGER: big news in the development of weblogging [perhaps]. This article claims that the purchase will lead to a real take off of weblogging. It will be interesting to see. Check out Darren for more on the story and a list of links to weblog comments.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2003

THANKS BOBBIE: had late night meeting with Bobbie of Blast and Politx yesterday. It was great to meet up with someone who is producing a pundit blog as well as a journal blog [especially since it is so unusual for the two blogging worlds to mix]. I especially enjoyed the discussion of the relationship between journalism and blogging. Thanks Bobbie.
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Sunday, February 09, 2003

THANKS ALICE: yesterday met Alice of Libertarian Parent in town. Long, fascinating chat; it was especially interesting to speak to someone who has become a political activism quite recently and for whom blogging has been an entry into the libertarian activist community. Thanks again Alice.
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Saturday, February 08, 2003

Just back from blogmeet in the Green Man. It was nice to catch up with people I have interviewed in the past, not seen some of them for quite a few months now. Both Cal and Gerard were busy taking photos so look out for them in days to come.
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Thursday, February 06, 2003

BLOG GENEALOGY: very late in the day, I have been directed to the BlogTree site, which allows you to view displays of the genealogies of influence bloggers claim. Absolutely fascinating; I love this service. It would be fascinating to get anthropologists or other academics to fill in a similar questionnaire and map it out in family trees. I know who my parent blogs are, and who my sibling blogs might be, but I ain't telling. Some day I hope to have kids of my own [sigh].
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add your photo to the new rogues' gallery of UK bloggers. Should make recognising people on friday much easier. Thanks Mo.
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Tuesday, February 04, 2003

BLOGMEET: just to remind folks about the upcoming blogmeet this friday in London. I quote the details from the UKB mailing list announcement:
"1900hrs until close
Friday, 7 February 2002

The Green Man
383 Euston Road
London NW1 3AU

Turn right out of Great Portland Street Tube, and there it is in front of
you. It's easy to get to, easy to find, there's good food, plenty of space,
not too crowded, good food, good beer (or so I am assured), and reasonably

Bring gadgets, partners, friends, pets. Failure to attend may adversely
affect your Alexa ranking."
hope to meet some of you there.
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posted by adam 10:33 PM

THANKS OWEN: just back from meeting with Owen of Bloing. Nice to interview another one of the Sydenham bloggers. Owen is half of another blogging couple. I liked Owen's reference to the 'blogging paradox: the more there is going on in my life, the less time there is to blog about it'. I guess the reverse must also follows [certainly for me]: the less there is going on in one's life, the more time one has to blog about it!
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