One sign you are a rabid weblogger is when you start collecting links without actually finishing the articles. Funny, you can usually tell which articles you will like before actually reading something. I was always amazed at how uncanny Amazon.com’s predictions are about which books I might enjoy.
Two pieces by myself: The Collective, Polemical Mind and This Process We Call Democracy . The second piece is about meeting my congressman at a town meeting.
Update: These were on my lovely but short-lived postnuke site. I have these essays somewhere. Note to self: need to reprint these lovely essays elsewhere.
The Kuro5hin forum about whether games are art was one of the most insightful things I’d seen in a long time. Especially enjoyed the comment by Socrates Ghost about art. I don’t read Kuro5hin often enough, but on occasion, they have more intellectual and less geek-oriented topics. Such as the Milgram Experiments, Cervantes, and the Glass Bead Game. “Glass Bead Game” is an awkward translation of the title of a famous novel by Herman Hesse about an imaginary game played by intellectuals, and the Kuro5hin poster makes the argument that the Internet is as close as you are ever going to get to the glass bead game. By the way, the poem “Socrates Ghost” by Delmore Schwartz is delightful.
Nice article about the art of writing FAQ.
I just wanted to say that Canada’s “National Post” had a brooding article about Vaclav Havel’s meeting with Cuban dissidents. But alas, the link doesn’t work, and I can find no archived or cached copy on google or archive.org. Stupid Canadians.
Two quotes: The genius of you Americans is that you never make clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them which we are missing. Gamel Abdel Nasser.
“In times of drastic change, the learners will inherit the future. Those who have finished learning find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.” Eric Hoffer
Another sign you’ve waited too long to blog is when you have multiple links on a single topic. How Google has changed their search algorithm and mischeivous webloggers can create google bombs. Actually, google has been giving more and more importance to dmoz, something I’d long predicted (which is why I’ve been able to produce such incredible search results. For more entertaining links about google, read an insider’s account about google answers and another on google’s pigeon technology.
I still can’t understand this optical illusion.
Mediaagora contains good articles about the travails of being a content producer in this day and age.
I will be switching very soon to a new hosting service. I am probably going with rosehosting. Actually, the hot new trend is “virtual servers” where webmasters buy miniature servers with root access. That allows people to configure their own servers, set up a larger number of domains and databases than most hosting services allow. Also, here are some good tips on finding a webhosting service.