Posts from May 2003

Blogopoly

Blogopoly
: Aaron Brown reports it first: FCC to restrict blog ownership.

Salam Pax interviews

Salam Pax interviews
: I can’t find the comment that tipped me off to this but Boar talked to Salam Pax in Baghdad and here’s his take:

actually, its not just that he’s kind; as his father told me, salam has been doing this at risk of his entire family. his dad didn’t find out about what salam was up to and if, prior to the regime’s fall, the wrong someone had found out, heads would have rolled.

this is part of the reason salam’s a good man; his freedom means something to him. he and i had a chance to talk in the middle of the mobile media empire named The Sheraton Hotel, Baghdad. we were surrounded by the mass media neither of us trusted. it was a good talk. Salam, like Ghaith, is smart, alert, and watching the distant waters of the US for ripples that will, when they break on the borders of iraq, bring problems. and he’s smart enough to be ready for it. and smarter, still, to know how to use this energy to his own benefit.

salam unpacked for me the finer points of using media against imperialism, of what it means to speak iraqi arabic these days, and how important it is that americans take the time to familiarize themselves with cultures that aint theirs (noting that its even more important for non-americans to famliarize themselves with Amerika..)….

: Tekka, an online magazine, also says it has an interview. But you’ll have to pay $50 to see it.

: Salam Pax said on his blog that he did an interview with the Guardian. Haven’t seen it yet. Wonder why.

Blah-blah-blog

Blah-blah-blog
: Chuck Olsen, video Boswell to the bloggers, puts up a long snippet from our time together (gawd, I do go on) about blogs, journalism, and democracy.

Moving day

Moving day
: Jim Treacher moved, into a much nicer house. I saw Puce helping him haul boxes.

Oh, Insty? Insty? Where are you, Insty?

Oh, Insty? Insty? Where are you, Insty?
: Glenn Reynolds isn’t quite back up yet. The electricians are still working on his server. I envision his server being as big as a 1930s locomotive and they have to get up a big head of steam before he’s back. But he will be back, chugging down the track…

: Glenn wonders how many were reading his backup. Well, in a matter of hours, it got to #16 on Blogdex.

Outting God

Outting God
: Just as my servers went down this morning, I found this story that I couldn’t blog. Damn, that hurt:

JESUS was gay

Feels so good when it stops hurting

Feels so good when it stops hurting
: I share the same host as Instapundit and we’ve both been down today as our host suffered a fire alarm that shut down the power.

Weird feeling: I saw things today I wanted to blog but couldn’t.

I was blogagged.

: If anybody sent me email today — to offer me great riches — I probably did not and will not get it. Please resend.

The Dowd diss

The Dowd diss
: Even Gawker is piling on Maureen Dowd:

I find Dowd’s column encouraging on some level because if Maureen Dowd can have a column, anyone can have a column. But I can’t read it without desperately wishing I could have those seconds of my life back immediately afterward.

dowd_new.jpgbrown.jpg: By the way, were Maureen Dowd and Blair Brown separated at birth… or do they just share the same ’80s hairdresser…. or will Brown play Dowd in the movie of the Times? (And that’s your cue, bloggers: cast the Times movie now.