Weblogs and big-time news
: Let the record show that weblogs were handy — no, critical — to our news operation in the aftermath of the Great Blackout.
Because the power surge fried a part that still has not arrived [Cisco sucks. Cisco sucks.] we could not update our sites.
So the editors of one of our services, NJ.com, created the Blackout Blog and we pointed all our home pages to that weblog to keep the audience updated.
Next, the editors of our regional web services put up their own local weblogs with news from the papers and the wires and we pointed to them. See AL.com‘s, OregonLive‘s, Masslive‘s, Nola.com‘s, Syracuse.com‘s, and MLive.com‘s.
Weblogging is, after all, just the product of the world’s easiest, fastest, cheapest publishing tool connected to the history’s best distribution network and it works even for the big boys.
Art imitates art
: Too funny: Rob Lowe will reportedly join Schwarzenegger’s campaign as a top adviser. Arnold: Rob merely played a political adviser on TV. He read the lines. He didn’t think them. You’re trying to run a state, not cast a movie.
: John Scalzi, hired as the pioneer AOL blogger to set an example for the mobs to come, gives us a link to his beta blog. (Now what am I going to have to do to get on his blogroll? Haven’t I written about AOL blogs enough? I guess I need to read “How to get linked.”)
: Advance Internet just put up the latest edition of the blackout blog.
: A Bush/Cheney-2004 blog quotes a 2001 speech from Vice President Cheney that will be one of many told-ya-so’s we’ll be hearing:
“One of the concerns, obviously, is the aging power grid and the growing problem that we have in getting electricity from the power plant to the light switch. It’s clear that we must upgrade and expand the power grid. If we put more connections in place, we’ll go a long way towards avoiding future blackouts. Another broad aim is to increase energy supplies from diverse sources; from oil and gas, renewables, coal, hydro and nuclear.”
: Michael J Totten collected pictures of all the darkened skylines.
Circle of friends
: Blogs are a means to make and keep in touch with friends, so bloggers feel as if they’re trapped in an elevator when their blogs are down. Bene Diction, a Canadian blogger, couldn’t get online and thus had a friend post to the blog from elsewhere to let everybody know that Bene was fine.
: KMK, in my comments, tells a tale of urban survivalism:
I’m an alarmist……..and I’ve been the butt of many jokes since Christmas. I took hat boxes and spray painted them with glow in the dark paint. In them I put lanterns that run on batteries, huge flashlights, walkman radio’s, old phones that require no power to work, heavy duty hospital supply face masks, MRE’s from the army navy supply on Canal Street, juice boxes, and a large supply of replacement batteries. They all got a keyring laser light. I taped my phone number to the phones and laminated a card for everyone’s wallet with my number on it. My friend in Soho, who is an artist, displays my box in an Andy Warhol kind of way with his art. I’d like to say I had the last laugh last night but I am just relieved. My friends and family, when they made it home, had light and a radio telling them it wasn’t a terrorist attack. They were able to tell their neighbors what was going on. I spent the night as a check in point reuniting people with their significant others and parents with children. It didn’t take more than $40 bucks per box and a little planning to be prepared. If you could have heard the frantic tone in my friends voice when at 11:30 he still had not heard from his girlfriend and the relief when I told him she had called and was planning to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to get home (she works midtown) and the fact that she had stopped off with a few friends to partake in the free beer pubs were offering, you’d make a box. The only one who talked to all the kids about a plan was me, the alarmist. I’m happy to know I have no MIA’s, just a few people sleeping off the free beer, and a big Cheshire cat smile on my face.
That is live in New York after 9/11. Fear comes in handy.