Posts from February 2004

More youth blogging

More youth blogging
: Two significant developments for taking blogging younger: Bravenet, which for a long time has provided web-site add-ons (forums, chats, polls) — has started a blogging (aka journaling) tool. And Tucows, the huge software download site, has just acquired Blogrolling.com. Bravenet and Tucows are both big services, particularly with younger users. Blogging has gone mass and the mass keeps growing.

Drat

Drat
: Iranian radio reported that bin Laden had been caputured in Pakistan. U.S. officials deny it.

: Meanwhile, The Times reports:

President Bush has approved a plan to intensify the effort to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, senior administration and military officials say, as a combination of better intelligence, improving weather and a refocusing of resources away from Iraq has reinvigorated the hunt along the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The plan will apply both new forces and new tactics to the task, said senior officials in Washington and Afghanistan who were interviewed in recent days. The group at the center of the effort is Task Force 121, the covert commando team of Special Operations forces and Central Intelligence Agency officers. The team was involved in Saddam Hussein’s capture and is gradually shifting its forces to Afghanistan to step up the search for Mr. bin Laden and Mullah Muhammad Omar, the former Taliban leader.

Deaniacs’ quandry

Deaniacs’ quandry
: Dean blogger Matthew Gross has his former colleague Mark Sundeen blog about the choice on Super Tuesday:

With Super Tuesday a few days out, I’m facing a question I didn’t expect: who should I vote for?…

But even now, with Dean out of the race, many will still vote for him…. I think the majority of those voting for Dean know he won

Just me

Just me
: I supported the war and people called me a right-winger and refused to accept my liberal credentials. Now I go after the Bush administration over free speech and Howard Stern and also don’t like Gibson’s Passion and the right-wingers call me a left-winger. Those who hated me one week love me the next; those who loved me one week hate me the next; and a few smart people sit back and laugh. Life becomes very confusing when you have only one litmus test by which to judge mankind.

Befuddled about business and blogs

Befuddled about business and blogs
: Are you a big business or brand befuddled about blogs (and sick of this alliteration)? Go high Hugh MacLeod, who just put his shingle out to take his (a) copywriting experience and (b) blog expertise, not to mention (c) his marketing smarts, and (d) his cartoons for good measure and offer his services to companies wanting someone to create a blog for them. Go here.

Let’s hope they have no headlines from which to rip

Let’s hope they have no headlines from which to rip
: George Bush and Tom Ridge have a West Wing to call their own:

In what would be a highly unusual action for a president, George W. Bush is apparently giving the White House seal of approval to a television series, D.H.S.–The Series, a drama about the Department of Home Security being introduced Thursday night to prospective networks at an Industry gathering.

President Bush and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge both “endorse and contribute sound bites to the introductions of the series,” according to the show’s producers.

[via IWantMedia]

Nice guys do finish first

Nice guys do finish first
: David Weinberger, one of the smartest and nicest people I’ve been in this here ‘sphere, is appointed a Harvard Berkman fellow. Bravo.

More on the meltdown

More on the meltdown
: There’s ever more comment on the Eli Noam piece in the FT that said we’re in an information-industry meltdown. David Isenberg has weighed in twice. Om Malik has more links.

I sent Noam email with links to all the blog comments on his piece and an invitation to coffee. Never heard a thing.