Posts from January 2004

Blog geek help for hire

Blog geek help for hire
: I need an MT expert to help get my blog house in order (which will allow

me to upgrade to the next MT and to a new design). The structure of this

blog is in great part a leftover of its Blogger beginnings. So I need

someone to go through all the data and fix it up and then set me up with

some neat new MT plug-ins. The tasks, many dull:

– Move all headlines (now enclosed in bold tags in the body) into the Title

field so I can start using it.

– Fix up strange duplicated posts in early months.

– Set up per-item archives and convince me this won’t mess up every

permalink ever created (my monthly archives are now horrendously long

because I’m just so damned verbose; see next post).

– Set up comment spam plug ins and recommend other plug-ins.

– Set up mail-this-post.

– Recommend other fixes.

I would have this done on a shadow blog to test and debug and then switch


And then I’ll worry about a new design and new CSS.

If you’re able and interested, please send me email.

Please include an estimate of cost.

: I wrote this post earlier and added a line from the road on my Treo but accidentally erased it. Two kind souls send me the text again out of their RSS readers. Thanks. You can see I need the help!

The click heard ’round the world

The click heard ’round the world

: Martin Nisenholtz, the very smart and focused head of New York Times Digital, gave a visionary speech this week to the Information Industry Summit [via PaidContent] in which he says that media is awaiting its Pong, its application that unleashes something wholly new and with it a new creative class and a new industry.

Martin keeps dancing around the idea that weblogs could be that thing. He won’t take the last step to annoint them. (“The jury is still out.”) But perhaps he’s reluctant because he’s using the wrong word and thus looking at this thing too narrowly. Yes, a weblog per se won’t change the world. But citizens’ media will. And the weblog is the proof of that concept: It is the Pong. It is the click heard round the world.

Martin lists many characteristics of this messianic Pong he awaits and I agree with all his criteria: It evolves media past its current roles of “sorting, distributing, and making accessible content created principally for other formats, to creating content that is native to the computing world.” It brings users “new and original ways of communicating.” It, like the Web, “is designed to foster social interaction, not just information retrieval.” It causes a “control shift” giving the user that control. He sets up a test:

: First, the medium must be large, global and spawn a new profitable industry.

: Second, the medium must be expressive. It must delight people on an emotional level. It must become a regular part of their life experience.

: Third, the medium must ultimately engender a new collective class of creative people. Think of film, with actors, directors and set designers; or videogames, with art directors and programmers; or newspapers, with reporters, editors and photographers….

Ah, but Martin, that new creative class is nothing less than the people themselves. The citizens create. That is revolutionary beyond creating a new, closed industry that employs a new, limited cast of trained professionals, a new priesthood. This is more than Pong. This is Gutenberg, baby!

But my friend Martin remains cautious even as he is visionary (that’s why he’s successful):

Many are now postulating that Web logs

Brutal Honesty, Inc.

Brutal Honesty, Inc.
: I agree with Corey Bergman that “brutal honesty” is the news-media trend of today. I say Howard Stern started it. You can expect that I’ll throw both FoxNews and weblogs into the mix. Corey notes t he trend with Dennis Miller on CNBC plus “think Daily Show combined with Anderson Cooper 360. Or MSNBC’s Countdown. Miller is aiming for 20 and 30-something (male) viewers who would rather trade the stiff formality of TV news for their X-Boxes. And I think he’s on the right track.”

The terrorists have won if…

The terrorists have won if…
: Howard Dean just said in tonight’s debate that “the terrorists have already won” because we have the Patriot Act.

What a horrid attitude from someone who would be President.

The terrorists have won?

Those words should never pass your pursed lips!

Dear Joe letter

Dear Joe letter
: David Weinberger, an adviser to the Dean campaign, bids farewell to Joe Trippi. Dave is characteristically candid:

I am not inside the Dean organization enough to know what Trippi did wrong. I hear the TV ads sucked, and I’m more than a little disturbed that the campaign managed to spend all of the money it raised, but I also saw some things that Trippi did right. Real right.