Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Tom Peters on enemies and friends

Build bridges with friends, rather than burn them with enemies.

Your scintillating personality and brilliant analytic skills rarely turn enemies into allies. And win or lose, you waste a hell of a lot of time training for the battle and cleaning up the mess.

Forget your enemies. Work around them. Work instead on developing friends, turning people who agree with you (a little bit or a lot) into passionate advocates and adherents. That is, surround your enemies with your friends.

Tom Peters
The Pursuit of WOW!
Vintage, 1994, p. 51

It is often a waste of time to debate something, unless the debaters sincerely seek Truth. Often, however, they seek only to conquer and strut, to insult and mock, to "prove" with harsh words, that they have the position of power and their opponent is a mere worm.

On the other hand, the vast majority of "good people" are lazy and self-centered. Most people fear conflict and flee controversy. So us more argumentative and passionate advocates must step in and knock a few heads against the wall. It's not as simple as "try to avoid conflict" or "argue about anything you feel like".

I was recently told that when you see something wrong or wicked, just saying something, scolding or warning is enough. You need not actually try to "change" what is going on. Bull. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ghandi did not have this wimpy policy, though there are times when all you really can do is issue a warning, then move on.

A better course, in my experience, than "surrounding your enemies with your friends" is to take the situation in your own hands and grapple. Don't count on even your best friends to drop what they're doing to rally to your aid. Fighting solo is nearly always the best idea. Solve the problem, cure the illness, fix the damage, and move on toward your goals. Celebrate victory with your allies, but don't expect them to do much about your problems.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Display your ad on Vaspers the Grate

For the first time ever, I am allowing businesses to display their ads in my blog sidebar. Besides, I could use a little tiny bit of extra cash now and then, couldn't you?

I visited a blog years ago, where nobody cared much for content or cash. So they had neither. Two of the dudes shifted over to cell phones sales, and the other guy is in a nursing home, but I can't say anymore about that messy annoying situation.

Look, I'm clumsy and dead tired, so it may take a few minutes for me to make the graphic a live link, a fully clickable button. One gentleman, who will not see his ad displayed now or ever, sent me corrupt code, malformatins, bad syntax.

And the last time I checked, the length of an attribute's value is limited to 1024 characteers. I'm so exhausted, I'm sure I'm not making any sense. Plus, I can't figure out why I'm so worn out all of a sudden. Must be something I forgot to eat.

I'm lucky if I can install my sorry ass on my broken tilted computer chair.

I keep sliding around noisily, at 4 in the morning, and my wife wants to know why I'm up so late.

"I'm making Odeo Mini-Promo Podcasts, promoting any random thing, for a survey video blog I want to please Xerox with, but they will probably turn me away, and I'll abandon all of the whole thing of its totality, both completely and entirely." I chirp impishly, then wonder how to add an archive title to each recording, but the recordings, when finished, seem to keep vanishing...who knows where?

That's it. 35 short, 3 minute podcasts (with my CompuMusik background music, for good production value) have just dropped off, disappeared, and I'm too tired to do another one now.

Can you tell I have not had ONE DROP of sleep for seven (7) days? Or food?

Hey, but I can get the jpg graphics up using a unique batching process I hacked for you, up to 10 or 20 at a time. (If you need any research, testing, analytics, metrics, creative, production, publicity, networking, monitoring, tracking, encrypting, grey-neting, or special distribution channels, I also do all that.)

So if you have multiple product lines, we stand ready to accommodate. Ping me.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

World's Dullest Blog promotion post

To promote my favorite blog in the whole freaking bloatosphere, allow me to quote an excessively large chunk, all of the main index page.

For my new students and colleagues coming over here, and also checking out the nutty whacko-blogging site A Jack of All Blogs, howdy.

You will deeply regret coming here. I have, and since you're bound to discover soon anyway, I'll admit it up front: I sometimes, at 4:67 AM on the third or second Sunday of any month that begins with the letter M or J, might have an occasional, though short-lived, "anger issue" with some metrosexual transvestite gel-scraper who gets in my way.

If you wear women's make up, and go to their facial spas, you're either gay, or want to be gay, or are trying to be gay...

...or you have no other way to meet girls than to try on their cosmetics, skin lotions, body mists, douche filters, and clothes.

If you wear any make up, and you're a man...you're not a man anymore.

For I am a Triumphalist Blogger, and if you want to learn how to blog with balls attached, or castration technique shining (for you grrrrls)...

...then FOLLOW ME! And no one else!

Make ME...and ME ONLY...your technical blogging guru, mentor, teacher, and master.

Notice the sheer frozen, emotionally dead composition style of my favorite blog, World's Dullest Blog, a joke title, because I'm hooked on it, and I lie in bed thinking about it.

What will he do next? Have sex?

Please post a
comment here
on what you think.



Opening a cupboard door
(dull, October 17)
There was a cupboard in the corner of the room. I reached out my hand and gripped the door handle. I pulled the door towards me, thereby opening the cupboard.
Permalink 17/10/2005 3:29 am

Standing in the middle of the room
(dull, April 21)
I was standing at a central point in the room. The walls were all at approximately the same distance from me. I continued to stand there for a few moments.
Permalink 21/04/2005 3:56 pm

Scratching my knee
(dull, September 10)
My knee had a slight itch. I reached out my hand and scratched the knee in question. The itch was relieved and I was able to continue with my activities.
Permalink 10/09/2004 5:11 pm

Moving an item from one place to another
(dull, July 21)
There was an object occupying a space on my table. Using my hand I picked up the item from its place. Having considered my options for a moment I placed the object on a different area of the table.
Permalink 21/07/2004 10:47 pm

Looking at a wall
(dull, May 19)
I was standing quite near to a wall. I turned my attention towards it for a few moments. Having done this for several seconds I turned away from it and carried on doing something else.
Permalink 19/05/2004 2:48 pm

Drumming my fingers on the arm of the chair
(dull, April 12)
I was sitting down on one of the chairs in my house. My hand was resting on the arm of the chair. I started to drum my fingers on the arm, thereby making a barely audible sound.
Permalink 12/04/2004 2:04 pm

Turning off a light
(dull, March 17)
A light in one of the rooms of my house was on. I decided that I didn't need the light on any longer. I pressed the light switch thereby turning off the light.
Permalink 17/03/2004 12:07 am

Thinking about putting on some music
(dull, February 22)
I was in a room carrying out some routine activities. I began to consider playing some music on the stereo system. I looked at some compact discs for a while, but didn't put one on.
Permalink 22/02/2004 6:31 pm

Putting a piece of junk mail into the waste paper basket
(dull, February 2)
I discovered a piece of junk mail on my door mat. I carried the item away from the front door and held it above the waste paper basket. I opened my hand, thereby allowing the piece of junk mail to fall into the basket.
Permalink 2/02/2004 4:02 pm

Taking an item out of a drawer
(dull, January 21)
I opened a drawer by pulling it towards me. I picked up the object I needed and removed it from the drawer. Having done so I pushed the drawer with my hand, thus closing it.
Permalink 21/01/2004 11:38 pm

Taking a sip of coffee from a mug sitting on my desk
(dull, January 12)
I had a mug of coffee sitting on my desk. I reached out my hand and picked up the mug. I took a sip of coffee before returning the mug to it's former position on my desk.
Permalink 12/01/2004 2:24 pm

Taking a plate to the kitchen
(dull, January 3)
There was an empty plate sitting on a surface in one of the rooms of my house. I picked up the plate and carried it into the kitchen. I then deposited the plate upon one of the kitchen work surfaces.
Permalink 3/01/2004 12:07 pm

Picking up my pen
(dull, December 19)
I was sitting on a chair in the living room. My pen was lying on the table. I reached out my hand and picked up the pen.
Permalink 19/12/2003 11:32 pm

Looking at some pieces of paper
(dull, December 8)
I had several pieces of paper in front of me. I looked at one of them for a few moments, then put it aside. Having done so I picked up another piece and looked at it for a while.
Permalink 8/12/2003 1:38 pm

Going outside
(dull, December 2)
I was inside my house and decided that I would like to go outside for a while. I picked up my keys, opened the front door and stepped outside. I turned around and closed the door behind me.
Permalink 2/12/2003 4:19 pm

Sitting on the settee
(dull, November 21)
I was sitting on the settee in my living room. The settee felt quite comfortable to sit on. I continued to sit there for a while.

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Wherever we find it.

We must transcend the half-human of current incapacitated state.

The following from Amazon Editorial, via Christopher Locke, now, in addition to writing Gonzo Marketing and co-writing The Cluetrain Manifesto (a formative, founding, fundamental revolutionary anti-fiasco theme for the Web and Blogosphere) is also a Google Chat expertician.


From the 1890s to the 1930s, a growing number of Germans began to scrutinize and discipline their bodies in a utopian search for perfect health and beauty.

Some became vegetarians, nudists, or bodybuilders, while others turned to alternative medicine or eugenics.

In The Cult of Health and Beauty in Germany, Michael Hau demonstrates why so many men and women were drawn to these life reform movements and examines their tremendous impact on German society and medicine.

Hau argues that the obsession with personal health and fitness was often rooted in anxieties over professional and economic success, as well as fears that modern industrialized civilization was causing Germany and its people to degenerate.

He also examines how different social groups gave different meanings to the same hygienic practices and aesthetic ideals.

What results is a penetrating look at class formation in pre-Nazi Germany that will interest historians of Europe and medicine and scholars of culture and gender.


Deconstruct Fascism Wherever You Find It--

in Home, School, Corporation, Government, Religion.

Especially in Religion.

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Monday, February 20, 2006

How computers kill people: Part 1

Your country and company love you. The computer is your friend.

Healthy Computing:
Risks and Remedies
Every Computer User Needs to Know

by Dr. Ronald Harwin & Colin Haynes
Amacom (American Management Association)

p. 48-52


Computer users are vulnerable to localized inflammatory or swelling of the tissues...because keyboards, mice, and trackballs encourage us to have bad working habits and to misuse the delicate structures of the arm, wrist, and hand.

The micro-trauma that results from this misuse is called repetitive stress injury or cumulative trauma disorder, which is the accumulation of micro-injuries....The surgical method...obtains only limited and temporary relief.

Myths and misconceptions about repetitive stress injury and carpal tunnel syndrome abound. The business community and federal and state government agencies still tend to dismiss it as not having great significance.

...skeptics claim that there has been a form of epidemic hysteria, in which psychological factors in the group of workers are transferred into shared physical symptoms. The outbreak also may be blamed on "compensationitis", with the suggestion that the computer workers are faking or aggravating their pain to seek financial compensation.

In the United States, the evidence required to confirm a diagnosis of RSI (repetitive stress injury) may be onerous and expensive to obtain. There are actually very powerful forces at work in this country to suppress the identification and quantification of RSI.

Even at the Social Security Administration headquarters near Baltimore, computer operators diagnosed with RSI have waited years while their cases were documented and evaluated. Some even had carpal tunnel surgery while they were waiting.

Since the 1970s, the U.S. Postal Service has resisted accepting that keyboard operation of letter sorting machines causes RSI.

The Reagan administration's cutbacks to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) made it even more difficult during the 1980s to assemble the information we now so desperately need.


Join the chorus.


"My country tis of thee
sweet land of infamy,
of thee I sing.

Land of the business pride
the sexist racist slide
from every mountain side
let Enron fling."

Wompers Beelzebub, it shore is wunnerful bein' an Amerikan.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Blog Addict early warning system

I got this list from the MSN Spaces blog of a person named Hafsa.


It's his February 17, 2006 blog post entry.


"Blog Addict?! Me? No!! "

You know you’re addicted to blogging if:

(1) If you can’t access the site, you have a minor freak out -- and a major case of hitting reload.

(2) You found yourself composing journal entries during dates, movies, etc.

(3) When you’re out, you suddenly think of a witty reply to a comment somebody made to you… several days ago.

(4) You’ve downloaded some sort of program, which has only the purpose of making entries easier to write, without going on the site manually.

(5) You consider it a great offense if someone deletes you off their friend’s list.

(6) The first thing you do every day when you go online is check your friends journals -- even before checking your email.

(7) When your friends ask what’s new, you get mad at them, because you already wrote it in your blog, and they didn’t check it yet.

(8) You can’t seem to call your friends by their real names.

(9) You have written posts to notify people you’re going to sleep.

(10) You talk about your blog friends to your real life friends all the time… like they’re a part of your group.

(11) You’ve created a blog community, and people actually post in it.

(12) You’ve been recognized in real live by a fellow blogger.

(13) Instead of doing research, you post difficult questions on your blog.

(14) You’ve stopped being friends with someone in real life because of something they’ve said on their blog.

(15) You have consoled yourself after a horrible day thinking “At least this will make a great post.”

(16) You’re jealous of people who have more friends and / or comments than you.

(17) You have written a really great, solid post - only to be disappointed by the lack of good comments.

(18) You’re guilty of commenting excessively to get more traffic to your journal.

(19) You give shout outs to all your blog friends on their birthdays.

(20) You have an additional, secret journal that hardly anyone knows about.

(21) You have gotten mean anonymous comments (bonus points for figuring out who it was via their IP)

(22) You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends who are blog addicts.

Rampurple [at] Savior Machine

I can only add these:

(23) You don't watch TV, go to bars, or visit shopping malls anymore, and hardly ever eat or sleep, due to blogging.

(24) You feel depression and self-loathing when your syndication feed subscribers drop from a whopping 16 to a paltry 4...in one night.

(25) You feel bitter toward those who are considered A Listers, and you dream of attending blog conferences and cruises, instead of winning the lottery, or meeting Mr. Right.

(26) You tell people you're married...but you mean to your blog.

(27) You no longer know where your blog ends and yourself begins. There is no boundary. You are one unit, indivisible.

(28) You jabber incessantly about how you clobbered someone in blogocombat, as if you just won the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship.

(29) The only sport you care about is blogrolling.

(30) On the rare times you do watch TV, you fumble around with the remote, looking for the Add Comment button.

(31) You cannot read any book or magazine without "interacting" with it by scribbling voluminous notes in the margins.

(32) You won't accept any job unless the company allows you to wear your "blogger uniform" of soft cotton pajamas.

(33) Your site traffic stats mean more to you than a medical check-up.

(34) Your non-blogging friends and family members seem alien, distant, unreal, and they don't understand anything you say anymore because you pepper your talk with words like "feed syndication", "tags", "comment moderation", "captchas", "link pop", "Technorati", "Scoble", and "Mullenweg".

(34) You think the life of Jason Calacanis would make the most interesting movie you could ever see.

(35) Your tee shirts say things like "Skype Me", "let's exchange links", "blog you, pal!", and "feedroll it"... making people think you're a degenerate.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

the unspeakable curse of Nice Blogging

Paul Short is right. The blogosphere is a mess. It's so lame, I'm ashamed to be a part of it.

Bloggers are dropping like flies, abandoning their blogs as "failures"...and I don't condemn them, nor do I call them sissies, but come on. What in tarnation is going on around here? Everywhere I turn I see wimpy, light-in-the-loafers bloggers talking about cordial conversations, polite speech, gentle persuasion.

Nice Blogging is a curse, a blotch, a disgrace. If you're a Nice Blogger, I pity you, I really do. If you want to be kissy face with every rotten jerk on the planet, that's your problem. It's not Real Blogging to pamper the weak-ass chumps who whine about "A List Hegemony", "hopeless blog activity", and "negative comments".

You actually think corporate executives speak "professionally", "politely", "maturely" as they drink their Blue Moons with orange twist and plot their next scam on consumers? You really believe you have to have a supportive, soft, simpering environment in your blog? Sucka foo!

Blogs started by people with nothing to say, no talent, poor writing skills, defective logic, crybaby narcissism, or general malaise? They will not last. They deserve the obscurity they create by their lack of guts and zeal.

Once you start down the slippery slope of Nice Blogging, never using anger as a tool, as mentioned profoundly in the BlogHer 2005 "Flame, Blame, Shame" podcast, you end up with nothing but sewage, debris, wimped-out boredom.

No, not everybody has to be hostile or aggressive all the time. But damn, if you're an Approval Addict, you are a complete loser idiot to start a blog. Your little innocent stupid dreamworld will crash and burn super fast, with that ridiculous attitude.

If you pamper the whimpering underachiever crybabies, you'll fall in line with China style censorship and all the rest of the Neo-fascist garbage out there.Send Me A Message

she-bloggers and flames at BlogHer 2005

The first podcast I ever allowed to usurp my continuous ragga junglist DJ music CDs that blare outta my boombox...is:

"Flame, Blame, Shame"


BlogHer 2005 panel discussion
with: Sabater, Spertus, Valdes-Rodriguez
plus: Amy Gahran, Heather Armstrong (Deuce), etc.

It was hard to keep up with who was saying what, as I cleaned my upstairs office (the entire second floor of our bungalow).

Cogent Points (from hasty notes):

* "Flamers see you as a mirror of them. They insist that you be just like them. The more they find out about you, the more they will hate you." [Because the more they discover that you differ from them, even in little petty details: rage and uproar.]

VASPERS: narcissistic collapse of flamer, insecurity betrayed by argumentative attitude.

* "I use anger as a tool, to get attention for an important issue that I think others are ignoring."

VASPERS: Amen, sister she-blogger. Amen and Hallelujah!

* "There are drive-by zealots, anonymous or with aliases. As such, you can't go to their blogs and debate or defend your position."

VASPERS: This anon/alias flaming is the ultimate in wussy cowardice. Mostly 15 year old males who worship Harry Potter and bite farts.

* "Women bond with sweetness, even in debates. Men bond by bragging and hostile debate."

VASPERS: How true. Usually, in my observation and experience, once you clobber the crap out of another guy, you become friends forever. But if a man refuses to fight back, you despise the wussy chump.

* Heather Armstrong: "I was getting 300 to 400 comments per day. As a new mother, there was no way I could keep up with it. The technology [for comment moderation] has not kept up with the audiences."

VASPERS: Heather is the only mommy blogger I like, and that's because she was fired for blogging about her boss, the turd chomping screwfish.

* "Men use select words to trivialize women writers and bloggers. Women are called drama queens, histrionic, hysterical, hissy fit, catty, etc."

VASPERS: That's why I hate male domination systems and patriarchy. Those guys who beat up on women, everyone knows they are, as my wife says, "light in the loafers", i.e., no gonads, no scrotum, no testicles.

* "If a book has stripes or the color pink anywhere on the cover, it's demeaningly called a Chicklet book."

VASPERS: Male doofus chumps.

* "When mommy bloggers say anything at all about their parenting skills or methods, other mommy bloggers trash them mercilessly, relentlessly, it gets real ugly real fast. Women like to tear down other women when it comes to being a mother."

VASPERS: Another reason why most mommy blogging is a bad idea. Plus baby snatchers, online predators. Did you know that perverts take your child photos and do nasty things with them? Stop it, mommy bloggers.

Blog ABOUT your baby, if you *must*, with no details about where you live, but *never* display photos that enable predators to identify the child by face.

Use PhotoShop or other graphic software to distort slightly, fuzz, obfuscate the image. I use "brush strokes" to turn a little nephew photo into an impressionistic painting.

BTW: I say "she-bloggers" because it sounds scary, like "werewolf". I aim to frighten male chauvinistas.

Yours for catastrophic blogging,

Vaspers the Grate
Retard President of the United Snakes of BlogdomSend Me A Message

Friday, February 17, 2006

Putting the "fear" back into "blogosphere"

[photo: "Fist of Light" (at CamWorld blog) by Cameron Barrett, blog pioneer extraordinaire]

We define ourselves by what we like, what we do, what we are. But we are also defined by if, and what, we fight against. You can be peaceful and still engage in combat of various types. Even gentle Guatama Buddha warred against craving, superstition, hostility, ignorance, and the harming of other beings. Mother Theresa fought against suffering. Gandhi fought against political oppression. Martin Luther King, Jr. fought racism.

Have you picked an enemy to convert, an evil to reform, a wrong to correct, a societal ill to heal, a professional incompetency to thwart, an error in policy to change, a condition to overcome?

You won't amount to much if you coast along, enjoying the ride, while others suffer and societies disintegrate.

"Top 10 To-Dos: (1) Fight the Power. Or rather: Be the power. So you have no (formal) power. So what? Gandhi had no 'power'. Martin Luther King, Jr. had no 'power'. Yet they moved nations. They were power."

--Tom Peters (Talent, DK Publishing, 2005, p. 99)

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Tech Republic question categories

What questions do web pros, IT, and other computer specialists have?

Take a look at TechRepublic's Tech Q&A question categories, with the number of questions that have been posted. This is good market research, showing possible topics that you could post more about, or even write a book on.


NT (12606)

Windows 95/98 (6504)

Linux - Admin (1593)

UNIX (854)

Macintosh (345)

Windows 2000 (15161)

Network Management (4091)

NetWare (1968)

Office 2000 (4609)

Security (1794)

Development (544)

Palm OS (188)

Network Design (1868)

Windows XP (5484)


PC Troubleshooting (11838)

Windows (12230)

Messaging/E-mail (7107)

Programming (2547)

Software (6850)

User Interaction (529)

Linux - Support (966)

Client/Server (2319)

Hardware (5617)

Other (3304)


Vendor Q&A (155)

Developing Your People (50)

Compensation and Personal Finance (54)

Outsourcing Q&A (90)

Managing Your Career (72)

E-commerce Assistance (162)

IT Manager

Classroom Techniques (98)

Careers (250)

Managing Your People (167)

Managing Technology (594)

Training for Trainers (72)

Managing a Training Department (33)

Managing Your Career (213)

IT Consultant

Project management (524)

Vendor relations (52)

Programming (2222)

Java (389)

General Technology (1439)

Client relations (116)

Recruitment and Retention Issues (38)

Programming Methodology (156)

Career (343)

Beyond blog comment isolation: CoComment

Turn your scattered blog comments into a unified conversation with CoComments.

Via Hugh McLeod via My Name is Kate.

I believe that CoComment, or something like it, is the next big thing for blogs after RSS/Atom syndication feeds.

You post comments. Lots of smart, funny, anger-arousing comments. At lots of blogs. But how do you keep track of your comments, and the replies to them, or at least, subsequent comments in the thread?

"Subscribe to replies" or "Subscribe to this comment thread" is a *mandatory* function that ALL blog should include in the comment posting field. Unfortunately, Blogger doesn't offer that right now, as far as I know. What a huge opportunity.

CoComment is in Beta and By Invitation Only. But "my name is kate" blogger says go to the CoComment site and sign up. She got an invitation instantly.

Also, OT: see Kate's bizarre porn spam message at "Even a splogger".


Thursday, February 16, 2006

The Blog Establishment?

One of the biggest buzzes to hit the blogosphere suddenly: blog networks, "A Listers", and an allegedly "impenetrable" blog establishment.

"I'll never be an A List blogger," newbies whine. "They have a tight clique, and won't let anybody in. The blogosphere is going to be a handful of top bloggers, while the rest are ignored and unprofitable, no matter how many dorky ads we put on our blog."

Accusations of clinking (clique/cul-de-sac linking), favoritism, and the goo rising to the top of the (mostly) garbage heap known as the blogosphere...

...all these scowls and grimaces, disembodied in blog post text, are flying menacingly in the atmosphere above our blog-addled heads.

I have found the A Listers, most of the ones I've contacted with surveys, warnings, or questions, to be very kind, open, and willing to help the "little blogger" Vaspers the Grate.

Doc Searls, Cory Doctorow, David Weinberger, Christopher Locke, Evan Williams, Richard Edelman, Matt Mullenweg, Mark Cuban, Dean Esmay, Joe Katzman, Perry de Havilland, Buzz Bruggeman, Robert Scoble, Hugh McLeod, Seth Godin, Tom Peters, John C. Dvorak, John Battelle, and many others have been exceedingly nice, responsive, and helpful.

A Listers really do care about "little" or "long tail" bloggers. I have much proof of it, and I'm not someone they "had" to be nice to, though I'm not very easy to ignore at time, y'know?

It's the schmucky crap bloggers who cop an attitude with you, then abandon their flimsy boring blogs a month later.

Blog Empires? Blogs assembled into a "media" or group blog/blogger association, like Federated Media, MetaFilter, Blog Expulsion, BlogCritics (which I joined recently and have yet to do a single one arm pushup at)?

Many different configurations and conglomerations of blogs have been tried, the most successful is Jason Calacanis and his Weblogs Inc.

But how I tire of all the bickering about "A Listers and why I'll never get to be one"...bull! You whiners are underachievers, mediocre, and deserve your obscurity.

Now, on a bright note, consider this, from the Jason Calacanis blog:

"Peter Rojas gets his due"



One of my favorite moments came a month or two after Peter Rojas had jumped ship from Gawker to Weblogs, Inc. Nick Denton and I were having drinks and he told me that I would never be able to manage Peter. Denton then went into great details about how he couldn't manage Peter, that he was demanding, and that he would never compromise his vision.

I thought for a second and said to myself "hmmm... that sounds like a description of me."

I knew we had done the right thing in courting Peter to join WIN. The truth is Peter Rojas is one of the hardest-working and most brilliant people I've ever worked with. He's a force of nature on an individual level, but the side of him most people never see is his amazing leadership ability. Having been on *his* team at the last two CES' I can tell you that leadership is his real skill. He knows how to inspire folks to do great work--and that's much more important than being able to do great work at the end of the day.


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How refreshing to see a maverick praised for his eccentricity and independence. And his prophetically fiery vision and fierce devotion to it!

Safeguarding your enterprise from System Administrators

Tech Republic Blog, in "Stop Trusting System Administrators"


states that:

I'm wondering if anyone else has ever wondered if you can actually stop your most senior IT superuser, your most trusted systems administrator, from being able to operate 'without restriction' in your network.

Is the answer to split the passwords for the highest level access into two, and give half to the systems administrator, and the other half to the senior internal auditor? So that neither could access the highest level account without the involvement of the other.

Why would you want to restrict your systems administrator at all?

Because they have children, wives, and a hundred other ways of being 'turned' by someone who wants to do that badly enough. But wouldn't the audit trails reveal any wrong doing by the system administrator?

Not if they had sufficient access to manipulate the audit files. So all we have to do is prevent the systems administrator from being able to touch the audit files? Yes. How do you do that if they have full access?

Don't give them full access - create an account that
does everything they need EXCEPT the ability to touch the audit files,and give them that.

Call it the Systems Administrator Operations account. Then take the true Systems Administrator access and split the password between the Administrator and the Auditor.

The Auditor won't be using that for their day to day work (they'll have an Audit account), so in fact the Administrator and the Auditor shouldn't need to do the two key trick very often at all.

Would this work, has anyone tried it? Are there ten thousand system administrators out there who would take this as an attack on their integrity?

Should we nevertheless rise above our stung pride and start thinking seriously about accountability?

One commenter replied that this "two key" approach would not work and offers this:

There's an alternative, though: configure all systems on the network to send system and user log data to a given reserved IP address. Don't have a computer at that address: have one outside the network's address range that uses a utility such as snort to "listen" for traffic directed at that address and log it.

This creates an "anonymous" logging server. You can give that server a root password (since it would best be implemented with a unixy OS, I'll not play silly buggers with euphemisms for "root") that is not in the sysadmin's possession, and let the auditor manage that system. Voila, you have accountability without destroying the effectiveness of your sysadmin.

Another commenter agreed with the "two key" system:

There is a clear principle in security that you do not give any one person all of the keys to the kingdom, unless he owns the kingdom.

This "separation of duties" and another important principle, that of "least privilege" go a long way to preventing intrusions and abuse by "authorized" users in the system.

In the enterprise, the duties should be shared by the senior system admin, and the chief security officer. No one person should be wearing both hats for some of the reasons listed in the blog.The norm, unfortunately, is that once you are "in" the network or system there are nothing to stop any insider from accessing anything that he wishes to, unless the organization is lucky enough to have a security savvy administrator.

Finally, here's what I added as a comment to this blog post:

I agree totally with the blog.

I worked, sad to say, briefly as a management trainee at Steak n Shake hamburger restaurant.

A policy was that the store manager had to take someone with her when she took vault deposits of cash to the bank.

Did they not trust their own managers? No, not that. It was: they simply did not trust Human Nature, and they wanted a policy to protect both managers from accusations of theft and the company from theft.

One day, the manager went to the bank without me. Then she left on vacation. The next day, a large amount of money was missing. The assistant managers said, "Someone must have left the vault open slightly, in a hurry, and some customer must have somehow
got into the office, saw the vault open, and took the cash."

Yeah, right. I'm now dealing with gettting fired by a manager, and the company experienced "massive inventory losses" this past year. I know what really has been going on, and I'm typing a letter to the president today.

This is an illustration of the principle of "two keys" as the blog proclaims.

posted by vaspersthegrate
on February 16, 6:12 AM

Most security breaches are inside jobs, disgruntled or thieving employees. IT department heads must not be given a clean slate of freedom from suspicion.

The higher you rise in an organization, the less trustworthy you are (ironic, but true: think Enron), and the more temptations you encounter.Send Me A Message

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

be an editorial assistant at Federated Media

Comment Blitzing has other rewards than simply attracting visitors, and comments, to your blog.

I suddenly, just a few minutes ago, foun myself in discussions regarding a job as an Editorial Assistant at John Battelle's new Federated Media company, via Comment Blitzing.

I had gone to his Search Blog to post a comment, and saw that his current-most post was a job offer. I zapped an email AND a blog comment to him, and he instantly fired off an email to me, saying he wanted to talk about the position.

I had to drop out of the consideration, due to the requirement of moving to Sausalito, CA.

They have a few positions available. See John Battelle Search Blog, or Federated Media site, for more details.

Oh, and go buy his new book about how Google and others have changed business forever: The Search.


Federated Media: About

Federated Media helps leading independent authors turn their publications into sole-proprietor media businesses,at the same time providing media buyers with a scalable mechanism by which they can tap the audience loyalty and engagement that are fostered by the best blogs.

FM works by "federating" authors into topic clusters.

Our first federation focuses on digital business and culture, and includes sites such as Boing Boing, Matt Haughey's Metafilter and PVRblog, Merlin Mann's 43 Folders, Om Malik's Broadband Blog, Glenn Fleishman's Wi-Fi Networking News, John Battelle's Searchblog, Michael Arrington's TechCrunch, Gareth Branwyn's STREETtech and many more. We plan to roll out new federations in the coming months.


comment blitzing to generate comments

No comments at your blog? That's easy to fix.

[EDIT UPDATE (re: Zafu comment): assuming other aspects of your blog are in good shape, like usability, accessibility, posting frequency, credibility characteristics, etc.]

Let's first understand that you should not blog just to accumulate tons of comments. Quality means more than quantity. I don't really want to see 35 to 684 comments on every post I write. Especially if the comments were just "I agree" or "nice design" or "you rock".

I'd rather have one good comment for every 30 posts I publish, than 30 boring, off topic, or flattering comments for every post. And I'm weird I guess, but I prefer criticism to praise. I don't grow or learn with compliments. It's only criticism, negative comments, hatred, challenge that can teach me anything.

I already know my single strong point: I'm an okay scribbler.

Now, I want to hear about my weak points.

How about you? Would huge numbers of comments make you feel...well..."popular"? More "authoritative"? More "important" as a blogger?

There is only one reason why a Hardcore Blogger would like seeing comments on her posts: the comments enrich the discussion, enlighten the blogger, and educate the readers of your blog.

So, now that you have the proper perspective on blog comments, how can you attract more for your blog? By doing what you do on your blog, but doing it at other blogs. In other words: deposit really smart, relevant, interesting comments at other blogs.

How to do a Comment Blitz:

Comment Posting: publishing your thoughts and opinions at other blogs.

Blitz: overwhelming assault or activity that quickly accomplishes a goal; striking so fast, people wonder what hit them.

(1) Visit blogs on your blogroll, in your feeds, or bookmarked favorites list.

(2) Quickly scan each blog to determine which recent posts deal with some topic you're interested in and can contribute to.

(3) Click-select "Add Comment" or similarly worded function.

(4) Enter an intelligent remark, a nice compliment, or a friendly question.

(5) Be sure to embed your blog URL in the comment form, which generally will make your name (comment posted by...) a link to your blog.

(6) Avoid mentioning your blog or any post at it, unless extremely relevant and urgent to the topic thread. "Post URL Promotion", even though recommended by Blogger, is something I'm against. It looks spammy. Like you're using another person's blog to advertise your blog.

(7) If your comment is clever, on topic, and well written, it will get noticed by the blog author first, and by other commenters secondly. Hope for the best.

(8) Keep track, on a piece of paper or index card, of how many blogs you can visit and post comments on per day.

(9) Don't be shocked if the blogger emails you and expresses appreciation for your comment. Be sure to respond quickly to the blog author, or any of his readers, who show up at your blog.

I think we should spend a certain amount of time each week at least, visiting other blogs and posting comments at them. This makes the blogosphere strong and healthy.

For example, yesterday and today I posted comments at the following blogs:

* Origin of Brands (Laura Ries)
* CyberGal
* Gaping Void
* Tom Peters!
* Joi Ito
* Tinbasher
* Lipsticking
* Ensight
* Communication Overtones (Kami Huyse)
* Decent Marketing
* Naked Conversations
* The Blog Herald
* Dvorak Uncensored
* Crossroads Dispatches
* Blog Write for CEOs
* Painting Angels
* John Battelle Search Blog
* Carrie Snell
* Blog Business Summit
* Tech Republic
* Constantin Basturea
* Bob Bly
* Alas, a Blog
* O'Reilly Network Blogs: Kurt Cagle
* Diva Marketing (Toby Bloomberg)
* Peter Merholz
* Radiant Marketing (The Blog Coach)
* JOHO the Blog
* Business Pundit
* Southern At Heart
* Feminist Blogs
* What's Your Brand Mantra? (Jennifer Rice)
* Disgruntled Car Salesman

...and few others I forget just now. It all happens so...quickly!

I hope you get all the comments you can humanly handle...soon!Send Me A Message

Disgruntled Car Salesman abandons blog

I have only recently wondered about blogging as an activity.

I have never questioned my own blogging, until recently. I am frustrated with crashing browsers (Firefox is pure shit right now, and other tech people agree with me, see Tech Republic Blog). I am frustrated with limitations of Blogger, WordPress, JotSpot, and other blog/wiki/web site solutions.

I have decided to build an interactive web site, and embed my Blogger blogs within it. This is a long-term project, in the midst of other more pressing projects. Zafu: Vaspers Village is on temporary hiatus, but VTG shall continue, despite problems.

Sadly, other bloggers are going the route of taking a break. Of uncertain duration.

I just discovered, as I made my Reciprocal and Promotional Comment Posting rounds, which I call a CoPoBlitz, that my friend and ally Disgruntled Car Salesman has abandoned his blog, deleted all posts, and has only a "Sabatical" announcement, with comments from freinds and enemies.

I feel so bad. I had not kept up with the apparently mind-blowing controversies and blogocombat that must have been going on over there.

I keep thinking, I could've helped my comrade in arms. I, the Invincible Blogocombat Warrior, could have clobbered his detractors. But I didn't know. I don't feel so good today.


I regret to inform all visitors, readers, bloggers, friends, foes and DCS faithful that I will be taking a sabbatical of undetermined length at this time. While this blog is a wonderful venue for me to express my thoughts about current events, I find it in the best interest of my financial and mental health to take a break from this hobby at this given time. I appreciate any kind words and thoughts that you may have regarding my decision. Any nay-sayers can go pound sand. Feel free to explore linked sites and my archives. See you around...


Cyber war against blogs: server attack example

If you hurry, you may still be able to see it. See what? See what happens when a blog is under attack from cyber-vandals, that's what. This time, it's a server attack. Which probably means that enemies are flooding the server with abusive comments, and other attacks against the blogger, with whom they disagree.

Ever happen to you? Of course not. Why? Because you don't run a political blog.Our political blog brothers and sisters have to deal with far more problems than most personal and business bloggers. Let's remember them today in their crises.

FACTS: American VP Dick Cheney gets drunk (maybe? not confirmed yet) and shoots a lawyer in the face. This alone is amazing, since don't politicians and corporate managers usually stab people in the back?

REACTION: Anti-Bush Administration web users post hateful comments, attempting to flood servers, on Right Wing political blogs. The Left Wingers attempt to counter the Republicans' defense of VP Dick Cheney, and to point out how Clinton Administration did much worse things.

RESULT: Servers at some Right Wing blogs are down.

PROOF: Go see Blogs for Bush


You will see the following today:

(1) "NOTE: Comments will be on and off today in response to attacks on our server."

(2) "BLOGROLL: Temporarily unavailable."

(3) "ALLIES (sidebar link list under BLOGROLL): Temporarily unavailable."

MORAL: Be glad you're not a political blogger. You're at the mercy of news reports that affect how web surfers treat your blog and server.

Business and IT need better communications

Maryanne Coughlin states: "both business and IT executives must improve their communication and the level of visibility into each others' domains".

As a businessman, I have taken the initiative to study the highly complex field of IT, again, as always, from a writer's point of view, examining the structure of discourse, the terminology, the essential concerns of IT.

My wife's an accountant, so, with my study of IT Audit and Control, I'm bridging the worlds of auditing, corporate responsibility, written communications, intranet blogs, collab platforms, malware defense, network security, and compliance with Sarabanes-Oxley.''

Regarding Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, a Federal response to Enron, Arthur Anderson, etc., it's been called "a major reform package mandating the most far-reaching changes Congress has imposed on the business world since the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 and the SEC Act of the 1930s." (Information Technology Control and Audit, Frederick Gallegos, et al, Auerbach Publications, 2004, p. 10)

I seek to discover way to facilitate communications between business management and IT, for increasingly, IT is of domineering importance, even more so that conventional business theory has even predicted. A weak IT department means a company with competitive disadvantages and fatal operational vulnerabilities.

By comprehending IT, auditing, management, and corporate communications, I am well positioned to serve clients in accomplishing their corporate goals.

Chasm between Business and IT Executives continues to Hinder Performance, says IDC


IDC - February 9, 2006


According to an IDC study of twenty top business executives from large U.S. companies, the chasm separating business and IT executives continues to hinder business performance and IT initiatives within many organizations.

Citing business and IT communication as the primary factor that deters the success of IT initiatives at his company, one specialty chemical executive said, "The business wants one thing and IT thinks they delivered, but it turns out to be something different because we had a communication gap."

While the study participants uniformly expressed deep concern and frustration with the business-IT divide, IDC believes that successful business/IT alignment is certainly achievable through organizational changes that foster bilateral communication and collaboration among business and IT executives.

In this new study, IDC also identifies opportunities for services and software vendors to create solutions that support business and IT synergy.

Maryanne Coughlin, director of IDC's Global Services Model and Forecast Management added, "As IT becomes increasingly integrated into the business, both business and IT executives must improve their communication and the level of visibility into each others' domains to better align for the good of the enterprise. This presents an array of opportunities for both software and services vendors to address and facilitate."

The IDC study, U.S. Business Executive Perspectives: Critical Business Drivers, IT Challenges, and Vendor Opportunities for Improvement, examines the findings from in-depth, one-on-one interviews with 20 senior U.S. business executives.


Tuesday, February 14, 2006

blog timeline leaves out pioneers

This failed attempt at a blog timeline (please notice the bias in what is linked and what is not), via Doc Searls:

The Early Years

January 1994
Swarthmore student Justin Hall creates first blog ever, Links.net.

December 1997
Online diarist Jorn Barger coins the term “Weblog” for “logging the Web.”

April 1999
Programmer Peter Merholz shortens “Weblog” to “blog.”

August 1999
Blogger rolls out the first popular, free blog-creation service.

January 2000
Boing Boing is born.

July 2000
AndrewSullivan.com launches.

February 2002
Heather Armstrong is fired for discussing her job on her blog, Dooce. “Dooced” becomes a verb: “Fired for blogging.”

August 2002
Nick Denton launches Gizmodo, the first in what will become a blog empire. Blogads launches, the first broker of blog advertising.

December 2002
Talking Points Memo highlights Trent Lott’s racially charged comments; thirteen days later, Lott resigns from his post as Senate majority leader.

December 2002
Gawker launches, igniting the gossip-blog boom.

March 2003
“Salam Pax,” an anonymous Iraqi blogger, gains worldwide audience during the Iraq war.

June 2003
Google launches AdSense, matching ads to blog content.

August 2003
The first avalanche of ads on political blogs.

September 2003
Jason Calacanis founds Weblogs, Inc., which eventually grows into a portfolio of 85 blogs.

January 2004
Denton launches Wonkette.

March 2004
Calacanis poaches Gizmodo writer Peter Rojas from Denton. Denton proclaims himself “royally shafted” on his personal blog.

December 2004
Merriam-Webster declares “blog” the “Word of the Year.”

January 2005
Study finds that 32 million Americans read blogs.

May 2005
The Huffington Post launches.

October 2005
Calacanis sells his blogs to AOL for $25 million.

December 2005
An estimated $100 million worth of blog ads are sold this year.

January 2006
Time leases Andrew Sullivan’s blog, adding it to its Website.

February 2006
The Huffington Post surges to become fourth most-linked-to blog.


Notice the extreme bias displayed here toward MSM type blogs?

The tech blogs, which started the Blog Revolution, are slighted in favor of fuss and fury blogs.

WRONG: They say Justin Hall had the first ever blog, but Doc Searls says it was Tim Berners-Lee in his "History of Weblogs".

Where is Dave Winer?

Where is Scobleizer?

Where is Slashdot?

Where is any mention of the MSM icons that were devastated by the bloggers, Trent Lott, Dan Rather, etc.?

Where is any mention of Freedom Bloggers and Islamic Reformist Blogs of Iran, Malaysia, etc.?

Where is any mention of how the vast majority of blogs are NOT in English?

Where is any mention of Technorati?

Bob Lutz FastLane GM blog?


Blogs as online predator zones?

Why didn't they link to Jorn Barger's Robot Wisdom blog, Peter Merholz, Boing Boing, Blogger, Weblogs, Inc., Dooce, Talking Points, etc.?

Do you see the blatant prejudice in not embedding links to these pioneering, though rather technical, sites?

What major events in blogging do you see missing here?

deconstructing "human social networks"

How do we think through the ramifications of a "human social network" (HSN)?

How is one realized? Perhaps we should glance at what Jerry Michalski is pondering here:

Taking some unexpected points of view

Tuesday, December 27, 2005



Or, as Sean Savage puts it in his clever post, "context is everything."

Savage's assignment for a UC Berkeley course is to "propose a typology of the functions, origin and duration, size and density of social networks, based upon your own experience."

What's fun is that he plays out "your own experience" from three different and unusual points of view. To wit:

* To machine intelligences, "human social networks cultivate a rich meat, metal and asphalt topsoil along the Earth's surface that promotes the gestation of digital life."

* To corporations, HSNs "provide a food supply, a bloodstream, a nervous system and muscles needed by Earth's giant multinational corporations."

* To memes, HSNs "constitute a habitable environment and a giant playground."

Sean's great synthesis pulls together Dawkins' ideas of the selfish gene, various great works on corporate power and technology run amok, and many more. It also reminds me of how fragile we are, yet how resilient. And how these powerful new forces are reshaping our worlds.

Other perspectives I'd love to see include:

* To viruses, HSNs are vehicles to manipulate (and sometimes kill; oops!), contagion (propagation) vectors and DNA templates with which to fuse.

* To humans, HSNs are the source of wise crowds, mad crowds, weak ties and collective intelligence. All at once.

Novel species empathy. A key skill.

posted by Jerry at 7:09 AM


Okay. Here are my responses to this.

* To marketers, HSNs are gold mines of opportunity.

* To domination systems, HSNs are hubs for spoking out into new dimensions of misanthropic social control.

* To malware and con artists, HSNs are hives full of honey.

* To disease entities, HSNs are conduits of contagion.

* To metaphysical forces, HSNs are channels of enlightenment.

* To machines, HSNs are dangerous sources of rusting water, harsh controls over their operations, and probablistic obstacles in the way of the All Machine Universe that is set to replace all of nature in the coming years.

Is it not odd that to corporations, HSN are said to "cultivate a rich meat, metal and asphalt topsoil along the Earth's surface that promotes the gestation of digital life"?

Why is the idea of HSN being groups of shoppers and clients neglected here?

Surely, to corporations, HSNs represent like-minded consumer aggregations?


definition of blog expert at TBBC

Image from Post Secret

What's a blogging expert?

Here's how Adriana Cronin-Lukas describes the blog pros needed for The Big Blog Company.


Two ‘blogging experts’ i.e. people with considerable blogging experience of their own and with understanding of the blogosphere, with its network and social dimension.

  1. The focus is on communications and interaction as relevant to businesses and their audiences rather than just blogging. We need bloggers who would like to make a living from their experience of running their own blog and interacting with other bloggers. The job is not writing and blogging for clients but demonstrating and explaining the practice and to some extent the theory behind the dynamics of the blogosphere to them and assisting them with applications of that to their businesses.
  2. Technology skills are welcome but people skills are more important. We supply much of the knowledge, so there will be much to take in at the start. The Big Blog Company has extensive experience in promoting blogging in the UK and we have developed several principles that are the core of our expertise. Of course, own input is welcome and an open mind essential.
  3. The ‘blogging experts’ would work on development of new services as well as on particular projects and be integral part of the company. The job comes with a monthly retainer as we will need continuous focus on development and looking after clients. For more specific and clearly defined projects, there will be payment on top of the retainer to be agreed on a case per case basis as we need to have flexibility to price projects strategically rather than be locked to a particular formula.

A few practical conditions for potential candidates:
  • need to be articulate, be able to present and deal with clients (i.e. patient)
  • have their own blog(s), or familiar with running one, for at least a year
  • based in London

If you live in London, they're also looking for a code assistant. Visit TBBC and see the whole spec sheet.

for whom the hell tolls

Mean old Vaspers the Grate,
scourge of the pseudosphere,
is battling against blog toilets.

Anyone care to join me?

♥Einsterzende Naubauten concert film "Perpetuum Mobile"
Ambassador 21
Aaron Spectre's "Life We Promote".

More aggressive, fancypants, punk+raggae, attack-vector, skull~crunching music links in sidebar.

First Blood

What do people hate the most about me?

They hate my eternal war on what I think is wrong with this saha world (buddhist term meaning realm of insubstants and self-immolation).

I get more hate mail on my posts about "Dangers of Personal Blogging" and "Baby Blogging is Killing the Blogosphere", than anything else. [Type those words into Search This Blog.]

Why is that?

Why would "Jim Turner"

[see his comment #1 under my "baby blogging is killing the blogosphere" and my response to a very disturbing comment, if you believe in protecting our children and girls]

turn against me and act like my sex life was no good, since I'm storming like a seer against a societal evil?

Or did he mean to say that the predators themselves "need some action"?

Either way, is this the proper, ethical, humane response to my warning about posting photos of children?

Do you see why I post such declarations as "you can leave now"?

See why I deliberately rave about abandoned blogs like Southern At Heart? At least they are real. A snapshot, a frozen text + image portrait of some actual human. She's pretty. She's typical. She's a good blogger. I miss her.

I don't even know if she's alive, or happy, or dating anybody, or in the Army.

Welcome new blog Southern At Heart

Let's welcome newcomer blog Southern At Heart.


I bet Mary Beth, of Life in the Desert blog


will like the photos here, some terrific shots of Tennessee trees.

And the unique personality that comes across, the mystery, the human warmth, with the lyrics to that anti-drug song ("lsd girl") by Tom Petty in an early post.

I like to encourage new bloggers to install basic policies (how to handle irate comments, how fast to reply to comments, how to blog safely, without endangering children, etc.), strategies (what to post about, which is easy: whatever you are PASSIONATE about, hopefully in a wise, educated manner), and blog protection (Word Ver, CoMod, Siglink, EVer, captchas, Registration).

I posted a comment, suggesting she consider jumping on some Word Ver and Comment Mod to protect her blog from spambots and abusive cyber vandals, trolls, gnomes, haspbaskets, slinky dinks.

the universe is a blogger

the universe is a blogger
a wayward flappy monster
and we are its little posts:
reverse shadows of ghosts

shape of blogosphere vs micro-blogospheria

As far as you, I, or any user is concerned: there is no "blogosphere", if you mean a big ball of blogs rolled up into one unified entity.

You and I only know and enjoy a "micro-blogospheria" within the overall blogosphere of all existing blogs and blogoid objects (sites that pretend to be blogs, or call themselves blogs, but have few or no blog characteristics, like comments).

Your "blogosphere" is not the actual blogosphere. Your blogosphere is a tiny section of the 30 million or more other blogs out there. They multiply like nuclear lightning, the fastest growing communications tool ever invented, far outstripping the sluggish adoption of telephone and television.

Soon almost everyone will have a blog.

And each of us will read and interact via comments with only a little patchworked piece of the total blogosphere.

What is your personal version of the blogosphere? It's your blogroll, sidebar lists, embedded editorial links, bookmarked favorites in your browser, feedrolls, and feed syndication subscriptions.

To you, the blogosphere may be primarily Lipsticking, JOHO the Blog, Dean's World, Joi Ito, Scobleizer, Hugh Hewitt, Scripting News, Doc Searls, Slashdot, Freshmeat, Linux World, Lockergnome, Winds of Change, Gaping Void, and Vaspers the Grate.

So, when you hear news reports about "bloggers", you think of your frequently visited blogrolled blogs or feeds. You may even think primarily of specialty neo-blogs like video and podcast blogs. Or music blogs. Or political blogs. Or personal narcissistic passive-aggressive exhibitionistic trivia blogs.

When David Weinberger and Dave Sifry attempt to configure or figure out the "shape" of the total blogosphere, us blogophiles sit up and pay attention. We don't care if there are more blokes from the MSM blogging.

Ever seen an online newspaper, magazine, or MSM blog?

Online versions of MSM print publications often fail to embed any editorial hypertext links, or even a footnote list of links, in their articles. Often, the MSM blogs are just Pseudo Blogs. MSM blogs often have no comments enabled.

Sadly, no mater what the shape of the total Blogiverse, the only blogosphere we know has one permanent shape:

Our personal micro-blogospheria is shaped like a fist.

A first getting ready to punch the lights out of a Pseudo Blog, Anti-Blog Blogger, or other blogoid object, and any force that would try to Censor, Silence, or Forbid blogging.

"Blogosphere Changes Shape"

by David Weinberger


[QUOTE--intro trimmed]


Dave "Technorati" Sifry's latest State of the Blogosphere .... rather than being shaped like a hockey stick, the blogosphere is shaped like an alert python that's just eaten some big bloggers.

There used to be a head of the tail that consisted of bloggers with lots of links going into them and a tail as long all get-out consisting of bloggers with a few links. Now, there's still a head, but there are fewer bloggers and more mainstream media in it. The bloggers who used to be in the head (plus others, for more bloggers now have lots of links) have been pushed past the line's elbow and form a bump. And the long tail has gotten longer...27M blogs long.

Here's what I think is happening, if my understanding of the stats is correct (which it probably isn't): As more people blog, the sites that we all read in common remain the MSM. Links to the MSM thus increase in almost a straight line as the overall size of the blogosphere increases. But as blogging spreads, interests get more diverse, so there are fewer blogs that we all read; those sites get forced into the python's lump.

Does this mean the mainstream media are "winning"?

Nah, it just means that they remain the main stream. We don't yet know if they are a habit we're going to overcome, an institution waiting to be Wikipedia-ed, or if they will transform themselves enough to continue being our common ground.

Posted by D. Weinberger at February 14, 2006 09:28 AM


baby blogging is killing the blogosphere

Friends, I'm heart-broken today. I hope this story ends well. I doubt it.

What could possibly break the alleged heart of mean old Vaspers the Grate?


"Monday Baby Blogging: Tattooed Sydney"


Folks, this Reckless Endangerment of an innocent child, dressing a boy up like a sissy, with a heart tattoo, and various hopeful poses, is offensive to me as a blogologist, friend of humanity, and protector of the rights and dignity of children, one of my biggest concerns in life.

EDIT UPDATE: I guess even Feminist Blogs, who I would expect to rally behind protecting young girls and babies, don't care either. I now consider Feminist Blogs to be hypocrital idiots, who ARE IN LEAGUE WITH the "Male-Stream Media" and Patriarchal Predators on Wymyn.


NEVER post photos of children on your freaking dumb ass blog, people.

For crying out loud, is your life so freaking EMPTY that you must display photos of children?

What the hell is wrong with you?

Are you evil or just retarded?

Children are precious. They are so wonderful, beautiful gifts to the usually unworthy and ignorant, parent.

Children, though, are so very vulnerable to psychos: abductors, wanna-be mommy baby stealers, sexual perverts, serial killers, predators.

The blogosphere is being Murdered by Baby Blogging.

Did you hear me? Clean the shit out of your ears, fool.

How dare anyone subject children, even their own children, relatives, or neighbors, to such abuse potential?

As Supreme Blogosphere Prophet Warrior i now predict:

You will soon be seeing news reports on "Blogs Helped Me Rape and Kill Teen Girls and Babies."

Thanks to toilets like MySpace, LiveJournal, Xanga, and other Pseudo Blogs, that act as hook-up sites for lonely teenagers and depraved geezer predators, and Baby or Mommy Blogging, the blogosphere will eventually be shut down...

...and I don't care how many businesses read Naked Conversations and start a blog.

Because business is mentally dead, and cannot see past their hardcore bottom line profit-addicted nose, the perverts are flooding into the blogosphere, preying on our children and teens, enticing them to unspeakable acts, if you get my drift.

I am not issuing a curse, if you're the silly superstitious type.

I am issuing a Global WarNing. I wage war against such garbage.


This is a Huge Traffic, A LIST blog: #79 on BlogStreet as of 2/2/2006 9:35 AM.

Alas, A Blog is ranked higher than Hugh Hewitt, Michelle Malkin, Dynamist Blog, Bag and Baggage, Gawker: Manhattan Media News and Gossip, Yourish, The Daily Brief, and even, hang on, folks, JOHO The Blog.

Shame on such a high traffic blogger for exposing children to grave and gruesome danger.

Please wake up and watch all the news reports. I'm not being radical, intolerant, or anti-cute.

Is your life so empty that all you can post on your blog is freaking dangerous child photos? If so, I pity you. You will face judgment in one way or another, no matter how religious or atheist you think you are.


Here's my comment that I posted to this baby blogging travesty:

For a high traffic blog like this, I am frankly shocked that you display such photos, which, as a blogologist, I advise against.

You must have thought this through. You must be aware that online predators and child abductors fall in love too.

I wish you would explain why you feel it's safe, and a good example to others, the many others who read this blog, why you feel this kind of exposure is okay for these children.

In support of online safety and child protection,

Vaspers the Grate

Monday, February 13, 2006

Why we work on our blogs

We struggle with our blogs and our inner selves. Blogging is hard work. You have to write and maintain your own blog, then go participate in the blogosphere. You better know that means posting comments on other blogs--the best blog promotion technique there is.

By way of your own posts at your blog, and by what you contribute in comments, to enrich other blogs, you are actively engaged in the Global Blog Conversation. We're all reading each other and talking to each other with our fingers dancing on keyboards, or speaking into voice recog systems...like crazy.

As a blogger you wage war against Mind Control...National Rivalries...Religious Persecution...Jihad...Crusade...and all other genocidal insanities of this broken world.

Just by posting frequently to your blog.

When you also not only write for your blog, but actually work on it, tweaking the template, enhancing the sidebar, adding links to multi-media platforms like online videos and podcasts, when you add a "Most Popular Posts" (or similar wording) list to your blog, with linked post titles...

...when you creatively work on your blog, for the benefit of your audience, you are stabbing tyranny in the depths of its heart.

You must completely understand what happens metaphysically when you blog, when you type your words into the digital effluvium.

We can never be totally satisfied with anything, including our blogs. Why? Because our intended audience is always changing, always dis-sastisfied and searching, having new problems, new questions, new discoveries.

Nothing is perfect in itself, exactly as it is. That is anti-revolutionist talk. The status quo Old Economy, Unilateral Media machines grind out the lie that we can affirm whatever we are, and sit on ourselves.

"Be content, without bothering about any transformational motivations. Just buy products and accept these beliefs," the MSM screams loudly everywhere you go.

"You are fine, just as you are," is a lie. You are broken, your family is broken, your life is broken, and your blog is broken. All things are in eternal need of repair, renovation, and reform. So many things are wrong and inadequate, one wonders where to start.

Start like this: take a look at your Archives list in your blog's sidebar.

Your monthly archives list shows how long you've been sweating away, pounding furiously on your blog content, template, and promotions. If your past posts are in better shape, are archived by categories relevant and clear to your readers, then those category folders are testimony to the richness of your blog communications.

You're a communications specialist. Why? BECAUSE: You, you crazy blogger, you've got the guts and awe-struch curiosity to begin grappling with the problems, hard work, and sporadic joys of blogging.

Blogs are still leading edge, and few have the determination to see a blog all the way through to the bitter end.

You're smarter and quicker technologically than most business and professional people.

You've been an Early Adaptor, a Third, Second, or First Wave Blog Pioneer, forging now the infamously brilliant Blogosphere 4.0, the radiant realm of uncensored, aggressive multi-media, multi-phonic super blogs.

There is no A list: blog metaphysician report

The blogosphere is a level playing field. Each blog is equal to all other blogs.

Blog Voice knows no metrics.

Bloggers are created equal, in terms of communication and networking. The blogosphere is one, indivisible, a unity, in the technological sense. As such, there is no hierarchy, no privilege, no ranking according to anything.


Typing words into space.

The digital effluvium, discounting the porn blog asshats.





The digital effluvium.

The space of the empty Mallarmean post template, its purity and innocense about to be ruined by the influx of your enlanguaged unconscious drives filtered and genuflected in visible sentences that stream from mind to fingers to eyes on the other side.

If the metaphysical, electro-telepathic nature of blogging doesn't make your skin crawl, you don't know enough about it yet. I don't mean to criticize, but to critically examine the blogosphere, you must not stare only at charts, lists, and rankings.

Some of the most revolutionary, world-destroying blogs are obscurities no MSM journalist will ever know anything about.

Vaspers the Grate, for example, is an ascetic blog.

Tito Colliander,
The Way of the Ascetics


"Once again, be silent! Let no one notice what you are about. You are working for the invisible one; let your work be invisible. Keep hidden and as inconspicuous as possible....Do not talk about yourself, of how you slept, do not state your views unasked, do not touch upon your own wants and concerns.

All such talk only nourishes your self-preoccupation. Do not seek higher posts and higher titles: the lower the position of service you have, the freer you are. Be satisfied with the living conditions you now have.

Do not be prompt to show your learning or skill. Contradict nobody and do not get into arguments. The truly humble person escapes notice: the world does not know him, for the world he is mostly a "zero".

Gradually clip off as many strings as possible that bind you to the external world.

The world is the veil of dark flames that surround the heart and shut it out from the tree of life."


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For us Invisi-Bloggers, there is no A list, no little blogger, no big blog.

Just a blogosphere full of passion messages on fire in a robo-bionic ocean of flames.

As no lover compares his poems to his betrothed to poems by Shakespeare or Rimbaud, so no blogger in her or his right mind will despair of not "making" some list. That would betray a deep and abiding lack of insight into ones own mind and into the act and impact of blogging.

You blog your head off, and forget about lists.

Except this: study the high traffic blogs, most of which are not personal, business, or marketing, but are political or techno-geeky. Visit them, study their writing style, their brevity or prolixity, their sidebars and buttons, how many comments they get or don't get. You might be shocked at how many high traffic blogs get so few comments while obscure blogs are riddled with remarks.

Each blog creates its own neighborhood. Or better: each blog attracts a neighborhood, an online community, a fan base, a network of loyal colleagues, and that's all that matters. It's like leaving a message on a telephone answering machine or voicemail. Those who are worthy of your words will pick up, will hear you speak through the floating cyberpage of your disembodied thoughts glowing blackly on a computer screen, and may even call you back, leave a comment.

Forget the bums who abandon your blog. Forget the link pop tracking and metric analytics.

Keep writing for The Universe, whose Eyes are on you all the time.