Enron and Freedom

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

Thanks to Lisa ReinCBS MarketWatch and SF Gate more on Enron, the Jr. Bush White House, and Freedom of the American People.

Mr. President, your “critic free zone” from September 11th is up — time for us, the American people, to take a closer look at what you’re doing. And so far, you and your buddy Ashcroft scare the hell out of me.

Two planes took down the World Trade Center. Two men are trying to bring down the Constitution, break it apart, and sell it cheap. Enron and Freedom — and the year’s just barely started.

Folks, take that red, white, and blue flag out of your eyes and see what’s going on.


Blogger Lexicon 3

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

Okay, here you go — the permalink reference to the Blogicon.

Contributions welcome, otherwise I’ll have to scrounge through the weblogs, stealing new entries.


More new entries into the Blogicon (Blog Lexicon):

blog fart: old fart who blogs; really bad blog blurb

buzz: links or references to a specific blog posting; web site stats; hits; Daypop or Blogdex rating

Fishrush technique: Getting buzz or blogrolling via an award

permalink: Permanent hypertext link to a specific Blog Blurb, posting, or blog content

There’s a reason why I’m screwing around so much with my weblog this week and not working on taxes or books as I should. I’m in a very hyper mood — manic. Can’t focus on work, so I’ll weblog instead! And since I’m my own boss, what am I going to do, fire myself?

Still, weblogging does NOT pay the bills. I’ll be good…after Friday…


Okay, so I’m getting into this Blogsticker thing. I checked through ALL the entries (I think) and so far haven’t found the following:

Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Blog, and you blog alone

    •  (though I did find “Blog, and the whole world blogs with you.”)

Give me blogging, or give me death!

To blog, or not to blog; that is the question.

Zen, and the art of weblogging

This is your blog; this is your blog on drugs
As soon as I have time (time, what’s that?) I’ll download the template and make up my blogstickers.

I love the little I “heart” blogsticker from Meryl. However, I’ve noticed something — no one is sticking the blogstickers at their sites? I don’t see one anywhere. Why aren’t you people posting these little babies?

I bet I know the reason why — it’s the same reason none of you will get a lava lamp, isn’t it? Or put magnets on your fridge, right? Or use avocado green, harvest gold, turqoise, and orange in your place. Or cover your couch with plastic! Too 50’s, right? Ruin your weblogging decor, right? Too, too, pink flamingo, right?

Well, as soon as I can I’m going to put a sticker on my site. And I’m going to change my weblog site colors to purple, orange, rose pink, and mint green! And, you know something else? I have both lava lamps(several) AND Marvin the Martian stuff all over my living room. Ha!

Bad taste is nothing more than good taste that has the guts to be different! Remember this! This is your new mantra! Go forth, now, and spread Bad Taste wherever you may, wherever you can!


Another entry for the Blogger Lexicon:

k-log or klog: employer sponsored knowledge management weblog, usually behind a firewall

This came from Phil Wolff, who also asked about a permalink to the Lexicon. Thanks for the new entry and the suggestion, Phil. I’m working on pulling the Blogger Lexicon into it’s own page as we speak.

In addition, I’m now annotating each entry with the origination of the term, whether found or sent in. I want to give credit where credit is due when I steal…urh…incorporate weblogging terms into the Lexicon. Those that aren’t annotated come from my own evil, twisty mind, or are in such general use that no one person can be credited with the start of the term (corrections are welcome).

Technology Weblogging

Rolling out Radio 8.0

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

Okay, one point to Dave. But he owes me for Joseph Crosby ;->


Quick note to Userland folks — I’m happy you all rolled out a product, but the hype’s beginning to equate to a certain iMac I know.

Radio 8.0 is a weblogging tool/personal CMS. And that’s cool. It isn’t the second coming.


Congrats to the UserLand folks for rolling out Radio 8.0.

Dane’s dumping Greymatter for Radio, but I’ll stay with Greymatter or Movable Type when I move off Blogger. However, the open source route’s not for everyone and I can respect that. (Not understand it, maybe; but respect it.) For folks wanting to run from their own desktop, Radio seems to be very affordable. And it runs on Mac OS X as well as Windows.

Now, if we can only convince the Userland folks to open source the code, the software could run on Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris,…

RDF Technology

Nextware Conference 2002

Recovered from the Wayback Machine. I was signed up to do two sessions, but had to cancel. I was broke and had to move out of San Francisco in June. Back then, conferences didn’t pay travel expenses.

I received a brochure from the Nextware conference being held in Baltimore in May. The conference will cover an interesting mix of topics such as Web Services, XML, open source, wireless, and a host of other topics all related to a common theme of the next generation of software. The effort is being organized by Ken North, managed by Penton Communications, and yours truly will be giving two presentations.

We’re seeing a new trend in conferences this year — different technology topics, usually related to some common theme, combined into one offering in order to cut costs and increase attendance. I think it’s an idea whose time has come. In the last few years, we were seeing too many conferences being held by too many organizations on too many separate topics. That was back when there was money to burn and people could afford to attend 3-4 conferences in a year. Today, conference organizers have to assume that each person reading their brochures is going to one and only one conference — competition will be fierce. End result: Conferences with a lot to offer.

Now, if you’re thinking about attending a conference this year — HINT HINT — I’ll be speaking about Bringing RDF out of the Lab and The .NET Free Zone, covering .NET technology alternatives. Baltimore in the spring time, right next to Washington DC in the spring time. Cherry Blossoms and me speaking on .NET and RDF — what more could you want?