Weblogging comment spamfest

Jonathon has started a new trend in weblogging — he’s giving a prize to the person who drops in the 1000th comment.

That’s right boys and girls, this is your chance to win either a Dishmatique of your very own — the tool of choice for webloggers round the world — or a selection of that delectable treat, Tim Tams.

Run, don’t walk, over to Mr. Delacour’s home and comment, comment, comment! Show Mr. D you love him. Pass the word. This is an official call for a Weblogging Comment Spamfest!.

In honor of this momentous occasion, today I’ll be tripping through Jonathon’s comments from postings past, and pulling out and posting excerpts.

Mr. Delacour and members of Mr. Delacour’s immediate family, friends, associates, and fellow Australians are not eligible for prizes. The results are being tallied by Anderson Accounting, and are not valid until appropriate bribes are paid.


Comment spamfest update

Bb here, reporting live from Jonathon Delacour’s Comment SpamFest. I can see that we have a few early birds among the festival attendees, including that mad man of the weblog airways, the master of the One Word Weblog, Steve Himmer. Steve’s comment is, well, urh, “No comment”. What can I say, folks — the man is a master of understatement.

(As a side note, folks, Steve is sporting a new look, these days, based on a move to Movable Type. It’s sort of retro Arizona wasteland – very stylish, and not what one would expect from a man who lives by the sea. Very chic with those accents of rust and dust.)

Folks, while we’re waiting on other arrivals at the SpamFest, I want to regale you with some Tips for Living, compiled from my own experiences.

Tip 1: When going to a county government building to register your car, never slam shut the cover of the hard glasscase holder for your sunglasses. It has a distinctive gun sound when echoing in larger buildings. Doing so may attract unwanted attention, including several country police officers with hands strategically placed on gun holsters.


Comment Spamfest two

More from Comment SpamFest:

It was back in the early weeks of his weblog that Jonathon turned on comments. The first person to add one was Jeff Cheney who wrote:

I wonder if Jonathon will notice this comment….

To which Jonathon responded:

Thanks for commenting, Jeff. I did find your comment — but only by chance…

No, no! Don’t run off. It gets better. Really!

And now, for another Tips for Living:

Tip 3 (Tip 2, having to do with the FBI, is in comments of previous post): remove the cardboard from the pizza before placing it in oven. We have this tip directly from Jeneane Sessum, reporting on secret experimentation being conducted at Professor Chris Locke’s Colorado-based laboratory.

(No, not that laboratory, the other one.)

Though Professor Locke reports on improved flavor and texture, the hazards associated with baking cardboard at 475 degrees outweigh the benefits gained, in our learned opinion. In fact, while conducting an investigation into why Professor Locke’s pizza didn’t spontaneously combust, we found that the melted plastic of the pizza covering most likely prevented the cardboard from catching fire. Said plastic may also account for additional crunchiness of pizza.

These findings will be reported to Professor Locke after he completes the process of dealing with all of that extra roughage in his diet.

Just Shelley


Today was a totally wasted day trying to get my car registered in Missouri. First there was a trip to the county assesor’s to get a “property tax waiver”. Next, waiting over an hour at an auto shop to get an ID/OD. Finally, this afternoon, I went into the DMV office to turn in all of the paperwork, only to be told that I need an emission inspection.

But, I told the lady at the window, I was told last week I only needed the ID/OD.

No, the lady told me, I needed to have an emission inspection.

But, I told the lady, my car’s brand new.

Tough cookies, babes.

The emissions place tells me that, no, I don’t need the emissions inspection; I had moved, not transferred title. So I call the DMV office and speak to a supervisor. She concurs, I don’t need the inspection. The person helping me earlier today — after waiting over 1/2 hour in line — was confused.

If the people who work in the DMV don’t know the laws and rules, how the hell do they expect the rest of us to figure them out?

So, tomorrow morning, with supervisor’s name in hand, I go back and get this finished. And then I can return to working on the friggen RDF book, which is due in two weeks.


Consortium cont.

Recovered from the Wayback Machine

B!x posted a link to my previous posting, Weblogging Consortiums, at Blogroots. I recommend that you read the comments attached to the posting.

In particular, Matt of MetaFilter fame believes that the concept of weblogging consortiums is too idealistic, and too based on trust. Pulling one entire comment;

burningbird, what you describe is ambitious, but far too idealistic. I too want the world to sing and have a coke on their low-cost blogs, but you’ve outlined a tremendous amount of work, risk, and trust.

When something looks like a lot of work, the natural question is to ask: why not get paid to do all that work, take all that risk, and trust people you’ve never met? You’re proposing a team of people unconnected collectively create the equivalent of their own geocities, out of the goodness of their hearts.

As for the people that can’t afford 13 bucks a month, how can they afford a computer in the first place?

Cornerhost is a service “by webloggers, for webloggers” as well as a few others (there’s one called blogmania or blogorama, but I forget the exact title and URL) and presents plans that are lower cost than traditional ISPs. I think that’s as close to someone creating something useful to newbies as you can get.

Matt does have good points, and the the reference to Corner Host is a good one. However, I think that Matt, and others, sell webloggers short. Or does he?

Something such as a Consortium would require a great deal of work, though the reliance on trust could be aided by good organizational structure and accounting practices. However, the assumption that people would require pay for this kind of work disregards all the effort that has ever been accomplished without pay within the open source movement, including Perl, Python, Apache, Linux, FreeBSD, PHP, and so on. If all the people associated with these efforts only worked for pay, you wouldn’t be reading this weblog now. Most likely you wouldn’t be accessing the Internet now.

But can we ask for this same level of involvement from webloggers? Don’t webloggers just want to have fun?

We keep saying that webloggers are a community, that combined we can make a difference in politics, to journalism, to business, to society as a whole. Well, if this is true, then we must establish more discipline than is demonstrated in Daypop and Blogdex. Really, at times it seems as if webloggers have no more focus than a 13 year old heterosexual boy learning calculus in a room full of Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders — easily sidetracked by tantalizing glimpses of Something Interesting.

For any long term effort, webloggers are either dependent on a company — such as Userland and; or we’re dependent on individuals, such as Mark Pilgrim and his “Dive into …” online books. How can we channel the connectivity and energy and intelligence and interest that make up the weblogging world and focus it into something practical? Something like a Weblogging Consortium?

Perhaps I am too ideal. I’ve been told in the past that I’m too ideal. And I know that with my current effort on both the RDF book and ThreadNeedle (yes, this is currently in development, but more slowly then expected) makes it difficult for me to take on something new.

However, once both ThreadNeedle and the RDF book are finished, I would be willing to explore the concept of a Consortium more fully, and work on same. But I won’t do it alone. If the interest isn’t there, I’ll assume it’s another one of my more idealistic but impractical ideas and let it die.