A Schedule of the Daily Menus for the IT Kitchen is as follows, and you can sign up for Kitchen Duty here.
Appreciations in advance for those who join the fun:
October 25th: Smart Mobs? Or just Mobs
- The issues of group behavior, for good and bad
- Elitism and the effect of the cult
- Impact of group behavior on events
- The power of the link and Google as henchman
- Significant events reflecting group behavior (Lott, CBS Documents)
- Prevention or punishment
- Bees and buzzing – popularity and popularity measurements and impacts on influence
October 26th: Here come de Cooks!
- Collaboration and social software, IRC and its impact on weblogging
- FOAF and other RDF vocabularies (ooo, said the bad word)
- Virtual conferences and meetups
- Pressing the flesh – meeting the virtual in reality
- Group weblogs and wikis
- Going beyond the weblog – friendster et al
October 27th: Frying Spam
- ’bout what you think it is, comment, email, and referrer spam
- How to not care and feed the troll
- How to secure your site
- How to secure yourself
- Burnt or nicely browned – can flaming be effective
October 28th: The Stylish Webber
- Site design and CSS
- Importance of accessibility, and what are the major roadblocks
- Working with generic designs
- Are there Looks? And is this good?
October 29th: Slice and Dice
- Syndication and Aggregation – the specs and the tools
- Issues of Promotion and getting known, popularity
- How much is too much in a syndication feed
- Aggregation and multimedia
- A History of weblogging
- Favorite Memes of the past (remember Google bashing?)
- The infamous syndication wars
October 30th: The Kitchen Tools
- Introduction to the the different tools and environments
- General how-tos
- Basic discussions of trackback, pinging, buzz sheets, syndication feeds, and so on
- Languages? We gotcher languages here! Tutorials and tips about the tools and languages.
October 31: Halloween Open House!
Whatever anyone wants to write about as long as its legal and doesn’t get the host busted
November 1: Beyond The Kitchen Tools
- Extending the tools through plugins, embedded scripts, direct database intervention
- Integrating with Web services
- Weblogging style – or is there a specific style?
- Long versus short, to link or not
- Kicking the Baby Squirrels – is there a place for criticism in weblogging?
November 2: Biting that which can bite back
- Copyright and DRM and issues of ownership, as well as longevity of content, and ultimate ownership
- If a weblogger quits or even dies, do the pages fade, or can they be preserved by others? Should they be?
- Do webloggers have an obligation to their readers?
- Weblogs and the law – who will be sued first
- Weblogs and the law – who will be arrested for treason first
- Weblogs and issues of national boundaries and censorship
- Weblogs and Politics and Politcs and Weblogs – oh my
November 3: Movable Feast
- Uses and issues of moblogging, audioblogging, streaming, video blogging
- Also digital photography, flickr, and photoblogging
- Podcasting and garage band journalism
November 4: Weblogging Themes
- Theme based weblogging such as poetry, gardening, cooking, technology, education, the publishing business and so on
- Benefits of genre specific weblogging
- subject specific weblogging
- Online genres
- Topic specific weblogging, such as focusing on feminism, national issues, specific events
November 5: Salt and Pepper
- Are there ethics in weblogging? Rules and regs, or is this the ultimate free environment?
- What are the taboo topics? Work? Family?
- Should weblogs only be limited by law?
- Accountability and the weblogger
- You can say that here, but should you?
- Making money in the weblogs – weblogging and commercialization
- Sex sells – using sex in weblogs
- Ads, subscriptions, tip jars, paid content, corporate sponsorship
- Yeah, just where are the women
Evening of November 5th is the Cat Close Out and group sing-a-long