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Entries from August 2004

The very last person to learn what “bitch slap” means

August 25th, 2004 · Comments Off on The very last person to learn what “bitch slap” means

There’s a new blog in town, I just found out from Zoe at GreenPass, devoting itself with grumpy single-mindedness to pointing out anti-feminist blog remarks.

Zoe says
that words like “pussy” and “bitch-slap” don’t bother her–I have to
admit they bother me a lot.  People who use them seem to imagine an
audience I’m not part of–an all-male audience.

Tags: Life, the universe, and everything

On beyond stealth disco with Halley and Joi

August 19th, 2004 · Comments Off on On beyond stealth disco with Halley and Joi

HalleyJoi: Halley stealth-discoes Joi at BloggerCon. From BloggerCon I: As Kalilily looks on, Halley adds a stealth-disco comment to Joi Ito‘s talk.

Check out the video and then listen to Halley interview Joi about mobile computing in the US and Japan. 

IT Conversations has given Halley her own blog-radio-show, “Memory Lane.”–I’m looking forward to hearing lots more of it!

Tags: Metablogging

Here comes BloggerCon III

August 16th, 2004 · Comments Off on Here comes BloggerCon III

Here it comes!

If you have a chance to get to BloggerCon III (Palo Alto, November 6, 2004), you shouldn’t miss it.

I went to BloggerCon I in Cambridge, MA. BloggerCon I, if you recall,
consisted of a $500 day followed by a free day. I planned to go to the
free day only, but at the last minute got comped for the money day
(thanks, Dave!) * The whole thing was awesome.

I went to BloggerCon II in Cambridge, MA.  The IRC opened it up to lots more people (and Hossein Derakshan was one of the occasion’s stars), but being there was absolutely worth it.

Go, BloggerCon!

* BTW, does anybody but me remember all the nasty things that were said
about Dave
Winer’s charging $500 for Day 1 of BloggerCon I? Funny how Dave managed
to create a free day for BloggerCon I, run a totally free BloggerCon
II, and plan a totally free BloggerCon III in the space of a
year–without attracting any apologies from the folks who turned purple
at that original $500 price tag…

Tags: Metablogging

Which high-ranking Bush-Cheney campaign official?

August 16th, 2004 · Comments Off on Which high-ranking Bush-Cheney campaign official?

Gollum: Gollum blinks, looking even more evil.
xxx
yyy

Tags: Invisible primary

Ultimate Feedster search result!

August 12th, 2004 · Comments Off on Ultimate Feedster search result!

Excellent news from Feedster’s J. Scott Johnson, who just jump-started his FuzzyBlog to tell the world that he and Shelley Johnston are getting married!

Shelley and her cute son Alex are an amazing “find”–hey, for that matter, so is the Scottmeister!

If Google could give people search results like this, even I would be out there trying to buy their stock…

Tags: Feedster

Clo Devine, born August 10, 1917

August 11th, 2004 · Comments Off on Clo Devine, born August 10, 1917

BoboNYT: My mom, with her feet up, reading the NY Times. A rare photograph of my mom with her feet up, taken in 1984.

I loved finding this picture yesterday, when I was thinking about my
mother and hanging out with my little sister Marie. I love the picture
because it shows her enjoying a peaceful moment, being a grown-up but
not actively being a mom.

Of course, finding some private time to be a grown-up is one of the
most important and difficult jobs involved in being a parent…

Tags: Life, the universe, and everything

Me and Skip Gates playing with Betsy McCall

August 5th, 2004 · Comments Off on Me and Skip Gates playing with Betsy McCall

http://nytimes.com/2004/08/05/opinion/05gates.html

Soyinka

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/05/opinion/05gates.html?ex=1249444800&en=e57a5bec2f42c128&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland

Tags: Heroes and funny folks

Those “I figured out what’s wrong with me” moments

August 4th, 2004 · Comments Off on Those “I figured out what’s wrong with me” moments

I remember once, in college, going in tears to my advisor to tell him,
“I’ve figured out what’s wrong with me! When I’m sober, I act the way most people act when they’re drunk.”

“Yes?” My advisor was unimpressed by this tragedy. “I assume you have noticed most people like to get drunk?”

* . * . *

Tonight I found an ugly flaw in some writing I’d been proud of–thanks to John Gardner’s On Becoming a Novelist.

This time, I don’t want anybody to make kind excuses– “It isn’t a bug,
it’s a feature.” It’s a bug, dammit, and it’s mine. But now that I’ve
seen it, I’m going to take great care in crushing it into a sticky
green ewwwww spot.

Tags: Learn to write good