I’ve had this manually-hacked blog design pretty much since I started in 2003 (yikes). Well, it’s about time for a design change. Since Typepad has improved their design tools, it seems like a good time to do it.
Not right this moment, though. Work is nuts, and I’m going back to Boston for Christmas break. Let’s call it a New Year’s resolution, then.
I really like the pop-up bubble things he has on the bottom of his page for showing his flickr pictures and last.fm tracks. I’ll probably crib those from him, too.
Listening to Mojo Boogie from the album “Third Degree” by Johnny Winter
I’ve been reading and contributing to Sensible Erection for just about two years. It’s a “lad blog” with a difference: contributors are not put through a vetting process -- any member can post to the blog, and all posts appear immediately on the website. There is a moderation process, a little like Slashdot except that, again, everyone has moderation capabilities. Wikipedia has an entry.
What differentiates this blog from the larger ones is a certain eclecticism -- posts range from porn to astrophysics to the latest portable game gadget -- and, more importantly, the engagement the members show in the discussions. Humor is the prevailing sentiment, though arguments do get heated sometimes. The vocal membership is small enough and active enough that their personalities are very apparent.
I had to turn on comment moderation because I’ve started getting comment spam. I don’t know why they bother because there are maybe 2 people who read this damn thing. Including myself. Anyway, comments won’t appear immediately: I’ll have to approve them before they appear on the site.
London’s been hit by a set of four bombs, though these are much smaller than the ones from two weeks ago. Authorities report one casualty, and no fatalities. The BBC has live continuing video and audio coverage.
OK. Allow me to gripe a bit about the blogosphere. In particular, the “alpha blogs” like BoingBoing. Here is their post about the bombings. Note, that they link to Flickr, Wikinews, the Guardian News Blog, and the London Metblog. No mention whatsoever of one of the leading news producers, viz. the BBC, which has live audio, video, as well as eyewitness images and reports, which, despite the similarities to blogging, is not called that. If you compare the Flickr, Wikinews, Guardian News Blog, and London Metblog coverage, you will find vastly less organized information about ongoing developments. At least the London Metblog links to the Beeb, the Guardian News Blog, and ITN News. I don’t dispute the interest value of the popular blogs, but I do think that they could at least link to arguably the best news coverage.
TypePad just upgraded a whole bunch of their services. Of particular note are the storage and bandwidth upgrades. I now have 1 GB where I used to have something like 200 MB. Also, there is finally comment and trackback moderation, plus TypeKey authentication for comments.