- Introducing Google TiSP – a free internet service provider we can all get behind. Not convinced? Make sure you read how it works, and the FAQ.
- Tired of dealing with electronic mail? Gmail Paper is now available. (The folks at Google Labs certainly have been busy lately.)
- From NPR’s Weekend Edition, a New York City councilman has proposed a bill to regulate obnoxious and distracting ringtones.
- President Bush calls up civil war reenactors for duty in Iraq, from the Onion News Network.
Look at 2006 through a different lens and you’ll see… a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It’s about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people’s network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It’s about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes.
Sure, it’s a mistake to romanticize all this any more than is strictly necessary. Web 2.0 harnesses the stupidity of crowds as well as its wisdom… But that’s what makes all this interesting.
Bravo. Excellent choice. It really is amazing how the power of the collaborative web has changed things. Here’s the article and links to related coverage.
Good Idea: Getting a domain name for your company.
Bad Idea: Not realizing the domain name can mean something else…
Leave the kids at home when you buy flowers or trees at the Mole Station Native Nursery. www.molestationnursery.com
Who Represents is a website where you can find the agent that represents your favorite celebrity. Just don’t forget the gifts when you visit. www.whorepresents.com
Get a custom-made pen from Pen Island. www.penisland.net
And last but not least, the website for an Italian Power Generator company. www.powergenitalia.com
Yes, these are actual domain names. Visit the Top 10 unintentionally worst company URLs for the full list.
Just a few interesting links I’ve come across lately.
- A good read from Media Matters, How to change the media’s influence in skewing public debate and blocking progressive change.
- A delicious recipe for spinach lasagna — it was yummy.
- From McSweeney’s, The 700 Club forecasts the weather.
- The best Firefox extensions. You are using Firefox, aren’t you?
- U2’s Sunday Blood Sunday performed by George W. Bush
I usually try to take a look at the statistics for this web site once a month or so. One of the things you can see in the stats, are the search phrases people used to get to your site. Every month, without fail, at least a couple of visitors arrive here by searching for the phrases “play bloy” or “bloy job.”
I’m going to make two assumptions here.
- These people can’t type very well.
- They did not find what they were looking for.
Of course by posting this entry, I’m going to get even more hits from swingin’ play bloys looking for bloy jobs. Move along fellas, nothing to see here…
Yesterday I came home from the Computers In Libraries conference in Washington DC. Recognizing the importance of technology in libraries, this conference has been going on for 21 years, and it was great to be able to attend the 2006 edition.
If I were asked to name one underlining theme of the conference it probably would be Library 2.0, the library specific counterpart to Web 2.0. Web 2.0 refers to the latest generation of web sites, which are more interactive, collaborative, personalized, and customizable (using tools like AJAX, blogs, wikis, podcasts, RSS feeds, etc.). One speaker said that traditionally, libraries have been somewhat behind the technological times, or as he put it, “Libraries: giving you yesterday’s technology, tomorrow.”
After reading a couple of other bloggers who are contemplating changing the domain names of their websites, I got to thinking… If I ever changed the name of this site, what would I change it to?
A few interesting domain names popped into my head (which I just may register at some point). I also got to thinking about website names in general. The web design blogosphere has some great names, my current favorite being Photo Matt. There are many others.
I hit upon a new name for this site and decided to make the change. The domain name will stay the same — bloy.net is just too simple to stop using. However, in case I ever decide to change it, I did register bloyandhisblog.com (which now redirects you back to this site).
I hope you like the new moniker.
I’ve been seriously neglecting my blog. To make it up to my loyal readers, here are a few interesting links courtesy of the Librarians’ Internet Index. Subtitled, “Information you can trust” , LII is a search engine featuring websites that are hand selected by librarians. Those wacky librarians, always doling out information…
- Darwin: American Museum of Natural History: It’s interesting to note that Darwin himself believed in creationism — until he visited the Galapagos Islands.
- How to take better holiday photos
- An American Christmas: Decade by Decade: Speaking of holidays, how did they celebrate Christmas back in the day?
I recently had the best musical discovery of the year. I realize 2005 is not even half over, but after listening to this discovery over the past week or two I have no doubt it will be my best of the year. No, it isn’t a new band, or a new CD. It’s Radio Paradise, an internet-based radio station.
Commercial free, Radio Paradise is completely listener supported and, in this listener’s humble opinion, very worthy of any support you can give it.
Yesterday I got an email from someone who enjoys the wilderness as much as I do. After reading some of the things I have here, he thought I might be interested in the web sites of Sigurd Olson (a nature writer and conservationist) and the Listening Point Foundation which strives to promote Sigurd’s philosophy and build upon his wilderness education legacy.
Those sites are definitely worth a visit if the wilderness and conservation are as important to you as they are to me.