Blackfive Wins in a Squeaker!

Well, for the first time in the Showcase‘s history, I had to invoke the what-to-do-in-the-event-of-a-tie rule. Both Blackfive – The Paratrooper of Love and PRC News came in with nine votes at the end of this week.

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Fixed

All TTLB functions appear to be back to normal. Let me know if you still see any anomolies, but methinks everything should be OK now…

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Almost fixed?

OK, I’m pretty sure I’ve identified and fixed the problem. How’s this for obscure: The way the Ecosystem works, at a high level, is that a job is submitted for each weblog which goes out and downloads the text of the blog’s front page, and then parses it to extract links. In debugging that routine, […]

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Missed it by this much

Still not getting the power of the Internet: FoxNews has debunked the Hunting for Bambi story. Only problem? They are still running the original story, with no reference to the new piece proving it false. (And even worse, there is a reference from the new piece back to the old, disproven one…) New link via […]

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Blog On!

Blogathon 2003 is on! So go visit Amish Tech Support, A Small Victory, and Meryl Yourish and throw some pledge dollars in to support Magen David Adom . You might as well, ’cause nothing works around here. I’ve now debugged the source of the Ecosystem problems down to the actual link-scanning job that hits each […]

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Everything is Wrong

In case you are wondering why nothing is working around here, my friends at Hosting Matters moved my server (their choice, not mine) over last weekend, and I only just now realized that this meant I needed to reset all of the cron jobs that make the Ecosystem and other TTLB functions work. (To their […]

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Smash on Morale & Tony

LT Smash provides perspective on the morale stories we hear about, and also thinks rather highly of Tony Blair’s latest speeches (and the man himself) — as do I, for that matter.

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Hitchens Does Stand Up

Christopher Hitchens doing stand-up comedy? Be afraid. Be very afraid. Starts slow, in my opinion, but stick around for the Q&A session; Hitchens is at his best going off-the-cuff working from the crowd.

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The Poison Kitchen Wins

Congratulations to The Poison Kitchen for winning this past week’s New Weblog Showcase with the post Now It Can Be Told: Saddam’s Secret Weapons. Full results are: The Poison Kitchen: Now It Can Be Told: Saddam’s Secret Weapons ( 10 links) Sadly, No!: Only 16 words you say? ( 7 links) American Digest: The Sunday […]

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Daily News?

Is anybody actually reading the Blogosphere Daily News? I thought it was pretty spiffy when I rolled it out a few weeks back, and still do, mostly. Still doesn’t function quite perfectly, but it does ok. Haven’t heard much reaction to it, though… thoughts? Feedback? Don’t make me do my Ben Stein impression…

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Ecosystem Discussion

Much thought & discussion about the Ecosystem, traffic, and links ’round the Blogosphere lately. Check out Oscar Jr.’s analysis of traffic vs. links, and Dean’s thoughts on Ecosystem(s) and SiteMeter.

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Priorities & Frivolities Wins the Showcase

Congratulations to Priorities & Frivolities for winning this week’s New Webblog Showcase! Complete results are as follows: Priorities & Frivolities: T3 in 2003: Rise of the Political Machine ( 15 links) EconoPundit: Noted With Relief ( 12 links) Who Tends The Fires: The Beauty of Being Mom ( 10 links) SoonerThought: The General Who Would […]

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Blogathon 2003: Magen David Adom

Amish Tech Support, Michele of A Small Victory, and Meryl Yourish will be blogging for Magen David Adom in the 2003 Blogathon. Their goal is to raise sufficient pledge dollars to support the purchase of a new ambulance! So please, go forth and pledge for one or all of them!

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Ecosystem Redesign

Well, this day had to come: the Ecosystem is now split into multiple pages. Having all 3,000+ weblogs on the front page was getting just too unwieldy — that single page was over 600 KB, which was killing my bandwidth costs, and not that much fun to wait for to load, either. So now the […]

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A close Showcase

It’s one of the tightest races we’ve seen yet over in the Showcase this week — any one of several blogs could come out on top. So if you haven’t yet voted, do it! And if you don’t know how, read this.

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New Feature: Traffic Statistics!

So a few days ago I pointed out the work Steven over at Poliblog did to correlate blog traffic statistics with Ecosystem rankings, and I complained a bit that somebody should come up with a standard API for reporting traffic stats so that I could integrate them into the Ecosystem. Then I thought about it […]

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Rush Limbaughtomy Wins the Showcase

Congratulations to Barry at Rush Limbaughtomy: his post GOD’s other Son George has brought him victory in this week’s New Weblog Showcase. Complete results are as follows: Rush Limbaughtomy: GOD’s other Son George ( 15 links) under the fire star: Chitra Talkies ( 10 links) Apropos of Nothing: Cat Hair Drama ( 7 links) HD […]

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