Suspensions Enacted

Barry has not responded to my note below, and the time I set to have this resolved by (10am PST today) has now passed. It’s time to resolve this issue and move on, and so I have acted: as of now, all the blogs listed in my previous post have been suspended from the Ecosystem, […]

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Barry’s Counterproposal

Barry has proposed a compromise solution in which he indicates he is willing to remove three of the four weblogs that remain in question (Savage Cruel Bigots, Hell on Halliburton, Treason Online, and Rush Limbaughtomy) from both the League of Liberals and the Ecosystem. This would remove the duplicate-SiteMeter counter issue, and would also address […]

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Ecosystem Suspensions Pending

Effective immediately, six weblogs are being put on notice that they are about to be suspended from the Ecosystem. If suspended, their entries will not be displayed on any Ecosystem pages (either by traffic ranking or by links); their links will not count to other weblogs, and their votes will not count in the New […]

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Let a thousand Ecosystems bloom

I’ve been thinking about the next phase of where I’d like to take the Ecosystem, and have concluded that it may be time to invite other folks to join the party. Here’s the vision: I’d like to see other Ecosystems created, each focusing on their own particular community within the weblog world. Perhaps there could […]

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500,000 Customers Served

Well, my handy little SiteMeter counter tells me that sometime on the overnight last night, The Truth Laid Bear received its 500,000th visitor. I think that’s pretty spiffy, I have to admit, and I hope you’ll forgive me if I indulge in a bit of nostalgia to celebrate the occasion. If you have no interest […]

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Showcase Results 11/24/03

It’s Monday, and that means it’s Showcase time. This week Anarchy Xero is the clear favorite on the political side, leading with 60 links. On the non-political side, a rather odd contest this week: Pepper of the Earth wins by acclaim as the only non-political entry for the week! Happily, Pepper seems to be a […]

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Salam Pax: A Fine Whine

OK, I’m late to the party on this one, but it seems one of those contentious issues that demands that a self-respecting blogger make their opinion known. Salam Pax, ur-blogger of Iraq and a man with an invitable backlash coming his way if there ever was one, has drawn the wrath of Lileks for comments […]

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Bernstein on Jackson

At the Den of Volokhs, David Bernstein says: “Michael Jackson: The last boy who accused Jackson of molestation received a $12 million settlement even though his claim was uncorroborated, and, in the view of many who followed the case closely, of dubious veracity. Given the obvious financial incentive of a family to fabricate a claim, […]

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11/17 Showcase Results

With Monday upon us, Ruminations in Korea leads the non-political Showcase, and And Then… appears to have taken the win for the political category. And yes, the League is ahead again in the sponsorship contest by a strong lead. Feedback accepted until 5pm today; click more below for full results. Update: It’s official. Congrats to […]

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Finding My Inner Paris Hilton

Special Message for Google, Yahoo and AOL Searchers 12/13/03: Hello! N.Z. Bear here, the proprietor of this little corner of the Internet. First, let me waste no more of your time: if you are looking for the actual video, or nekkid pictures of the young lady, you aren’t going to find them here. Hit that […]

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Blogger Power

Jeff Jarvis is one of the most articulate spokesbloggers when it comes to bridging the gap between old media and the weblog world, and if you aren’t paying BuzzMachine a regular visit, you should be. Jeff has been blogging the Online News conference, and took a dim view to some of the very restricted ideas […]

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Ecosystem MySQL Issue

The Ecosystem and Showcase rankings are not updated today, because a periodic problem I have with my MySQL database is back. Basically, the Ecosystem has one huge table with almost a million rows in it which stores all the links that it harvests. Every week or so recently, it simply stops working. When I try […]

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Showcase IE Bug

A quick shout-out of thanks to Barry for pointing out that the Showcase was screwy when viewed with IE: none of the entries were being displayed! I’ve implemented a temporary fix and may play with getting the old layout back later…

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All that can be said

I’m late. But it is still worth saying. To all those who have served this nation in the past, and to those who serve now, I simply say: thank you. -N.Z. Bear

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Fun with Auto-Counters

Browsing about the blogosphere tonight, I passed through Rick’s Cafe Americain, and noticed a spiffy feature that caught the eye of the web-development bear in me. Atop Rick’s page, he displays a rapidly cycling counter — similar to those old “national debt” ones you used to see — which reads “Cost of the War In […]

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11/10/03 – Certified

Let’s call it official: congratulations to Clareified for winning the first political Showcase contest, and to Rocket Penguin for taking home the first non-political category. See here for the full results…

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Preliminary Results 11/10/03

In this first week of the dual-category Showcase, Rocket Penguin looks to be the front-runner for the non-political category with the post Who Da Pope?, while in the political contest, Clareified brought it on with Death By Invitation. Now, as Clareified is a liberal, and I’m a warmongering, biased conservative, I will of course immediately […]

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The League and Links: Part II

Well, not surprisingly, League of Liberals members weren’t terribly happy with my commentary on their tactics yesterday. There’s quite a bit of feedback in the comments on that post, and I thought it would be worthwhile to follow-up with additional thoughts and questions of my own. Let me start by trying to explain in clearer […]

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Blogosphere Welfare, or the Welfare of the Blogosphere?

It won’t surprise anyone that I spend more time than is probably healthy thinking about the blogosphere and the effect which tools like the Ecosystem and New Weblog Showcase have on it. And lately, of course, the impact of weblog alliances has begun to be felt in ways that are difficult to fully quantify, but […]

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