Showcase Results 12/29/03

Ok folks, after a long wait, here’s the preliminary results for this long, 2-week Showcase event. In the non-political category, Spam Town leads with 21 links for Spam of the Week. Meanwhile, over in the political category, My Word leads with 34 links for The Politics of the Lord of the Rings. And on the […]

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Showcase: The Way Forward

Alrighty then, here’s what we’re going to do about last week’s hosed !Show. I’m simply going to extend the final vote count deadline to this coming Sunday night — December 28th. By then I should have the scans in working order and whoever has the most votes as of Sunday night will be declared the […]

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! Apologies for the rather hosed-up !NBS this week. This is the first time in the contest’s history that I’ve just utterly failed to properly close out a week and declare a winner, so I ask to be forgiven this lapse. Holiday cheer has interfered with blogging responsibilities, so I hope y’all will […]

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Showcase / Ecosystem Troubles

Folks – For some unknown reason, it looks like the scans did not run properly today or yesterday. I’ve received many e-mails letting me know that Showcase votes weren’t counted; this would be why. Hosting Matters gets extremely edgy when I run these routines during the day (understandbly; they impact the server pretty heavily), so […]

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Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah, all! Not being a bear of the Jewish persuasion myself, my celebrations will be limited. I did, however, pick up some Genesis Ale (The Chosen Beer) as my beverage of choice for the evening, so that must count for something.

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TTLB Forums Open: Call for Ecosystem Proposals

OK folks, a new section is now open for business here at TTLB: forums! In particular, I’ve opened the forums to provide a discussion space around the project to expand the Ecosystem as an open source project networking many “sub-Ecosystems” focused on particular weblog communities. In the forums section, you’ll see one forum specifically dedicated […]

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Showcase Results 12/15/03

It’s Monday, and that means it’s !Show time. In the non-political category, we seem to have a clear winner. In the Shadow of Mt. Hollywood has a commanding lead with 13 votes for the post Cheating and the Academic Transaction. In the political category, though, things are a tighter, but with an unfortunate twist. It’s […]

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HP’s Disintegration

On a lighter note, there’s something extremely, deeply wrong in the fact that HP is using The Cure’s Pictures of You to sell digital cameras. I’m just sayin’.

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President Saddam — Again?

During the buildup to the war, and since, many who opposed the war declared it an “illegal” action and a violation of international law. Now that he has been found to be alive, I’d ask this to those who considered this an illegitimate war: will you now stand up and demand that Hussein be placed […]

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Saddam Captured Alive: Weblog Reactions

Saddam Hussein has been captured in Iraq. I’m still waking up and not suitable for rational commentary yet, other than a simple “YES!” when I heard the news. So here’s a quick roundup of the word around the blogosphere, by vague sure-to-be-argued with groupings: (Update 12/16/03: OK, I’m done updating this post; what you see […]

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MT-Macro Plugin

Just finished installing Brad Choate‘s spiffy MT-Macro plugin. It’s powerful stuff, allowing you to do regular expression matching on your blog to save on the typing. At the moment, I’ve set it up to let me type little macros like ‘Eco’ in my posts and have it replace it with a nice HTML link to […]

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Fight the Man, Brothers!

Let me just say that I stand in solidarity with my black brothers and sisters and condemn this barbaric practice: For the first time in 33 years, New Jersey is allowing hunters to thin out its burgeoning black bear population. Animal-rights activists have assailed the six-day hunt, arguing that the state should sterilize the bears […]

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Showcase Results 12/8/03

Preliminary results are in, and it appears Ripe Bananas has a solid lead in the the non-political category for the post Vegan Marshmellows Roasting Over an Open Fire. Meanwhile, on the political side, dangerous liberty has pulled ahead with Al Franken on Book TV. And for alliances, the newly-formed Liberal Coalition comes out of the […]

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Weblogs As Miserable Failure

The latest prank making the rounds in the weblog world is an effort to ensure that a Google search on “miserable failure” turns up pages on George Bush (See Volokh, Newsday). So far, it seems to be working rather well. I think I can credibly claim to have functional sense of humor, but I just […]

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Liberal Coalition Is In The Game

A few days ago I called for feedback on how many members the Liberal Coalition should be required to have before being allowed to compete in the New Weblog Showcase sponsorship contest — I tossed out 15 as a starting point, and 20 was quickly arrived at as a consensus number. Well, the Coalition has […]

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Spring Cleaning in December

OK folks, as promised, I put some serious effort into cleaning up the Ecosystem data this weekend, and major progress has resulted. I have actually now gotten through the entire queue of change requests, and have also improved the self-service interface a bit to include better data validation (which makes it much easier for me […]

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I’m a jerk!

No, not because of the recent flap. But because I completely overlooked good fellow Tiger‘s gesture of bestowing upon me the Tiger Blogotarian Award several weeks back. Please accept my apologies and my thanks, Tiger: it is most certainly appreciated. I did take note of it at the time, but somehow following through and posting […]

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Ouch. No, really: Ouch.

Not to be a complete whiner or anything, but I’m getting my ass kicked in the “Best Higher Beings & Mortal Humans Ecosystem Level Blog” category over at Kevin’s 2003 Weblog Awards. Dead last, it would appear, in a field of 20. It’s, er, a little embarassing… Update 12/6 am: OK, a little better. Up […]

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Liberal Coalition Launches

Please welcome the Liberal Coalition to the blog alliance neighborhood: The Liberal Coalition is a new blogger alliance founded to raise the visibility of left-leaning blogs in the Ecosystem and help enhance the liberal/progressive message in the blogosphere. Founded by NTodd, formerly of the League, the Coalition plans to join the sponsorship contest for the […]

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