New Year’s Resoultion

Gearing up to gear down for a quiet celebration with Lady M of the New Year. There are many things I’m resolving for the New Year, not all of which are suitable for sharing in the bloggy world. So if you seek introspective, comprehensive lists of resolutions, you’ll have to look elsewhere. I’ll give you […]

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Buy South Asian!

Glenn heaps scorn on Tim Cavanaugh at Reason for scoffing at tourists returning to South Asia, and Roger Simon chimes his agreement with a personal beach recommendation for Thailand. Both point out that charity is good, but commerce is better. These exchanges reminded me of an idea I had an idea earlier today, and was […]

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BlogAd for South Asia Relief

Those of you paying close attention will notice that I have a new blogad running on the site, which points to the Command Post’s very helpful directory of agencies and charities that provide ways to help in South Asian relief efforts. I created the ad in response to a request from Miklos at Blogads to […]

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Ayn Rand Institute on South Asia: Selfishness as Stupidity

I occasionally get “op-eds” sent to me from the Ayn Rand Institute, and generally ignore them (like I do most of the low-grade think-tank spam I receive). But today’s submission caught my eye: U.S. Should Not Help Tsunami Victims By David Holcberg As the death toll mounts in the areas hit by Sunday’s tsunami in […]

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Bush Pledges Relief for South Asia: But Not Through the U.N.

I didn’t catch Bush’s remarks yesterday on relief efforts to aid victims of the horrific earthquakes and tsunamis in South Asia. But Papa Bear drew my attention to a phrase that was conspicuously absent from Bush’s speech: “United Nations”. Bush spoke of “building an international coalition”, and having “established a regional core group with India, […]

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New Year’s Resolution: Ecosystem Cleanup

I spent a lovely Christmas with Lady M and my side of the family, which proved a nice break from both the Day Job and the usual bloggy grind. But now: it’s time to get back to work. So, to ensure we start 2005 off right, I’m going to be devoting some effort this week […]

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America: Not An Amish Paradise

It seems slightly unfair to criticize the Amish on the Internet, because by definition, no devout Amish (and my understanding is that there is no other kind) is going to be reading this or be able to effectively respond. But, I’m going to do it anyway. Who says the holiday spirit is dead? Apparently, some […]

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Iraq the Mystery

No, I don’t know what’s going on with Ali at Iraq The Model — and near as I can tell, neither does anybody else. Having met his brothers last week, I can only wish him the best, and hope that the troubles that are leading him to choose to walk away from the blog are […]

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Time’s Person of the Year Edition

TIME has announced George Bush as their Person of the Year. More precisely, “President George W. Bush: American Revolutionary”, according to the cover shot. And more importantly (well, for our little community): TIME devotes significant ink to blogs in the issue, including noting 10 Things We Learned About Blogs, and an extensive profile of the […]

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TTLB Lite: Gzipped Pages

I’m trying out gzip compression on many of the main pages around TTLB. Allegedly this will provide a nice performance boost (faster page loads) as well as significantly reducing bandwidth usage. Seems to be working thus far: please let me know if you notice any changes (either for better or worse).

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Not that I’d say I told you so, but…

By special request of TTLB’s “house liberal” commenter, my old friend Lisa… NZB, August 8: I’m going to go on record and predict that the Swift Boat Veterans kerfuffle won’t just be a major negative for Kerry: it will be a campaign-killer… Unless Kerry’s campaign manages to completely discredit the Swifties — which seems increasingly […]

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SoA Challenge Wrap-Up

Well, I haven’t seen an ‘official’ announcement, but I believe the Spirit of America Friends of Iraq challenge is now complete. As of this morning, the TTLB EcoTeam raised $1,687 for SoA, which put us in the #4 slot out of 23 teams competing — not bad for a bunch of insignificant microbes! We have […]

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Last Chance for SoA Challenge

Tonight the Spirit of America Friends of Iraq Blogger Challenge is coming to a close. If you haven’t done so already — and hey, even if you have — there’s one last chance to make a donation during the challenge!

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2004 Weblog Awards

Well, if you weren’t aware of the 2004 Weblog Awards, you’ve obviously been living in a cave for the past month. But I’ve been rather remiss in promoting the awards, especially given that some of them are actually based on Ecosystem categories. Voting closes tomorrow, so if you haven’t voted yet, by all means, go […]

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Spirit of America EcoTeam Update

With only four days left in the fundraising drive, the TTLB EcoTeam is in a strong third place in the team competition with $1,574 raised to date. There’s still time to join the team and make a donation, so let’s see what we can do for a big last push towards the finish line! And […]

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Ecosystem Update

Some folks have noticed that there has been some weirdness on the Ecosytem lately. First, a little over a week ago, everybody’s total link counts took a steep plunge. This was on purpose. The Ecosystem is meant to track ‘current’ links that each blog is receiving; not every link going back forever. But, for various […]

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EcoTeam Marches On

Please welcome the EcoTeam’s latest members: Bloggledygook, which is one of the best blog names I’ve seen in a while Yankee from Mississippi and, I’m especially pleased to welcome good friend Spoons on board the team. Still room for plenty more!

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