Pathetic Journalism Provokes Nausea and Revulsion

When I telephoned a woman named Sarah Boxer in New York last week, I wondered who might answer. A DNC flack? A hack posing as a journalist? Someone paid by The New York Times to craft hatchet-jobs on Iraqis who dare to express thanks to America for deposing Saddam? Or simply a lazy writer with […]

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Performance & Status Display

Late yesterday I re-enabled everything on the site, including the status display code, so everyone should be seeing their actual Ecosystem level on their blogs again. At this point, I still have not been able to isolate why I see Apache child processes exploding in memory size. But, I have a cron job running that […]

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Latest on Performance Issues

Folks: Here’s the latest on the performance problems I’ve been tracking. It turns out that it doesn’t appear to be directly related to the load of the status display. The following is the technical details of what’s going on: I’d very much welcome any Apache or PHP gurus’ input on how I might proceed to […]

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Ecosystem Status Display Disabled

Folks: I’ve been attempting to chase down some performance issues around these parts for quite some time now. I am coming to believe that the Ecosystem status code which I provide for folks to put on their blogs may be the root cause of the troubles. The problem is that, if you have the status […]

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Blog Traffic Post-Election

My latest Tech Central Station column is now up, and provides some hard data examining traffic statistics at top political weblogs leading up to and after the election. On a related note, if your weblog is registered with the Ecosystem and you have a publicly-visible SiteMeter counter, check your details page and you will now […]

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And the rain comes down…

Wow. Recognizing that what we’re experiencing is nothing compared to a genuine natural disaster like South Asia’s tsunami, I still have to say, it’s raining like a sumbitch out here in Southern California. After making the dubious decision to go out this afternoon on some errands, I quickly realized that it was pouring rain harder […]

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Sumatran Coffee Reviews

As a part of my interest in promoting Sumatran coffee as a method for helping the long-term recovery of the tsunami-affected region, I reached out to several coffee-focused websites and forums and asked for their input and suggestions. As it turns out, Kenneth Davids of Coffee Review was just finishing a roundup of Sumatran coffee, […]

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Army Doctor Ordered To Shut Down Blog

Kevin McCullough notes that Army Maj. Michael Cohen, a doctor who blogged the aftermath of the Dec. 21 mess-hall bombing, has been ordered to shut down his blog. Cohen’s site now contains the following message: I have some very unfortunate news. Levels above me have ordered, yes ORDERED, me to shut down this website. They […]

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Ecosystem Cleanup: Status Update

Thanks to all who have submitted requests for Ecosystem cleanup items. Just wanted to let everyone know that progress is being made, even if it isn’t immediately visible. Over the past week I’ve devoted quite a bit of effort to improving a lot of the behind-the-scenes validation and tools that I use to keep things […]

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