I traded a few emails with Carl Bialik of the WSJ online on the Ecosystem and the various methods I use around here for blog ranking, and his piece is available online. It’s a good primer on the state-of-play of tracking blog statistics.
Month: May 2005
Kerry does a 180: So Can Middendorf talk now?
The Interwebs are abuzz this morning with news that John Kerry may indeed have finally his Form 180. See Michelle, Ed, and Kevin for more.
Here’s the question I have: does the fact that he has signed and submitted (when/if he actually submits it) the Form 180 allow those with knowledge of his service to go on-the-record publicly?
I refer specifically to the broad hints that we heard right before the election that Kerry may have received a less-than-honorable discharge, and that former Secretary of the Navy William Middendorf might confirm that — but couldn’t because doing so would be a crime.
If he signs the 180, does that let Middendorf (or anyone else) talk?
Fake But Accurate is So 2004
Andrew Sullivan offers Newsweek entirely superfluous assistance in their race to the journalistic bottom:
“Even if this incident turns out to be false, our previous policies have made it perfectly plausible.”
False but plausible: it’s the new fake but accurate!
TTLB Logo Contest: Sean Gleeson Wins
I’m pleased to announce that Gleeson is the winner of the TTLB logo contest. Sean has brought both Mr. Bear and Lady M to life splendidly, and I am now working him to develop a final version of the logo which will be used in the — coming soon — relaunched version of TTLB.
My thanks to everyone who submitted entries, and congratulations once again to Sean!
Instant Films: Making movies in 48 hours
If you’re in the LA area tonight, consider dropping by LA Center Studios to check out Films, an intriguing film festival / contest in which filmmakers are given 48 hours to go from concept to finished product.
The contestants were given a story idea Thursday night, submitted their scripts yesterday, and by now should be putting the finishing touches on their films for presentation tonight. And yes, they’re blogging the experience (natch).
Tickets are $10 online and the event is at the LA Center Studios on 450 S. Bixel.
An old friend is competing in this evening’s edition, and it sounds like a blast. I unfortunately can’t make it, but that shouldn’t stop you!
HufPo Discovers Truth In Advertising
From Huffington Post’s User Service Agreement:
“WE DO NOT MAKE ANY REPRESENTATIONS, NOR DO WE ENDORSE THE ACCURACY, COMPLETENESS, TIMELINESS OR RELIABILITY OF ANY ADVICE, OPINION, STATEMENT OR OTHER MATERIAL OR DATABASE DISPLAYED, UPLOADED OR DISTRIBUTED IN THIS SERVICE OR AVAILABLE THOUGH LINKS IN THIS SERVICE.”
Honesty is good! CBS, NYT, etc., please take notes.
And if you haven’t read the full user agreement, you should, because I suspect there may be a quiz. And because, well…damn.
P.S.: To my deep dismay, a full week into the launch and Ms. A hasn’t had her minions add HufPo to the Ecosystem. So I did it for her. Stay tuned here and let’s see how they evolve.
P.P.S.: But no SiteMeter counter! Come on, Arianna, show us your traffic…
TTLB Logo Contest: Last Call!
Last call for entries in the TTLB logo contest. I’ve received a few new entries over the past few days, so out the display page to see them in all their glory.
The contest will offically close at 12 noon PDT tomorrow, so if you’ve been holding out, it’s now or never!
TTLB Logo Contest: Submissions II
The TTLB logo contest marches on, with several new submissions over the past week. Click ‘More’ to see them in all their glory!