Friday, October 01, 2004
Well, I finally cleaned up my blogroll. I have NEVER been happy with any of the tools I tried to replace Blogrolling.com with, so I’m back to them (mygold account wasstill good for another year).
Here’s what I did. I exported a list of the blogs that are in my RSS reader and imported it into Blogrolling. So this means if your blog doesn’t have a feed, you didnae make it, ya wee bit of strumpet. My blogroll now contains ONLY sites I read and nothing else. It’s not everything, for example I’m a big Achewood fan and I have the character blogs in my RSS reader, but I did not include those. But it’s all the right and mil bloggers that I read all the time, and it’s not sorted by anything other than when Blogrolling knows you’ve updated. If you are not on the list, I either don’t know you have a blog, or you havea blog without an RSS feed. If it’s the former, shoot me a line. I don’t care if you started yesterday, if your stuff is good I’ll read you, and that means you get linked.
I’m not Mr. Traffic, I can’t make or break a blog with a link, but if you are doing good work and I can help even a little...I’ll be glad to do it. And BTW, check out the blogroll, halfway down on the right. Bop around, check out some names you don’t recognize. You might find something good to read!
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Talking to the press
I just got back from being interviewed by a reporter for the New Haven Register...really cool conversation, mostly centered around the divisiveness behind politics lately and what I think causes it. I won’t go too far into it until after the story comes out (on Oct. 3rd I believe), but we talked a lot about how the Internet has played a role in opening up dialog...for better or worse, and how it;s become hard to talk politics with *anyone* without it getting ugly.
Talking to a print reporter face to face is a new one on me...I enjoyed the conversation though, and I think this will be a good series. He plans to feature both sides and how they feel about the questions he asked.
It also helped to clarify that I don’t like being lumped into this mold that everyone throws over me when they see the name of this site and that I am voting for Bush. Have I painted myself into a corner with the title of this blog? The origins are pretty simple...I *used* to keep a personal-oriented blog at starkthoughts.com. When I decided to split the political from the personal, I thought of the tag line “Not right wing, just right” as a statement that I wasn’t exclusively a right-winger but I felt I was on the right (as in correct) side of things, and of course it was intended to be boastful. And a play off my personal blog’s title, which I still love.
Now that the personal site is LONG forgotten...I do get crap once in awhile off the title. Is it worth trying to change or am I just being sensitive to the label because of the conversation I just had? I’m curious to know what others think.
Thursday, August 19, 2004
Putting my money (so to speak) where my mouth is
I’m so thoroughly disgusted by Michael Moore’s new book of supposed letters from soldiers that I’ve decided to put my money...or more precisely, my time, where my mouth is.
I will assemble a counter to Moore’s book. Unedited, untouched except for the assemblage, a book of letters from soldiers that support the President and do not trust Mr. Moore.
If you are military and you are interested, or you have military family members who would like to participate, please send your letters to letters at moorewatch dot com. All hate mail will be deleted upon receipt, so save your energy, Moore-ons.
If you prefer to write old-fashioned snail mail letters, I will get a P.O. Box and make the address available. Email would be the best route though, since time is of the essence.
I will touch not a word of these letters. Not one. If you send a letter, you must be willing to allow me to publish it AND publish your name and branch of service, so independent people can verify that you are who you say you are and that you wrote what I say you wrote. EVERYTHING will be public and verifiable. I refuse to hide any aspect of this.
If we can’t get anyone interested in publishing it, we’ll publish it our damn selves. But we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
The blog has arrived in Corporateland
It seems we’re making a difference.
They were once seen as the preserve of the geek, but nowadays personal opinion and diary pages - weblogs or “blogs” - are so powerful that huge corporations are taking an interest.
The sites that started as observational home pages for enthusiasts have become so powerful that they are starting a new industry of blog monitoring in which media companies scour the net to advise brands on how their name is being talked about online, away from the traditional newspaper and broadcast media sites.
That is the feeling at Ford, which has recently started to use a blogsearching service because, as its executive director of public affairs, Tim Holmes, reveals, the manufacturer realised that no modern brand can afford not to listen to what people are saying about it online.
I found that last paragraph of particular interest. I get a lot of residual hits off Google for
this post about the Ford Bronco concept. The original URL was under the old pMachine format, but even now, after switching to EE, Google still pumps out a page full of hits for that one little entry.
I imagine someone somewhere at Ford saw the positive comments and maybe, just maybe, if the article is really true, maybe I helped make that truck come true. It’s a nice thought, right? :)
Sunday, August 01, 2004
Plumbing advice needed
And it was just a week ago I was all “I can fix it, you should too!” Now I’m blegging advice. :)
I have a leaky faucet in the kitchen. Now when I say leak, I mean it can fill a 2 quart container in about 20 minutes. Needless to say I shut off the water unless I absolutely need to use it. This needs fixin’. I’m definitely hiring a plumber to do that and look at the garbage disposal, which sounds like someone is trying to grind a yak in there. The problem is, I want to replace the faucet completely. I never liked it. It’s too low, kind of cheap-looking...I’d rather just replace it with a high-arching number.
This is almost exactly what I have, just a newer model:
Now, my sink is a porcelain-coated steel number. Do they also usually have extra knockout holes? I can’t even FIND a porcelain sink online...does no one have these anymore? I’m trying to decide what faucet set to buy, and all the really nice ones need three holes plus a sprayer. I could go two and the sprayer and still get my high arc. So what’s the story? Do all sinks come with a certain number of knockout holes or are there sinks that just have the one hole for the faucet and a far-right hole for the sprayer?
What are the odds I can fit this one in the spot where the old one is now?
Who knew this stuff was so complicated? Well, probably all of you, never mind. Last time I bought a sink/cabinet/faucet for the bathroom, I looked for about ten seconds, saw a combo sink/cabinet deal, then spotted a simple faucet that matched and was out of Home Depot in less than 10 minutes. :)
Saturday, July 31, 2004
FFTS: Capitalism Shill
Well, it’s not really Food for Thought, but what the hell.
I’m going to do some blatant shilling for the man.
Umm, “the man” in this case is me. Anyway.
If you, like me, are sick of the whole Vast Right Wing Conspiracy nonsense, why not take it to the next level? VRWCheadquarters.com at your service. Let ‘em know up front that your rich, white, powerful male friend in The System won’t allow you to take any guff off those pansy hippy liberal asshat types. You know the ones. THOSE types. Damn left-wingers. (cue sound of me spitting into an old-tymey brass spittoon)
This is not a charity drive. This is good old-fashioned capitalism with a fun twist. The shirts are funny. More will be added as the ideas come. And an extra-special offensive department will be opening once we’ve established ourselves a little. And by “we” I mean “me.” And of course my fellow conspiracy members.
Are you still reading this? I’m surprised. You should be at VRWCheadquarters.com with your credit card in hand.
Fellow Conspirators, you have your orders.
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
As some of the people that stalk me have now made dangerous threats, I am requiring membership with valid e-mail addresses in order to leave a comment. There will be a challenge-response e-mail that requires you to confirm your membership. This will slow the number of times a stalker can do a drive-by.
I’m sorry to have to do this, it reduces the number of casual commenters, but the situation has reached a level that I consider personally threatening and dangerous.
If you are a regular that doesn’t have an account, and you care about these things, you should use whatever name and address you have always used and searches and the like will still find you.
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do?
This is going to get really ugly if we’re right. All the lawyers in the house say “whoo whoo!” Where mah lawyaz at! Seriously, if you know anyone who would be willing to take a look at the statute and Moore’s page and see if what he did violates the law, I’d be extremely grateful.
DISCLAIMER: Opinions on the severity of the violations compared to anything else are not being solicited. I’m not asking you to compare him to Bush or anyone else. This is not about his movie, or them suing me, or any of the kitchen-sink topics that often get thrown in whenever Moore’s name comes up. I would like specific opinions, mostly from those with some legal training, as to the validity of our claim before we file it with the FEC. If you plan to respond and insult me...save it.
Friday, June 25, 2004
I’m not going to blog today or probably tomorrow. I’m in a foul mood. From technical to family to political, everything is conspiring to piss me the fuck off, and there’s no point in me abusing the entire world over it.
Plus I have to try to import a 60MB database when mysql refuses to allow a packet larger than 16MB.
Anyway...I’m out. See ya when I see ya.
Wednesday, June 16, 2004
What is this?
I saw this tattoo on someone and I know I recognize it. I just can’t place it. Anyone know what this is? Is it military?
The clubs *might* have been fleur-de-lis and not clubs...I made this mockup based off a quick glimpse.