Baby Mo arrives

I have a new neice. Congratulations to proud parents Adam and Renee!

Welcome to the party, guys. The water’s pretty nice, once you get used to it :->

A weblog for the ears

Dave sits on the Group W bench and contemplates the significance of Chris Lydon’s “weblog for the ears”:

Do-it-yourself radio with no sponsors, no interest other than curiosity, a searcher and his friends seeking the truth and nothing but the truth.

Chris continues to post fascinating interviews, now at a rate of two or three per week. Put ’em on your mp3 player and listen on the way to/from work.

I get personal with BloggerCon

Tonight I attended a BloggerCon planning meeting at Harvard. Meeting minutes should be appearing tonight or tomorrow. I’ll update this post with the permalink when it comes online. The meeting was pretty intense. Mark your calendars, folks, it’s October 4, 2003 in Cambridge, MA.

On the way home I came up with a new logo idea for Bryan Bell. I was listening my MP3 player as I walked, but I had only one of the earpieces in because I wanted to be able to hear what was happening around me. That was okay, but I realized how much better and more viscerally satisfying music is in stereo.

Anyway, that got me to thinking that, if we do our job well with BloggerCon, we’ll inspire something on the order of a mono to stereo evolution in weblogging. So here’s the logo idea: a stylized graphic of a person listening to something through one headphone, cupping the single speaker around their ear and straining to hear. With the other hand, the listener is reaching for a second headphone—that represents BloggerCon 2003—and raising it up to the other ear.

I suppose the metaphor is a bit dated and maybe even corny. But, if weblogging has taught me anything, it’s knowing how and when to say, “that’s my idea and I’m stickin’ to it!”

Update The meeting notes are here:

Borders on paid content “Will Web users ever pay for content?”

Borders gets a few things really right but IMHO is also missing out on a few realities. Take this statement for example: “Very soon, you’ll see that the content that’s left to be free is content that will not be trusted; content that has a bias.” Hmm, he seems to be ignorant of the notion media bias, not to mention the authenticity that the typical weblogger brings. Still, I think they could succeed if the price point is right. I bet they could do some innovative things around combined subscriptions and levels of search access to their moby archives.

Blogging and the Howard Dean Campaign on NPR

I turned on All Things Considered this evening and heard the word “blog” several times to my astonishment. The story is about online fundraising in the Howard Dean campaign. Quote: “A task that, if they succeed by doing what they’ve been doing, could remake American politics more radically than any reform bill passed by Congress.”

Story: Dean Makes New Fundraising Push Online. The hyperlink to the audio stream is at the top in blue, on the story title.

Radio tip of the day

If you use Radio as your news aggregator and are tired of seeing warnings about POSTDATA when refreshing in your browser, here is the way out: refresh by clicking one of the other headings in the navigation bar at the top, e.g. “Home” or “Stories”, and then click on “News”. In the end it’s the same number of clicks as before, but it requires smaller mouse movements.

Nerds only: An even better fix would be to have Radio redirect back to itself after each Delete, to clear any POST data that the browser is caching.