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October 05, 2003

Quicklinks from 2 Oct

CLONMEL HOTSPOT -- If I was in a Penn Central Station, I would leaf through the newspapers and magazines and buy the issues containing stories from the first week of October that rose to the top of Blogdex. I know I wouldn't find them, so I would find a Wi-Fi hotspot and sip a large cup of coffee while browsing my Quicklinks from the first Friday of October. It seems my aggregator finds its most pertinent items late on Fridays every week. I use part of Sunday to comb through them.

  • I would buy a Wall Street Journal if it contained the Opinion Journal because my laptop with its on-board passwords is still in the Computer Hospital and I can't see the WSJ online right now.
  • Wrong impressions helped support Iraq War is in the Philadelphia Inquirer, along with an explanation of the three key mistaken beliefs that were leveraged in the "Invade Iraq" misinformation campaign. The information comes from Pipa's PDF entitled "Misperceptions, The Media, and the Iraq War." No major news organisations are moving with the story that the Bush Administration spun evidence in the miscarriage of war. Joe's Iraq Report offers a genuinely balanced round-up of articles on the situation in Iraq.
  • Paul Krugman uncovers the hypocrisy in the Plame Story, writing "Slime and Defend" in The New York Times and I think Andrew Sullivan's byline is carried there as well, with much the same slant. Plus, Andrew Northrup has the definitive guide to the right wing internal dialogue. Leaking classified information is a very serious matter and some fingers point to the head of the CIA, according to Josh Marshall.
  • The FBI is demanding reporters who've written about a hacking case give up their records and identify their hacker sources under the USA-PATRIOT act. As feared, this wide-reaching legislation has expanded the power of the State well beyond the realm of anti-terrorism.
  • I need a copy of Wired because my Kilkenny news agents don't carry the title. Andy Markley writes an excellent piece that everyone with an e-mail account should read. It's called "Spam: This Time It's Personal."
  • robyn goes silent on the front page of Tampa Tantrum to co-ordinate "The Second Annual Blogger Boobie-Thon for Breast Cancer" and if you donate for breast cancer research, you can see frontal Boobiethon images. Men can donate their snaps for this good cause in addition to their money.
  • The newest blog with the most cross-links celebrates the art and science of Weblogs from the BloggerCon in Boston. Is Andrew Orlowski on the beat? He could sift through the Winer Essays (like "The Rule of Links" which continues a meme from Weinberger and friends) and give us another take on the meetings. Compared to all the back chatter on the blogs related to the conference, Plasticbag has the best piece about blogs for the week, on the topic of Modelling a space for group-activity. The item gives useful reflections on how and why groups of people get together. The BloggerCon coverage of the same concept seems less rigorous. Plus, I don't see anything on the programme about "The The Blacklist Solution for Comment Spam" so it's good that Jay Allen has posted a viable solution, but I don't think it's getting a mention at the conference. I could use pointers to helpful technology, like the free CSS layout generator from Inknoise. It auto-generates multi-column CSS layouts on its CSS layout template making machine, the Layout-o-matic. Actually, the most beneficial noise coming from the conference neighbourhood in Boston is from MIT's Open Courseware. You can earn an MIT education for free if you follow the online courseware listings.
  • I've read the 3MB PDF copy of Weblogs and Journalism because some of it directly pertains to the Open Media Studies Programme running in Tipperary Institute. If the course was running for an American audience, I would include The People's Vote: 100 Documents that shaped America.
  • Schools in Ireland and beyond owe their budgets a look at the truly awesome OpenOffice. It delivers more value for Irish schools money than CHEST subscriptions.
  • The first Irish domain (dot ie) site to earn a Blogdex mention is a Flash prayer card that won't tell me much on my Nokia Communicator. Well, I guess it told me to pray by its GIF image of the same. The best new "easy content management" site I've found is Crescat Sententia. It gracefully integrates Movable Type into a viable Web site.
  • New Scientist explains why the methods used by the RIAA fail to achieve a scientific standard of credibility in "Fingering File-Traders Can Be Complicated."
  • I'm reading anything I find about General Wesley Clark as he was my commander when I worked underground in a NATO airlift centre. Josh Marshall chats him up for a few talking points.
  • Jeremy Allaire -- "Expanding the role of RSS into data-oriented applications" makes the best use of a Radio Userland blog in the first week of October.
  • You gotta visit The Madonna Copy & Paste Guy for a side-by-side comparison of Hollywood.
  • Will your job move to India?



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