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Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Policy on trolls

For every blog, there is a troll,
And a time for every trolling in the blogiverse:
A time to read, and a time to ignore;
A time to provoke and a time to rebut;
A time to scorn, and a time to revile;
A time to rebuke and a time to denounce;
A time to revise, and a time to delete;
A time to warn and a time to ban.

(inspired by a good book)


Books we'll never see

Due to cutbacks in the publishing industry and the fickle winds of fate, here are some books we're not likely to see on the shelves of our local Barnes & Noble:

Assessing Risk: Life's Lessons From the Casino Floor, by William J. Bennett, PhD.

Fundamentals of Journalism, by Jayson Blair

Reaching Out To The World, by Patrick J. Buchanan

Lone Star: My Favorite Texas Stories. by Natalie Maines

My Favorite After-Dinner Jokes, by Sen. Trent Lott

Cooperstown: A Tribute, by Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon

Mickey and Me, by Michael Moore

Heh: The Life of an Internet Pundit, by Glenn Reynolds

Monday, May 12, 2003

No-beverages-near-the-monitor alert

If you are a Star Trek fan (original series or The New Generation), don't miss this top-ten list over at Happy Fun Pundit.

My monitor needed good-blog-humor-aftermath wipers at #5.

(via the crotchety ol' Cracker)

Sunday, May 11, 2003

A needed flashback

I was flipping channels on the TV yesterday afternoon when I just happened to land on CMT (Country Music Television, for those of you who don't frequent the channel). Being a good Southern boy, I stopped to listen for a few minutes and heard this song, immediately followed by this song.

Choked me up tighter than the local freeway at rush hour, and I had to shed a tear or two at some of the images on the Worley video.

For all of you who panned Darryl Worley when "Have You Forgotten?" came out, what happened to me yesterday afternoon happens to a lot of people down here in the South when they hear that song. You sophisticates may find the song simplistic or corny or even dead wrong, but it speaks volumes to some of us.

Love of country must be in our mothers' milk down here, because we take it in from the time we are born and it never seems to go away. If I see a battered old pickup truck sitting in a parking lot around here, I know I can count on finding an American flag decal stuck on it somewhere.

We may let on that we hate Yankees, but we grieved along with the New Yawkers during those awful days. And most of us still do.

It really is that simple.

And if the folks at CMT had added this song and this song right after the first two, I'd probably still be wiping away the tears.

I haven't forgotten.

And I never will.


Navel-gazing about blogging and blogrolls

Now that the real world appears to be spinning properly on its axis again, I've noticed a goodly number of bloggers, high-profile and otherwise, have returned to the blogiverse's favorite irresolvable debates: how to build your blog traffic and who belongs on a blogroll.

Having read a fair number of these discussions in the past couple of weeks, let me present some of the eternal principles of knowledge I've managed to distill out of what I've read.

The Ten Commandments of Blogging

1. Thou shalt have no life before blogging, except to provide material for thy blog.

2. Thou shalt not make thy blog like any other, either in appearance or style, for the blogging gods are jealous of their godliness. (exception granted for the denizens of Blog*Spot, for they shall be taught the error of their ways).

3. Thou shalt not take the names of more popular bloggers in vain, else they will not link to thee.

4. Keep no day away from thy blog, for that will be the day that a more popular blogger will view thy site and find thy content stale, and all of thy work toward getting a link from them or being added to their blogroll will have been wasted.

5. Honor those more popular who link to thee. Reciprocate their link to thee and populate their comments and/or email with paeans of honor, lest they find thee unworthy and cast thee into outer darkness.

6. Thou shalt not delink one more popular than thee.

7. Neither shall thou link to those that they have delinked.

8. Neither shalt thou post material not thine own without a link to the source.

9. Neither shalt thou take sides in a blog war against one who links to thee.

10. Neither shalt thou covet the traffic of one more popular, nor a place on their blogroll, nor a graphic on their site.

And, as is usually the case with Ten Commandment lists, there is an Eleventh Commandment:

11. Fix thy permalinks and keep them in the best of repair always, for they are the path to traffic (and heaven).

(And to comply with commandment 8, here's a link to the inspiration for this post)

Blogroll Me!