February 16, 2005

Additions to the blogroll

The mighty edawg has finally arrived on the blogging scene, after much prodding and poking by yours truly.

19:59:21 joshstaiger: where do you come up with this stuff?
19:59:39 joshstaiger: I think that may just have to go into the blog
19:59:51 edawg1701: that would be cool
20:00:01 joshstaiger: oh, it's in buddy
20:00:09 edawg1701: its like I get all the random shit of being on drugs without having to take the drugs

Another notable addition is Andy, who I discovered was a much bigger dork than I could have possibly imagined, when he showed up at the blogger's conference this past weekend. Life's full of pleasant surprises. Andy has a much more entertaining account than I could possible muster.

Unfortunately I was feeling a bit under the weather today and wasn't able to make the Chapel Hill meetup, but from the looks of the notes, Andy, I'm thinking that we may just have to throw together a Raleigh blogger's meetup if nobody else steps on up this side of the Triangle. We can't let Chapel Hill'ers have all the fun.

In Blogging

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February 13, 2005

Bloggercon weekend wrapup

Today marks the end of a very busy weekend compounded with very little sleep. Overall, it was great though.

The Triangle Bloggers Conference on Saturday was pretty awesome. A lot of interesting ideas were discussed which have really got me thinking, and I was able to meet a lot of really awesome people. Anton, you did an excellent job. Thank you!

On Sunday, I went to Dive Winer's Scripting News Brunch in Chapel Hill. Unfortunately it just so happened that I was seated at a side table away from Dave and the main crowd and conversation, but I got to have a nice conversation with Dereck Lane, anyway.

In both cases I think that I probably could have been a better participant if I had gotten more sleep the night before, but it happens.

One of the really exciting things that came out of this weekend is the organization of a regular meetup of Triangle bloggers (thus far, organized by Anton) in Chapel Hill. I'm planning on attending as I can and am really looking forward to it.

In Blogging

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February 10, 2005

State of the Weblog Address

My adoring fans are beginning to question my dignity for consistently allowing more than a week between blog entries.

11:43:25 edawg1701: I've been waiting patiently for the past 10 days for a another blog entry

I'm becoming increasingly aware that the ui for my site is retarded to the point of being unbearable. (Try to find the permanent link for each entry from the front page. I dare ya.)

I was pretty proud of myself for solving the comment spam problem using captcha, but now some asshat (thanks for the term, Jeff) has taken to spamming me with trackbacks. No big deal, right? I just turn trackbacks off for all my old entries one SQL query later and life is good... Except apparently there is a bug in MovableType that still allows trackbacks through, even if they are turned off for a given entry (it just doesn't visibly display them).

This will not stand!

At the Triangle Blogger's Conference this weekend, I'm fully expecting other bloggers to laugh and point.

In Site News

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On Physical Affection

Last week I was pretty impressed with myself for having the epiphany, after much observation, that women enjoy laying on top of each other.

I was discussing this theory with some people (a rigorous process of peer review), and Karthik had rather interesting take:

"Actually, I think most people would like to lie on top of each other. People enjoy affection. However, we men have hangups about it. Thus women tend to give and receive more affection (that doesn't involve pseudo violence of some sort) and are more balanced in that aspect of their lives. This correlates to a complaint I have heard from some women about men: that we get too caught up in the physical aspect of a relationship. Perhaps this is because romantic relationships are the only outlet we allow for ourselves to express our sensuality."

-- Karthik Raman

In Matters that are otherwise worthwhile

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Dave Slusher's Why I Don't Believe in God

I wanted to give props to Dave Slusher for his audio essay, "Why I Don't Believe in God".

Here is a direct mp3 link.

I agree with nearly all of the points that Dave makes, and have come to many of the same conclusions independently.

Obviously it's nice to know that there are like-minded people out there. But even moreso than that...damn, this is some powerful shit. I think it really highlights some of the emotions that audio can convey over plain text in certain contexts.

Be forewarned that the essay can be kind of a downer, but it is well worth listening to.

This is great work, Dave. Kudos.

In General

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