Archive: May, 2005
Why is this baby still here? Because we did a little digging last night after Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, wrote back and said the people hoping to rent ad space on their infant (see below) were likely joking, and that's why no one from the Philadelphia Craigslist "community" had flagged the posting.
Turns out this is not a joke. It's a genre.
Back in March, someone posted in Filmmaker Magazine's bulletin board an Ebay auction, captioned: NC filmmaker seeks adspace on their daughter's wardrobe to finance college education/filmmaking gear.
Here's a sober way to begin the long Memorial Day weekend. Juan Cole, a history professor at the University of Michigan, writes a challenging blog called Informed Comment, offering his expertise on what happening in the Middle East. Often readers ask him for answers, not just questions, about the quagmire that is Iraq. His latest post tries to help, beginning, "there aren't any short-term easy solutions to the problems in Iraq.
"The US military cannot defeat the Sunni Arab guerrilla movement any time soon for so many reasons that they cannot all be listed." But he gives it a go, contending:
The US has only 10,000 troops for the entire Anbar province, a center of insurgency with a population of 810,000. He cites estimates from an Iraqi official that 40,000 guerrillas are active, and another 80,000 people closely support them.
We're at this a week and a half now. Need to spread the word. Something tasteful, in line with the values of The Inquirer. Thanks for this, Craigslist Philly.
We are selling ad space on our infant son for one month. By ad space I mean only on clothing/tshirts or any other type of apparel like hats, shoes....ect. You can also put your ad on a stroller or anything else that is baby related and send it to us. The buyer will be responsible for making up and sending us the clothing and any apparel that we will putting on our son. The clothing will need to be 0-3 months boy summer clothing.
Blinq is not sure if this is for real, but we like the exposure. We are not above prostituting a blessed one for a few more eyeballs. Count us in for the auction. They go on:
Simon Ng, a freshman at Queens College in New York, wrote this post May 12 just after 5 p.m.
Anyway today has been weird, at 3 some guy ringed the bell. I went down and recognized it was my sister's former boyfriend. He told me he wants to get his fishing poles back. I told him to wait downstair while I get them for him. While I was searching them, he is already in the house. He is still here right now, smoking, walking all around the house with his shoes on which btw I just washed the floor 2 days ago! Hopefully he will leave soon...
Since then, 255 people have left comments on his blog, sent from as far away as Hong Kong and Germany. Most bear sentiments like Rest In Peace. Nearly five hours later that night, Ng and his older sister were found fatally stabbed. The sister's boyfriend, Jin Lin, 23, has been charged with murder -- after police read Simon Ng's online journal.
The highway turned into a parking lot? Then Roadcast. The idea is to share audio files with those stuck in traffic. A team at Carnegie Mellon dreamed up the idea, which they hope to see working among wireless devices within five years. I'm putting in some requests: "Tired of Waiting" by the Kinks into Groucho crooning "Hello, I Must be Going" into the Burritos' "White Line Fever" into ...
Speaking of casts, within 60 days the latest version of iTunes, Apple's music software, will make it easier to join the 6 million Americans who have downloaded a podcast, those ultra-niche audio shows made by mom-and-pop producers as well as giant media corporations. You would tell the iTunes what audio programs to look for, and they would wind up in your Mp3 player next time you sync it with your computer.
Since yesterday I've been cleaning the carpets here at the villa. If you've ever done this, you know it's a long methodical task. Unlike vacuuming, you can not just run the sweeper for a few passes and call it a day. No, shampooing has to be done slowly and with a purpose. I ditched work today to finish up before I have to return the machine. I've just filled the hallway and the top of the ....
Is anyone still there? This isn't my beautiful villa or my drudge life. It's from a Philadelphia blog that will go unnamed, and a perfect example of the sort of diary confessional that is healthier than Sonata and just as effective.
While they tend not to grab the attention, personal journals such as the vacuumer's make up more than two-thirds of blogosphere, a group of researchers at Indiana University found last year. Their keepers tend to be female and in their teens. There's less linking, fewer readers. But they're deeply felt, closely observed. Or completely bizarre, which we prefer. Audience unknown, these diarists are getting something off their chests, whether what its like to join a veteran group of spinners or to drive-through McDonald's and experience the decline of Western civilization.
The news that Mo Cheeks is returning to the fold has buzzed on the local sports blogs since yesterday afternoon, allowing Philly fans to savor a tall cocktail of nostalgia, hope and doubt. "Is he a great coach?" writes Jibbo, on his Livejournal page The Beating Drum, of the former Sixers guard and assistant -- announced as the replacement for the fired Jim O'Brien. "Probably not. But he's a good coach, with a reputation for listening to his players and getting along with them... I think he'll do a good job getting C-Webb involved in the offense, and a better job getting the younger players more consistent minutes."
Jibbo, who is a 23-year-old Philadelpian named Brian, says this trade takes some heat off GM Billy King, who had been working on a string of air balls: "Randy Ayers, Chris Ford, Glenn Robinson, it was one disaster after another," he writes.
John Carroll, in his promohthree blog, thought the King would have stuck with O'Brien, since the musical coaching chairs is starting to raise questions about the front office. "I'm glad to see this happen," he writes. "O'Brien had a poor year, quite often fielding a line-up that was never the team's strongest. I thought O'Brien would be around for another season since the Sixers have gone through a few coaches already post-Larry Brown. I assumed Billy King would be a little gun-shy, since it only takes so many coaches before people starting setting their sights on the GM."
The Los Angeles Times goes long on the decline of critics' influence. Lots of spilled ink on the long-gone days when a towering figure could close a show. Today we get animated, schlubby Jon Lovitz as the blow-hard no one heeds.
Besides the Internet and its rash of blogs, suspected culprits include the culture of celebrity, anti-intellectual populism, stingy newspaper owners and what some critics say is a loss of vitality or visibility in their art forms. While many lament the situation, some think the decentralization of authority means the arts and the conversation around them will flourish without these stern, doctrinaire figures.
But an answer emerges in the piece from Alex Ross, the New Yorker music critic, who has his own Web log, the Rest is Noise.