Al Franken has finally been declared the winner of the Minnesota Senate race. According to NPR, the State Supreme Court ruling was unanimous. Minnesota’s Republican governor, Tim Pawlenty, has said previously that he would certify Franken if the Court directed him to do so.
Follow-up news coming soon on the Daily Show, I’m sure.
[Wordnik is] “A crowdsourced toolkit for tracking and recording the evolution of language as it occurs, its goal is to gather as much information about a word as possible â€” not its mere definition, but also in-sentence examples, semantic ‘neighborhoods’ of related words, images, statistics about usage, and more. And itâ€™s all compiled via user submissions.”
– Maria Popova
This afternoon Beth told me about Wordnik, a cool tool she learned about from Language Log–a crowd sourced compendium of all the words. Right. All the words. This evening, on an entirely different errand, I ran into a reference to Wordnik by Language Hat. Slipping into my spandex super-geek outfit, I hurried off to Language Log to see what Beth had found. (I could have asked her, but don’t like shouting from one room to another, mostly–I think–because my hearing is starting to go, casualty of my misspent youth).
What Beth had found was a link to the Language Hat post by one “Zwicky Arnold,” a contributor to language log who sounds suspiciously like Arnold Zwicky. One assumes the surname reversal has something to do with the collating sequence of contributors in the Language Log sidebar. Accustomed to a place at the end of the line, Zwicky presumably had to change his name from Arnold Zwicky to Zwicky Arnold because contributors there are ordered alphabetically by first name (and Arnold would move straight to the top of the list). All inferences regarding Zwicky’s motivation aside, it turns out that in his Wordnik post at Language Log he had linked directly to the Language Hat post.
At some point during this veritable fiesta of clickage, I actually went off to the Wordnik site and created an account, and at this point I was indeed on my way down the rabbit hole. There in the sidebar of my Wordnik account page was an advertisement for “The Subversive Copy Editor,” interesting in itself but made more-so by the included citation of Jennifer Balderama’s New York Times Paper Cuts blog.
Jennifer Balderama is one of those people whose name appears in the blog rolls of old blogging friends and acquaintances, someone I have never met, never “friended,” never “followed.” Why then do I feel that I know her a little just because she blogs?
AKMA observes that Dorothea Salo is hanging it up at Caveat Lector. Regarding her decision she says,
Whatâ€™s next? I donâ€™t know. Some things are right out; Iâ€™m not going to go pseudonymous and pop up in another corner, for example, because I just donâ€™t roll that way, never mind that my writing style and subject matter are distinctive enough that Iâ€™d be outed in no time flat. Iâ€™m not taking all my Internet toys and going homeâ€”as childish as I can be, Iâ€™m not that childish. I might start another blog, or even more than one, but if I do, itâ€™ll be for a different reason than old CavLec, and have much narrower parameters.
Meanwhile, Dorothea has–available for rummaging–great archives organized by topic and by date linked from the Caveat Lector sidebar.
Shelley Powers declares her site redesign complete! She asks,
What breadcrumb could I use to tease you all into leaving the safety of your syndication feeds, to venture into the raw and wooly lands of actual web pages? With that one sentence I’ve managed to exceed 140 characters, so I’ve already broken the rhythm of the web. Now, I seek to further fracture Web Flow by luring you directly to my lair.
I’ll be there.
At Burningbird, Shelley presents five free-standing blogs isolating several of her interests yet all aggregated and accessible under the wings of http://burningbird.net.
If tech turns you on, but you aren’t interested in photography, then Bb’s RealIech and Secret of Signals are for you. I’m pretty much a fan of all things Shelley, and I think it’s fun to poke around in the archives of all her sites. At Burningbird Shelley has brought together good material going back ten years or more. It’s more than a blog, it’s a fine web publication. It’s a virtual coffee table book, an online magazine. Of course the latest stuff will be available in your feed readers, but to get a good taste of what Shelley’s accomplished and to explore a decade of burningbirditude, you’ll want to click through directly and skip the syndication feeds. Check it out real-time and click around with abandon. It’s worth a read.
bada bing… der Bingle — not just a mellifluous 20th century popular baritone, but now also a Microsoft search engine for the 21st century. Or something. It seems to work, and it gives Microsoft a fingertip grip on the ledge of internetworking, arresting their fall into the chasm of irrelevance. I searched “Cap and Trade” on Bing and two prominent related searches were “Glenn Beck” and “Rush Limbaugh.” Slim evidence but enough to suggest that Bing brings us politicized search. (Is that what Microsoft intended when they built their focus group from the usual suspects?)
A search via Bing for “der Bingle” turns up but one related search: “der Wienerschnitzel.” One fails to see the connection. Bing searches don’t reveal Wikipedia on the first page of results for either “der Bingle” or “Cap and Trade.” Blogger entries also seem low in the results ranking. By way of contrast, The Google places Wikipedia entries and blogger written references high in its search results. Zo, vat ve haff hier ist der Bingle mit der Limbaugher und also der Wienerschnitzel (eine zuchen-zeuge written by dem Katzenjammer Kidz) versus The Google with its Wikipediatrics and amateur sourcing. I’m guessing der Bingle will give das Yahoo! a run for its money, but The Google will leave them in its dust.
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I’ve upgraded Listics to WordPress 2.8. I’ve dabbled with Opera Unite. I’ve spent plenty of time on twitter, and… yes, Facebook too. Truth be told, I’ve also played too many games of Spider Solitaire.
I’ve bookmarked dozens of links to information on a panoply of web publishing tools–weapons, as some would have it, in the war between pixels and print. From social networking to search engine optimization, from the politics of pillage and plunder (from New York and Detroit to South Kivu) to this week’s twentieth anniversary of the death of I.F. Stone–my attention has dissolved in the kaleidoscopic refraction of all things imaginable to write about.
Last winter I was humbled by a brief stint writing posts for peanuts at a start-up blog that was being packaged for resale to some web media company–this in the days before the big web media companies contracted and began to sizzle like salted banana slugs on hot pavement. Continue reading