October 26th, 2024

lapin d’agence

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  • I can’t get used to having an iDog in the house, so Nabaztag won’t be happening out here on the farm. But leave it to Jeneane. She has her bunny up and running. Since she returned after a week or more off (including a few days staring at her foot) she has been dishing out insightful Web 3.0 industry commentary with none of the slavish greed based personality cult nonsense of the Web 2.0 crowd, and with all the elan of an industry analyst who really enjoys her beat.

    My recommendation is go to Allied and read down from the top until you get to “footus interruptus.” Then take a break and let it all bake into your brain.

    [Highlights… discussion of ze frank’s nerd fight, keyword advertising on comments, the talking bunny, Ronnie’s phonecon recap, Ev’s Obvious company which may or may not be related to Euan Semple, and more.]

    October 25th, 2024

    Bada Boom

    it seems obvious that unless Andrew Baron of Rocketboom is a complete and utter liar when he talks about his statistics, Rocketboom is leagues ahead of Ze Frank.

    Well, yeah.

    Also what Jeneane said. (Good to see you back, jeneane. Looked like you weren’t enjoying blogging at MySpace that much. Maybe now that Blogger messed with you you will change to WordPress?

    October 24th, 2024

    Kissing kittens…

    I have no kittens handy to smooch, but I am told that a kitten kiss might add data regarding my concern about whether or not Bill Bates actually collected after I carelessly lost my soul to him in a chess game in the Rathskellar in 1966.

    Regarding AKMA: his little book, “WTF is Pomo Bib-crit, Yo?” provides enjoyment and frustration and has a place of honor in the WC beside the throne. Rather than chew on all the particularities that frustrate me, I think I will wait until I’m finished to decide whether or not it’s been good for me. Sitting in the rumpled sheets, smoking a forbidden Pall Mall, it will be obvious whether or not I’ve ultimately found satisfaction. So far I disagree with much of what I’ve read, but I want to be sure that I express my disagreement without being generally disagreeable. I’m reading a companion volume, “Posers and Hosers: Nietzsche’s Flying Monkeys.” It too has a lot to say about the masturbatory ivory tower efforts of intellectual cowards, arrivistes, and ignorant tools during the last half of the twentieth century. Perhaps I’ll be able to review the two together and demonstrate an interesting contrapuntal motif in the quest to bury the modern and assure some personal authenticity in the competition for post World War 2 big-School funding, tenure and business class travel perks on the lecture circuit. AKMA’s broad brush outlines a modern era that stretches back 500 years. A lot of guys my age think it happened in 1928. There’s probably some room for compromise and adjustment. More later.

    The important news today is that Jeneane Sessum has been muzzled by Google for accepting an anti-porn ad on her Blogger blog.

    Free Allied! Death to the monolithic server farm that eschews basic principles of human decency and technical support!

    You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.
    – Freddy-N

    October 7th, 2024

    Jeneane versus the New York Times

    Jeneane tops the Times in this clip from David’s Maastricht keynote. This is the bloggo-omphalo analysis… are you an innie linker or an outie? The New York Times is an innie. Jeneane is an outie:

    August 27th, 2024

    The Big Con

    Scoble is fit to be tied that Amanda Congdon isn’t living her life the way he thinks would be best for her to live it. Robert is the new Mullah! Jeneane lays into him in the comment thread on that post. She’s been on a tear today, making fun of Robert, Seth Godin, and Hugh the cartoon guy. Hugh and Seth did an interview that was either hilarious (in a bad way) or an emetic (in a good way, I suppose, if you are anorexic or something).

    Madame Levy has a Site Pal reading a G.W.S. Trow passage about con men:

    The con man does give you something. It is a sense of your own worthlessness. A good question to ask: “Does this event exist without me?” If the answer is no, leave. You are involved in a con game. When the con man tells you that he is about to present you with “a wide range of options,” ask for one thing he will absolutely stand behind. Or beat him up. If he has some authority, you have a right to see what it is. If he is only describing the authority he senses in you, then do as you please.

    The idea of choice is easily debased if one forgets that the aim is to have chosen successfully, not to be endlessly choosing.

    By these lights, Scoble is behaving exactly like a con man! Kevin Kelly observed long ago that the web runs on love, not greed. That’s what dooms Michael Arrington to such a dismal life. Kelly said, “As the Internet continues to expand in volume and diversity without interruption, only a relatively small percent of its total mass will be money-making. The rest will be created and maintained out of passion, enthusiasm, a sense of civic obligation, or simply on the faith that it may later provide some economic use.” I don’t know if Robert’s core values ever lined up with Kelly’s observations, but regardless… the man needs a long vacation. Offline.

    The rip-off of BloggerCon IV was Arrington leading a core values session. There are all these bull elks out there clashing antlers and believing that there is some ultimate meaning in the struggle. I imagine that they’re lining up their own herds, and that there are plenty of submissive elks ready to present for them, but in the final analysis, one must remember that the critical importance of elk to the omnivore is that it provides the most flavorful red meat on the planet. Eat me? No, eat you, Robert. And Michael… eat you too. Good for Amanda for not listening to these confused voices. One of the saddest things about the con man is that he himself is the victim of a big con, or he wouldn’t be in the business of conning others.

    For core values worth internalizing one can look many places, but certainly not in the blogs of Scoble or Arrington. Here is a quick catch of the day from JP Rangaswami:

    I don’t read blogs to find out things faster than anyone else; I don’t read blogs to find things to link to and comment on before anyone else; I don’t read blogs because I can’t find any books to read.

    I read blogs because they’re participative, they are accessible, they help me learn. I write blogs because I want to participate. In a community. Everyone wants to make a difference, everyone wants to leave a legacy. Blogs are useful in both cases.

    August 20th, 2024

    Digital Identity

    Thanx to Jeneane for the link. She did one of Scoble… I get the Elton John look-alikedness, but Stephen King?

    August 4th, 2024

    Quick Lynx

    July 22nd, 2024

    Get well soon, Jeneane…

    This shit breaks my heart

    Ironic, isn’t it. The event I want so badly to go to, a part of the country I’ve never been to, an opportunity to meet so many women and men I’ve never met, and its my womanhood that’s putting me on shaky ground.

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