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Joe Blogs' Genes and other trivialities
February 25th 2003, 02:44 CET by deadlock

The recent purchase, by Google, of Blogger has been mentioned here before recently. You can bet your life that news of Google's new plaything has brought the phenomenon into the radar of people who spend less time exploring the Internet's (ahem) delights than most of us as well.

I know that some of you keep weblogs (Caryn, for example) and I've come across mr0n himself on one of Gossip's sites. I've even tinkered with them myself.

So what I want to know is, what is the general perception of the weblogging phenomenon amongst the good folks who post here regularly? Do they have a purpose beyond inflicting the trivial musings of anti-social nerds on the rest of us? Or do they deliver the opinions of the everyman on the street to the wider world?
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#1 by Bailey
2003-02-25 02:44:11
BLOGS! PLUR!

Beauty is rot.
#2 by "Anonymous"
2003-02-25 02:45:49
SP!
#3 by Bailey
2003-02-25 02:48:23
On a more serious note, I think the vast, Vast, VAST majority of blogs are horrible and deserve little more than firey cleansing.

Vast.

Beauty is rot.
#4 by Eric T. Cheng
2003-02-25 02:51:41
erictcheng@hotmail.com
Blogs?! Who gives a shit what other people think? Bleh!

Kilt Wearing Pixel Pushing Monkey Boy
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#5 by Caryn
2003-02-25 02:54:17
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
Yay! I was hoping this would get voted in. I'm fully prepared for ridicule on this subject, but I have a lot to say on blogs. [rubs hands together in glee]

I'm fascinated with blogs and have been known to recreationally browse them for hours. Even the bad ones. It takes a very powerful level of inanity to get me uninterested in a blog.

I think the reasons I'm so interested in them are the same reasons I'm fascinated with genealogy; it's all about the study and history of the ordinary. Forget famous people -- I'm far more interested in reading the diary of an ordinary person (assuming they could write) who lived in the past. To me, it's far richer because it's a study in ordinary life at that time.

Blogs to me, especially when you read many of them, give you an interesting collection of thoughts representing society. I know, I know -- the dross is FAR more prevalent than good writing, and we all know that the loudest voices on the net tend to be the weirdest. But even so, I just am really fascinated by seeing what strangers are thinking and doing. Maybe it's something voyeuristic on my part, I don't know.

My favorite blogs, and some of them aren't really blogs:

Crass Consumerism
Fireland
Textism

And I'll usually browse Blogger for whatever they randomly link on a given day.

I think blogs have the potential to be cool. Many of them, however, are not. I still enjoy them, even if everyone else says they don't, and I hope that more people decide to do it.

"I felt that I was inhabiting some kind of interdimensional nexus where the sum total suck from this and all other universes crossed paths." - Terata
#6 by Bailey
2003-02-25 02:57:14
This seems an appropriate time to link this.

Beauty is rot.
#7 by HiredGoons
2003-02-25 02:57:51
Is that the heroine-eyeball-injection-fetish blog?
#8 by Matthew Gallant
2003-02-25 02:58:55
http://www.truemeaningoflife.com
This calls for a rerun. Blame Gabe, he found it for me.

All kids love Blog™!

*xylophone*

What scrolls down screen?
In blue or in green?
Complains of your neighbor's dog?
What tells all your friends
About your weekends?
It's Blog™, Blog™, Blog™!

It's Blo-og™, Blo-og™,
It's deep, it's whiny, it's new
It's Blo-og™, Blo-og™,
It's as if people care what you do!

Everyone writes a Blog™,
You're gonna love it Blog™,
Come on and get your Blog™!

Blog™, from Blammo!

*more xylophone*

"Is the internet making people less intelligent?"
"You mean like how video cameras cause thrown objects to hit men in the crotch?"
#9 by Matthew Gallant
2003-02-25 02:59:48
http://www.truemeaningoflife.com
"â„¢" used to be ™ :(

"Is the internet making people less intelligent?"
"You mean like how video cameras cause thrown objects to hit men in the crotch?"
#10 by LPMiller
2003-02-25 03:00:10
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
Bloggers don't owe you dick!

I believe I can fly......urk.
#11 by Ergo
2003-02-25 03:02:12
Speaking of blogs--

My condolences about your dad-in-law, Caryn. Hope your husband is doing okay.

"Folks, you can't walk into a bar holding a porcupine, set it on fire and expect to make liquorice!" --Dana Carvey as Ross Perot

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#12 by Caryn
2003-02-25 03:06:27
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
#11 Ergo
Speaking of blogs--

My condolences about your dad-in-law, Caryn. Hope your husband is doing okay.


Thanks, Ergo. It's been a tough week.

And just to keep things on topic, my recent entry is probably a great example of "we don't care about who died and how it affected you when we don't know you." But I also think that if well-written and with many of them taken into consideration, they're just interesting reading about average people and what goes on in daily life.

"I felt that I was inhabiting some kind of interdimensional nexus where the sum total suck from this and all other universes crossed paths." - Terata
#13 by Sgt Hulka
2003-02-25 03:22:19
What rolls down stairs, alone or in pairs, rolls over your neighbors dog?
What's great for a snack and fits on your back, it's BLOG BLOG BLOG!

No wait.. nevermind..

#14 by Xero
2003-02-25 03:34:52
http://novakometa.blogspot.com/
Its the RSS format thing, enables Google to offer instantaneous responses to world news events by using spiders to crawl the Blogs.

It'll be listed either in the News section or right alongside it.

Do, a deer, a female deer.
#15 by Xero
2003-02-25 03:37:06
http://novakometa.blogspot.com/
heres a great article on it over on Wired.

That's where Blogger comes in. Weblogs are a rich source of links, which are posted in a fast, timely manner. Not only that, many weblogs are readable in RSS, or rich site summary, a standard syndication format that is easily parsed and indexed by search engine spiders, the bots that search engines use to crawl and index the Web.

"Web pages are hard to index without a standard structure," said Cleveland. "But Google can easily index RSS feeds."

Like most weblogging tools, Blogger is capable of exporting new content in RSS. Based on XML, RSS is an increasingly popular format used by thousands of technology-oriented news sites such as CNN, The New York Times, Salon, Slashdot and Wired News, and well as thousands of weblogs.


Do, a deer, a female deer.
#16 by Bailey
2003-02-25 03:43:50
Weblogs are the finest source for up to the minute, bleeding edge links to hilarious AYB parodies.

Beauty is rot.
#17 by HiredGoons
2003-02-25 03:57:01
it's pronounced HIGH-larious.
#18 by Bailey
2003-02-25 04:04:49
...and he all tried to correct me and I was all "FUCK YOU, HITLER!" and then I totally went and did it anyway.

I think it's pronounced HEE-lar-ee-us.

Beauty is rot.
#19 by HiredGoons
2003-02-25 04:08:10
toe-mato, tah-mato
#20 by Wudi
2003-02-25 04:27:41
And GameSpy Inc. doesn't own PlanetBlog.com yet? FOR SHAME!

Zep--

I want to be a part of the club! Accept me!
#21 by Sgt Hulka
2003-02-25 05:40:01
Saddam challenges Bush to live Interview?

Oh yeah, didn't Hitler challenge MacArthur to arm wrestle?

Stalin was keen on thumb fighting if I recall correctly.

If I'm not mistaken, the Indians would whistle with glee as they threw water balloons at the colonists.  Only to be slaughtered by the wet, yet amused colonist.

Nah........ I'm just sleepy.


It's nice to see that even though the entire United States military couldn't seek and destroy Saddam in the 1991 war, that humble country bumpkin Dan Rather is able to locate him and conduct an interview.  I bet he used his country charm and/or Jedi mind tricks to get the Iraqi military police to open up and spill the beans on Saddams secret hideout.

BTW: Who de F*** is Norah Jones?  Her name was flashing like a subliminal message all day today.  I feel like I've got to go buy her album now.  

and finally, if a computer virus could help you get chicks, would you be all for them then? Hrmm..??  Take a few mins to soak that one up sparky.

#22 by Squeaky
2003-02-25 07:07:16
#21 Sgt Hulka
and finally, if a computer virus could help you get chicks, would you be all for them then? Hrmm..??  Take a few mins to soak that one up sparky.

yes.

When your girlfriend talks dirty to you, do you make her say "Zug-Zug"?
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#23 by Bailey
2003-02-25 07:25:45
Does this somehow relate to spanish fly?

Beauty is rot.
#24 by Oneiros
2003-02-25 08:37:58
oneiros42@hotmail.com
Or do they deliver the opinions of the everyman on the street to the wider world?


I'd say that one, but the everyman doesn't generally blog. And if they did, they're not famous, so no one would care.

I find myself reading political blogs. Cuz it's fun to watch them call each other names.

Also, insert something about the new media here.
#25 by Wheelie
2003-02-25 08:40:48
FIRST!

mmmphf!
#26 by Bailey
2003-02-25 08:52:50
Don't try to steal my thunder.

Beauty is rot.
#27 by chris
2003-02-25 08:59:06
cwb@shaithis.com http://www.cerebraldebris.com
I guess my primary issue with blogs is that I don't like people, and I don't give a shit what they have to say. It's elitist, and arrogant, and obnoxious, but the honest truth is that I don't feel that most of the human race has anything worth contributing.

I like Caryn's blog, because I know her, and respect her, so her opinions and experiences mean something to me. But that's a rare exception. For the most part, you get a lot of people writing mundane observations on mundane events... Actually, I take that back. Even that is rare enough to be commendable. Usually, you get people writing nearly incomprehensible ramblings using poor grammar and spelling.

Hell, most of the time the discussion on planetcrap is VASTLY more interesting, informed, topical, and coherent than anything you're going to find on a web log. And we're a deeply inbred and antisocial little community.

There are probably smart people out there saying smart things, but those people generally produce something else that I'm more interested in. Tom Tommorow runs a a blog at [link url=http://www.thismodernworld.com]his site[/url]... but his comic, This Modern World, is what really interests me. The comics are finished, polished expressions of his ideas. The blogging is chit-chatting in a coffee shop.

With the former, you're more likely to get something coherent. With the latter, you get an hour of someone trying to formulate their opinion at the same time they're expressing it. But you don't even get the cup of coffee and the comfy chair to go with it. :P

It's not worth sifting through the oceans of shit to find the pearls, in my opinion. The people producing the pearls on their blog are almost assuredly producing other, more easily acquired pearls elsewhere.

-chris
#28 by Bailey
2003-02-25 09:05:35
chris

"Most of the time"? What's with this doubletalk snipery? Do I come to where you work and jump up on down on the end of the bed?

Beauty is rot.
#29 by Wheelie
2003-02-25 09:37:29
Chris. For someone who don't like people you sure are interacting with them a lot.

mmmphf!
#30 by Squeaky
2003-02-25 09:52:04
chris is a closet extrovert

When your girlfriend talks dirty to you, do you make her say "Zug-Zug"?
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#31 by Warren Marshall
2003-02-25 09:56:26
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
Chris. For someone who don't like people you sure are interacting with them a lot.

If you're referring to this site, no, he's not.  He's interacting with names and avatars on a computer screen.  This is a FAR cry from interacting with people, face to face.  One is tolerable, the other sucks ... I leave it to you to decide which is which.

It isn't pretty to think so, but I can't feign interest now.
#32 by chris
2003-02-25 10:04:39
cwb@shaithis.com http://www.cerebraldebris.com
#31 Warren Marshall
Chris. For someone who don't like people you sure are interacting with them a lot.

If you're referring to this site, no, he's not.  He's interacting with names and avatars on a computer screen.  This is a FAR cry from interacting with people, face to face.  One is tolerable, the other sucks ... I leave it to you to decide which is which.

Both have their merits, but interacting with people face-to-face is much more draining. =)

I don't hate people, though. I used to... or at least I used to think I did. Lately I find I'm much more tolerant than I used to be. But there's a difference between not hating people, and actively seeking out their web logs.

-chris
#33 by LesJarvis
2003-02-25 10:07:41
I pretty much stick to the motto "I hate everyone I don't know."  It's worked well so far.  I like you though, chris.

"The internet has gone all fiddle faddle foo."
-lwf
#34 by The_Joker
2003-02-25 10:32:07
http://www.jackinworld.com
I've got your blog right here.

Joker, Ph.D. Procedural Assholian Behaviour, Pedophilosopher
- All your ass are belong to my wang Jafd. Prepare to are penetration.
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#35 by Dethstryk
2003-02-25 10:58:35
jemartin@tcainternet.com
I'm pretty much in Chris's position, as well. People, as a group, annoy the shit out of me. Individuals, I can like them easily.

As for blogs? Sorry, but the E/N trend of 1997-98 did it first. It was hardly interesting then.

"And I'm saying without a relationship with God and those strong convictions HE put in me I wouldn't be a 42 year old who hasn't had sex with anyone today."
#36 by lwf
2003-02-25 11:02:30
I have a blog. Actually it's a livejournal though.

I ain't got no flying shoes.
#37 by deadlock
2003-02-25 11:16:18
http://www.deadlocked.org/
What's the E/N trend?

if the US hawks know where to bomb, why don't they tell the UN where to look?
#38 by Wheelie
2003-02-25 11:16:27
Re. #31 Warren

Meh. I wasn't being that serious. As I hope no one is that serious when they say that they "don't like people".

mmmphf!
#39 by lwf
2003-02-25 11:24:15
#37 Deadlock: Shit like stileproject and somethingawful, Everything/Nothing.

I ain't got no flying shoes.
#40 by Darkseid-D
2003-02-25 11:24:25
rogerboal@hotmail.com
*sends Warm fuzzy sympathetic thoughts Caryns way*


On a derailing note, Metallica have recruited a new bassist, Rob Trujillo.  Yes, -the- Rob Trujillo ex of Suicidal Tendancies.

Now thats one from out in left field....

Trust me, Im a professional.
#41 by Dethstryk
2003-02-25 11:41:23
jemartin@tcainternet.com
#40 Darkseid-D
On a derailing note, Metallica have recruited a new bassist, Rob Trujillo.  Yes, -the- Rob Trujillo ex of Suicidal Tendancies.

Now thats one from out in left field....

Interesting. Do you have a link for this? I figure they would have emailed me about it. I wouldn't have expected that, either.

deadlock
I'm talking more specfically about stuff like Shlonglor. He basically started the damn thing, anyway. StileProject isn't E/N, and neither is Something Awful.

"And I'm saying without a relationship with God and those strong convictions HE put in me I wouldn't be a 42 year old who hasn't had sex with anyone today."
#42 by deadlock
2003-02-25 12:03:22
http://www.deadlocked.org/
Metallica clear all of their hiring/firing through you, Dethstryk? Now that's blogworthy material!

if the US hawks know where to bomb, why don't they tell the UN where to look?
#43 by Jens Christensen
2003-02-25 12:10:57
thug666@e-mail.dk
hehe...HE!

That's a big trunk. It fits a tuba, a suitcase, a dead dog, and a garment bag almost perfectly.
#44 by Dethstryk
2003-02-25 12:34:35
jemartin@tcainternet.com
#42 deadlock
Metallica clear all of their hiring/firing through you, Dethstryk? Now that's blogworthy material!

No, but they've sent me plenty of other updates concerning the bassist issue. ("They" meaning the fanclub, which I'm not even a part of anymore.)

"And I'm saying without a relationship with God and those strong convictions HE put in me I wouldn't be a 42 year old who hasn't had sex with anyone today."
#45 by Gunp01nt
2003-02-25 12:39:32
supersimon33@hotmail.com
Chris:
I don't like people, and I don't give a shit what they have to say. It's elitist, and arrogant, and obnoxious, but the honest truth is that I don't feel that most of the human race has anything worth contributing.


I kinda agree with this. It seems to me that the main reason why most people keep blogs is because they think what they have to say is actually interesting, and that there are lots of people that actually care about their opinions.

In general, they're wrong. And I fully agree that for most people, arrogance is a prime reason for running a blog.
I've been thinking about keeping a blog (mostly because it would be good webdesign practice, and I'd have something to add to my portfolio) but in the end I thought: "who fucking cares what I have to say?"

on a related note: who was it that ran a blog together with ashiran some time ago? was it bailey or flamethrower? I can't remember...

"Since most elephants don't comply with the AGP 2.0 specification, we recommend that God does a product recall on all elephants"
#46 by Dethstryk
2003-02-25 12:48:55
jemartin@tcainternet.com
If people put up a "blog" for intentions other than for their own friends and family, then they should revoked their "blog" license.

"And I'm saying without a relationship with God and those strong convictions HE put in me I wouldn't be a 42 year old who hasn't had sex with anyone today."
#47 by Xero
2003-02-25 12:55:39
http://novakometa.blogspot.com/
Man I used to LOVE Metallica's music, well right up until the whole Napster mess anyway.

Chris I know how you feel, individuals are fun but groups sometime annoy me.

Especially when they won't placidly accept the fact that i'm always right. : )

Do, a deer, a female deer.
#48 by Dethstryk
2003-02-25 13:04:44
jemartin@tcainternet.com
#47 Xero
Man I used to LOVE Metallica's music, well right up until the whole Napster mess anyway.

Does that really affect their music, though? I think they've done some incredibly stupid shit in the past five years, but the music they keep giving me has always done it for me.

"And I'm saying without a relationship with God and those strong convictions HE put in me I wouldn't be a 42 year old who hasn't had sex with anyone today."
#49 by lwf
2003-02-25 13:07:08
I just want to say "Booger".

I ain't got no flying shoes.
#50 by Huge Wood Farmer
2003-02-25 13:19:54
I'm gonna get mocked for this, but I think Load is one of Metallicas best records.

You've got Fail!
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