Category Archives: Using Weblogs and Technology

The YouTube Power Law, and My Favourite Subscriptions

When blogs were new and all the rage, Clay Shirky published something called the “Power Law” that said the popularity of blogs followed an exponential “power curve” that looked like a curved hockey stick — Y=mXb. That meant that 1% … Continue reading

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None of the News That’s Fit to Print

If you read blogs and other information sources regularly, it’s probably because you know you’re not getting the information you want from media publishers, either mainstream or alternative/independent. As I wrote last year, media publishers can no longer afford to … Continue reading

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Do We Know Ourselves Only Through Our Relationships?

Aaron Williamson‘s Model of Identity and Community, 2013 Most of us define ourselves in terms of our relationships — who we work with, who we live with, and who we consider to be in our ‘circles’. When we write a … Continue reading

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Switching from Feedburner to Follow.It

Google is abandoning its free RSS-to-email service Feedburner (that I’ve used for a decade) in two weeks. My brother Alan (thank you!) has arranged to transition my blog’s subscription service to Follow.It and that transition starts today. If you’re an … Continue reading

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Weather ‘Tis Nobler

I‘ve had a personal weather station for about four years. Living on a small island with microclimates, where the weather doesn’t quite match that of any of the nearby places served by Environment Canada (shown as red dots above), I … Continue reading

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Blogging Without Facebook

Cartoon from the New Yorker by Lee Lorenz Five years ago I summarized why I still blog this way: I keep blogging because I owe just about everything about my current situation to my blog. My writing and my readers’ … Continue reading

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The Circles We Move In

Seb Paquet put me on to a free (limited, demo) app called TouchGraph that analyzes all your ‘friends’ on Facebook, and colour-codes them depending on the number of connections they have to your other friends. Mine is shown above, with … Continue reading

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Google+: On Communities, Circles, Friendship and Love

A member of my community, visiting my yard yesterday I‘ve signed up, somewhat reluctantly, for Google+, the latest foray by Google into the quagmire of social networking. Given the failure of Orkut, Buzz and (the one I really liked) Google … Continue reading

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The Ten Most Important Questions I Heard at Northern Voice 2010

I‘m at NV10, the annual bloggers’ conference in Vancouver BC, and what has impressed me most so far is the questions I have heard. With dozens of rapid-fire simultaneous sessions, there is not enough time for thorough answers, but the … Continue reading

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What Are You Going to Do When the Internet’s Gone?

Cartoon by Jack Ziegler in the New Yorker. You can buy his stuff here. What are you going to do when the Internet’s gone? That is the question that no one dares ask. I’m not talking about Net Neutrality and … Continue reading

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