Books are enlightening, but blogs are funny

So I was reading an Amalah post the other day (because she is funny) about how she tried to give her dog an IQ test which was only more or less (well, less) successful. Apparently, one of her readers mistakenly thought that she might also write another blog, Hyperbole and a Half (who gave her dog the same test, but it was even less successful). I figured I should check out the other blog–recommendations from Amalah are often good enough for me.

Who knew a blog which pretty much consists of random Microsoft Paint-style cartoons would be totally hysterical? My favorite story so far is How a Fish Almost Destroyed by Childhood (with extra added goodness from her own mom).

If you’re tempted to try the doggies smarts test, you’ll find it here. I don’t have a dog, just cats, and I’m pretty sure they’d completely ignore any IQ test I tried to give them. That, or eviscerate me for being presumptuous.

I’ll take Blogging for $800, Alex

Answer: You get your own question in Jeopardy.

Question: How do you know that you’ve reached the pinnacle of blogging success?

Blogo (not Blago)

I have a new blog editor – Blogo. I don’t like using online editors. For one thing, it’s harder to make backups of my posts. Second, I don’t want to switch between tabs when I’m blogging about something on the web.

I saw Blogo mentioned around on various blogs and thought I’d give it try. I really like its interface – it’s very clean. But what I’m really having fun with is its dropbox. I can put pretty much anything in it – YouTube videos, pictures, etc. – and they are instantly added to my post.

There are some features I would like to see, maybe in future releases:
1. Up until this post, Blogo didn’t post my categories correctly. This is why most of my last posts are categorized “Internet”. Maybe this works only in registered versions?
2. Blogo can handle multiple blogging platforms, including Twitter, and even multiple accounts. But it wont let me Twitter and blog at the same time.
3. Livejournal support would be nice.
4. I might be missing something, but it looks like I can only edit one new post at a time.

Blogo is $25, but you can try it free for 21 days. Mac only.

Did you do something different?

I had a free half-hour to play around with my blog so I updated the theme a bit. I think I like it. But I may change my mind tomorrow. Meanwhile, have a new link: Cell size and scale – from a coffee bean down to a carbon atom.

Why you can’t haz RSS

Why I dropped you from my RSS reader:

  1. I never want to see the whine “buy why can’t white people use the n-word that’s just not fair and it’s racist I feel so left out” again. Good lord, who’d want to? That’ll drop you but good. Instead, I’ll read Anti-Racist Parent.
  2. You let go the writer I liked from your magazine’s blog. I guess I’ll just have to keep reading Julia’s main blog.
  3. You’re a great writer, but the ratio of posts about life to posts about selling stuff I don’t/can’t buy became too high. Boing Boing, you might be next to go for that reason.
  4. When was the last time you posted? I have no idea, and I’m pretty sure you don’t either. But that’s ok, J-Walk, Presurfer, and Geek Press are pretty consistent.

The Mysteries of the Blue (it’s a Metafilter post)

Those of us who read Metafilter via RSS have run into a interesting problem: the feeds include deleted posts. I run into them all the time and it’s a bit frustrating — if it’s bad enough to delete why is it good enough to appear in my feed?

A reader wondered if these removed posts could be kept out of the feed. Oddly, the follow up discussion which inspired dozens of haiku:

is “RSS feed”
four syllables, or just two?
hmmm, i’ll go with four.

Wait, people pronounce

it like “arse feed”? Because that

would be fucking awesome.

I am sad to say
That I can’t write poetry
Wish I took less math

Do you need a hug?

Metatalk is not the place

to look for such things.

So can the deleted posts be removed from the feed?

“RSS feed scrubbed?
Can I skip deleted posts?”
mathowie: No way.

Wanting a pony

Can sometimes lead to heartbreak

You must persevere

Naturally, there’s an RSS feed just for the deleted posts, should you want such a thing:

This post was deleted for the following reason: People apparently hate this. — cortex

This post was deleted for the following reason: This seems like a really awful way to go about making a post about this stuff. — cortex

This post was deleted for the following reason: don’t. — jessamyn

The Power of the Blog

The Guardian released a list of the 50 most powerful blogs. Many are not surprising, but it includes some interesting choices, especially in the top 10:

Boing Boing — certainly a powerful blog, but I’d be surprised if it’s the second most powerful in the world.

Dooce — once fired for blogging, she now writes mostly about her preschooler or her dogs, with the occasional bit about Utah. It’s certainly popular.

Icanhascheezburger — behold the power of the LOLcat.

There are also some interesting omissions, like, say, Daily Kos, Fark, and Feministing.

Does every Google app have its own blog?

Street Viewer already does: streetviewr. I’m sure there will soon be a LOLcats version, too.


Added: I’m trying yet another new theme.

I may decide this theme is too slow to load, but the photos are fun. Now I have to figure out how to make the archives findable, but not display all 5 years at once. But it’s long past time for sleep.

What’s the deal?

So I decided I wanted to change this blog to WordPress. I think this is my blog’s third blog application. I’ll be working on a new template over the next few days (or weeks).