Mar 06, 2007

Reading over my web server logs, it's a little annoying how certain big-name web search crawlers will continue to ask for a file years after it's been removed. It's also annoying that some crawlers will get a permanent redirect, but years later, still have to retrieve the original page and then follow the redirect.

Makes it impossible to find any "real" 404s in my error log anymore.

Announcing BlogBooks
Mar 06, 2007

Generally, when I'm this quiet, it's because I'm simply not writing for iRi. But this last month has been an exception; I've been implementing one of those things that made me write my own weblogging platform in the first place: "BlogBook"s.

A BlogBook is a way of tying together a series of posts into a cohesive whole like a book. It's intended to help with my larger projects that just don't fit into the "isolated weblog post" mold, because they require too much context.

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Mar 02, 2007

This ("Who's Pretending?" on Townhall) I can't vouch for one way or another, but it reminds me of something I've been meaning to post about lately.

Every year, the wisdom of "actions speak louder than words" strikes me as more and more true; every year, I find myself valuing words less and less, and actions more and more.

I also consider "meta-words" in the action department. Someone who criticizes their ideological opponents for racism, but gives their ideological allies an unlimited pass for racism, to me this says that racism is at least less important that partisan politics, and quite possibly indicates that they don't really care about racism at all. (I think that using an issues purely cynically is less respectful than completely ignoring it.)

I doubt I need to encourage political cynicism amongst anybody reading this, but this standard really shows up politicians in general. If I tried to make a list of politicians attacking their opponents for something that's perfectly OK for their allies, I wouldn't get any work done for the rest of this month! In fact, I'm having a hard time coming up with any position that any politicians pass this test for; just about the only thing I can come up with is that there are a some politicians that will condemn their own party members for corruption... but not even a majority, and there are still an awful lot of more-or-less openly corrupt or unethical Congresspeople in positions of power.

You still need to beware the token action (like in my billionaire example here), but it's so easy to bamboozle people with words that such things are only rarely necessary.

Community Structure Cause and Effect
Mar 02, 2007

Via Instapundit:

I can tell you exactly how a pointless blog full of poorly written, incoherent commentary made it to the front page on Digg. I paid people to do it. - I Bought Votes on Digg

The profusion of community sites on the Internet, each with their own technical quirks, has enabled an unusual opportunity to study the effects of community structure on the resulting community. I haven't made anything like a formal study out of it, but somebody should; it's strangely interesting in an academic sense, but also very practical as you decide what communities to participate in, and for a few, how to create a community.

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Feb 25, 2007

I find it amazing how many people refuse to understand something they don't believe.

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