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I’m approaching the one year mark as a blogger. On February 1st, 2004, I posted for the first time on my MartyEmail blog. I did not know then that I would in the following year post over 200 hundred times on my two blogs, become a Minnesota Daily columnist, get a radio show, and become a believer in the blogging revolution. I first looked at blogging as a way to try out column and writing ideas. But the medium doesn’t lend itself to such things. In fact, you need to be on your toes, ideas, stories, information come and go so quickly that blogs become sort of a to do list, or a list of things that caught my eye but I can’t go in depth right now. Blogs give us a chance to show examples that fit are beliefs, it’s a way to gather evidence for a view. Also, blogs are fun. I would not have believed you a year ago if you had told me a bunch of bloggers would take Dan Rather head to head, and win. I could not have predicted that blogging would have the impact it has.

I am now in the middle of trying to improve my blog. Should I take it off of Blogspot? I don’t know, I do want to upgrade the look of the blog. And I need to experiment more with the audio posts. I’m not sure how to go back and label the audio posts I have done, and whatever I try always ends up deleting the audio post.

As for the text portions of the blog, I want to write more. I will try to do more analysis and quote less. And when I do quote, I’ll work on block quotes amd cleaning up the texts. That however can be quite a hassle. And it’s not like I don’t quote a lot for a reason. I want to have the information available to me when I need it. I use a lot of the stuff I quote in my blog for my columns and other writing projects. And the Internet is fickle. Websites go out of date, and stories disappear. This way, I have enough information to properly cite my references. This is why I cut and paste website addresses in whole. That way I have the website, the date, and the material in my blog and don’t have to go hunting for it.

If you, the visitors and readers have any ideas, please give them to me. I hover between Ludditism and technojunkie. This means I have serious gaps in my technical knowledge, and unusual abilities too. Your advice would be quite helpful. But, then again, I ask for comments all the time, and I rarely recieve. Maybe all my blogging is for naught. But, at least, at the end of the year, I can call myself a member of a special class of people, ones who have been recognized by ABC news as a “driving force in politics” and the world today.

http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/PersonOfWeek/story?id=372266&page=1

People of the Year: Bloggers
Internet Phenomenon Provides Unique Insight Into People’s Thoughts
Dec. 30, 2004 – A blog — short for “web log” — is an online personal journal that covers topics ranging from daily life to technology to culture to the arts. Blogs have made such an impact this year that Merriam-Webster named it the word of the year.

“There’s a blog for every niche. There’s a blog for every interest,” said technology writer Xeni Jardin, who co-edits the blog boingboing.net.

Dylan Verdi, an 11-year-old known as the world’s youngest videoblogger, says she covers “things that I’ve seen that I like or that I’ve heard of, or just anything that happened to me that day that I’m thinking.”

There are millions of blogs on the Internet — a new one is created every seven-and-a-half seconds. More than 10,000 new additions are added to the “blogosphere” each day.

Firsthand Reporting on Asian Tsunami Catastrophes
This week, their influence has become readily apparent. Dozens of bloggers have been filing firsthand reports from the areas devastated by southern Asia’s deadly tsunamis.

“There is kind of an immediacy that people can relate to — can’t help but relate to that in a very intimate way,” said Jardin.

“Day three,” one blogger writes from the scene, “this may be an unexpected challenge and responsibility, and it hurts to see people in pain. But it’s also a remarkable experience to be on hand to do something modest, but useful, in the aftermath of a disaster.”

Bloggers around the world have made themselves useful, encouraging donations to relief groups, posting the names of the missing and expressing sympathy for the victims.

Expanding Political Coverage
As a driving force in politics this year, bloggers covered the 2004 presidential campaigns and election. Political candidates also used them as valuable campaign tools.

“The Internet taught us, rather than the other way around,” said former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean.

This year, for the first time, bloggers were permitted to cover the national political conventions firsthand.

Bloggers have taken the lead over traditional media on a number of stories, including racist remarks made by then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., at former Sen. Strom Thurmond’s birthday party.

“Suddenly the mainstream media, the nightly news, on all three networks and on cable, picked up the story and the papers picked up the story and the next thing you know, Trent Lott’s resigning and gone,” said Democratic strategist Joe Trippi, who masterminded Dean’s groundbreaking online campaign efforts.

Some of the most compelling images of 2004 found their way to blogs first, from the Florida hurricanes to the war in Iraq. It was a blogger who got the first photographs of coffins carrying U.S. soldiers arriving in the United States from Iraq.

But for Verdi, it is the simple pleasure of knowing that someone is listening that makes blogging worthwhile.

“On my blog it allows people to post comments, and I have gotten comment upon comment upon comment,” she said. “It makes me feel really good that somebody else cares about what I have to say.”

ABC News’ Elizabeth Vargas filed this report for “World News Tonight.”

Copyright © 2005 ABC News Internet Ventures

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New fashion statements for the anti-Bush crowd:
http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=519&u=/ap/20050115/ap_on_re_us/anti_bush_bracelets_3&printer=1

“By ELIZABETH LeSURE, Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK – After spending 10 days in London with friends who were outspoken about their disdain for President Bush (newsweb sites)’s policies, Berns Rothchild came home wishing she had a way to show the world she didn’t vote for him. “

“I sort of felt ashamed, and didn’t really want to be associated with being an American,” said Rothchild, who lives in New York City and voted for John Kerry (newsweb sites).
Her mother had a suggestion: bracelets, inspired by the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s popular “LIVESTRONG” bands, that would signal opposition to Bush.
Thousands of miles away, two women in Idaho had the same idea. So did a woman in Kansas. The result? At least three separate bracelet ventures targeting left-leaning citizens who want to wear their political affiliation on their wrists — and at least one competitor bearing the opposite message.
Rothchild, 35, is selling blue bracelets that say “COUNT ME BLUE,” while Laura Adams, of Fairway, Kan., offers blue bracelets that say “HOPE.” The McKnight family, of Moscow, Idaho, is even more direct; their black bracelets proclaim: “I DID NOT VOTE 4 BUSH.”
“It’s kind of like saying, ‘This is my tribe,'” said Adams, 43, a Kerry supporter, who was inspired by her 14-year-old stepson’s yellow Lance Armstrong band. “

Can I call this stupid? I’m going to call this stupid.

Which is why I’m fighting back, and ordering some red bracelets:
http://www.countmered.com/

Space Aliens should already be here:

http://www.space.com/searchforlife/et_betterodds_050114.html

“Decades ago, it was physicist Enrico Fermi who pondered the issue of extraterrestrial civilizations with fellow theorists over lunch, generating the famous quip: “Where are they?” That question later became central to debates about the cosmological census count of other star folk and possible extraterrestrial (ET) visitors from afar.
Fermi’s brooding on the topic was later labeled “Fermi’s paradox”. It is a well-traveled tale from the 1950’s when the scientist broached the subject in discussions with colleagues in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Thoughts regarding the probability of earthlike planets, the rise of highly advanced civilizations “out there”, and interstellar travel — these remain fodder for trying to respond to Fermi’s paradox even today.
Now a team of American scientists note that recent astrophysical discoveries suggest that we should find ourselves in the midst of one or more extraterrestrial civilizations. Moreover, they argue it is a mistake to reject all UFO reports since some evidence for the theoretically-predicted extraterrestrial visitors might just be found there.”

I had an astronomy professor once take us through an excercide, whereby we predicted how long it would take to proliferate the entire galaxy, one ship at a time. Assuming it takes 1000 years per multigenerational trip, and that 50% of trips fail. TO send a ship to every inhabitable star in the galaxy would take about 1 million years. If you couple that with what the story went on to say:

“The scientists point to two key discoveries made by Australian astronomers and reported last year that there is a “galactic habitable zone” in our Milky Way Galaxy. And more importantly that Earth’s own star, the Sun, is relatively young in comparison to the average star in this zone — by as much as a billion years. “

You see that aliens should already be here. So, either they are here and we’re unable to see them, they are here and we do see them as UFO’s, we are the Aliens and have lost our history, or there aren’t aliens, or aliens don’t like to travel, or we’re in a matrix type deal.

What do I believe? Can I buy a vowel?

Here are things I found while exploring the internet:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=1468&item=5549124943&rd=1
scary bra

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=1469&item=5547354765&rd=1
diploma

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=308&item=3774106424&rd=1
stump fiddle

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=308&item=3774432576&rd=1
celtic tin whistle

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=308&item=3774399737&rd=1
xun whistle

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/6300229386/ref=wl_it_dp/104-7805244-8437554?%5Fencoding=UTF8&coliid=I2VP9GM1Q6DEOM&v=glance&colid=16R8PFQVHNF53
kill bambi