Blogsday 2006

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Blogsday was a great show from June 2005. Any interest in doing this again for 2006?

Jon, from a comment to Open Source May 16, 2006

Oh yes there is. Jon is referring to a show from a year ago — listen here — an idea of Chelsea’s that still one of our favorites. Taking as our model Bloomsday, Dublin’s very real June 16, 1904 in which James Joyce’s set his very fictional Ulysses, we took a look at one day of the blogosphere, in our case Tuesday, June 14, 2005. We gathered an hour’s worth of blog posts — about Britney Spears, buying a car, coming home from Iraq, about a night at a barbecue joint — and read them on air.

We’re doing it again.

We’ve started looking ourselves; we found a woman who misses Brooklyn and a man who kills lizards, but there are plenty more to find. We need your help. Think of the blogs you read (and not Andrew Sullivan, either, because we know about him already), the personal ones, the ones that tell stories, the ones that actually give you a little piece of someone’s life. We’re looking for a post, a sentence, anything time-stamped June 6, 2006.

Post a link in the thread below. Also, no fair posting your own blogs; that’s cheating. You have until Thursday.

Update, June 15, 8:00

Left a lot of great stuff on the cutting room floor. If you didn’t hear your blog post, we apologize; we ran out of time at the end of the hour. If it makes you feel any better, we had to cut off the producer credits at the end, too, so we didn’t hear our names, either.

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  • Here is a blog from a librarian that’s pretty interesting. She talks about all kinds of things:

  • Jon cites a “blog about when the local paper reduces your net worth to the worst mistake you’ve ever made in your entire life”

  • Jon Schneier on Security: Track Someone Using GPS. Just hide this gadget in someone’s car or briefcase — or maybe sew it into his coat — and then track his every move. You have to recover the device to play it back…

  • June 6 fell early in Deadweek on Matt Zoller Seitz’ great critical blog The House Next Door. Deadweek was a week-long series of essays on various aspects of the brilliant HBO series Deadwood. The June 6 entry was an analysis of Merrick, the newspaper publisher, written by Keith Uhlich. The whole thing is great, but here’s a choice excerpt:

    Whatever the obstacles before him, whatever the compromises to which he must accede, Merrick nonetheless believes in the power of words and ideas to effect change in the populace-at-large, even if the results he desires are rarely seen right away.

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  • There is a great blog about an expedition to the South Pole, called Julius’ Travels in the South at it has wonderful pictures and is very interesting.

  • avecfrites

    This is the best “one day in the blogosphere” tool I’ve found:

    You can have it tell you the feelings blogged by, say, men in their 40’s in Massachusetts only, if you want to narrow it down more.

  • Here’s one.

    He calls himself Falstaff, and he’s an Indian immigrant living in Philly with literary aspirations. This post has something to do with 6/6/06, but goes off in some funny directions:

    The thing that scares me is – if there is a Pearly Gates, what’s the bet that it’s like a visa office? You think you have an appointment with Death. You show up all punctual. There are 13,784 auntyjis and unclejis in front of you. You stand in line for hours. Finally you get to the counter and it turns out that the document your recording angel gave you is a fax and they need to see the original. You’re going to Hell. Sorry. Next.

    And even better:

    Personally I think this whole End of the World thing is just a rumour. I’m pretty sure the world’s never going to end. But then I thought “Munich” was never going to end either, and then it did. (Dear God. Even if there is an apocalypse coming, can it please not star Eric Bana? ANYTHING but that.) Still, at least I’ve got my iPod. Sound-cancelling headphones in my ears, Hendrix playing, I probably won’t even notice that the world has ended. They’ll have to tap me on the shoulder and point.

  • ChristineHamm

    Oh, here’s one that’s petite and strange:

    (I understand now that it has to be posted on the 6th — so you can ignore my request that you pick another, more poetic day)

  • ChristineHamm

    One more, extremely bitchy, and extremely academic —

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  • Weekly ramblings of a self-made Alaskan blacksmith posing as a Tacoma web designer/underground cartoonist.

  • bryongw

    Don’t deny yourself the pleasure of Unremitting Failure.

  • On Tuesday, June 6: discussed the issue of young chefs giving credit to their teachers. “Why are the same people who criticize these modern more experimental chefs for borrowing dishes not criticizing every Thai restaurant they go to for serving so many of the same dishes?”

    Mistress Matisse, a professional dominatrix, talks about how she gets her house clean: “This is going stun some of you newer readers, but in fact, I do not get my house cleaned by saucy little slaves dressed in French maid uniforms who do it just because they worship me. (Or Max.) That kind of arrangement is always more trouble than it’s worth, in my experience. We pay people to do it.”

    Charles Mudede praises the new Washington Mutual building in Seattle in Slog: “The new 42-story tower of glass and steel, which was designed by NBBJ, has changed forever the way one experiences (or even feels) Second Avenue. It’s as if the street, the sealed stretch, is finally fulfilled.”

    Seth Godin talks marketing and makes it sound like common sense: “You get judged by your headline or your layout, or the first line of your press release or the first beats of your riff. If the smartmob can’t figure out your story in two seconds, they ignore it or they make up their own.

    If you want to please everyone, it helps to be clear, obvious and direct. And safe and predictable as well.

    Of course, if you try to make it clear to everyone, the chances of having your story spread in the long run go down. Because direct is often not so interesting, especially to sneezers. And doesn’t always involve the joy of discovery.”

    And Kim Morgan shares her love of Bogie in In a Lonely Place: “Ray wisely cast Bogart, who plays Dixon with a genuine rawness, mixing toughness and vulnerability, self-loathing and romanticism, contempt and warmth in one compelling stew of a man. When he recites a line from his script to Laurel (“I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me.”) we recognize it as not only the film’s motif, but also exactly what we find attractive about Bogart. And yet the line, though true, is as laden with irony as the iconic image of Bogart himself, who exposes a rabid underbelly that’s both frightening and unbearably sad. One of Ray’s finest pictures, In A Lonely Place is also Bogart’s greatest performance on film.”

  • birdbrain

    Speaking of blogs: a coalition of old Lydonistas and ROS enthusiasts have opened an Listeners’ Speakeasy here:

    —where you’ll find a small but budding group of ROS devotees beginning to strike up tangential conversations off many various and sundry ROS topics.

    To join this new Speakeasy, go to the Group Maps link – – and then give yourself a bit of time to learn how to navigate and operate within the Speakeasy’s ‘walls’. It’s got plenty of compelling features, like the chance to ‘preview’ and edit your posts, the option to start tangent threads, lengthier threads divided into multiple pages, and: an option for email notifications of responses to your posts!

    It’s not meant to compete with the ROS blog, but to supplement it. To complement it.

    (And, when appropriate, to compliment it too!)

    It’s not officially associated with ROS – ROS is not responsible for it in anything save inspiration. (So don’t complain to the poor ROS staff if you don’t like it.) It’s an unofficial, underground listener’s pub. Hence the nickname ‘Speakeasy.’

    We hope to see you there.

    Support Radio Open Source!

  • Jo-Ann Burton

    One of my very favorite blogs is Hanan Levin’s Grow a Brain. Each day he does a themed post and he has very ecletic tastes so there are many different topics. The archive is bursting with special things. So give Grow a Brain a try.

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  • hepburn26

    my favourites:

    Keris is lovely, and this isn’t her most glamorous post, but it is real life! (you may have to scroll down to the 6th):


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  • DHP

    The Ministry of Intrigue – a fantastic little tech blog, far away from the punditry of the traditional tech media.

    Also, though not a typical blog, I suggest a discussion on the emergance of podcasting. Curry’s blog is a good place to start, as is the uber-fantastic Vox Monitor blog/podcast.

  • mara

    poetry & stuff — I love what she posted June 6:

  • lindanasreen is a great blog I visit from time to time. It’s mainly about literature–his book reviews are often very funny in addition to being fluently written and knowledgeable–but he also has an ongoing commentary on the Federalist Papers under way. Yesterday there was a great post about Saul Bellow. Anyway, here’s one of his posts from June 6. It’s about the novelist Paul West.

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  • snappin_gyro

    Touching, yet unsappy revisit to the blessed event. Most honest motherhood/lifestyle blog out there….Amazes me every day…

    The day you were born we call D-Day. “Delivery Day,� but also the anniversary of the actual D-Day. You were quite kind to me (as getting out of another human being’s body goes) on your way into the world — I labored at home and moseyed over to the hospital about 5 hours shy of your arrival.

  • semioticconvulsion

    interesting take on same-sex marriage, using quotes from himmler regarding gays in concentration camps.

  • msyvone

    Life in LaLaLumay Land

    “Why Miss Fix-It can follow the direction of a mumble-mouthed teenager requesting the New Millennial Meld of Bowl Cut, That Girl Flip, and The Donald Comb-over but fail to understand my clear request for a Flapper Cut is something that continues to vex me.”

  • gideon

    My wife has a blog that chronicles the life of our family:

    “A nearly-legal anthropologist and only child of a relatively average background, raising five kids with another only child who doesn’t shy away from being an egalitarian husband. We know as much about what the heck is going on with this sibling thing as we do about fixing anything related our house or our car, so we are always learning something new. Of course, that makes it all the more fun, no?”

    She is just great. Really. And no, that is not a gun pointed at my temple.

  • Jaycee

    Flea at One Good Thing never misses–she’s awesome! Her 6/6/06 offering is just one fine example. Find her at and enjoy!

  • Not quite sure how to respond to email asking to put my blog on air… So I figure this might get me some answers?

  • My comment from 24 hours ago is still in moderation — I just wanted to make sure someone saw it, since it’s got 5 possible links in it. Thanks — and sorry for the bump!

  • She’s not just happy to see you, Gideon?

  • melanie

    btw, in case you didn’t get my answer, i said okay…sounds interesting…

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  • ewayland

    I respectfully dissent from all this blog-enthusiasm. “Blogging” had it’s moment of almost-hipness just prior to the 2004 Presidential Election. Now it is about as cool as gardening. It is also more closely related to masturbation than journalism. You have gossip about your boss? You are traveling somewhere? You had weird sex with a stranger? So what? Your mundane life is not made epic by posting to the net. And people who read blogs should be too engaged with their own lives to have time for other people’s diaries.

    Of course, in so far as Open Source is a blog, I make an exception. Only interesting and intelligent people read and post to this site.

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  • Dora

    I want to mention “The Clown, Still Crying” on

  • Dora

    I should have given this URL:

    It started with a suggestion from a mainstream magazine piece (in this case, Harper’s) and morphed into entertaining piece of original—and not remotely objective—reporting.

  • dellinger

    Your actor needs to learn how to say paella. It’s pie-ay-a.

    You should try it sometime.

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  • What a fantastic set of readings. Congratulations to the actors on a fine, entertaining job (even with the mispronunciation of paella). It was strange to feel so comfortable with my own words in the mouth of someone else (mine was the barcode piece). Thanks to Henry Shepherd, Chris Lydon and all others for pulling this together. Definitely more entertaining than I expected, and a neat window onto the world. Thanks to all the writers for challenging me to strive for high-quality posts.

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  • Schumolberry

    I heard a little of the show in a quick dash from work (quick though technically it’s an hour). Wasn’t there a guy talking about framing on this show? I thought it might be George Lakeoff. Is there a blurb somewhere that sez who Chris was interviewing?

  • lissacook

    What a wonderful idea for a radio programme. Thanks.

  • Jay King

    This idea is too good to limit to one program per year. You really gave me the taste for an audio chapbook of blog entries, but it was over too soon. To wait another year is an awful concept.

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