Monthly Archives: November 2003

Once Around The Philly Blogger Way…

We’re all over the map here in Philly. You got music, politics, culture. I could limit my weblogging just to Philly folks and be just fine. Here goes a few great posts amoungst the many:

Would you like to hear Ten easy steps to change the world? Then read Slacktivist’s Guerrilla Voter Registration guide. Kick ass post.

There was a peace deal in the offing before the Iraq war (The Pennsylvania Gazette). Reported a while back. No one cares it seems.

Did you know that there is a contest taking place for a new Pennsylvania slogan (The Lighter Side of Rittenhouse)?

Democrats aren’t permanently out of power. But they need to “(as Gingrish proved with the Contract for America) is to put forth a bold vision and run against the opposition’s tangible record.” Otherwise nothing will change (Pandagon).

The move to a major label hasn’t hurt Hatebreed (Cleveland.com) so says Chris Puzak. If you like comics or metal… he should be in your regular rotation.

“Self-perpetuating corporate success machines” is what Jim DeRogatis, music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, calls U2 and R.E.M. in Adam Bonin’s interview with him.

Good economic news == Democratic candidate train wreck? So says Alex Charyna.

The U.S. Consitution at risk? Of WMDs? That’s the scary bit of news that weblog home.

RSS for independent band news? I think it’s a great idea (The Phoenix Trap).

Is there academic freedom on campus? For teachers? There is a price we pay for a kindler gentler campus says Erin O’Connor, Professor of English at University of Pennsylvania.

Is iTunes part of the problem? not so says this review at Crushing Krisis.

The last thing she wants to do today is go to Fishtown (gofish). I can relate.

Nice to read some good Thanksgiving day thoughts (Malcolm Friend).

Ever wonder what it’s like to run the Philadelphia Marathon (Owl-Dragon). I am wayyy to outta shape to even think about it.

The new Nokia 6600 (MobileBurn) looks sweet.

Why should we care about the Economy growing at 8.2 percent (Geof Castle) ?

Fellow Webloggers On Recent Events

Sometimes it’s just easier for me to point you to the opinions of others I agree with – besides – it’s a popular weblogging technique – so here goes:

Garret says that ‘video game? mentality works against us in gathering intelligence. Technology isn’t the only answer and data alone doesn’t provide clarity.

Oliver Willis predicts where we’re going in Iraq over the next year – just in time for the election. History suggests it’s a very bad idea (CSMonitor).

Jeff Jarvis provides a passionate argument for a living memorial in NY that requires care and maintenance.

Rafe Colburn shares a great Wesley Clark quote. Earlier he mentions that Clark is for a flag burning ban. Clark’s a mixed bag so far. I don’t know what to think.

Shelley Powers makes a great point that to achieve a goal sometimes you can’t be such an ideologue.

And some stories of note:

Do you know what a President Bush advisor recently admitted (Guardian)?

With all the hubbub about gay marriage – hey – what are the real threats to it (Slate)? Amen, Amen, AMEN!

Of course, now most people are trying to find time for love in the age of no time at all (NYTimes).

Do you know how Wal-Mart achieves it’s low-low-prices? They come at a high cost, higher then you can imagine (Fast Company).

So much for techno-weblog-utopia, social systems just spread from one media, to another (Washington Post). human nature being what it is after all.

Do you know how divided we are polically (Pew Research)? Could it be as bad as 1860? (Washington Post)?

It’s easy to become homeless. Real easy. But there are some basic steps you can take to protect yourself (John Grogan, Philadelphia Inquirer).

If you’re still paying attention to terrorism news (and so many I know have just tuned out), you are probably scratching your head over recent attacks. Don’t. It’s not really confusing. Because the enemy isn’t just an organization – it’s an ideology. It’s a brand (Washington Post).

It’s the President’s duty to honor the sacrifice of those who serve (Center for American Progress). How come Bush doesn’t?