Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 7:26 pm

The revolution will be blogged …

Filed under: Blogroll — Lex @ 7:26 pm

starting right now.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2004 9:39 pm

Hello, world!

Filed under: Blogroll — Lex @ 9:39 pm

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The News & Record has started a sports blog. It’s here.

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UPDATE: URL was changed this morning because of problems with a Sprint domain-name server; link changed accordingly.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004 7:40 pm

Conservative/liberal cage match to the death online debate

Filed under: Blogroll — Lex @ 7:40 pm

The libertarian/conservative John Locke Foundation and the progressive/liberal N.C. Justice Center will be engaging in a series of online policy debates called “Raising the Issue.”

Neither group drinks much Kool-Aid, so to speak, so expect spirited discussion undergirded with real-world facts.

The first one will be held in real time, starting at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Locke Foundation’s blog, The Locker Room, and will be posted in full at both group’s Web sites thereafter.

It could be entertaining. In, you know, a policy-wonkish kind of way. But that beats the livin’ spit out of 99% of what network and cable TV give you anymore in terms of public-issues coverage, so check it out.

Wednesday, April 7, 2004 9:53 pm

Why isn’t this man blogging?

Filed under: Blogroll — Lex @ 9:53 pm

I got to meet a lot of cool people in college — yeah, I know, it was Davidson, what were the odds, but it happened nonetheless — and among the coolest was a British exchange student, Nick Graham. Nick doesn’t know it, but he singlehandedly saved the world from my fiction career: When I read his stuff in the creative-writing seminar we both took my senior year, I knew instantly that I was kidding myself and decided to put my writing to better use.

Every now and again, Nick sends a lengthy e-mail to a long list of friends and college classmates (apparently he knows half of British Airways), telling us what he’s been up to since moving to Cumbria, apparently one of your more isolated parts of Britain. I always look forward to these “News from Beyond the North Wind” epistles, even though I never know from one to the next what will be coming.

His most recent missive discussed the problems of obtaining reliable Internet access in the Lake Country (if I’ve got my geography right):

It turns out that a while back Renaissance Man installed some whizz-bang new telephone circuits. The Arkleby boheme [where Nick lives — Lex], you see, is powered by fuel oil, which sloshes around in a large tank behind the house. The new circuits enable the tank to phone up the oil company and let them know that it needs topping up. Yes, a telephonic talking tank. It needed only a minute or two for us to realise that the start of internet connection problems synchronised ominously with the advent of the talking tank. It seems that the tank has been gobbling up bandwidth with the cavalier attitude towards finite resources one naturally associates with oil companies the world over. Either that or it’s been dialling a premium-rate Tank Dating line in the hope of getting set up with a cute little refinery from France. Anyway, it’s now been chastised and told to ask permission from a responsible adult before making any further calls.

(2007 UPDATE: It took a bit longer, but Nick and comrades indeed began to blog and continue to this day.)

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