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Saturday, August 28, 2021

Imagine my surprise when my Technorati stats revealed that the one and only, cold-blooded Jason at Negro, Please tossed me some linkage yesterday!

I have my iPod obsession and the NY Times to thank for attracting this attention.

This is no slight to the regular core of cyber-buddies who regularly link to, comment on and just plain visit this site; as always, it’s mucho appreciado. But from what I can discern — and maybe others have a better grip on the blogosphere food chain than I do — Jason is among the more famous bloggers out there. So this is indeed a hallowed moment.

I’m a bit jealous of Negro, Please’s graphical design elements, especially the level meters and the track-cutting DJ. Less so of the text fields, but that’s just me. I’m not crazy about the TypeKey requirement for leaving a comment, but I suspect that it’s necessary due to the expected flack the blog’s name attracts.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/28/2004 06:44 PM
Category: Bloggin', iPod
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The majority of you won’t care, but I’ve made a few little cosmetic changes here this afternoon. Primary ones involved the links on the left, both adding some in and placing several of those rad-cool blog buttons to serve as link markers (I’ve long shunned those skinny little images, and still think it’s too easy to go overboard with them, but they work in small doses).

Lots more tinkering ahead, both visible and (mostly) invisible. I’m on no particular deadline here, so it’ll get done when it gets done.

I did want to give a shout-out to the resources that helped me with this latest round of refinement:

- Taylor McKnight and his big ol’ blog button collection, especially appreciated for the relative consistency of design.

- Chami/HTML-Kit’s FavIcon Generator, which made it ridiculously simple to create a favicon for this blog (if you’re reading this on IE, you may or may not be able to see it to the left of the URL in the address bar; if you’re reading this on a Mozilla-based browser, you likely can see it).

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/28/2004 06:17 PM
Category: Bloggin'
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make me a smurf sandwich
Gargamel: Medieval Goth-cum-Unabomber or latter-day third-rate metal band?

You decide. I’m gonna smurf the heck on outta here.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/28/2004 05:53 PM
Category: Pop Culture
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That was quick. Only a month or so after introducing it, Amazon appears to have 86ed it’s “personalized blog”, or plog, user interface approach. Maybe it’s still somewhere on the site and I’m just missing it, but my own default account page comes up plog-free, and the page that described what the plog was all about is defunct.

I’m sure this is something of a blow to those who think every website should be blog-oriented.

Plogs aren’t quite dead, though. They seem to be finding traction as project management tools, although how they improve upon Outlook and the like I don’t know.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/28/2004 03:00 PM
Category: Bloggin', Internet
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