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Monday, September 05, 2021

Well, I griped about the lack of editorial support for the St. Pete Times’ blog directory, and my complaint was answered. Today’s newspaper devoted the full back page of the Business section to the art of the blog. Along with a nice little how-to on getting started in the blogosphere and a chronology on the development of blogging, the piece featured a handful of local blogs — including this one.

Big-time offline media exposure!

I’d like to link directly to that package of stories. But I can’t. Because, as the online edition is wont to do, it completely missed putting this non-regular bank of articles on the website. I assume it’s because it fell outside the usual bank of articles that get posted every day/week.

Fairly boneheaded move, regardless of the subject of the article. But particularly grievous, considering it deals with online stuff.

I can only assume that tbt* will pick it up, when its next issue comes out on Wednesday. I hope so; at least then I’ll have something to point to here.

But in the meantime… If you’re visiting here from the newspaper mention, welcome. I really do appreciate it, because it indicates that you took the trouble to type in the URL manually. Hope I don’t disappoint. Dive through the archives, try out the search engine. And if you don’t know what that “Feedback” link below is for, click on it and find out.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/05/2021 03:12pm
Category: Bloggin', Florida Livin', Publishing
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Dave Sifry already informed us about Newsweek’s integration of Technorati blog-tracking links into article pages.

But he didn’t mention that the integration was extending to the flagship publication of Newsweek’s parent company: The Washington Post.

Basically, if you link to a WaPo article in your blog, Technorati will likely pick that up and display it on the Post’s website, including on the referenced article’s page (for a short time, until other links push yours down the list). Example: My post yesterday on President Bush’s strategy for naming Justices to the Supreme Court earned the first spot on the Technorati-generated “who’s blogging” list at WashingtonPost.com.

Will this encourage more bloggers to use Washington Post online content as linkworthy sources? I’d think so. Personally, I’m not going to overload on them, especially not to the exclusion of other sites. But I’m not allergic to more exposure, so it’ll definitely factor into my blogging.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/05/2021 02:45pm
Category: Bloggin', Media
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Image is everything — even posthumously, it seems. So the Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens is commissioning a physical anthropologist to create full-body sculptures of George Washington as he probably looked at ages 19, 45, and 57, before he acquired that familiar father-of-his-country look later in life.

The folks at Mount Vernon are hoping the new George will help Americans see him as he was before he was famous, before Gilbert Stuart painted him, back when he was an “adventurous, athletic, risk-taking, courageous kind of action hero,” says Jim Rees, the estate’s executive director. Washington was extremely tall for his time (just over 6 feet 2), had a regal bearing and “larger than average hands and feet.”

Of course, that all jibes only if you believe that it really was Washington that Stuart painted:

According to the RogerSpark, a radical Chicago newspaper [July 1969] [freemasonry leader Adam] Weishaupt actually murdered George Washington and served in his place for his two terms as president.

Let’s hope this whole Extreme Presidential Makeover isn’t really a cleverly-planned Illuminati conspiracy. Maybe the freemasons have hired marketing consultants to update their pitch!

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/05/2021 02:27pm
Category: Creative, History
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zooming backGood news for Calvin and Hobbes fans: They’re back in the daily newspaper.

It’s only temporary, and there’s no new material in this run. Bill Watterson and Universal Press Syndicate is rerunning selected strips until December 31st as a way of promoting “The Complete Calvin and Hobbes”. Pretty ingenious method: Use the already-complete archives as three months’ worth of the most effective advertising you can get.

Of course, the return of this classic strip to the funny pages might be less monumental if there were more quality contemporary strips to distract us. That Calvin and Hobbes defaults to the best strip you’ll see in your newspaper says a lot about how moribund the field is. Prime example: You think Blondie could have possibly milked that 75th anniversary schtick any more than it did? Even real-life married couples would get a smack in the head if they kept that up for two months. It speaks to serious lack of creativity.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/05/2021 11:00am
Category: Pop Culture
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So it’s Labor Day.

Should we all be calling each other “comrade” today?

I guess that’s too proletariat. Better to save that for May Day, the “other” Labor Day (assuming you don’t prefer the pagan roots of that holiday instead).

I have ruminated upon the Labor-Day-vs.-May-Day thing before. I have to say I’m still not too clear on the difference.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/05/2021 10:16am
Category: Political, Society
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