As a low-profile blogger on a hard to find street corner I manage to avoid much of that - even though I do have a modest political statement visible in the lower right hand corner of this blog which I knew would one day inevitably draw some adverse comment.
Today I opened this blog to find an anti-semite dropped by with an example of his intellect. [ It is the third comment down in this comment stream ]Update 18 December 2008: offensive comment has been deleted.
What to do? Leave it displayed as testimony that proves my and Nico's points about holocaust deniers, or tip it out as one would any other foul smelling piece of garbage?
I'll render my decision to myself in a couple of days.
UPDATE: 18 December 2008. Offensive comment has now been deleted.
There's a few things being said about voter registration fraud for the upcoming Presidential poll. Put that in google and see what you get.
On an analogous matter, there's a certain podcast to which I regularly listen.. It's really good. But one must question the ethics of their producers' emailed appeal to boost their vote in the 2008 People's Choice Podcast Awards.
This is what I've been asked to do:
"Now, we're asking for your votes to win these awards. Please go to podcastawards.com and cast your vote...once per day...between now and November 6, 2008."
Asking me to vote seems OK.
Soliciting my vote seems OK.
But to vote "once per day" ? I have some ethical qualms about that part.
As Doc Searls has noted, bloggers searching for old blog entries on their own blogs are failing to find them via Google search.
Here's how it works. I'm writing a blog post, and want to incorporate a link to something I previously wrote on my blog on the same topic, but can't remember where or precisely when I wrote it. I used to be able to find it via a Google search, but not for the past few months. Doc got around the problem by using Yahoo search.
As Doc says:
The fact that Google fails to find pages that have been sitting in plain sight of its crawlers for long periods of time, while Yahoo finds those same pages, is rather interesting data.
I was interested to see what some of the world's best photographers caught from the Olympics opening ceremony last night, and day One of competition today so I stopped by at Getty Images to check on their stable's pics. And I discovered something new and interesting.
A few days ago I decided to test out some different looks for this blog page. I experimented with making a custom designed page within the confines of the Typepad regime, but finally decided that getting the colours right was a bit hard for me - although I saved my custom designed template in the system. So I chose one of the pre-designed template themes. It looked good, although the font size , especially in the right sidebar was quite small and thus difficult to read. I did that on Sunday or Monday. Then last night the blog, of its own volition, reverted to the saved custom template.
I'm doing more experimentation today, so let's see how we go.
Barnes & Noble's Meet the Writers: Tony Dungy. Although I do have a long term interest in American sports, I'd never heard of Dungy until I read about his book Quiet Strength on Joe Wikert's blog. Even just hearing Dungy interviewed here is inspiring - overcoming racism, career setbacks and the death of his son - let alone reading the book. He does seem quiet. Not bombastic, not full of himself, although rightly proud of his achievements on and off the gridiron.
NPR Story Corps: I haven't seen you in 40 years. Ralph Tremonte and Donald Weiss spent their childhoods together in a psychiatric institution. Here they are reunited 40 years later in New York. They have a good catch up. You need to listen closely to capture both sides of the conversation. Surprisingly uplifting.