Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Being Reasonable - Marc Babej

Marc Babej write at Being Reasonable, the blog for Reason, Inc.

From this week's interview with Tom Asacker, author of A Clear Eye for Branding, Marc writes:
In the minds of many marketers, retention is almost synonymous with “loyalty.” You see it differently. In your view, what’s the problem with loyalty as a framework?

Loyalty is another poor metaphor for business. Listen, when they asked Einstein what single event was most helpful to him in developing his theory of relativity, he answered: “Figuring out how to think about the problem.” With his enlightened answer in mind, I would suggest that marketers employ a new mental model to help them think about their problems and stay aware of, and adapt to, the increasing number of sudden and unexpected shifts in the marketplace.
From Surprise, Surprise: Viewers Want DVR's to Skip Ads

Last month, TV executives claimed their research had revealed that TV viewers use DVRs to time-shift programming, not to skip ads. Agenda: get advertisers to pay for time-shifted ad impressions.

Not so, says WPP media agency MindShare. According to a survey published earlier this week, 80% of DVR owners mentioned the ability of DVRs to skip ads. As Jason Maltby of Mindshare Broadcast puts it; “consumers want to control not just what they watch and when they watch, but also the ability to avoid commercial placements.”

Read Marc for good words on advertising, marketing, branding, etc.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

bard's eye view - Jeremy Abrams

From Jeremy's profile:
A blog "...that knits up the blogger's ravelled sleeve of care. Balm of bloggers' hurt minds. Chief nourisher in life's feast of blogging."
An approach to blogging and expressing oneself is to take on a persona, an alter ego. Jeremy takes on the world from the view point of one of the great writer's, William Shakespeare.

From Iago, Morgan Freeman and Racism, Jeremy writes:
Each century finds in Shakespeare, through his humanity, answers to its own questions, questions that lay beyond Shakespeare's own day, in the undiscovered country of the future. Just as Mr. Freeman's description of a post-racist world may have pointed to the undiscovered country of our future. As for Mr. Freeman's imagined future, as Hamlet says in a somewhat different context:

"'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished."
From Measure for Measure and Patriot Act, Jeremy writes:
Bardseye's viewers who don't already know can today be informed that the Duke himself was listening in on Isabella and Claudio's family squabble. Mistrustful of Angelo, the Duke in fact never left Vienna. He assumed instead a friar's habit and secretly wandered the backstreets of his own city, learning at first hand the nature of the people he governed.

Under the expanded powers of the Patriot Act, the FBI and NSA (National Security Council for our non-American readers) have for the last four years been doing much the same. And in our modern recasting we will have Angelo stand in for an Al Qaida cell member, whose public face of rectitude, like Angelo's, belies his nefarious subterranean plans. Isabella's virtue will stand for something like the Brooklyn or Golden Gate Bridge, or the Sears Tower, or the Statue of Liberty or the White House. Or maybe just a planeload of people.
I could go on but it is best that you read this for yourself.

Shakespeare is as relevent today as he was in the Elizabethan times and Jeremy makes this very clear.

Read bard's eye view!

Monday, December 26, 2005

10 Minutes to Better Teaching - Michael Ballenger

Michael Ballenger writes at 10 Minutes to Better Teaching

10 Minutes to Better Teaching is a concept resource for faculty development in higher education. The concept- Give me 10 minutes and I'll give you something practical you can take into your college classroom.

10 Minutes to Better Teaching represents a first step. My hope is that once instructors understand that faculty development can provide practical assistance to their classroom or online environment; they will be more willing to attend more formal training, participate in learning groups, and share best practices between departments

10 Minutes to Better Teaching is a service of the Academic Applications Department of Concordia University- Portland Oregon

This is not really a blog but this is a use of blogging technology to share information. Since some of the information it is sharing comes from blogs it fits here.

Nicely done.
We can learn from this and hence it has achieved its purpose!

Saturday, December 24, 2005

'Twas the blog before Christmas

'Twas the blog before Christmas, when all through the house
No blogger was stirring, no hand moved the mouse.
The postings were stacked by the tag cloud with care,
In hopes that more readers soon would be there;

The users were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of updates danced in their heads;
And me with my podcast, downloaded like that,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,

When out from my laptop there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to my desk to see what was the matter.
Away to the portal I flew like a flash,
Tore open the reader and refreshed the cache.

The enclosure attached soon gave me to know
That new entries were here, more news I should know.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a raft of new updates, eight headlines so clear,

With a quick Wiki update, who could it be?
Our investor, of course, a leading VC.
More rapid than eagles his portfolio came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, Blogspot! Now Feedster! now, Movable Type!
On, FeedBurner, FeedBlitz! (On Marketing Hype!)
To the top of the feed! To the top of them all!
Now blog away! blog away! blog away all!"

As valuations that before the wild bubble do fly,
When they meet with a fund, mount up to the sky,
So up to the top of the investments they flew,
With RSS data, and named it Web 2.

And then, with a twinkling, I read in my news
Each notable posting, contrary views.
As I drew back my hand, and was turning around,
Down to my trackback he came with a bound.

His comments were brief, what was ado?
Were adwords OK? Did users click through?
A bundle of mashups he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

Our AJAX - how it twinkled! Our tagging - how merry!
We socially networked to his brand new BlackBerry!
Our RSS valid, we were well syndicated,
We subscribed to the feeds that we loved (and we hated);

The stump of our web site held tight in our teeth,
The hyperbole encircled his head like a wreath;
We tagged Technorati, we blogged with the best,
On Feedster we surged and made the A-list.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And marked us on Frappr, and Flickr he searched.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
Updated his blog, up our OPML rose;

He sprang to his feed, gave his investments a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,


With best wishes from FeedBlitz to everyone this holiday season!

(c) 2005
Full reproduction permitted only with full attribution and links intact.


Thursday, December 22, 2005

notSalmon - Karen Salmansohn

Hey, Karen writing on her blog has had these titles for recent posts:

Come on, from "career butt kicks" to "Love lessons from Mussolini", this you have to read!

So what are you waiting for? Follow a link, check it out.

And if you don't end up adding her to your RSS reader or signing up for her newsletter, let me know.

That information should help direct future recommendations!

PS - these are her RSS feeds...

You can try either

Jabberwock - Jai Arjun Singh

Jabberwock, the same as from Alice in Wonderland.

The byline reads:
"It seems very pretty," Alice said when she had finished it, "but it's rather hard to understand! ... Somehow it seems to fill my head with ideas - only I don't exactly know what they are!"
From Some notes on the new King Kong
How does it compare with the original?

Meaningless comparison. Cinema is a young form that has seen enormous changes occur in a relatively short period of time (just a little over a century). In literary terms, the difference between the creaky 1933 King Kong and this new, CGI-fuelled one by Peter Jackson is as vast as that between the works of Chaucer and the modern-day novel, probably vaster.
From Patna Roughcut review
This isn’t to suggest that most youngsters who frequent film festivals do so out of a sense of obligation, or that they get nothing worthwhile from the experience. And the Cine Society passage is, of course, only a small part of Chowdhury’s powerful book. But it captures a motif that runs through the work: that of disaffected people with idealistic notions about "high culture" that have little relevance to the realities of their lives; of dreams that come to naught; of too much thinking and not enough acting.
You should read more of this. This is good stuff!

Blowin' in the wind

The song title for this blog caught my eye. A classic folk song if there ever was one.

Get a life! Gotta blog!

Gotta blog brings up memories of the dance routine from Singing in the Rain, Gotta dance!

The first post I read is about Elton John's "marriage" or civil ceremony. And I like the point of view.

The About page has the following in the Biography section

I miss my wife, who is teaching at a college in Kolkata, India, and my son, an undergraduate at a liberal arts college in the US, while I am working in Singapore.
This will be worth reading.

Won't you join me?

Add Blowin' in the wind to your RSS reader.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Zingers - David Zinger

The byline reads "Unique humor and personal perspectives you can read in one minute".

David writes for you to read these quickly. They'll be short and to the point. Occasionally with pictures. You won't find any long disertations here.

David also writes on Strength-based Leadership.
Keith Ferrazzi was a co-author of Never eat alone: And other secrets to success, one relationship at a time. Brian Uzzi is a co-author of How to build your network.

Two authors with 4z’s in their names are contributing to a renewed buzzzz on relationships, connecting, and networking.
Read more of David's writing on Strength-based Leadership!

Year end preview

The pie chart depicts the split of the posts here amongst male, female, and group blogs with a small amount of "other" posts. This posting, for example, would be considered in the other category.

The Hitchhiker Team has been busy posting on 155 days with 217 different posts since March of this year.

When I look back over who we found and wrote about here, I am glad I am sitting down. It is amazing.

I hope you think so too!

In case the chart is hard to read, here is the table that drove the chart:

Blog Type Count Percent
Group 43 20%
Male 94 43%
Female 75 35%
Other 5 2%
Total 217 100%

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Three Kid Circus - Jennifer

I know. It's unbelievable how much I look like Xena, Warrior Princess. Except, you know, shorter. And with red hair.

Houston Running - Jon Walk

Yes, Jon writes on running in the Houston area. I am sure he must get some comments about his last name.

A new runner's attempt to energize the discussion of Houston-area (and Texas as well) road racing. Focus and attention will be given to Houston-area runners, specifically HARRA members, that compete in outside-of-the-area events as well as those who do interesting things that aren't captured in the various media outlets, such as Inside Texas Running, Runner Triathlete News and Roberta MacInnis' Running Notebook in the Houston Chronicle (all fine publications but with limitations too).

Full of information on the running scene based in Houston.

Full of good running resources.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Carnival of 100 Bloggers, Issue 1

Check out Issue 1 of the Carnival of 100 Bloggers featuring Rosa Say, Trevor Gay, Pet Campbell, Ken Camp, Rebecca Thomas and Troy Worman.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Time Leadership by Jim Estill

Jim Estill started a computer distribution company, EMJ Data, from the trunk of his car in 1979. In September of 2004, Jim sold EMJ to SYNNEX. At the time of its sale, EMJ had amassed $350 million in sales. Now, Jim is CEO of SYNNEX Canada.

Time Leadership is his blog.


Tags: Leadership and Time Management.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005 - group blog by women about women and technology

The description of is: is a weblog about women and technology. It's a celebration of women's contributions to computing; a place to spotlight women's contributions as well point out new opportunities and challenges for women in the computing field.
The group of women posting there are:

danah boyd
Hilde Corneliussen
Caterina Fake
Meg Hourihan
Liz Lawley
Fiona Romeo
Dorothea Salo
Halley Suitt
Gina Trapani
Jill Walker

Oh, and Halley is here also! No, I am not following her around. She does not need my support, she already is an A lister. We are way out here on the edge of the long tail!

But for the woman's view point, you need go no further than to visit!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Top10 Sources

Gee, this site could put us out of business. We pale in comparison. Primarily due to Blogger's limitations. And this is a part time thing for us.

But Top10 Sources has it all. Look at the categories!

Business & Money



Food & Wine

Health & Science

Hobbies & Games



Ideas & Culture







Places & Travel

Needless to say, we provide a personal interest in what we view and share here. We think that is our reason to be and THE reason for which you are encouraged to come back from time to time and see what's new.

You always have a choice: read us or Top10 Sources

Monday, December 05, 2005

A View from England - Maureen

Maureen writes at A View from England
I'm an American expat - from Minnesota - residing in the UK. I live in a small town near London with my English husband and our two sons (16 and 14).

I follow current events avidly and I'm particularly interested in issues about parenting, education, health, nature, and the environment.

I enjoy reading, writing, gardening, birding, aerobics, movies, and going to the theatre. My other interests are philosophy, psychology, history and of course blogging!

I frequently blog about the government's plans for an ID card & National Identity Register which I strongly oppose.
Read more of Maureen and her View from England!

A List Apart

A List Apart is for people who make web-sites. That includes a lot of us. The topics discussed here include: code, content, culture, design, process, and user science.

The writers are many. The writing is excellent.

Following are links to a few articles I found interesting:

Sunday, December 04, 2005

800-CEO-READ Blog

It's curious that neither Steve nor I have written about the 800-CEO-READ blog written by Todd S. It's a blog about books, of course, featuring reviews, reading lists, and author profiles and interviews. If you enjoy leadership, management, and self-help books, the 800-CEO-READ blog is an excellent guide.


Thursday, December 01, 2005

Just breathe - alexis stewart

Alexis writes at Just Breathe that she is

I am an indefinable something (probably not in a good way).

She writes of her haven

She does an occasional meme - like Lemon Meringue Pie!

She writes of embarrassing customer announcements.

Read more of Alexis!

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Walk this way... japee

The jumble of thoughts going through my head while walking the streets of Charleston, SC with my little camera...

The photos are wonderful. The commentary well written. Having briefly visited Charleston, SC earlier this year, I can verify that she is capturing the area very well. I am learning more each time I come to her page so that when I get a chance to return, I'll feel more at home.

Check out how she works her page; different, cool.


We are going to need a lot of activity from new bloggers in the next 30 days to reach our original goal of 100 posts by 100 bloggers in 100 days. Currently, there are 50 members on the 100 Bloggers team, but only 26 have posted. Today is Day 70 of the effort. Our deadline is December 30.

Please send recommendations, etc... to!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Run Strong / Run Long - LisaLeese

LisaLeese writes at Run Strong / Run Long. In her about me section, she answers the question why?
So, why do I keep at it? My mother asked me that recently, after looking at a list of my various injuries. "Don't they hurt a lot? Aren't you doing some permanent damage?" I reassured her the best I could that my knees would not go to mush, or that I would not cripple myself. I guess the only people who really understand why I keep coming back for more would be other runners. I do it for my physical health. I do it so I can eat BAD food and not feel too bad about it. I do it to keep my head clear. I do it for the challenge of training and the pain of speedwork, and realizing I am strong enough to triumph over that pain. I do it to be part of a greater community of runners who feel the same way about the road or trails under their feet, with nothing but their own thoughts to pace them. I do the marathons because.. they're there.. and why not?
If you want to hear about the trials of running and living in Houston, TX read LisaLeese!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Talking Story - Rosa Say

Rosa Say writes at Talking Story. She is the author of Managing with Aloha, a wonderful business text about managing with Hawaiian values. I recently finished reading it and will be doing a review on it shortly.

She has created a wonderful Ho'ohana community with her blog. Ho'ohana is the Hawaiian value for meaningful work.

Her posting today is from her archives for Thanksgiving 2004.
It is a good today as it was then.

Read Rosa!

Consider joining the Ho'ohana community.

You'll be glad you did.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Songs of Experience - Joan Nesbit Mabe

Joan Nesbit Mabe, a quality runner, member of several US National teams also coaches seejanerun (a club for running mothers) and blogs about running. New Englander's may recall her first place finish at Falmouth but she lists as

Greatest lifetime achievements:
3 daughters … Sarah Jane (12), Rosie (8), and Lizzie (4)

There is some balance to this lady runner. You can learn a lot by reading her!

Mommy Bloggers

Mommy Bloggers... mom by mom, changing the world. Is there anything sexier than a mommy in knee-high leather boots?


Monday, November 21, 2005

The New Charm School - Jennifer Warwick

Jennifer Warwick is a "women's career strategist" based in LA. That's Los Angeles.

She's heady, packing degrees from both Northwestern and Pepperdine and her work has been featured in several professional and trade rags.

She is also the creator and author of the blog NonprofitU.

I dig her because she called me bold and savvy. How easy am I?

Read Jennifer Warwick!

The Bumble Bee - Ken Thompson

Ken Thompson writes at The Bumble Bee.

He has a manifesto on Bioteaming:

Cooperative processes are not the automatic results of implementing collaborative, real-time communication technologies, but the result of a carefully designed and systematically maintained virtual team development plan.

For those of you who have already exposed themselves to the positive advantages made available by the use of cutting-edge communication and collaboration technologies, this should sound as a familiar melody. How many times have you been witness to technologically-based collaboration projects that have miserably failed? Why is there so much disjoint between technology potential and the productive use that business team members make of them?

If the solution is not in the technology enabling such networked business teams to easily interoperate, where is it then?

Read more of Ken and bioteaming!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Sour Duck

Her tag line reads, "World Shut Your Mouth" and she recently hosted The Carnival of Feminists. She writes from the Bay Area, California. I think that is close to San Francisco.

Is there anything I like about this woman?

Absolutely! She digs The Clash, Jazz Butcher, and Throwing Muses. What else do you need to know?



...colorful comics to lift your spirits ...or make your think.


Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Woulda Coulda Shoulda (Redux)

Yes, Mir was Hitchhiked here on March 22, 2005.

I have laughed so much since then, I had to do something and ended up with this.

If you had not read Mir before, maybe you will now.


Wellness Works - Jane Bamber

In a world where there is so much stress and anxiety ... Jane's blog is all about positive thinking and lifestyles. You may not be in control of everything around you but are in control of your own choices, outlook and happiness.

Read Wellness Works!


Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Island of Spice - James Ainsworth

James Ainsworth writes that he is
a freelance writer and journalist in Denver. I write features about music, entertainment and popular culture, particularly in relation to Africa and African Americans, and I also do copywriting and scriptwriting. I've traveled extensively in Indonesia, Hong Kong and Singapore, and I lived in Johannesburg, South Africa for 8 years, from the historic April, 1994 national elections until March, 2002.
In "On African and African American Actors" he writes:
Ah, Bra John, "Their blacks are better than yours"? I think you're a little misguided on this...

Much respect, John Matshikiza--much respect... Don't get me wrong--your work in theater, stage, film and television is uncompromising. I loved you in that artful, stupendous film, "The Heart of the Country." Between the breathtaking scenery, shining cinematography, and passionate portrayals of idiosyncratic characters karmically entwined in the Free State, I saw a glimpse of the possibility of what real, world-class South African cinema could be.

Read the full posting here.

Read all of James!

Monday, November 14, 2005

What was I thinking? - Sela Carsen

So why is it that in the "Occupation" section, there's not a spot for Wife, Mom or Writer? Those are the things that occupy my days, but I suppose they're a bit nebulous.
Sela is a writer and shares her writing struggles with all who stop by. For example:

Wrote Synopsis

Did not die.

Actually, it didn't even hurt. Maybe it's the slash and burn writer in me, but I hacked my novella down to half a page in about half an hour this morning. Before my first cup of coffee.

Read more of Sela here.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Ypulse - Anastasia Goodstein

Anastasia Goodstein publishes Ypulse. It focuses on what matters for the Y generation.

For those of us not part of that group, this is a good place to keep current.

Read Ypulse!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005


Like spinning plates! His words. Not mine.

Check out this recent post, Wacky Castle House.

Wacky, yes. Creepy, yes. But the word that comes to my mind is disturbing. What the hell is going on there?

Monday, November 07, 2005

Brain Waves - Zack Lynch

Zack Lynch, managing director of NeuroInsights, is an economic and social forecaster advising global organizations on the impact of neurotechnology on business, government and society. He serves on the advisory boards of the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics, Global Neuroscience Initiative, and SocialText, a social software company. He is currently finishing his book on Neurosociety: How Brain Science Will Shape the Future of Business, Politics and Culture.

Zach Lynch is certainly a busy man.

Here Zack blogs about Intention, Perception and Beliefs. This is heady stuff.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Funny Ha-Ha or Funny Peculiar? - Betsy Devine

Betsy blogs about blogging, writing, science, the battle of good versus evil and more. Here she blogs from Lexington, Kentucky, "enjoying bluegrass friendliness and food" with Frank. Her blog is both funny ha-ha and funny peculiar.

Here she writes,
  • Fans of J Lo have besieged my husband for autographs.
  • HRH Prince Carl Phillip of Sweden told me which kind of long underwear is best for the Ice Hotel (Middle weight, he said, and he was right.)
  • Frank's picture got added to Princeton's Nobel gallery, a place we loved visiting, way back when we were courting.
  • And I'm racing to sort out, By October 15, the rest of this year's adventures for publication in a book with Frank!

Read Betsy Devine.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Jonathan's Blog - Jonathan Schwartz

Jonathan Schwartz is the CEO of Sun Microsystems writes a blog.

As I wrote a week or so ago, building a user base isn't about rewriting unctionality that works well today, it's about identifying efficiencies and differentiation, and innovating to create value for consumers.

Read the remainder of his "Simple Future" here.

As a software guy, here's a simple (though often irritating) rule behind user oriented software: The language in which a product is written has nothing to do with the value it conveys. Coming from the company that produced Java technology, that probably sounds a little odd. But it's a simple truth, especially when it comes to users: if the app's no good, it's no good, even if it's implemented in Java. Or PHP. Or Rails.

Read the remainder of his posting on Open, Ajax and Common Sense here.

This should be enough of a teaser to lead you to set up to read Jonathan's Blog regularly.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Dilbert Blog - Scott Adams

Yes, another celebrity blogger.

Well, not JUST another celebrity.

Scott Adams. Dilbert's creator.

And it is a worthy blog.

Check it out!

Kudos to Average Jane for bringing this to my attention.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

The Sneeze - Steven

Hey, how many Steves talk abut their Dolores?

Can't be that many of us, so this guy's gotta be good. I mean, we have something in common right away.

Except he eats this. And I won't go near that.

He blogs. I blog. See what I mean!

He even TiVo's Good Eats! I can't get enough of Alton Brown cause I don't have a TiVo.

Read more of Steven here.

Kudos to Average Jane for bringing this site to my attention.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Teach Me Team Work - Tom Heck

Tom Heck blogs on the coach approach to team and leadership development games and theory.

Tom writes

... there are six stages of development:
1. Restoration Stage
2. Personal Foundation Stage
3. Adult Stage
4. Attraction Stage
5. Fulfillment Stage
6. Legacy Stage (the most advanced stage)

The length of time a team has been together does not necessarily reflect where they are along their path of development. There are many well-established teams that are at the Personal Foundation Stage (and may remain there for the life of the team).

One way to determine the stage of the team is to administer the assessment to all the team members. Compile the data from all of the individual assessments and average the scores and you’ll get a clear sense of where the team is along their path of development.

This is good stuff on team work and team building.

Read Tom here!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Hog Blog - Sally Hogshead

Hey, when you have a name like Hogshead, you can't call your blog "straight from the horses mouth" can you?

Hence, the Hog Blog, is Sally's voice, which is behind her recent book Radical Careering and her recent interview as a Cool Friend of Tom.

Read Sally here at the Hog Blog!

Monday, October 31, 2005

This Blog Sits...

I am not a Paris Hilton fan, but I dig this pic.

Read This Blog Sits at the Intersection of Antropology and Economics.

A Little Pollyanna

Like her blog, her disclaimer says something. I never know where she is going unless it is City Hall, but I love her just the same, and like a lot of people, I wish I could be more like her.

DISCLAIMER: I speak only for myself and none of the three dozen publications that have employed me to date. Or the dozen publications that currently use me. Or that TV station where I work once in a while. That's my disclaimer. Although I am quick to add that I will do my best not to embarrass myself or humiliate anyone who may cross my path as a current or future source of news. Or friend. Or employer, as an employer is a terrible thing to waste.... To (sorta) paraphrase Good Witch Glinda from the Wizard of Oz, "I want to use my blog for good, not evil." I also would like to drop 5 dress sizes and dance back-up in a Tina Turner tour. But we all know how that's going to turn out... But I will DO MY BEST to be good here.

Read A Little Pollyanna.

Rebecca's Pocket

She is Rebecca Blood. Her picture here gives one the impression that she is a little bit mental. She fancies what she fancies and this is what she writes about, as well.

Here is her blog and here is her bio.

"Rebecca Blood challenged journalists to stop worrying so much about bloggers and concentrate on doing good journalism. It was refreshing to hear how an outsider views the strengths and weaknesses of mainstream journalism." — Kris Kodrich, journalism professor at Colorado State University and board member of the Colorado Professional Chapter of SPJ

Fragments from Floyd

Fragments from Floyd is written by Fred. Fred writes from a quiet place called Floyd County, Virginia. Fred is a naturalist and it shows. His blog is straight forward, contains many beautiful photos and much common sense.

Fred is a good writer. He is pragmatic and informative in a neighborly way.

I like Fred and I think you will, too.

Read Fragments from Floyd.

eye 2 eye - Ian Macarthur

From the land down under comes this blogger discussing multidisciplinary, cross-cultural design practice, innovation & creativity.

Ian is also a frequent reader of cph127 (also noted in this hitchhiker guide)

In his blogger profile, Ian says of himself:
My focus and professional interests and practice are in the area of design management. I consider China, India and Asia more generally to be of greatest importance in terms of opportunities for design as a profession to make significant difference to the future of all people on the planet. I am interested in contributing to the process of educating industry and people about the need to utilise design in these regions in order to maximise the potentials of collaborative practice, new technologies and education to solve the problems we face as a global community.
Ian writes on East | West behavioural and thinking dichotomies
The Shanghai Swiss Chamber of Commerce recently commissioned Birds & Fish Communications to work on the development of a quarterly magazine appropriately titled “The Bridge”. Designed to foster more awareness of Swiss Chinese business relations in Shanghai and China generally the publication’s March 2005 issue featured a wonderful article “10 differences between Western and Eastern Behaviour and Thinking” by Hans J.Roth, Consul General of Switzerland in Shanghai. The article describes the most significant differences between European and Chinese cultural environments. Although quite broad brushstrokes the observations can be considered a solid general guideline. I thought it would be positive to share the main points of difference highlighted in the article.
Read the remainder of this posting here.

So if you are interested in design and opportunities in China, read Ian!

Friday, October 28, 2005

hypocritical - Rick Turoczy

Rick Turoczy is hypocritical. In his own words:
Sometimes I write hypocritical, a blog on marketing. Its purpose, beyond feeding my pure unadulterated hubris, is to provide yet another forum for yet another a) frustrated writer, b) misunderstood genius, c) marketing slob to critique concepts, capture thoughts, pose questions, and share ideas, in hopes of gaining a better understanding of the art of communication. While it is doubtful I will uncover anything new, perhaps I will provoke thought or provide the right sugarcoating to make an idea digestible or inspire you, gentle reader, to comment, critique, and return.
He writes with Blogger, has been having problems with trackbacks and wrote about it when he identified the problem.

In his posting on Take my RSS feed, please:

Just think. A few magic clicks of your mouse and you could be hosting such previous gems as:

* Want comments on your blog?

* RSS feeds: Can't we just all agree on a common home?

…. and much much more

But that's not all, act now and you'll get all the lame posts, too. At no additional cost. Hearken back to the times we all groaned when I wrote:

* St. Patrick's Day, an increasingly vulgar brand that continues to remain popular

* Don't recreate the wheel that has already been created: The fine art of creating a satirical marketing site (and using the word "create")

…. and much much more

Well worth taking the feed for!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Idea Sandbox Blog - Paul Williams

The background page says:

Idea Sandbox is about connecting people with solutions.

Solutions come in many packages. It may be a person, a place or thing. When you have a problem at your organization - where do you turn? Who can you call? What do you Google?

Idea Sandbox is all about bringing those people, places and things together to help solve your business problems.

The blog is the creation of Paul Williams.

Did you know you could turn your photos into real postage?

If you read this blog, you would have found out.

Make it a place to visit. Who knows what we'll learn next?

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Improbable Research -- What's New

Good stuff!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Monday, October 24, 2005

Is it really?

This blog is worth $6,209.94.
How much is your blog worth?

Some would say: This isn't a new blog posting, what are you doing?

I would say: Patience, my friend, all good things take time.

What would you say?

Friday, October 21, 2005

Through the wall - Wil

The trial and tribulations of being a mother, a wife, and a triathlete come together in the writings of Wil.

Getting ready for my first Ironman in September, 2006, and I'm starting to feel like I might just be able to pull it off. A married mom of two preschoolers, here you'll find my insane account of juggling family, career and triathlon. Never a dull moment on this ride; promptly departing at 4:00 a.m. daily.
From The Plan

THE PLAN is the mile marker that jumps into the path of the oncoming emotional blob and slaps it around a bit – whips it into shape, you might say. Look at this, it’s almost over. Get it together - this isn’t so bad, have a gel, drink some water, get over yourself already and breathe. You know that spot when you get your wind back – well, all of the emotional smelling salt stuff of that spot is THE PLAN.
From Back to the Beginning

Physical ability can be carved, mental toughness can be forged, but passion must be born – it takes flesh and blood and heart and guts. And that’s why you must bleed to be the best.
Read more of Wil here.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

The Boy Who Heard Music - Pete Townsend

Pete Townsend, yes, the one and the same as was once part of The Who.

What is well known is that I'm a rock star. You are not worthy etc. In fact you are worthy. And so am I. We deserve each other.

He is publishing his novella, The Boy Who Heard Music, in serial format via this blog, a chapter at a time.

Chapter 1 through 5 is now published... so you are not far behind, can catch up quickly and hang in for the ride to the finish sometime in February 2006!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Treasure Island - JD

Good advice from JD:

Loved ones! Please! Do not mistakenly assume that you will always be blessed with the aroma of love. Today, while you have breath, do something to say “thanks”. Creatively code your passionate irrational insanity into an unforgettable message. When you next rest your head on a fragrant pillow, breathe deeply as you wink into sweet sleep.

From JD's profile:

Flooded passages and the feeble pointing finger of a WWII veteran point our way to tons of burried treasure. This blog began as a historical account of the search and recovery of golden bars of Japanese war booty. It is written as a fictional image of what happened to me yesterday. I have four sons. The fact that I have zero daughters proves the existence of God (I could neither discipline a daughter nor resist her requests). Seeing urgency to love others while time remains as being the crucial focus of each effort, I attempt to occasionally interject the philosophy of love.
For more insights on the philosphy of love, check out JD!

Updated 10/31/05:
This blog is temporarily abandoned.

Oh well, I hope it wasn't something I said.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Never Work Alone

This is more than a common sense saying and a significant safety factor for some types of work, this is a new blog that addresses workplace issues.

Never Work Alone is a blog where you'll find great advice for management and leadership related problems. Each week we post a problem and a summary of the response from the great community of managers and leaders over at the Never work Alone Googlegroup.

Never Work Alone is a coproduction of Slacker Manager, Genuine Curiosity and Random Thoughts From a CTO

This is one blog to put into your reader and keep tabs on.

Who knows, you may have an opportunity to utilize it yourself someday.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

A Gonzo Journal by Cowboy Caleb

Worthy of praise...

Gonzo Journal is the personal blog of Cowboy Caleb, editor of Tomorrow, the self-professed Boing Boing of Singapore. Cowboy has been blogging since 2002 and he turns 27 this year.

The Journal features imaginary conversations, invitations to virtual parties, colorful wedding photos, and massive linkage.

If you have some time to spend, this is a good place to do it.

It won't be time wasted.

Scared Monkeys and More...

Scared Monkeys is a blog written by Tom and Red, two guys who went to high school together, and have been discussing politics and life for years. They have been sharing their conversation with the blogosphere since February of 2005.

Tom and Red have been quoted and featured by the liks of CNN, MSNBC, and Slate. They've made appearances on radio and television, as well. Now, they have expanded their offerings to new blogging enterprises.

Following are other Sacred Monkey blogs:

Mick O'Grady - Mike Daily

Mike Daily is a novelist and freestyle fictionist who frequently performs his work in Portland, Oregon. He has recorded a 13-track CD as Mick O'Grady Trio (MO'GT) w/ Daniel Austin and Brian Crowl; a five-track EP and show as Slack Variables w/ Matt McCullough, J. Morales, and David Moscovich; and the Korean Grass Never Needs to Be Cut EP (listen to "Drum Machines") w/ Roads Less Traveled--all in six months' time. On March 31, 2005, Mike Daily performed live on KBOO 90.7 "Night of the Living Tongue" w/ Crowl, Moscovich, and special guest Rafael Katz. His second novel, As Is, is forthcoming from Almighty in 2006. Daily apparently uses Mick O'Grady to write about himself in the third person. And first.


what more could one ask for???
try the freestyle way of Mick (or is it Mike?)

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Life Beyond Code - Rajesh Setty

Rajesh Setty has just published his new book, Life Beyond Code.

He is an Entrepreneur, Author and a Teacher (he describes himself as someone who EATs with passion!)

His insight on the tortoise and the hare story:
Stories can mis-lead us and take us in the wrong direction if we are not careful. If you really want to conclude "slow and steady wins the race", please go and find something else other than the above story to based your conclusions on.

My $.02: This story has run its course. When everyone around you is "fast and steady" and you are "slow", this story or the conclusion won't help. You need to change!

His advice on celebrating small victories:
Nobody is surprised when a small failure causes a major upset but everyone will raise their eyebrows if a small victory is celebrated in a big way. Both are extremes but each one gets a different treatment.

Happy people do things the other way around. It's fun to be around people who celebrate small victories. They are full of life and they bring life to people around them.

When was the last time you celebrated a small victory? May be it's time for a small celebration for a small victory...

Make it an event on your day to read Rajesh!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Steven's Log - Steven

Steven says Hello to Melbourne

Offers the view from his new apartment

And finds some chocolate afternoon tea

Now, why else would you want to read Steve?

Well, I might be a little biased, but the world can't have enough Steves!

Read more from Steven!

Monday, October 10, 2005

Operation Eden

Operation Eden is Clayton James Cubitt's blog. Clayton writes about a third world America, one of which many of us know little or nothing. The pics are striking and the words are biting.

eHub - Emily Chang

Interested in the latest in technology?

Want to keep up with what is happening in web tools?

Then you have one place to mark and check frequently! eHub by Emily Chang
eHub is a constantly updated list of web applications, services, resources, blogs or sites with a focus on next generation web (web 2.0), social software, blogging, Ajax, Ruby on Rails, location mapping, open source, folksonomy, design and digital media sharing.
Check it out, it will be worth your time.

Friday, October 07, 2005

weblogg-ed - Will Richardson

Will Richardson is a teacher with a passion for writing and blogging, well not just blogging, using current technologies to teach.

He is the author of An Educator's Guide to Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other New Web Tools that are Transforming the Classroom published by Corwin Press, scheduled for release in early 2006.

He as a great summary of how to use RSS for education.

He has found out that it is possible to write up a poor version of a research paper, post it to wikipedia, wait a couple of days for the world to edit and correct it for the originator. Oh my, now that is using the system. As a teacher he is concerned about it. As a former teacher, I am also. But fortunately the output would be easily cross checked so the "smart student" should see their day in court.

Read more about from Will here.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Running Chick with the Orange Hat - Dianna

Dianna writes about her running efforts. She wrote about her training for the Hartford Marathon last year. She finished in 4:02, not bad at all for a first timer!

She is in her final preparations for this year's Hartford Marathon which goes off this Saturday.

Good luck Dianna!

Read all about Dianna's running exploits here.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Mary's Blog -

Why read “Mary’s Blog?”

Well, I’m a business developer & marketing troubleshooter (working with all sizes and types of clients). As such, I cover a lot of ground in this blog. I’ve been working since I was 16 and have had an eclectic career (and have eclectic tastes in work and life). When talking about me, my clients and colleagues use phrases like, “No BS” “Straightshooter” “Fun to work with.” “Cuts to the chase.” “A true pro.” All of which I hope is reflected in my writing.

One day I’ll talk about a cool technology. Another I give “down and dirty” tips about how to get and keep customers. Yet another day, I’ll make reading recommendations that may help you think outside the box.

Read more of Mary Schmidt here.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Kieran's Adventures in Slow Twitch - Kieran Snyder

Found via a posting about her running (she's a marathoner), Kieran writes in her profile:
Aspiring fashionista, as recently confirmed by co-workers. Paramount leg-wrestler. Sassy linguist. Both leader and member of posse. Good drinker, for some values of good. Marathoner flirt social impresario. I kick ass.

She posted today on Food is Love and I had to reveal my love of Fluffernutters (that will be the subject of another post).

In the meantime check out Kieran here!

Genuine Curiosity

Genuine Curiosity is written by Dwayne Melancon, a clean shaven U.S. citizen.

Why "Genuine Curiosity"?
Dwayne suggests, when in dialogue, eliminate the background noise. Try to neutralize any preconceived notions. Don't jump to conclusions or make assumptions. Refrain from asking open-ended questions, at least, at the onset. This will give the other the opportunity to tell you about herself.

This is difficult for some people, who won't stop talking long enough to listen to anybody else. If this is you, implement a change. Learn to listen.


Read finslippy.

"Alice will not harm you. She only craves your delicious spine...?"

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Las Fashionistas

Las Fashionistas writes in the About Me section:

We are the Lewis and Clark of keeping it real, since our radio show began in 2002. Since the world refuses to recognize our talents, we are forced to relegate our shining intellects to that sellout sludge of all publication, that dungeon of unrecognized writing potential, that drain of all aspiring writers who just didn't quite make it, that kingdom of armchair philosophers who have the unmitigating gall to think that someone actually wants to read what they write, the Internet. Of course we skewer celebrities and the real holders of the coolness sceptres, perhaps out of jealousy, but they deserve what they get because we are unflappably honest and blunt. So A-listers through D-listers, and really, the world at large, beware.

If you need a fix with the latest in the tabloids, check it out!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Answer Girl - Ellen Clair Lamb

Talk about focus. Talk about finding a niche. Talk about Answer Girl.
The theme of this blog is "Terms of Art." Every day, I'll take a word or phrase of jargon from a specialized discipline and explain how you, too, can use it to pretend you have arcane knowledge. Feel free to suggest terms of art from your own professions or hobbies by e-mailing me.

What to know about:



Hang Time

No, not the one you're thinking of!

Read Answer Girl!

Monday, September 26, 2005

Track Junkie

Do you remember college life? Was is that long ago?

If you like running, then the combination here will work for you.

Track Junkie is a freshman at Fordham Univ in the Bronx, NY and writing about his cross country season. The daily runs, the trials and tributions of college cross country.

The smell of fall comes back again.

Enjoy Track Junkie!

Thursday, September 22, 2005


What's the point?

The 100.bloggers project is under new management. Email me if you are interested in getting involved.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Rattle the Cage!

Rattle The Cage is a community of leaders who are passionate about what they do and what want to achieve. They are also keen on helping others; specifically, anyone who wants to be a leader or extend their leadership skills.

Who is RTC?

Roger (Rocky) Noe - USA
Brian Galbraith - Australia
Brian Ward - Canada
Adetokunbo Obayan (Toks) - Nigeria
Trevor Gay - UK
Steve Prevette - USA
Troy Worman - USA
Dr. Laurie A. Fitzgerald - USA
Carlos Pereira Da Cruz - Portugal
Phil Evans - Australia

First Draft by Tim Porter

Ink-Stained Kvetches About Newspapering, Readership & Relevance

Tim Porter is an editor and writer who entered newspapering as a reporter with a typewriter and left it as an editor building websites. Today, Mr. Porter works independently but he retains a passion for newspapers and the pursuit of quality journalism.

Mr. Porter writes,
Newspapers are killing themselves with clichéd writing, formulaic stories,
hackneyed photographs and adherence to a self-destructive, journalistic form
that emphasizes breadth of news coverage over depth. To break this cycle,
newsrooms must recreate an atmosphere of excellence that counters the pervasive
belief that “good enough” is good enough. It is not.

Read his The Quality Manifesto.

Presto Speaks - Shelly

Shelly is "A middle-aged public librarian who has gotten addicted to blogging."

Addicted? And I thought I had a few blogs. Try this, Shelly is writing on 9 Blogger blogs in addition to a couple of LiveJournal and AOL pages!

There must be something here that will hook you.

Cyber Chocolate is her main blog.

The Write Stuff is her blog on writing.

Retro-Spectives is her blog for reminiscences.

The Malt Shop is her blog for memes.

Creative Endeavors is her photo blog.

Shelly's Book Shelf is her book review blog.

Shelly's Comic Book Shelf is her blog on comic books.

Impish Delights is her blog on what she is reading.

Alternate Reality is her blog on science stuff.

ImPress Books is yet another web site.

Now, is this the sign of a split personality?

or addiction to blogging?

or just one more indication that Blogger should add categories?

Enjoy reading Shelly!

Saturday, September 17, 2005

McGee's Musings

"The cure for boredom is curiousity. There is no cure for curiosity." -- Dorothy Parker

What a great quote! Who is this James McGee character (aka mcgeej)? According to his Technorati profile, he writes about innovation, knowledge management, knowledge work, organization, strategy, technology, and thinking. Wow!

Intrigued, I visited his blog. What I found was... a lot of useful links.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Winged Pig

Winged Pig is written by Mark Fletcher.

Mark is a successful serial entrepreneur, software developer and investor, with over 20 years experience in software development and high tech. Mark's career in high tech begin in the early 1980s. Since then, he has worked in several areas of computer science, including graphics, visualization and medical systems. Mark has been on the Internet since the late 1980s and is an expert on email systems and scalable Internet services.

This means Mark has seen a lot of pigs fly. He may have launched a few himself. Read Mark Fletcher.

He writes about entrepreneurship, startups, and himself.

Winged Pig was started in August 2001.

A Penny For...

Todd on Todd,
I have always found the dynamics of business very interesting. Psychology
drives in the interaction between customers, suppliers, and employees. Science
and discovery fuel innovation. Art becomes the basis of great design. You can
find all of the great human endeavors.

Read Todd at A Penny For...

Todd is fond of lists:

  • 8 Principles for Learning
  • 50 Reasons Why We Can't Change
  • Ten Favorite TAUW Posts
  • Ernie the Attorney

    Ernie is a lawyer who likes change and hopes to achieve total consciousness upon death. His blogs at Ernie the Attorney where he claims to be searching for truth and justice in an unjust world. Driven from New Orleans by Katrina, Ernie is blogging from Houston.

    Click here to read about how he and his family are adjusting to life after the storm.

    being jennifer garrett

    Yes, Jen Garrett writes at being jennifer garrett

    She says in her about page:

    Who is Jennifer Garrett?
    Jennifer Garrett is not Jennifer Garner. She is also not Jennifer Eccleston. She is not a research associate. She is not an artist. She is not an actress. She is a writer and editor who lives in Jamaica Plain, a lovely neighborhood of Boston.

    She has also set upon a quest to blog 100 blogs in 100 days. Good luck!

    The Hitchhikers are not intending to compete. We started before Jen, so it does not count.
    But we do get to count her as 148!

    And maybe if she finds us, she can count us as something less than 100!

    Read Jen Garrett and find out!

    Wednesday, September 14, 2005

    Off on a Tangent - Steve Garfield

    Steve Garfield is a video blogger or vlogger.

    His interests are varied within the realms of pop culture and technology.

    You can watch his videos:
    Video Blog - Local stories, personal stories, different stories. Featuring:
    - The Carol and Steve Show - 'Real' reality TV.
    - Vlog Soup - Vlogosphere tours start here.

    Yes, Vlog Soup is to the Vlogosphere what the Hitchhikers guide is to the Blogosphere.
    Hence, you very well might enjoy it.

    Check out Steve Garfield!

    Tuesday, September 13, 2005

    Long Tail - Chris Anderson

    Chris Anderson writes at the Long Tail. What is the long tail?

    The theory of the Long Tail is that our culture and economy is increasingly shifting away from a focus on a relatively small number of "hits" (mainstream products and markets) at the head of the demand curve and toward a huge number of niches in the tail. As the costs of production and distribution fall, especially online, there is now less need to lump products and consumers into one-size-fits-all containers. In an era without the constraints of physical shelf space and other bottlenecks of distribution, narrowly-target goods and services can be as economically attractive as mainstream fare.

    You can read more in his posting Long Tail 101 or in the wikipedia entry.

    Most of us normal blogger folks here in the wacky wide wonderful world of the blogosphere are "long tailers".

    Long live the long tailers!

    Read more of Chris Anderson here!

    Simply Me

    In her own words, Jenin is "a simple girl learning about life as I go."

    She writes,
    "...because it's not about the individual, but what individuals are together that leads to something great."
    Simply Me is heartfelt, honest, and straight forward.

    Jenin's other blogs: Learning Wellness and Book Floozies - The Club

    Read Simply Me!

    Monday, September 12, 2005

    memoria technica - Gary Turner

    Gary Turner writes at memoria technica. He begins to describe himself:

    Gary Turner lives one hour north out of London in Northampton, England, with his wife and daughter and when pushed, he describes himself as a passionate technologist and a part-time hyperopic visionary.

    He collects "unfamous quotations".

    He started "blog stickers".

    If I continued with all that he does, this post would go on for a good deal more. So let's just call it for now and leave you plenty to explore on your own.

    Check out Gary here!

    Sunday, September 11, 2005

    whimsical mystic - twyla

    Twyla writes at whimsical mystic that she is "unfolding my own myth".

    She has started Friday Favorites.

    She likes Kabir.

    She reads a lot of books. (Of that I am jealous.)

    Check out Twyla here!

    Saturday, September 10, 2005

    Tomorrow Connecting

    The folks down in South Africa that make ? a good place to visit have expanded to a blog focusing on stuff about HyperTechnologies.

    Their first post gets into the details as follows:

    TomorrowConnecting is a blog about HyperTechnologies - blogs, wikis, rss etc. I’ve set up this blog in a couple hours using Wordpress as the blog software, Feedburner as our feed manager, and some additional plug-ins which allow us to monitor traffic and let people subscribe to comments via email. All of the things are Open Source (feedburner is just free).

    I have been following this group since I found them in May and I like what I read.

    Add them to your reader!

    I trust you will like them.

    Friday, September 09, 2005

    Frog Blog

    Another NZ blog...a political blog from the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. It is professional. It is balanced. It is clean. And judging from the number of comments, it appears to be fairly popular, as well. Left of center, the Frog Blog links to green parties around the globe. Check it out.


    The Director-General writes,
    Welcome to the New Zealand Blogging Corporation. We are proud to revive one
    of New Zealand's fine old brands and drag it screaming from the 1970s into the
    internet age. The medium may have changed, but the mission remains: to inform
    and entertain New Zealand with unique, quality programming. We hope you enjoy
    your NZBC experience. Set us as your homepage and share your thoughts through
    the comments links or via email.

    A unique perspective from down under.

    Check out NZBC.

    The Integrative Stream

    Will Crawford writes about the biomedical industry, software, MBA interests, books, and more. His blog is new, started in August, but shows potential.

    Visit The Integrative Stream

    Thursday, September 01, 2005

    Thoughts and Prayers

    Keep the victims of Katrina and their families and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

    How you can help

    Tuesday, August 30, 2005

    The Ice Floe - PeripateticPolarBear

    She writes:


    My name is PeripateticPolarBear. Yup, that's right. Imagine the buzz at the ladies Bible study the week after I was baptized!

    This blog will be pretty much about me, and the adventures and mishaps I run in to while floating on the local ice flue.

    Some of you might recognize me from a previous blog. That's cool. Just please don't refer to information from the older blog on this new one. I made a few security errors there that I'd prefer not to repeat.

    In her list of 100 things about her:

    51. I wear a lot of skirts.
    52. But I hate wearing skirts.
    53. I’m working on changing that.
    54. I have broken my arm 6 times.
    55. Grace has never been an attribute of mine.
    56. I play the guitar, but not as well as I used to.
    57. I want to take guitar lessons again, perhaps this winter.

    Read more of the PeripateticPolarBear!