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radio userland and multiple machines

I started Plan B -- a blognovel a couple of days ago, on Salon Blogs. It uses Radio Userland, which is ok. The software is good. But it annoys me to no end that I can't easily update the blog from two different machines. Hopefully at some point Userland will provide a solution for this. Here is the entry on Plan B from my other, "general interest" weblog.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on July 29, 2002 at 6:21 PM

blognovel

Last friday I started an experiment on writing I called Plan B -- a blognovel. The idea is to see what are the constraints the structure and qualities of a weblog places on narrative, and whether an interesting story can be written. It has gotten a few hundred hits so far, which is encouraging. I've been posting impressions on ideas on What is Plan B? and The Plan B F.A.Q. I will post more here in the future.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on July 29, 2002 at 5:15 PM

apocalyptic fiction

Salon has an interesting article today on the famous "Left Behind" series. The series is about the end of days, told in a clancy-esque way. I haven't read any of the books, but I've always kept them in my radar. The idea that it's these kinds of books that are the biggest bestsellers says a great deal about humans in general and americans in particular.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on July 29, 2002 at 12:52 PM

government oversight

An opinion piece in today's New Tork Times sports a strange mix. It has a good idea at the core (regulatory oversight is necessary) but a lot of its argument is supported in statements that are either incorrect, or simply idiotic. For example:

How often do you hear about [corruption, bribery, etc] being exposed in Mexico or Argentina, Russia or China?

The article confuses "hearing about" with "prosecuting." In Argentina, for example, it is generally known who did what. They are not prosecuted, and that's the main difference with the US. Notably, it was the US who only a few months ago forced Argentina (through the IMF) to strike down a law that allowed it to prosecute bankers, corporate officers and financial managers for mismanagement as a condition of giving loans that the country still hasn't received. In the meantime, the US has passed its own law, targeting... the same group of people. Hardly what the piece says:
America's moral authority to lead the world derives from the decency of our government and its bureaucrats, and the example we set for others.
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Yeah, right.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on July 29, 2002 at 1:05 AM

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