Don't Shake the Flask

Because you don't know if it'll explode

Are Some Things Too Mainstream?

Anyways, one of my housemates asked me for advice on some niche blog reading. She’s one of those growing number of grad students doing a thesis on weblogs. But I’m afraid I wasn’t much help. I know far more about the microbes you breathe in every day then the posts people upload on the internet.

A Small Link Binge

I never mean to post a bunch of random links every so often instead of something original, personal, and possibly opinion-provoking. I just run across things that are interesting, faddish, and not worth keeping on my hoard of bookmarks–yet I can’t bear letting them go without some sort of acknowledgement.

Compatibility of Weblogs and ISSN. Unlike my idea of dewey-decimalizing weblogs or categorizing them by the LC system, this one is apparently fairly popular. In fact, this article reached the front page of Blogdex at one point (maybe it’s still there). But there’s one problem. You have to register to get an ISSN–and that is undoubtedly a pain.

Evil Animal Minion Generator. For wannabe writers in Nanowrimo who want to devise something campy for their novels, this is probably an excellent resource. Release the vampire oxen with laser eyes!

Why do you blog? Some people blog about technical challenges they’ve overcome and how they did it. Some people blog about fashion DOs and DON’Ts. Either way, it seems to be an altruistic behavior.

Blogging is not an altruistic behavior. A weblog is a personal soapbox where you can rant about your opinions. You’re not trying to help your readers. You’re trying to impose your ideas of politics, life, how you do things onto anyone hapless enough to be sucked into your little place in the web. Weblogs are ego-boosters. Searches, comments, hits, stats, readers, linking, popularity aggregators. Okay, so maybe some people will find some of the stuff helpful, but I don’t like the word “altruistic”. The majority of bloggers do not start their sites with altruism in mind.

The Heavenly Appeal of MoonPies. Actually, I don’t understand the appeal, but it reminded me of one of Shawn‘s posts about the subject.

Scientific Team Puts Together a Rough Draft of a Dog Genome. Yeah, but I don’t see why they had to sequence the dog genome before chimps and monkeys. Sure, the dog is a pet loved by many owners, but how immediately useful is it compared to a monkey genome? Dogs aren’t major laboratory animals. Dogs are less related to us than chimps. But I guess my point is, why is this in the NYT? In 2000, it was a big deal that the human genome was sequenced, but nowadays, genome sequencing is somewhat routine.