SixApart under fire for TypePad failures

After commenting yesterday on the inability to access the TypePad hosted Dilbert blog yesterday, it appears that SixAparts problems with the TypePad service may be more widespread with various reports from users saying that the service is slow, unreliable, and that companies will start leaving the service should things not improve.

Google Update underway

A Google search listing update is underway, running under the name of Jagger 2 according to Matt Cutt’s blog (he’s from Google).

What does it mean? you might be seeing extra or less Google search traffic in the next 24-48 hours.

100 blogs in 100 days, day 50: The Assimilated Negro

Day 50 of 100 blogs in 100 days and there’s still plenty of great blogs sitting in my inbox waiting to be featured. Todays offering comes to us from Patrice Evans in NY.

Blog: The Assimilated Negro
About: “The Assimilated has only been up for a month and half, but it’s a fast riser. I think the intriguingly odd combination of – serenades to Gawker Media , jokes about Jim Crow jeans, and serious discussion about a new brand of hip hop marketing … amongst a myriad of other things, has made The Assimilated Negro a unique addition to the blogosphere.”

So drop on by to The Assimilated Negro and let Patrice know what you think.

Dilbert launches blog: pointy haired Mena crashes it

Good news for Dilbert fans, Scott Adams has announced the launch of the Dilbert blog, but unfortunately in case of art reflecting life, the point haired Mena boss has seemingly failed to cater for demand, with the TypePad hosted blog unable to be contacted.

Should Anil “Dogbert” Dash be reading this, you might want to fix it :-)

If it does come back up:

(via E&P)

Boring Chinese blogs challenged by campus tour

Leading Chinese blogging company (formerly Blogs China) has decided that Chinese blogs are boring and has decided to do something about it: “Campus Tour” covering nearly 40 universities in nine Chinese cities.

The tour is said to be aiming to “generate more interesting blogs from college students” and gives them a boot up the rear and dictates to them that they must post more interesting content.

(via Chinastic)

Thou shalt not blog at work or at school

A couple of stories floating around on bans against blogs. US schools are at it again and apparently blogs have joined condoms on the list of Catholic no-no’s at the Pope John XIII Regional High School in Sparta, New Jersey, with a the Reverend Kieran McHugh telling 900 students at a recent assembly that effective immediately, they would have to dismantle their personal blogs on sites such as and and any other blogging service, or face suspension.

Forgive me father, for I have sinned, for today I posted to my blog….

And there’s been plenty of buzz on the finding that American’s are more interested in reading blogs at work than working, with my favorite headline award going to the Lone Star Times for this: “Ruthless fascist bosses block access to blogs“.

The real question remains, in 2010 when Googlzon controls the internet, will they block access to all other blogging platforms accept Blogger? :-)

(in part via MTV)

Gothamist LLC launches Miamist

The network once known as the “Ist” network, but what we can now refer to as the Gothamist LLC network (now they’ve finally put together a corporate site) has launched their 14th blog: Miamist, naturally on Miami. No word yet as to when they are going to launch the Timbuktuist, but I’m sure its on the list :-)