The meaning of the Blogosphere is 42: So long and thanks for all the fish

deep thoughtDuncan Riley> For those of you who have never read Hitchhickers Guide to the Galaxy before, it is truly the pinancle of absursidisty, or some would say comedic science fiction, and yet Adams had a knack for inserting moments in his works of great philisophical value. The most famous of these being the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything, which a race of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings who built a computer named Deep Thought asked to calculate this answer. The answer, of course, was 42.

The blogosphere is no longer the domain of geeks and political junkies, in its totality it’s richness and diversity reflect all of humankind.

I’m often asked to explain what blogging is, what’s it all about, why do it, what does it all mean. Given that many would argue that we are alone in the Universe, then I provide this answer. The meaning of the blogosphere is indeed 42.
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Scoble Fiction: What the Flock?

Go Flock Yourself is entering the relms of Mills and Boon with their new syndicated fiction: Scoble Nights. Part 1 here, Part 2 here.

A taste:
“Robert steps up and opens the door. A faint musk of patchouli and indica lazily seeps out into the evening air as he shuffles his girth into the seat. A roll of pudge catches itself on a pile of discarded iPods laying haphazardly around the belt.”

Chinese professor sues blog host

A Chinese professor is suing Chinese blog provider over over a post from one of its users which the service refused to censor.

The Age reports the Chinese media calling it the first such case to come before the country’s courts. told Nanjing University journalism professor Chen Tangfa that it was up to individual bloggers to respect a code of conduct barring insulting or politically sensitive content, the China Daily reported.

The offensive remarks have since been removed by the blogger, a Nanjing University student identified as “K007.” He or she wrote in a post dated Monday that they had not expected the blog would be read by people outside an immediate group of friends.


Steve Rubel gets it totally right: Ri.dic.u.lous, yet another social bookmarking service. Is the Bush Administration poisoning the water in Sillicon Valley at the moment, because all we seem to see from most Web 2.0 services is more of the same, and the Web 2.0 bubble continues to grow. And I love the “Ri.dic.u.lous” phrase. Steve, I think you’ve coined a new term

The new Google Pages song

To the tune of the Prince song 1999:

I was dreamin’ when I wrote this
Forgive me if it goes astray

But when I woke up this mornin’
Coulda sworn it was a Google beta day

The blogosphere was all buzzing
There were posts popping up everywhere

Tryin’ 2 run from the distraction
U know I didn’t even care

‘Cuz they say Geocities party over
but it’s come right back again
So tonight I’m gonna blog like it’s 1995

I was blogging when I wrote this
So sue me if I go post to fast

But life is just the internet
And home pages weren’t meant 2 last

Web 2.0 is all around us
My mind says prepare 2 write

So if I gotta post
I’m gonna read my Bloglines subs tonight

Yeah, they say Geocities party over
but it’s come right back again
So tonight I’m gonna blog like it’s 1995

Lemme tell ya somethin’
If U didn’t check the beta
Don’t bother knockin’ on my door
I’ve got a 486 in my cupboard
And baby she’s ready 2 roar

Yeah, everybody’s got a blog
We could all burst any day
But before I’ll let that happen
I’ll going to retro my life away

They say Geocities party over
but it’s come right back again
We’re runnin’ outta time
So tonight we gonna, we gonna (Tonight I’m gonna blog like it’s 1995)

Say it 1 more time
Geocities party over
but it’s come right back again
No, no
So tonight we gonna, we gonna (Tonight I’m gonna blog like it’s 1995)

Alright, it’s 1995
You say it, 1995
1999 don’t stop, don’t stop, Google Pages is here….

Geocities party over
but it’s come right back again
Yeah, Yeah
So tonight we gonna, we gonna (Tonight I’m gonna blog like it’s 1995)

Yeah, 1995 (1995)
Wanna blog using Google Pages (1995)
Give me that Geocities feeling (1995)
The past is so much fun (1995)
I don’t want home pages to die
I’d rather blog.

Considering cultural differences in blogging

Warning: Darren Rowse style tangent ahead :-)
I was listening to 720ABC Perth in the car yesterday and they were interviewing a Canadian journalist who had married a Western Australian girl (they are mighty fine may I add, its how I ended up here myself) and had lived in Western Australia for two years. He’d just returned from a holiday back home to Canada for three weeks, and they were discussing things such as the Winter Olypmics and cultural differences.

There were a few things that stuck in my mind from the interview on cultural differences. The first one was minor. He was saying that everywhere they went in Canada everyone was into the Winter Olympics. They’d stop in a pub for some tucker one night (translated: a drinking establishment for some food :-) ) and everyone was glued to the TV watching Canada in the Curling. His wife had never seen curling before and was fascinated. Of course most Australian’s couldn’t care less about the Winter Olympics (its not even on until between 8:30 and 9:30 at night) and we know nothing about curling. It was described as Lawn Bowls on the Ice.
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Google launches Geocities, the 2006 version

I got this totally wrong, the rumors about Google creating a Geocities style homepage service are true, it has launched, and it’s got nothing to do with Blogger at all!

Introducing Google Pages. It’s what you get when you cross Geocities with Web 2.0. I would have thought that Googlecities 06 would have been a more catchy name though :-)

The service seems pretty basic at this stage, indeed I’d say more basic than Geocities was in 1996 (for example you cant custom design your page, you’ve got to use a template). If you’ve got a Google/ Gmail login you can get up an going in seconds. This was my effort here in about 10 seconds :-)

More info on the service at Search Engine Watch here.

(via Steve Rubel)