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Thursday, June 12, 2003

Matthew Sperry R.I.P.
While this site was down, a tragedy befell a young musician and his extended family and friends in the bay area music community when Matthew Sperry was struck by a pickup truck and killed while riding his bicycle at an intersection near the Emeryville-Oakland border on Stanford Avenue.

I didn't know Matthew, but I had several friends who knew and loved him, and played music with him, and loved his playing. A page at Scot Hacker's Birdhouse blog has become the de facto tribute page for Matthew.

Several of us went to see Mike Watt in San Franciso on Saturday and when told about the accident Watt dedicated his encore to Sperry, a fellow bass player and cyclist.

There was a musical memorial at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, and there is a memorial concert in the works. Hacker has also now set up a dedicated memorial web page for Matthew at matthewsperry.org:

matthewsperry.org. Registered and set up matthewsperry.org on birdhouse hosting. Very raw for now - design and lots more content coming. But posted immediately the call for witnesses and info on the upcoming memorial concert. The concert info has also gone out on PR Newswire and is all over the net - here it is on Yahoo! ... [birdhouse.org]

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Weee're back
Well, that took longer than expected. I'm still getting things re-configured and re-set up at ol' Open Publishing / ezone / x-everything industries, but most of the sites are at least now visible, and I may hope that we've cured the hacked-so-easily problem we had going there.

In the meantime, off the air, I found solace in posting via Radio and Blogger even when I knew the publishing action would fail, and hanging around the Well more.

Forgive the extensive cross-posting. I'm just trying to push out all the categories with current posts.

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Going down to the x road
(Ramblings from last week on xianlandia.com):

Never get there on time. So I’m falling behind on testing Textpattern and while I like the spigots idea is it still too complicated for me to wrap a less dynamic not-really-a-blog page idea around?

Or do I need to push it up a notch. Does the output side of PEP require a more XML to infinity and beyond! approach a la Ftrain? Will I ever get a grip on XSL? Is that all just a distraction from writing?

And what about the input side, speaking of spigots? Why so hard to flow RSS back into new blog entries elsewhere (oops, I don’t mean blog but just perma-archived-nano-content-bitlets)? Fancy version of pMachine does it but something about that system not have way with me. For the more potentially collaborative projects (such as mediajunkie) where the personal part of PEP (personal expression platform) becomes less important, a solution like Drupal may be the bomb that out daisyclutters the various *nuke implementations.

These and other stray thoughts will never be followed up upon in any clearly discernable way, not without Paul Ford’s memex-building pathway moss-covered three-handled family impresarienza, and in the end this post will merely serve to repaint the x-ism page at xianlandia.com and trickle through to the moth-eaten radio free blogistan outpost.

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Rusty Shackleford's revenge
Is evil Tom DeLay the inspiration for Hank Hill's neighbor Dale Gribble on King of the Hill?

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Salam dunk
Journalist Peter Maass confirms the suspicions of the "Salam is real" camp: Salam Pax Is Real - How do I know Baghdad's famous blogger exists? He worked for me.

Maybe this will help me convince my Kurdish friend Delshad that there's an audience for more than just one Iraqi blogger?

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Corante's social software blog
It's a group blog, naturally. Corante seems to be going after their particular nanopublishing niche quite aggressively. The social software blog has been very thought-provoking these last few weeks (I read it in my aggregator, though, and often don't know right away who's speaking).

This post (Jabber and Decentralization) prompted me to save this blog entry.

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Blog comment moderation controversy
His playpen his rules, if you ask me (and you didn't, and it's too late now): Sam Ruby reserves the right...

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DaveNet : New York Times Archive and Weblogs
Hey, it's an RSS flood as my various sites come back online and blogs start updating themselves as if by magic.

I liked this piece by Dave: DaveNet : New York Times Archive and Weblogs, but as with all revolutionary visions, I find it to overstate the new equilibrium point, which I suspect will not be entirely in favor of unibloggers and to the disadvantage of organized newsgathering entitites.

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Saddam family values
Iraqis agog at Saddam family video:
Jaber Qazem was buying a copy for his family, thinking they would prefer it to their usual favorite ÷ the Rambo films starring Sylvester Stallone.

"Saddam is even more interesting than Rambo," he said. "He is the Rambo of Iraq."

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