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Sat, May 20, 2000 (09:39) | webspring (sprin5)
In an excellent article in Salon, Scott Rosenberg writes "a phenomenon known as the weblog is one of the fastest-growing and most fertile creative areas on the Web today.

Weblogs, typically, are personal Web sites operated by individuals who compile chronological lists of links to stuff that interests them, interspersed with information, editorializing and personal asides. A good weblog is updated often, in a kind of real-time improvisation, with pointers to interesting events, pages, stories and happenings elsewhere on the Web. New stuff piles on top of the page; older stuff sinks to the bottom. (At Salon, we've been using the "log" label a little differently, to denote short, newsy items that are posted frequently on our sites.)

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 Topic 37 of 52 [vc]: weblogs
 Response 1 of 11: webspring (sprin5) * Sat, May 20, 2000 (10:19) * 7 lines 
Soem good eamples are


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 Response 2 of 11: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sat, May 20, 2000 (23:40) * 1 lines 
Terry, I checked them both out. Not my style I think. I like the sharing of ideas along with fun. Somehow they seems little bit wasted in there - or are just guys being guys...

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 Response 3 of 11: webspring (sprin5) * Sun, May 21, 2000 (09:42) * 1 lines 
Yep, they're interesting but I like the continuity of what we're doing. We can develop friendships that go on for years. It feels solid.

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 Response 4 of 11: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Wed, May 24, 2000 (18:14) * 1 lines 
Indeed - that is what makes Spring so difficult to explain to outsiders. What we do here forms a very strong and unique bond. I know it would not be different were I to meet you in real life. It would just continue on. Very solid and very special.

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 Response 5 of 11: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sun, May 28, 2000 (01:38) * 86 lines 
This one is from Minneapolis:

Weblog for May 28: More on the little phone booth that could
Gael Fashingbauer Cooper Star Tribune
Sunday, May 28, 2000

Today in Weblog: An update on the Mojave phone booth
Newt's online wedding registry Wedding cam and Loch Ness
monster cam Track a flight online ... Remembering veterans

Last week I told you that the lonely Mojave desert phone booth, made
famous by Godfrey Daniels' Web page, had been removed. There's now
more info on what happened, and Wired, CNN, Tom Brokaw and other
media types have picked up the story.
Pacific Bell and the National Park Service actually issued a statement on the booth's removal.
(Do you think their public-relations person ever imagined it would be part of his or her job to
defend the removal of a phone booth out in the middle of nowhere?) Their explanation is that it
wasn't the phone that caused problems, but the people tracking out to see the Internet icon.
They put it this way: "Increased public traffic had a negative impact on the desert environment."

Tom Brokaw's (or his writer's) puckish answer was: "In other words, despite 1.6 million acres
of sand, cactus, Joshua trees and snakes, too many people -- 25 to 30 a week -- were tramping
way out of their way to answer the phone."
Daniels isn't giving up. On his site, he's posted a list of congresspeople, park service staff and
others, and encourages booth fans to make their feelings known by writing or calling. Wired
also reports that Daniels hopes to buy the booth from Pacific Bell and install it in another
remote location. As for the booth itself: At last report, calls to it still go through, but ring on and
on, unanswered.
For now, there's a very sad photo on Daniels' site, that says it all. It's a picture of the site where
the booth used to stand, empty except for some concrete blocks and a few pieces of booth
debris. Yes, there used to be a phone booth, right here.

Newt's wedding registry
You know, it's got to be tough to be a public figure: You think you can enjoy all the benefits of the
Internet, just like everyone else, but boy, you are sorely mistaken.

Poor old Newt Gingrich, about to marry for the third time, just wanted to register for wedding
gifts online. Not just at one store, but at two -- Williams-Sonoma and Macy's. Word of the
registries leaked out and now folks are making fun of everything from the happy couple's
choices (is a pizza cookbook the best thing for Newt?) to the mere fact that they've registered
at all. (Newt's already had two weddings -- does he really still need kitchen supplies?)
You can check out the ex-Speaker's tastes for yourself -- here's a link to the couple's
Williams-Sonoma registry, and here's one to their Macy's registry. I'll refrain from getting too
snarky, but I would like to point out: Four Ralph Lauren tub mats? Three really ought to be
enough for anybody.

With this cam, I thee wed
Speaking of weddings, I finally saw an actual wedding on Wedding Cam. The site offers views
from A Little White Chapel (no, really, that's the name of it) on the Las Vegas strip. Celebs who
have been married at the chapel include Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jordan, Mickey
Rooney, and Bruce Willis and Demi Moore.
Like most of Vegas, the chapel is open 24-7, and the cam is always on. Usually it just shows an
empty room with a half-dozen white pews, but I happened to tune in last week on Thursday night
when an actual wedding was in progress. About six people were in attendance, the bride was
wearing a simple sleeveless dress and clutching a small bouquet, and the groom looked a heck
of a lot like Nicolas Cage in "Raising Arizona." From my couch in Minneapolis, I raised a can of
Diet Mountain Dew to the happy couple. I hope never to see them on Divorce Cam, if there is
one, and I'm sure there is.

If Web cams fascinate you, you'll want to check out the Discovery Channel's main page
o'cams. Besides Wedding Cam, I like Puppy Cam and Kitten Cam, both located in humane
societies and focused on cute li'l animals waiting for adoption. The puppies must be active little
suckers, because whenever I tune in, the cam is always knocked askew or pointing directly at a
wall (which might be a puppy's fur). Kitten cam never seems to change. Either that's one sleepy
kitty or the cam is stuck on a frozen image.
Other cams of interest include Body Cam, located inside Gold's Gym in Venice Beach,
California; Manatee Cam, located in a 190,000-gallon pool at the Columbus Zoo; and Loch
Ness Monster Cam, located -- well, at Loch Ness, Scotland. Duh.

Track a flight
It's a holiday weekend, and if someone you know is traveling by air, you can track their plane's
progress from home. Flight Tracker is one of my favorite sites. Just enter in the airline and
flight number and the site will show you a map pinpointing where in the air the plane is. Keep
hitting refresh and it will keep advancing. Very valuable if you're fearing weather might delay the
flight -- who wants to sit at the airport waiting for a plane that never got off the ground in Denver?

Remembering on Memorial Day
I can't let Memorial Day go by without remembering veterans. Here's a link back to a Weblog
column from March that highlighted some wonderful sites that recreate the Vietnam Wall
online. They're definitely worth a surf.
Want to talk about the Mojave phone booth, Web cams, great Web sites or anything else
vaguely Web-related? Post your thoughts on our bulletin board. A new Weblog appears
every Sunday, but updates are added throughout the week. Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
welcomes your tips and comments send your favorite sites to

Copyright 2000 Star Tribune. All rights reserved.

 Topic 37 of 52 [vc]: weblogs
 Response 6 of 11: Marcia  (MarciaH) * Sun, May 28, 2000 (01:41) * 1 lines 
all of the above are in hyperlinks so you should access the Flight Tracker and such at

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 Response 7 of 11: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Fri, Nov 30, 2001 (10:54) * 1 lines

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 Response 8 of 11: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Fri, Nov 30, 2001 (10:54) * 3 lines 
jonl has moved his weblog to:

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 Response 9 of 11: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Thu, Apr  4, 2002 (15:00) * 23 lines 
What's the best blog?

For something you host on your own site Blogger

and Greymatter

If that's not an option, try places like

Other good starting points are


And there's something called Moveable Type.

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 Response 10 of 11: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Wed, Oct  9, 2002 (06:45) * 4 lines 
A great and comprehensive examination of weblogs, it's academic and useful.

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 Response 11 of 11: Paul Terry Walhus (terry) * Wed, Oct  9, 2002 (06:46) * 6 lines 

is the correct url, that first one was left over on my clipboard from the music ACL topic!

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