Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Brian Clarey has a good article on the local blogging scene in the new Yes Weekly. He worked really hard to get it right, and it shows. 

(He is too kind to me, and Luna was not happy to be called a poodle, although in fairness to Brian, she had just had her bad haircut.)

Read the whole thing. Also, a list of "best" local blogs.

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Hoggard hacked. I would call the cops.

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From Rutherford County comes this touching story of ecumenical outreach and understanding: "A sign in front of Danieltown Baptist Church...reads 'The Koran needs to be flushed,' and the Rev. Creighton Lovelace, pastor of the church, is not apologizing for the display."

Most of the North Carolinians interviewed for the article disagreed with Lovelace. Please, world, note that fact.

I'm guessing many of his neighbors would also raise an eyebrow at this petition authored by Rev. Lovelace, calling for an amendment to the state constitution allowing for secession. "What if 10 years into the future the US accepts Homosexual Unions, and abolishes the churches and attacks the beloved Christian principles of this Nation?...I ask that we, the State of North Carolina educate our children about the truth of our Confederate Heritage and Symbols, and of our Christian Faith, Beliefs, and Heritage."

He's also linked from this secessionist page, and serves as a local official in the Constitution Party.

Worth noting before he becomes the media's North Carolina Baptist of the Week.

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Kristof says there are four million blogs in China: "Some 100 million Chinese now surf the Web, and e-mail and Web chat rooms are ubiquitous."

What that means: "The collision between the Internet and Chinese authorities is one of the grand wrestling matches of history...the Internet is beginning to play the watchdog role in China that the press plays in the West. The Internet is also eroding the leadership's monopoly on information and is complicating the traditional policy of 'nei jin wai song' -- cracking down at home while pretending to foreigners to be wide open."

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Josh Marshall on the Senate deal on judicial nominations: "So this isn't a pleasant compromise. But precisely because the Republicans -- or their leading players -- are absolutists in a way the Democrats are not, I think this compromise will batter them more than it will the minority party, which is after all a minority party which nonetheless managed to emerge from this having fought the stronger force to something like a draw."

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Lenslinger: "The local blogosphere is already a highly competitive news market." Yep. I think blog coverage of the BI implosion was pretty impressive. It made use of major media resources, especially TV footage, but soon we'll all have video of our own...

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Heather Green talks with Jeff Jarvis about his big move and the impact on his career of blogging, which "is providing him with the connections, the brand, and the inspiration to leave his job and throw himself into figuring out the world of distributed media."

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Guilford County Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen is compiling a blogroll of elected officials with weblogs.

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Fixed earth. They're kidding, right? Right? (via Pharyngula)

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A final photo of the Burlington Industries building from Chewie. And a last word on the building from Charles Isom, a Greensboro police detective who emailed me some thoughts:

I watched today as thousands of others did as the Burlington Industries building came crashing down...I also watched the building go up as a kid. First hand. My Grandfather was the General Superintendent over the construction and my father was the Ironworker foreman. I was seven years old when we came to Greensboro from California in 1969 just for the purpose of the building construction. Some of my fondest childhood memories were made here before going back to California when construction was completed in 1970.

After getting out of the service in 1987, I came back to Greensboro for the first time since then. My uncle was still in the construction business in this area and I was soon hired with the Greensboro Police Department. I have been here ever since. So, I guess you can say the only reason I made the decision to call this place home is because of that building.

I had the opportunity to work an assignment guarding the explosives all ready in place on the building the day before the demolition. It was just me and the building. I watched the sun come up on that beautiful morning and reflect off the glass with what was left of the cross iron beams still magnificent to look at. I reflected on how one building doomed to destruction was intimately tied to peoples lives and life decisions.

As the crowd cheered when the building came down, I stood in silence and remembered the past. I remembered my Father and Grandfather and swallowed with pride. To most people, It was just another building. To me on that last peaceful quiet morning, as I watched the sun come up, I was in the company of an old friend...

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