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January 8, 2007

"It's like a kind of torture..."

Chrisafer & JimboThe Washington Post is hosting some kinda blogger summit tomorrow. I was deemed worthy of an invite, despite the fact that they will never, ever quote me in the Express edition because an accompanying link to my blog would lead WaPo readers to endless entries about assfucking and gay poop. Anyhow, I'm I'm going with Chrisafer, having tempted him with the promise of heckling opportunity like the gentlemen to the left. When I was initially cajoling him to go with me his response was, "I don't want to go to some event filled with people who enjoy talking about themselves so much." To which I replied, "Umm...honey, you have a blog too, and all your friends are/were bloggers."

Over the years journalists have become bloggers, and bloggers are doing a kind of journalism, so this thing might serve some kind of purpose. The better blogs cite sources and produce actual news, while some blogs are little more than a glorified RSS feed with pictures of cute guys (and pop-up ads). Anyhow, it'll be interesting to see what the point of the summit is, even though it'll be filled with bloggers with so little impact on the Blogosphere. Because juding by a photo that accompanies another dumb article in The Advocate, the only noteworthy bloggers in the world universe multiverse are from Manhattan. I often forget that our known dimension revolves around NYC, and I need occasional reminders from time to time by those that live and edit magazines there.

I digressed. Blogs were huge in 2006 in that everyone wanted to have their own. Then they ask me to link to them, then they quit blogging. While the avalanche of link requests has subsided a lot since this time last year, it's helped me form a new policy, sorta like the probationary conditions upon taking a new job. If I see you can put out entries with some regularity and keep it up for more than a few months, then I'll link you, but not before. Just take a look at my blogroll and the number of dead links if you think I'm being too harsh.

Saturday treated us with glorious warm weather in the low 70s, but everyone grumbled about global warming and the imminent Apocalypse. I remember a winter rugby 7s tournament in like 1999 or 2000 down in Richmond where it was 85 in late December. Sometimes warm weather happens around here. I think there's some cold in this winter yet. I just wish it would snow around here. I could use a snow day off of work and some time on the slopes. If you have a snowboard, take this opportunity to get yours waxed, and don't forget to do it again at the end of the season so your rails don't corrode.

Remember: wax your board, not your chest!

Posted by jimbo at January 8, 2007 10:09 AM


I'd go to the summit if there were free drinks. Or if you dressed like Charlene. That would be fun.

Posted by: Dumbek at January 8, 2007 11:30 AM

It has been colder here in Tucson than out on the East Coast. My house was freezing yesterday! I love my electric blanket.

Posted by: homer at January 8, 2007 11:33 AM

Actually, one of my friends, Angry Black Bitch, (http://angryblackbitch.blogpost.com), made that magazine's list of its readers' top 10 favorite blogs last year--proof positive that notables originate, not just from beyond NYC, but from beyond the eastern seaboard, even! Who knew?

Speaking of dead links, you can take down the link to Gatsby's Ghost; I haven't been there in *ages*, honey....

Posted by: Jeffrey at January 8, 2007 12:38 PM

I recall a couple of times over the years during MAL you could run around in a T shirt but usually this time of year it's bitterly cold! I'm not complaining; my broccoli in my front yard is ready for a second harvest--usually it has died out by now.

Posted by: Herb at January 8, 2007 12:55 PM

Heckle me and I will slap you silly, then run as fast as my little girlie legs can carry....

I see that some important issues might be addressed in tomorrow's session. My friend Nora would love to write about her issues with where she lives, but her mortal enemies are paranoid law-suit happy old bitties, who in their spare time, call up your employer and do low-level harrassing. I've been threatened with a libel suit by someone overacting to what I wrote.... and how google presented it when someone (he) googled his name.

Posted by: Marie at January 8, 2007 1:05 PM

I love my New York-centric blogiverse!

Posted by: Joe.My.God. at January 8, 2007 1:07 PM

Instead of some Washington Post summit, we need another Homo Blog Jam, or maybe DC's equivalent of WYSIWYG. You're the man Jimbo! Make it happen!

Posted by: Trey R at January 8, 2007 1:36 PM

I spent a lot of time this weekend trying to figure out which one of us is Statler and which is Waldorf.

Posted by: chrisafer at January 8, 2007 3:51 PM

First Chrisafer and I need to organize the Buffy sing-a-long, then we'll do blog stuff. There are priorities here.

Posted by: jimbo at January 8, 2007 4:08 PM

Listen to Jimbo - stop the waxing madness! Keep the hair if you got it - you don't know the shame of being bare-chested!

Posted by: TOS at January 8, 2007 10:06 PM

Jimbo - love you, love your blog, love Kylie. But if I'm going to wile away the work hours reading your blog, I can't have a 15" scantily clad Kylie on my screen. The girl just draws too much attention. I know that I could have much worse on my screen. I know, I KNOW. Man, I need an office! But work with me here...

Posted by: Mike at January 9, 2007 4:29 AM

Well, I'm not a dead link and I'm a real blogger (or at least last time I checked I was.)

I often bookmark "new blogs" for awhile to see how they fare. For existing links and with few exceptions, if you stop blogging for more than a month, you get the axe.

If I discover a new ping later, I start all over. It is the main reason my link list is as small as it is.

Posted by: moby at January 10, 2007 3:07 PM

Funny, the Advocate readers list of favorite blogs includes my partner's site (http://nwcircles.com/scuff/) which is a far cry from their usual blog choices.

...and it's based on the left coast in Portland, Oregon. Go figure.

Posted by: rodger at January 10, 2007 5:43 PM

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