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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Storycorps again

Posted By on Tue, Aug 22, 2006 at 4:49 PM

Just got a head's up that a clip from the StoryCorps interview I did with my friend Jules will be on VPR Thursday, at 7:55 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. If you want to hear it and miss it, it'll be available here as a podcast.

Cool.

Keeper of Net Neutrality

Posted By on Tue, Aug 22, 2006 at 9:19 AM

Remember last September, when Leslie Hall brought her Mobile Gem Sweater Museum to Burlington for the Art Hop? What is the Keeper of The Gems doing now,  you ask?

This. Watch the video. It's brilliant.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Front Porch Forum

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2006 at 10:11 AM

Wrote a story this week about Front Porch Forum. It's a free, neighborhood email newsletter service run by Burlington resident Michael Wood-Lewis.

Wood-Lewis started Front Porch Forum in his own neighborhood, the Five Sisters section of Burlington's South End. It's apparently been highly successful there — check out this mention in Cottage Living Magazine — so he's now expanded it to include all the neighborhoods in Chittenden County.

It's an interesting concept, though I wonder how well it'll take off in places like, um, Winooski, where I live. I would love to use it to communicate with my neighbors, but I have no energy to promote it. Beyond, you know, writing an article in the paper and mentioning it on my blog.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Politics VT

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2006 at 2:48 PM

They're back.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Politics VT has been hacked

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2006 at 2:28 PM

PoliticsVT is down. The virtual political watercooler is run by the anonymous scribes at "the Capitol Bureau," who post to their blog posing as dead Vermont governors. Their spokesperson, Edna Beard, emailed me and a few other VT bloggers this morning.

According to Beard, "Isaac Tichenor" had his laptop stolen yesterday while on vacation in Michigan. Most of the blog info was apparently stored on his computer. She writes,

Whoever stole the laptop gained access to the blog because when Isaac went to check on it to see if it had been touched, it had been reverted back to May postings. Previous posts had been removed, our contact information was almost completely gone, we lost our password and username access but luckily were able to use our secret question to get on.

Whoever stole this did incredible damage to over 2 years of hard work.

We have called the Blogger company and asked them to delete the blog. We deleted the blog as well from our own account, however, it does not seem to have made a difference... I may have us segway over into Wordpress to one of our backup blogs. I am not sure how this is going to pan out but a lot of damage has been done to the blog at this point because Isaac had a lot of contacts on his computer as well as a lot of pictures, story ideas and other information.

Please tell your readers what has happened as we cannot communicate anymore with them and tell them that PoliticsVT will return, bigger and better than ever.

Wonder if they're also worried about being exposed?

As a disclaimer, I should note that I have no way of confirming this account. I've communicated with Edna Beard before, but we've never met. All I know is, the blog's down, and this is how the Capitol Bureau explains it. I'm hoping they return soon.

Freyne Land

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2006 at 11:09 AM

Well, Peter Freyne has finally joined the Vermont blogosphere. Freyne Land is now online.

Unfortunately, we're having some technical problems with the comments feature on his blog, and Don, our web guy, is out of the office. So those of you who were hoping to heap praise upon our vaunted columnist will have to wait a little longer. But rest assured, we are aware of the problem, and are working on it.

UPDATE: Problem solved! You may now post comments to Mr. F. I should add that we may tweak or disable this feature in the future if the debate becomes disrespectful.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Bloggers unite!

Posted By on Mon, Aug 14, 2006 at 9:14 PM

Looky here — an African bloggers conference happening next month in South Africa. Cool.

Speaking of blogging conferences, I'm putting together this 3rd annual blogger meetup thingy in October — with help from Bill Simmon at www.candleblog.com Candleblog — and I'm wondering if people have suggestions. The tentative date is Saturday October 21. Location TBA. Mark yer calendars now.

Last year we had it at the Langdon Street Cafe in Montpelier. Read all about the fun we had here. I'm wondering if this year we should try to have it somewhere else. Burlington, mayhap? St. Johnsbury? Brattleboro? In a missile silo? I haven't approached anyone yet, as I'm still trying to figure out what we should do. Like, should it be a real conference, with speakers or a panel or something? I bet we could get somebody at least marginally interesting if I start working on it now.

As always, this event will be free and open to any and all Vermont bloggers and their friends, relatives, countrymen, arch-nemises and long lost loves. Surely this includes you...

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Famous Deadbeat

Posted By on Sun, Aug 13, 2006 at 1:09 PM

Vermont's own Eva Sollberger got some love recently from Susan Gerhard of San Francisco's SF360. Here's an excerpt from All About Eva:

Of all the remixes, mashups, and repurposed curiosities littering the YouTube landscape, none have mined the rich veins of celebrity and irony in the San Francisco Bay Area quite the way "The Deadbeat Club"does. The only problem: It's broadcast from Vermont. Apparently,absence makes the heart grow fonder, and a little more reckless, as Eva "Deadbeat" Sollberger,a ten-year resident of Northern California, reminisces on good jobs andbad, megastars and mini ones, and a variety of other subjects in herregular broadcasts. She brings the high art of telling all —‚encounters with Billy Joe from Green Day, intimate moments on set withOwen Wilson, bonding with Bai Ling! — to a new plane with home-brewedmontage and a take-no-prisoners mouth that's brought both messages oflove as well as the flaming heat of the web into her email box.

Watch Eva's TV show the Deadbeat Club on VCAM, Channel 15, Friday at 11:30 p.m. and Sunday at 9 p.m. 

Nina Gaby Studio and Gallery

Posted By on Sun, Aug 13, 2006 at 11:03 AM

Yesterday I finally made it to the Nina Gaby Studio and Gallery in Brookfield (that's a long "i" in Nina — "N eye na" not "neena"). I had wanted to swing by this spring for the Divine Devotion show, but Brookfield is, like, an hour away, and I just couldn't find the time. Fortunately, some of the shrines and dolls and things were still on display, along with a bunch of bizarre clay masks.

I took a bunch of pictures, but unfortunately forgot to get artist names to go with them. So if you want to find out more about these captivating works, you need to contact Nina or visit her quirky little one-room gallery. It's around back of her house, next to the Green Trails Inn. If you like semi-creepy devotional art, it's worth the trip.

If you're thinking about going out there, you might also want to check out the nearby Floating Bridge, and Vermont's oldest library. My family also stopped in Williamstown, at the Spider Web Farm.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Wanted: Animator

Posted By on Fri, Aug 11, 2006 at 10:58 AM

Interesting. Vermont Daily Brieifing is looking for an animator to help with two "short animation projects." I hope they're going to work on something like this, only for Vermont. I am hungry for clever, Vermont-centric, Internet-based satire. Feed me!

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