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Monday, April 30, 2007

Vermont blogger meetup

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2007 at 3:36 PM

Hey, that blogger meetup on April 21st was really fun. I know, it was more than a week ago now, which is truly an eternity in blogtime. But I took all these pictures and I need to post them.

We had a pretty good turnout. I think Bill and Emily listed everybody who showed up (that's Bill and Tanner from Highgate, on the left). I counted bloggers from the following sites:

Candleblog
Vermont Daily Briefing
The Carpetbagger Report
The Le Duo
Green Mountain Daily
Stan Cynedom
Highgate
Stuck in Vermont
What I saw today
What's the Point?
Diabologue
Salient 
Blog for America
Central Cortex
Say What?
S.R. Wild
Cabin Fever

and Gahlord from Thoughtfaucet.

I've heard that Philip Baruth is planning to do another Bloggers BBQ this summer. I'll post about that as it approaches.

Thanks, everybody, for stopping by to hang out.
(This last photo shows Sherry from Democracy for America's Blog for America, chatting up Steve of the Carpetbagger Report and his wife Eve, along with Neil Jensen from What's the Point?)

Friday, April 27, 2007

New Seven Days Blogs

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2007 at 3:53 PM

We just launched two new blogs at Seven Days this week.

Omnivore is food writer Suzanne Podhaizer's new blog. Suzanne has been scheming about this site for months, but we held off on launching it until she was done working on the print version of Seven Nights, our restaurant and bar guide, which comes out next month. Suzanne's first few posts include a "stylish" crepe recipe, and an explanation of her cryptic bio photo.

Yo, Hackie! is the online extension of cabbie Jernigan Pontiac's Hackie column. In his first few posts, Jernigan writes about some racist and homophobic passengers, and about his obsession with the Gilmore Girls. Hmmm.

There's another new blog coming soon. More on that next week.

Does web 2.0 suck?

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2007 at 1:21 PM

A top 10 list of why web 2.0 isn't all it's cracked up to be, from Charlie, a non-Vermonter, at a blog called, This is going to be BIG!

An interesting conversation, particularly #9:

A lot of powerful people don't participate.  Howmany VC's out there fund widget companies without having a blog or aMySpace profile?  Any Sony bloggers out there?  What about brandmanagers that want to do Second Life campaigns without ever having beeninside.  How about my elected representatives?  They get out there andkiss babies during election time, but how many blogging electedofficials are there?  (And not watered down campaign blogs... actualblogs written by the actual people.)  We could do great things if weweren't so segregated into a small group of people punch drunk on KoolAid and a great deal of people who've never even heard of Kool Aid. 

Just wanted to put this idea out there to encourage discussion.

Friday, April 20, 2007

New blogs & meetup

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2007 at 12:45 PM

I've been busy this week training a bunch of new 7D bloggers. We're launching three new blogs in the next few weeks. I'll let you know when they're up.

Don't forget about the Vermont blogger meet-up this weekend, Saturday at Radio Bean, 1-6 p.m.

I'll be leaving a little early to see Ariel Gore, of Hip Mama fame, and China Martens of Future Generation: The Zine-Book for Subculture Parents, Kids, Friends and Others. They're reading at the Peace and Justice Center at 5:30 p.m. with Annie Downey, author of Hot and Bothered. Wouldn't want to miss it!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Monday Morning Photos

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2007 at 10:02 AM

I walked part-way to work this morning and came across this enigmatic display in City Hall Park. I think it's a remnant of Saturday's Step It Up rally. The little signs all talk about energy, and chemicals and the economics of conservation.


I snapped a couple close-ups:

Also took a couple shots at Saturday's rally in the ECHO center parking lot:

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut, RIP

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2007 at 8:43 AM

I heard on VPR this morning that Kurt Vonnegut died yesterday.

When I first read Vonnegut's novels in my college English classes, I wondered how I had gotten that far along in my life as a reader without having read them. There was just something so fresh, and funny and brave about his writing. One of my irreverent professors assigned his books in a couple of my classes. She called him "a vulgar sentimentalist," but she liked him, too.

I go back to  Slaughterhouse-Five often, and God Bless You Mr. Rosewater. Whenever I think about writing a novel, I wonder how I could make it more Kilgore Trout-ish . Because he's the opposite of literary pretension. And I once started working on a project I called "The Secret Dreams of Montana Wildhack." But I never got very far.

I haven't picked up a Vonnegut book in awhile, but I was reminded of him last week, when a DJ on 104.7 The Point made a crack about becoming unstuck in time, and mentioned Billy Pilgrim. I almost called up the station to say thanks for the unexpected literary allusion, but I was in the car and didn't have the station number on me.

I forgot about it by the time I got home. So it goes.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Weekly Post #2

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2007 at 7:28 AM

I can't believe I missed this one in my weekly perusal of the Vermont blogosphere.

Vermonter Caleb Daniloff at What I Saw Today on strangers in a small town:

You see them at the grocery store. People you once knew. The schoolprincipal you interviewed when you worked at the local paper. Aneighbor from your first apartment in town. The mother of yourdaughter’s best friend from third grade. The college professor youplayed raquetball with four years ago. You’ve had coffee with them, butno longer remember where or when. They look older, have grey hair, lostweight, put on weight. You look different, too, thicker around themiddle, rimless glasses. You’ve forgotten the names of their spouses,their kids. You can’t remember if she was the one who had a messydivorce or if he liked to smoke pot. All you know is you were once on afirst name basis and now you head down the closest aisle when you spotthem, pretending to be absorbed in your shoppping list. Little bylittle, by some unspoken agreement, you’ve agreed to unknow each other,to become strangers again.

There's more.

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