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Wednesday
Apr212004

Busy Week

Apologies for the lack of posts here of late. It's been a busy week so far. However I plan to write a bit Thursday at the café, so the drought should be broken soon. :-)

Tuesday
Apr062004

Thoughts on Weblog Voices

The way people express themselves is quite interesting to me. I'm constantly amazed at how different people each have a creative voice which reaches right out of their work. Some voices are very clear, while others maybe have interference because they maybe are not yet aware of their voice. However, in nearly every case (except where someone is trying to copy another style) their voice is there.

I find it very intriguing that various writers can use the very same words and vocabulary but it's how a writer chooses to work with their words, in context to each other, that can set a mood or provide a vivid mental image. Put three writers, artists or photographers in an identical environment and each will offer a story, drawing or photos, each from a slightly different perspective, each with a unique voice.

I realize this is pretty obvious, but I still find this very fascinating. I feel this is why weblogs can be so interesting. Each weblog is more or less and extension of an individual or a group of people, putting their voices and thoughts out there for everyone to see.

I have several weblogs which I visit each day to see what's happening, whether it be with a specific area of interest or just the personal thoughts of a friend or even what's happening with an interesting writer I may not even know personally. I really enjoy the voice of each weblog: the way a topic is presented or a story is described or maybe an angle provided I hadn't considered.

The biggest limiting factor I see are the sheer number of weblogs available to read — it's already immense and growing daily. How do you deal with all of the weblogs out there? An RSS Aggregator/Reader to manage and organize blogs is a good start, and of course we each choose a weblog by the writer behind it, or the topic, or both.

Probably the common sense answer is to choose your weblogs wisely and stick with them. If you find a great weblog and your list is already very long, maybe consider replacing a much less-read blog with the new one, instead of adding to the list. I find that over time what may have interested me has lost some of its effect and I'll visit much less often.

Anyway, technicalities aside, what I do know is I enjoy weblogs even more than when I began reading them about 2-some years ago. There are several bloggers I've followed for a long time, because there is something about the writer behind it which draws me back regularly.

Sure, topics like Gadgets, Palm OS, Mac OS, etc. might have some drawing power — but the bottom line for me is always the humanness of the blog: the writer, their personality. and their voice. I really love that.

Thursday
Apr012004

No Foolin'

Well, I had thought of a few clever little April Fool ideas today, but never had the time or gumption to actually write one up and make it feel real. Oh well, that's alright, because it seems everyone else on the web is hard at work, creating spoofs today, which is cool.

My idea, which never came to fruition, was to maybe suggest that San Disk had come up with a second generation Palm OS SD WiFi card with incredible 1000 foot range. I'd have a really nicely built, low profile SD card shown, with a little gleam on it. You know, selling it big time and all that.

Then, in the copy, detail how there was this special, hair-thin 1000 foot long fiber optic cable that needed to be wrapped around your head and then connected between the SD card and your access point. Seemed about right, considering the delay after delay we've seen from San Disk WiFi card drivers for the Palm OS.

Anyway, I've got nothing to trick you all with this year. Sorry. Maybe next year.

Happy April 1st!

Monday
Mar152004

Blog Free Week

Hey everyone, I've got lots to catch up on 'round here, and my office and home is in need of some good spring cleaning. Besides that, I thought it'd be nice to take a short break to refresh the brain cells, having written about rest last week.

So, I'm going to take a blogging break for a week to catch up. See you all on Monday, March 22nd. :-)

Friday
Feb202004

A BlogBirthday and Newtons

Well, today turns out to be my big one year BlogBirthday! Woo Hoo! :-)

Actually I am amazed that a year has gone by already and yet in other ways it seems like I've been doing this blogging thing for a long time now. I think that's a good sign. So, to all of those who have encouraged me in my blogging over the past year, thanks! :-)

In what seems to have marked the occasion, I had a nice chat with Sammy McLoughlin today. It turns out Sam had a spare Newton 130 round his flat in New York City he wasn't using anymore. Well, it all really started when I mentioned to Sam that I'd always wanted to own a Newton... that's when Sammy mentioned he had one collecting dust in his cupboard. Further, he was nearly adamant that I accept it in exchange for my little bit of web design work on the Palm Addict website. Okay, not adamant, but very much encouraging me to accept his Newton as a thank you. Wow, that Sammy is really a great guy. :-)

Well, not to be one passing up a great chance at some interesting handheld hardware, I of course said yes, and Sammy seemed very pleased to see his old Newt going to a good home. Now I just have to start doing a little research on what can be done with an old Newt 130. Already it seems to have a dead backup battery, but Sam says it runs fine otherwise.

My hard core Newt using friend Andy once told me to look for a 2000 or 2100 because the processor is so much faster, making the handwriting recognition much better, etc. Well, I guess for now the 130 will have to do -- but really I'm more curious than anything. I want to see what the user interface is like and how it compares to the Palm OS. Should be great fun exploring Sam's old Newton.

So, if you happen to be a Newt user and can point me to some good web resources, or have suggestions about Newt use, I'd love to hear from you. This is all new territory for me, so I welcome your wisdom. It's likely I won't become a hardcore user, but one never knows.

Have a great weekend all!

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