December 30, 2004 | 5:13 PM ET

As I mentioned on the air earlier, the democratic nature of blogs is such that it can be hard to find a single point of distribution for news and information.  Instead the reader has to work through the network of links and recommendations of other bloggers.  The links I'm collecting in this blog (today, yesterday, and the day before) are by no means comprehensive.  They are a starting point to do your own exploring.  Let me know if you find anything good I may have missed.

Help for Swedes missing loved ones, not in English, but links like this are universal.

For folks having trouble getting video to load, here's a photo sequence.

The Sri Lanka tourist board has a map showing the areas of impact in terms of death an injury.

Covering Penang Island

Trinetizen has a dismaying e-mail exchange with a law firm as he tries to tell a missing man his child has been found.

This blogger posts some prayers, and reminds me that a lot of people in our Letters to the Editor mailbag are seeing big biblical implications in this event.  I haven't seen much of that on the blogs.  Blogs 4 God is one of the first places I think of for blogs with a religious angle.  If you find any good religious discussions on recent events, let me know.

I've been poking through this aggregating site looking at Malaysian bloggers.  This one has a lot of photos I haven't seen elsewhere.

Wayward Mutterings tells a pretty horrifying tale of looting.   Peter Tan also talks about the problem of theft.

I keep reading stories about complications in the process that no one anticipated.  I read one story about the only disinfectant around being Lysol, which apparently isn't what they need.  Here another one about how the urge to dispose of the bodies may be counterproductive if it's not done properly.

WizBang is contributing to the video distribution effort.

Thailand photo gallery

December 30, 2004 | 1:32 PM ET

I'll be talking on TV in a little while about tsunami links.  In addition to what I posted yesterday and the day before, here are others that may come up: may be one of the few sites with enough cooperative readership to sustain the demand for online video.

The Guardian is listing some first hand bloggers.

This blogger has been asked, and accepted the job at great personal expense, to writing up the Red Cross report.  Future reports from here will likely be compelling.  And they make the important point that blood donations are very much in demand particularly types that are more common for Europeans than Thai.

One local news outlet is trying to keep track of medical reports like this pdf.

A lot of people have written in with concerns they have about the charities they're giving to.   Benjamin Rosenbaum has charted many charities along with their AIP ratings.  The Web is definitely ready for this.

CNN has family search too.

Tsunamis Survivors at Thammasat University

This blogger mentions the fear of further quakes and aftershocks.  Her aunt is going to the devastated areas to look for family, while her father is going to repair cell phone towers.

Here's an example of a blogger struggling with bandwith problems to serve the video.  Note that he offers a bit torrent link. 

This Way Please expresses some bitterness at the tragedy-mongering by the media:  "The news people keep trying to decide which place has been worst hit, juggling the order in which they announce the countries according to the latest grim statistics."

Another photo gallery

From the science angle, MIT offers a global plate map and here's a lengthy scientific background from the International Research Institute for Climate Prediction.

A Life With a View blog from the Maldives  doesn't have many updates, but does a good job of crediting where the photos come from, like these photos by Darkmoon.

The I'm OK/Looking for forums.

December 29, 2004 | 5:23 PM ET

The blogosphere is still awash in tsunami links, most of them for charities and relief groups.  A lot of the home videos you're seeing on TV were online first.  Cheese and Crackers blog is making a valiant effort to collect it all in the face of a massive bandwidth drain.  This one from Mindcast is longer than the version I saw on TV.  Watching it, I can feel the growing panic as the water is rising and options are disappearing.  Something I've noticed about amateur video on the Web that is less effective on TV is the sound. 

This piece on our site reminds me of the 9/11 missing posters all over lower Manhattan after that tragedy.  I managed to click as far as the BBC page mentioned in the story before it got too sad to bear.

Boing Boing has assembled a nice collection of Southeast Asia bloggers.

After seeing before and after pictures in a few different places, I believe I've found the source at this cool site

The facts you thought you knew...  That U.N. guy bashed the U.S. for being stingy with tsunami aid, right?  Isn't that common knowledge at this point?  Click again.

Of course, just because the U.N. guy didn't say it doesn't mean no one else is.

Glenn doesn't accept the stinginess charge -particularly against the American people, who he points out are donating so much to the collection, it is possible to literally watch the total rise by the second. ( His latest update.)

From the mailbag...

To: Will
From: Josh Parker
Subject: Clicked: La Palma (Canary Islands) and the effects of an eruption on the U.S.

I thought this was interesting- this is a couple of links to the possibility of a tsunami of a greater magnitude hitting the east coast.  This is a scientifically examined event and not that far out of the realm of possibility.  Find the pdf here.

Other images of the results of a possible eruption at La Palma, here.

Commuter Click:  Do you remember the guy in the movie Office Space who was fired but didn't realize it so he kept coming to work unpaid?  ( Audio reminder from here.)  See if that character comes to mind when you read today's Commuter Click about guys who kept working for Apple even after they stopped working for Apple.  They're not pathetic like that guy was, but still a funny story.

Vacationer's holiday resource click:  How to fix mom's computer.  Holy moly do I wish I had this last week in Florida.  I had a bear of a time with my in-laws' hobbled Dell.

New Lycos blogware (new to me anyway) and their blog center.

Blogumentary reports that VloggerCon 2005 will happen next month in New York City.  Look for the crowd of people with video cameras.... oh wait, that's pretty much everyone in New York City.

I feel like I've mentioned Fimoculous before for keeping track of year-end round-ups, but I found myself there again today and clicked enough links that it'll save us both some time if you just go there yourself.

I've heard of medical marijuana, but medical ecstasy?

This might have to be the Video of the Day on intrigue alone.  The new Sin City movie looks like it could be really cool or really cheesy (or both).

Alternate Video of the Day: Finger Skateboarding.

December 28, 2004 | 4:40 PM ET

As might be expected, just about everything I clicked coming back from vacation was related to the tsunami.  The Web has played a big role in the coverage of this story, so there's a good chance you've clicked some of the following links yourself.  This is what I clicked:

Several bloggers are doing the heavy lifting of link gathering for the rest of us.

Blogs for help:

Some nice factual repositories that a lot of folks are pointing to are the official page of the U.S. Geological Survey, and the rapidly evolving Wikipedia entry for the event.  I'm not sure where this comes from but I also clicked this animated model of the wave's progress.

What I find most compelling are the individual accounts.

Moving away from the tsunami story but staying in that part of the world: Cambodia Peace Art Project.

For some sense of the power and might of waves without having to endure the hear wrenching images from Asia, here's today's Video of the Day.

I keep hearing about how Rumsfeld's slip of the tongue has the Web abuzz.  Here's a look at some of that buzz.

Google's Zeitgeist for 2004 is up.  I have to wonder how this tsunami news would have ranked in their results if they'd kept them going a few more days.

Commuter Click:  Why there's no escaping the blog.

Alternate Commuter Click: A funny look at the Chinese bootleg video market.

Blog Sisters is dedicated to female bloggers.  The main feature is the blogroll.  Holy moly.

These stories aren't related, but I thought it was interesting that I came upon two ten-point-refutations within a few clicks of each other.

When a big box story comes into a community, sucks the life out of its downtown, and then goes out of business, how are communities re-using the big box?

Flickr is a massive multiplayer online roleplaying game.

The 46 best-ever freeware utilities.

Just what is wrong with Gollum exactly?  This is actually a really neat site.  I also clicked:

Speaking of overthinking things...  The Physics of Santa

And speaking of Christmas hoaxes, I almost made this guy video of the day!  He even wrote me a thank you note for the link.  HUMPH!

At first I wasn't sure about why the Romanesko letters page was coming up on blog lists, but then I stumbled upon this Belmont Club post.  I have a feeling that the grey area of Iraqis reporting on insurgents for the West is not too different from the grey area of Iraqi feelings toward insurgents and the West.


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