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Clicked: Long weekend catch-up

My name is Will.  This is what I clicked.


No bells or whistles, just links in this entry as I catch up from the long weekend.

One of the most jaw-dropping lines in blog history:

...And to match.

Woman sues AmEx for giving her credit .  (Also )


  They're mainstream media links, but somehow this still doesn't feel like a mainstream media story.

  (That's record sales, not record albums. Almost no one sees any record album sales anymore.)

$800 bucks a month to blog.  .

You may have missed .  Not to be confused with .

Glenn publishes an extensive list of .

We don't need no compensation. 

I didn't realize the folks camping on the street in Kiev were doing so .

" contains the "Top 1000" titles owned by OCLC member libraries—the intellectual works that have been judged to be worth owning by the "purchase vote" of libraries around the globe."

  With all these groups overseeing other countries' elections, how is the U.S. not a shining beacon of electoral order and propriety.


.  Includes one of the most exciting lines I've read in a while:


The Denver Post has .

More clicking brought me to the reporting of (who it turns out is a to the eminently clickable ) and expat and his wife , and ultimately , where the links are so plentiful I stopped keeping track of what I was clicking.


But don't count on dolphins to save you from the .

Speaking of alarmism, a lot of bloggers are linking to this .  I understand about it, but I think there's still a healthy amount of dissent and independent thinking to keep things from going that far.

Speaking of dissent.  If you see people facing the wrong way when you watch the inauguration, you'll know .

However, even having I'm not sure I'll know what it's all about if I see a lot of people in grey sweat suits.

The TSA may have finally found the line between security and privacy that Americans are   (Also )

is a relatively new collective effort at a weekly round-up of posts from medical blogs.  I prefer to use this space for more specific recommendations, but after clicking three of the links on the list, I decided to just point to the whole thing.

Today's video of the day is more animation than video.  The idea is that you are part of a collective consciousness that is attempting to without any communication other than a keyword.  I was interested to watch the animation of past drawings, like of a house.  Longer deeper explanation .

Yesterday we read the opinion that Japan is more futuristic than the U.S.  Today we find of things China does better.  Presumably the things the U.S. does better go without saying.

:  It's David Sedaris, just print it up and read it.

Isn't an oxymoron?

  (But does it work ?)


Geek corner:

That's what I clicked. 


Today begins with   (My readers know more than I do.):  Tony Lemley writes:

There was a presidential yacht.  (AG 23) was commissioned into the US Navy by Herbert Hoover and served some 45 years as the presidential yacht until being auctioned off by Jimmy Carter in 1977.

I was initially confused by this satirical .  The blogs I found referring to it aren't in English, so I couldn't quite grasp the context until I saw with an excerpt of a letter signed by Leslie Kopp of the National Geographic Store.  Ah HA!  Persian Gulf... Farsi blogs... It's the !  And there's .

.  I don't know how seriously the target organizations take these online petitions because clearly some of the signers are jokers, but as a way of understanding a perspective, it's interesting to read through a few pages of them.

points out that Christmas shoppers of the future (also known as Japan) can by camera phone.

Some people feel a particular for technology, but sometimes I have to wonder if computers really are our friends:

  • .
  • .
  • And sometimes turns out to be a good thing.

No wonder some people are pleased to .

One other tech link I clicked today: a possible ?

Speaking of paparazzi, how about through New York City?  (I mean stalking in jest.  You can't really stalk someone who is engaged in a massive publicity stunt driving on the back of a truck through a city.  "Tracking" or "following" would probably be better words, but then I don't get my nice segue from the previous item.)

Most readers who count their blessings this Thanksgiving season can at least be thankful that they don't have the number 1 .

Speaking of "the season," we note that the holidays are also the season for an increase in the suicide rate.  Dooce of the seriousness of depression.

of a shift away from the trend of fire breathing pundits?

Some readers are bound as a backhanded compliment to the United States.  Others may see it as some well deserved EU bashing ().  Or maybe the  point is that everywhere sucks.

I don't have a video of the day today but I have the next best thing, a .  You may have seen the slideshow before because it's been around for a little while, but what's new to me is this .

Some bloggers today point to that war coverage would be more balanced if there were embedded reporters with the insurgents as well as with U.S. troops.

Also in the category of "balance" and "both sides" comes this page of meant to level the "it's just a theory" playing field.

Commuter Click:  ?

Alternate Commuter Click (There is a good argument for printing this out rather than making yourself blind reading it off the screen.  However, on the printed page you can't follow the links, so I'll qualify this one as an "alternate" Commuter Click.):  Arthur Chrenkoff has made a regular feature of compiling .  Many people criticize the media for being too negative, whether reporting on the war, the president, the state of the nation, or the news in general.  But, as Jon Stewart once pointed out, no one cares about the truck that isn't on fire.  But if it isn't the news media's job to play moral booster, whose job is it?  Maybe it is yet another natural role for blogs.


Today's Commuter Click and leading the pack of must-click links today is writing his own story in his own words on his own blog.  I would love to know what the NBC News folks think of their man telling his own story on his own site.  This is a truly unique event.  (If you have trouble getting his site to load, we have a reprint on this site, .)

Oliver Willis draws attention for his campaign.

pairs Brad Stone's with a on being prepared to go home for the holidays to repair your parents' computer.

An exchange between and brings to my radar an issue that has been percolating for what I gather is a few weeks.  There appears to be a movement afoot to give Target a hard time about not allowing the Salvation Army to solicit in front of their stores.  What is it about Target that makes them such a ... well... ?

Speaking of French, this time for real, Glenn throws his considerable weight at the story of French soldiers in the Ivory Coast.  Though there is online video associated with the story, it is way too graphic to recommend in this space.  You would do just as well to follow the story through the non-video links Glenn offers.

The story of President Bush "rescuing" his Secret Service man is the subject admiration and derision in the blogosphere.  In one of the more interesting posts on the matter, posts two accounts of the event for comparison.  has the video which is not too graphic to recommend, but also isn't quite interesting enough to be the video of the day.

to be the video of the day.

Speaking of animals doing human things, did you know there's a hermit ?

Last week we saw Josh Marshall dogging the story of "the DeLay Rule."  This week he stays hungry and dogs the story of an almost unnoticed insertion in the budget bill to allow tax snooping.  The story stretches across multiple posts, but is probably a good place to start if you want to follow along.  The latest .

And speaking of things slipping into the budget bill unnoticed, how about a ?  While I understand the perspective of the outraged, I also have to wonder, why isn't there already a presidential yacht.  U.S.S. 1?

What's today?  ()

  But that's not enough for a lot of Dutch citizens rallying behind the idea of .  I don't know about you, but were it not for blogs (and the links they point to) I wouldn't know anything about Theo van Gogh or these related stories.

The passion of the Christians:  ?

Related:  Christian subculture, ?

: Third of Americans say evidence has supported Darwin's Evolution Theory; Almost half of Americans believe God created humans 10,000 years ago

Bloggers ignore the lead of the story and highlight what is arguably a more alarming point of controversy:  What can be arguably interpreted as the decision to to expand readership.  American news consumers apparently can't pay attention all the way through the articles and need more pictures to hold their interest.  No mention of the possibility of printing the news on shiny objects or doughnuts.

Related:  aren't going over so well either.

The Weblog Awards are like any other awards event, which is to say, not particularly meaningful, but are always a good place to see what's being recommended by the Web at large.

That's what I clicked.