Archive for November 17th, 2003

Blogosphere Explosion Continues

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I thought Technorati was acting a bit pokey.
  It says Dowbrigade hasn’t been updated in 5 days 16 hours and 45
minutes. I was beginning to wonder if my memories of the past five days
were some sort of elaborate halucination or fever dream. Fortunately,
Dave Sifry explains, and continues with some fascinating statistics on
the growth of the Sphere:

These past weeks have been a pretty busy one for me and the growing Technorati team. Before I get too far in this post, I’ve got a mea culpa – Technorati hasn’t been very responsive lately. Fact is, we’ve been getting a lot
of attention and new searches, and the blogosphere seems to be growing
at a pretty steep rate as well. This double whammy has caused our current
infrastructure to buckle, and has caused some service outages.

Right now, we’re adding 8,000-9,000 new weblogs every
day, not counting the
1.2
Million
weblogs
we already
are
tracking.
That means that on average, a brand new weblog is created every 11
seconds. We’re also seeing about 100,000 weblogs update every day as
well, which
means that on average, a weblog is updated every 0.86 seconds.

from
Tecnorati

He Forgot to Grease her Down….

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ALBUQUERQUE,
N.M. — Perhaps Santa should carry a disclaimer: "Don’t
try this at home." It might have saved an Albuquerque teen from a
lot of embarrassment.

The teenage girl, 15, got lodged in a chimney trying to get into a house
she and her boyfriend were locked out of. Albuquerque Fire Department Lt.
Jeff Eschenburg said her boyfriend apparently gave her the idea. It was
his house they were trying to get into.

Eschenburg
said the girl nearly made it to the bottom. Firefighters could see her
feet inside the fireplace when they arrived.

from
the New Mexico Channel

Free-range Happy Turkeys Something to Celebrate

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Look
a little nervous, don’t they? Who can blame them? Perhaps the least we
can do is make sure their short lives are enjoyable and stress-free…

Free-range
turkeys make up only a small percentage of the nation’s overall production
of nearly 270 million birds, according to the National Turkey
Federation, which had no figures on how many of the more than 6,000 turkey
farms are free-range.

"It’s a niche market, specifically producing turkeys for the Thanksgiving
holiday," said Sherrie Rosenblatt, the federation’s public relations
director. "Some consumers prefer to know that their turkey had the
ability to ‘roam free.’ "

Unlike their less fortunate brethren who spend their short lives crowded
in huge barns, Maine turkey farmer Bob Neal’s birds have plenty of room
to roam and socialize. The result, Neal said, is a happier turkey that
does
not
require
stress-reducing
antibiotics given to most birds in their feed.

Neal said the diet of premium feed he buys from Canada helps produce
a tastier, more tender turkey, one that can command a price three or
four times as high as the ones lining supermarket freezers. Neal sells
his whole turkeys for $2.25 a pound, a 20-cent increase; the stores
he
supplies charge even more.

from
the Maine Press-Herald

Please Don’t Tell My Wife

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Don’t tell Norma Yvonne, but I am falling in love with a Brazilian model. No,
not one of my students, even worse, a girl I met on-line. Her name is
Kaya. Fortunatly, or unfortunately as the case may be (I’m a little confused,
another sure
sign of incipient love-falling) she is 100% virtual, the creation of
a digital artist named Alcey Baptistao. Here
is a link to her screen test
. She even speaks English with a delightful
accent.

How about a Virtual Miss Universe cyber beauty pagent. Artists from
around the world could enter their creations. We could all be judges.
The publicity alone would make an attractive prize, but maybe we could
recruit some sponors and offer a real prize.  Has this been tried
already? Anyone think it’s a good idea? Nominations?

idea from Women
Misbehaving,net

Soaring Rents Promote Extended Families

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One of the inevitable results of globalization, porous borders and the revolution
in transportation is, if not a homogeniazation then at least a frothy interweaving
of cultures.

On one hand the wealthy begin to look more and more alike as global
chic spreads like a virus, and it is increasingly possible to wake
up in a four-star hotel, go down to the lobby, eat breakfast and read
the newspaper without getting a clue as to what continuent, let alone
what country one is in.

On the other hand, every big city in the US is crowded with recent immigrants,
the office buildings are cleaned by a nocturnal army of foreign-born neatniks,
the sidewalks are covered with incense sellers, expediters and shoe
repairmen, informal open-air markets are sprouting like mushrooms after
a summer
rain, and the urban soundtrack resembles a world music festival mingling
with heavy industrial construction. The social globalization extends
to living arrangements.

Today’s Boston Globe has a good article on how the soaring rents
plus the local housing shortage have numerous multiple extended families
all living in one or two bedroom apartments, a common practice in many
parts of the world, coming soon to a flat near you:

"Apartment prices are so high, I can’t afford my own place yet," said
Sonji Brown. "I’m on a three-year waiting list for public housing
because they say we’re not priority. But I’m trying to save as much as
I can
to get an apartment by the new year."

Brown, 35, a single parent of seven children ages 2 to 18, is working
as a dietitian at a nursing home. She’s sharing a home with Vera Brown-Morrison,
her husband, and their three children — 13 people packed into the
modest, white clapboard home with one bath on Lynn’s west side.

"Family should stick together," she said. "It’s a little
overcrowded, especially because we only have one bathroom. The kids fight
because
there’s no privacy. But she’s my sister and I want to help."

Peter Wood, an associate professor of anthropology at Boston University,
said the concept of multiple families under one roof is common worldwide
but frowned upon in America, where privacy and individuality are highly
valued.

from
the Boston Globe