Archive for February 19th, 2004

Blog the Conventions


Tonight’s Big Idea from the Thursday
Night Berkman Blogger’s Group
meeting, was Blog the Conventions. Modesty prevents the Dowbrigade
from mentioning the source of the inspiration, but it suddenly occurred
to us, in the middle of a prolonged post-mortem of the Dean Debacle,
that the next crucial act of this drama would be played out RIGHT HERE
in Boston, in late July, when the Democratic National Convention pulls
into the Fleet Center.

Already the anti-globalization, anti-big politics, anti-war activists
and anarchists have started meeting to prepare their disruptive strategies,
and the forces of order are trying to infiltrate them. Major Media, not just US but worldwide, will be out in force. For a week in July, all
eyes will be on Boston, and the Coronation of John Kerry, inside the Sports
Palace, while the human Movement swirls around on the streets outside.

It BEGS to be blogged! The simultaneous developments inside and outside
the Hall, and the interface between the two worlds, will have a lot to
say about the ultimate significance, if not the outcome, of the election
of 2004. The Berkman Center and its Blogging Crew will be uniquiely positioned
to facilitate and coordinate the Blogging of the Convention, helping
bloggers find lodging, get access, and offer comprehensive coverage.
Limited blogger’s access to the convention floor is already being negotiated.

The very astute observation was made that if we plan to blog the Democrats
we should also blog the Republicans.  Our initial reaction was that
the Democratic Convention stands to be much more exiciting than the Republican
version (in New York).  But then we realized, hell, both of these
shindigs are going to basically be coronations, and the absolute apex
of American political theater.  They need to be Blogged together.

The Dowbrigade is very much looking forward to this July in Boston.  The
circus is coming to town, and it will be Blogged.

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Church of the Later Days Savings


the Dowbrigade was reminded tonight, we only have two
days left to shop for Valentine’s Day.  Luckily we picked up a BIG
box full of Brachman’s Assorted Chocolate Slug Surprises (75% Off) and
a couple of Hallmarks, one in English and one in Spanish (50% Off). We’ve
seen some 75% off signs outside some jewelry stores this week, so that
may be a possibility, if we have time before the big Day Saturday.

Wow, we hear you saying (telepathically) this Dowbrigade guy is way
more spaced out than we had realized – he doesn’t even know what week
it is! Hah! Obviously, you missed our announcment last year of
of the Church
of the Later Days Savings
.  We LaterDayists celebrate
all of the conventional holidays, just seven days later, thereby achieving
significant savings in gifts, supplies, wrapping paper, greeting cards,
etc. Other than that, the Canon of the Church is pretty much a Religious
Rorschach Test.

So far the Religion consists of the Dowbrigade himself and Archbishop
Moser, but we are always looking for more converts. Jesus Saves, why not you?


The Blogfather’s Hit List


The downside to being so absorbed in blogging it that sometimes we miss
stuff that gets published in the print and paper world. Imagine our surprise
to finally crack the February issues of Wired and see a story about old
friend Glenn Reynolds, including a list of his top story sources.

It’s almost like the dedicated Instapundit Instafeed the Dowbrigade
proposed back in September to allow fans to follow along on the Instapundit
desktop as the stories are put together one by one. The story names names
and links to links and makes for very interesting reading.

Glenn Reynolds’ blog is the most visited in the world. His site,,
averages more than 100,000 visits each day – as many as a medium-size city daily
or a cable news show.

"I know a little bit about a lot of things, and I have a sense for things
that are more important than people think – or sometimes less important." Reynolds
keeps readers coming back by resisting the urge to play pundit on everything
and instead focusing on important facts and phrases that don’t make the headlines.
Where does he find them all? Wired asked him to talk about his reading list.

His list includes Volokh, Gizmodo, Kaus files, Nanobot and more.  From