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SF New Mexican:

State presses LANL on water monitoring.  Still, it smacks of having the fox watch the henhouse.

04/05/07 • 08:38 AM • EnvironmentalSanta Fe LocalScience • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Ousted Hopi chairman plans court challenge.

04/05/07 • 08:37 AM • Human RightsLawPoliticsSanta Fe Local • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

The annual Good Friday Pilgrimage to Chimayo is starting already.  Some begin walking days in advance.

04/05/07 • 08:02 AM • HistoryReligionSanta Fe Local • No Comments

CNN Science:

Mars is undergoing climate change, as a result of solar radiation.  Wait for the other shoe to drop.

04/05/07 • 07:55 AM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • No Comments

The Obvious?

Saying we need a blogging code of conduct ...

Choosing not to use a code of conduct, is itself a code of conduct ... yes?  But I get Euan’s point, and his invitation to think more broadly about the subject.  As readers of this weblog know, morality exists quite comfortably outside of religion.  Overall, I think it comes down to those who want to be professional, and those who want to be skilled amateurs. Bear with me.

Our anarchy of webloggers have often been positioned as a leveller, a way to empower the ‘citizen journalist’ to compete with the mythical ‘evil empire’ of the mainstream media ... and by association, we now attack the ethics of professional journalism as something ‘bad’ or ‘censoring.’  I don’t believe destroying the existing framework is what we should be doing.  We can enhance it, rather.

What distinguishes a professional weblogger from an amateur weblogger?  I believe we need to think more about this, in coming months and years.  To voluntarily follow a code of ethics is not a bad thing.  You’ll be hard-pressed to find any professional occupations - nay, even associations of amateurs - without codes of conduct, ethical guidelines, etc.  Codes and ethics work for the professional, but even moreso for those partaking of their expertise.  Codes and ethics can’t guarantee excellence or integrity, but they’re a whole lot better than our current anarchy ... if a particular set of webloggers are serious about competing with journalism.

My favorite metaphor: using the comparison of the Olympic “amateur” athlete with the professional athlete.  Both are respected, both have great value.  They exist side by side, one feeding the other, in similar fashion to weblogs and the media today.  But note that both have codes of conduct, ethics that practitioners follow.  There are standards against which one is judged.  Athletes welcome the judgment, because there are clear avenues of improvement, if not of reward. 

And as athletes do, I would welcome such judgment if I voluntarily chose to run with the professional journalists. That’s the crux, ‘voluntary.’  Webloggers don’t wish to be told what to do.  Nobody makes athletes compete.  It is their choice.  As being more professional in our weblogging is our choice.  It already is, and always will be, voluntary.

Later: Case in point. Smart Money, 10 things your blogger won’t tell you.

Even later: Added, of course, to today’s NY Times diagram.

04/04/07 • 09:34 PM • PersonalWeblogs • No Comments

If you haven’t noticed,

Cam has a new post up at Camworld, with an auspicious announcement.  Best wishes for you three ...

04/04/07 • 04:21 PM • Weblogs • No Comments

Code and Coffee:

Online Regular Expression assistance.

04/04/07 • 04:12 PM • ComputingInternetSoftware • No Comments

101out:

Optimize HTML size to the MAX.  I’ll have to try the image-naming philosophy.

04/04/07 • 04:11 PM • ComputingInternetSoftwareWeblogs • No Comments

bittbox:

30 free fading background images.  All fade to white.

04/04/07 • 04:09 PM • ComputingDesignInternetSoftware • No Comments

WebUsability:

Optimal Line Length: Research Supporting How Line Length Affects Usability.  I usually take a favorite novel of the moment, count the words across the page, and translate that over to web designs.

04/04/07 • 04:06 PM • ArtsInternetScholarlyWeblogs • No Comments

Opinion Journal:

Fitzgerald’s Cover-Up.  Sound familiar?  The other side of the aisle was saying the same things about Kenneth Starr.

04/04/07 • 02:36 PM • HistoryLawPolitics(2) Comments

The New Criterion:

Talleyrand, the old fraud.  “It was more serious than a crime, it was a mistake.”

04/04/07 • 02:24 PM • BooksHistoryPolitics • No Comments

CSM:

What’s happening to the bees?  “Scientists at the University of Jena found that while Bt [genetically modified] food had no direct effect on bees, when fed to bee populations infected with parasites, they quickly became diseased. Alone, Bt may do nothing. But in the presence of a parasite, it may facilitate infection.”  My bracketed addition.

04/04/07 • 02:23 PM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • No Comments

CSM Opinion:

A former Justice Department official isn’t very happy with the behavior of the current Administration.  “Missouri had one of the closest Senate races in the country last November, and a week before the election, Schlozman brought four voter fraud indictments against members of an organization representing poor and minority people. This blatantly contradicted the department’s longstanding policy to wait until after an election to bring such indictments because a federal criminal investigation might affect the outcome of the vote.”

04/04/07 • 02:19 PM • LawPolitics • No Comments

CSM:

Lessons learned: Iran’s release of British prisoners.  “What is to be gained from following the Israeli example of last summer [when it invaded Lebanon after its soldier was captured]? ... [snip] ... You can’t use a sledgehammer to crack a nut. They still haven’t got their service personnel back, and they smashed up half of Lebanon.”

Counterpoint: National Review. Another Chamberlain moment for Britain?

Later: The Economist is the best take, IMHO.

04/04/07 • 02:14 PM • Human RightsLawPolitics • No Comments

CNN:

Greek archaeologists unearth Roman tomb.  A remarkable find, in that it remains untouched by grave robbers.

04/04/07 • 02:08 PM • HistoryScience • No Comments

CNN:

Blogger freed after record contempt stint.  “Under the deal with prosecutors, Wolf agreed to turn over the uncut video, which he also posted on his Web site Tuesday. But he refused to testify before the grand jury about the events at the protest or the identities of participants.”  Sounds like the prosecutors didn’t get anything they could use.

04/04/07 • 02:03 PM • LawWeblogs • No Comments

Yep, busy here in the studio today.

A photo shoot, now to process the images.  Posts will come, slowly.

04/04/07 • 01:50 PM • Personal • No Comments

NY Times Editorial:

It didn’t end well the last time.  And there was a whole lot more philanthropy going on then, too.

04/04/07 • 09:35 AM • EconomicsHistory • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

A weighty trek.  It’s those fifteen seconds ...

04/04/07 • 09:17 AM • Physical FitnessSanta Fe Local • No Comments

Albuquerque Tribune:

Gene Grant: Minorities should stop circling and see connection.  The glass of heritage can be either half-empty or half-full; it is our choice.

04/04/07 • 09:13 AM • HistoryHuman RightsSanta Fe Local • No Comments

The Straight Dope:

If I fire a gun while near light speed, will the bullet EXCEED light speed?  Excellent.

04/03/07 • 08:11 PM • Science1 Comment

The New Yorker:

Selling Wal-Mart.  “Even doubters in the environmental movement acknowledge that Wal-Mart is attempting to lower its energy consumption.”

04/03/07 • 04:58 PM • EnvironmentalHome & LivingPolitics • No Comments

The Economist:

Short book review, Ian McEwan’s latest.

04/03/07 • 09:45 AM • ArtsBooks • No Comments

National Review:

Rudy Bumpo.  “As part of his campaign to make the streets safe, Giuliani‚Äôs administration sued 30 American arms manufacturers, and his police commissioner proposed a nationwide system of registration under which citizens would be required to demonstrate good moral character and a reason for owning a gun.”  NRO needs a better editor. If the allusion is to Natty Bumppo, of Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking saga, the author overlooked a “p.” 

Having worked in pre-Guiliani Manhattan, the circumstance of coming upon a corpse was a little too frequent for my blood.  At that time, late 80’s-early 90’s, the dark side of automatics was patently obvious.  As a bystander, it seemed the police were significantly out-gunned.

Really, though, just as we have pious declarations from the political pulpit, we will no doubt have candidates from both sides of the aisle in hunter’s garb and spouting Frederick Jackson Turner.

Question is ... what on earth could Hillary do?  Obama?

04/03/07 • 09:40 AM • HistoryPoliticsSports • No Comments
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