The Great Blog Off begins tonight, 12:00 AM EST, with Wendell vs. Mike.

Mental note: keep cellphone in pocket, not in bag.

This is pretty exciting — my fair alma mater, home of the Pulitzer Prizes, has established the Online Journalism Awards. There are awards in six categories: general excellence, online commentary, breaking news, enterprise journalism, service journalism and most creative use of the medium. There is a website for the awards, and they start to accept entries on July 3rd. I wonder if the “most creative use of the medium” award will go to a traditional news organization, or if specialty news sites (like ESPN, or some of the finance ones) will have a chance.

Every time I stumble across MetaBaby, I remember just how damn cool it is. And of course, since synergy seems to be flying around me these days, I just went to the about page and saw that Greg Knauss coded it; Greg has popped up a few times in the past few days.

For baseball fans, this is something you don’t see often: John Rocker balked home the winning run in the Braves-Marlins game yesterday night. His statement after the game: “The only quote I’m giving is I’m a horrible player. I’m just a bad player. That’s the bottom line.” Strangely, this is the second time this year that this has happened (Jeff Zimmerman balked home a winning run on April 28th in Texas’ loss to Baltimore), but prior to that, it hadn’t happened since 1993.

Leos Kral weighs in with important terms of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.

Apparently, ever since his giddy-as-a-schoolgirl posting of a picture of me with “Dyke” buttons all over it, Dave Winer’s be-all, end-all gauge of whether someone’s opinion is worth listening to is whether that person has a picture of him or herself available on the web. Seems like a great tactic, if your aim is to divert people’s attention from the real issues that started the conversation, but of course that may just be me.

Representative Bob Smith, proving both his ignorance of history and flair for generating innuendo where there should be none, proclaimed that Elian is currently in “a concentration camp on American soil” Sunday. Of course, we’re talking about a man who quit the Republican party because it’s too liberal for him.


Isn’t it interesting how quickly they run away when the subject becomes them?

The clue for me was why does “Zaphod” not want to say what his real name is, esp when it’s so obvious? Something is going on there.

But I give you a lot of credit, your picture is here on your site for all to see and play with and distort and do art with.

Anyway have a nice day, I hear the weather in NY is great, it certainly is gorgeous here in CA.

• Posted by: Dave Winer on May 9, 2000, 5:51 PM

I guess my argument is that there is no *reason* for the subject to become them the way that you’re doing it — people are not attacking pictures of you, they’re criticizing patterns that they see developing in behavior. Instead of answering their questions or statements, you just launch into completely unrelated issues. But when they don’t answer your questions or statements, no matter how silly or arcane (like demanding that people post pictures of themselves), you make it an issue in and of itself.

Like I said on the home page, it just seems to me to be an attempt to divert away from the meat of the issue.

Lastly, while some people are happy, to me the weather here SUCKS — it’s 93 degrees and HUMID HUMID HUMID. I friggin’ left San Antonio for a reason! But Yankees Stadium was nice tonight — a calm breeze coming in from the Island, and the Yanks won (although it took extra innings, and the Tampa Bay 10th inning reliever walking in the winning run on four straight balls).

• Posted by: Jason Levine on May 9, 2000, 11:15 PM

You’re doing the ad hominem thing again Jason. Giggle like a girl, silly or arcane. Blah blah blah.

Who gets to set the subject? When Jim Hebert or Rogers Cadenhead or whoever comes charging at me with accusations, where is it written that I’m not allowed to ask them questions unrelated until I answer all their charges to their satisfaction? And these guys are never satisfied. Or if they ever are, I don’t have the patience or time to get there with them.

And if I spent all the time they want me to do that, when would I get a chance to write new stuff, or fix security holes or debug a server that crashed 20 times today? (It really happened.)

• Posted by: Dave Winer on May 9, 2000, 11:33 PM

Hey, we’ll talk more when you put a video of yourself parachuting off of the Empire State Building onto your website. Let’s see the video. Haha. Fat chance. Oh, and next time you post, at least use your real name. Or is Dave Winer your real name? Hmmmm.

(See what it’s like?)

• Posted by: Jason Levine on May 9, 2000, 11:53 PM

Yeah, except you know what I look like, and I put my opinions out there, so much so that there’s a site that parodies me. You must have missed the part where I talked about taking risks. Those guys don’t take risks. They just blast, hit and run style. How do I know? I’ve read screen after screen of their rants, and they’re always talking about me, never about themselves.

Anyway, to answer your question, I have never parachuted off the Empire State Building, but I used to have an office on the 39th floor of the ESB, and the windows opened, and I used to throw big paper airplanes out the window, and truth be told once or twice I lit them on fire.

One of my office mates got drunk at the Christmas party and sat on the ledge of the window and we all had to talk him back in.

I am terrified of heights, always have been.

• Posted by: Dave Winer on May 10, 2000, 12:54 AM

And by the way, I’m working on some of the neatest code I’ve ever worked on. I’m writing a responder that runs in Pike and gets around the firewall issue. Long-term it’s going to make a big difference. I wonder if you use Pike? Do you use outliners? I don’t think I’ve seen you mention Pike, but I don’t necessarily remember everything I read.

• Posted by: Dave Winer on May 10, 2000, 12:56 AM

No, I saw the workaround, and it’s quite nice — it reverses the client-server model from the way it works for everyone else. Is this model going to be the default way for everyone (even non-firewalled people)? It should be — I can’t think of a situation where it doesn’t work. And you’re right, this will make a big difference to Pike usersl the firewall issue was a biggie, from what I remember when I was reading the Pike DG regularly.

I don’t use Pike; I find that the best thing about Manila is the fact that I can ditch the other apps and just have my browser. I like that a lot. And as I also have my site in my own copy of Frontier, I can do all the database diving I need to do right here.

I do a single outliner, though, BrainForest on my PalmPilot.

• Posted by: Jason Levine on May 10, 2000, 1:17 AM

Is this model going to be the default way for everyone (even non-firewalled people)? It should be

Of course. No need to have two cases in the code or a preference. I just outlined the approach, I can’t see a problem, so tomorrow morning I’ll start writing code. I have a blank server here with a freshly installed copy of 6.2 and no load, so I don’t even have to worry about breaking anything.$17142

I understand the allure of browser-only site-writing, but personally if I had to give up Pike, I’d do something else for a living. I’m sure that the browser will eventually catch up, maybe in 2030, but I need basic writing tools to write. To each his own.

• Posted by: Dave Winer on May 10, 2000, 2:01 AM
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