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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Blog Day 2008



What is BlogDay?
On August 31st, bloggers are asked to post recommendations of 5 new Blogs, preferably Blogs that are different from their own culture, point of view and attitude. On this day, blog readers will find themselves leaping around and discovering new, unknown Blogs, celebrating the discovery of new people and new bloggers.

Here are my 5:


1. Trends in Japan

CScout Japan describes the site this way:
We will lead you on your way to a different world, with new innovations, trends and market potentials. We will be your representatives on site, providing you with informative and visual input about products, lifestyle and marketing. We will support you in the search for the right business partners and help you organise and execute your successful business trip.
I enjoy new things and this blog surely does introduce you to a new world that you don't get to see every day.

Found via [ delicious tag Japan ]






2. I DREAM OF MCCAIN
REAL DREAMS PEOPLE HAVE HAD ABOUT JOHN MCCAIN

Here's dream of a Female Democrat And Graphic Designer In Brooklyn:
I was on a family vacation in the mountains on a skiing vacation, and John McCain was my father. He was driving the car, but the road became very zig-zag hilly and snowy and we were slamming down a very steep incline with a deep ravine to our right. The car was skidding out and almost slipped into the ravine. I asked if I should get out and push, but John said he had it under control.
Just took a brief look at this site while at the computer at 3:55 AM. I'll go back to sleep now count McCain's as I go back to sleep. Maybe I'll have an entry when I wake up.

See also: I Dream of Barack.

Found via [ Google Blog Search "McCain" ]






3. The Caucus: NY Times Political Blog

Michael Cooper writes about McCain and Palin's stop at At Buckeye Corner, a sporting goods store in West Columbus, The McCain-Palin Bus Tour Rolls Out:
Ms. Palin and her husband, Todd, as well as some of their children, made their way through the store. Ms. Palin thanked people for their congratulations, held a slightly nonplussed-looking one-year-old for a cell phone picture (she tried to cheer her up with a little babytalk) and made a few purchases: a fleece, a newborn sleeper, a barbecue set, and a cheerleader outfit for her daughter Piper, who seemed excited by it.


Found via [ Google Search for political blog ]

(Photo: Jim Wilson/The New York Times)






4. Gustav Information Center

Alerts and Information Regarding Hurricane Gustav
An online community for coordinating volunteer knowledge-sharing related to Hurricane Gustav.
Timely. On online community assembled by Andy Carvin.

Found via twitter:
Andy Carvin: Setting up Ning community + aggregator for Gustav: http://gustav08.ning.com/







5. Ernie the Attorney

Hurricane Gustav - update from NOLA:
Mayor Ray Nagin just came on the TV and told us that Gustav is 'the mother of all storms' and that it is likely that there will be significant flooding on the Westbank of New Orleans. He says this storm will be worse than Katrina and there will be a mandatory evacuation in effect for the city starting at noon tomorrow. The storm is supposed to hit on Monday morning, which is exactly what happened with Katrina.

Today, as I rode around on my scooter, I was impressed by the visible presence of police and National Guard troops. The streets of New Orleans are mostly clear, and pretty much everyone I know who planned to evacuate is gone. By way of contrast, on the Saturday before Katrina hit there were many people still in the city.
He then goes on to say:
I say this knowing that I won't be evacuating. Believe me, if I lived in a low-lying house I would evacuate. I think the threat of flooding Uptown is not as significant as government officials are reporting. I'm not faulting them. It's their job to report the worst case scenario. But, for me (living in a high rise condo with storm shutters and very thick concrete), the worst case scenario is more the inconvenience of being in the aftermath of another major storm. Fortunately, my kids are all safely evacuated.
Makes you want to tune in to get a first person account.

Found via [ Google Blog Search for Gustav ]

(Photo: Becky and Buddy on 'zen porch' by ernieattorney on flickr (c) All rights reserved)




This was a good excersise in finding blogs. What's interesting is that 3 out of the five new blogs I found were via Google. That's 60% in this little test.

Timely too since on Thursday I start teaching New Media Tools for Journalism at Boston University.

Join the discussion at JO540 Multimedia Journalism. I'll be tweeting, Seemicing and Qiking from the class.

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