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Aldon Hynes has brough to my attention a rather amazing challenge by Michele Agnew . Michele has come up with a very creative way of donating money to the Tsunami victims. Here's how it works:

The Wall

By Jean-Paul Sartre

Yes... it looks different.

Let me know if you have any troubles seeing this page correctly. Otherwise, we now return to the blogging already in progress.

Sorry for the Mess

So I got bored, and decided I was going to restyle my blog. My last template's colors gave away my ADD too well (much like David Weinberger's template). Since I'm lazy, I've opted to just do the redesign directly on the css file at the smartcampaigns server. As a result, this sites like is likely to change quite a bit over the next hour or so. Feel free to watch; it will be almost as entertaining as watching the courtship of house flys.

Bush's Other Brain

"The American people want a politician who speaks their language, and speaks it badly." - Harlan McCraney, President Bush's senior speechalist.

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The Intensifying "Architecture War" in Digital Searches

David Bollier points us to a great article on impending search engine wars between Google, Microsoft, and others:

Check out Charles H. Ferguson's article, "What's Next for Google?" in the January 2005 issue of Technology Review. Rarely has the struggle over proprietary technical standards in the digital world -- and the implications for the public – been explained with such clarity... The winner of this battle – Google? Yahoo?Microsoft? – is likely to become the dominant corporation in the new Internet world and a colossus of American capitalism.

Gillmor on Distributed Journalism

Dan Gillmor provides us with some food for thought:

I think of distributed journalism as somewhat analogous to any project or problem that can be broken up into little pieces, where lots of people can work in parallel on small parts of the bigger question and collectively -- and relatively quickly -- bring to bear lots of individual knowledge and/or energy to the matter. Some open-source software projects work this way. The important thing is the parallel activity by large numbers of people, in service of something that would be difficult if not impossible for any one or small group of them to do alone, at least in a timely way.

Jim Moore: Eleven good reasons to become a nonvoter. Be free! Become a non-voter today! Help form the Nonvoter party.

"The nonvoter party is global. Given that we don't vote, we do not need to be sanctioned by current political jurisdictions. We can be active all over the world, without concern for national boundaries and rules. Imagine." -Jim Moore

The Terror of Information, and Lack of It

Evelyn Rodriguez writes a sobering account of living through the Tsunami on the small Thai island of Phi Phi:

This may seem hard to believe unless you've been reading lots and lots of news reports, but in many places villagers are still terrified. When what was a tranquil sea swallows up people, homes and long-tail boats mercilessly without warning and no one can tell you anything reliable about whether another one is coming, I'm not sure you'd want to come down either.


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