Comments do work

Comments work, ie. they get posted if you enter them, but you get an error message. What is suppose to happen is the page should reload and show the comment, but the reloading is causing the error.

I’m working on why this is happening and will try and get it fixed soon. Until then go ahead and enter comments and ignore any errors.

Hot or Not

Decided to add reactuate to the Blog Hot or Not. You can click the link to rate the site. Its kind of interesting that you have to add link to your page so they can insure it is really your blog. Guess that makes sense, though what would be the harm in adding someone else’s blog? Well I guess they couldn’t then add themselves and they wouldn’t have access to the rating data.

Hot or Not would be cooler if there were a way to say why you rated someone or a blog a certain way. I mean I sometimes give people a low score because their picture is so out of focus I can’t tell what they look like, or the flash has washed their face to snow.

Some blogs I rate low because the content is something I don’t like and other I rate low because it is hard to read because the type it so small.

“under-representation of left…”

From a blog of Glenn Reynold’s talk at a conference this week. This is from the last paragraph in the story.

Question about under-representation of left-leaning political interests in the Blogosphere. The Internet is fairly libertarian and rationalistic; this probably contributes. Blogs and big media in a negative feedback loop; many people blog because they’re tired of shouting at the TV or writing letters to the editor which may or may not be printed weeks later. If there’s a liberal media bias, and Glenn thinks there is, this may help explain the landscape.

We reading the same blog-o-sphere? Guess it just goes to show you something I’ve been thinking about the past few weeks. People are more likely to believe the things they are exposed to on a regular basis. I thought of it the political sense. Californian’s seem to be totally out of touch with what is “really” going on in the world. They think the whole country is against the “war” with Iraq. Its a given owning a gun is wrong. George Bush is stupid. But that’s not how the rest of the country thinks. If they lived where I do and worked where I work, would they change their beliefs?

Of course if this theory is true, then am I the same? Do I believe what I’m exposed to? And in reality its true. And I work to make it more so. That’s why I seek out a conservative voice on the net. Why I listen to talk radio. But I like to think my opinions are completely thought out and original. And some of them are, but I need to be vigilant in watching for ideas I believe with out thinking.

Also its important to watch for believing things that seem true but aren’t. Going back to Californians. They aren’t all liberals, there are conservatives out there. I can’t generalize to the whole population. I also believed the whole Blog-o-sphere was left leaning because of the 20 blogs I read daily, 4 or 5 made liberal comments. There are hundreds of thousands of blogs, my sample was poor. And blogging encourages getting more of the same. If I want new blogs I look at the blogs I read for new links. When a blogger says something liberal he’s going to link to another liberal. So I see too people saying the same thing. I have to search out the opposing voice.

This getting long and not as coherent as I would like so I’m going to stop now.

Gun, Blogging and a Voice

I’ve been looking for “Voice”, to theme or focus, for Reactuate. I’ve got a number of areas of expertise and interest I could use. I’m a Mac programmer by trade, but I have a shareware company with its own blog for that.

I thought about politics because the blog-o-sphere is woefully lacking in conservative voices. But I really don’t like to argue about politics all the time, and I’m of the opinion people believe what they want, and arguing rarely changes things.

Another area that I believe in, that is woefully lacking in blogland is guns. I live in Texas and there fore have the right to accept the responsibility of being licensed to carry a handgun. I’ve exercised that right and now have a CHL. So I could write about that. But really its isn’t that big a deal. I don’t carry all of the time anyway.

I’m also interested in science fiction and I’m a Christian. But again I have another site that covers that.

So after this bit of public reflection, Reactuate still doesn’t have a theme. But I’m working on it.

Update:I actually found at conservative voice. Off a Wired article about Michael Moore no less. Whoo-hoo.

IE 5 Mac Weirdness

Great new bug I just discovered in Internet Explorer 5.2.2 for Mac OSX. I don’t normally use IE, instead I use Chimera which is a Mozilla compatible browser. Which means it works.

If you look at the post “Identity on the internet” I made tody and you have the your browser window set just right, when you move your cursor over any link on the page one word will be “unwrapped” from the first line of the second paragraph of the post. Keep going over links and the whole line will eventually be moved down one line. Reload the page to do it again.

Who says the Mac doesn’t have any great games.

Identity on the internet

Keeping your idenity secrect on the net is an important thing. Especially for bloggers because we tend to talk about our lives and that can give details away.

Yesterday I mentioned I didn’t even know the name of the person who’s blog is illuminient.com. Today I do and I know his home address. The reason I know this is because I just did something with my web site that caused me to realize you could find out my home address if you were real smart. I did this same thing for illuminient and found out the information.

I’m not going to give the details, though they are pretty easy to figure out. I can secretify my address for $7.95 a year if I want. And I probably want.

Explaining RSS

I keep having to explain what RSS is and what a news aggregator is, so I decided to write an article on it. One centerally located page I can refer to from all my sites.

Its written from a user’s perspective, not a technical one. This is for my wife, mother and father. People who use computers, but don’t know what XML is.

Feel free to link to this article yourself if you find it useful.

What is an RSS feed?