* we have a few more entries over at Yearly Lukery - familiarise yourselves with each other and generally bow down. viget turned up. yay! and teemu turned up in a different post here (ewastud - feel free to join in the frivolity). the consensus appears to be that people seem to think im smart because nobody can understand a word i say (which has disconcerting parallels to the real world). meantime, i'm dazzled by all of your contributions, experience, expertise and generosity - so thnx again. (I apologise, again, for not having been more involved in this particular conversation - i'm trying to juggle a few too many things atm).
on a more serious/possibly-productive note - are there any changes that you think would be easy (for me) / useful (for you)? truth be told, i dont really blog for an audience - per se. i pretty much do the exact same thing now as i did in 2002 when i was sending out an email to two friends (this blog actually started just as a way for me to keep a copy of those emails - i'd sent off the email and then copy and paste it here - which is why my archives of those early days are literally unreadable)
as i say, i dont really blog for an audience (as much as i love y'all) - but i kinda see that i do five things.
1) i just grab quotes - in an 'egads! did i just read that? - we need an historical record!' kinda way
2) i add some commentary to some of those quotes, usually just pointing out some absurdity or disgust or other
3) occasionally i try to synthesize certain stories (eg the recent zarqawi thing)
4) deeply try to disentangle and solve and prevent war crimes (eg trying to understand sibel's story, or get an overview of larisa's reporting etc)
5) a little bit of campaigning - (eg disclose denny, and the impeachment polling fund)
so... anything i can easily improve on? obviously points 1 and 2 are commodities that you can get at any of a gazillion other blogs - yet they are 90+% of my posts. i certainly dont read as widely as i do so that i can post stuff - i simply have a voracious reading appetite and interest in all the assorted crimes - and the copy/pasting/blogging aspect is neither here nor there. is it a nuisance to see lots of random posts on random subjects interespersed hither and thither? would it be of any value if i tried to organise them a bit in terms of subject matter? do many of you take an rss feed? would you prefer longer/shorter/fewer posts? doesnt matter?
or maybe it would make more sense to have a separate sibel blog? perhaps a group blog? does that sound like a good idea? anyone else wanna volunteer? it wont take any effort from me to put all the sibel stuff in one place. perhaps we can get some campaigns going re sibel - as miguel says: "I hope we all can keep the momentum going and help push these issues back into the mainstream media, where they belong." - perhaps we can build a campaign based on all the new States Secrets stories that are finally coming to the fore.
any other suggestions?