First time using Radio Userland

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How do I make titles for my blog posts? [Asked and answered, thanks.] OK, why am I starting another blog? My first weblog was breathing room started in 19987 when I was burning out after four years of trying to manage a collaborative noncommercial webzine (Enterzone), and it was all BB Edit and FTP and baling wire. Since then I’ve experimented with Pitas, Diaryland, Blogger, LiveJournal, and MovableType. I need to consolidate! I’m looking for a way to post to a single blog and use categories, syndicated feeds, and selective filtering to supply fresh content to variously branded websites I have some hand in.
Lately, I’ve mainly been posting to my bodega at LiveJournal. The Blogger server upgrade has knocked out some template features for a few of my topical blogs (fireweaver for Dreamweaver and Fireworks users, Uncle John’s Blog for Dead Heads, and Junk Mail for media junkies) and I may just move them over to MovableType now that some spring cleaning is called for.
I heard about this experiment over on The WeLL and I applaud it, though I despair of the proliferation of formats and methods, worry about balkanization, and still dream of a streamlined, flexible personal expression platform.

UPDATE: Corrected the start date of Breathing Room from 1998 to 1997 (on closer inspection). [2003-07-25 11:33:44]

Tim on the O'Reilly Emerging Technologies Conference

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Subject: Re: Trip Report: O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
From: “Tim O’Reilly”
Date: Tue, 21 May 2002 09:35:40 -0700
X-Message-Number: 15
On 5/20/02 10:00 PM, “Curtis D. Frye” wrote:
>
> I was in a position to take Tim O’Reilly up on his generous offer to attend
> his Emerging Technology conference…
For those of you who weren’t, there’s a lot of detailed conference coverage
collected at the address http://www.oreillynet.com/et2002.
I particularly like Jason Kottke’s review, with the paragraph that ends
“Best f***ing conference ever.” :-)
http://www.kottke.org/notes/0205.html#020517
And don’t miss Rob Flickenger (author of Building Wireless Community
Networks)’s amazing article about watching the ebb and flow of web surfing
during talks with EtherPeg: http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/wlg/1414

Tim O’Reilly @ O’Reilly & Associates, Inc.
1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472
1-707-829-0515 http://www.oreilly.com, http://tim.oreilly.com
kottke.org – may 2002 archives

Somebody on freelance writing

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A few months ago, I recall, you reviewed (in the New York Times Book Review) Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens and Letters to a Young Lawyer by Alan Dershowitz. How about Letters to a Young Free-Lance Writer? In highly abbreviated form, I would offer the following advice to a young person who wishes to enter this prestigious and remunerative line of work.
1. How to Get Started: Write an article and send it to an editor. If it gets printed, send that editor another article; if not, send that article to another editor.
2. How to Become a Columnist: First, find something to say. Then keep on saying it.
3. Book Reviewing” You need only actually read the book if you are going to give it a pasting. (I hear that even this rule is routinely violated these days.)
4. Don’t let anything evade your eyes – plagiarize! (Actually, the term “plagiarize” is seldom used anymore, having been replaced by the verb “to ambrose.”)