You lose 300 tons and what do you get?

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Please allow me to aggrandize myself, but my Monkey Vortex cohorts have scripted and produced a two-minute playlet called Sympathy for the W.
I was given a cowriting credit but that overstates the case. That is me on lead vocals, though. I know, I know. Don’t quit your day job. Cruel of you to say that to a freelancer.

The blog conference on the Well

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A year or so ago, with the help of Jon Lebkowsky, I started an independent conference on the Well called blog.ind. Plenty of people on the Well are blog-savvy already of course (case in point: Cory Doctorow), but the information about blogging was scattered across a number of confs, and I also detected a bit of old school “where’s the beef?” resistance to the blog form, so I thought there was a need the conference would fill.
Apparently I was right, as we’ve got a lively active conference with new posts pretty much every day and a wide range of interesting topics, and the Well recently decided to turn our little indie conf into an official “Featured” conference on the Well.
As a perk of hosting, the Well now comps my membership, which is gratifying, given the time involved in monitoring and cultivating the conference, but the main effect of becoming Featured is that the blog conference now shows up in the official conference list and its a little easier to promote within the Well community (for instance, longtime blogger Rafe Coburn just dropped by today on noticing the new listing).
We’re going to look into mirroring the Well Bloggers group blog on the conf’s description page. We’ll probably get more Well bloggers onto the feed as well.

CIA, Bush in blog flap, says Onion

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The Onion | CIA Asks Bush To Discontinue Blog:

On Saturday, Basham asked to pre-screen all blog activity before Bush posts it online.
Bush rejected Basham’s request and later that day wrote in his blog that “Some people who shall remain nameless apparently do not know there is such a thing as free speech in this country.”
Members of Bush’s re-election team have urged the president to exercise caution with his blog, perhaps because of posts like the one dated July 8, 2004: “Another long day of speeches and fundraisers. Met with all these phony media company execs. Had to promise them some bill next term and shake a lot of stupid hands, but they did bring in two or three million or so. Whatever. Karl keeps a list. I got big laughs during my speech, so I’m happy.”


Real Live Preacher has a book deal

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Hugely popular pseudonymous Salon blogger Real Live Preacher announced that he has been offered a book deal with Eerdmans (he also had an offer from Jossey-Bass):

What does this mean for the blog? Chuck and I agree that the blog must continue. If I didn’t have the blog driving me, I’d just go back to watching the Simpsons every night. So the blog will be my writing tool. The interesting challenge will be discovering how to merge blog content with book content. I’m impressed with Chuck and with Eerdmans for being willing to think in new ways. We’ll see how it works out. I may have to take a short break from the blog from time to time so that I can produce something unique for the book, but I remain very committed to blogging.

RLP now joins Julie of the Julie/Julia project in this elite company of Salon bloggers with book deals directly attributable to their popular weblogs. (You might throw in Susannah Breslin as well, whose book-writin’ career seems to have gotten a boost from her now-defunct Reverse Cowgirl blog.)
RLP is considering whether to publish the book under his pen name or to out himself when the time comes.