Sorry, false alarm. It's not actually silly pants time; I'm just making sure I remain Google's #1 pick for Silly Pants Time.*


  • It's really hard to record voiceover when my nose is plugged full of gunk.
  • I'm trying to find a somewhat recent blog post to demonstrate what a blog is. I have very few "classic"-style blog entries (News link, source, commentary). Right now this is my top candidate. Short, simple. And my commentary is "duh." Maybe I should stick with my original?
  • Right now I'm working on the ancient blog history. Samuel Pepys was sharing political and personal nuggets on a daily basis back in 1660. Well, except nobody read his diary until later - so he lacked an audience. Samuel Adams, however, was organzing Committees of Correspondence - letters and pamphlets written to inform and persuade people. These are the original political bloggers, you might say – historical inspirado for us New Patriots.

    Somewhere along the line mass media took over for these personal voices. An engaged public became a passive audience. Voices became eyeballs. Television has been the ultimate weapon of mass persuasion since the Nixon-Kennedy debates of 1960. That is, until blogs set things right-side-up again.

    * NOTE: I'm not wearing any pants. To keep things quiet when recording voiceover, I close all the doors and windows in the house. Then it gets hot, and I take my pants off. So maybe it is "Silly Pants Time" after all.

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    I think you'll now have to do some interviews with Ham radio operators about the influence of email coorespondance and the impact the internet had on their global interactions. small micro-groups / clubs were formed to keep each other notified and updated on each others radio friendships and now there are chat rooms from Ham radio dudes (mostly 80 yrs old+) to connect.

    were ancient cave/stone wall drawings the first blogs? made to inform and warn future readers of habitat and important news.
    I got to read one of these ancient blogs once on a trip near the artic circle, I wanted to comment by scratching my own name and picture next to the Eskimo art, but they said it was a protected site and we should be honored just to see it.
    Screw the Man! I just wanted to blog!

    Posted by: Brian at Sep 20, 2004 5:59:24 PM

    I do have a sweet interview with a Caveman blogger. Unlike the stereotype, he didn't grunt or have a small vocabulary. In fact he was pretty articulate, but talked in a monotone and seemed vaguely disinterested. He's probably told the story a million times over the years. Also, he smoked Winstons.

    Posted by: Chuck at Sep 20, 2004 6:27:15 PM

    Have you seen the Samuel Pepys blog? It's Pepys' diary, in blog form (not to be confused with pog form).

    Posted by: spacewaitress at Sep 20, 2004 8:15:11 PM

    I sure have; I was just too lazy to link to it.

    Posted by: Chuck at Sep 20, 2004 11:10:07 PM

    the other thing about Pepys is he wrote his diary in weird unreadable shorthand (tachygraphy) which was not translated until 1818 or thereabouts. (though it should be noted that he wasn't writing in tachygraph in order to be private -- since some of his official business was written in the same hand -- but to keep his inkwell full and his hand uncramped)

    Posted by: desrosiers at Sep 21, 2004 11:08:12 PM

    yeah, i read about that. i believe they eventually discovered a book in his library that taught the basics of his weird shorthand, and with that they were able to "translate" it.

    i recorded me reading an excerpt from his diary in a haughty British accent, but decided against using it in spite of the potential humor value.

    kind of strange that the word "slut" was in use back in the 1600's.

    Posted by: Chuck at Sep 21, 2004 11:19:24 PM