Tag: <span>CARE</span>

Those nice people at Google have opened up their ‘homepage gadgets‘ and you can now use them anywhere. Excellent, I could have the latest Scottish news headlines zipping across the page, or maybe a game of hangman for when I post something you find boring, or perhaps the phases of the moon just be all spiritual like…

Or not.

Whilst it’s very generous of Google, I would hope that people show a little restraint. The multitude of eyesore-tastic widgets and scripts that abound in blogs is already something that constantly irks me.

Ohh the moon is in the third cresecent, ohhh my horoscope says I’m about to die, ohhh the weather where you are is awful…. I DON’T CARE!! Don’t get me wrong, some are handy, and lord knows I’ve fallen prey to ‘widget-itis’ in the past, it’s very much a case of “ohh shiny” for me sometimes, but this all seems, I dunno, so 2001… Haven’t we moved on?

Do you think I read the random quotes that zip buy in that tiny box? Do you think that Flickr box with it’s ever changing photos DOESN’T keep dragging my eye away from your content? I do not care to read your joke of the day!

So, Google Gadgets, clever? Yes. Likely to be overused in every way imaginable? Yes.

Or is it just me?


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Apparently, this site is one of 14.4 million other similar sites. Presumably, and I’m certain someone far smart than me will be able to formulate this better, of those 14.4 million, only a portion of them can be directly compared to this site. Of that portion, there will be other factors that will set my site aside as well, geography, topic coverage, age of the author, average of the readership etc etc.

I understand why it’s good to know how many blogs there are, and I think technorati is doing a good job collating and publishing these kinds of figures, but how do those figures affect me? Do I care that 80,000 new blogs are created each day, especially as only 36,000 or so of them will make it beyond the first few months? What I believe is lacking is the next level of detail, the key one being geography. However as the large majority of new blogs are created using a free tracking service – blogspot, livejournal, msn spaces – which offer no way to track where the author is located then we have a problem, don’t we.

Then again, if it’s one thing the interwebnet is good at it’s finding solutions, so why has this one perpetuated for so long? Is it because those in the US have their “rest of world” goggles on? Is it only non-US blogs that care about these facts? (I use the term care advisedly, I don’t CARE but I am interested) Should we be leading the way… when I say we… I mean the people that actually DO things, not people like me who merely pontificate from below and hope that someone somewhere is listening.

Of course this swings back around to the thoughts of community and niche. how they form whether we like the idea or not, and how categorising blogs and their influence is a hugely vast and completed job because there are no rules or guidelines to follow, no structure to how things are done, with everything both global and local at the same time.

The big numbers are important but it’s the more focussed info that bloggers need if they are to get an idea of what their “competition” is, what the trends are in their neighbourhood. I want to know how many new blogs there have been in the UK, in Europe. How many are personal sites, how many are “for profit” ventures?

No, I’m not overly bothered by these thoughts, nor will I expend much energy pursuing them, but I am curious. I guess that’s common after spending over five years on a hobby.


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Plagarism is a form of flattery (even if I can’t be bothered creating three columns).

Big Brother is getting a bit exciting. What? YES I watch it, get over it.

I must admit that this series, whilst being considerably more watchable than last year’s snooze-fest, is beginning to border on .. well I’m not sure what you call it but it’s making me distinctly uncomfortable. “Provocative TV” can only go so far and I think the recent fighting has over stepped the mark.

Or has it? I remember the media pitch for the first Big Brother having something to do with psychological (sociological) experimentation and manipulation. Has this season’s series finally taken these experiments to their conclusion?

After all, if I want to watch grown men threaten others and, generally, act like children, I can just turn on the news and watch some football fans do just that.

England won. France drew. I’m supporting France, but to be honest none of the ‘big’ teams have performed particularly well yet. Sweden have been the most positive team, even if the scoreline of 5-0 against Bulgaria wasn’t a true reflection on the game.

And aren’t the referees supposed to be clamping down on diving and shirt-pulling. The referee in last’s night France game awarded several freekicks for shirt-pulling and NO yellow cards, not to mention ignoring the fact that Thierry Henry was completely taken out twice, with the Croatian players making no attempt at getting the ball.. ridiculous. The air in our living room matched the colour of the French shirts!

Louise is out shopping on Saturday (there is a mother-in-law without an outfit for a wedding!), and most of Sunday at Live and Loud with nieces in tow (she’s not fooling me of course, they are just an excuse). That leaves me with most of the weekend free.. to… er… well if I’ve not shifted this cold I’ll end up comatose on the sofa.

Of course there is Father’s Day on Sunday (sorry Dad, no Ferrari this year), so if I have the car I might head through there after dropping off Louise… hmmm plans to be made I think.

And finally, Championship Manager. 2.30 am this morning. Bloody addictive.

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