Since my VAIO is still without Internet at home, I’m taking a quick break from editing reports to use the PC at work to see if I can paste writing from a Word document that includes hyperlinks without having to re-insert the links:
Maura Keany blogs at Democracy for Virginia and on Daily Kos, and I close with an except from one of her posts to prove the ethical dilemmas that result from transparent nature of the blogosphere, a topic with great research potential:
To me, blogging is unique because it is a conversation as much as it is a publication. The fact that my readers can fact-check the piece themselves, using the primary sources that I link to upon which I based my concerns, the fact that they can write back and offer feedback, the fact that other blogs link to the story and do additive research on it, all make blogging a unique kind of conversation.
OK I can see that the links didn’t appear, so I’ll come back later and edit. Damn!
I can’t let today go without posting a link to the Washington Post obituary for Peter Jennings. He was always mother’s favorite as she had the pleasure of meeting him at a United Nations dinner over 30 years ago. I just talked to her on the phone and she was still gushing over how handsome he was and the nicest and most genuine person she’d ever met from that circle.
I don’t know where I’ve been–I had no idea he had even gone public with his illness in April or that he wasn’t even on the air any more. So when I heard this news late last night, I was deeply saddened. I happened to find a retrospective on ABC minutes later which is available here.
Thanks to Mike for his comment on ethics and surveillance–I’ve only skimmed it because I need to get to bed, but felt I should make the connection between it and seeing The Island tonight. Ever since I started the new job, I’ve felt a bit more “tracked” and “branded” myself. Not quite the cloning conspiracy from the film, but it certainly made me think about the scientific possibilites out there.
What I actually edit, for those of you interested, are the surveillance reports of investigators who have been hired to check on those claimants filing workman’s compensation claims. It can be pretty interesting stuff to read, particularly on days when we get a lot of incriminating video! The points of Christopher Carter that Mike summarized in his post seem most comparable to my ideas of/recent experiences with corporate surveillance, but let me sleep on it, read a little more, and then make more of a statement then.
Didn’t get as much writing done today as I would have liked but think I’m in a good place. Draft isn’t even due til end of August but I’m hoping the bulk of it is done in the next week and a half or so because I need to start preparing for the Fall semester.
Here are my 2 finds for the day: a must-have accessory for the Powerbook thanks to Rhetoric and Democracy and a blogging bib from Torill.
And have you ever read up on a topic and felt like everything good has already been said? That’s me right now with all of Jill/txt’s publications, so let’s hope I can pull out some of the ol’ doctor daisy dazzle to add.
Will sound silly, especially because there was no reason for me not to be blogging before, other than writingblog.org being down, but I’m so happy to be back on the scene and metablogging! I doubt I can sneak in posts from the new corporate gig, but we’ll see.
Oh! And speaking of the new gig, I’ve been meaning to post this, because it dawned on me when I purchased the 1st season of Remington Steele on dvd [don’t laugh!]: I think I was always meant to edit surveillance reports! All of my favorite shows and films feature private investigators but I never made that connection until I started working for FADV. I had always considered myself the musicals and romantic comedy type but here I am with a CSI addiction and looking for all of my old Encyclopedia Brown books! 🙂
So I’m trying to draft an article on blogs for publication in an upcoming volume on Digital Tools and Composition Studies, and the fact that I’ve currently got half a dozen blogs is freaking me out! Talk about heteroglossia…But so far I feel good about what I’ve written. Plan on getting another 5 + pages out tomorrow. Wish me luck!
Have heard that writingblog.org’s content has been saved, but even so, I want this space to have a more complete look to it. Cross-posting everything from my blog-city space, my linking literacy Blogger space, my MSN Spaces space (teehee) and even my Friendster space is the plan…However, when I tried pasting in stuff from a Word document here into Word Press, the links didn’t carry over. Again, it might be a Mac thing or maybe a Word Press thing, but I will figure it out. Anyone have any ideas?
As of now, I’m living vicariously through other bloggers like Mike, Clancy, Preston, jill/txt, Dennis, and Julie, just to name a few. Oh and Kaye has some interesting stats on Iranian bloggers, which reminded me of the notes I took when hearing Hoder speak last December. Once I get a unified blog set up, I’ll add those notes too–finally!
Oh, and on a less academic note, I did I mention I am babysitting an anaconda? More on that later! But if you read this and are in NOLA, don’t you dare tell my mother!
Once again, my fellow bloggers have saved the day and gotten me back blogging and linking as much as I wanna from my Mac. I figured Firefox would be the solution but last time I tried it with Blogger and blog-city it still acted strange. Oh well! Here we go!
As for an update, today we started in a new office building and I really like it. I’ve cut my commute in half and even felt more productive as an editor today. Tomorrow will be busy with AC flying in and spending a whirlwind 24 hours in town before heading to Korea, but I will savor every minute!
So to make sure a link gets in here, go to the official website [then proceed to Blockbuster to rent] for A Love Song for Bobby Long, a great film made in NOLA that barely made it to the theatres even though it stars Scarlett J and John Travolta and my friend Dane R!
With no cable modem working on my Sony VAIO and with a new blog to play with, I thought I would take what I’ve salvaged from writingblog.org and re-post it here. Unfortunately, this WordPress site is like the rest with my Powerbook and won’t give me a formatting palette to work with–>no links. And with no links, what the hell is the point?!?!?!?!
More later if I figure something out or just plain blog from the FADV computers…
Watch this space for the updated version of what was formally writingblog.org/doctordaisy. All those times I said I would cross-post and didn’t have finally caught up with me.
I can’t very well write an article on blogs and then never blog myself!