I went into NY today and this is what it looked like (at least to me)
Mike from Larkfarm is shutting down. I can't fault anyone for getting on with their lives, since weblogging takes quite a bit of time, especially at the level that Mike did it. The Larkfarm weblog was the primary inspiration for KIPlog and will be sorely missed. Through 2,558 entries, Mike has shown us amazing things in the far corners of the Web, and the far corners of human knowledge and experience. Those who read Mike's posts and links through the years undoubtedly became smarter, more knowledgeable humans. As I've said from the start of this weblog, knowing the exsistence of the kinds of resources the Web contains, whether they be repositories of great literature, or condiment package museums, is knowledge itself.
The concept of the weblog is evolving into many different forms - journals, narratives, political discussions, intellectual explorations, spontaneous literature, media and news sentries, special interest periodicals, etc, but the original concept of explorer and tour guide into the vast reaches of the expanding Web is slowly being diluted. However, I have no doubt that legions of new explorers will be inspired by Mike's work, as well as the work of many other venerable, if somewhat weary, webloggers. I also know legions of smart, curious humans will continue to build the sort of content that makes the Web the greatest repository of human knowledge and a place worthy of exploring.
I've been neglecting KIPlog a little since I've started the FoodBlog, so here's some bug photography to make it look like I'm doing something around here. Note that these are live, wild insects, they're not gassed and glued onto sticks. The smiling green dragonfly (a Green Clearwing) took off from it's first pose to snatch a fly that was buzzing around my head as I was taking the picture. The dragonfly landed nearby and promptly chomped the fly's head off. If you want to know more about dragonflies, make sure you check out Raphael Carter's photos and descriptions.
A good size group of Chicago Webloggers showed up at the Hopleaf last night. There's a very artistic rendering of the event. Here's a list: angst-indent prone, fiendish plot,
fuckcorporategroceries, making of a restaurant,
me3dia, no commercial potential, picturepicture, smellen and 3 stations. I'm not sure which I coveted more, Andrew's signed copy of Alton Brown's cookbook, or Sandy's new Handspring Treo.
- Realizing The Dream A pilgrimage halfway across the country to visit American Science and Surplus. For those of you unfamiliar with the place, it's a mecca for cheap toys, gas masks, and urine sample jars sold in bulk. We're lucky to have the place right here in Chicago.
- 28mm a nice photgraphy site. found via injust-spring, another worthwhile Chicago blog.
- Speaking of Chicago blogs, stop by the Hopleaf, tonight, Wed, 6/19, and meet some Chicago Bloggers.
NPR is stupid
I expect a giant vat of festering consultants like KMPG to have a clueless 'no-linking' policy, but never expected the liberal, but still intelligent NPR, to have such a policy: "Linking to or framing of any material on this site without the prior written consent of NPR is prohibited. If you would like to link to NPR from your Web site, please fill out the link permission request form." Cluelessness has a new posterboy. Thanks to Kestrel's Nest for pointing it out.
I though it was just me, but Dan Margulis, Photoshop guru, has pointed out several file format and workflow issues with the newest version. He goes into much more detail in his Makeready column in the June issue of Electronic Publishing. Unfortunately, that issue isn't online yet. Basically the complaints are: if you usually batch open images from a Nikon or Canon digital camera, it's now a pain in the ass, the TIFF format has been seriously degraded, and the default for saving in PSD format will typically double the size of your layered files.
I've been trying to keep up my topical blogs list, adding to it every one in a while. I admit I haven't cleaned out the dead or dying ones, mainly becasue I love pointing out that somebody actually kept a lint-roller blog. Here's a sample of some of the more interesting ones I've found recently:
The explosion of political blogs and pundits makes it hard to keep up with that genre, but I am noticing more and more qualified pundits. However categorizing them all into meaningful lists is actually more difficult than categorizing bloggers by what they drive (jeep driving blogggers: Ken Layne, Sgt. Stryker, me, and many more).
- Noodle Food a libertarian objectivist, with updates about living dangerously close to the Colorado Hayman fire.
- You Grow Girl Gayla's Plant Journal, with some nice photography
Commentary on medical news by a practicing physician
- Nanodot Nanotech and other emerging technologies
- Column Two News and opinion on all things KM & CM
- Corante - Premium Blend "links to items on the cultural, creative, political, legal, social, technological and economic forces that are shaping and reshaping the world of technology"
Certainly one of the most dangerous places for urban exploration is underneath Moscow. The thought of being apprehended by the KGB for trespassing is about as scary as any of the other dangers involved. Mysteries under moscow, a 1997 article tells of a vast underground city, with stories of a uniformed revolutionary army, evidence of Stalin-era executions, people dressed in monk's robes holding underground services, a lost Byzantine library under the Kremlin and more.
For more on the head of "Diggers Planet Underground" read this 1997 Outside article and a more recent (2000) story. For even more on the subject read exploring Moscow's Underground and
The underground palaces of Moscows metro stations
Another fascinating abandoned place is Hashima, an island off Nagasaki that served as a residence for those who worked the coal mine below. The island had 5,259 people living on it in 1959. Here's a Japanese Flash page showing the island. Apparently I can mention hashima in my food blog too, since it also is snow frog glands
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