I had a great post that I lost. Hate hate hate when that happens. But did I press “save.” No.
Google announced a new search engine for blogs. Found an ad for that on the Gmail sidebar when I was reading a comment.
I have mixed feelings about that as I have about blogging in general today. I don’t enjoy the uncouthness that comes with political blogging. I have never met such sleazes as some people on the right. They go way beyond political arguing; they examine your psyche and try to hit you where it hurts.
The thing is it doesn’t hurt; it’s more like stepping into mud and not being able to wipe it off very easily.
Its been raining for seven straight days. My broken toe is throbing, I’m having oral surgery on Monday, and can’t take Advil or drink strong ginger tea without sweetner; I’m convinced that they cure everything. My allergy to mold comes out with the rain; sometimes I feel that I should hire myself out as a human mold detector. I have a minor lung condition that dampness seems to excabarate. And at 3:15 AM this Friday morning four years ago my mom fell, and died fifteen minutes later.
My mom had perfect timing in life, and truly lousy timing in dying; 33 days after the Trade Center. Honestly, I can laugh about it now, at times. Bloggers have been an incredible support, and have played an important role in my becoming me again.
My dad had the perfect, for the family, death. He had a massive stroke, never regained conciousness, and died five days later. It was just enough time to come to peace with it. And I got to tell jokes for a standing room only crowd at his funeral. He would have loved it. Often I find a Google search on “funny funerals” in my stats.
People on the right say that I’m whiny. Nu. I’m a New York Jew who is half Irish Catholic by birth. The Fisher siblings on Six Feet Under were. I rest my case. They say I ask too many questions and don’t supply answers. The day I stop asking quesions is the day I die. I know some people read my blog for amno to use against me.
Savannah, Toto and I have thought about this. We want to be true to ourselves.
And we just lost the second half of my post. Damn I had this whole thing about not knowing if I can trust, another big problem of mine, Google’s search engine had Courting at two out of 144,000 sometime this summer on a “James Spader, William Shatner,” search. I thought maybe nobody except us loved them; every week at ten on Tuesdays I realize how foolish that was. Boston Legal is the one show I watch live; or while it’s being DVR’d. Would never chance missing it.
I’m really not a competitive person; I’m a stat person. I even love getting grades and performance evaluations because they show how I measure, where I excell, where I need to improve. I’m not suggesting that commenters do this unless I know and love you. You know who you are.
I don’t want to be competitive and am planning on being a totally laid back blogger. But Google page ranks, just for bloggers. Think about the implications. People outside blog land will know what you’re talking about. It could be a great or horrible thing. Read the article; they actually explain their ranking system for relevant posts. They didn’t mention page ranks, but…Google already shows me that people go to Google to go to BE to go to Courting. I have the new book on Google and haven’t read it yet; a little scared to know more.
Oh right I had a whole thing about David Brooks, the NY Times house conservative bashing Harriet Miers it’s called In her own words. Talk about a woman who can’t use words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Know many people think David Brooks must be secretly liberal working for The Times and all. He’s not. Read the article and see the accompanying video.
Posted the entire article on Bring it on! Didn’t include the video, darn. Have been told, never asked but was told, that I will never have a Google page ranking because I have too many outgoing links, but I love to link things. It’s one of the things that make blogging so great. Just can’t imagine doing a research paper with all hyperlinks for references. Well, actually I can and would love to–so if anybody would like to give me a fellowship and living expenses for a PHD in sociology I would be in heaven. Why sociology? Combines many of my interests and is a proactive field that I could combine with my under grad degree in Urban Studies; my Masters in Social Work; and my many careers. But all I really care about is writing, and uh, oh yes, changing America back to its former greatness.
“More and more, the intractable problems in our society have one answer: broad-based intolerance of unacceptable conditions and a commitment by many to fix problems.”
“We have to understand and appreciate that achieving justice for all is in jeopardy before a call to arms to assist in obtaining support for the justice system will be effective. Achieving the necessary understanding and appreciation of why the challenge is so important, we can then turn to the task of providing the much needed support.”