Topics

Here are some things I might blog about:

  1. My unmarked power supply collection. I would describe them in detail and speculate about what device they were for. I have other collections I might want to talk about, such as my obsolete data cable collection and my old mouse and keyboard collection.
  2. Where did I put my cell phone/wallet/keys/power supply for this device? I don't have material every day for this but the topic comes up pretty regularly.
  3. Should I throw this item of clothing out, or can I still wear it for a while longer? With photographs. It has its built-in audience consisting of my grandmother, who will now be able to comment on what I wear no matter what country she's in. Also, is it time to throw out this power supply?
  4. Should I get up? I face this pressing question several times a day. Maybe it is finally time to share my thoughts on it with the world.
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Is this a roundabout way of

Is this a roundabout way of saying that you need the Catallarchists to give you topics to blog about? :)

Is that a roundabout way of

Is that a roundabout way of saying those aren't good topics? I could spice up the "where is" category with articles on "where did I put the remote control?", "where is my turn?" (including the never-gets-old "oh $%#&, I think I missed my turn"), and "excuse me, where is the restroom?" (I can write about this last one in multiple languages, though my posts in this topic would probably tend to be brief and hurried). Last night I thought of another couple of topics: "what was that noise?" and "did I remember to lock the door?"

You could always answer the

You could always answer the pressing question of Who Moved Your Cheese? and other classics. :)

"My unmarked power supply

"My unmarked power supply collection. I would describe them in detail and speculate about what device they were for. I have other collections I might want to talk about, such as my obsolete data cable collection and my old mouse and keyboard collection."
I like the way you integrate the personal with the political. By grounding your posts in reality, you may bring new readers to the blog, or a boing-boing link, and by open-sourcing your tech quandary, you may get good free data and solve the riddles.
I have some friends who have this problem on a larger scale - at virtual scavengers in indianapolis, they have a warehouse full of miscellaneous computer junk waiting to be recycled. in theory, this is a cool resource. in practice, they are going broke due to overheard.
Some of it goes to the scrap yard, because we don't know what it is or what it's for or if it works. Your system of identification-via-blog could help solve that problem. Similarly,

Should I throw this item of clothing out, or can I still wear it for a while longer? With photographs. It has its built-in audience consisting of my grandmother, who will now be able to comment on what I wear no matter what country she's in. Also, is it time to throw out this power supply?

instead of throwing out clothing, you can auction it off, barter, or award as prizes. reduce, reuse, recycle.

The End is Nigh

Well, past nigh, really. I guess this blog's existence means the rapture, or the singularity, or at least springtime, is finally here. Thank your god, and thanks also to the Catallarchists for setting up this pretty new site, and to Constant for finally heeding the call of your fellow comment grues.

Is there a way to elevate some "community" blogs to the front page, or to my personal front page if I have one?

Yeah, we're working on that.

Yeah, we're working on that. The site you see now is actually just the first draft that we put up in time for May Day. We're still working on the actual facade and inner workings as we speak. Er, type. One of the things will be a community-driven "promote to front page" if folk think it is interesting enough. We'll see how it all goes.

Any suggestions on what else you'd like to see? We're still in the highly polymorphic stage...

Hm, I didn't realize until

Hm, I didn't realize until now that Catallarchy/The Distributed Republic was operated in service of the international socialist movement. I may have to reevaluate a few things about where my life stands.

The site already looks pretty good, although I guess it could still be individualized a bit, and you say you're still in the process of designing the actual look. It's not something I'll wind up complaining about -- I think I was the only person in the universe who enjoyed the yellow-and-gray look at the old Catallarchy -- so I'll look forward to seeing the design you choose.

As for functionality, I'll try to make note of any ideas for improvement I come up with; I don't have much now. One thing I'd like to clarify about the "promote to front page" discussion: I'm not sure if this will be possible, but what I'd like to see is the ability to include a person's entire "community" blog to appear on my main page, so that I automatically see all his or her posts, rather than (or in addition to) just seeing some individual posts that are promoted to the front page one-by-one. I'm not sure if that's what you were already getting at...

All in all, though, it's looking nice already -- I like the threaded comments, and the neatness, and it seems like this framework (Drupal?) will allow for essentially limitless flexibility. As I said, I'll aim to remember any ideas that occur to me in the future.

Man, I came up with the old

Man, I came up with the old color scheme, and I loved it. *sniff* (I miss my The Matrix format.)

But I bow to the consumer, after many years of browbeating by Jon and the rest of the crew. And the readers. And their significant others. And their pets. Bah.

We are going for a more personalized look, which will be rolled out in the coming weeks.