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"We Blog" Coming Soon

It's hard to believe but our book, We Blog: Publishing Online with Weblogs will be published in two days! Which means if you order now, you can have it as soon as it's released. As someone who's wanted to write a book her whole life, you'd think I'd be more excited than I am. Perhaps it's because I co-wrote it? No, I don't think that's it. I couldn't imagine writing a book with two better people than pb and Matt. Perhaps because it's a techie-type book I don'ty have an emotional attachment to it? Nah, I don't think it's that either. I think it's because it hasn't sunk in yet -- it doesn't seem real. Maybe when it arrives and I actually feel it and touch it and see my name on the cover. Maybe then it will sink in and I'll feel excited, or proud, or horrified, or whatever it is that authors feel when they see their words on the printed page for the first time (or second time, since I did have a book review published in a magazine in April, but you know what I mean). Or maybe I'll never feel anything great about the book, and I'll just say, "Oh, yeah, I wrote a book," and then move on to my next big thing.

Goldmember

I saw Goldmember over the weekend, and while it had its moments, it wasn't as good as either of the first two. Perhaps I'm too prudish, but in this one Mike Myers took the poop and fart jokes too far for my taste. Still I think Myers is a genius and he manages to portray four different characters in this film and find some fresh new material for a film that could have simply regurgitated jokes from the first two installments. Recommended as a matinee.

Blogroots Redesign

We've redesigned Blogroots a bit to reflect the book's cover and we've added some more features, including Blogpopuli, a blog filled with TrackBack posts -- meaning that whenever someone who uses Movable Type to publish their weblog writes a post they think would make sense for Blogroots, they can notify our site and we'll include a snippet of their post on our Blogpopuli page, with a link back to their site. For more details, see the tutorial on how it works and how to participate.

Also chapter 3, Navigating the Blog Universe is now online for your reading pleasure.

Seabiscuit the Movie

Looks like Tobey Maguire is going to produce and star in a movie adaptation of Seabiscuit. He'll have to lose all the Spidey body he built up and more to portray Red Pollard, The Biscuit's jockey. I hope they use some real footage in the movie, especially for the exciting race scenes. That would be cool.

Minority Report, Round 2

I saw Minority Report again yesterday and found that it really doesn't hold up upon a second viewing. The first time, I enjoyed it (except for those dumb wooden balls.) But this time around, I found the technological short-comings too much to bear. All I could think of was Jane's hysterically-funny essay and I kept wondering why someone would go through the trouble to make such a "good" movie and leave it filled with so many holes.

Wouldn't it have been far more creepy, and interesting, and probable, if Anderton's security *had* been cancelled? Then he wouldn't have gotten any old eyeballs for his transplant, he'd have to get the eyes of someone with security clearance, someone he worked with. Now that would have been interesting! (Who to choose? How to go about doing it?)

Back on schedule?

One of the things I enjoy about maintaining megnut is the ability it provides for me to go back in time and view what I was thinking about or doing at this time last year, or the year before. Poking around in July of 2000, I stumbled across this post in which I was bemoaning the lack of progress in my life. It's funny to see that since that time, I've actually checked some things off that list. Book? Written! Savings for house? In the black! (Though woefully short of a San Francisco down payment.) 29? Long gone! Marriage? Kids? PhD? Well, some things take time. And with some people, they take lots of time.

Saute Wednesday Redesign

Saute Wednesday's got a nice redesign up and has added some more functionality with its "Random Link" boxes at the top of the page. Now if only the site were updated frequently, I'd be one happy reader!

Guest DaveNet

Dave asked me if he could run my last megnut column on blogging as a DaveNet piece the other day. I happily assented and O'Reilly did as well. It will be interesting to see what different pieces the column will reach through this channel. I'm sure there will be some fresh perspectives and feedback because of it. And that's exactly why I agreed to let him run it.

Penn Station Bathroom Memories

My post about the Bryant Park bathroom brought an email response from my aunt, who used to live in NYC. She writes,

Your comments brought this incredibly vivid memory sweeping back to me. You and your mother had come to visit me on the train, and I was picking you up at Penn Station. You had to go to the bathroom, and much to my dismay, we went into the public restroom in Penn Station. For me, it was like a scene out of the dark ages- dark shapes of women lined the sides kind of moaning and definitely stinking. You were quick and we got out alive.

It's funny to hear that memory since, though I remember a lot from those magical trips to NY to visit my aunt, I don't recall that bathroom visit. It must not have been *that* bad if I don't even remember it. I do remember one time when my mom, brother and I ran for the subway but only I made it, and the door closed behind me, catching my bag in the middle. The door re-opened quickly, just enough time for me to pull my bag in. I still remember the look of horror on my mother's face as the train pulled away from the station with her nine year old daughter on board (who had no money, no ID, and no idea where her aunt's apartment was, aside from "the upper west side").

But my favorite 1980's NYC memory is buying Nintendo Game & Watch handhelds from one of the zillions of electronics stores all over Manhattan. Parachute (close-up of box) was the first we got and between my brother, my mom and I, there was always a fight over who got to play and who held the high score. Another memory is of the first time I had sushi, but that one's not nearly as good. Probably more akin to the yuck of the bathroom at Penn Station.

Subway update

For those that need closure on the NYC subway anecdote: I got off at the next stop and waited. Several trains passed through the station, and eventually (though I'm sure it wasn't more than ten minutes or so) my mom and brother stepped out of one. I think my mom was a little surprised to see me; she said she assumed I'd just take the train all the way to my aunt's and meet them there. Funny thing is, I don't even remember being scared at all. Just annoyed that my mom and brother were such slow runners.

Opus Creative Commons

Opus: "Opus seeks to build a creative commons with a community of media practitioners, artists, authors and the public from all over the world. Here people can present their own work and make it open for transformation, besides intervening and transforming the work of others by bringing in new materials, practices and insights. The Discussion forums are there to open out the works to comments and reflections. Opus follows the same rules as those that operate in all free software communities - i.e. the freedom to view, to download, to modify and to redistribute. The source(code), in this case the video, image, sound or text, is free to use, to edit and to redistribute."

Mail is back

Forgot to mention: mail is back. If you sent something on Friday, you might want to resend to make sure I got it.

The Biscuit

Sometimes when I read a book, I get infatuated with a character or person in the story and I can't stop thinking or talking about him or her. Last fall when I read The Making of a Chef, Thomas Keller became the object of my obsession. Back then it was, "Thomas Keller does..." and "Did you know that Thomas Keller..." non-stop.

Now it's Seabiscuit, or The Biscuit. Did you know most horses sleep standing up? But not The Biscuit -- he liked to bed down in a big ol' pile of hay. And The Biscuit liked to eat the hay even though he'd already had dinner. And The Biscuit had funny front legs that didn't straighten quite right so people thought he couldn't run fast. And did you know that The Biscuit...

Email Ist Kaput

It looks like my email is down for some reason, so if you're expecting to hear from me via email, please reset your expectations. Not sure what's up.

Lost Gloss

I hate it when things like this happen: I've had this Bloom lip gloss in 'Cutie Pie' for ages, and don't even wear it much. For some reason, I decided to bring it along on this trip and discovered it's perfect for wear both day and night. Not too glam and not too bright, it was just right and I was so pleased. But it appears it was not meant to be -- after 24 hours of new-found love and rekindled appreciation for its glossing abilities, I lost it last night in a bar in SOHO.

Bryant Park Blogging

I [heart] NY wireless. How nice is this -- to be sitting at a little green French table beneath the trees in Bryant Park, blogging and emailing courtesy of Intel and NYC Wireless. Thanks folks!

Seabiscuit: An American Legend

Yesterday on the way to the airport I realized I'd forgotten to bring a book (since I'm between books, I put-off my final decision on what to read next until the morning of departure, having narrowed down my choices the evening before) to read on the plane. Faced the the grim prospect of purchasing something in the airport bookstore, I slogged in, expecting to settle for the latest from Oprah's book club. Imagine my delight when I saw two copies of Seabiscuit: An American Legend sitting on the display table.

I'd put Seabiscuit on my wish list ages ago, when it first came out. So I snapped it up and settled in for some good reading over breakfast on my way to New York. What a book! "A first-rate piece of storytelling" says the New York Times, and I couldn't agree more. I'm already half-way through and would like nothing more than to spend the rest of the day reading about the Depression and horse racing.

I'm really enjoying this book for several reasons: 1) I don't know anything about Seabiscuit, so hearing his story is compelling in and of itself, 2) the book opens up the world of jockeys and Thoroughbred racing, something about which I'm not very familiar, 3) I love it when books do that -- absorb you into unfamiliar surroundings and make it engaging and real, 4) I love this horse! There's a picture of his face about a third of the way through and I found myself thinking, "that's such a Seabiscuit expression!" when I saw it. That's how thoroughly and wonderfully Ms. Hillenbrand pulls you into the world and character of Seabiscuit.

BlogRoots Ch 8 Online

We've decided we're going to post the entire contents of our new book, We Blog: Publishing Online with Weblogs online at the book's website, Blogroots.com. We've posted the first chapter (which isn't the book's first chapter, it's actually the book's eighth) entitled, Using Blogs in Business. I really like this chapter a lot -- it's chock-full of ideas about ways in which weblogs can be used in a business environment and I think it contains some really neat stuff.

Correction: One Million Dollars

Correction: One Million Dollars! Those stupid Friends get $1,000,000 each per episode!! I knew $100,000 seemed too low...and isn't that show finishing up after next season? Couldn't they take just a fraction of the $6M they were spending on each episode and pay Rob Lowe with it? Or are they going to instead pour it into some worthless "The Osbournes" rip-off?

Rob Lowe Leaving The West Wing

Looks like Rob Lowe will be departing the West Wing at the end of the next season because of a salary dispute. Hopefully NBC will realize the error of their ways before this happens and give him a raise. Heck, if those stupid Friends can get $100,000+ per episode, Rob Lowe should be able to. Lowe is great on that show and Sam Seaborn is a wonderful character. I'll be sad to see him go, West Wing is far and away my favorite program on TV these days and I can't get enough of it.

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