Some bloggers are made, others are born

One thing that few know about me is that I am wild about fantasy baseball. One of my longest-standing and best fantasy baseball friends recently confirmed what we’d all suspected for a long time: he has entirely too much time on his hands.

Just kidding! But Jason has been blogging for the past few months – It is about the money, stupid and doing a very very good job of it. He’s taken to the form like a fish to water, and if you follow baseball even a little bit, you’ll definitely enjoy it.

Unsung (or less-sung) blogs of 2007

From’s Rex Sorgatz: Best Blogs of 2007 That You (Maybe) Aren’t Reading.


and potentially wonderful: Notable Words. “Sites are created when people have ideas and want to distribute content. Why then does writing almost always play second fiddle to design on the web? I don’t think it should, and I don’t think I’m alone.”

Long-time friend

and supporter M-J Milloy, who used to keep an excellent blog called “The New Forum” has resurfaced with a very promising new site: EPIDEMIca, a weblog about infectious disease. From the boilerplate: “Whether emerging diseases like AIDS and SARS or old plagues like tuberculosis and syphilis, infectious diseases are the greatest threat to the health of the people of the world.” One to watch.

From chandrasutra:

The blogger’s blogger: an interview with Beth of The Cassandra Pages. A wonderful portrait of a master of the weblog form.

I’m getting ready for

a switch to an all-new backend to this site – this accounts for the lack of posts in recent days. Although I really enjoy Blogger, and will continue to use it for other sites, and despite testing and enjoying Radio Userland as well, I have decided to use Movable Type. The switch over has been extremely simple and has gone very smoothly – the only delay has been in the implementation of some features in different ways than the default install suggests, which has taken some learning to do properly. A very nice thing is that all of the current permalinks should continue to work as always.

Prof. Lawrence Lessig

argued Eldred v Ashcroft before the Supreme Court today. As reported on Boing Boing, the oral arguments have already been summarized on a weblog by the fine people of LawMeme: Live From Eldred v. Ashcroft. Check it out.

Lessig responds

, very graciously, to Dave Winer in his weblog. “Hey, Dave, peace. Of course I don’t mean that you’ve, literally, done nothing. Obviously and of course, you’ve done great things for the movement. Nor when I criticized the copyright system was I saying anything about you. (Obviously lots of people use copyright to spread knowledge, rather than hide it. Copyleft is still copyright. And I am, as my writing should make clear, pro-copyright.)”

Edward Felten

has recounted a bad experience with SpamCop in his new weblog, Freedom To Tinker. Interesting story about the excesses among the erstwhile “good guys” in the fight against spam. [via boingboing]

Via a long trail of sources

I came to a blog by Brian St. Pierre, who, in a piece called Hacking the Law, suggests that as many or most of us on the Internet are also copyright owners, the Berman Coble bill could be taken advantage of by all of us. Dave Winer picks up the thread in Scripting News today: “I wonder if anyone at the RIAA has a copy of Scripting News on their hard drive? Hmmm. If the law passes, I could write a virus to find out. Of course it would have to look at all their computers to be sure we didn’t miss any.”