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[META] What social media do you recommend?

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What the subject line says. Blogs, Twitter, photo accounts–name it.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 8, 2016 at 11:00 pm

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[WRITING] On the death of Livejournal, part x (Kazakhstan)

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Going through IWPR’s recent archives, I was very surprised to see the article “LiveJournal Returns in Kazakstan, But Now Facebook is King”, by one Botagoz Seidakhmetova, which noted that the ban on Livejournal had been lifted in Kazakhstan in November after four years. That it had been banned at all is something I had been unaware of–Global Voices had noticed this back in September 2011, but I had not seen it.

The authorities in Kazakstan have unblocked the LiveJournal blogging website, four years after shutting down access to it.

A government statement on November 11 said the decision was taken after unlawful material – religious and extremist propaganda and information about weapons – were deleted.

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Commentators suspect that LiveJournal incurred anger because opposition leaders based abroad used it as a platform for attacking the government. One was Rahat Aliev, former son-in-law of President Nursultan Nazarbaev, who went into exile after being prosecuted, and proceeded to publish allegations of wrongdoing by Kazakstan’s leaders.

Aliev is no longer a threat to the government – he committed suicide in a Vienna prison in February 2015.

In all likelihood, LiveJournal is no longer relevant since most of its users have shifted to Facebook.

Pavel Bannikov, a Russian-language poet who used to use LiveJournal, recalls how influential it used to be – literary journals would find new content on the site and approach writers to seek permission to print their poetry.

“It’s good that LiveJournal has reopened. But in Kazakstan, LiveJournal won’t become what it was in 2007, when everyone used it as a news source,” Bannikov added. “I’ve noticed that in the last three years, virtually all the active, engaging users – the ones you’d like to read and hear their views – have gone over to Facebook.”

In that Livejournal, no longer a global contender, seems to be now substantially limited to the Russophone world, that it has been so thoroughly kneecapped in one of the largest Russophone countries about is not a good sign. The damage inflicted just can’t be reversed, not without some further and wholly unexpected shift.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 25, 2016 at 10:47 pm

[BLOG] Some Tuesday links

  • blogTO shares photos of Yonge Street going back a century.
  • Centauri Dreams talks about some vintage science fictions set at Alpha Centauri.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes a simulation suggesting that, in solar systems like ours with massive outer gas giants, impacts like those which formed the Moon are common.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes Russia’s interests in roboticizing its military.
  • Far Outliers shares Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan’s concern about the new gatedness of the Internet.
  • Language Log notes the death of John Holm, a linguist who studied creoles.
  • Marginal Revolution notes Sweden’s imposition of border controls.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw speculates about Australia’s prospects in the coming year.
  • Torontoist shares its list of local heroes and villains.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • The Broadside Blog’s Caitlin Kelly asks what readers are reading.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at the miraculous way gravitational lensing can refract supernovas.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze notes the compplex HD 100546 system.
  • The Dragon’s Tales looks at the dinosaurs of ancient South Africa.
  • Geocurrents looks back on the past year.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer considers which Republican presidential candidates might be good drinking partners.
  • Torontoist suggests things to do this New Year’s Eve.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russia is even alienating Armenia and notes Russian upset over Turkish support for the Crimean Tatars.

[LINK] “A life worth living – reflections on the sudden death of Will Owen”

The day after I noted the death of co-blogger Edward Hugh, I found Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw mourning the death of another blogging, Aboriginal art blogger Will Owen.

On 2 December, our fellow blogger Will Owen died unexpectedly in his sleep at his Chapel Hill North Carolina home. He was just 63. We had never met in person, but I felt that I knew him.

Will and I first interacted back in June 2007 when he commented on a post I had written on the Howard-Brough Aboriginal intervention in the Northern Territory, I hadn’t seen his blog, Aboriginal Art and Culture: an American eye, although by then it had been established for over two years. I looked, and it became one of my regular reads.

Later I nominated some of his posts for consideration by Club Troppo/On-line Opinion for the best independent Australian blog posts of 2008. There was some doubt as to his eligibility, but I thought that Will’s focus should make him eligible. I was pleased, and so was he, when his Basedow’s photographs made the list. Later still, and rightly, the blog was selected for permanent retention as part of the National Library’s Pandora Archive.

While I knew of Will through his work on Aboriginal art, his main professional role was as a librarian. He began work at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Library in 1976 as a student assistant in the collection development department. At the time of his death, he was Associate University Librarian for Technical Services and Systems, a position he had held since 2011. He had also served since July as the Library’s interim Director of Human Resources.

Our virtual communities are real. My condolences, to everyone.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 30, 2015 at 3:12 pm

[META] What do you think is the future of blogging?

I suppose that my question of the title could well be phrased as something like “Does blogging have a future?” Do you think so? What do you think it should be?

(Yes, this relates directly to my content here at A Bit More Detail. Don’t let that stop you.)

Written by Randy McDonald

December 23, 2015 at 8:30 pm

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[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on the Syrian war of Russia.
  • Geocurrents’ Martin Lewis shares a video lecture of his noting misleading maps.
  • Language Hat notes the false Slavic etymologies of Leibniz.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money reports on the human costs of living near a nuclear facility in India.
  • The Map Room’s Jonathan Crowe reports that blog is returning.
  • The Planetary Society Blog reports about NASA’s substantial new budget.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Africa will become a major source of terrorists and notes that Russia is trying to ally with social conservatives in the Baltic States.

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