A Bit More Detail

Assorted Personal Notations, Essays, and Other Jottings

Posts Tagged ‘blogging

[META] Who reads A Bit More Detail?

Here’s a meta question: Who actually reads this? People who don’t normally comment here, and people who read this at sites I don’t track–Livejournal, Dreamwidth, Twitter, RSS feeds, you name it–please comment.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 30, 2016 at 11:57 pm

Posted in Meta, Non Blog

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[META] On types of writing at A Bit More Detail

One thing I would like to do is to associate different nights with different kinds of long-form blog posts. Thursday would be for music, as it has been for years, while Wednesday might be for pop culture, Monday and Friday for more various themed stuff, and so on.

Thematically, I’d like to focus the blog tightly. The focus I’ve chosen so far is on Toronto and secondarily on islands, not just Prince Edward Island, leaving other linkage for the [BLOG] and [NEWS] posts of the earlier parts of the day.

If you have better ideas, please tell me. I only want A Bit More Detail to get better, and recognize I need help from others to take it to the next level.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 29, 2016 at 11:58 pm

Posted in Meta, Writing

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[FORUM] What do you write?

Indulge my curiosity, if you would. Do you write at all? Is it for work only, or for pleasure? What do you write? Where do you write?

Written by Randy McDonald

May 22, 2016 at 11:57 pm

Posted in Forum, Writing

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[META] On the future of A Bit More Detail

I will be coming up with something in the next few days, some more durable and–I hope–profitable formula.

More later.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 21, 2016 at 11:59 pm

Posted in Non Blog, Writing

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[BLOG] Some Monday links

  • Anthropology.net notes the discovery of Australopithecus remains east of the Great Rift Valley.
  • blogTO suggests that Toronto restaurants east of the Don face trouble in attracting customers.
  • Patrick Cain maps gentrification over the past decade in Toronto and Vancouver.
  • Geocurrents polls its readers as to what themes they would like the blog to examine.
  • Joe. My. God. shares the new Pet Shop Boys tracks “Burn” and “Undertow”.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes the problems of the right in the United States with being consistent in its rhetoric about abortion being murder.
  • Marginal Revolution links to an interesting article suggesting that Soviet movies had fewer Americans villains than one might expect, partly because Nazis filled that niche but also because Americans were not seen as inherently threatening.
  • Personal Reflections looks at the particular fiscal imbalances of Australian federalism.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer starts to examine the likely consequences of a Venezuelan defaullt.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy notes the ongoing litigation over the Star Trek fan production Axanar.
  • Towleroad notes the first attempts to set up arranged same-sex marriages for people of Indian background.
  • Transit Toronto notes a repair to a secondary entrance of Ossington station and the continued spread of Presto readers throughout the grid.
  • Window on Eurasia suggests Russia is the chief beneficiary of an Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict.

[BLOG] Some popular culture links

  • Centauri Dreams looks at the genesis of the idea of the ramscoop starship.
  • The LRB Blog looks at migrant children held in custody in Greece and follows Syrian refugees in Izmir.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the return of Andrew Sullivan to blogging.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw notes the success of the strategy of tension in the hands of ISIS.

[BLOG] Some social sciences links

  • D-Brief looks at a study of the Jomon of prehistoric Japan, noting low levels of violence.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers the sociological complexities of effective policing and crime.
  • The Frailest Thing’s Michael Sacasas reports on the many good things in his life, personal and professional.
  • Language Hat considers the origins of the Chinese name for Rome and links to a map of Native American languages.
  • Language Log tracks down the origins of a Japanese sign barring Russian visitors.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money considers the unemployed white working class and looks at American anti-urbanism in the 20th century.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the poor prospects of immigrants in Belgium on the job market.
  • Zero Geography reports on the importance of understanding the deep background to big data and the cloud.

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