RSS feeds as art?

RSS feeds as art? I followed a link to the rexblog via Technorati from a place(?) on the web I believe is called /r – echos/ (below the name are the following words: reblog / rebloging / feedonfeeds / permanent reconstruction / personnal news agregator / news scanner). The page, which I must describe as art rather than, well, anything else, appears to be the work of Jerome Rigaud (I’ll be happy to correctly identify the artist if I’m doing my typical name botching). I don’t know quite how to describe what he (they? she?) is doing other than to say the page uses a hack of the server-side RSS aggregator Feed on Feeds to gather content that is re-published in a creatively chaotic fashion.

For example, the site displays my post about A9 from last Thursday like this:


This isn’t for everyone, but I find the effort fascinating. Dig a little deeper and he also explores from an artistic point-of-view the workings of his website, for example, something he calls, “my logs study“. I’m fascinated with where he’s heading, perhaps because I have absolutely no idea where that may be or why he wants to go there. But, that’s usually where the interesting stuff is found.

Making money with weblogs update

Making money with weblogs follow-up: Since I’ve been receiving e-mail related to the topic of making money from weblogs ever since I wrote an article on the topic and blogged the Bloggercon II session moderated by Jeff Jarvis on the “business of blogging,” I couldn’t let this weblog’s serendipitous good fortune I discovered yesterday escape without trying to make a buck off it. From its referrer log, I noticed that the rexblog was receiving traffic from google searches of the word, “hammock”. (Ironically, it’s my last name, but I have never owned one.) I tried the search myself and discovered the rexblog shows up on the front page results…even higher than the URL associated with my day job, So, to be of service to those who are surfing the web in search of a great hammock, I’ve set up an affiliate relationship with the fine folks at and have added some promotional text in the upper left-hand corner conveniently located for those who have stumbled here looking for a rope swing and not for its scintillating news and commentary. I will keep you posted of my success in this new venture as a hammock entrepreneur.

On a related topic, I’m still working on my next rexblog money-making get rich quick scheme that I hope may somehow take advantage of where this weblog shows up when you search Google for “how to make money from weblogs”.

Prenups, anyone?

Prenups, anyone? I guess since I blogged this “magazine-related” news when it first appeared as a news item buried deep in the WSJ, I felt I should blog the follow-up that I first heard about on the “weddings page” of yesterday’s NYT.

Quote from the NY Times:

bride and bridegroom met in October 2001. That year Ms. Wetlaufer
interviewed Mr. Welch for (The Harvard Business Review, where she was
editor). The relationship that developed from that collaborastion
resulted in Ms. Wetlaufer’s resignation from the business review and
became an issue in his subsequent divorce. Ms. Wetlaufer and Mr.
Welchar are now working on a book, “Winning,” for HarperCollins, which
is about the competitive and organization aspects of business.

People, I don’t make this stuff up.

Music City welcomes Bloggercon III?

Music City welcomes Bloggercon III? Via Steve Warwick Kirks (whose blog is named “The House of Warwick”) (who lives in Missouri), I’ve learned that Robert Cox (who lives in the New York City vicinity) is suggesting that Bloggercon III be held in Nashville.

As someone without a vested interest in it…I would like to propose Nashville, Tennessee as the next location. A number of years ago, in planning a family reunion, I discovered that Nashville is centrally located in the United States when you weight the country by population. More people are within a reasonable distance from Nashville than anywhere else in the country.

Since, as best I can determine, I was the only Nashvillian to attend Bloggercon II, I obvioiusly think this idea sounds good. I will be more than happy to pull together a host committee and secure all the appropriate venues and local sponsorship necessary. I agree with Robert that there are at least two universities here which could likely host the event. I can think of some natural alliances (for example, the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and the Nashville Technology Council) who may have interest in participation or sponsorship. And yes, despite many of them living a couple hours east of Nashville, the Rocky Top Brigade would be rite-friendly group to welcome folks.

And, as Robert noted, Tennessee (although not Nashville) has a genuine blogging superstar who perhaps could be coaxed into appearing. (I have not had the honor of meeting Professor Reynolds, but he once pointed to this humble weblog). And I know my fellow Nashville blogger Bill Hobbs would be on board.

Easy and inexpensive flights into Nashville via Southwest would also make it attractive.

Dave, just say the word. We’ll start vacuuming the red carpet.