Thursday, May 20, 2004

New Blog

Raed & The Irani; a conversation between Niki (the Irani) and Raed (m-hm, that Raed). Synopsis thus far; Raed asks the questions and Niki gently breaks all the rules.


#5/22/2004 08:24:00 am Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

Yet another new one. This is the successor to CryMeARiverbend which was a group discussion blog for frustrated readers of Iraqi Blogs that don't afford comments or talkback. The proprietor of CryMe quit due to receiving death threats. [Somebody need a hug?]

The replacement is called Jarrars up a River. It is being maintained by Prof Jeffery who follows the Iraqi Blog Scene as if it's a soap opera-- he does it to relax from grading college papers. But he isn't just a highbrow snob... oh no... he is into popular culture and trivia... and he probably even knows who owned Gilligan's Island back in the day.

Raed already consecrated it with one of his asterisks-in-cheek.

#5/22/2004 02:51:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

Thank you anonymous. If you could leave some sort of name that would be good.

#5/22/2004 07:23:00 pm Assalam Aleikom Anonymous Anonymous

I'm sorry, Emigre. It's me, Button. I was very tired at that point and I didn't think it mattered. Last night, I guess it was around 9-ish, though I don't really remember and would need to check what time I posted the entry, I wanted to publicly acknowledge that CMAR had received Death Threats-- which I strongly disapprove of. Then I came across a new essay posted by Prof Rosen from NYU (PressThink Blog) which dovetailed with this kind of theme. So I posted the 2 related subjects together. Some time later it suddenly hit me that his blog was MT with a trackback. I picked up a little application which I sometimes use to do a trackback from my blogger blog. I thought if I do a tb the Death Threat issue would get more exposure. So about 3 hours later after the original posting, I had to collect all the info to do a separate tb called 'simple trackback.' By the time I completed that exercise, I was exhausted!

I should sign these things at the end of my entry. I will try to do that from now on. I am very wary of entering too much info into these systems-- I worry that Hal could create a 'profile' on me or keep track of my meanderings or in case I say something that's not sufficiently PC, a montypython squad could track me down and penalize me. This once happened to a professor from columbia university. His name somehow got on a bad list and the fbi screwed around with him for several decades after that. He couldn't get jobs and strange, adverse things would happen to him. We haven't forgotten all that.

#5/23/2004 04:30:00 am Assalam Aleikom Blogger emigre

security concerns me too. any kind of nickname will do, just for the sake of affability, i know it's easy to overlook in blogger comments at the moment because there is no prompt to leave a name - unless i change the settings to "registered users only" , which i'd rather not do.



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