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Today's Morning Coffee Notes podcast, recorded on Interstate 5, south of Eugene. What to do with the leadership vacuum in the Democratic Party, what we can learn from people who voted for Bush, and now the truth can be told about how we really feel about Kerry and why it might not be such a bad thing if he isn't the President for the next four years.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

The audio from the Podcasting session at BloggerCon III is ready to download. All fourteen sessions will be available.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

6:20PM Pacific: Arrived safely in Seattle. Good weather all the way.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Dr Nick Riviera: Hi everybody! Permanent link to this item in the archive.

The Dallas Morning News has RSS 2.0 feeds.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Firefox 1.0 is out. Mazel tov, for all of us.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Missing feature on the Web -- show me all the Starbucks with Wifi on the drive from Redding to Seattle.  Permanent link to this item in the archive.

There's an email thread going on about the Making Money session. This was the second episode, in the first, Jeff Jarvis did an excellent job of leading a chorus of nickel-and-dimers. In other words, how can we turn blogs into mini-magazines, generating enough revenue to make us feel good about what we're doing. (My paraphrase, of course.) This is a hot topic. It was also at hot topic at this Con, but I played a little trick by choosing a DL who I knew would argue with this idea, a person who has written a book on it, a popular one, so there would be some disagreement in the room. When I walked in, mid-session, I could see my little plan hadn't worked, Doc was in front of the room fielding comments from people who really really want to think small. So I asked for a mike, and I argued with two or three people (who seemed to enjoy it). Anyway, now there's some irritation because it seemed we were trying to force our way of thinking on the people. Nothing could be further from the truth. However, we, Doc and I, were disagreeing with them, and that's what makes a conference interesting. And unusual. Usally there's a sameness to discourse at conferences that makes you fall asleep. So even if I agreed that putting Google ads on your blog was the best you could do, I would have looked for a way to incite some disagreement. Now if you think this is wrong, BloggerCon is not the place for you, and probably blogging is not a good thing for you either. You're going to get disagreed with, sometimes even when you're right. And that's a good thing. If you're always surrounded by people who agree with you, you never get a chance to change someone's mind, never get a chance to learn something new, to have your mind changed. This is also the big bennie of Election 2004, for those of us with blue-state beliefs. Heh haw, there's another way of looking at things. We may not agree, but who can argue that we're not different? Permanent link to this item in the archive.

BTW, I do some nickel and diming myself, very profitably. has Google ads, and it makes a substantial contribution to the hosting costs for all my sites. At one point it even paid for them all, but now with the podcasting monster riding on my back, the bandwidth costs have shot up, and will go up even more in the coming weeks and months. No matter, it's my love, not my pocketbook that drives my bloggin. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

Anyway, no time to edit, I have to hit the road. Murphy-willing I'll get to Seattle tonight, in time to catch my breath and head back south (by air this time) for another conference, in Hollywood. Permanent link to this item in the archive.


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