- Why do people start blogs if they are going to so quickly abandon them? Is it an impulse thing? I was directed recently (via message board sig) to a blog specializing in beer and rap music reviews; I was interested because I thought it was a really neat idea. Arriving, I realized the damn thing hadn’t been touched in going on 3 years now. And prior to that it had been updated far from regularly, like twice a month. And here I am, feeling like a waste of space for not writing anything for three or four days. A Google search led me to THIS page, an examination of statistical information from various sources tackling such things. One report claimed that over 1 million blogs are abandoned after one day. One day. The same report said that nearly 70% of blogs had not been updated in 2 months. It’s an interesting conflation of statistics. The blog is alive and well… for those who blog. Ha. Which reminds me of advice I saw somewhere for being any sort of writer: “To be a writer — or, a good writer — one has to write.”
Relatedly: “On This Whole ‘The Web Is Dead’ Meme”
- Drummers really like Soul Coughing a lot. It makes sense I guess.
- A site called Something Awful regularly hosts “Photoshop Friday” contests that can be a lot of fun. Last Friday’s was titled “Supervillains In Politics”. It featured some wonderful entries referencing everything from GI JOE to Austin Powers and Captain America. Here’s Red Skull making his rounds, presumably in Iowa:
(Thanks for the heads-up, SuperPunch)
- Apparently Tarentino is using the old Deadwood sets (they’re not really sets, it’s fully fleshed-out town) for his Western Django Unchained. Fuck all that hype over the Avengers Superbowl spot, this is MY geek-out news. One of my favorite TV shows ever (and probably the best Western TV show ever; definitely top 3) doubling as the environment for Tarentino’s next film, HIS first Western?? Good God.
- Another file sharing site has shut down, following Megaupload. BTJunkie voluntarily closed it’s doors today, likely brought on by fear of federal jail time stemming from its creators.
“BTJunkie provided a search engine for Bit Torrent files and was one of the top five torrent sites with “dozens of millions of users a month,” according to TorrentFreak, a website which covers file-sharing news.
TorrentFreak quoted the unidentified founder of BTJunkie as saying that BTJunkie’s decision to close down stemmed partly from recent legal actions against Megaupload and The Pirate Bay, which faces legal action in Europe.
Megaupload was shut down by the US authorities on January 19 and seven people were charged in connection with what the Justice Department and FBI described as “among the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States.”