October Blogroll

My long over due update to the blogroll. A collective hat-tip, if you will…

A new month, and a long over-due hat-tip to other writers.

First, some friends and colleagues. Fay Young is an Edinburgh-based journalist, getting to grips with the blogging medium after being given a blog for her birthday…

Polish-Canadian emigre Michelle K also resides in Scotland’s capital city. She is the programmes director at New Media Scotland, and chronicals the merging of art and technology over at The Hive. She also highlights some very interesting stuff on the concepts of public space and urbanism, and its through her I’ve come accross sites like Spacing Wire, the web-log of a Toronto based magazine. There is a lot of overlap between the ideas expressed there, and those explored on Demos, which has by far the best website of the UK think-tanks.

Its appalling that I haven’t managed to blogroll The Sharpener until now, given that I am now on their list of writers. My output so far has been meagre. I think this is partially to do with the intimidating weight of their collected knowledge and years, but more to do with the worry about ‘letting the side down’, thoughts that do not really arise when I post something here.

That’s not to say that I don’t think before publishing something here. One feature of recieving regular comments from the likes of hard-nosed libertarians such as DK, PG and Longrider (who also, belatedly goes onto the blogroll) is that one starts to pre-empt and address their arguments. I hope it makes for better, conciliatory writing, but it often comes at the price of spontaneity. I have never managed the fire-and-forget funniness Pigdogfucker, for example, whose less-than-tactful one-liners often hit the target in a way I would never have the nerve to do.

Harry Hutton’s blog is called Chase Me Ladies, I’m in the Cavalry. Deep down, we all wish we were Harry Hutton, and that we were in the calvalry. Also recommended are the cartoons at Bearskinrug, by US-based illustrator Kevin Cornell. Mojo the sock-monkey is endearingly obnoxious.

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