Monthly Archives: July 2005

North to South

Wrap Up: Back in southern Taiwan after a trip to Taipei for my brother’s wedding. Good to see Lance Armstrong with a strong lead after putting on a devastating attack in the tenth stage of the Tour de France. The Guardian describes the attack well.

At eight miles to go
came the coup de grace: Armstrong gestured to his Ukrainian team-mate
Yaroslav Popovych and saw off Alexandr Vinokourov, Jan Ullrich and
Andreas Klöden all at once. T-Mobile’s trio de choc looked suitably
shocked. To underline his physical superiority, like a boxer whistling at the
count, Armstrong immediately began to perform stretching exercises on
the bike […]

With my family personally battling cancer, Lance’s performance becomes even more poignant to me.

One of my favorite photography bloggers Stacy Oborn is back after a hiatus with an entry about Miwa Yanagi. Maury Gortenmiller, Won Ha, Michael Turton, Naruwangirl, Dan Suit are among those who have added links to this blog (thanks!).

Dear Blog

The New York Times describes how writers John Battelle, Aaron Hamburger, Poppy Z. Brite, David Weinberger and Chris Anderson are using their blogs to help them write their nonfiction books and novels.

Instead of simply being a relief from writerly solitude, these blogs
have turned into part of the process. Mr. Battelle said that he was
surprised by the number of people who read his journal and offered
feedback, correcting mistakes, making suggestions of people to
interview or articles to read and contributing ideas that are finding
their way into his finished manuscript. Authors’ blogs also
change the solitary mission of writing into something more closely
resembling open-source software. Mistakes are corrected before they are
eternalized in printed pages, and readers can take satisfaction that
they contributed to a book’s creation. The blogs can also confer some
authority: Aside from drawing on the collective intelligence of its
readers, Mr. Battelle’s site has become a compendium of Google- and
search-related issues.