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Naming a blog

I need a name for this blog – calling it "Steve Hill" was just not going to cut it. So I researched blog names.

Relatively little has been written on the topic – easily the most comprehensive research has been compiled by Elliot Back – What do you call your blog? 

By analysing the Blogwise and  Technorati search directory he discovered the top five words used in blog titles.  They are as follows:

  • blog
  • life
  • weblog
  • world
  • from
  • Just outside the top ten were words "new" and "review" – so the title for this blog is far from original sadly.

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    George Galloway Interview on Sky News (Aug 6 2006)

    George Galloway, MP, lambasts media coverage of the Lebanon/Israel conflict, particularly that of Sky News, which he says is biased towards Israel. He also talks about a lack of historical context in the reporting of international events. He also attacks the UK media portrayal of Hezbollah as a "terrorist" group, even though it a legitimate political party with democratically elected members of parliament.
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    More listening to Podcasts….

    Rajar, the folk that compile UK radio listener figures, has decided to compile stats about podcasts as well.   

    A recent press release has some interesting figures:

    14.8% of mp3 player owners (or about two million people) listen to UK radio station podcasts.

    3.5 million adults (9.7% of mobile phone owners) listen to the radio via their mobile phones and this percentage increases to over a fifth (21.7%) of mobile phone owners aged 15-24 (1.4 million).

    About 20% of radio listeners access via the Net.

    What does it all mean? I’m buggered if I know. A bit of context would help. Rajar only look at listeners to UK radio stations, so it can’t tell you about podcasts in general. It also doesn’t clearly differentiate between people who listen to podcasts on their PCs, live streaming over the web and streaming of non-live programmes. I also don’t think (I may be wrong) it compiles data about numbers listening to streaming Internet-only radio, like the rather brilliant Yahoo! Launchcast.

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    Playing around with InDesign CS

    Just had a play around with InDesign CS (1, not 2) and I really like it. For us Quark people it takes a while to get used to the Adobe interface. The ‘control’ palette in InDesign (what Quark people call ‘measurements’) is docked at the top by default and I can’t help but move it to the bottom of the screen, where it ‘belongs’.

    I really like the ‘story editor’ function and the ease in which ‘runaround’ can be applied (far superior to Quark). But I keep losing  the numerous different ‘pallettes’ on my small laptop screen – particularly the ‘pargraphs’ palette.  InDesign also takes an age to load on my, frankly under-powered, six year-old, should be dead, laptop. QuarkXPress seems much leaner and faster.

    But InDesign seems to offer far more control than Quark – which  has got to be a good thing. Quark’s days are certainly numbered.

    Link: Adobe InDesign CS Reviews. Desktop publishing Reviews by CNET

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    A blog from the Lebanon..

    I can’t stand most of the coverage on CNN International of the Lebanon conflict, but I have a degree of respect for Anderson Cooper (anchor of the CNN show Anderson Cooper 360°). His reporting of Hurricane Katrina made for powerful journalism, if not an example of ‘detatched journalism’ that you read about in the textbooks.
    Cooper’s blog however is unitentionally very funny….
    Random posting….
    Tracking Hezbollah with a Puma

    I can’t say where I am exactly. Actually, I don’t have any idea where I am, so even if I was allowed to, I couldn’t tell you. I know it’s southern Lebanon, because as soon as we crossed the border, my Blackberry got a text message welcoming me to a new cell service.

    Link: CNN.com – Anderson Cooper 360 Blog.

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