Archive for the ‘Blog Itself’ Category

Confederate-tainted Conspiracy Theory Links

August 13, 2008

Thanks to the dozens of folks who’ve stopped by from and Crimlaw‘s nod to where where they heard about the story (see “Too Weird for the Wire” below and the original story here). I posted comments on those sites which developed my thinking beyond my original post.  Use the above.

Just today, renowned blogger Andrew Sullivan has picked up the ball but, alas, fails to mention yours truly.  I can’t recall if I sent Andrew the link back on July 30 which I sent to half-dozen higher-profile blogs that might have an interest.  (Turns out my BCC: Blind Carbon Copy keeps the addresses hidden forever.) But, he had to have read it from one of those posts which link to me.  I mean, does anyone read the Washington Monthly still? (sorry Kevin Drum and Mr. Peters)

Anyway, I’ll await the popularity from an Andrew Sullivan link until I’m more mature and can better handle the attention.  Mr. Kevin Carey, author of aforementioned story, feel free to write me about the responses you’ve been getting or anything else you wanna talk about.  Maybe we can see a movie or something?  I like drama but really whatever you want to see is cool with me.


Pithy Wisdom

June 20, 2008

I’ve tried to post a few things this past month but was stopped by lack of focus and blog vanity. I feel I must provide links, a decent picture, some insight, context, etc. When I started with a narrow idea it quickly ballooned and then popped.

Well, I hereby free myself from the limits that perfectionism requires and hope to feel the enjoy of completing something a few times a week.

Here’s the first of my favorites from “The Grain of Wheat” by Hans Urs von Balthasar.

The more we come to know God, the more the difference between joy and suffering becomes tenuous; not only do both things become engulfed in the One Will of the Father, but love itself becomes painful, and this pain becomes an irreplaceable bliss.

Possum Activity Saves Blog

May 7, 2008

In the absence of topics or opinions, I have been saved by local events.

A few nights ago the dogs here went berserk in the backyard. Why? A dying baby possum. We called animal control, a valuable city service, which took the poor beast away. The feral cat colony next door must have perpetrated the crime. Although our dogs were caught teaming up in the murder a thieving squirrel, there were no witnesses nor incriminating evidence in this incident.  Tonight we saw the mother possum in the backyard next door, further implicating the cats.  By the way, from a young age possums own a set of sharp teeth. Be warned!

Some New Links

April 2, 2008

Anya Kamenetz blogs about economic issues, especially the trends relevant to young adults.

Van Jones, a longtime Oakland activist, now leads in the creation of “green” jobs training and investment.

Creative Class by Richard Florida covers urban economies and “lifestyles.”  Rankings of best cities may be of interest.

Slate and Salon offer good short takes on currents and arts.

Andrew Sullivan is covering the primaries hard and was one of the first conservatives for Senator Obama.

The Daily Voice is edited by activist Keith Boykin.

The Root, connected with Henry Louis Gates, has good coverage of the MLK assassination anniversary.

No Left Turns, a lively group scholar blog, is a smart conservative take on current events.

Ali Eteraz shares ideas from a young, moderate Muslim perspective.

Courage and Renewal is Parker Palmer’s Quaker-influenced professional spiritual formation training.

Strange Maps: Kabbalah and the Tube

March 26, 2008

One of the top blogs in the past year is surprisingly Strange Maps. Check out the site for more distortions or improvements of reality such as this one from Alan Moore’s comic Promethea.

Balthasar Online Conference

February 21, 2008

Hans Urs von Balthasar is one deepest and broadest 20th century Catholic theologians. I’m hoping to learn more about his “dramatics” and compare it to Rosenstock-Huessy and Kenneth Burke. Note the inventive, free method these theologians and students employed. via Fire and Rose

The first annual Balthasar Blog Conference is just around the corner on March 16-25. The topic is Balthasar’s theological exegesis. We have an exciting schedule of ten plenary posts by the following participants:

I am pleased to announce the first annual Balthasar Blog Conference, scheduled for March 16 to March 25, 2008. (This is a change from the original dates of March 9-16. I have moved it back a week to give more time to the presenters.) The theme for this blog conference will be “Von Balthasar’s Theological Interpretation of Scripture.” We should have ten “plenary” posts from the following theo-bloggers:


[resolved] Experiencing first problems on site…

January 3, 2008

The Blogroll on the right is pushed all the way to the bottom. I’m gonna look through the help forums before I write the WordPress folks. Anyone experienced this

Found a relevant thread in the Help Forums.  Must be careful in cut/paste from Washington Post site in the future.

In The Meantime

December 18, 2007

In naming this blog I reflected the current status of my life — hopeful but woefully connected. When I wrote the phrase I was immediately reminded of this book of the same title. A friend shared moving passages she’d underlined while we dined at Kramerbooks & Afterwords. My sister mentioned a few weeks ago this blog’s title is also the name of a popular 1990s song by Spacehog. I was reminded of the song when I saw a few of the 100 Greatest Videos of the 1990s.

(Lyrics below the fold)


Good Faith, Digitally

December 14, 2007

From Orin Kerr at Volokh Conspiracy:

Debates in the blogosphere often involve accusations of bad faith. Positions are often dismissed as disingenuous, two-faced, and deceitful. In this post, I want to argue for the importance of taking a different approach: I think we should debate with a strong presumption of good faith.


“Poor Scott”

December 11, 2007

Poverty Budget Source: U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Blogs like this are fairly easy to operate though there is an entire “back end” where the blog-master works. In that area, WordPress, my blog platform, features the web searches that brought a viewer to this site. I’ve yet to post about Britney Spears but since I’ve now mentioned her it is possible that I just increased traffic to my blog.

Today a viewer arrived via the following search: “scott dinsmore” poverty. When I google that phrase, this site and other actions related to me appear in 5 of the 9 listings. Other Scott Dinsmore’s with a web presence operate an eponymously named antique store in P-town, run a Tall Teens discussion list, work for an evil corporation on TV’s “24”, and validate wellness products. Apparently, none of them either “care about” or “suffer from” poverty like me.