Laments of the death of old-school blogging are missing something 2015

Kevin Drum's piece "Blogging Isn't Dead. But Old-School Blogging Is Definitely Dying" is not without some truth, but overlooks key things. Most importantly, that when old-school blogging was in its full flower, text was the only easy way to share yourself online. Now it's almost as easy to create and distribute art or audio or video or combinations of those as it was to submit a long post in the Blogger submission page. We have a great diversity of expression happening, particularly in video.

Beyond which now, with a good computing device in everyone's pocket, it's no longer necessary to save everything up into one chunk you laboriously craft over a long evening at home. The conversation truly can be dialogue, with reactions and riffs taking place within minutes or even seconds. Yes, Twitter and other easy technologies for portable sharing of ideas and images are sometimes knee-jerk, but heaven knows so have the comments under blog posts always been. Nor has >140 characters ever been an unusual length.

One of the strengths of new-school sharing is that it allows conversations to easily extend and expand not only over a growing audience but also over time. Yes, we had follow-up posts back then—and that inter-blog dialogue was always a joy—but it was hard to find and even harder to maintain momentum. Now, between Twitter and, to my mind the best combination of the old and the new, Medium, it's possible to more easily find the pieces of reaction which wander around the web, rebounding from and influencing each other.

I started blogging before the word was coined and have never stopped, but—like many—my means of output have expanded as opportunity grew. Wordy posts pour out of us when words are all we have, but we have so much more we can do now, and more ways to use our words. Since Flickr and Twitter and Medium and the opportunity to take my long-form work into finished books through self-publishing, I write fewer blog posts, but I am even more creative and connected through the web than I was back in the day.

Old-school blogging isn't dead, it's growing up, and growing up beautifully into something new.

@ Posted on February 1, 2015 at 10:22 AM in Web/Tech, Weblogs, writing | Comments (0)

Grand Hotels 2015

If you enjoyed The Grand Budapest Hotel and are ready to save up for an incredible splurge, I recommend a stay at the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg, overlooking the lovely Binnenalster (Inner Alster Lake). It's not built on such a monumental scale, of course, but it is undeniably grand. Thanks to now being part of the Fairmont family of hotels it is well cared for and very well staffed. 

Photo from hotel website jahreszeitenbarIts giant keys, of which you get a single one and which you leave at the desk when you go out, and tiny wood-lined bar, which somehow despite being smaller than most of the rooms manages to have all the distinct spots where you might be in the mood to place yourself in a bar, are sources of particular pleasure. Also its large bath thermometers in their wooden bases with big cork floats. And the little gilded elevator, barely large enough for you and the staff member who will give you a tour of your room at the start of your stay. (You must let them take your suitcase up separately, it's just too awkward otherwise.)

For maximum enjoyment, book your stay through a package that includes a free room upgrade if available and, importantly, breakfast inclusive (we got ours through AmEx). You may have to pay a little overage to get the grandest spread, but that glorious and leisurely breakfast remains my favorite room service experience.

IMG_4491For maximum quirkiness, happen to find yourself in the lobby at the very end of December when the Christmas tree is removed and the enormous chandelier is put back in its normal spot. Watching that delicate dance of four men, two ladders, and a long metal pole shoved through the chandelier chain really is like a missing scene from The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Sadly, no lobby boys.

@ Posted on January 5, 2015 at 04:12 AM in movies & tv, travel | Comments (0)

Another sketchbook from J.C. Penner 2014


Taken on August 16, 2013 at 11:06AM
Uploaded to Flickr on December 05, 2014 at 01:42PM: http://flic.kr/p/q2jhzQ

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Another sketchbook from J.C. Penner 2014


Taken on August 16, 2013 at 11:05AM
Uploaded to Flickr on December 05, 2014 at 01:42PM: http://flic.kr/p/qiS83t

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Another sketchbook from J.C. Penner 2014

Working from magazine or newspaper pictures perhaps?
Taken on August 16, 2013 at 11:05AM
Uploaded to Flickr on December 05, 2014 at 01:42PM: http://flic.kr/p/q2iDhG

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Another scetchbook from great-grandpa J.C. Penner 2014


Taken on August 16, 2013 at 11:00AM
Uploaded to Flickr on December 02, 2014 at 11:57AM: http://flic.kr/p/qgUNnt

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The Sierra Mts. in the background 2014

"The Sierra Mts. in the background, then the foothills and then the flat San Joaquin Valley with its fields and farm buildings. J.C. Penner April 1993"
Taken on August 16, 2013 at 11:03AM
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Another scetchbook from great-grandpa J.C. Penner 2014


Taken on August 16, 2013 at 11:02AM
Uploaded to Flickr on December 02, 2014 at 11:57AM: http://flic.kr/p/pjVFFE

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Another scetchbook from great-grandpa J.C. Penner 2014


Taken on August 16, 2013 at 11:00AM
Uploaded to Flickr on December 02, 2014 at 11:57AM: http://flic.kr/p/pZmbcW

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Robin, Eastern Bluebird, Cardinal, Woodpecker 2014

(hummingbird)
Taken on August 16, 2013 at 10:59AM
Uploaded to Flickr on December 02, 2014 at 11:57AM: http://flic.kr/p/qgRsHS

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