Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Blogrolling gets the ax

Blogrolling was a great idea, and still when it works which these days means not anymore.

I've fired Blogrolling.

There doesn't seem to be a replacement that will do all it used to do, so I've opted for a Technorati Favorites page, which lists blogs in chronological update order, but which can't be displayed on this here blog. I can link to it, but that reduces the ego value of any fellow blogger who wants to see his blog in RAF red on Avia green.

I've only just started adding blogs to the Technorati page, but doing so's easy with the automated "Add to Technorati Favorites" browser button.

I could use a feed reader, but I'm trying to simplify my life, not overwhelm it.

Bonus child fun:

So we're in California, staying with Elvi's sister and her children. Her sister runs a spiritual household and tries to ground her children in propriety. She also sends her kids to a Waldorf school. Waldorf education de-emphasizes reading and as a result, her eight-year-old girl (or is it seven?) - let's call her "M" - can't read or write.

M and my six-year-old Child Three got into a minor spat. M wanted to hurt Child Three with an insult but for some reason wanted to write it down. She drafted my Child Two to do the writing and dictated the insult.

M delivered the note, which said "You are the Devil, Jacob", to Child Three.

Elvi's sister found the note and was not amused. I laughed, and chuckled a while after that. I'm still smiling. This was the worst possible insult that M could think up, but out in the real world, it's fairly innocuous. Child Two, the poor girl, is such a sweetheart and only tried to do her cousin a favour. She didn't realize this was such an awful thing to say in this house. She didn't know where to turn.

Child Three, meanwhile, was upset at first but soon shrugged off the note.

But, man, was it funny.


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