Sunday, June 04, 2006

Feed your blog, feed a friend

Lauren of Feministe writes:

Lauren here dropping in for a request. Long time no see.

I’m struggling to pay bills at this time and would like to take on a few design projects for Wordpress-based blogs. Unfortunately, during a very rare moment this week which was not at all common nor a regular occurrence nor redundant, I accidentally deleted all the mail in my email account including several old requests for design work.

At this point, I am willing to take on the first five redesigns at an agreed upon rate to be discussed privately in an email exchange. Alternatively, if you do not have a Wordpress blog, I am willing to discuss smaller projects such as banner and ad design. Another thing to consider if you aren’t willing to spend a lot of money is that I can clean up an existing template in remarkably little time. If you are interested in jazzing up your blog, please write me here. I may be talked into doing more projects at a later date.

Examples of my design work may be found at Pandagon, Bitch Ph.D., Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, Slim Coincidence (professional site), and Punkassblog (banner). And obviously, Feministe.

Thanks to the crew for letting me bleg, and many grand, salutary gestures to anyone who answers this request. We’re in a bit of a bind and any little bit helps. Thanks again and back to your regularly scheduled goodness.

Lauren does GREAT work - Bitch Ph.D's banner makes me smile every time I'm over there. Plus Lauren herself is just plain great, too.

So please folks, if you've been thinking of snazzing up your blog, drop Lauren a line.

And at the very least please help her out by spreading the word.


Friday, June 02, 2006

Republican-lite Rides (Yet) Again?

Alice Marshall made a great catch and pointed out yesterday that a lot of Jim Webb's endorsements come from the DLC crowd.

I admit I am unnerved by this. I had hoped that the stench of the John Kerry loss in 2004 might put the DLC/DINO crowd's illusion of credibility to rest definitively.

Rhetorical question #1: why are Democrats afraid to stand up and be Democrats?

From the perspective of professional branding, the whole DLC strategy of run-to-the-rightward-sliding-so-called-middle to proclaim, "Vote for us, because we're just like them, only not quite as bad"...well, it stinks. It's like Pepsi saying, "We're embarassed that we're actually just Pepsi, so let's put it this way: we're almost as good as Coke."

Rhetorical question #2: has anyone noticed that the Republican used a 30 year culture war to shift the country right to line up with the party's most extreme base elements -- and now, in response, the Democratic party is chasing the country instead of standing their ground and fighting to bring the country back to American values?

Go ahead and re-read von Clausewitz or Sun Tzu if you're not sure which is the more effective strategy.

I'll be happy when the institutional Democratic machine gets past these pathologic self-esteem issues and decide to run as Democrats again--and send the DLC home to the Republican party where they belong.

The Living Room Test

Via Communication Nation I just read about Robert Scoble's standard for blog comments:
"If it would be inappropriate for my living room, I delete it. My bar is higher for anonymous comments."
Click over to Communication Nation for a truly charming graphical rendition.