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Liberal web site roundup v.2.0: focus on the social web

With the departure of several candidates, the field has narrowed – and after last weekend's delegate selection meetings, it could still narrow even further. That may make the choice a little tougher for Liberal delegates, but it sure does make the site roundups...

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Supporting our troops

"You cannot say you are for our military and then not stand behind the things they do," said Harper. (From A 'sea of red' unfolds as troop supporters crowd Parliament Hill)This space welcomes guest blogger The Right Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada....

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SpeechList moves to Social Signal

SpeechList, my free newsletter about the craft of speechwriting, has officially moved to Social Signal with issue #7. Along with the usual news, tools and practical tips, this issue has a feature article on breaking into speechwriting: Maybe you've written a few...

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How to install Drupal on your Mac in five steps

For more Apple goodness, check out Rob's Noise to Signal cartoons about life as a Mac user! Update: There's a much more thorough (and up-to-date!) tutorial now on Drupal.org, which carries that Drupal imprimatur and also kinda lets me off the hook. Just head over to...

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Bloglines meltdown

According to Bloglines, my online newsfeed aggregator, the 34 bloggers in my list of Canadian blogs have written a prodigious 631 blog posts in the past 8 hours or so. My list of BC bloggers is roughly as long; they've managed to rack up more than a thousand in the...

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YouTube meets The Man

I just posted at the Social Signal blog: I had a great conversation on Saturday night with Kate Trgovac on Sean Holman's Public Eye Radio. The topic was Petro-Canada's foray into the video-sharing world of YouTube, a project Kate got rolling for them before...

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Catch me on CFAX 1070 on Saturday at 8 p.m.

I'll be on Sean Holman's Public Eye with the brilliant Kate Trgovac, discussing Petro-Canada's YouTube gambit. We're on at 8 p.m., right after the news. 1070 on your AM dial in sunny Victoria, or listen live online.

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PetroCan targets the bloggers

As Kate Trgovac has noted, her old employers at Petro-Canada have launched Pump Talk, an effort to spin Canadians on soaring gasoline prices that makes heavy use of YouTube. (It also makes heavy use of some pretty deft rhetorical footwork. On their FAQ page, PetroCan...

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Could the next victim of climate change be the Internet?

These past few weeks have been awkward ones for the company that hosts my blog, DreamHost. Lengthy outages have plagued its users, and just as one problem was solved, another one popped up. You can read the whole sordid tale here, wherein DreamHost – to their...

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