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For bloggers, it’s a happy holiday

It's shaping up to be a shiny, happy holiday for all the excited girls and boys of the blogospheriverse. the official release of version 2.0 of their blogging software. They were going to allow us to open our presents a little early, naughty devils, but more mature...

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Gaffe-o-Meter: this election has a “tilt” light

I spent the 2004 campaign in the belly of the beast (friendly beast, very comfortable belly, no complaints from this end), and I was able to pay only passing attention to the Revolutionary Moderation Gaffe-o-Meter. This time, though, it's my go-to place whenever I see...

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Need help wiring your non-profit? NetSquared to the rescue!

For the past few months, I've been lucky enough to see an extraordinary project take shape: Net2 (pronounced "net squared"), a resource for non-profits that want to take their online presence to the next level: Through the immense possibilities of the Internet,...

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The message movie leaves the theatre and hits the web

Samuel Goldwyn once famously answered criticism that his company's films lacked artistic merit with a biting, "Pictures are for entertainment. Messages should be delivered by Western Union." That's more or less where J. Kelly Nestruck stands, too, in a discussion of...

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Blogging and podcasting NDP campaigns

Several NDP campaigns are blogging, and at least one is podcasting - and I think that deserves some recognition. So this page is going to serve as a repository for the Web 2.0-enabled NDP candidates. I've almost certainly missed some, and others will probably launch...

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Talk your way to stardom in Political Idol… or right here

Scott Piatkowski alerted me yesterday to CTV's contest, Political Idol: If you believe you have what it takes, here's how it works: Question Period viewers are asked to send in a minute-long written campaign speech on a topic of their choice to

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Paying attention to B.C.’s child deaths tragedy

Elsewhere in a discussion on the dearth of municipal blogging, some of us toss around the fact that bloggers usually don't do the kind of investigative legwork that reporters do, and can't break stories. Meet a vital exception: Paul Willcocks and his blog, Paying...

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Stop me before I early-adopt again!

It's like they're trying to kill me. WordPress (the software that drives this site) has just released a public beta (testing) version. And tantalizingly, they've changed the version number from 1.6 to 2.0. Obviously, you don't need me to spell out what that implies in...

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Delays, delays, delays…

Waiting isn't easy... TiVo does a great job of recording and playing video... but when it comes to scheduling the beast, it slows to a crawl. Maybe that's because it has a processor speed of only 50 MHz, and 32 MB of RAM. Your average gaming console (such as...

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Public speaking and speechwriting: the essential guides

(photo of books with text) Leadership communications: the essential guides

Looking for advice on public speaking, speechwriting and leadership communications? Here are some of my most comprehensive posts, on topics that people ask me about most often.

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