Even in the darkness, the accordion shines through

by Joey deVilla on August 19, 2003

From Saturday’s Globe and Mail:

Forced by the blackout to move away from the TV, everyone then had a chance to express their disdain for it. This is another common theory tonight. At a dimmed bar called the Village Idiot, a woman named Judith Coombe is listening to a man on an accordion sing an AC/DC song that includes the lyric, And I’ve got the biggest balls of them all. She likes the new darkness. “It’s so amazing. So quiet. It’s nice that people don’t have to watch TV or the Internet. It’s nice to force them to interact.” You also can’t get money, and you can’t spend money much of anywhere, except in a bar.

Thanks to this (unfortunately anonymous — hint, hint, powers that be at Blogware) commenter for pointing it out to me!

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Anonymous August 19, 2003 at 1:09 pm

Hey, about that ‘anonymous’ thing – I’m with you on that one. I not too long ago participated in about the most flame- and troll-filled forum imaginable (Carl Tilley discussion board). There were even some minor net celebrities there, ie. Phil Karn. It’d accept any name. Although lots of other dirty tricks were played, not once did anyone try to take someone else’s name. If it worked there, it’ll work most anywhere.

If for some reason the powers that be won’t go for that, maybe they’d go for this:

An account gets automatically registered when you post a comment with a name not in the system. Randomly-generated password. Then it gives you a message like “An account has been created for ‘Shan Fenderson’. We’ll remember you by cookie if you’re back within a month. If you want to use this account on another machine, you’ll need to log in with this password.” There ya go – registered accounts, but no extra step for lazy people like me to register.

-sfenders

Anonymous August 20, 2003 at 10:06 am

“An account has been created for ‘Shan Fenderson’. We’ll remember you by cookie if you’re back within a month. If you want to use this account on another machine, you’ll need to log in with this password.” There ya go – registered accounts, but no extra step for lazy people like me to register. ”

’tis *exactly* what we’ve got on the drawing board.

Powers that be…snrmf.

Changing the subject a bit, Joey did ask for permalinks to comments and they are now available – hows that for cool?

Thanks Joey!

Anonymous August 20, 2003 at 11:01 am

One thing that would be really cool that I’ve seen done on bBlog – trackbacks to comments. Can’t think of a truly compelling reason to do it, but it just adds that extra level of linking…

Anonymous August 20, 2003 at 11:08 am

Okay, I’ve just been hit with a compelling reason like a (brick | pop quiz | paternity suit):

Trackbacks are, essentially, comments on your posts that just live somewhere else. Why not include them in the comments? Therefore, you’re letting people reply to the trackbacks too.

From there, it’s a logical extension that people should be able to trackback comments to comments on their trackbacks. The really interesting thing is if someone comments via trackback in response to a trackbacked comment – now you’re starting to build this massively hyperlinked discussion that instantly gives people the ability to explore more of the mind of the person posting replies, since you’re reading the full reply on their weblog.

Of course, if you’re doing a trackback to a trackbacked comment, it would probably be a good idea for the weblog receiving the trackback to the comment to send that same trackback to the parent trackbacked comment…

… if that makes any sense

Anonymous August 20, 2003 at 11:09 am

(I swear I put carriage returns in that message… how do we do linebreaks in Blogware? When I use the HTML linebreak, it shows up as a tag)

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