Remember Wayback When Blogging Was Fun(ny)?

It just struck me that the decade is coming to an end. The most incredible decade imaginable by most anyone’s (born before 1985) standards. It’s also marks a decade of netZoo and WOOZradio. The early days look really funny in retrospect.

2001. Ahhh… the wayback machine.

Just for kicks, let’s take a look at some of the hilarity that masqueraded as my nascent web presence:

  1. netzoo comic sansComic Sans — already sick of the limited web-friendly fonts available, I played a silly trick on the world and used the font that never dare say its own name backwards, or, as one friend righteously recently put it: “Comic Sans is the Mark of The Beast. Shit, I even used it back in 2000 when I went with the Message board-blog hybrid approach (or something).
  2. I wanted to have a list of choice links — but I didn’t want to show my hand in the open. Not amid all the other highly SEO’d meta tagged engaging content on my “home page” (joke). After 9/11 I was a bit more willing to lay it all out there, thought not with quite the hyperlinked artistry of some. Basically, to copy and paste, this is how my linkblock –er, brailleroll — looked in July 2001:

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  3. I was already well-rooted as a snobby lo-fi music buff with an emphasis on Chicago indie. BUT clearly inspired from my stint as Smithsonian Folkways webmaster, I decided to profile my then-favorite albums alongside REAL AUDIO clips. Hahahaha. Mind you, before the mp3 renaissance of the late 90’s, Real Audio streams and broadcast.com were the-coolest-things-ever-invented. Surely these songs sounded better in Comic Sans.
    real audio hahhaha
  4. By ’02 I had mellowed a bit. Live365 offered streaming at higher bandwidths and I focused a bit more on WOOZradio (which in its 10+ year existence has yet to break even for a month. I pay to play your music). What I could never do now that I loved doing then was music listings of concerts that I would go to in Chicago (where I lived) if I could clone myself.

still haven't made a WOOZ logo or stickers or nothing. But I did this rainbowy abomination all by myself
contact: e-mail | icq | AolIM: netZoo

Laugh at me now — I hope you had half as much fun as I had looking back into the past. The CRAZY thing is that our Comic Sans’d, hacked-together framed message board history is only a decade old. Come to think of it I should have stuck with the blank slate blogging style (with illustrations) I switched to around New Years Eve 2000. I guess I’ve been blogging for a while (with a few years off in between). We’ll look at those middle-aughts later (the WordPress years). What a decade its been!

What silly blog skeletons are gathering dust in your archive?

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Using Social Media for Positive Reinforcement: #lovetheclimate giveaway

Over the past few weeks of completely ignoring this blog and much else outside the scope of my work with Live Earth I’ve been swirling in social media madness surrounding our #lovetheclimate giveaway. It’s Global Climate week and we wanted to come up with a fun, positive way to get the word through to U.S. Senators that we need to pass a comprehensive climate bill. And soon. Preferably before the UNCCC in Copenhagen this December. Below are segments of my posts on the giveaway — I’d love it if you could share something. Either way, you’re welcome to enter.

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Love, The Climate GiveawayEnter to win great prizes in our “Love, The Climate” Giveaway by Friday, September 25!

We’ve received hundreds of incredible submissions answering the question: “What would the climate have to say if it were happy and healthy and had a voice?” and thanking our senators from a bright and sunny future for creating a world full of green jobs and renewable energy.

Here’s what you can do:

Post to the Facebook Page
lovetheclimate twitterTweet a message to your friends with the hashtag #lovetheclimate
magnifyUpload a video
flickrAdd a photo to our Photo pool
Leave a voicemail at 347-422-6392 or click the Google Voice widget, enter your number and our voicemail will call you!

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Clinton Global Initiative 2009 Streaming Live and Climate Week!

Ban Ki-Moon Barack Obama UN Summit on Climate ChangeYou don’t have to be in New York City to be a part of the many meetings, seminars, and discussions taking place during Climate Week. The Clinton Global Initiative is focusing on climate change, sustainable energy, and other global issues this week in its Fifth Annual Meeting, which is webcasting live. You can even ask question for the daily Plenary sessions via Twitter. Watch CGI09 live below (click here for the schedule).

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U.S. Broadband Still Lagging: 2009 Report on Internet Speeds in All 50 States

A bit ironic that the latest – third annual – report from the Communication Workers of America Union is a whopping 20 megabites (could take an hour to download via a dialup connection). I’ve embedded the full PDF at the bottom of this post.

U.S. connection speeds have not improved significantly in the past year, according to the Union’s press release. The results of nearly 413,000 real-time Internet connection speed tests (conducted using widgets exactly like the one below) show that the United States continues to lag behind other countries for average upload and download speeds.


The average download speed of U.S. Internet connections is 5.1 megabits per second, significantly below the averages of countries like South Korea (20.1 mbps), Japan (16 mbps) and Sweden (12.7 mbps).

See my other blog posts on this issue here.

What speed are you getting? Is upload speed anywhere near download speed?



2009 Report on Internet Speeds in All 50 States