Other people’s blogs

Steve Balogh, who usually posts at Groovy Green but has his own blog as well, piped up there to note the Doc’s Little Gem Diner fire – which resulted in the diner being closed for the first time in 55 years. They had to bring in a locksmith to create keys for the door, which had never had to be locked because they were always open. Such a relief the place didn’t burn down — just like a couple years ago when Heid’s of Liverpool was hit by a small fire in the wee hours of the morning, but survived.

In the wake of the controversy over the Seneca County sheriff allegedly retaliating (citing “police investigation”) against private citizens who posted about him in an online forum, Sean Kirst brings up issues of free speech and online anonymity.

I use an odd online pseudonym (which is not an acronym for anything, believe it or not) but I guess I only started using it because having a screen name is “the thing to do,” Internet custom since the earliest days of the medium. It’s become a bit of an annoyance to me, quite honestly (my new copy of WordPress that this blog recently was moved to, started using my real name attached to comments I’ve posted here – this has to do with the way WordPress is set up -,and I don’t think it’s worth the effort to fix) and I’ve never been particularly anonymous anyway. On the other hand, carefully chosen screen names can be very helpful for some people, particularly when things like this have been known to happen.

Updated: Here’s SU professor Laurence Thomas on the subject of the Internet and anonymity. (He takes a hard line.)

When I posted on water a few weeks ago, the post joined a sort of round-robin of posts on upstate that involved further thoughts from Simon of Living in Dryden and from Robinia, who comments here on this blog as well. Much of this was posted over at The Albany Project, include these entries: Dealing with the disconnect; Finding a Path for Upstate New York; Will multinational corporations take control of upstate NY’s waters? and Just how bad is upstate New York? It’s REAL bad.

Although not part of this round-robin, Fault Lines‘ post on consolidation would have fit in very nicely to the last conversation I linked to above.

CNY ecoBlog has posted about the EcoVillage at Ithaca. MetaEzra also had something (less complimentary!) about the project recently as well.

There’s also a post at ecoBlog about Cool and Uncool Cities, which touches on upstate New York and Richard Florida, and calls for a balanced approach to development patterns in the region.

Jim Walsh’s recent apparent turnaround on Iraq is discussed passim at Rochester Turning this week.

Alan of Gen X at 40 has some hard, hard choices to make.

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