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+title: Welcome to Cameron land
+layout: post
+category: link
+time: T15:06:50Z
+linkto: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/poverty-and-injustice-in-david-cameronrsquos-model-borough-1962318.html
+description: Hammersmith and Fulham offer a glimpse of true Tory policy
+tags:
+ - politics
+ - uk
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+"David Cameron cites Hammersmith and Fulham council as a ‘model’ of compassionate conservatism. So what can the actions of Tory councillors here tell us about how the party would behave in government?" In short: like complete and utter shits.
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+title: Help Me Help My Friend In DC
+layout: post
+category: link
+time: T14:39:54Z
+linkto: http://ask.metafilter.com/154334/Help-me-help-my-friend-in-DC
+description: An amazing thread on Ask MetaFilter
+tags:
+ - community
+ - weblog
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+A stunning thread at Ask MetaFilter in which user fake asks for help in getting two friends out of a very sticky situation--they're Russian women who've paid a huge sum to arrange a visa into and work in the US, but on arrival the work has evaporated, replaced by instructions to meet an unknown man in a strip club. Not good. As the thread progresses, there are generous offers of help, expert advice, a terrible setback, and then... well, just read the thread.
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+title: Today's Guardian
+layout: post
+category: link
+time: T10:00:40Z
+linkto: http://guardian.gyford.com/
+description: A better way to read The Guardian on the web
+tags:
+ - news
+ - guardian
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+Phil Gyford has invented a lovely new way of reading today's The Guardian on the web, bringing the '[finishability](http://www.gyford.com/phil/writing/2010/06/09/todays-guardian.php)' of the print version online.
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+title: One Thing Well
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+category: basic
+short: tumblr
+time: T21:15:40Z
+loc: SE10,UK
+locname: Greenwich
+description: Some observations on the popular tumblelogging platform.
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+Last month, I got bored while making a web site, so I made another web site: [One Thing Well](http://onethingwell.org). It's all about simple, useful software, on any platform (though I've been a bit lax about Windows and Android), and people seem to quite like it. After ten years of weblogging, it's nice to know people are reading for once.
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+That readership isn't entirely my doing, and it's been interesting to watch the way a site can gain something of a readership. Most of this is down to people saying lovely things about, and linking to, the site, but a bit is down to the way Tumblr works, and the way it works with Twitter.
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+I didn't know much about Tumblr until I started One Thing Well, and gave up on Twitter once it stopped being a handy way to text several people at once for free. So this is all probably old news:
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+* Tumblr's stroke of genius is the reblog, a mechanism that lets folk instantly republish posts from the weblogs they read to their own weblogs. Reblogging is pretty contagious--once one person reblogs your post, at least one of their readers will reblog that reblog--and it seems to carry more weight than the 'via' link of weblogging tradition, or a Twitter retweet, so that if a popular Tumblr reblogs you, you get a sudden burst of new followers. Who may well start reblogging you, and so on.
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+* Tumblr encourages--I'm not sure how--community. Folk will email you, or use the Tumblr 'Submit' feature a _lot_. Enough that a site with a fairly narrow focus will begin to write itself thanks to all the suggestions from readers.
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+* It's impossible to know what kind of post will be popular, or who your audience is. My second most popular post is about a useful shell function, the most popular is about how to switch off the display on a Mac (which I only wrote to test the CSS for the `<kbd>` tag). Does this mean my readers are nerds who like tinkering with their `.zshrc` file, or that they're new to the Mac? Or both?
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+* Tumblr makes it easy to punt a link to a Twitter account every time you post, and _that's where the hits come from_.
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+Patrick 'Minimal Mac' Rhone (who I've been chatting to for a few years about Mac stuff) got the ball rolling with a very kind post suggesting his audience might like my site, then Alex Payne (who I don't know at all) tweeted that 'nerds' would do well to check it out
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+The idea had been brewing for a while. I first thought (or, at least, first blogged) about doing a Linux version of Patrick's excellent Minimal Mac weblog last August, but never got around to it, mostly because I'm not a minimalist, and I've only been using Linux properly for three or four years.
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