Saturday, June 28, 2008

4th of July Videos this week


Let’s Not Forget!!!


Blogger Chris Sloan is using his site this week to post videos as a tribute to America, patriotism and the Fourth of July. Head over and watch the first one now (a tribute to 9/11) and keep an eye open for the rest this week.

My favorite image is that of the Boston Tea Party. Infuriated by taxes, a government that cared more about itself than its constituents, and elimination of freedoms ... they made a point, albeit illegal according to British Law, that Americans stand for freedom. (that is unless you're Hispanic and then we change the rules - sorry had to say that)

"The tea destroyed was contained in three ships, lying near each other at what was called at that time Griffin's wharf, and were surrounded by armed ships of war, the commanders of which had publicly declared that if the rebels, as they were pleased to style the Bostonians, should not withdraw their opposition to the landing of the tea before a certain day, the 17th day of December, 1773, they should on that day force it on shore, under the cover of their cannon's mouth.

"On the day preceding the seventeenth, there was a meeting of the citizens of the county of Suffolk, convened at one of the churches in Boston, for the purpose of consulting on what measures might be considered expedient to prevent the landing of the tea, or secure the people from the collection of the duty. At that meeting a committee was appointed to wait on Governor Hutchinson, and request him to inform them whether he would take any measures to satisfy the people on the object of the meeting. "To the first application of this committee, the Governor told them he would give them a definite answer by five o'clock in the afternoon. At the hour appointed, the committee again repaired to the Governor's house, and on inquiry found he had gone to his country seat at Milton, a distance of about six miles. When the committee returned and informed the meeting of the absence of the Governor, there was a confused murmur among the members, and the meeting was immediately dissolved, many of them crying out, "Let every man do his duty, and be true to his country"; and there was a general huzza for Griffin's wharf.

"It was now evening, and I immediately dressed myself in the costume of an Indian, equipped with a small hatchet, which I and my associates denominated the tomahawk, with which, and a club, after having painted my face and hands with coal dust in the shop of a blacksmith, I repaired to Griffin's wharf, where the ships lay that contained the tea. When I first appeared in the street after being thus disguised, I fell in with many who were dressed, equipped and painted as I was, and who fell in with me and marched in order to the place of our destination.

"When we arrived at the wharf, there were three of our number who assumed an authority to direct our operations, to which we readily submitted. They divided us into three parties, for the purpose of boarding the three ships which contained the tea at the same time. The name of him who commanded the division to which I was assigned was Leonard Pitt. The names of the other commanders I never knew.

"We were immediately ordered by the respective commanders to board all the ships at the same time, which we promptly obeyed. The commander of the division to which I belonged, as soon as we were on board the ship appointed me boatswain, and ordered me to go to the captain and demand of him the keys to the hatches and a dozen candles. I made the demand accordingly, and the captain promptly replied, and delivered the articles; but requested me at the same time to do no damage to the ship or rigging.

"We then were ordered by our commander to open the hatches and take out all the chests of tea and throw them overboard, and we immediately proceeded to execute his orders, first cutting and splitting the chests with our tomahawks, so as thoroughly to expose them to the effects of the water.

Click to enlarge: The Boston Tea Party

In about three hours from the time we went on board, we had thus broken and thrown overboard every tea chest to be found in the ship, while those in the other ships were disposing of the tea in the same way, at the same time. We were surrounded by British armed ships, but no attempt was made to resist us.

"We then quietly retired to our several places of residence, without having any conversation with each other, or taking any measures to discover who were our associates; nor do I recollect of our having had the knowledge of the name of a single individual concerned in that affair, except that of Leonard Pitt, the commander of my division, whom I have mentioned. There appeared to be an understanding that each individual should volunteer his services, keep his own secret, and risk the consequence for himself. No disorder took place during that transaction, and it was observed at that time that the stillest night ensued that Boston had enjoyed for many months.

"During the time we were throwing the tea overboard, there were several attempts made by some of the citizens of Boston and its vicinity to carry off small quantities of it for their family use. To effect that object, they would watch their opportunity to snatch up a handful from the deck, where it became plentifully scattered, and put it into their pockets.

"One Captain O'Connor, whom I well knew, came on board for that purpose, and when he supposed he was not noticed, filled his pockets, and also the lining of his coat. But I had detected him and gave information to the captain of what he was doing. We were ordered to take him into custody, and just as he was stepping from the vessel, I seized him by the skirt of his coat, and in attempting to pull him back, I tore it off; but, springing forward, by a rapid effort he made his escape. He had, however, to run a gauntlet through the crowd upon the wharf nine each one, as he passed, giving him a kick or a stroke.

"Another attempt was made to save a little tea from the ruins of the cargo by a tall, aged man who wore a large cocked hat and white wig, which was fashionable at that time. He had sleightly slipped a little into his pocket, but being detected, they seized him and, taking his hat and wig from his head, threw them, together with the tea, of which they had emptied his pockets, into the water. In consideration of his advanced age, he was permitted to escape, with now and then a slight kick.

"The next morning, after we had cleared the ships of the tea, it was discovered that very considerable quantities of it were floating upon the surface of the water; and to prevent the possibility of any of its being saved for use, a number of small boats were manned by sailors and citizens, who rowed them into those parts of the harbor wherever the tea was visible, and by beating it with oars and paddles so thoroughly drenched it as to render its entire destruction inevitable."

---- George Hewes, an eyewitness

Friday, June 27, 2008

We need more energy sources

It's all the talk right now, more drilling, more alcohol based E85, more solar power, and President Bush even suggesting we build nuclear power plants again.

But ... U.S. Freezes Solar Energy Projects from Thomko Petro Chemical Blog reports that the United States has announced a freeze on solar energy projects

Why? "Faced with a surge in the number of proposed solar power plants, the federal government has placed a moratorium on new solar projects on public land until it studies their environmental impact, which is expected to take about two years."

That's stupid ... we need more energy and investment in energy ... not another enviro-wacko reason to run up prices.


Sunday, June 22, 2008

Some predicting drop to $50 oil by July 4th

"I peered into the magic snowglobe (and received confirmation from Indiana), and crude oil will be trading at $50/barrel by Independence Day.
That’s my speculation, and I’m sticking to it. Read my post directly before this one if you want to know more"

From One Mom

The fun part is that she's "predicting" the drop, as a way to get people to write about it and perhaps put a scare in the market that actually causes the drop. I like the game.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Sick of your Yahoo email address?

Is your email address too long? Perhaps it is something like dansmith08071977@yahoo.com or something equally long or absurd. It's time for a change! Yahoo is now offering email addresses under two new domain names: ymail.com and rocketmail.com, as of noon today. If you act now, you may still be able to get the name you really want! And it all still operates under Yahoo mail, so it's the same interface you are used to already. Go to http://mail.yahoo.com to get an account!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Blog Indiana Conference in August


August 16 and 17th the Indiana University School of Informatics will host the Blog Indiana 2008 Conference on the campus of IUPUI in Indianapolis. Looks like it's $49.00 for the two day conference and they list some speakers already: Chris Baggott, Douglas Karr, Bil Browning, Jim Shella, Ruth Holladay, Jerame Davis, and Tom Britt

I've heard of Jim Shella, but the rest were new to me and must be from Indy area. I'm hoping we'll see some of the political types (Howey or Josh Gillespie or Abdul) there too.

Check out the official press release

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Found - another NW Indiana Blogger - Dunes Blog

What caught my eye?

South Shore Expansion on the table again

Well, since I'm a huge proponent of the South Shore Expansion with lots of posts on other sites supporting the expansion, I had some google alerts set up and scooped this blogger. I think the site is relatively new, and I like the edgy writing style. Dunes Blog

The author seems to have supported Mayor Costas' run for AG, though I missed it at that time when we were listing all the endorsing blogs, but very anti-Mitch for some reason. I can't wait to hear why and have him join the debates and conversations.

It's a little tough to login, kinda like Hoosier Access, to comment but you can change your password once you get the assigned one ... I think it took about 15 minutes to get the initial login email. I wonder how many people will wait that long to post a comment the first time?

Oh well, I'm subscribed to the posts and the comments and ready.

Christopher Hedges on E85 Fuel

Both Hedges and Buzzcut have been following the E85 Fuel craze lately, even searching very high on google for the terms.

Two NWI Blogs Score High For E85 Prices Keywords


West Lafayette Police switch to E85

West Lafayette, Indiana police will switch to E85 for their flex-fuel cruisers, reports the Journal & Courier. About half of the police department’s fleet will use E85 ethanol fuel.




Buzz will be watching The View

Michelle Obama hosts "The View" next week

Seeing as how Michelle Obama and "The View" both have a tendency towards controversy, this just could be the gift that keeps on giving.

What stupid thing is Michelle or Whopee going to say? I can't wait!

Comment: Buzz, if you can get her stupid comment on YouTube we'll all post on our sites, but I can't fathom the thought of having to watch that show.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Two announcements today

First, Chris Hedges the original Northwest Indiana Blogging leader, has decided to put his site Northwest Indiana Blogs back online. This is good news, thanks Chris.

Also, Aaron over at NWI Reviews has posted the Carnival for this week. We still need a lot more submissions each week to get a real solid Carnival posted each week.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

219.com overhauls with brand new image

Regional site www.219.com just announced a brand new design and blogger format. I think you'll all like it.

A few points of review:

First the top four writers get front billing, not sure how they choose, so being one of those is a key for traffic. www.219.com has always received a ton of traffic, and now with search friendly blog format they're bound to get even better with time.

If you are interested in writing on the site, send a note to Greg at (g@219.com). By the way On Site Computer is doing all the programming and hosting themselves, and the design shows that they are on top.

They did ask me to contribute on a site called (of course) Daltonsbriefs ... here's my first article link at Daltonsbriefs Northwest Indiana Blogs

Now for some advice for the site:

I'd add google ad sense to more pages than just biographies, not as many people will go to see our bright shiny faces as will read the posts.

I would definitely add RSS capability to the site so we never miss a post.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Crazy week for NW Indiana Blogosphere

Have you noticed how much the Blogosphere in Northwest Indiana is growing, connecting and evolving recently? I won't give a whole list of posts and links here, since you can find those everywhere including on the list of 50 sites along the sidebar of this site. (if we're missing your site, then set up a profile on squidoo and add yours to that list too)

But some important "new" things in our niche:

The NW Indiana Blog Carnival is back! We experimented with it last year and then we all got pretty busy, we'll be moving around hosting opportunities, so if you're a blogger and want to host leave a comment below. You can submit for next week's Carnival at this link (submission link) this week will be hosted by NWI Reviews. A huge thanks to Chris Hedges for getting us started, I'd sure like to see him host again as soon as time allows.

Both NWI Reviews and NWI Connect are spotlighting regional links on a regular basis. If you've been to a local restaurant, give NWI Reviews a shout to write up a review. If you've found a new website or blog in the area, give NWI Connect a shout.

Word is that traffic monster www.219.com will be totally updating their look and template with a blog type look. I was asked to write a post on our NW Indiana blogosphere, as soon as it's up I'll leave the link here.

The Attorney General race in Indiana created a ton of traffic for those of us following Mayor Jon Costas' attempt to win the nomination at the convention on Monday. Porter County Politics moved up to 4th statewide on the Blognet News ... with Chris Hedges in the top ten as well. When I looked this morning 8 of the top 10 were sites were sites focusing on this nomination battle. Our friends over at Reason Bell Society are endorsing Jon Costas for Attorney General.

Using Social Networks to grow your online income was my post featuring all these crazy social networks, we're now connecting NW Indiana on twitter, on friendfeed, on facebook and all kinds of other places. If you have a place for us to connect, let me know by leaving a comment. We have a ning network and many of us connect on the major social sites to keep an eye on posts and comments. I know I have set up subscriptions to all the northwest indiana bloggers I know, and to their comments if possible, some days this means reviewing over 100 posts!

The Northwest Indiana blogosphere is booming, with comments and traffic and even some CPC love finally for those of us monetizing. Join the fun.