July 14, 2004


Yes, it's a lame filler post. You know, I used to throw out link collections when I had nothing to say or (more often) no time in which to say anything, until one day I paid attention to how long it took to fill in all the links for such a post, proofread it, and post it--and two freakin' hours had elapsed. I'm not sure if that's because I'm a slow, disorganized, awkward linker, or if they really do just take that long. I lean towards the former. I never bookmark things and wind up doing a clumsy traceroute on items I want to link: "Let's see, I think I was reading ASV at the time and was it this post?--No, this one--No, in the comments to that one--yes that's right, it was this fellow's blog and he links to . . . ."

So you see, I would make a lousy Instapundit . . . but that's okay. You don't really keep me around to read Wonkette to you, do you?

Posted by Ilyka at July 14, 2004 09:50 PM in navel gazing

They do take longer somehow but they also save on your grey matter. I need all the help I can get in that area.

Posted by: Rob at July 14, 2004 10:02 PM

I just end up with multiple windows or tabs and having to go back and forth through everything, or I try and copy/paste onto notepad, and take all the info from that.

Then I go to do tracking and for some reason my pings aren't always successful; about 1/2 the time I get yelled at by haloscan.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at July 14, 2004 10:31 PM

There is a nifty little shareware program called Ecto for $20 that will post to your MT blog. It has some built in shortcuts that make linking easier.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at July 15, 2004 12:00 AM

It may be part a generational thing I'm noticed about computers, where people who are about thirty and under have been introduced to them at a young enough age that many basic functions on which more complicated, future operations are built come naturally; and of people over thirty, only those who tend to respond well to tools and technology are not at a disadvantage. Four years ago, I remember someone about ten years my senior marveling at how I could jump headlong into a program and start dropping menus and windows — something I wouldn't consider special.

Or it could be an organizational issue. I find that Google Toolbar is a great substitute for an extra window: one link for the clipboard and one for the Google Search entry field, which doesn't change from page to page.

Posted by: Michael Ubaldi at July 17, 2004 10:16 PM