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Where did Blackphoebe come from?

Michael asked that folks describe their website’s orgin.
Here it goes…
For my first two years of publishing on the ‘net (1995-1997), I used my staff 6 meg allowance on the BU ACS servers. For the next two years, I published to my 10 megs on Earthlink.
In Jan. of 1999, Alex West and I reserved Barflies.net and started publishing all things related to music, life, the world and the universe, as well as a contentious message board & mailing list.
In late 1999 or 2000, I decided to reserve a personal domain whose name derived from the name of my favorite Western bird – the Black Phoebe. During that time, a black phoebe nested in my brother’s backyard and we all discovered that not only was it a beautiful bird, but highly fierce belying its small size and cuteness factor. I decided that it was my totem bird.
When I reserved Blackphoebe.com, I tried to convince Barflies.net contributors that it would be a great place for us to publish personal and memorior style writings / art that would not fit Barflies.net’s music and culture focus, to no avail. I had not yet heard of Blogs.
In Nov. of 2001, I finally posted a front page (a flash version of a Malevich piece) and some manifesto about what I wanted to do here. In 2001-2002, I used this space to publish websites for college art / art history classes I was teaching at the time.
March 2003, SXSWi… I caught Blog Fever, I came home and decided to set up Movable Type on my underused blackphoebe.com. One year and eleven months later, this is my primary web publishing space. I love it.

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Update: Friends and Bloggers

And on other notes, Mahmood has completed an elegant re-design of his site that features his photo(s) more prominently. I first found Mahmood’s Den through the Photo Friday viewer when he posted a great photo of girls sliding down a sand dune and have stayed a faithful reader for his insights and antics in Bahrain.

On Comments and Community

Due to an overflow of comment spam that I have to delete daily, I have now switched over to Typekey registration to authenticate that commenters are real folk and are not spammers.
Sorry to have to do this and inhibit community, but please do keep commenting. I plan on installing the MT-Blacklist plugin to also help in this department.

Road Trip Time!

Thank God for the lovely folk at Movable Type / Sixapart… in the midst of SoCal summer heat and blues they have given a small cadre of us Barflies.net folk (Sandra, Tink, and I) a wonderful excuse for a spontaneous road trip to San Francisco on Thurs. Aug. 12!
Movable Type will be hosting a Sneak Peek party for MT 3.1 at Varnish Fine Art Gallery to roll out and show off the capabilities of MT 3.1.
I am excited to see the new features in 3.1 and the attendant plug-ins. As a recipient of too much comment spam here at Black Phoebe and at Barflies.net’s News and Tidbits, I am excited about Jay Allen’s upcoming MT Blacklist 2.0 for MT versions 3.x.
Most of all, I would like to meet up with other bloggers and geek out. Last Thursday, I took a few friends to see Virginia Postrel speak at the Art Center. Hugh Forrest sat two rows behind us. Hugh and I chatted briefly before Viriginia’s presentation and ever since I have yearned for the seven months until SXSW Interactive 2005 to go by quickly.
As a person whose professional life is immersed 2/3’s in the rock’n’roll world and 1/3 in the non-profit/higher education world, it is good and inspiring to talk to other computer folk and hear what is up and what people are currently into and excited about. Also, I love a good road trip, as well as having a huge stack of CDs to listen to all the way up and down the 5 freeway and then to review them.
SF, here we come!
(p.s. Alex West, come meet up with us in the City on Thursday night!)
(p.p.s. If we feel really adventurous, we will give Jimbo a call…)

What is Jen doing home blogging on a Saturday nightt?

heee heee heee… I am not at home. I am working the door taking $ from folks wanting to enter Alex’s Bar. The regular door/$ guy, Johnny, is on vacation, and I am standing in or sitting in his place.
Here’s the best part, after much talking about it, we have a wi-fi router. Alex has been vacilitating between making it a marketing point or just letting friends know about the Wi-Fi. I am voting that we give out the authenification code with a drink to get students and other folk in here rather than going to Portfolio. ;op