We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief or bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing...not curing...not healing...that is a friend who cares.
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Please forward to your webmaster:
"Although the site gets a fair amount of traffic, they don't get many comments, and I think a big part of that is their inability to embed links. Some of the most interesting things I see when surfing the blogosphere are from links in the comments, not the articles, themselves. The articles, for the most part, are the same ones that other bloggers are posting. It's the links in the comments that often add the depth and color to an otherwise bland post. Avid blog readers know this, and tend to hang out on sites where they can contribute with more than just words. With embedded links, I think Maggie's would go from being an occasional stop for many people to a daily stop."
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Dr. Mercury, Pest Extraordinaire
It depends on whether you're a Lefty or not. Boingboing is, I may remind you, the site where one of the bloggers (Mark) implied last summer that he wished Republican leaders would hang by the neck. Mark stated in another post that our soldiers are "forced" to fight in Iraq. Then there was Xeni posting about the plight of the poor polar bears a while back.
And then there's the eternal railing against the big telecom companies helping the DHS and FBI in the war on terror, the occassional "Bush lied" meme, the "government failed the poor innocent victims of Hurricane Katrina" trope, and all the rest.
Your question, though, is somewhat irrelevant. While it's not "apples and oranges", Boingboing isn't an eclectic site; it has a focus. Personally, I think all of the "steampunk" stuff is a bunch of crap, but lots of people think it's pretty cool, so it's nice to have a spot where articles can congregate. And they seem to have some sort of weird fascination with oddball stories from the Orient, and some of the stuff they take seriously borders on the imbecilic (how closely popsickle sticks resemble their real-life counterparts springs to mind), but, again, there seems to be a market for it.
The one thing to note is that Boingboing isn't a "techie site", as you might hear it described. Many of their articles are techie-esque (like the steampunk stuff), but that's not what we official computer geeks call "techie". From that viewpoint, it's kind of like they're pandering to the techie wannabes.
Cultural note: America seems to be ripe plucking grounds for disillusioned British lefties. Andrew Sullivan is a Brit expatriot, and look how much fun he's having over here. Ditto Cory Doctorow, the founder of Boingboing. If you were going to write a book about them, a good title would be "A Bigger Pond of Moonbats."
In semi-related news, I got to wondering if Drew Curtis, originator of the left-leaning Fark.com, was also an ex-Brit, but nope, he's a homegrown Iowa boy. I did, however, find this interesting tidbit in Wikipedia:
"On November 28, 2007, Fark.com founder Drew Curtis filed an application to trademark the phrase 'Not Safe for Work'."
Can you believe that asswipe? What's next, Drew, "Stay Off The Grass" and "Do Not Disturb"?