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December 1, 2007

The fire, the dog, the lake
Posted by Patrick at 12:13 PM * 13 comments

Longtime Making Light pal Julia (of Sisyphus Shrugged) is now posting at popular lefty group blog Firedoglake. The Lake itself is undergoing a metamorphosis as it expands to encompass even more of the progressive blog universe—first David Neiwert and Julia, with more startling additions to come. Meanwhile, Julia’s first FDL post is full of entertaining background on our favorite former New York City mayor and would-be American dictator, the politician memorably described by Jimmy Breslin as “a small man looking for a balcony.” Dodge the falling plaster and send Julia a hello.

Comments on The fire, the dog, the lake:
#1 ::: Linkmeister ::: (view all by) ::: December 01, 2007, 02:24 PM:

That falling plaster includes registration, a wait for an activation link in your e-mail, and a l-o-o-n-g wait on your first log-in. Be forewarned.

#2 ::: Jon Meltzer ::: (view all by) ::: December 01, 2007, 02:51 PM:

The plaster has fallen. The links to Julia's and Dave Neiwert's posts work, but the links from there to home and to registration do not. Guess I'll wait until tomorrow.

Looks pretty, though. Are they trying to compete with Kos, perchance?

#3 ::: Jim ::: (view all by) ::: December 01, 2007, 03:59 PM:

Hey, that's great news. I have always found all three of those blogs to be worth reading.

#4 ::: JRip ::: (view all by) ::: December 01, 2007, 04:02 PM:

for the record the Breslin quote is from a column published in May 2000:

May 13, 2000
There he is. I can see him through the car window. He's trying out the roof of City Hall this time. Rudolph Giuliani always is a little man in search of a balcony.

#5 ::: Randolph Fritz ::: (view all by) ::: December 01, 2007, 05:00 PM:

It's not working at all for me. Maybe it's overloaded. Hmmm.

#6 ::: P J Evans ::: (view all by) ::: December 01, 2007, 05:09 PM:

Not having been able to access FDL from home (via dial-up) for some months, I only see it by sneaking it at work or at friends.
Maybe registration will discourage the drive-by trolls, although their resident trolls will still be around.

#7 ::: Siun ::: (view all by) ::: December 01, 2007, 07:12 PM:

Thanks Patrick for the link and the kind words. We're really excited to have Julia joining us - and more surprises to come. Today has been moving day with the inevitable bumps and bangs and lost coffee pots so please forgive the commotion - and come by to visit as we settle into the new lake.

Making Light is a favorite here always!

#8 ::: Randolph Fritz ::: (view all by) ::: December 01, 2007, 08:07 PM:

It's ba-ack...

#9 ::: Terry (in Germany) ::: (view all by) ::: December 01, 2007, 09:29 PM:

Yay!, and Dammn.... because FDL has fallen off my "must read" list to my "look at the headers and think about list.

More to the point, it was rarely a place I looked at comments. They got too long, to fast and lacked the sort of bandinage one finds here.

I hope the changes described above will make the comments more interesting, because I really missed the more political entries at jmhm.

#10 ::: beth meacham ::: (view all by) ::: December 01, 2007, 10:14 PM:

As a long-time firepup, I think the migration to FDL's new server and software went really well. Lots better than the last switch-over, that's for sure.

The registration requirement is to keep the drive-by trolls away. They've become a serious problem during FDL's more controversial live-blogging --such as the day Valerie Plame was live in the comments, answering questions. The comments are heavily moderated, so usually we don't see the worst of them. But it makes a lot of work for the mods.

It's a great place, though. Come visit.

#11 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: December 01, 2007, 11:51 PM:

Siun, Beth, I certainly know what that's like -- relaunch technical glitches and all.

Adding Julia shows that FDL has excellent taste.

#12 ::: Michael Bloom ::: (view all by) ::: December 02, 2007, 07:44 AM:

Do not want. The new layout and procedures have seriously degraded the information-to-mouse-clicks ratio. I can't afford to open every link that looks like it might be interesting, only to discover that it's just another rant I could've written myself.

#13 ::: Nenya ::: (view all by) ::: December 03, 2007, 01:45 AM:

jmhm! How cool! Congratulations.

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