New York Times: On the Web log, or blog, he chronicles his daily life, his small victories, his disappointments, his liberal views on politics and the health of his pets. Washington Post: Mosteller's supervisors and co-workers at the Durham, N.C., Herald-Sun were well aware of her Weblog, or blog. ABC News (Australia): The lanky, sandy-haired writer composes a frequently updated Internet journal -- weblog, or blog for short ... Maine Today: Hands-on science experiments, creating an online Weblog -- or "blog" -- ... read more

When Dan Rather leaves CBS Evening News in March, America will lose our best chance to see an anchorman completely blow his top on live television, Howard Beale style. During the Jennings-Brokaw-Rather era of network news, there has never been question who the weirdest anchor was. Wikipedia runs down a few rather odd moments, from the disturbing "what's the frequency, Kenneth?" mugging to his telling people "Courage" at the end of broadcasts for one week in September 1986, at which point he chickened out in the ... read more

Alan McConchie has created the Pop vs. Soda page, an Internet database that maps the regional differences in how Americans refer to soft drinks. Looking at the large number of people in the south who call all sodas "coke," regardless of brand, doesn't that suggest one of the world's most lucrative trademarks has become a generic term and should lose its protected status? Aspirin, cellophane, escalator, nylon, and thermos all were once trademarks lost by their companies through generic use. On BusinessPundit, a ... read more

At the first press conference since he won a broad nationwide overwhelming landslide mandate, President Bush gave reporters a hard time for asking multi-part questions: Question: Mr. President -- thank you. As you look at your second term, how much is the war in Iraq going to cost? Do you intend to send more troops, or bring troops home? And in the Middle East, more broadly, do you agree with Tony Blair that revitalizing the Middle East peace process is the single most pressing political issue facing the world? ... read more

In an interview about Java programming, author Bruce Tate uses a term several times without explanation: POJO. The same acronym is popular on the Apache Geronimo developer's list, so I looked for a definition. It stands for "plain old Java objects," simple classes that are implemented as an alternative to Enterprise Java Beans and other complex methodologies. It appears to have been coined by Martin Fowler in the book Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture: The alternative is to use normal Java objects. ... read more

A nice use of the term bike shed discussion describes the initial chaos of the Apache Geronimo project: The momentum of the project is huge, and it appears we have reached the critical mass required for a success. However, we have some challenges to overcome. One of these is the nature of discussions on the mailing list -- we have had many bike shed type discussions thrashing minute details to death but choking out larger topics. In some cases, this has resulted in contributors collaborating offline and major ... read more

I'm reading a lot of James Lileks at the moment, and I just found an interesting word he tried (and failed) to inject into the public consciousness: fearomeme, an idea that spreads quickly because it scares the hell out of everybody. The recent story on the impending Yellowstone supervolcano eruption was a nice fearomeme, spooking several-dozen webloggers: When one erupts the explosion will be heard around the globe. The sky will darken, black acid rain will fall, and the Earth will be plunged into the equivalent ... read more