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Monday, June 20, 2005

Changes to our blogroll

New blogs added to our blogroll, or people we haven't promo'd before:

Francis Till - online editor of the NBR
Tim Selwyn - the supposedly seditious one who threw an axe through a window of Clark's electorate office
Adam Hamilton - new blog of the Young Nats (apparently Hamilton was the founder of the National Party)
Gman Inc. - Greg Edwards
Andy Poulsen - former Christchurch Act candidate
Cold Mountain - now with a feed, so Bloglines friendly
de.generationx.net - another blog I found recently...
Docjok - a regular commenter here
Kea Blog / Jason Watson - also now with a feed
Number 8 Wire - another regular commenter here
Weapons of Mass Distraction - Craig Ranapia's new home (or not?)
Whale Oil Beef Cooked - not sure how I found out about this blog, but its a good read
Julian Pistorius - Libertarianz candidate for Northland
ihatesocialism - Ashley Clarkson now blogs here. I think he set up the Technorati tag for New Zealand politics. Or not.
GoNZo Freakpower - Will de Cleene is back, though he calls himself Mr Zippy now...?

Don't like your real name on our blogroll?
If people don't want their real name used on our blogroll, then email me. Otherwise I'll assume seeing your name once upon a time on your blog means we are free to keep mentioning it...

Bloglines
Anyone who reads blogs regularly or wishes to save time browsing between blogs should join Bloglines, a magnificent website which lets you organise your blogs in groups (or however you want) and tells you whenever they are updated. It also lets you update your blogroll automatically, such as the Sir Humphrey's blogrolls on our sidebar. No more editing of annoying HTML.

Other blogs?
If anyone knows of other NZ blogs which fit our profile (very very broadly right-of-centre) please leave a link in the comments.

Update
Too Right

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 6/20/2005 04:09:00 AM

13 Comments:

Blogger Berend de Boer said...

Blog on Manukau issues: http://peopleschoice.org.nz/community/

6/20/2005 08:50:00 AM  
Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

I am male, I will have you know (with a beard to boot). I don't know anything about that Technorati tag either. ;-)

6/20/2005 11:06:00 AM  
Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

...But thanks for the promo.

6/20/2005 11:07:00 AM  
Blogger peasant said...

Thanks for validating my pitiful existence! :^b

6/20/2005 12:13:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Sorry Ashley. Corrected.

Interesting that I mistook your name for female.... I read a book called Freakonomics not too long ago. In it the author describes the sequence of events leading to formerly middle-upper class male names (like Ashley) becoming acceptable female names, usually beginning with poorer african-americans (or whatever is the acceptable label today) people. This was a study done in the USA, so the sequence may not apply here in New Zealand.

6/20/2005 01:54:00 PM  
Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

There are Ashley's who are female in NZ, but they tend to use the "Ashleigh" varient which is apparently technically a surname. Go figure. Didn't realise that Ashley is an "upper middle class" name, both my parents come from working class families (but we are a solid middle class family) - I think they picked the name because they liked it (much like my sister's name, Coralie). Dad apparently threatened Cedric as a name for me (or Henrietta if I was a girl), but I think he was joking.

Thanks for fixing the gender "misalignment". Possibly Gary (the founder and "owner" of Ihatesocialism) set up that technorati thingymabob. All I know is it seems to have started putting my political posts in there (though strangely enough Gary's aren't there). Frankly, I didn't know that technorati thing existed until you mentioned it.

For people interested in who I am, I have written a post over at Ihatesocialism that introduces me etc. I should have done that long ago, really.

6/20/2005 02:42:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

The author's thesis was that some poorer families choose 'richer' names to avoid the supposed stigma of re-using a name associated with poorer people.

In this way a cycle can occur, as richer people in one generation choose non-poor (or distinctive/intellectual) sounding names, then poorer people a decade or so later start using those names, leading to richer people choosing other new names for their children..... etc.

He had quite a lot of evidence to back up his idea.

6/20/2005 02:55:00 PM  
Blogger Too Right said...

Would be pleased if you added me to your blogroll. Cheers

6/20/2005 02:58:00 PM  
Blogger Lucyna said...

Too Right, your blogger id doesn't show your profile, and therefore your blog.

6/20/2005 03:06:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Lucyna - can you email it to me? I don't receive all the comments by email any longer.

6/20/2005 03:25:00 PM  
Blogger Lucyna said...

I don't know what Too Right's web site is, AL, if that's what you are asking me for.

6/20/2005 03:35:00 PM  
Blogger Too Right said...

My blog is at http://bluewattledcrow.blogspot.com/

Still early days for me.

6/20/2005 03:46:00 PM  
Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

al: sounds like a perfectly rational idea, given the irrationality of some human behaviour and reactions to status. Seems like something that (at this stage) is more likely to occur in the US with its greater disparity between rich and poor than in NZ where that disparity is comparatively smaller. Of course, there are probably similar kind of things that go on here, such as minorities naming their children with or adopting European names because they perceive that there is ethnic discrimination faced by those retaining ethnically derived names than those who sound "naturalised".

6/20/2005 06:36:00 PM  

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