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Most significantly, new blogs for various aspects of my project:

Most recently (November 08), a cluster of new sites/domains and a couple of projects:

A while back (January 08), two new sites / sub-domains; one as a bit of a lark and the other as no sort of lark at all:


My "legacy" blogs:


I've decided to hoe-in with WordPress (my UserPage at

  • my scratchpad page on "WYSIWYG editor" at codex ... to be frank I'm astonished that folk have put up with TinyMCE in its present incarnation. I think it's fine, basically, but really ... I mean really, it's gotta be tweaked. It's cruel to put folk through that hastle.
  • I put together articles, tutorials, and resources concerning "The Loop", also at codex. To tell you the truth I'm blown away by the quantity of good information ... prolly since so many folk have gotten into themes and plugins, which shows just substantial is the community support (i.e. "buy-in") for WordPress. And proper thing, I say.

I've started collecting WP-related links on a daily basis. Not really into blogging at any length about any of it. Yet. But ''Buffer Dumps'' at is substantial for itself.

Oh yaa, and I created a WordPress group at SlideShare


On the "life consists of putting one foot in front of the other" front:

"Ace Blogs Feed" ... from 15 sources, using Yahoo!Pipes to produce 3 or 4 dozen date-ordered post.
It's been a very interesting process (as described on that page) with some good results. But this widget is broken now. Bit rot? Nope ... seems that is now offline.

Thanks to NetVibes and FeedDigest having taken over my life, on-going works in progress:


I launched "42 words should do it" at using "Prologue", a twitter-like theme.

I'm putting it through its paces ... pretty neat, but some thuds: standalone pages don't display, and it seems that categories aren't sorting properly. This one post on that blog pretty much sums up my thinking; I wrote up a longer post on Gnodal.LiveJournal.


I'm doing a buncha things at once here:

I'll likely be laying in some sort of forum and implementing some CMS. (I have already installed Joomla but suspect I'll spend some time working with Flux.)


A bit of history ... two lists of discussion software & forum sites from the mid/late 90s:


About Me:

My name is Ben Tremblay and I started doing "computer mediated communications" in the early 70s. (Think "teletype" - that's the era)

The battle isn't always to the brave, and the race doesn't always go to the swift. We learn that life is only sometimes fair. We don't all learn that there's a logic to it all, so we act as though we can get by just along with the slick talk used by those who win battles and races by trickery and manipulation. Did you ever lose an argument and later wonder how because you realized that you were right? Sometimes that's just by accident, but most often it's because you lost to someone who knows how to use rhetoric and sophistry.

Our lives and our world matter too much to lose it all just because it's easier to go along with the hucksters and the bullies than it is to stand up for ourselves. But the only way to get along with things otherwise is for us to stand up together, all of us for each of us, as though democracy really means something, as though democracy really works.

Since I left the military in September of 1973 I've tried to find a way of dealing with the malevolence and malice and manipulation that underlies most of our public policy. Around 1978 I started thinking that "e-democracy" in some form was the only hope. It took me 25 years to find a form, a set of methods and process - "Web2.0? and "AJAX" and all that, wikis and blogs and forums, all bundled together, for one thing: for folk to talk about why they feel the way they do about why we do what we do.

First we talk about what we're doing, then we talk about why it matters to us the way it does. It's called "discourse".


My profile at InternetEvolution:

* "CMC since '72; compulsively tech_doc."

Bernard D. Tremblay (ben) is a Pearson-era bus-hippie who ended up doing ComRsch 291 (SigInt) and working with such as CNTelecom (Telco), the DEWLine (NORAD/SAC tropo-scatter), CBC (broadcast and recording tech), Motorola (unit repair and system installation), and Micronav International (MIL-SPEC documentation for avionics R&D), eventually raising 5 kids in the hills of Cape Breton Island.
Apart from interests in amateur radio (dating back to 1968) and baroque music (recorder) and time spent as a sometimes street musician (djembe), ben has been working on processes for citizen engagement and open access since 1975.
In a moment of wimsy he returned to university as a mature student where he concentrated on cognitive-psychology and criminology before being seduced by historiography. In that period he did ground-breaking development using VRML in ethology.
His motto is "Somewhere between sheer boredom and 'helmet fire'" (referring to cognitive ergonomics).

When you look to see how the system works
Likely you will find that it doesn't.


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