What's a Weblog?
A weblog is basically a page or set of pages of links to items of interest on the web, updated regularly, usually with some sort of commentary. It's kind of the web equivalent of the e-mail you get from friends pointing you to neat pages. It's becoming very popular on the net; there's quite a buzz about weblogs right now. NASWebLog, started on December 23, 1999, is one of the first shortwave radio-oriented weblogs that I'm aware of. You could also consider NordicDX.com and Sheldon Harvey & CIDX's Radio HF Newsletter weblogs. Weblogs on other topics that may give a better idea of the range of such pages include CamWorld and Tomalak's Realm. If you're interested, Dave Winer's About Weblogs page gives a more detailed explanation.
- Ralph Brandi
The Writings on the Wall (NZRDXL): "[W]e entered the compound of what had once been UNESCO's pride and joy. The first thing I saw was the shell of a rusted motor vehicle lying in the garden, its body peppered with bullet holes. On the wall near the front door, a large hand-drawn piece of graffiti immediately caught the eye. Translated, its message was potent, its plea chilling. It read 'War, don't kill us! We are teenagers'." (This is about a trip to some radio facilities in Kabul by a UNESCO staffer and DXer. Thanks Paul Ormandy.)
Posted 12:39 UTC
Resurgent sun peaks for second time (CNN) -- Hurling great heaps of energy into space at a brisk pace, the sun has likely entered a second phase of major intensity during an 11-year cycle of activity. "Sunspot counts peaked in 2000 some months earlier than we expected," said David Hathaway, a solar physicist at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Considering recent developments, "the current solar cycle appears to be double-peaked," he said.
Posted 20:19 UTC
New orbiter to make X-ray flicks of sun (CNN) -- An $85 million satellite that will make movies of powerful solar flares roared into space Tuesday, following more than one year of launch delays. The High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager, or HESSI, comes equipped with a new kind of vision that will create the first high-fidelity films of the most powerful explosions in the solar system, intense X-ray and gamma ray outbursts from the sun.
Posted 20:17 UTC
Simpson of Kabul (The Guardian): "It is common for those far from battle zones to speculate that war correspondents must possess death wishes; the difference with Simpson is that this is the view of other war correspondents. 'He has a compulsive thing about him that you sense he can't help,' says one. 'I think he had a lot of guilt over problems in his personal life, and he does have a death wish, I think,' says another. 'It seems to me to be an almost suicidal curiosity,' says Allan Little, who reported on the Gulf war from Baghdad with Simpson." There's also an absolutely priceless cartoon by The Guardian's Steve Bell depicting John Simpson's liberation of Kabul.
Posted 14:38 UTC
'BBC liberated Kabul' says Simpson (The Guardian): "The BBC's John Simpson claimed the glory for the Northern Alliance's rout of the Taliban today in Kabul when he joined other BBC staff in the Afghan capital. Simpson told Sue MacGregor on the BBC's Today programme: 'It was only BBC people who liberated this city. We got in ahead of Northern Alliance troops. But his remarks are likely to irritate his colleagues, William Reeve and Rageh Omar, both of whom arrived in the Afghan capital last week."
Posted 16:49 UTC
Shortwave listening is back (Mike Wendland, Detroit Free Press): "Since Sept. 11, Grundig, the German radio company that is the market leader in shortwave radio sales, says its U.S. business has increased by 500 percent. 'It started right after the terror attacks,' says John Smith, director of operations for Grundig's U.S. operations. 'The first week, our orders went up 100 percent, then 200 percent. Lately, it's averaging 500 percent. It shows no signs of slowing down.'" (Thanks Maryanne Kehoe for the heads-up on swprograms.)
Posted 13:56 UTC
Bill Cooper, crackpot host of "The Hour of the Time" on WBCQ, was shot and killed by police officers in the course of an attempted arrest. One of the arresting deputies was shot twice in the head.
Posted 22:52 UTC
First glimpse inside a sunspot (BBC News): "By analysing sound waves travelling inside the Sun, a US team of scientists has produced the first detailed image of what goes on inside a sunspot."
Posted 22:45 UTC
You can now be a shortwave pirate using nothing but your (Linux-based) computer and monitor. Of course, your transmissions may not get much further than your kitchen.... (Oh, by the way, you can't talk, either....) Listen to the MP3 file for an idea of what you can do with this.
Posted 05:25 UTC
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NASWebLog is an experimental service. If you have any comments or suggestions, please forward them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.Ralph Brandi