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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Blog in Spanish

'Más respeto, que soy tu madre'. Es el título del 'blog' ganador de los Premios Internacionales Weblog de la Deutsche Welle 2005, más conocidos como premios BOBs ('Best Of Blogs'). Su autor es Hernán Casciari, un argentino afincado en Barcelona que ha hecho de la historia de los Bertotti, una familia argentina ficticia, un éxito de la Red. Sin embargo, la votación del jurado no coincidió con la del público, que escogió como ganador a 'Tupiniquim', un 'blog' en portugués sobre pueblos indígenas.
El 'blog' de Casciari fue escogido por los doce miembros del jurado, entre los que se encuentran dos españoles, el periodista Ignacio Escolar y el profesor José Luis Orihuela. Su autor lo define como una "blogonovela" en la que Mirta Bertotti, un ama de casa bonaerense, "debe lidiar con su esposo, su suegro drogadicto y tres hijos adolescentes". Recientemente, el 'blog' ha sido editado en forma de libro por Plaza y Janés.
El premio del jurado para el mejor 'blog' multimedia ha sido para 'Blog con Cebollino', una página francesa en la que sus dos dibujantes, Miss Gally y Georgette, cuentan sus aventuras con su planta de maceta.
En la categoría de 'podcasting' ha resultado ganador Pink Ke, un DJ chino. 'Manal and Alaa's Bit Bucket' ha obtenido el Premio Especial Reporteros sin Fronteras por su trayectoria como pionero en la 'blogosfera' egipcia.
También se han decidido los premios a los mejores 'blogs' periodísticos en diferentes idiomas. El ganador en español ha sido Adriano Morán con 'Jabalí Digital', donde trata gran variedad de temas.
Entre estos premiados destaca 'Global Voices Online', mejor 'blog' periodístico en inglés y una referencia en Internet a la hora de tomar el pulso a la comunidad internacional de 'bloggers'.
El público también vota
El jurado tiene sus preferencias, pero el público tiene otras. Los ganadores de la votación popular, en la que han participado más de 100.000 personas, apenas coinciden con la selección del jurado.
Como mejor 'blog' general, 'Más respeto, que soy tu madre' ha quedado en segundo lugar, por detrás de 'Tupiniquim', un 'blog' escrito en portugués en el que se recopila información sobre pueblos indígenas.
De hecho, público y jurado sólo coinciden en las categoría de mejor 'blog' multimedia, mejor 'podcasting' y mejor 'blog' periodístico en ruso.
Como mejor 'blog' periodístico en español, '' ha resultado el favorito de los votantes, mientras 'Jabalí Digital' aparece en sexto lugar.

Google Analytics: Still Waiting

This is something that could make Internet history as the “as everybody was waiting” inciden. I assume many people have started to use Google Analytics. You have to enter your sites details, and include a Javascript code into your page’s header. Then Google says your reports should be available within 12 hours.
The funny thing is: I’ve not yet read about anyone who actually has seen his stats. This is just ridiculous. Right now, there are people (including me) who waited more than 2 weeks and still have no stats. Discussions about wheter Google forgot a big “beta” sign are going on at WebmasterWorl Forums, users complain over at Digital Point, too. Not even ProBlogger Darren Rowse, who said he started using Google Analytics, has stats yet.
Well, we’ll have to wait and see.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Google Analytics Struggless

Google's hosted Web analytics service Google Analytics suffered serious performance problems earlier this week, after the company announced the service would be available free of charge, but seemed to have stabilized by Wednesday.

"They clearly underestimated the number of people trying to sign up on Monday," said Alan Gahtan, an attorney based in Toronto, who spent hours on Monday trying to sign up for the service, which used to cost $199 per month. Google Analytics, formerly known as Urchin on Demand, lets users monitor visits to their Web sites. The users can track, for example, the effectiveness of online marketing campaigns and to determine how to modify Web pages to improve sales conversions.

I signed up last week and haven't seen any data yet. Hopefully I will be able to take advantage of this free service soon. I am lokking forward to it.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

The Principle of Equal Freedom

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Some years ago one of my best friends asked me to help her with a difficult situation she was having. My friend had been raped and now she was pregnant. She told me she was thinking about not having the baby. She wanted to hear what I, as her best friend, had to say. My memory went back to this situation after reading the definition of the principle of equal freedom in chapter eight of our text. According to this principle, “a person has the right to freedom of action unless such action deprives another person of a proper freedom.” In my home country abortion is legal for reasons of rape, fetal deformity or “physical or psychiatric risk” to the mother. Therefore, if my friend chooses to put and end to the life of the fetus she is carrying, she would be just exercising his freedom of choice. The problem here is that the fetus has also some rights. The fetus has the right to live. Nevertheless, the fetus is incapable to fight for his freedoms. He depends on other people to protect his rights and freedoms. In this situation, I was one of those people. I was aware that my words would have a great effect in my friend’s final decision on whether to abort or to have the baby. When all this happened about ten years ago I was single. Now things have changed, I am married and have two beautiful children. I honestly think ten years ago I did not value a fetus’ life as I do now. I have seen the development of my children since they were just a tiny form of life inside my wife’s womb, till they were born. I have sung to them before they came to this world and noticed their reactions to my voice. We live in a world were individuals are egoist. We invade other people’s countries; ignore those who starve in remote parts of this planet, and kill innocent and tiny humans in the name of freedom. Men are not equal; this is something we have to admit. There are human beings who are not able to stop bombs from destroying their houses, nor can fetuses fight for their lives. These people depend on others who exercise their freedom in a superior way. If someday we come to understand that the freedom to defend your country implies destroying another, and that the freedom to kill an innocent human being implies denying the freedom to live to those who cannot defend themselves, then we all may have gain something. Ten years ago an innocent fetus incapable to defend himself lost his life in an operation room of a remote abortion clinic. That day a human being lost his life and two friends were overwhelmed by a guilty conscience that would never heal; and all this in the name of freedom. Blog in Spanish.


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