“(Here are) the raw material of facts and thoughts, wood, as it were, so called from the multiplicity and variety of the matter contained therein.”
From Ben Jonson’s Commonplace Book


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Year-End Giving Starts Now!

Year-end giving is traditionally associated with the annual holiday season, and many nonprofit foundations and charitable organizations typically wait until November or December to put together a communications and marketing plan only to rush it out the door to get tax deductible contributions before December 31st.


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MobileActive Convergence

Toronto -- I'm here for MobileActive, which is shaping up to be one of the best conferences i've ever attended -- billed as "the first global strategy meeting of activists using mobile phones in campaigns and public interest work." No boring panels, just


Blogging From the Base of the Long Tail

I finally took some time to read Peter Daou's -- of Salon.Com's Daou Report --latest essay on the limitations of political blogging.


Bush & the Bathroom Note

It was "the click heard 'round the world," though I'm not sure
if that click was from Reuters photographer Rick Wilking when he took a
picture over president Bush's shoulder during the U.N. world summit, or


Red Cross' Online Donations Break 50%

I am always impressed by the American philanthropic ethic during times of need. Unfortunately, we have had several disasters over the last 5 years that have tested Americans proclivity to donate online, as opposed to the traditional check or credit card contribution.


eBay Scoops Skype

I've read this morning that eBay has agreed to buy Skype, the fastest-growing provider of VoIP services, for anywhere from $2.6 to $4.1 billion dollars.


Build the Memorial

I think about September 11, 2001, I remember how alone I felt
that day. Two weeks before, I had moved to
Portland, Maine for a new job. (I later learned
those hijackers flew right over me on their way to the Boston


Cropp Has Me Thinking

I orginally posted this as a comment to a DCist post, but I thought I would repost my comment.


Blogging Katrina

As Hurricane Katrina slams into the Gulf Coast states, our thoughts are with those living in and around the area.


Epitaph for Trackback?

It may be a case of "the operation was a success, however the
patient died." On the heels of my previous post about the coming
onslaught of blog tracking sites, I've discovered that a number of
bloggers have declared that the trackback -- that pinging mechanism


Fire Drill

Yesterday afternoon, EchoDitto's D.C. headquarters had a FIRE ALARM. Mysteriously, our building's parking-lot turned out to have wireless internet access. And so we were able to continue working, even in the face of impending immolation.

I see you like to read printed material. You should check out Nicco's book The End of Big: