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  28. <title>Strange Bargain for Hyped British Fantasy</title>
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  30. <description>&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;&lt;img src=&quot;; height=&quot;188&quot; width=&quot;125&quot; alt=&quot;Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell&quot; align=&quot;right&quot; hspace=&quot;3&quot; border=&quot;0&quot;&gt;&lt;/a&gt;This weekend&apos;s &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;New York Times Magazine&lt;/a&gt; offered lavish praise for &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell&lt;/a&gt;, a debut novel by Susanna Clarke that&apos;s attracting a lot of hype prior to its Sept. 8 release.
  32. &lt;p&gt;The book, an 800-page adult novel about rival 19th-century British magicians, has prompted comparisons to both J.K. Rowling and Jane Austen. &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Neil Gaiman&lt;/a&gt; calls it &quot;the best English fantasy novel written in the last seventy years.&quot;
  34. &lt;p&gt;An elaborate alternate reality has been created for the meticulously researched book, complete with footnotes and false bibliography citations. The publisher thinks so much of the work it will be printing 250,000 copies in 17 languages.
  36. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;... in early 2003 [Clarke] sold the still unfinished manuscript to Bloomsbury, which quickly snapped up world rights based largely on a reader&apos;s report that Bloomsbury would later circulate at the London Book Fair and that began, &quot;This book so captivated and riveted me that I&apos;m charging half the full fee.&quot;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  38. &lt;p&gt;The book&apos;s currently in the top 50 on Amazon and pre-publication copies are selling for $100 or more on EBay. On the publisher&apos;s UK site, I was surprised to find a special edition deal: a &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;signed, limited edition of the book&lt;/a&gt; for 30 British pounds (around $55) with only 250 copies available.</description>
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  45. <title>Encoding XML in Movable Type Templates</title>
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  47. <description>Last week, I helped Jessamyn West fix a problem with the XML encoding of the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;RSS 2.0 feed&lt;/a&gt; on the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Movable Type weblog&lt;/a&gt; she ran during the Democratic National Convention.
  49. &lt;p&gt;West&apos;s feed couldn&apos;t be read successfully by the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Convention Bloggers&lt;/a&gt; aggregator because of the following line:
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  59. &lt;p&gt;The problem was caused by text appearing outside of the CDATA block. Though it&apos;s valid XML, by my understanding, some XML parsers cannot handle element content that appears outside of a CDATA block or content that includes more than one CDATA block.
  61. &lt;p&gt;If you understand how to create a CDATA block, you can solve this problem in a Movable Type template by dropping the &lt;span class=&quot;sourcecode&quot;&gt;encode_xml&lt;/span&gt; attribute and creating the CDATA block by yourself, as in this example:
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  67. &lt;p&gt;For West&apos;s weblog, I used this technique to add another feature she wanted -- the full text of extended weblog entries in the feed:
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  81. <title>Bush&apos;s Taxing Day in Ohio</title>
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  83. <description>Energized by the Democratic National Convention, I&apos;m going to spend more time following the frenetic presidential campaigns during the last days of the race (93 and counting).
  85. &lt;p&gt;During a stop in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday, one of the swing states hit hardest by the sour economy, President Bush &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;tried to cast doubt&lt;/a&gt; on Kerry&apos;s plan to roll back the tax cuts for Americans earning over $200,000 to invest in health care, education, and job creation:
  87. &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;&quot;He said he&apos;s only going to raise taxes on the so-called rich. But you know how the rich is -- they got accountants. That means you pay.&quot;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;
  89. &lt;p&gt;I know the moral of that story is the Republicans&apos; favorite scare tactic -- them Dems gonna raise your taxes -- but let&apos;s stop for a moment and consider how he tells it: The president, 3.5 years into his term, declares that rich people are effectively untaxable because they can afford accountants who find loopholes.
  91. &lt;p&gt;How can that argument possibly reflect well on Bush? He&apos;s calling rich people tax cheats, telling the rest of us that he&apos;s resigned to a system where they evade taxes, and admitting by implication that he did nothing with the Republican Congress to change it.</description>
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  97. <title>Routing Around the Conventional Media</title>
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  99. <description>After reading CNET commentary editor Charles Cooper shred the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;convention bloggers&lt;/a&gt; as hayseeds and &quot;cybertourists,&quot; I&apos;ve written a response to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;revoke his credentials&lt;/a&gt;.
  101. &lt;p&gt;In a telling quote from his commentary, Cooper defines the success of webloggers by whether the professional media admires their work, writing that &quot;I&apos;m sure many from the world of mainstream media left town thinking they had little to worry about if this is the best the blogging world can produce.&quot;
  103. &lt;p&gt;Though I&apos;d love to find out that Brian Williams, Shepard Smith and other media luminaries took a little time out from their pancake makeup sessions to catch up with &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Dave&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Duncan&lt;/a&gt;, why should bloggers care about impressing the outage they&apos;re trying to route around?</description>
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  109. <title>Convention Bloggers Pick Up Speed</title>
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  111. <description>After a slow start, the webloggers at the &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Democratic National Convention&lt;/a&gt; have managed to produce more good material this week than I have time to read.
  113. &lt;p&gt;Some scattered finds:
  115. &lt;p&gt;John Kerry solicited Ron Reagan&apos;s speech about &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;embryonic stem-cell research&lt;/a&gt;, telling him that he would &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;reverse  Bush policy&lt;/a&gt; and allow federal funding.
  117. &lt;p&gt;A bad idea: Scanning in your &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;convention credential&lt;/a&gt;.
  119. &lt;p&gt;A nice photo of &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;youngest delegate Sarah Bender&lt;/a&gt;, taken by one of the college journalists from the wireless group moblog &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Newsplex&lt;/a&gt;.
  121. &lt;p&gt;At &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;BOPNews&lt;/a&gt;, Stirling Newberry has been offering some of the best-produced and most interesting audioblog commentaries. That&apos;s not much of a compliment, given the rough quality of most weblog audio, but his &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;response to Barack Obama&apos;s speech&lt;/a&gt; sounds like something you&apos;d hear on NPR.
  123. &lt;p&gt;After sitting down with &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Sean Hannity&lt;/a&gt; at the Fleet Center, Matt Stoller asks a good question: Why would the Democrats invite the Republican machine into the building?
  125. &lt;p&gt;Without credit, Matt Drudge ran Tom Tomorrow&apos;s &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;photo of Bill O&apos;Reilly and Michael Moore&lt;/a&gt; that was flopped and edited to hide its origins.
  127. &lt;p&gt;Suggestions for the next group to implement a special-event aggregator like ConventionBloggers.Com: There ought to be a search engine, schedule of upcoming events, and past schedule with permalinks to speech transcripts and multimedia.
  129. &lt;p&gt;Webloggers and people reading them with services like &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Technorati&lt;/a&gt; need unique URLs to material they&apos;re commenting on (such as a link to this &lt;a href=&quot;;b=125925&amp;ct=158769&quot;&gt;Obama speech video and transcript&lt;/a&gt;).
  131. &lt;p&gt;Media liaisons working for the convention ought to be churning out an index of links to everything they&apos;d like these overwhelmed webloggers to see during the event.</description>
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  133. <pubDate>Thu, 29 Jul 2004 13:05:52 GMT</pubDate>
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