by Michael Bérubé on April 5, 2007

Well, I just had to give it a shot. But it turns out that this vlogging thing is a lot harder than it looks:

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“We wanna win over everybody,” says one of these fine young men, and you know, that’s my motto too. So in the interest of making new friends throughout the length and breadth of the Internet, I thought I’d mention that I have a <a href=”http://www.tpmcafe.com/blog/coffeehouse/2007/apr/05/skepticism_about_faith”>new post up</a> over at TPM Cafe, even though I forgot to bring a <a href=”https://crookedtimber.org/2007/04/04/more-vlogging/”>very large coffee cup</a> with me. And I’ve just learned that <i>Dissent</i> has put up <a href=”http://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/?article=751″>my recent review</a> of Roberto Mangabeira Unger’s <i>What Should the Left Propose?</i> Short version: I think the book is OK in some respects and not OK in others and really quite strange on the whole.

I have not forgotten my vow to bring hockey blogging, or “hogging,” to CT. I’m just waiting for the regular season to end so that I don’t make the same mistake I made <a href=”http://www.michaelberube.com/index.php/weblog/all_hockey_friday/”>last year</a>, when I jinxed a certain team very badly.



Aaron Swartz 04.05.07 at 10:34 pm

At this rate, you’ll have to start your old blog back up just to keep track of your posts on all these new blogs!


Alan Bostick 04.05.07 at 10:37 pm

Every time you use the expression “vlogtopia,” you really ought to give the proper credit, e.g., “(Yes! vkippy coined that phrase!)”


Michael Bérubé 04.05.07 at 10:44 pm

Actually, Aaron, I was hoping to post on the Atlantic Avenue, Ventnor Avenue, and Marvin Gardens blogs this week. Then I could build me some bloghouses, and not have to return to my old place — the basement over there has got about six inches of water now.

And Alan, you’re so right. May vkippy forgive me.


Kern 04.06.07 at 12:09 am

Vloggins is stupid and vain. Please stop now. You look like a real idiot.


Kieran Healy 04.06.07 at 1:03 am

It’s river … tap … dance.


Michael Bérubé 04.06.07 at 3:43 am

Hey . . . something tells me that kern doesn’t like vlogging. He doesn’t like it here and he doesn’t like it there. Indeed, he doesn’t like it anywhere!


George 04.06.07 at 4:18 am

As punishment for that vlog dreck, you must watch this!


Jacob T. Levy 04.06.07 at 4:57 am

And in this Utopia, everything will be devoted to a constant creation of the new, except the work of Roberto Mangabeira Unger, who, whatever else happens, will continue to make the same case he’s made for decades.

Yes, yes, yes. Thanks for saying this aloud. The fetishization of change and turmoil for their own sake (and deliberately planned and created change and turmoil at that) plus plesbiscitary-executive government at the expense of constitutionalism… whatever frisson of interest this might have generated in the 70s is surely long-since gone.


kenny vloggins 04.06.07 at 5:27 am

here are some good future post titles: “anarchy, state, and vlogtopia”, “a midsummer night’s vlog”, “f*** off nazi vlogs”


Michael Bérubé 04.06.07 at 12:03 pm

Thanks, Jacob! Of course, we’re not against change, now. Just against a Megadepartment for the Fomenting of Constant Change. And, you know, worried that a regime dedicated to abolishing the separation of powers might actually try to circumvent the rule of law instead of developing an exciting, high-energy democracy.


Daragh McDowell 04.06.07 at 1:31 pm

Berube, cannot wait for the ‘hogging.’ As a Calgary Flames many myself I’m just giddy in my anticipation of that first week my team spends in the play-offs before getting knocked out in the first round for the zillionth time and going back to cementing their rep as the finest Golf team in the NHL.


Michael Bérubé 04.06.07 at 2:45 pm

Now, now, Daragh — you had a fine (and truly exciting) run in 2004 after many years in the wilderness. Have a moment of pity-and-cheer for the Penguins and Rangers, neither of whom I’d have picked for the playoffs three months ago (when the Pens were 18-17-7 and the Rangers were 22-19-4), and neither of whom has been to a Stanley Cup final since . . . well, since the days when the phrase “Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the House” was merely something Grover Norquist would mumble to himself in his happy fun dreams.

Don’t let your Flames look back, though — an Avalanche might be gaining on them.


Daragh McDowell 04.06.07 at 3:19 pm

All true MB. For those who may not get why NHL Hockey is such a great sport, I have two stories.

The first is from 1989, when I was just six years old. A lot of things happened that year, namely the collapse of Communism in the Eastern Bloc, and the end of the Cold War. The premiere of the Simpsons. The final, thankful end of the Reagan presidency. I remember none of it. I remember waiting up until some ungodly hour (1 or 2 AM) watching the Stanley Cup Finals with my father as the Calgary Flames went into their umpteenth overtime against the Montreal Canadiens, the latter perhaps the greatest hockey team of the 20th Century. I remember, in the end, Lanny McDonald ripping off his Helmet and skating triumphantly around the rink, Cup raised over his head, for the first (and so far last) time in the team’s history. I remember meeting Al MacInnis, Joe Newendyke, Mike Vernon et al when they came to visit the Children’s Hospital, where my Mom worked at the time. And I remember just how damn good the entire city felt that whole summer.

The 2004 playoffs were going on when I was in the final term of my BA in Dublin, so the rigours of time as well as the total absence of NHL hockey on Irish television limited me to watching results the morning after, and the occassional web-radio broadcast. More gallingly, I was flying into Calgary to spend my summer working before my sister got married there in August on the night of Game 7 of the finals. Again, no broadcast in the plane, and I got the news of the final Flame-out as we touched down in Calgary international. It was crushing.

Having said that, just being in the city after that run was so phenomenal, I can’t imagine what the energy was like during the games. I was walking down 17th ave (Calgary’s main st.) in September (a good three months after the season ended for those not in the know) in my trusty Flames jersey, and had car loads of people slowing down to scream ‘Yeah Baby!’ (the traditional Flames cheer) at me.

Truth be told, I’m not an obsessive follower of the sport, largely cause there’s no where to watch it live here in Oxford. But I still keep a watchful eye on the Flames, because nothing felt so good to me as just being alive in the city of Calgary in the summers of 89 and 04.


Daragh McDowell 04.06.07 at 3:20 pm

And BTW, don’t bring up Norquist’s dreams. Somewhere right now he’s napping and mumbling ‘Newt Gingrich, President of the United States,’ and as your post at TPMcafe illuminates, hes probably a more acceptable nominee to the Republican masses than either of the three frontrunners.


sharon 04.06.07 at 4:46 pm

Sorry this is OT, but I have a problem with Michael’s old blogue. Earlier today I used the search box to look for an old post and it obligingly brought up a list of hits. But when I clicked on a title it just took me straight back to the front page with the Ghostly Head. Which is disconcerting at the best of times. (I think there might be a /weblog/ or similar bit of the path missing in the URLs in the search results.)


Another Damned Medievalist 04.06.07 at 6:57 pm

um … am I the only one who thought that the video was kind of cool and scary at the same time?


Michael Bérubé 04.06.07 at 7:06 pm

Sharon– yeah, that’s what happened when we put up that cover page back in January. The search function still works within the blogue, but to get to the actual post you have to note its date and then retrieve it manually, so to speak, via the archives-by-date. Sorry bout that.


lemma 04.06.07 at 9:01 pm

Oh George at #7 that brought tears to my eyes. I so adored Orr. And Michael so nice to see you again! Hope Janet, Nick & Jamie are thriving.


Tyrone Slothrop 04.07.07 at 2:01 am

Well, my interwebs tubes are clogged now.


The Constructivist 04.07.07 at 4:54 am

Thanks so much for what you’ve done to my stomach, Doc Berube.


Nell 04.08.07 at 2:01 pm

I’m looking forward to your hogging, too, but not as much as I was before I realized that our team allegiances make us enemies (of a sort) for the next week and a half.

That could have been avoided had we lost the shootout last night, and Belanger did his best — taking the unorthodox slapshot approach in his first-ever attempt, and going three feet wide of the net. But apparently the Thrashers are as sick of the Tampa Bay matchup as I am, because Sim put in a beauty to win it.

So, despite the risks of taking on such a hot team, we get the national exposure that comes from playing the Rangers! Please feel free to jinx your team for the first two games: not everyone in the family will be able to get to Atlanta for those, and we need the series to go six or seven in any case for the benefit of our favorite long-suffering GM.


rev.paperboy 04.09.07 at 9:43 am

BTW please don’t bring up 1989 again, some wounds are still too fresh for this Habs fan, who is still wondering how we got nudged out of the playoff by the friggin’ Leafs.


Michael Bérubé 04.09.07 at 12:16 pm

still wondering how we got nudged out of the playoff by the friggin’ Leafs

See the entry for “two-goal lead, holding onto,” in the National Hockey League Playoff-Making Handbook (2006-07). I believe there’s a special subsection on the special extra added importance of holding onto a two-goal lead after coming back from a two-goal deficit.

And at least the Islanders nudged the friggin’ Leafs out in turn, though they really didn’t need to add the last-second drama (see “two-goal lead, holding onto,” subsection (4)(a), “clearing the puck from your own zone in the final twenty seconds”).


Nell 04.09.07 at 1:59 pm

Lamoriello not playing Brodeur: contemptible anti-Canada ploy or common-sense resting of key player in low-stakes game?

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