Friday, July 12, 2002

Chalk It Up

Google! DayPop! This is my blogchalk: English, United States, Albertville, Alabama, NotJimmy, Male, 31-35!

No, I haven't gone insane, those words are intended more for Google's prying eyes than yours. Let me explain: that info is what you'll see if you mouse over the little green face in the corner I've added to my page, it's called Blogchalking.

You see, back in the good old days of hoboing, (if there were in fact ever "good old days" for itinerant homeless folks) hobos used a system of symbols they'd leave behind in the places they'd visited - there'd be a symbols denoting the fact that a certain house had a kind owner who'd likely feed you or that the town didn't allow alcohol, for instance - or that the man who lived there had a gun and would run you off if you came around looking for handouts.

Well, someone got the idea to use this sort of symbol system and apply it to free wireless networking and called it warchalking. The original idea being that you'd leave a symbol behind where you'd found a good wireless access point and could pass your knowledge of the node on to others easily. All this has in turn led to blogchalking, a means for other bloggers to easily find like-minded individuals from their area and look up their pages. So there you have it.

Welcome, Information Highway hobos...come in, sit down and stay awhile (but not too long...this ain't no hotel)

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