Random weblog homepages February 17, 2002 4:31 PM   Subscribe

Eureka! A couple of weeks ago in this thread I pleaded for some help in setting up my browser so that it would load a random website each time I started it up. Now that I've cracked it, I thought I'd share the link with you as a thank you to all those who pitched in ... it loads mostly weblogs completely at random ...
posted by feelinglistless to General Weblog-Related at 4:31 PM (15 comments total)

I truly hope this is interesting enough to actually post here. The actual URL is ...


It developed by setting up an account at cutandpastescripts, then feeding the random link script info from the following webrings... Linkwatcher, ameriBLOGs, Blogphiles , OddBloggers, blogsbywomen and I Love To Blog ... as well as the Seethru random link, gliff's random Mefi thread link and the skunkwork's random user link from the original thread ...
posted by feelinglistless at 4:46 PM on February 17, 2002

chaos is wonderful... nice work!
posted by machaus at 4:51 PM on February 17, 2002

Woah! I clicked on it from inside the thread, and the random link was metatalk, taking me back to the MeTa front page. Spooky.

Very nice.
posted by Nothing at 4:57 PM on February 17, 2002

I forgot to mention -- for the full effect make the link your home page (via internet options in IE) and just keep hitting the 'home' icon ... it's addictive as hell ...
posted by feelinglistless at 5:22 PM on February 17, 2002

This is really great! I'd love to see a version dedicated to warbloggers, though, since my tastes tend to prefer them over first-generation bloggers.
posted by aaron at 5:25 PM on February 17, 2002

Sounds like a great idea. Unfortunately, it took me to a porn site, complete with pop-ups. Ugh.
posted by GaelFC at 5:31 PM on February 17, 2002

(Please don sarcasm countermeasures now)

Warbloggers are second-generation? Who'da thunk it? Is there a third generation too? (the bloggie-boomers?) Then there's the vanguard of the fourth generation - the X-bloggers! And what about the cluetrainy meta-bloggers? Where do they fit in? Maybe as Beat-bloggers... Can I be the vanguard of the next generation - the SlightyConfusedBloggers?

I want a label too, dammit!

Thanks, feelinglistless.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:31 PM on February 17, 2002

here's another one: random blog from blo.gs
posted by jimw at 6:52 PM on February 17, 2002

posted by MiguelCardoso at 7:15 PM on February 17, 2002

Hey now! All I meant by "first generation" is basically all blogdom prior to the (mainly post-9/11) explosion of warblogs, which I think are a distinct genus of blog, and don't have a whole lot of interconnectivity with the first group.
posted by aaron at 11:58 PM on February 17, 2002

Just riffing, aaron. Too much coffee.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:24 AM on February 18, 2002

Um...what's a warblog?
posted by feelinglistless at 3:08 AM on February 18, 2002

Warblog n. A small bird, attonbitus warblogus, indigenous to North American coastal regions with some peripheral spread during the winter season. Related to the Warbler but much noisier.
posted by ook at 1:20 PM on February 18, 2002

African or European?

Warblogs are blogs started specifically (or at least mostly) to comment on the course of the war. The term seems to have somewhat expanded, though, to where it covers just about everyone who uses their blogs to discuss the news and politics in general. The best place to get a list of them is the column marked "Anti-Idiotarians" on the right-hand side of the Little Green Footballs blog.

(Mommmm! stavros riffed me!)
posted by aaron at 3:10 PM on February 18, 2002

Wow! I never went back to the original thread to collect my praise (and attendant suggestion), and now I realize that I actually could configure the thing from a file in webspace with reasonably little trouble. Hmm... would anyone use it?

Better I spend my time cobbling together these little 10-line scripts than going back to weblogging. That would be bad.
posted by majick at 4:21 PM on February 18, 2002

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