Take a gander ... What’s that? You were born ready? Well, good because the university has just started The Berkeley Blog–subtitled “Provocative Thinking from UC Berkeley”–which we have to admit doesn’t look very blog-like just yet. It looks a little more like an “online forum.” But hey, we don’t want to get into semantics or the usefulness of starting a “blog” just to say you have one. (You know what we mean … )

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Under the direction of Guerrilla Media, a new blog is expected to crash the Berkeley blogosphere soon. The blog will be a start-up with a handful of bloggers at it twice a day, covering campus life. Dude, we couldn’t cover that much campus–even with the tree-sitters.

The blog’s looking to hit that hot casual college style. From some e-mail communication, though, it sounded more like a slightly tamer CollegeHumor.com target. We guess we’ll see how their blog pans out … when it shows up. But in the meantime, we’ll just rest on our laurels.

Image Source: Felipe Micaroni Lalli under Creative Commons
Job: Guerrilla Media [Berkeley J-School]

OK, so technically we don’t cover San Francisco, but that doesn’t mean we can’t round up the top ten of great San Francisco blogs. Apparently, the people at About.com think we’re just that snazzy. Take that, OTR.

Also making the list (and topping it, no less) is our friend SFist, a blog spanning parking calamities all the way to MUNI’s homicidal tendencies.

The Clog recommends checking out No. 3 as well: Eater SF, which is pretty self explanatory. Who doesn’t want to hear about food?

All in all, the Clog throws out hearty congratulations to all, though technically we must be some degree better than these blogs for making a list for a city we don’t even live in. En garde, San Francisco!

Image Source: reverseZeR0 under Creative Commons
Best San Francisco Blogs [About]

On Monday, Ben Narodick officially announced that “CalStuff isn’t dead” but that Monday’s post would be his last post.With no writers to keep CalStuff going, the great UC Berkeley blog is no more. But it’s not dead.

“CalStuff is alive – just alive in the Terri Schiavo sense of the word,” Narodick wrote.

So … it’s brain dead?

OK, all joking aside, it really is quite unfortunate what’s happened to CalStuff. It paved the way for the rest of us and made Berkeley blogging a more serious endeavor for all us: the Daily Cal, the Clog, bloggers and students alike.

We’re pouring this one out for our homie over at CalStuff.

So far, it’s hard to say what’s going to happen to the Berkeley blogosphere. The Cal Patriot Blog noted Narodick’s goodbye, but will it have any great effect?

CalStuff, besides its characteristic commenters, was inactive for a while—more than four months to be precise.

But in its heyday, CalStuff was a recognized news source, respected citizen/student journalism and the foundation for the Berkeley blogosphere today. It was both a rival and complement to the Daily Cal. Even UC Berkeley’s NewsCenter featured the team of bloggers in a “best of” story:

bq. The four students who run the blog “CalStuff,” for example, see themselves as a filter for Berkeley-related news and happenings — and view their blog as a supplement to the Daily Cal, not a replacement for it. “We all recognize that the Daily Cal is the No. 1 source for students and we’ll never have the manpower to come close,” says Andy Ratto, a third-year political science major and one of four regular bloggers for CalStuff (profiled below). “That’s not what we’re trying to do. There are certain things that a blog can do differently and better than a print newspaper …”

Where would we be without CalStuff?

We think CalStuff has reached its end, but blogging in general is thriving in our society. More and more people create their own blogs and more and more newspapers add blogs to their websites.

Still, finding bloggers to take on the enterprise is a difficult situation. And, like CalStuff, we’re still looking for writers too.

Image Source: CalStuff.com
Take It Out Back, Tie It To A Tree [CalStuff]
We need blogs [Cal Patriot Blog]

First you have one blogger thrown out from a baseball game. Now another blogger has to pay, literally.

Yaman Salahi, an upcoming Berkeley junior, must pay $7,500 and $75 in legal fees to journalist Lee Kaplan for “interfering with business opportunities through defamation,” as the Daily Cal puts it.

Ouch. And we thought housing was rough.

Salahi started a blog called Lee Kaplan Watch to monitor Kaplan, who writes for FrontPageMag.com. There was an altercation, Kaplan found out about the blog, there was some hating, Kaplan sued for defamation and business interference, Salahi appealed the initial ruling and now we’re up to speed. It’s a long story.

Salahi best explains it on his own site:

bq. Lee Kaplan presented one allegation against me during the trial regarding defamation. In this regard he claimed that my website had the phrase “Lee Kaplan is a douchebag” and linked to another site with his face photoshopped on to gay porn.

What’s so wrong with gay porn, we ask? OK, so this is a serious issue. Not funny.

Salahi claims that Kaplan posted material saying that Salahi and the student group Students for Justice in Palestine “were affiliated with the American Nazi Party,” Salahi told the Daily Cal.

Isn’t that, well, um, kinda libelous too? But we’re not ones to point the finger of blame. Rather, we should learn from this, as Beetle suggests:

bq. [It] seems that the case being held in small claims court deprived him of many of the protections he would have received otherwise. We should note this as a lesson and try to keep these cases out of small claims court. We should also note that when being sued by many people, they know their way around the legal system well and we should definitely go find ourselves lawyers as early as possible, and try to use SLAPP law to cover the costs.

Salahi now has to come up with more than seven grand to pay the suit. He set up a PayPal donation, splitting the funds among his own cause and two other “progressive causes.”

Might we also suggest a new job opportunity?

Hmm. Perhaps not.

Court Rules in Favor of Writer in Suit Against Student Blogger [Daily Cal]
Homepage [Lee Kaplan Watch]
Houch [Beetle Beat]
Salahi discussion [UCB LJ Community]

The best (or in most cases, worst) of Berkeley’s blogosphere.

* The Daily Squelch

We love The Heuristic Squelch. They are all funny people. We’re excited about their latest adventure, but it still needs a little more tweaking.

* UC Berkeley LiveJournal Community

When faced with the ultimate decision of Barack versus Hilary, the students choose … Hilarack. Sharpton. Neither.

* Beetle Beat

Beetle chastises ASUC senators for being kinda high and mighty and for not knowing the bylaws as well as he does. We’re beginning to think his candidacy wasn’t such a joke after all.

* Facebook

Remember when we harped on the class of 2011? Well, they’re at it again, except this time they’re making a popular clique. Has anybody told them this is nearly impossible in a school this size? Or that their antics are, like, so high school?

* Bears Necessity

The video’s old news by now, but thanks anyway, BN. We’re not so sure he understands this video (unlike Beetle’s candidacy) is, in fact, a joke.

Let the frenzy begin on the blogosphere. On Sunday Brian Bennett, a reporter for Louisville’s Courier-Journal, was ejected from an NCAA baseball tournament game for live-blogging (which seems to be a crime in the eyes of the NCAA).

Bennett was sending live reports about the University of Louisville’s 20-2 victory over Oklahoma State when NCAA officials approached him, revoked his credentials and tossed him out of the stadium.

This has started a whole new media firestorm around the rights of reporters to blog live from a sporting event.

Pretty much, the argument from the side of the NCAA is that they’ve sold its exclusive rights to “broadcast” the game to entities such as ESPN, and that live-blogging from a game infringes on those rights.

Right, kick a guy out because he’s doing his job because the evil empire tells you to.

Let’s just say that that’s a bunch of (insert expletive here). Dan Shanoff agrees with us. If you go to his blog today, he has a nice little rant about how backwards and ignorant the NCAA has been about this whole situation.

bq. To not realize that live-blogging has become THE most effective and most efficient form of reporting and analysis of sports events exposes the NCAA’s ignorance.

Even the “official blog” of the NCAA, Double-A Zone, disagrees with the action taken by NCAA officials Sunday.

bq. I find all of this quite unnecessary. The world of media has changed and I think this policy makes my organization look arcane because journalists now publish their thoughts in real time on the Internet. I don’t know anybody in their right mind who would choose in-game commentary on a blog over a television broadcast, so I don’t see how there’s competition between our partners and independent bloggers who have received credentials.

So we have two different commentators saying that the NCAA is old, antiquated and needs to get out of the 19th century. We’ll jump on that bandwagon also.

The NCAA better backtrack on this. An apology is definitely needed, and maybe an epiphany.

In an era where information can be brought to you at the click of a button, where there are more media outlets available than seats in a ballpark, the NCAA can only benefit from allowing reporters to blog live from the press box during a game. It adds exposure. It adds insight—especially to a sport as bland, as boring and as “arcane” as NCAA baseball.

Ejected and dejected [Courier-Journal]
NCAA criticized for ejecting reporter who blogged at game [Courier-Journal]
Tuesday 06/12 A.M. Quickie: Bonds’ 747, Plus a Rant Against the NCAA [Dan Shanoff]
Blogger Booted From Championship [Double-A Zone]
Reporter tossed for blogging NCAA baseball tourney game in Louisville [ESPN]