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    Good news is, at noon I checked the Achenblog dropbox, and we had an email! Our very first! True, it was from a friend who I'd emailed earlier, and who simply hit the "Reply" button, but still, even one email is a sign we're getting traffic. This may become huge.

     There remain a few bugs in the blog. We have mysterious spaces appearing between paragraphs. This is experimental, remember. For a while earlier today we tried to keep the blog hidden, because you invite disaster if you take a perfectly good piece of writing and expose it to public ridicule. Nothing good can come from that.

   Sometimes I sign on as an "author" of the blog, which is much better than the secondary status, which is known as "junior author." But to have true power, to be able to rearrange everything and dive back into past blogs and so on, I have to sign on as a higher authority, the "owner," which is almost frightening, so concentrated and immense is the power accorded therein. It's like being, momentarily, a technological deity. (As opposed to someone whose wireless network at home lasted exactly one day before crashing. The modem is once again a very expensive nightlight. Called Comcast, they passed me on to Motorola, and 90 minutes of elaborate investigation of the problem resulted in the conclusion by Motorola that I need to go back to Best Buy and start all over. I'm doing everything I can to avoid being a Late Adapter but it's not working.)

     So anyway, there's "junior author" and "author" and "owner," but I think there's an even higher level than that, an uber-owner, with a sign-on that allows you to rearrange everything on our site AND go over to the Times site and insert mistakes. There's probably a level yet higher -- someone who can, for example, go into the Library of Congress website, into the American Memory section, and fiddle around with the original texts of sacred American documents, such as the Declaration of Independence. Go check it out, the text makes almost no sense at all and is completely out of its mind ("He is, at this Time, transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the Works of Death, Desolation, and Tyranny, already begun with Circumstances of Cruelty and Perfidy, scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous Ages," etc.). It's just a ranting, hysterical screed against the King of England. Someone has clearly been hacking into it.

    FYI, you can join me for a chat at 3 p.m. on our website.

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 18, 2005; 2:55 PM ET
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