Happy 3108!

Israeli blogger Nir Ofir had an excellent idea about two months ago. Squinting at his screen a little bit, he decided the number 3108 (31/08, or August 31st in almost every country but the US) looked a lot like the word “blog”. So he invited bloggers around the world to join him in an exciting project, World Blog Day:

In one long moment on August 31st, bloggers from all over the world will post a recommendation of 5 new Blogs, Preferably, Blogs different from their own culture, point of view and attitude. On this day, blog surfers will find themselves leaping and discovering new, unknown Blogs, celebrating the discovery of new people and new bloggers.

As you might imagine, this is a project I’m a big fan of. As someone who’s spent a good chunk of my blogging career linking to world bloggers, on this blog, on Global Voices, BlogAfrica and the BridgeBlog Index, I’m at a bit of a loss to what to do for World Blog Day. Linking to great blogs from around the globe doesn’t seem like enough of a stretch if I’m trying to break my ordinary patterns.

If I want to feature perspectives you usually don’t see on this blog, should I reach out and link to Windows enthusiasts? Republicans? Yankees fans? (Okay, Stuart’s blog is in there because I admire and respect him. The Yankees and Windows blogs? Not so much…)

To make sure I’m really reaching out and including blogs I wouldn’t normally link to, I thought I’d spend the evening of August 30th looking at blogs and websites from Moldova, a country I know basically nothing about. I’ve read Tony Hawks’ very funny “Playing the Moldovans at Tennis”, where the British author, on a bet, travels to Moldova and defeats each member of the Moldovan national football team at tennis… but I can’t say the book did a great deal to enlighten me about Moldovan politics or national character.

It sounds like any investigation of Moldovan internet culture has to begin with Alexandru Culiuc. According to his profile on OurNet, a Moldovan homepage hosting site (which he evidently founded), Alexandru’s site is:

[a] personal blog covering economic development, public policy, education abroad, photography, IT and e-development. Alexander is the creator of OurNet, founder of Design.md, advanced amateur photographer, and is currently studying international economic development at Harvard.

You better believe I’ll be looking for Alexandru around Cambridge, if only so he can translate his blog for me. (It’s in Romanian. Moldovans appear to blog in Romanian, Russian and English.) But I don’t need to speak Romanian to understand his photography, which is beautiful.

The young blogger behind Area51 offers a year-long journal of his final year in high school, in a series of zipped text files. I’ve been focused on his collection of poetry – “Organized Rhyme” – in Romanian, Russian, and English. I’m very fond of “Trippin’ – To Kiev and Back”

Stardust is a Moldovan DJ, dedicated to “developing club culture in Moldova”. I’ve not been able to download his mp3 files, but I look forward to encountering him and his DJ friends in Chisinau sometime soon.

Barishev Roman is a formidable photographer, with a surrealist touch and an excellent sense for composition. A native of Kishinev (Chisinau, I assume), his works are shown throughout the capital city.

A final site from Moldova – a collection of Murphy’s Laws in Romanian.

Happy , everyone!

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10 Responses to Happy 3108!

  1. Sour Duck says:

    And Happy World Blog Day to you, Ethan! This is the first post I’ve read enacting World Blog Day, nice one. ;)

    Incidentally, I’ve seen Tony Hawks do his stand-up live and he’s very funny.

  2. oso says:

    Cool links. Believe it or not, I actually can pick up pieces here and there of Alexandru Culiuc’s posts because Romanian is a Latin-based romance language with just enough in common with Spanish.

    A good friend of mine was in Moldova with Peace Corps and fell in love with the country and its people.

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  5. Haitham says:

    Happy Blog Day :-)

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  8. Great idea – I’ll try to get right on it!

    Thanks for the kind words. I am not sure that I would categorize myself as either a Republican or Conservative (although currently I more often than not find myself agreeing with that typical thinking – but that is sure to change as things change) just because I abhor groupthink.

  9. Came across your site when I was doing investigating for 3108 and linked it to my flegling site. Looking forward to perusing yours more thoroughly.

  10. Ran a search for references to my site and found this entry in your blog. I cannot imagine how you came across OurNet and my website. I guess I should read “Playing the Moldovans at Tennis”, if that book gave birth to your interest in my country. Anyhow, would be fun to meet you in Cambridge. Feel free to write me at aculiuc (at) yahoo (dot) com.

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