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Throw open the curtains and come meet the people behind href="http://moblog.net" style="text-decoration: none">Moblog.

meet the mods is a guide to the href="http://moblog.net" style="text-decoration: none">Moblog team. It features mini-bios of the moderators, administrators and management that give so generously of their time and energies to help power the site.


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beth

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mat
jc1000000


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I tested the posting from your mobile code when Moblog was simply a glint in Mat's eye and a community in Alfie's head. Mat, with the help of Afternoon, created a mobile uploads module to test this chunk of code on Hype (Hypothetical.co.uk) and asked people to give it a go. I uploaded a picture of my goldfish. It worked.

That fish is dead now and I am on the Moblog Management Team. I knew that fish was lucky!

My new role is to lead the Site Admin Team made up of superstars Bethmadethis, Bronxelf, Nige & 540air with whom I co-ordinate the 30+ strong ultra committed moderation team. Our job is to fight spam, scare off trolls and look after and support all Moblog users, including site subscribers, editors and moderators. It's my particular job to steer the energies and efforts of over 30 incredibly bright volunteers of all ages, all of whom love this site and have hundreds of great ideas of how to make the site even better. You'd think that job would be easy-peasy, but the problem with bright people is that they think and act fast, spot problems earlier & want things resolved more quickly! At the moment, I'm just listening & learning and being thankful for their patience.

If you have some grandiose ideas for a project you want to run with on Moblog then feel free to get in touch and we'll see if we can make it work.

Can you say a little bit about yourself?
I met Afternoon & Mat on my first day at university because I was wearing the biggest flares on campus. I studied Literature & Philosophy and used to argue over Rousseau and philosophical insight in science fiction movies with Mat. I joined Hype after uni which pretty much set off a career on online, which I'm enjoying now, but in the end I was drawn to Moblog. I found text blogs difficult to keep up with and text is too difficult to misinterpret (leading to flame wars) – I kept getting into foul moods over stuff I had read. Conversely on Moblog I was having precisely the opposite online experience – ooh look someone has a new puppy!

How long have you had a moblog?
Five years and nine months at the time of writing. It's not a soapbox, nor a timeline and it's not a conventional blog or a diary. It's more like a tinder box one has hidden away with scrap photos and cuttings; little notes and momentos; embers of present moments. A kindness kept and some forgotten fragments.

What does Moblog mean to you?
Strangers connected by strangeness. Wanderers connected by wonders. Meaningful vagueness. Creative purpose. Collaborative bliss.

My own group moblogs have connected me to other moblogger's ways of seeing and the person behind the camera in the most meaningful way to me. Advent Calendar connects me to the wonder of the season – the greatest of all being how much thoughtfulness goes into every single post, every year. Microhappy connects me to other people's sense of the strange and the beautiful – which I revel in - i get proper butterflies in my stomach when a new short story post arrives from the mists.

This funny short story by Xalieri exemplifies the type of meaningful vagueness and creative purpose that Moblog gives me access to. There is something wonderfully psychotic about the photo - the persona imagines himself in some gruesome jungle skirmish looming over the enemy, all from a reflection in the French windows looking onto the garden. A glorious moment of madness juxtaposed against the trappings of domestic bliss!

What would you most like to happen to Moblog in the future?
I hope that more people call Moblog, 'home'. FilbertFox was the first to use this expression during the epic Going Forward debate and it stuck with me. Moblog is my home. It's the title of this post. It is where my heart is.

It's entirely incidental, simultaneous and entirely uncalculated but Moblog has already made a diverse but significant impact on many people's lives. It provides fertile ground for friendship, even romance, and manifold feelings in between. It seems to be a healthy place 'to be' for many people. So, with that in mind, I don’t want to name my ideal future for Moblog as my ideal outcome is the persistence of this strange organic luminous flow of highlights....

Zizek on Love, kind of sums up my current thinking on the matter. Moblogging as some kind of radical act of inspiration defying a world of processing and automation.

"There is nothing, basically, I mean it quite literally, but then how do things emerge? Here I feel a kind of spontaneous affinity with quantum physics where you know the idea out there is that the universe is a void, but a kind of positively charged void. And then, particular things appear when the balance of the void is disturbed. And I like this idea of spontaneity very much, the fact thats its all just nothing, things are out there, it means something went terribly wrong, that what we call creation is a kind of cosmic imbalance, cosmic catastrophe that things exist by mistake, and I'm even ready to go to the end and to claim that the only way to counteract this is to assume the mistake ,and go to the end and we have a name for this its called love. Isn't love precisely this kind of a cosmic balance? I was always disgusted with this notion of "I love the world, universal love", I don't like the world, I don't know, I basically, I'm somewhere in between "I hate the world" or "I'm indifferent towards it", but the whole of reality is just it, its stupid it is out there i don't care about it, love for me is an extremely violent act, love is not "I love you" at all. love means I pick out something, and its again this structure of imbalance. even if this something is just a small detail, a fragile individual person, I say I love you more than anything else. In this quite formal sense, love is evil!"

What kind of stuff are you likely to highlight on Moblog?
I dont necessarily know what a good photo is but I do know what makes me laugh or tickles my fancy. I tend to highlight random things I like and have never seen before.

As my background is in digital/online publishing I would say that I am a sucker for eyewitness news related stuff too - I'll always highlight that. Conventional news reports are sterile and the stories seem disconnected from the world they come from. Photos from people that are nearby experiencing events as they unfold (or even indirectly) speak a lot more to me.

Can you discuss some of your favourite images on moblog?
Favourite is probably the wrong word to describe the images below. I don't have a morbid curiosity in catastrophes but some of the pictures below really communicate the true impact of some national and global events in recent years.

The Buncefield fire was so huge that two different mobloggers snapped it.

The police car from the raid on Tiffany's the mayfair jeweller turned up outside a friend of mine's work. They sent me this pic - the damage to the car says more of the frightening and ultimately tragic chase than the newspapers could.

A 'dumb' tube timetable, sent to me by a friend, tells of the chaos following the events of 7/7.

Police and protesters grappling in Dublin, looks like a scene out of the japanese animated film, Akira.

I could only gawp at the TV at the time, but this picture of the aftermath of the Tsunami was must have information for me even months after the event.

My favourite post of all time is called Grape Warning. It's not just the funniest comment thread bar none. It's the ultimate deadpan post from image, text & title. Check it out to meet many of the funny characters on Moblog.

If you are interested, my favourite post on my own moblog is about my Grandad (flying a Tigermoth) whom i greatly admire.

Anything else you'd like to add?
I absolutely love that quotation from Zizek and just had to get it into my profile!

Posted by jc1000000

2nd Sep 2009, 20:44  

rhys says:

Epic interview. Pleasure to read :)

2nd Sep 2009, 21:05

nige says:

You're a fast reader man. I need to start it!

2nd Sep 2009, 21:07

Twiglet says:

Love your answer @ *What does moblog mean to you?*

Thanks jc

2nd Sep 2009, 21:12

nige says:

For me it is your answer to "how long have you had a moblog". As a Moblog head this is a real joy to read.

Everyone needs to check out Zizek too. That guy is just where I'm at. His interpretation of cinema - particularly The Sound Of Music - is hilarious and brilliant all at once.

JC, thanks man, for all your help on making this thing work.

2nd Sep 2009, 21:21

nige says:

Oh, and the title is perfection.

2nd Sep 2009, 21:21

beth says:

that grape post is dead funny - where was i?

2nd Sep 2009, 21:22

nige says:

It's all about the last comment on that thread.

2nd Sep 2009, 21:28

jc1000000 says:

Rhys - thanks man. It's the first time i've done a thing like this so i thought i'd go the whole hog!

Twiglet - glad you like that bit! I think that was my make it or break it sentence :)

Nige - the title came to me in my sleep and i;m actually *proud* of my answer to the 'how long' section! Thanks for pushing me on this - it was worth going through and coming out the other side. Especially to come out with a reference to Zizek!

Beth - I think you were having a grape time in Glastonbury that year :D

2nd Sep 2009, 22:06

nige says:

Yeah, the how "long part" is really evocative. It's very much the way I feel about photography. Like visceral, palpable memories.

2nd Sep 2009, 22:15

swamprose says:

thank you for all the behind-the-scenes work. It's nice to see you step out from behind the curtain and let us see the wizard.

3rd Sep 2009, 01:52

paintist says:

echoes what every one else has said.....:-)

3rd Sep 2009, 09:41

Dhamaka says:

a great intro... good to have you around
:)

3rd Sep 2009, 10:16

kel says:

That grape post is also one of my favourite ever moblog posts :)

3rd Sep 2009, 10:19

Viv says:

It's a winner and we're backing you to be a winner too :)

3rd Sep 2009, 10:42

jc1000000 says:

Thanks for the lovely comments & glad you like the links! Thought it was time to exercise some muscle about all the amazing content we have :)

3rd Sep 2009, 11:43

Lyzardly says:

*waves*

Enjoyed reading it and loved the links.
Thank you.

3rd Sep 2009, 15:45

taniwha says:

Thanks JC. I enjoyed reading this. Quite a lot of what you wrote resonated with me. Your favorite posts made me want to find out what posts other people like too.

3rd Sep 2009, 19:40

jc1000000 says:

@lyzardly *waves back*

@taniwha thanks for saying so!

Am on a train right now and being able to read and respond via mobile (HTC hero ) is seriously making my day.

4th Sep 2009, 22:40

Euphro says:

This is great; inspiring! The grape post is one of my favourites too :D

4th Sep 2009, 22:43

Caine says:

Good reading, JC. :)

5th Sep 2009, 06:53