My friends with Integration Research released the beta version of SmartCommons. It looks great. I'm excited for them.

This website enables a wide variety of local communities to self-organize. It's social software, allowing people to connect with others. For many indie/small press comic book creators, I don't know if we've truly taken advantage of such networking capabilities outside of our own comic book ghetto.

The project is all about sharing--your things, your ideas, your gatherings--with the people you already trust. It's a pretty simple idea really, but one that has true value over time in direct proportion to the number of actual, intimate family and friends you have in your commons.

Social software is at its best when it is about sharing life with the people you are already in community with.

I am happily participating in SmartCommons, and would encourage others to do so. Keep in mind, when they say "beta", it truly is in the beginning stages. For my part, I've created a community, "Friends of the Antihero".

If you're interested in being among the first to try SmartCommons (which I think you'll enjoy), let me know and I'll send you an invite.


Because Trish said so.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't search around and look for the "coolest" book you can find. Do what's actually next to you.

"It was October 11, 1968-- nearly 21 months after the fire-- before officials felt ready to launch the first manned flight, Apollo 7."