After I finished up my last big post with a link to outside.in, I figured it was time for me to actually go sign up for their service and experience it myself. What it's supposed to do is "geotag" content so that you can find news and events based on where they take place, not who's involved or what job they hold. Sounds like just the thing for discovering what kinds of writers, translators, and publishers might be doing good stuff near you.
Well, the tools for bloggers are still coming up to speed—they're getting my feed now, but (despite that post, largely about Port Townsend) have still concluded "0 posts from your site (0.00%) were about a specific place or address in the past 1 week." But in trying to sort things out I had a nice email exchange with someone at outside.in, and she suggested that "All culture is local" should be my tagline. I like the sound of it, and I'm surprised the phrase hasn't been used much before.
That got me thinking, though, about other ways to characterize what I'm doing here. I've used "Curation, Creation, and Recreation" as a way of highlighting the three roles I take. Curation is the main thing that happens on this blog, what with all them links; creation, OK, that's kinda dormant right now; and I'm not the first to enjoy the ambiguity recreation/re-creation.
That last, though, led me to another idea—and a way of linking puzzles and cognition and OuLiPo into the slogan-fest. The phrase occurred to me first, but I think I agree with it: "Play is the highest form of thought." That one's definitely not a new idea; it goes back at least to Schiller (though that link is to a review of Brian Boyd's recent book).
I'm trying out all these new taglines. Clear language is bracing; I'll see what strength I can take here.