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the3six5.com project - coming soon to a really small screen near you

the3six5.com project - coming soon to a really small screen near you (Unless, of course, you're one of those cats who has a fancy, new 27" iMac. Then I suppose it's just a small screen, not a really small screen like what I've got in my 13" laptop.) (And if you ARE one of those cats, keep it to yourself.) (Last parenthetical... promise! Does anyone really use the word cats anymore?) (This cat does!) (Sorry, broke my promise.)

Starting on January 1st, 2010, and for the next 365 days, a different person will write an entry on the3six5.com blog about his or her experience that day.

Len Kendall and Daniel Honigman, the brilliant minds behind the collaborative, crowdsourced idea, insist that each author doesn't have to write about a specific topic, which is why I've signed on to do January 3rd. From past experience, there's nothing worse than being told I've got to write about what's happening to me in real time. Because I don't often have what to say. Other than what I tap out on this blog, or FB, or Twitter, or Jewcy, TheWire or FedUpWithHunger... ;-)

Anyway, in all seriousness, it sounds like a really awesome, interesting idea that has Epic Win written all over it. Here's some more about the3six5 project, straight from the boys' Web site:

The key is that [what each author writes will] somehow relate to what is happening in the world that day and how it relates to them. By doing so, starting from January 1 to December 31 of 2010, we will have a snapshot of the entire year, told from the perspective of 365 individual voices.

365 days will be made available and volunteers from across the country will be able to pick a date of their choice. There is no guarantee that any day will be better than others, because no one can predict the future. Regardless if the selected day in 2010 brings something newsworthy, everyone has a short story to tell that will help create the experience of living through a year in this country.

Each author will write a 250 word reflection which will be posted to "lifestreaming" site Posterous. Posterous.com was selected over a typical blog or website because of its simplicity and its ability to distribute content across all the major social networks. You can access this page by simply going to www.the3six5.com. If all goes well, the dream would be to publish the posterous stream as a book. Suppose you could call it a crowdsourced journal of 2010.

If you are interested in being one of the authors, please email the3six5@gmail.com. Please include some information on what unique perspective you could bring to this compilation.

For a running list of authors and dates already taken, go here.

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