You can’t have missed the upcoming close of votes for the Irish Blog Awards. (If you have, it’s this Friday, and your votes for Lex Ferenda are appreciated!).

Anyway, the Awards blog has the full list, and asks: Why not have fun with it? One cool example is the Blog Awards Blog Browser, which does exactly what it says on the tin, and is very fun.

Coding is not my strength, but I like to read. Especially tech blogs that I don’t understand. So I’ve had a little fun with going through the nominated blogs in a given category (best technical blog) and weaving them all into a single ‘snapshot’ narrative. If you’re reading this, and have half an hour to spend, why not do similar with another category?

I’ve taken the most recent post from each blog (excluding posts about the Blog Awards or related).

Let’s start by talking about Google and Microsoft. There’s a new tool for analysing Adsense results (1, 2), while Google Search Appliance wins an award, Google Webmaster Blog opens up for comments – and is Google Documents a paradigm shift? In Microsoft land, people awe writing about upcoming MS-related events, programming for activation systems and wondering which hosters fully support Away from the ‘big two’, new toys include a WordPress tag cloud and a simple Flash login box. On the lighter side of things, Ken has an honest spammer while Justin has a bizarre law-related spam story. Away from the laptop, Nokia’s N70 causes problems and Top Gear gets into trouble. The Ireland-USA relationship is an interesting one; Intel’s new chip has an Irish dimension, some tech people have been lost to Silicon Valley – when they get there, they’ll find that tech stuff costs less. Roam4Free won’t have to worry about money if their VC process goes well; right now, they’re reading Guy Kawaski for tips. In the policy world, 3 hits its Comreg requirements ahead of time and Tom wonders about carbon neutral data centres. And finally, we have some interest in online video; a feature, some thoughts on copyright and other issues…and a link to one of the most talked-about Web 2.0 topics of the week, Michael Wesch’s video.