Monthly Archives: November 2003

Newsie movie reviewed

November 30, 2003
By tom

I saw “Shattered Glass” over the weekend. Review is here.

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Dan, give somebody else a chance

November 29, 2003
By tom

Here’s a New York Times profile of Dan Rather, who’s hanging on to that anchor desk like it’s the only thing keeping him alive. At 72, Mr. Rather is eight years older than Walter Cronkite was when he left the CBS anchor desk, and nine years older than Mr. Brokaw is now. Though his...

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A site for natural born copy editors

November 29, 2003
By tom

It’s called moviemistakes.com. One entry from the boo-boos in the movie “Gangs of New York.” Factual error: In one scene where Daniel Day Lewis is in the Mayor’s office, the Mayor is sitting behind his desk and holding a bunch of papers, and on the upper right hand corner of the papers is a...

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Finally, an excuse to get a cell phone

November 28, 2003
By tom

… so I can start a MoBlog.

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George, we’re grateful, really

November 28, 2003
By tom

Sneaking off after dark to spend a few hours with the troops is a fine thing to do, particularly if you’re him what sent ‘em there. Planning it in secret and lying to the press about it is a smart thing to do. Costs you some points with the reporters down the line, but...

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‘It’s the least wonderful time of the year’

November 28, 2003
By tom

…. to be working on the copy desk, that is. Why? Huge papers with no added staffing. Vacations, which make already calamitous understaffing even worse. The occasional sick day taken by a co-worker who gets ill due to the bad weather here, or who selfishly decides to take one “because it’s there.” And bosses,...

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Poison Kitchen…

November 28, 2003
By tom

… must’ve had the day off yesterday, because there was a post-a-thon over there.

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10 ways to liven up your Turkey day

November 27, 2003
By tom

In lieu of saying Grace, issue Wonderbras, short skirts and bobbysocks to female guests, encourage them to imitate Laker Girls. Issue full pads and helmets to male guests, have a scrimmage over who gets the wishbone. Tell youngest guests they’ll be baked in next year’s turkey if they don’t do this year’s dishes. Mold...

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What I’m thankful for

November 27, 2003
By tom

… that it’s somebody else’s job to put out Friday’s paper. The Metro Desk folks at the Mercury News have a big ol’ feast planned … it’s almost like not having to work because there’s one edition and five stories on the budget. Good thing the rest of the world keeps providing news to...

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Sorry, folks

November 26, 2003
By tom

My head is full of phlegm this morning and I can’t make my brain work … Be back tomorrow or the next day for sure. (Note this will not stop me from going to work, because I won’t need my brain there, just my reflexes).

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