Monthly Archives: December 2003

Need another day off

December 23, 2003
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Sorry, now Melissa has what I had, and my reward for infecting her is looking after her while she coughs, hacks and sniffles the next week away. Tomorrow, though, for sure. Till then, read Howie’s new blog, or John Perry Barlow’s. (Both links via J.D. at New Media Musings.)

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Just had an earthquake

December 22, 2003
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Sitting here staring into my big terminal, which all the sudden starts weaving slightly back and forth. Word on TV is it was magnitude 6.5, based in south/central California. That’s strong enough to do major damage, but it sounds like the epicenter was around San Simeon, which is lightly populated.

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Mucous? We got your mucous

December 22, 2003
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Today, like yesterday and the day before and the day before that, I’m confronted with life’s eternal question: how can one head produce so much snot? I’m saving my strength so I can go in to work and infect all my colleagues. More snotty commentary to come tomorrow or maybe the next day.

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Tryouts on trial

December 19, 2003
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A new thread at Testy Copy Editors starts out like this: A well-respected major daily has asked me come in for a weeklong copy editing tryout. My current experience at a wire service is helpful, but it’s a lot different from a newspaper copy desk. Most of my newspaper experience was at dailies so...

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Adventures at the Encyclopia of Television

December 18, 2003
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Here’s an A-to-Z listing of essays about television shows. It must be OK, because it has this really swell page on Star Trek, though I did get a bit outraged at the “G” page: “Get Smart” but no “Gilligans Island?” Please.

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Talking demographics

December 18, 2003
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Ross Fadner at MediaDaily News reports on a study of the reading patterns and technology usage by people various racial categories. Surprisingly, the results show that high tech device ownership, while highly correlated with income, does not alone explain users likelihood to own devices. Factors like having children and being motivated by entertainment also...

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10 great online data sources

December 18, 2003
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Charles Bowen at Editor & Publisher describes his top 10 sites for working journalists. One entry: Gary Price’s List of Lists. Even before USA Today popularized statistical snapshots of America, we journalists have always been hungry for lists. Price has a huge list of magazines, which are always fun to explore because there’s a...

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And the 25 grand goes to…

December 18, 2003
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The Michael Kelly Award will recognize “a reporter or editor whose work exemplifies a quality that animated Michael Kelly’s own career: the fearless expression and pursuit of truth.” How long till the blogosphere gets its panties in a knot because it’s open to newspaper and magazine newsies, but not bloggers?

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Juicy dig at NPR

December 18, 2003
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Dan Kennedy in the Boston Phoenix, writing about the “liberal radio” network in the works. On the other hand, liberals do not live by NPR alone. Central Air?s best bet is to establish itself as the second spot on the dial, for the times when NPR is doing a 12-minute audio diary on the...

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Paris Hilton for prez?

December 18, 2003
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Well, she’s already getting better ratings than the one we’ve got now. Come to think of it, what harm could it do to send Dubya to a farm in Arkansas for a month?

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