Monthly Archives: December 2003

For last-minute shoppers

December 18, 2003
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Sheila Lennon shares links to a hoard of holiday gift suggestions.

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If you’ve ever heard the saying …

December 17, 2003
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…” we didn’t have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of,” then this link is for you. KENNEWICK — Forced to clean up an increasing number of jugs and bags of human waste along highways, the Adams County Waste Reduction & Recycling office took out a full-page newspaper...

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Digging for news

December 17, 2003
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Joe Adams’ “I Dig Answers” blog is mostly about using public records in Florida (which has about the best open-records laws anywhere) to find out stuff and keep people honest. Joe was chief of the Peninsula Bureau at the Tampa Trib when I worked there; a great guy and all-around newshound. Joe’s an editorial...

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Talk about a scoop

December 17, 2003
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The Virginian-Pilot tells how it broke the news of the Wright Brothers’ first successful attempt at powered flight. Even in 1903 the Wrights knew the value of manipulating the news: they wanted to give the exclusive to the paper back home in Dayton, Ohio, but a telegraph operator leaked it to the Virginian-Pilot. Splashed...

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A fun read

December 17, 2003
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Doug Marlette: “I Was a Tool of Satan.” I love a swell rant; this is his: With the rise of the bottom-line culture and the corporatization of newsgathering, tolerance itself has become commodified and denuded of its original purpose. Consequently, the best part of the American character – our generous spirit, our sense of...

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How they spent their Sunday

December 17, 2003
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Mark Glaser at Online Journalism Review writes about how newspapers reacted to the Saddam story breaking at the worst time possible. Mainly it was about getting the sleep out of their eyes. One editor describes how the Web changes his news diet. “On a big breaking story like this, the computer screen becomes for...

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Hunter Thompson breaks a leg

December 17, 2003
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In my quest to link every scrap of Hunter S. Thompson news I happen across, I share the following: He’s back in Colorado nursing the leg he broke when he slipped on the bathroom floor of a Hawaii hotel. Thompson had planned to join actor Josh Hartnett on the pace vehicle for the annual...

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‘Why I Hate Weblogs’

December 16, 2003
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An irate rant against blogs. Caution: F-bombs abound (for those who know me in person: not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Found via Weblog Hype, a new blog about the hype about blogs. For future reference: the arrival of a blog about the hype about blogs means that the hype is no longer...

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The physics of Santa

December 16, 2003
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Snopes.com points to a commentary which concludes, “If Santa ever DID deliver presents on Christmas Eve, he’s dead now.”

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Rules for media critics

December 16, 2003
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The latest BONG Bull contains these handy guidelines for media critics. Jackman Wilson of the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard, serving a college burg that, like all college burgs, has a hundred press critics for every working stiff going into the icy rain with a notebook, compiled this Top 10 Rules for Media Critics in 1993:...

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