Monthly Archives: February 2004

If only racism were the only problem

February 17, 2004
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Romenesko links to this post detailing subtle racism in a couple popular blogs. I don’t think John Lee, the writer, makes much of a case — a couple citations don’t exactly prove a trend — but he had a few blogworthy passages. Gawker is run by a New York Observer contributor named Choire Sicha,...

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Handy page of Google functions

February 17, 2004
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Sheila Lennon linked to this page the other day. It amasses a whole bunch of Google functions in one location. Mega-handy.

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Ban the spellcheck?

February 17, 2004
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Nicole links to a story saying a news service wants to ban the use of spellcheck. Heck, we’ve still got editors who haven’t learned to use one.

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Nitpicking point of the day

February 17, 2004
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Actually posted last Thursday: The point is, if you want to be clear to most people, write about Saddam Hussein’s regime, not his regimen. That is, unless you’re dealing with his aerobics routine. From Copy Massage.

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3-day weekend alert

February 16, 2004
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We have this fine thing called a union contract that obliges some of us to stay home on Presidents Day, so blogging will be limited today. I do have one thing to pass along, though: Tim Porter sent some fresh doggerel for my new Banned For Life blog. It’s a collection of handy bits...

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For all you Scrabblehounds

February 15, 2004
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For all you Scrabblehounds

Side Salad shares this wonderful link, which converts words to Scrabble scores: Pholph’s Scrabble GeneratorMy Scrabble? Score is: 30.What is your score? Get it here. Who’d a thunk chaff was such a great Scrabble word?

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Banned For Life in new home

February 15, 2004
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I decided to create a new Banned For Life blog for all future examples of cringeworthy news media cliches. It’s here. Mostly finished but some fine-tuning remains. Banned For Life is my one lasting online legacy … it’s been around for more than seven years and has been a trustworthy hit generator.

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You may be hearing about this guy

February 13, 2004
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Four years ago I interviewed a 17-year-old hormonal Alaskan guy named Marty Beckerman, who at that tender age imagined himself the next Dave Barry. Now he’s 21, he’s got a new book out and reviewers are calling him a rough mix of Hunter S. Thompson and Lenny Bruce. Beckerman’s tome, to be released later...

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On writers being editors

February 12, 2004
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Book editor and freelance writer Jen Weiss passes some tips along. Once you’ve finished writing, try putting it away for a while. A day, a week?however long it’ll take you to nearly forget about it. Most writers I know agree that this is the only way they’re able to hack into their writing effectively....

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Getting the “real” story

February 12, 2004
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CJR’s Campaign Desk, on the facts of President Bush’s National Guard service: Here’s the real story. In May of 1972, Bush moved from Texas to Alabama to work as campaign manager for Republican Winton “Red” Blount’s senate campaign. He requested a transfer from his unit, the 111th Interceptor Squadron, to a “postal unit” in...

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