Monthly Archives: March 2004

Shafer on Howell Raines

March 25, 2004
By tom

The Slate media pundit on the upcoming Atlantic Monthly piece by Howell Raines: There’s enough self-love in Raines’ autobiography to earn it a place in the autoerotica section. By the time Raines stops romancing himself in the public mirror, conjures the last mirage of the glory that could have been, and settles his final...

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Hire Tequila Mockingbird

March 25, 2004
By tom

Seems her most recent employer no longer needs her. Great chance for somebody to snag the writingest blogger I know.

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Chafed over chaff

March 25, 2004
By tom

Somebody pointed out today that my signature quote from Adlai Stevenson paraphrases a similar quote by a writer and entrepreneur named Elbert Hubbard, who died with his wife aboard the Lusitania after the Germans torpedoed it in 1915. From Bartleby.com: Source: The Columbia World of Quotations. 1996. Quotation: Editor: a person employed by a...

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Tasty blogroll

March 24, 2004
By tom

I’m still on vacation this week so today you get a list of cool links to check out; the scintillating commentary will have to wait till later. Editorsweblog: More Californians read the New Yorker than New Yorkers do. Nicole Stockdale links to true tales of linguist humor. Forgot who posted this wonderful link: How...

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Finally rode the cablecars

March 23, 2004
By tom

Evidence is here. I’ve been thinking that sooner or later I should take a chance on those noisy old things, so Melissa and I made a day of it Tuesday. Another good workout for my Canon PowerShot A70 digicam.

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Those fabrications

March 23, 2004
By tom

I’m still trying to figure out what to think of the raft of fabrication scandals we keep having. I wonder how many reporters have made up quotes or invented sources. The temptation must be powerful. Think of it, you’re 20 minutes from deadline and a quote that you know somebody would say is unavailable,...

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What the cat did

March 23, 2004
By tom

You might’ve seen my post the other day about my cat registering his disappointment that I wasn’t around to play games with him for a few days. At first it was cute, but last night it was payback time. I came into my home office this morning to find ol’ Floyd had gotten to...

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Virus warning

March 22, 2004
By tom

I just got this e-mail that is obviously a virus stored in an attachment … I’m passing it along because I almost fell for it and clicked on the attachment (wouldn’t have mattered in my case .. these things never attack Macs). From: staff@mangan.com Date: Mon Mar 22, 2004 6:01:26 PM US/Pacific To: tom@mangan.com...

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Face cards

March 22, 2004
By tom
Face cards

One last ACES conference post: These are business cards I amassed; each has a little story worth passing along. Mike Fuhlhage teaches copy editing at the University of Missouri and helps get the student paper to press. He’s the guy who went to the Southern Culture on the Skids show with us. He’s a...

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About to head home

March 21, 2004
By tom
About to head home

Thanks for your kind attention. Yes, I consumed too many Shiner Bocks. Ears are still ringing a bit from the Southern Culture on the Skids show. Haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in a week. But I’m not complaining. So last night we were in this rotating restaurant at the top of the hotel,...

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