Monthly Archives: March 2004

Brainlock day

March 20, 2004
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Brainlock day

There’s no more room for any more data, which is fortunate, because the seminars are all over. All that’s left is a bash at a restaurant down a few blocks from the hotel. Not that three days of alcohol abuse and sleep deprivation affect the brain or anything, but I was in John McIntyre’s...

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Skids were a hit

March 20, 2004
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Ears still ringing from seeing Southern Culture on the Skids last night. Wonderful band, especially if you’re into rockabilly and surf guitar. They sound like Creedence Clearwater wanted to sound but couldn’t because they were from the Bay Area. The 10,000 Dick Dale surf licks made the picture complete. Continental Club is one of...

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What happened today

March 19, 2004
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Banquet still to come this evening, then a possible excursion to a downtown bar to see Southern Culture on the Skids. All this activity is wearing me out… it’s way more than 7.5 hours a day I put in at the Merc. I’ll be glad to get back to work; I need the rest....

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Welcome news from home

March 19, 2004
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Melissa writes to say our cat, Floyd, has chosen the following means to express his insistence that I return home to my rightful role: amusing him with ping pong balls and laser pointers. Floyd and I miss you and to prove the point Floyd pulled a pair of your underwear out of a load...

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To all the non-ACES folks

March 19, 2004
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Wanted to let y’all know the conference ends Saturday and I’ll be back to regular blogging next Monday. There’s so much stuff happening here that I need to get back home to find enough time to blog.

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More ACES pix

March 19, 2004
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Are at the conference main page. I dined with Pat Ryan of NYTimes News Service, the woman in the center of the pic currently at the top of the page, the other night. Headline winners are here. I’ve made an internal vow to win next year’s contest. This vow is resting somewhere in my...

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How not to get hired by the New York Times

March 19, 2004
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If you’ve been a desker more than 10 years you’re apt to have your “what happened when I applied at the New York Times” story. For the longest time the Times’ recruiting director was Merrill Perlman, whom I joined for dinner Wednesday night. Merrill’s positive, toughminded and funny (and a scuba diver, I learned...

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Watching the dancers

March 18, 2004
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Watching the dancers

Thursday night is the first round in the NCAA tournament. After hard day of talking shop, folks are kicking back with libations and staring up at little TV screens. That’s Wayne Countryman, formerly of the Baltimore Sun, on the right. He’s been an email correspondent of mine going back to the mid-1990s; I met...

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Quickie update

March 18, 2004
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Did two nice seminars today … first one on ethics with role playing and debating right/wrong ways to do things. Crowd was more animated and funny that I would’ve expected for a gang of copy editors. It’s nice to be surprised. Nutgraf: Obey the inner voice telling you “we can’t put this in the...

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Whew, it’s over

March 18, 2004
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OK, it’s over and I survived. No tomatoes were hurled. Jeremy Verdusco of the Ocala Star Banner is standing next to me and I’m demonstrating how Movable Type, my blogging platform, works.

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