Editors’ blogs

A bloggy for T. Mockingbird

March 15, 2004
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Tequila Mockingbird wins a “Bloggie” for “best-kept-secret weblog.” I’m sorta miffed by the category because her blog has been no secret to readers of Prints the Chaff. Mighty Girl, another editor’s blog, was nominated for “best tagline” (hers is “Famous among dozens”), but lost out to Tenth-Muse.com: ?Fabulous since 1973, blogging since 2003, drinking...

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The perils of being a book reviewer

March 15, 2004
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It’s bound to happen: someday an author will spit on you. Maud’s blog has the details.

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The poop on nanotech

March 15, 2004
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Nanobot parses a Mercury News article on nanotechnology — in this case a company that uses nanotech for mundane but essential tasks like cleaning potties. I’m working on a piece right now that discusses whether nanotech creates new markets or merely enhances old ones. One point that I make is that we are seeing...

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Winkie in Tokyo, contd.

March 15, 2004
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The moral of the past two nights is that when visiting Tokyo, make sure you carry some AC/DC with you at all times. If you’re ever in trouble with the law, just crank up “Highway To Hell” and kick back. There’s a chance you’ll see some nightstick air-guitar action and you’ll be able to...

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A coup for Claire

March 12, 2004
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Claire Zulkey interviews Dave Barry. An excerpt: Who are some of your favorite humor writers? Steve Martin, Carl Hiaasen, Roy Blount Jr., Gene Weingarten, the late great Robert Benchley, the Onion people, and a bunch more whose names escape me now because EVERYTHING escapes me now except body fat. What I like about Dave...

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Covering sports in Spain

March 12, 2004
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Newsdesigner shows the front pages of Spanish sports dailies in response to the train bombings. I hope I never get to the point where I understand what makes people think it’s OK to blow up other people.

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Doug, you’re a blogger now

March 12, 2004
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Doug Clifton, head of state in the Plain Dealer newsroom, earns his wings in the Blogosphere with his latest post – a rant on why people are so damn stupid. Until now Doug’s role as representative of the North Ohio Establishment seems to have reined in his impulse to rant. He’s been every bit...

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When news is a conversation…

March 11, 2004
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Sometimes people have to be told to shut the hell up. Here’s why the Spokesman Review stopped putting reader feedback at the bottom of stories: First, it was very labor-intensive to gather that feedback. Once a day on weekdays, an editor had to read through each of the comments to make sure they weren’t...

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Quinn’s in Chicago

March 11, 2004
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Here’s what she says: Chicago is the Star Trek slide of doors, the voices of train angels, the racket of distant thunder (every four to ten minutes). Chicago goes from underground to street to sky to train to train to sky to street to under the ground again. Chicago is three flights of stairs,...

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Why it’s good to be Winkie update

March 11, 2004
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Three words: Bowie at Budokan.

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