Saturday, April 4, 2009
From: The Boston Globe, April 4th.
|And recognize that there are ties between us|
All men and women
Living on the earth
Ties of hope and love
Sister and brotherhood
That we are bound together
In our desire to see the world become
A place in which our children
Can grow free and strong
We are bound together
By the task that stands before us
And the road that lies ahead
We are bound and
we are bound
-- James Taylor
Friday, April 3, 2009
The real life inspiration for Anchorman's Ron Burgundy is said to be longtime LA newscaster Paul Moyer, who recently announced his retirement. Co-anchor, Veronica, was inspired by Ann Martin, who went off air last year.
Both went on to separate careers at different LA stations, but a rare video exposes how they really felt about each other during their years of smiling for the camera together at KABC (NSFW).
Cheese Factory contributor: Ken Morgan
Article: USA Today, March 31st.
Robin Young talked with Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer at the Franklin Institute who has peered through Galileo’s looking glass that changed the world.
Audio: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now, April 2nd.
Photo: Franklin Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts examining Galileo's original telescope. (Franklin Institute)
IYA - the International Year of Astronomy, celebrates the 400th anniversary of Galileo's telescope.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
BBC video: Human flight to Mars experiment.
He asks: "Does it strike you as odd that the American government has invested $115 billion in TARP money alone in Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, and Bank of America, fully 70 percent of their market cap ($164.5 billion, as of March 30), yet we have virtually no say in the management or behavior of these banks? Does it seem even odder that these banks are getting along extremely well with the government regulators who should be picking them apart for having destroyed the economy and financial system?"
Spitzer says: Washington had the power to regulate misbehaving banks. It just refused to use it.
Slate, April 1st.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Article: USA Today, March 30th.
Wikipedia explains the rules and recalls famous pranks.
Illustration: On April 1, 1970,
John & Yoko announced their plans for dual sex change operations.
From: Absolute Elsewhere.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
It's Vince the ShamWow guy... a would be Billy Mays, pitching products on TV and becoming a star.
And this is Vince's mug shot...
Not his best look. But after a 4 AM fight with a hooker, who looks their best?
The Smoking gun has the details from the actual police report.
See more ShamWow parodies on YouTube.
After 10 years of planning, the infrastructure is being put in place to transform the island (with its population of 10,000 inhabitants) into a fully self-sufficient zone. There will be no back-up power connection to other islands or the mainland.
A variety of renewable energy systems are being used, with an emphasis on wind and solar. They also plan to implement hydrogen cars and ban oil completely from the island.
The 27-year-old, with a degree in architecture - but no state license in Washington, was inspired by public radio’s “Ask an Iraqi” show and Lucy’s psychiatric help stand in the comic “Peanuts.” He decided to set up a booth at a local market and offer cheap advice on home remodeling for 5 cents a shot...
And the hope new contacts would turn into design jobs.
Audio: NPR's Morning Edition, March 25th.
Significantly, Denver's other daily newspaper (The Rocky Mountain News) went out of business this year. The Christian Science Monitor and Seattle Post-Intelligencer stopped printing and went online only. The Detroit Free Press has daily papers at the news stand but only Thursday, Friday and Sunday editions (the days with the most ads) will be home delivered. The Washington Post & Newsweek contracted their resources to NBC, where they have become regulars on MSNBC's lineup of political news talk hours. The San Francisco Chronicle and New York Times are rumored to be near bankruptcy. The Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune are already there.
President Obama blew off the spring dinner/roast held by the "Gridiron Club" of newspaper reporters and columnists (March 21st) and in a prime time news conference (March 24th) Jennifer Loven of the Associated Press got the first question, but he didn't call on a single big city daily member of the White House press corps.
Are newspapers the dinosaurs of the digital age?
When Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) introduced a bill that would allow newspapers to operate like nonprofit organizations -- kind of like public broadcasting stations, CNN's Jack Cafferty asked "Should government be involved in saving newspapers?"
334 answers from "definitely" to "definitely not" poured in and are posted at his blog.
Conservative political commentator/writer S.E. Cupp, co-author of the book Why You're Wrong About the Right, is also a regular contributor to Politico.com's The Arena and a frequent quest on Fox News. Her writings have appeared at The Washington Post, The American Spectator, Human Events, Slate, Maxim, and Sports Illustrated.
Cupp opined the Death of Newspapers Isn't Death of Journalism.
When unable to follow the NCAA tournament, she checked scores throughout the night on her Blackberry... Unable to imagine being forced to wait until the next morning, when the newspaper came out, to get a recap of her team’s exploits the prior night.
She asserts newspapers have failed to adjust to the faster currents of this century’s technology tidal wave. Thanks to the cumbersome and time-consuming production of printing, they're chained to the past... And belong there.
Clay Shirky, in Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable writes:
"Society doesn't need newspapers. What we need is journalism. For a century, the imperatives to strengthen journalism and to strengthen newspapers have been so tightly wound as to be indistinguishable. That's been a fine accident to have, but when that accident stops, as it is stopping before our eyes, we're going to need lots of other ways to strengthen journalism instead...
"It makes increasingly less sense even to talk about a publishing industry, because the core problem publishing solves — the incredible difficulty, complexity, and expense of making something available to the public — has stopped being a problem...
"If you want to know why newspapers are in such trouble, the most salient fact is this: Printing presses are terrifically expensive to set up and to run... The expense of printing created an environment where Wal-Mart was willing to subsidize the Baghdad bureau. This wasn't because of any deep link between advertising and reporting, nor was it about any real desire on the part of Wal-Mart to have their marketing budget go to international correspondents. It was just an accident. Advertisers had little choice other than to have their money used that way, since they didn't really have any other vehicle for display ads...
"People committed to saving newspapers demanding to know 'If the old model is broken, what will work in its place?' To which the answer is: Nothing. Nothing will work. There is no general model for newspapers to replace the one the Internet just broke..."
All these items come from blogs, the 21st century analog of personal publishing, and via the Internet where anything available has effectively been released to the public domain... A virtual marketplace where information is free to those with the time and ingenuity to find it.
A Google Map of 2009 Newspaper Job Cuts.
USA Today profiles the latest changes at big papers.
If you're like most Americans, you spent more than a third of it looking at one sort of screen or another.
A study by the Council for Research Excellence found that adult Americans spend 8 1/2 hours a day looking at a TV, computer or cell phone screen.
A story about the survey in The New York Times offers a bit of sobering information about radio: While TV remains the dominant medium for media consumption and advertising, study data suggests that computer usage has supplanted radio as the second most common media activity. (Print ranks fourth.)
The Nielsen-funded Council for Research Excellence found that most of us spend more than eight hours a day in front of a screen of some sort — and younger-end baby boomers logged more than any others, including teens.
NPR's Neda Ulaby explains the Study Parses How, When We Watch
Article: New York Times, March 27th.
Audio: NPR's All Things Considered, March 26th.
Among those available on March 31st is Marley and Me, about a couple adopting "the world's worst dog."
It's also the first time you'll get a standard DVD, a Blu-ray Disc and a digital copy — all rolled into one package.
Disney & Fox have adopted triple play packaging as a strategy to keep people from simply downloading movies to their PCs... And charge an extra $10 per unit. Although theatre attendance is up in the current economy, DVD sales are lagging about 8% behind last year's pace.
Article: USA Today, March 31st.
Monday, March 30, 2009
The red smudge at left is an adult human.
Cheese Factory contributor Mark Wilson of Gizmodo, the Gadget Guide
Meanwhile, a poll out of Canada seems to suggest it's over. The music industry is never going to live the good life again, because whatever compunction people feel toward paying for something they can get for free is disappearing. If a majority of Internet users see nothing wrong with file sharing -- downloading digital music files or movies free, then file sharing is simply "the new normal." The market has spoken and placed the price of music at zero.
Where is the tipping point when a lack of revenue for music producers leads them to stop producing it?
Audio: APM's Future Tense, March 23rd.
Among the structures is a geometric design incorporating pentagons and the natural landscape into a guest house called "treehouse".
Suggested by: Alaskan Designer Jmozaic.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
In small business, where the owners still get their hands dirty and know their employees’ first names & families, it’s different.
|Video game music has come a long way since Pac Man. In fact, it’s becoming a venue for aspiring composers, and a popular course at Boston's Berkelee School of Music.|
Here and Now’s Andrea Shea meets the Video Game Orchestra.
Audio: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now. Host: Robin Young.
Individual singers aren't pre-recorded... Maybe some should be.
Even in the war zone, the show must go on.
US forces didn't bring "American Idol" with them. Britain's pop music talent show took root in the country hungry for entertainment previously Tali-banned. The most recent contest ended recently.