Saturday, April 30, 2011
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
I've been busy doing the first major revision of Write Hard, Die Free, the history I'm writing about the Alaska Newspaper War. Sometimes I play music we once listed to in The Club China Doll while I work and it feels like I'm actually living in 1974.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
This Tech Bubble Is Different [longform.org]
My fear is that Silicon Valley has become more like Hollywood,” says Glenn Kelman, chief executive officer of online real estate brokerage Redfin, who has been a software executive for 20 years. “An entertainment-oriented, hit-driven business that doesn’t fundamentally increase American competitiveness.”
Friday, April 22, 2011
Block Quote: ‘The Case for Comic Books’
Every would-be writer needs comic books. I certainly did. I can still vividly recall my discovery of comic books, followed closely by the revelation that this reading stuff was actually good for something. Because comic books had it all over Readers. Comic books had pictures, and so did Readers, but in comic-book pictures somebody was flying or punching somebody, while in my Reader little Sally was crying about her little red boat. Even in my prepubescent days I had this vague feeling that Wonder Woman had it all over Jane, although I couldn’t put my finger on the reason. I did know that watching Spot run was a real drag when I could watch Krypto the Superdog fly instead. And I knew that if they ever met, Krypto would bite Spot’s head off.
So I read every comic I could get my hands on, and my reading got better and better. My teachers soon began to marvel that I read with such “expression,” while the rest of my class read . . . like . . . this. I knew the reason. You need a lot more expression for, “Aha, Superman, now my red kryptonite will turn you into a BOILED EGG!” than you do for “See Spot. See Spot run. Run, Spot, run.” So if the schools don’t do it, remember comic books. Maybe your kid won’t be as quick as I was, and regular comic books won’t do, but even that’s no problem in this day and age. There’s always the undergrounds. “Tales of the Leather Nun” should do it every time.
Adapted from a speech delivered by George R. R. Martin at Ambercon 3 in Wichita, Kan., on May 31, 1981.
Importantly, this discussion isn't about Twitter as citizen journalism as it is about the way a professional journalist uses the medium to gather, filter and disseminate news. Very insightful:
View full story at http://technosociology.org/?p=393
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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Sunday, April 17, 2011
under groundLost and trapped, there’snaught but dirtbetween him and sky.Buried alive there aremonsters down here,always hunting;his only company,the dragons,they dig too, buthe kills them with abicycle pump or something.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Just rediscovered my old web gallery with pix of European street art. God, I love this stuff. http://bit.ly/edtn4K
This is just one from a series of marvelous ads created by Love Agency advertising for the Mint Vinetu bookstore.
Hawaii hotels use washable RF chip to track stolen towels, saves $16k/mo. No kidding. http://thurly.net/1bqw
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
America’s finances were in great shape by the year 2000. We went from deficit to surplus. America was actually on track to becoming completely debt free, and we were prepared for the retirement of the Baby Boomers.But after Democrats and Republicans committed to fiscal discipline during the 1990s, we lost our way in the decade that followed. We increased spending dramatically for two wars and an expensive prescription drug program — but we didn’t pay for any of this new spending. Instead, we made the problem worse with trillions of dollars in unpaid-for tax cuts — tax cuts that went to every millionaire and billionaire in the country; tax cuts that will force us to borrow an average of $500 billion every year over the next decade.To give you an idea of how much damage this caused to our nation’s checkbook, consider this: In the last decade, if we had simply found a way to pay for the tax cuts and the prescription drug benefit, our deficit would currently be at low historical levels in the coming years.But that’s not what happened. And so, by the time I took office, we once again found ourselves deeply in debt and unprepared for a Baby Boom retirement that is now starting to take place. When I took office, our projected deficit, annually, was more than $1 trillion. On top of that, we faced a terrible financial crisis and a recession that, like most recessions, led us to temporarily borrow even more.
Shame on any Democrat (or Republican who cares about the country's future) if they don't follow suit. This has been about giving huge breaks to the hugely wealthy and taking things away from people who need them—mostly while paying for wars we didn't need and probably can't win.
More about Howard
Sunday, April 10, 2011
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Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Non-profit raises $1.2 mill, pays Bristol Palin $262K, gives only $35K to charities. http://thurly.net/194x
This week, in Oops They Did It Again, the Associated Press is reporting on the financial statements from “non-profit” charitable organization, The Candie’s Foundation. At the center of the firestorm is Bristol Palin, America’s most idolized teen mom, behind those MTV kids (pictured above, with Palin at an event sponsored by The Candie’s Foundation in NYC).Apparently, the organization was only able to find $35,000 to grant to charities from the $1,242,476 donated from the public. Meanwhile, the young Ms. Palin managed to pull in a $262,500 paycheck for her role as an ambassador for their teen pregnancy prevention campaign in 2009. Other celebrities affiliated (past and present) with The Candie’s Foundation include: Hayden Panettiere, Beyoncé, Ciara, Jenny McCarthy, Vanessa Minnillo, Ashley Tisdale, Hilary Duff, Ashlee Simpson, Usher, Rachel Bilson, and Teddy GeigerAn ambiguous unnamed source from Palin’s camp spoke out yesterday afternoon, citing the work that she had done for the organization. Palin filmed numerous PSA’s, shot print and internet ads, hosted and participated in town hall meetings and attended multiple events for the charity she represented. A quarter of a million dollars is apparently in line with celebrity endorsements.