Tuesday, December 31, 2002
Monday, December 30, 2002
Beautiful New York City photographs by Quarlo are featured on the Quarlo.com website (highlighted on Gawker today). Lets's hope posting this will cure the large white space problem which appeared after my last post...
Use the arrow keys to make The Fly Guy escape gravity....this is lovely. Make sure he stays away from the guy with the boxing gloves, and keep going til you get to the island! (via IDO3).
Sunday, December 29, 2002
Don't miss Dave Barry's 2002 review...
Today's massive report in The Herald, Neglect, Death, and DCF focuses on children under supervision of the state Department of Children and Families who died. A long investigation by Carol Marbin Miller, Manny Garcia, and CAR guy Jason Grotto produced this report.
Lots more on the Raelians today, too.
For more: Raelian profile at MetaReligion.com; Yahoo! Full Coverage
Saturday, December 28, 2002
Since the Raelian announcement happened in Hollywood FL, lots of coverage in The Herald:
And, from Miami-Dade County, a new address for property searches, replaced the old property appraiser search site a couple weeks back but was erratic at first. This site, called My Home, allows for property and tax info searches, and automatically displays aerial view of the property, with zoom and neighborhood browsing capability. There's also a quick link to the "My Neighborhood" application, which displays crime, capital improvements, code violations, sexual predators, property sales, and landuse information, by searching for an address or browsing the county map.
Friday, December 27, 2002
Alphonse Vinh is a reference librarian at NPR, and the NPR website is now featuring a column by him, called Musings with Alphonse Vinh. In true Weblog style, it features links on various topics, book recommendations, and more.
Nice to see Alphonse's site added to a growing list of librarians/researchers on the Web. This one will be on the links list.
For health reference, a link from the UK: National Electronic Library for Health has useful health news and links.
Thursday, December 26, 2002
Another interesting new use of Google to create something different: GoogObits takes obituaries and enhances them with Google searches, a new kind of Weblog (via J-Log).
For bloggers who wonder whether it's worth the trouble, a nice tale from JD Lasica on selling 4 year old photos to someone who found them on his website archives...
A couple good links from Gary Price the other day: Latest U.S. population estimates, by state from Census; and Who Represents America's Biggest Companies? from Law. com.
I love this: someone's converting Samuel Pepys' diary into a Weblog format, a new entry every day. (via Boing Boing.)
Tuesday, December 24, 2002
The Poynter Institute does a lot to encourage and assist journalists, and this week Al Tompkins' Morning Meeting column is going the extra step with his column of story ideas. Unlike some (Jim Romenesko, and me) who are taking Christmas week off, Al says:
Note from Al: I know that the holiday season is a tough time for a lot of you. Lots of your newsrooms operate on a shoestring staff and you need story ideas. That is why Al’s Morning Meeting publishes every weekday, including holidays.
For more help from Poynter, Dave Shedden's list of holiday links is available there too, updated earlier this month.
Since I'm not collecting links this week, there won't be a Saturday update, so I'll post a few things I find during the week. Actually, I really would rather see beautiful photos at top of the page this week, so I'll look for more:
Sunday, December 22, 2002
Snowflakes on the Bank of America building; holiday-hued crotons.
Also, in The Herald today: First of series on investigation on tainted murder confessions. A lot of research went into this one. Monday story, Tuesday story.
Saturday, December 21, 2002
This time of year we're thinking about those end-of-year roundups. And on the NewsLib listserv, someone was looking for new sources of upcoming news event listings since OCLC's has gone away. Gary Price listed several of them on his Resourceshelf site: 2002: The year in Review; and upcoming news events. This has everything from Information Please's year in review to the BBC's, as well as BBC Monitoring's Week Ahead. Of course Google 2002 Zeitgeist is also a useful monitor of what's been important in the news and culture in the past year, especially the fascinating timeline. Lycos 50 is also focusing on the year's searches.
On the upcoming events front, someone also recommended ABC News' The Note, which has daily rumors and links about the news, as well as a list of upcoming news events through the next year.
from Philadelphia PD; John Timoney biography from American Immigration Reform; Quotations from John Timoney and Timoney archives from PoliticsPA. A great photograph from Esquire article (click on 'back' on this photographer's page for another); Timoney has made a career of cleaning up police messes in LA Times, 9/02; 1998 interview with CityPaper. Government/Technology interview with William Bratton on NY force 1999 and Compstat system he and Timoney brought to NY/Philly.
Public Records, Business, People: no links this week.
Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
Thursday, December 19, 2002
...but now gone from the Website, a photo of dawn over a stone circle in Cumbria, England, from Tony Richards at Lakelandcam, along with a Lake District winter scene. . Now that Tony's added an archive page (this week on the Cam) the photos last a few days now but these, and some beautiful sunrise and sunset photos from the day before, are gone now.
John Timoney has had a fascinating career from Dublin to New York to Philadelphia...and now Miami? (Friday A.M: link is to today's story in The Herald.)
Nice to know the Nation's best decorated home holiday display is just a few blocks from home. (Interesting that this would occur in tropical landscape. The second best decorated home was in S. Fla too. Is it just easier to get outside and hang all those lights? Or is the award because Al Roker really preferred to travel to Miami than, say, Detroit?)
Tuesday, December 17, 2002
Sheila Lennon reports that Funditry blog is compiling a list of those calling for Trent Lott's resignation (including links to each column/editorial/blog entry).
One-Minute Vacation lets you tune out by listening to sounds from a different place. (via Lightningfield).
December in Vermont from Vermont Daily.
Fascinating story from BBC on a study revealing that older MPs are more savvy Internet users than younger ones. Is this true of other politicians too?
Found while browsing: a column at the Maynard Institute by Richard Prince on journalism and diversity. This runs a few times a week, it appears, and highlights lots of interesting news. Richard Prince's Journal-isms. I expect to add this one to my list of regular journalism reads. (Prince was a colleague many, many years ago back in Washington, so I'm delighted to find this.)
Elephant blog: we've been covering an elephant attack at Miami Metrozoo, so this is on target: Eleblog highlights news about elephants and has some good links too. With the drunken elephant attack, elephant news has been bad lately. On this topic, I recently read an excellent book which really gets into the questions of our relationship with the animal: Shana Alexander's The Astonishing Elephant.
The Miami Herald Online is now, again, at herald.com. It's been a year since Knight Ridder's Real Cities tried to unite all the newspapers into a standard format with new URLs reflecting cities, not papers (this was miami.com, and broward.com). The old URL still works, and individual pages will have a miami.com address. An explainer page and index of popularly bookmarked pages is at www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/4733971.htm, and a story in The Herald's business section elaborates. Other KR papers will probably be following suit, although so far Philly.com and Bayarea.com (Mercury News) retain the Real Cities look.
Monday, December 16, 2002
In The Herald, Sunday and Monday, Joe Mozingo writes on an investigation into patronage and bribery at Miami International Airport: Sunday's story; today's story. Also, Audra S. Burch tracks the return of African Americans to the South: Sunday: Reverse migration to Mississippi and elsewhere; today's story on Orlando's popularity.
Saturday, December 14, 2002
This week, from the deadly Everglades....
Monument to Valujet crash victims, and a recently killed egret; also: gators and more.....
It was a slow week for hard reference links (although some good ones here) but the holiday season is producing lots of fun stuff (at bottom):
Business, People, News, Florida,Journalism: no links this week.
Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
Friday, December 13, 2002
Mark Fiore on Cryogenic Staffing. It's already old news, though, as Henry has resigned.
For more on some other hawks: The Perpetual War Portfolio.
And if you include GWB in that category, here's Madeleine Kane's song, "Bush Loves Things Just The Way They Are ":
"Won't go trying
Some new fashion.
Won't change his viewpoints on a dare.
He'll always have his
Oft spoken passion
For launching wars with Tony Blair. " (via Regions of Mind.)
By Kelley Benham in the St. Petersburg Times. This time, the chickens get rounded up. Another nice piece of writing:
"All was quiet for a second.
Then there was a whump and a whoosh and a blast of air and a streak of white, and the net came down and the squawking began.
The chickens hopped like they'd stepped in hot grease. They bounced and clucked and frantically fluttered their trapped wings. Little heads poked through the net in alarm, jerking from side to side, blinking furiously.
Somebody said "Omigod," and somebody else said, "Whoa," and the chickens just jumped and screeched." About the original story...
Cardinal Law will dominate, I'm sure (link is to Boston Globe coverage); Yahoo! Full Coverage (news and links)
Comments on the Trent Lott situation, in The Herald: from Leonard Pitts and Jim Morin (who, as usual, has a solution); this story has been slow to build, it seems: the most commentary I found early was in the conservative Weblogs. Yahoo has news and links.
Also in The Herald today: an interview with Haiti's President Aristide.
A nice tip today from Brian Haas, Bradenton Herald reporter, who's used The Internet Archive to find information on a company whose Website had been taken down. Gary Price suggested this site last week, too, for anyone looking up info on the raided Mass. company with possible al-Qaeda ties. It's tempting to think of the Archive (also called The Wayback Machine) as a fun trip down memory lane, but for research on businesses it can be priceless. I'll add it to business reference links. (And, amazingly, they even have several versions of my Website from 2001 archived: this one's from Oct 27 that year. If this is archived I'd expect to find nearly anything you can look up....)
Thursday, December 12, 2002
Christmas lights, shopping in London and environs, from Hampshirecam: (Regent Street)
Christmas urban legends from Snopes.com, including Did Coca-Cola invent Santa Claus?
Holiday Season Facts from Census.
And for shopping, Google introduces Froogle: Search for a product and get a list of stores selling it. A fine compliment to Google Catalogs.
Wednesday, December 11, 2002
South Knox Bubba has the info from the Iraq document release:
News Flash: Iraq comes clean
Iraq has released a 12,000 page document detailing all weapons and weapon development programs in their possession. The report is accompanied by CD ROMs containing 500MB of additional data.
SKB operatives have gotten a first look at the report. Following are some highlights of Iraq's weapons inventory:
- 238 Daisy Red Ryder BB guns
- 487 Whammo Wrist Rocket slingshots with steel pellets
- 82 Jart lawn dart sets
- 23 stink bombs, ammonium sulfide
- 86 packs of Black Cat firecrackers
- 144 packs of Moon Travel bottle rockets
- 429 assorted billy clubs, baseball bats, and big sticks
- 52 sets of brass knuckles
- 3268 assorted rocks, bricks, and chunks of concrete
- 1 H&R .22 revolver, six shot, rusted
- 12 grams of radium scraped from the dials of surplus 1940 era Timex glow-in-the-dark wristwatches
- Plans and diagrams for fuse ignited propane potato launching cannon, also capable of launching assorted stink bombs and smoke clusters
Ari Fleischer announced that President Bush and his national security advisors are reviewing the report to assess the strategic implications of these potential threats and to formulate a response, which could involve a military component.
Tuesday, December 10, 2002
Sunday, December 08, 2002
Saturday, December 07, 2002
Traveled to Bradenton this week where some Herald reporters and I talked to newsroom staff at The Bradenton Herald. I've always liked Bradenton, it still has the feel of an old Florida town, where the main industry is still citrus, but has a lively downtown, and a good newspaper. It's always encouraging to talk to journalists outside the big-paper mainstream. They're involved in their community and dedicated. I like that kind of journalism, too.
To Herald folks checking this site, hope you're finding useful stuff here: I'm updating the Florida public records list and have found a few more links to be updated: the addresses on handout may be correct if you find bad links here. I'll get those all updated in a few days.
So although I spent only a couple days this week browsing the Web, some interesting things showed up:
phone number, ZIP code, etc.
People, News, Florida, Public Records: no links this week.
Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
Friday, December 06, 2002
(Found on Hypergene): Check this out: 2 Cents: A really wide world of opinion, from the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. Some interesting links here, including this page of news blogs they've found. Also found there, this song, posted by Zeke, which he says is making the rounds of the Web:
Sing it to the tune of "If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands."
If we cannot find Osama, bomb Iraq.
If the markets hurt your Mama, bomb Iraq.
If the terrorists are Saudi
And the bank takes back your Audi
And the TV shows are bawdy,
If the corporate scandals growin', bomb Iraq.
And your ties to them are showin', bomb Iraq.
If the smoking gun ain't smokin'
We don't care, and we're not jokin'.
That Saddam will soon be croakin',
Even if we have no allies, bomb Iraq.
From the sand dunes to the valleys, bomb Iraq.
So to hell with the inspections;
Let's look tough for the elections,
Close your mind and take directions,
While the globe is slowly warming, bomb Iraq.
Yay! the clouds of war are storming, bomb Iraq.
If the ozone hole is growing,
Some things we prefer not knowing.
(Though our ignorance is showing),
So here's one for dear old daddy, bomb Iraq,
From his favorite little laddy, bomb Iraq.
Saying no would look like treason.
It's the Hussein hunting season.
Even if we have no reason,
Among the blogs they list, this interesting one from an Omaha World Herald editorial writer, Geitner Simmons: Regions of Mind
On top of the plane crash at the Federal Reserve (and AP) office in Miami: will this turn out to be more than it appears?
Jim Morin has a definitive take on the state of the Boston archdiocese.....
Thursday, December 05, 2002
Gary Price's Resource Shelf site has moved to Resourceshelf.com. So far the old address is still working too.
Two notable stories in the St. Petersburg Times: A Note for Daddy is the story of a little boy who sent a balloon into the air for his father, and a reporter and news researcher who tracked it. A nice nod to researcher Caryn Baird who gets prominent mention in the story. (This was posted on the NewsLib listserv a couple days ago.)
And: In Mopsy and Rockadoodle Two Poynter's Dr. Ink says The Times' Kelly Benham can write a chicken story as well as her mentor Rick Bragg. Here's her story about Rockadoodle and a little girl.
Monday, December 02, 2002
Doc Searls links to Dave Barry's Holiday Gift Guide so I guess I should too. Can't miss this story in The Herald, even if you don't click on the other ones I link.....if only for Raul Rubiera's photo of Santa squatting in an avocado grove....
Apparently this is on top of Blogdex, so you may have seen it. If not, check out the flash version of Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire by a Caltech programmer.
Daypop is back, and the Fire flash is right up there in the Top 40, too.
The Christian Science Monitor library's LibLog reviews the Bush pardons and John Poindexter's felony conviction overturning. Does anyone remember Iran-Contra? Get a refresher here.
I'm off to Bradenton to do some training (and for a drive across the Everglades) so no updates for a couple days.