Sunday, July 13, 2003

Weekend update: The weekly reference collection/research gleanings:
The update didn't happen on Saturday since the power company was moving a pole behind our house (the existing wires went too close to the new monstrosity being built right next to our property line). Of course, although FPL reps did warn us the day before that they would be doing the job, they didn't bother to tell us before they disconnected the wire. Good thing I had just saved my work before I walked away from the computer for a few minutes. When I came back, all was dead. We had to leave the house for a couple hours, since inside a Miami house in July is not the place you want to be when there's no air conditioning, or even fans, running. Just another annoyance in the ruination of our once-pleasant neighborhood. How long can we take this? Just the workers' noise and trash is enough to drive us batty....

Anyway, back to the research links, including some different takes on current news:
  • The Guardian's take on Terry the coma boy is a bit more interesting than the wire story. Note the "what's happened since 1984" section at bottom: "Someone should tell you about Aids, but perhaps we'll let you recover a bit first...Phones are now mobile, discs are now compact and computers are now personal. You can still get digital watches, however...Victoria Principal didn't marry Mark after all; she woke up and found Bobby in the shower and realised it was all a dream. Falcon Crest has been cancelled."
  • Timeline on Niger uranium claim from Howard Dean website; from DNC (via Oliver Willis).
  • From Victory to Success: Afterwar policy in Iraq: new report from Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

    The useful links....

  • Funding for the Arts a national database of publications, awards, grants, etc.
  • CheeseNet everything you could want to know....
  • Toxic release inventory latest data from 2001 now posted at RTK net. This is EPA data on pollutants.
  • Neighborhood Preservation Center database: search for links, resources on neighborhoods.
  • Hispanic Population of the U.S. latest stats from Census.
  • Article discussing value of online news archives in Searcher magazine.
    Governments, Politics:
  • Supreme Court arguments in MP3 format from Oyez, Oyez. Has several cases from 1950s and 1960s, adding more.
  • Report on Diebold elections systems failures: possible to 'rig' elections using this system? (Used in A lot of Florida counties.....) Main Black Box Voting website.
  • Nevada's online Census the state has created a database that lets you search names or data from the Censuses of 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920. Very cool.
  • Football salaries database from USA Today.
  • Fundacion nuevo periodismo hispanoamericano
  • First Amendment Center
  • Harvard magazine publishes fake obit (the alumn decided to get off the mailing list by declaring himself dead -- and wrote his own obit). This in blog of Harvard news service's librarian, Jessica Baumgart.
  • Moblogging: the future of journalism? in Online Journalism Review.
  • Forbes' Global 2000: the world's biggest companies.
  • Canada's Power Book: top 1000 companies and other lists from Toronto Globe and Mail.
  • AmLaw 100 nation's largest law firms, from American Lawyer.
    Public Records, Tools, Florida: no links this week.

    Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
  • a new journalism weblog.
  • this site provides free templates, software and space for writers' weblogs.
  • 8 Good People: unemployed journalists telling stories.
  • How to keep up on news about search engines and comparisions, article in LLRX.
  • Maproom Blog a weblog about maps.
  • has information on mangos (including how to eat them) and lots and lots of recipes.


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