Monday, May 31, 2004
Sunday, May 30, 2004
A lovely story in the Miami Herald yesterday on local Iraq war veterans: How combat reshaped seven lives, by Phil Long and Dan De Vise. There's not enough pixels or paper to tell all the stories that could be told on Memorial Day, whether of soldiers living or dead. This one's pretty special, though. More photos and audio are online.
Also in The Herald today: Dave Barry reports from the set of his new movie, Complete Guide to Guys. And:
Continuing coverage of the tragic floods in Haiti and Dominican Republic.
I'm away for a couple weeks (including attending the Special Libraries' Assn. conference in Nashville next week). Posting will continue during this time but maybe not as often. I'll also try to post during the conference to the NewsliBlog, where others may contribute too.
Florida, Business, Public Records: no links this week
Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
Friday, May 28, 2004
I've always been impressed by the work Michael Jesse and staff do in creating local reference resources on the Indianapolis Star's Web site. Here's their latest, on The Indianapolis 500. Great job! (This Factfile was featured in LII's New page this week.)
Good news for Thomas Wolfe (and Asheville) fans: the Thomas Wolfe house, the boarding house his mother ran, once called Old Kentucky Home but immortalized as "Dixieland" in "Look Homeward, Angel", has been restored four years after a devastating fire. The Asheville Citizen Times has a fine feature on the reopening, including videos, a timeline, more. The Memorial's Web site.
Thursday, May 27, 2004
I loved the poinciana photos so much at the top of the page I'm loathe to add a new posting. The photos were an experiment, I'm still deciding whether to keep adding them here or to set up a separate photoblog. I have learned that linking to the photos from Bloggerbot doesn't work...I tried duplicating them on my home page but the links are mostly dead. So this won't be a subsitute for permanent linking photo storage.
Of interest today: The Marshall Pitch, by 'Graeme S. Marshall', actually two freelance writers:
"...we decided to pitch nonsensical story ideas and apply for jobs boasting wildly bogus and inappropriate credentials. Using the 'Graeme S. Marshall' moniker, we e-mailed dozens of editors at every level of the profession, in the hope that we could somehow stir them out of that special sleep that only a steady stream of coffee in the bloodstream brings."
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Via Michael Froomkin (who knows about this because his brother Dan's involved with it), a link to the Neiman Foundation's Neiman Watchdog. According to the site,
The goal of watchdog journalism is to see that people in power provide information the public should have.
The Nieman Watchdog Journalism Project grows from this premise and this goal: to help the press ask penetrating questions, critical questions, questions that matter, questions not yet asked about today's news.
I'm excited about finding this site because I discovered that among its contributors are several people who I'm proud to have worked with in a long-past life: Morton Mintz! Murray Marder! Barry Sussman! John Hanrahan! I'm so glad to find that these voices from my past are still around. So many are just memories now....
Note, also, Dan Froomkin's Showcase page, with good journalism links.
(Later): Note a press release on Neiman Watchdog.
Saturday, May 22, 2004
If you read my other blog at the Miami Herald, you'll see some duplicate links here. I posted a bit more there than here this week, but since some readers may not want to register at the Herald site, don't want to deprive you.... :-)
Business, Journalism, Public Records: no links this week
Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
Friday, May 21, 2004
Another thing I wanted to mention: Blogger has annouced a partnership with a new service called Hello, where you can set up an account to upload and store photos for displaying on your Blogger blog, using IM. Looks like 'Bloggerbot' can make it pretty easy to get your photos into your blog. Since my 10 mb. storage on Earthlink sometimes runs out when I have lots of photos to display (which is why some of my photos on old blog posts aren't there anymore), I'm dying to get started with Bloggerbot. It looks like an easy way to turn a blog into a photoblog. Blogger has a Knowledge page on Bloggerbot, too.
Oh, and did I mention that it's free?
Oh, and another thing: says here you can also use it to send/display screenshots of a Web page. Cool!
Thursday, May 20, 2004
I've been deep into training at work (it's new intern time! and we have other new hires, and I've started a long-threatened program to offer brushup training for whoever wants it). Along with that, I needed to update lots of instruction/directory pages on the Intranet. So sorry, but work has interfered with my blogging life.
I've been noticing that Blogspot sites are occasionally AWOL since the redesign; I can always make them reappear by hitting 'refresh' -- sometimes twice or more. If you've been having trouble with this site, just keep trying. Hit refresh. But of course if you can't see this, nevermind.
Note the NewsliBlog for/by news librarians and researchers has been updated with a new design. By changing the template, I finally got Comments to work there. Wonder if it's time for a design change on this blog?
Since I posted that I was trying out Gmail, I've gotten a couple emails from total strangers, asking me to invite them. Please don't take offense if I haven't responded to you. I just don't feel right about inviting people I don't know. Nothing personal.
Oh, and FYI, if you are looking for a Gmail account, you're not alone. E-Media Tidbits reports that "Gmail lust" is so common that people are selling accounts on EBay.
Just take a look at The new Seattle Public Library. The Times has created a nice package with panoramic tours and a slide show. Wow!
Can't resist this:
OK, just one more thing. I haven't blogged this but have been following the 'Washingtonienne' blog scandal, in DC. See Wonkette for the sleazy "staff ass" details if you haven't read about this yet. The blog has been shut down (but Wonkette saved the archived posts so you can still read them), and now the Washingtonienne.com domain name has been picked up......by MoveOn.org! What a slick trick!
(Via Political Wire.)
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
I grew up about 10 miles from the little upstate New York Erie Canal town of Palmyra. It's the place where Joseph Smith was given the revelation (buried gold tablets on the moraine called Hill Cumorah)that resulted in the founding of the Church of Latter-Day Saints. Today I found a story in the Maryville, TN newspaper about a movie being filmed in the nearby town of Vonore. In the movie, Vonore becomes Palmyra, in 1826, and the film, "Pillar of Light" tells the story of the early days of the Church.
Interesting. I can't imagine an East Tennessee town resembling Palmyra. I've driven through Vonore, it looked pleasant and vaguely familiar...but it's close to the Smokies. Palmyra is FLAT, except for some drumlins and moraines south of town. The film's producer says "By filming it here in Tennessee, we didn't have to wait for upstate New York to thaw. And we have people working on the set who grew up in upstate New York.
The landscape here looks so similar that they say they half expect to turn the corner and see their favorite fishing hole from back where they grew up."
May be. They do wonders with location shooting but to me a film about a place I know never looks right when it's not shot at the real location. It's one reason I've put off seeing "Cold Mountain". I just can't imagine Romania looking like the real thing.
One thing: living in Miami you get spoiled. When you see a movie that's set in Miami, there's a really good chance it was filmed in Miami, too. (Something about that constant warm weather.....)
Lots of attention being paid to the new book by Siva Vaidhyanathan, called The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash Between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System . Sounds like something librarians everywhere should be reading. Here's part of a description from Amazon.com:
- On one side, trying to maintain control of information, are corporations, judges, the military, and global institutions. On the other side, trying to liberate information, are educators, hackers, civil libertarians, artists, consumers, and political dissidents.
Which side would news librarians be on?
If you don't have the book yet, the Website (Sivacracy.net)also has a blog. Some interesting links here as well as some of the ideas from the book.
(via Doc Searls and others.
Sunday, May 16, 2004
I haven't cruised a lot of blogs today, but I expect there's quite a buzz about the latest Seymour Hersh report in New Yorker. U. of Miami law prof. Michael Froomkin, at Discourse.net has lots to say and links to some other comments; one blog he links to looks worth a bookmark: Is That Legal? from UNC law prof Eric Muller.
It looks like just about every topic at Memeorandum has something to do with Gitmo/Abu Ghraib, or its repercussions. Looks like we've just seen the tip of the iceberg.
An incredible story about the prevalence of rape in Haiti today, by the Miami Herald's Joe Mozingo, with amazing photos by Peter Andrew Bosch. Don't miss this one. We worry about the treatment of women in Arab countries? Let's look closer to home.
And, a lovely story by Cara Buckley on daughters of lost Bay of Pigs pilots getting together to figure out what happened, mentions Miami researcher Gordon Winslow. Winslow is behind the amazing and mystifying Cuban Information Archives at cuban-exile.com. This site has intrigued me for years. It has an amazing collection of source material on Cuba, Cuban exiles, the JFK assassination, and lots more. There's a complete list of Bay of Pigs participants. Miami police files on Cuban exiles connected to the 1963 Dallas tragedy. Lots, lots more. This site is wonderful.
Saturday, May 15, 2004
Via Jessica Baumgart, a link to an aspiring news librarian with a very nice blog: Confessions of a Mad Librarian, by Eli Edwards.
J also found a problem with the permalinks on NewsliBlog, which probably happened when I tried to enable comments there. Something screwy....I'll try to fix.
Events releated to Iraq have dominated the things I've linked to during the week. Many have already been posted to the Herald blog, but here are some of the most interesting (more are linked below under other categories):
The other links....
Public Records, People: no links this week
Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing violent crimes to get what little is left of what we’re hooked on. "
Thursday, May 13, 2004
Carole Leita has a blog: "InfoJones: This librarian's place to act out her addiction." (Leita is the retired founder of the respected Librarians' Index to the Internet.) (via Shifted Librarian.)
She recommends this: Google Guide, with good tips for searching Google.
What's making blognews? list of political stories or files most bloggers are linking to. (via J.D. Lasica.)
ISerenity.com environments: Need a break from the noise around you? This page generates ambient noise, from thunder to rain to bird songs to -- a typewriter.
I posted a link to this yesterday on the Herald blog, but should post it here too, in case you haven't seen it: Newsdesigner has great discussion and statistics on how papers used the Nick Berg photos, as well as a link to the discussion on the TestyCopyEditors forum.
Wednesday, May 12, 2004
After posting lots of commentary/links on the Iraq situation on the other blog, I need a break.
And this Wicker motorcycle on Lakelandcam (taken by Tony Richards on holiday in Wales) brings a smile to my face.
(Thursday noon: Sorry, photo is no longer on the site. It may show up when Tony updates the "This week on the cam" page. There are some new lovely photos here from Pembrokeshire though....)
And here's something else:
American Newsroom: nice photo essay by Sean Hemmerle in CJR.
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
David Shedden at Poynter jumps in again with a very useful compilation of Links on the Geneva Conventions and other information for stories on the Abu Ghraib problem.
For more information on Abu Ghraib and the connection to the detainees at Guantanamo, Sheila Lennon at Providence Journal has Background on Rick Baccus, former Guantanamo commander (and Taguba's testimony).
Sheila has also compiled Lots of links on Nick Berg and the story behind the beheading story.
The comments look a little better now. It's amazing how much I have to tweak the HTML to make things work the way they're supposed to....isn't all this supposed to be automatic?
Monday, May 10, 2004
So in case you tried to leave a comment, it seems it's not yet set up right. I've tried changing and republishing but it hangs up on an old, old post. Bear with me.......
Blogger had a giant redesign over the weekend. Among the new features, lots of new templates, a comments feature, lots more. I haven't investigated it all yet (this is my first time trying it) so haven't activated any new features yet. It's all explained here.
(Update: I did activate comments, just to see if it works. So far so good except for the font size.......)
Sunday, May 09, 2004
See Public Records.
Business, Journalism, People, News: no links this week
Some Interesting stories/Weblogs:
Friday, May 07, 2004
It's really sad to lose a blog you've gotten used to looking at regularly. I know a few of the blogs I list on my links page don't get updated much any more, but I still hate to delink them in case they somehow come back.
So it's especially sad to see a favorite photoblog go, since there are so few good ones. A Smoky Mountain Journal will no longer be, as its proprieter, Jim Fletcher, is moving to Texas. Maybe there'll be a good Hill Country Blog coming out soon?
But how will I get along without my daily fix of beautiful Smoky Mountain pictures? I'll depend more and more on Marie at Blue Ridge Blog, and my long-time favorite English photo blogs, Cornwallcam and Lakelandcam.
Wednesday, May 05, 2004
Haven't been updating here much but have added lots of stuff to the other blog.
Note I also posted links to a couple Washington Post researcher credits on the Newslib blog.
Saturday, May 01, 2004
This week was dominated by politics and Iraq, lots of which I posted on the other blog. A shorter list here than usual:
Public Records, Tools, Journalism, People: no links this week
Some Interesting stories/Weblogs: