Sunday, December 11, 2005

Weekend update: Other things found this week:

Now here's what newspaper journalism is good for. The New York Times' Katherine Seelye, who quoted news researchers in her story about the false John Seigenthaler Wikipedia entry, has found the person who wrote the entry, with help from Wikipedia Watch. He thought Wikipedia was a 'gag' site, and did it as a joke. He's lost his job over it because he posted it from a computer at work. Some joke.

  • America's Most Literate Cities, 2005: Miami ties at 27th with Lexington, KY.
  • NHL Rulebook, with changes for 2005-6.
  • Merriam Webster Open Dictionary for postings of new words and uses from reader submissions.
  • MemoryWiki, a place where people can post their memories of important events.
  • Pages Jaunes: Photos de Villes: has photos of buildings along a street. Covered: France and Spain (major cities). You can search for address or click on map.

  • Morgan Stanley research report on Knight Ridder Inc. on Poynter site (PDF).
  • TruthDig: researchers try to find truth behind the news, in new site edited by Robert Scheer.

  • ConvertPlus, a new online conversion tool.
  • Airport Maps: largest airports in each state, from Mapquest, with driving directions.
  • BlinX TV lets you search for videos with a unique display showing sample screens. Searches news, European TV programs and commercials, lots more.

  • Hispanic Population of the U.S., latest stats from Census.
  • Survey of Mexican Migrants: Economic Transition from Pew Hispanic, part 3 of a series.
  • National Agricultural Statistics Service: site has been updated with easier access.
  • Powerplant data: Excel databases from EIA, new format for this data on 'monthly and annual data on generation and fuel consumption at the power plant and prime mover level.'
  • Monthly Energy Chronology, 2005 from EIA.
  • Short-term Energy Forecast, latest from EIA.

    Governments, Politics:
  • Congressional Votes Database 1991-present, compiled by Washington Post researcher Derek Willis.
  • U.S. Government Podcasts and RSS
  • Supreme Court nominations documents from Library of Congress.

  • Housing Tracker collates housing data from MLS listings thruout the country.
  • Baseball America Executive Database has names, info on all front-office team execs going back to 1960.

  • Slashot article/discussion on how to save newspapers. Includes several 'Slashdot Lessons' like this one: 1. No matter how much I or any other reporter or editor may know about a subject, some of the readers know more. What's more, if you give those readers an easy way to contribute their knowledge to a story, they will.
    Public Records:
  • Florida Dept of Law Enforcement background check: old address no longer works.
  • Social Security Number Watch, from Carnegie Mellon, check validity of an SSN. (with first 5 digits, get place/time range issued).

  • Florida Laws relating to newspapers, searchable database from Florida Press Assn.

    Some interesting stories/blogs:
  • Why Iraq Has No Army, Atlantic article by James Fallows, PDF on a Quantico site. Also: Why the Strong Lose, from Parameters journal of Army War College, Carlisle.
  • Grokking Woodward by Jay Rosen, good roundup of what's being said.
  • Harold Pinter's Nobel Prize lecture is getting so many hits on the Nobel site the video may not be available for awhile. Text here. It's on truth and politics: "Political language, as used by politicians, does not venture into any of this territory since the majority of politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested not in truth but in power and in the maintenance of that power. To maintain that power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lives. What surrounds us therefore is a vast tapestry of lies, upon which we feed."


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