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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Is that a sex toy?

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2005 at 8:19 PM

Sarah at the 8th Nerve has posted a loving ode  to her bedroom companion.

All your award are belong to us

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2005 at 10:43 AM

This week I received the guidelines for the Annual Vermont Press Association Awards — for 2004. Finally! I've been pestering my editors for weeks, wondering if they'd gotten the word yet. And I've been checking the VPA website, but, uh, they don't really have a website. Am I the only person here who's keen on contests?

So I got the guidelines, which provide a glimpse into what matters most to the media minds of Vermont. The categories, most of which are separated into divisions for dailies and non-dailies, include: arts criticism, statehouse reporting, best local story, best state story, feature writing, photography awards, sportswriting, headline writing, editorial writing, a rookie reporter awards, and a general excellence award.

Wait, you say, what about an award for best website, or most interactive website, or best use of new media technologies?  "Next year," says Vermont Guardian  editor Shay Totten, who's on the VPA board.

Ok, so I know the VPA is really small, and basically run by a small group of people, but c'mon folks. This is a state-wide organization. We can do better. Can't we?

The deadline for the VPA awards is July 15; winners will be announced at the VPA meeting in September. I'm open to suggestions about which stories 7D should enter. If anyone even remembers stories that appeared up to a year and a half ago.

And speaking of contests...

Fisking Grokster

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2005 at 7:21 AM

I know the Supreme Court's recent MGM V Grokster opinion is ruffling feathers out there in Internet land. And I'd like to talk about why, I really would, but it's just too freaking hot. And I'm exhausted — I just spent the last week or so immersed in the virtual underworld of online gambling, and I need a breather. Actually, I need to go swimming, which I think I might do now.

If you'd rather sit in front of your computer pondering what the Supremes have decided about  copyright law and filesharing,  check out The Pages Within , where Greg Sampson, Vermont Law School student (and paramour of Jessamyn ) dissects the ruling. He writes about it here , here , and here .

You might like The Pages Within so much that you'll want to vote it Best Vermont Blog. Or not.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Voices for the Lake

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2005 at 1:26 PM

Last Saturday, my partner and I went to the Chew-Chew Festival on the Waterfront, mainly to check out the bizarre Court TV sideshow  that I wrote about for this week's paper (available online tomorrow). While we were there, we stopped by ECHO, the lake aquarium and science center for the first time — admission was half price this weekend.

Upon entering the center, we saw a sign by the door advertising ECHO's new blog, Voices for the Lake, which debuted Saturday. They're hoping Vermonters will use the site to promote a public dialogue about the state of the lake. "Your voice counts!" reads the welcome message at the top of the blog. "Use this online journal to share your concerns, opinions and ideas about improving the health of Lake Champlain, and to discover what others are thinking and feeling about the Lake."

It's exciting that one of Vermont's premier attractions is using a blog to encourage a public conversation. It might help remind people that we all need to take some responsibility for keeping our water clean. And it might initiate a few more Vermonters into the blogosphere, helping to answer the questions, "What the heck is a blog? And why would I want to read one?"

The public conversation seems to be off to a bit of a slow start — they've only got 2 comments so far. I think it's smart for other Vermont bloggers to help these folks get the dialogue under way. Why not stop by and leave a comment?

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Lucy loves Dilly

Posted on Thu, Jun 23, 2005 at 5:14 PM

Time for a little mindless cat-loves-dog blogging.

That's from this morning, but I got a million of 'em. Our housemate's cat Lucy (he's a boy) loves to lick our dog Dilly (a girl). Who can resist this interspecies, transgender romance? They're clearly perfect for each other.

Are there other VT pet bloggers, besides Ntodd, and Jeff?

Blogger goes to camp...

Posted on Thu, Jun 23, 2005 at 10:39 AM

...as a counselor. Andrew from A Quick Word From the Far Side of the Galaxy is a counselor at Camp Abenaki this summer. Seems that camp life isn't as rustic as you might remember:

I have my own cabin, which is the only Village Director cabin with running water. I also have a closet and a main room, with my computer hooked up and a TV ready for an X-Box to be hooked up to. It's great.

Wonder if the kids get to bring their Playstations?

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Radio Free Brattleboro shut down

Posted on Wed, Jun 22, 2005 at 4:42 PM

Radio Free Brattleboro is a community-owned low-power pirate FM radio station. Federal marshalls seized RFB's equipment at 6:58 this morning, using a warrant issued in Burlington. Got an email with a quote from James Maxwell, RFB's attorney:

“This is on one level no surprise. The FCC has run out of patience with the regular court process in Brattleboro and has gone elsewhere for the relief it seeks, namely, a chance to get the U.S. Marshals into the station to grab the equipment. Radio free brattleboro has a case with substantial and legitimate legal issues pending in the federal court here in Brattleboro, and the station has also applied to the FCC for a waiver to broadcast, and it has repeatedly stated that when the newly licensed 100-watt station is up and running it would step aside.
Rfb does not operate in defiance of government but rather from the belief of its members and listeners that community radio is essential to good government and democratic process....Nevertheless, it is very much a surprise that the FCC has done an end run around the court here in Brattleboro and obtained a warrant from Burlington—even while diverting our attention by applying for summary judgment here. It has undertaken these clever maneuvers, in my opinion, not because it must shut down the station but because it can shut down the station. For there is no harm whatsoever being done by rfb, while there surely is harm being done to a civil society by the broadcast and cable and satellite conglomerates whose idea of serving the public is to process entertainment, information and advertisements for mass consumption, which is to say for no one at all. It’s a sad and disappointing day, but of course we will explore our options.”

Bill at Candleblog posts on this, and iBrattleboro's got it covered here, here and here. RFB is one of their advertisers.

Bernie Sanders
Bernie's blogging

Posted on Wed, Jun 22, 2005 at 10:45 AM

Bernie Sanders, our congressman and wannabe senator, is guest blogging from June 20-24 at Joshua Micah Marshall's new tpm cafe. Check out his posts on "the fight to preserve democracy" and the decline of the middle class. I wonder if he's writing them himself?

This isn't the first time old Bernado has ventured into the blogosphere. So when's he getting his own blog?

UPDATE: Bernie's press secretary Erin Campbell says as far as she knows, Bernie's writing the posts himself. As for when he'll get his own blog — "no word on that yet."

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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Real VT: the dangers of commuting in Vermont

Posted on Tue, Jun 21, 2005 at 4:24 PM

Sarah from The 8th Nerve almost hit a moose the other day.

A little horn-tooting

Posted on Tue, Jun 21, 2005 at 4:04 PM

Seven Days picked up a few awards last weekend at the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Annual Convention in San Diego. They split the awards into two categories — papers with circulations above and below 50,000. We competed in the under 50,000 field.

Our 2004 7 Nights nightlife guide won an honorable mention for best special section. Margot Harrison, our pithy lit critic, won 3rd place in the Arts Criticism category. And Don Eggert, our Art Director and web guy, picked up a 1st place award for editorial layout on my story "The Blogger" from last October.

Dan Savage, editor of Seattle's The Stranger, presented the awards. Says Don of Dan: "He told me I was pretty, and he said he didn't think the alternative papers employed any pretty people any more." It's true, Don is pretty.

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