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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Interview with Trudeau

Posted By on Thu, Oct 12, 2006 at 1:30 PM

Blogger Ed Cone posts an interview with Doonesbury's Gary Trudeau. The cartoonist talks about his excellent new blog,  The Sandbox.

EC: What do blogs in general, and this blog in particular, offer in terms of war coverage that traditional media cannot or does not provide?

Garry Trudeau: First person accounts. If you count both theaters, we have 170,000 potential contributors. And they're stuck in a lot of places embeds rarely go.

EC: What is your motivation for doing this blog yourself?

GT
: There didn't seem to be one place to go to read an aggregate of consistently interesting milblogging. There are clearingouse sites, filled with links, but you could spend your life trying to find compelling posts. We started by cherrypicking -- finding the best pieces already out there -- but we're already getting strong enough material submitted directly that we can just go with our own exclusives. Who knows? If the quality stays high, The Sandbox may evolve into a kind of GWOT literary magazine.

GWOT=Global War on Terrorism, fyi.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Fine food in Winooski

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2006 at 1:50 PM

Just thought I'd direct some traffic toward Suzanne Podhaizer's story about eating and drinking in Winooski. Suzanne is our new food writer, and she took this cool photo of some drink she ordered at 38 Main.

Though I've never had a drink at 38 Main, I do frequent the Blue Star Cafe — which Suzanne also mentions — and hope others will do the same. I love walking to town for a mocha!

I'm posting about this because I live in Winooski and want only good things for my little onion town.

New Doonesbury Milblog

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2006 at 9:45 AM

I saw this in the Sunday Doonesbury strip, but I didn't realize it was for real. Turns out The Sandbox is an actual blog where soldiers and their families can share non-partisan stories about life in wartime. The bloggers appear to have their own sites, too, and you can follow links to them.

Here's an excerpt from a post by a guy who calls himself "American Soldier." He writes about seeing a fellow soldier back in the states in A Different Perspective:

Well, I kept bumping into this guyalong my travels and I swore I knew him from somewhere. I just couldn'tplace it. The Army can seem very small, but I didn't remember him fromany prior bases I was at. While on layover, I saw him and his family. Iapproached him and ask him about the aircraft he flew in over there. Atthat point I figured he might have been on the same plane I was on whenI was evacuated. I described the flag in the hull and a few otherthings. Sure as shit that was the same plane he was the crew chief of.He tended to me while I was laid up on a stretcher. I was in and outfor the duration of the flight but I remembered his face. What are thechances of that?

We parted ways and I was just happy that Ihad met him. I really didn't know how to respond. So I went to theterminal of my next flight. He was passing by and he came up to mepushing his baby. The words that came out of his mouth really stuckwith me. "In the 16 years of my career I've always wondered about theguys that we flew out. You have made my career come full circle bymeeting you." The man had tears in his eyes. He explained that healways wondered about the ones who were hurt. He knew the dispositionof the ones in boxes but the ones on stretchers like me, where did theygo and how did they make out?

The Sandbox is the latest addition to my bookmarks toolbar.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Tuesday Deadline Linkdump: The I Know What You Did Last Weekend Edition

Posted By on Tue, Oct 10, 2006 at 11:12 AM

Wow, last weekend was totally gorgeous. So much so that I didn't even look at my computer all weekend.

Ok, that's a lie. I did look at my computer, but only at night — Ann-Elise and I are watching the second season of Lost on DVD. We blew through 8 episodes last weekend — two months worth of TV! But only after we spent a lot of time outside picking apples at Shelburne Orchards and enjoying the weather. Honest.

What other Vermonters did last weekend:

Also watching Lost. Via As Seen in VT.
Also picked apples at Shelburne Orchards. Via Highgate.
Apple picking video montage Via Deadbeat Club.

My favorite character actor and playwright showed up for a gubernatorial debate in Brattleboro. I, too, met WS. London, 1996, the 3rd night of the run of his play, The Designated Mourner. I was drunk. I put my hand on his shoulder. I said, "I loved you in the Princess Bride." He looked at me, looked down at my hand, and hissed, "Thank you." I have never in my life been more embarrassed.

Applefest, photos, Rummy scarf, via Now Norma Knits.

Embarrassing proposal, and apples, via runswithscissors.

Frosty gardening wishes, via Vermont Gardener.

Harvest report, via Sugar Mountain Farm.

Friday, October 6, 2006

Blogger meetup postponed

Posted By on Fri, Oct 6, 2006 at 10:02 AM

For the past two years, I've hosted a Vermont blogger meetup in October. I was planning to have one this year in a couple weeks, but I haven't had time to put it together. My son Graham (8 months old next week, just started crawling!) has been sick for the past month. Parents of young children know what I'm talking about, right? Croup, cold, double pink-eye, still has the cold, gave us the cold, etc.

Anyhow, Bill Simmon and I have talked — Bill helped me organize the gathering last year, and was going to help this year — and we agreed to postpone the meetup until next spring. More details when we have them.

Thursday, October 5, 2006

Newspaper Survival Guide

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2006 at 9:33 AM

Here's what John Hughes at the Christian Science Montitor has to say about how newspapers can survive in the digital age: Be tech savvy and ethically sound.

The busy viewer deserves a trusted newspaper to give credibility to theinformation he or she finds on the Internet. I love The New Yorkercartoon of the dog typing away at the keyboard of a computer. He issaying to his doggy friend sitting beside him: "On the Internet, nobodyknows you're a dog."

Of course, you could make the argument that the busy viewer deserves a trusted source to give credibility. That doesn't have to be a newspaper.

Revolving Reporters

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2006 at 8:50 AM

Just came acros this great article from Shay Totten at the Vermont Guardian. Shay writes about reporters who leave the news biz to become pr flacks. He was spurred by Chris Graff's recent announcement that he'll be working for National Life.

Maybe people outside of the journalism world don't think about this much, but it's something that occupies my mind on a fairly regular basis. Like, when I'm exhausted, tired of writing on deadline, and wondering what the hell I would do if I weren't a reporter. It's true, jumping ship to work for a pr department no doubt pays better — much better — and unless you're in crisis or on the campaign trail, I'm sure the hours aren't as grueling. But I'm just not sure I could ever do it.

As a reporter, my responsibility is to readers, and to the idea of finding some kind of truth. As a spokesperson, you answer to the company, or the candidate, or the cause. It's a different way of looking at the world. But I won't deny that it has its attractions.

In his article, Shay has a partial list of Vermont reporters who have gone over to "the dark side." It's worth checking out, especially if you're interested in Vermont's media landscape.

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

ACME conference

Posted By on Wed, Oct 4, 2006 at 10:12 AM

Hey, I just found this email about this weekend's ACME Media Reform Conference in Burlington. Turns out you don't have to pay full price to go to some events. Here's a list of stuff that's open to the public:

Keynote Events - "Unreasonable Woman" author Diane Wilson on citizen activism, Bill McKibben on the "Age of Missing Information," and a screening of "The Ad and the Ego."
Admission - $25 at the door.
Friday night, October 6, beginning at 7:00 pm at the Wyndham Burlington's Adirondack Room.

"Beyond The Dean Scream" - An august panel of Dean campaign insiders and veteran multimedia citizen/activists explore lessons learned during the Howard Dean campaign for the presidency.
Admission - $15 at the door, including buffet lunch.
Saturday, October 7 lunch, 12:30 - 2:15, in Champlain College's new student life center gymnasium.

Film Screenings - Media Education Foundation (MEF) presents three brand-new films - Reel Bad Arabs, Big Bucks, Big Pharma, and Class Dismissed - at the Firehouse Gallery For The Visual Arts, 2nd floor on the west side of Church Street, one block up from City Hall.
Admission: FREE.
Saturday night, beginning at 7:00 pm in downtown Burlington.

"Censored in the USA - Election Integrity, 9/11 Truth, and Impeachment" panel presentation and community dialogue with "Project Censored executive director Peter Phillips, author of "Impeach the President" and statistician Steve Freeman, author of "Was the 2004 Election Stolen?"
Admission: FREE.
Also Saturday night, Champlain College's Alumni Auditorium - 8:00-11:00.

Amy Goodman on elections and U.S. democracy, and a screening of Robert Greenwald's brand-new film "Iraq for Sale." 
Admission - $25 at the door.
Sunday night, October 8, beginning at 6:30 pm at the Wyndham Burlington's Adirondack Room.

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Blogging at the polls

Posted By on Tue, Oct 3, 2006 at 10:03 AM

This is from the latest CCTV newsletter:

Blogging at the Polls

If you watch Network TV you know theelection is coming up soon. We figure you have more opinions than can fit on aballot card and we want you to be able to let us and everyone else know whatthey are! To this end Channel 17, VCAM and other area access stations andcommunity "bloggers" will be setting up blog stations at selectpolling locations around the city. You can sit down and type it out there or gohome and spout off in front of your own screen. Comments from these blogs willbe available on view for your neighbors to read and selections will be readduring Channel 17's election night coverage. If filling in a box isn't enoughfor you, join the pudits and tell us what you think. Info: morourke@cctv.org

I think they're actually still looking for people to help organize this. Let 'em know if you're interested.

And they're also involved with the ACME Media Reform Conference happening in Burlington this weekend. Lots of workshops, lots of speakers coming. And hey, it costs lots of money. Looks like fun, if you can afford it.

Monday, October 2, 2006

Rural library sponsors blogging class

Posted By on Mon, Oct 2, 2006 at 4:06 PM

Hey, check out this calendar listing we just received:

WOODBURY - If the term "blog" only sounds like the word "bog" and doesn't mean anything to you or if you've heard about blogging but don't understand it and want to learn more, come to the Woodbury Community Library on Thursday, October 12, at 7pm for a program entitled "Get Started Blogging."

Speaker Kate J. Chase of Woodbury is an online manager who has led communities on America Online (AOL) and The Microsoft Network (MSN) as well as the author of more than 30 books on the Internet, the Windows operating system, PC hardware and applications. For the past three years, she has also established several Web logs, called blogs, for short.

During the program, Chase will teach participants how to journal one's life, discuss politics or specific topics, and to teach others using a free web log (blog).

The program is free, open to the public and refreshments will be served. The Woodbury Community Library offers high speed internet access and patrons can establish their own email address at the library. For more information, call the Library at 472-5710.

Neat.

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