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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Food limerick contest

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2006 at 9:57 AM

Suzanne Podhaizer, our new food writer, asked me to announce this limerick contest on my blog, so here it is:

Are you clever about cuisine? Enjoy writing lyrics about the larder? Then you should contribute to our first-ever Culinary Limerick Contest! Email your creations to food@sevendaysvt.com. The cream of the crop will be printed on December 27th. Entries must be received by December 15.

Forgotten how limericks go? Here's a sample:

A restaurant that's called Penny Cluse
is famed for fresh-squeezed citrus juice
They make tofu scram
They'd never serve Spam
But the crowd at the door is profuse

The prize for Seven Days' staff fave? Breakfast for two at Penny Cluse.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Vermont You Tube of the Day

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2006 at 8:59 AM

Maybe I should change the title of this category, since the videos aren't all coming from YouTube...? I found this one on Google video:

"Cress Merx rides a saddle in the middle of the lobby of our hotel on the Vermont trip."

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Return of the Tuesday Deadline Linkdump

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2006 at 12:29 PM

This week's Vermont blogosphere round-up:

• Pictures from the Green Mountain Curling Club, like this one at right, from Dan York.

• A funny story about ass jeans and the OP.

• Found Drama works his way through NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

• Introducting Audio Dream Theater, Vermont-based liberal political satire by Philip Baruth, Alex Ball and Neil Jensen. Follow the link and scroll down to find the audio player. First episode is about Jim Douglas and Brian Dubie. It's a little long for my short attention span, but has some entertaining moments. Such as:

Dubie:  Hi, Dad!

Douglas:Brian, I’m not your father. I’m the Governor. You’re the LieutenantGovernor. Together we make up The League of Two ExtraordinaryRepublican Gentlemen. [Pause] What’s that you’re wearing?

Dubie: It’s a flight suit.  Gives voters confidence.

Douglas:  Not the flight suit.  What’s that?

Dubie: It’s a codpiece.  Gives voters additional confidence.

Douglas:Darn it, Brian. Take that thing off. [Sound of clanging metal in thedistance as Dubie throws codpiece away] No gentleman, Extraordinary orotherwise, calls attention to his little Speaker Pro Tem.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Good Sunday Stories

Posted By on Sun, Nov 19, 2006 at 12:58 PM

Here's two I managed to read this morning.

The Long Way Home comes from the Rutland Herald/Times Argus. It's a story about Vermonter Michelle Kennedy, author of Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (With Kids) in America. Here's Kevin O'Connor's hard-to-resist first sentence:

The story’s strange but true: A Vermont girl finds success as aCongressional page and college freshman, then gets married at 19, hasthree children by 25 — and suddenly finds herself single and homeless,raising her family in a car.

And from the New York Times Sunday Magazine — Gay Donor or Gay Dad?, an interesting exploration of how gay and lesbian couples create families together. I can relate, though our son's donor is a straight guy who has kids of his own now. I read the story in print this morning, jumping off the couch intermittently to keep 9-month-old Graham from eating the loose ceramic tiles in the bathroom.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Press Associations and citizen journalism

Posted By on Sat, Nov 18, 2006 at 10:45 AM

Amy Gahran of the Poynter Institute floats an interesting idea that I touched on earlier this week.

She cites a Colorado initiative in which the state press association recruited members of the public to request public records in an attempt to highlight how local government treats records requests differently depending on who's asking to see them — the public, or members of the press. This distinction, by the way, is illegal in CO.

"It'sa fascinating project," Gahran writes, "but what caught my attention was that thestate press association played a key role in coordinating the effortsof the papers and volunteers. Makes me think: Maybe this kind ofpro-amateur collaboration is something press associations should bemore involved with. It certainly would spice things up at the meetings!"

I had the same thought at the Vermont Press Assocation annual meeting and awards banquet last Sunday, though I was thinking more in terms of getting bloggers and/or citizen journalist-types into the group as members.

I'm not sure if the VPA would welcome internet-based members — I can't direct  you to their membership guidelines, because they don't have a website — but I'd like to see the press having that conversation. I think the folks behind iBrattleboro, for instance, would be good candidates for admission. Of course, they might not be eligible for the awards, since as of now everything is print-based. But that may change over time.

Shouldn't the state's press association take the lead in the discussion about how blogs and citizen journalists fit in the media landscape?

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Anybody see Ani?

Posted By on Thu, Nov 16, 2006 at 10:22 AM

I didn't go to see Ani DiFranco at the Flynn on Monday. I still love her music, but haven't been to see her in awhile. The ticket price is awfully steep for my little family.

But I enjoyed reading these three concert reports on the Burlington Free Press blog Gadabout, from Victoria Welch, Lauren Ober and Sky Barsch. Anybody else go and have good stories?

Hey, last week, Welch won the Vermont Press Association's Rookie Reporter of the Year Award. But wait, hasn't she been around for awhile? Well, yes. The awards were from 2005. Sky Barsch also picked up a prize for work she did in 2005 for the Times Argus. Congrats!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Out of Town

Posted By on Mon, Nov 13, 2006 at 4:16 PM

Ann-Elise's grandmother died on Saturday. She was elderly, and ill, so it wasn't unexpected, but she will be missed.

I'm taking off a couple days. Be back on Thursday. Don't wreck the place while I'm gone.

Bloggers at the VPA?

Posted By on Mon, Nov 13, 2006 at 3:21 PM

One last thing before I go — visit Casey Rea's Solidstateto view the list of awards 7D won on Sunday at the Vermont PressAssociation's annual meeting and awards luncheon. Still waiting for ablogger to try to join the VPA. Any takers?

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Deadbeat in Burlington Free Press

Posted By on Sun, Nov 12, 2006 at 9:37 AM

Opened my Sunday Free Press this morning to find this story about Vermont YouTube clips, featuring Deadbeat Eva Sollberger. Eva, her sister (Seven Days writer and sometimes editor Margot Harrison), and their mother had their pictures plastered on the cover of the Living section, and in a teaser spot on the front page itself. Good publicity for them. And well deserved.

Curiously, the online version of the Freeps article doesn't have a single link to any of the footage writer Matt Sutkoski mentioned. So... this link will take you to a page listing Deadbeat Club videos on YouTube. Below is their delightful one-year anniversary montage.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Open Thread

Posted By on Fri, Nov 10, 2006 at 2:10 PM

Sorry, I've just been too busy this week to do anything but find fun videos.

No linkdump this week. No real newsy posts. I'm just trying to make it to Saturday, when we go to the Hunter's Widow Sock Sale. At least, I think it starts Saturday...

Feel free to use this as an open thread to talk about whatever you like.

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