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Friday, August 24, 2007

Crazy love story from Wired

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2007 at 12:48 PM

An incredible story of love and murder in the IM age, from Wired.

Thanks, Selene.

Newspapers' Online Flops and Failures

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2007 at 11:50 AM

Here's an interesting article from Editor and Publisher, for all you Vermont media types who tell me you read my blog.

Joe Strupp does an informative survey of pitfalls for newspapers to avoid online.

Lesson One? Blogs can backfire.

At The Roanoke (Va.) Times, editors noted thatreaders are not always that interested in what their fellow readers aresaying, at least not on a regular basis. Online Editor John Jackson setup 10 online columns by local residents in 2003, finding maybe threegot any real reaction. "They weren't writing about things that a wholelot of people were interested in," he says, citing a graphic artist whodescribed life in that job. "One guy wrote about stuff he saw on theside of the road, and he would hand-write it and we would scan it in."

This reminds me of the RH/TA Reader Roundtable experiment. And of our own Jazz Mafia blog. It's more difficult than you might think to train people to blog. And to figure out what's interesting. Hard to know what will work until you try it!

UPDATE: Here's a few thoughts on how CNN is getting online news right

Monday, August 20, 2007

More Odd News from Provincetown

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2007 at 3:01 PM

And following up on that drag queen post, here's a crazy story from Boston's Weekly Dig about a Provincetown public official who actually lied about being on Oprah. He falsely claimed that she had chosen his third novel for her book club.

How could anyone actually think they could get away with that?

Check out the faked Oprah transcript from his website. Unbelievable!

Vermont Drag Queen Wins Award for "Biggest Hair"

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2007 at 2:48 PM

No kidding. 

Lucy Belle LeMay of the Hot Damn Trailer Park in the fictitious town of Beaver Pond, Vermont, was at the Provincetown Carnival last week, where she competed for the title of Biggest Hair. She won in 2002, 2003, and 2004, but came back empty-handed the past two years.

This year, her luck changed.

From the official House of LeMay press release:

Lucy Belle was determined to go back to P'town 'one more time' to prove she could still be considered one of the most distinguished drag queens in Provincetown history. Last Wednesday night, at the annual bingo game, her dream came true. She was not only named Biggest Hair, but was sincerely considered to be named Best Drag Queen as well. Lucy Belle also made an appearance at the annual Friday Drag Brunch where she performed 'Red Neck Drag Queen.' 

The email, from "Amber LeMay," aka Bob Bolyard, adds, "Lucy Belle would liketo thank Ron and Don at the O'm Salon in Burlington for assisting withher hair presentation."

Whoever helped her definitely deserves some credit.

You can read Lucy Belle's P-town diary at the House of LeMay blog. And there's more info about the "ladies" LeMay in this story I wrote last year.

This photo was taken by Russell Dreher.

Miscellaneous Monday

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2007 at 10:27 AM

Sorry for the dearth of postings. I spent a big chunk of time Friday with my new buddy, drupal. We're overhauling our site, and I've been mucking around on the new one, trying to figure things out.

My mom is visiting, too. She's watching Graham today while our day-care provider takes a holiday.

My mom is so cool (that's her in the photo). She was a computer programmer in the 1970s, and helped write the code for the first ATM machines at the National Bank of Detroit. She spent her later years before she retired as a "new systems development" manager, working with people more than computers, as I understand it. But she still tries to keep current with the online world — she was one of my first friends on Facebook! Hi, Mom! Thanks for watching G today.

Here's an interesting item from yesterday's Sunday New York Times. A magazine intern wrote in to the Ethicist with this query:

A journalism major at college, I was delighted toland an internship at a national magazine. My editor asked me to postcomments on one of the magazine’s online blogs, being sure not tomention my working for the magazine but to write in a style thatsuggests I’m a reader. That felt dirty to me. Advice? — Nick McCarvel,Seattle

See how Randy Cohen replied...

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Funny Classified Ad

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2007 at 5:30 PM

I was browsing through the Seven Days classified ads for the NOW newsletter ad of the week, and I came across this one advertising a free fish that made me laugh out loud.

Free Live Fish!

 

Free 12 inch Oscar to a good home, or a bad home,whatever, as long as you have a home for it just take it home with you.Thats right!! A Fish! And it's free too! No money down. No credit? BadCredit? Come and get it! You can find it at The Outdoor Gear Exchangein sunny downtown Burlington. Bring a bucket or a bag, just don't planon sticking it in your pocket cause it bites. There is only one so actfast.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Obama in Vermont

Posted By on Tue, Aug 14, 2007 at 6:20 PM

Barack Obama made a hush-hush fundraising visit to Vermont last weekend.

Vermont Daily Briefing blogger Philip Baruth has a first-hand account.

Seven Days staffer Mike Ives was also there (though unlike Baruth he was unable to get inside and get a photo with the guy). Here's Mike's write-up a day early: Obama's Vermont Appearance Raises Hopes — and More Than $250,000.

Paula Routly urged me to get it up early, so it could make the rounds on the blogosphere. So if you read this tonight, thank Paula at paula@sevendaysvt.com.

You're Reading Content Right Now

Posted By on Tue, Aug 14, 2007 at 5:15 PM

Here's a story from Computer World about how people are spending more time online reading "content."

Internet users spend almost half their time online reading andwatching content, dwarfing the time spent searching for information,communicating with others and buying products, according to a four-yearanalysis of Internet activity released Monday.

The new study from the Online Publishers Association (OPA) found that the time Internet users spend viewing online content is up 37% from four years ago.

Good news for me, content provider that I am.

Monday, August 13, 2007

She's Right Returns

Posted By on Mon, Aug 13, 2007 at 12:39 PM

Conservative Charity Tensel just couldn't stay away from the political blogosphere. Yep, She's Still Right.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Memorial Dolls Slideshow

Posted By on Wed, Aug 8, 2007 at 10:29 AM

This week I produced an unusual audio slideshow about memorial dolls.   

It features Jennifer Stocks-Dearborn, a Jefforsonville sculptor who makes realistic clay babies for people whose infants have died. Her own daughter died of SIDS in 2000.

Leon Thompson wrote a story about her for this week's paper, but I thought we could do more with the images of the dolls. Stocks-Dearborn refers to them as "creepy, naked babies," and they are indeed creepy. And also beautiful. And sad.

I drove to Stocks-Dearborn's house on Monday and recorded an interview with her, which I edited and mixed with the song "Precious Time" from The Cush. Talking with her was a moving experience. I hope that's clear from the slideshow.

Don, our creative director, has created a new template for the slideshows, which makes them look more professional.

I think this project illustrates the value of this particular medium. Some people suggested that we shoot video of Stocks-Dearborn, but I think the still images, paired with the audio, are more poignant.

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