Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

journalism/media

oct
24
2005

quick recovery

Fishbowl DC has a funny account from Jon Stewart’s appearance at George Washington University last weekend: One of the funnier moments came during the second show when a student asked Stewart for his thought’s on CNN’s “The Situation Room.” Stewart …

oct
22
2005

news lingo decoded

Lost Remote has a funny list decoding frequently-used terms heard on television news. The list explains what the terms used to mean, and what they mean now. Among my favorites: “We have new details…” OLD: We have found out additional …

oct
19
2005

journalist

Oh, but you’re not a journalist.” Someone said that offhandedly to me today, and while I’m sure no offense was meant, the comment still managed to get under my skin. I bit my tongue and ignored the remark at the …

oct
06
2005

best. cutline. ever.

You must check out this photo and caption, spotted in the Roanoke Times and reposted to Flickr. (Link found via Newly Purnell via DCBlogs.)

sep
29
2005

headline of the day

My candidate for headline of the day, spotted this afternoon on the front page of washingtonpost.com: Wamp Plans to Run for Whip The story itself is fairly mundane — it’s about a Republican congressman from Tennessee who’s running for majority …

sep
27
2005

adventures in multimedia

Doing research / inspiration-gathering for an upcoming project, I went looking for sites that do interesting things with design and video. Some of the highlights: Churchill and the Great Republic - An online exhibit for the Library of Congress. Yet …

sep
13
2005

national public podcast

NPR has podcasts! NPR has podcasts! I’ve been looking forward to this for a while, actually. I’ve been a regular NPR listener since 2000, listening to Morning Edition and All Things Considered on my morning and evening commutes. NPR still …

aug
30
2005

window of humor

Amid all the sobering news of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, there are a few glimmers of humor, such as this weatherman’s hissy fit on CNN. (Thanks to Nelson for the link.)

aug
29
2005

hurricane watching

It took a while to get going, but the major news outlets finally jumped on the hurricane apocalypse bandwagon around midday yesterday. Admittedly, even I hadn’t paid too much attention to Katrina and the potential devastation it might cause in …

aug
15
2005

happening now

This post about CNN personality Wolf Blitzer on the FishBowlDC blog cracks. me. up. One imagines what it must be like to be a dinner guest at Blitzer’s house: Every three minutes, a shout from the head of the table, …

aug
11
2005

anchorman

It’s been a few days now, but I’m still a bit kerflummoxed by the Sunday evening death of ABC News anchor Peter Jennings from lung cancer. Despite his scratchy voice when he announced his illness in April, despite the fact …

jul
14
2005

expressing myself

I’m quoted in the paper today! Unbeknownst to me, the morning commuter paper Express included a quote from this blog on page 29 of today’s edition (PDF). It came as a complete surprise to me when I got an e-mail …

jul
13
2005

new digs

Catching up on my TV, I watched Monday’s edition of The Daily Show last night. The show went on a brief hiatus last week in order to move to a new studio; Monday was the first taping on the new …

jul
12
2005

watergate revisited

It seems like there’s always more to say about the Watergate scandal. The recent unmasking of “Deep Throat” has offered an opportunity to take another look at the events of 1972-74 with an important part of the puzzle finally in …

jul
05
2005

podcasting

Last week, Apple released iTunes 4.9, offering built-in support for podcast subscriptions via the iTunes Music Store. It’s a huge step forward in simplifying the process of distributing and subscribing to the audio feeds, as it offers a central podcast …

jun
02
2005

frequently asked questions

When relatives and acquaintances find out where I work, there’s always a lot of questions. A lot of the same questions, actually. There’s the requisite “Do you know Woodward and Bernstein?” and “So who’s Deep Throat?” half-joking interrogations I get …

may
23
2005

blog city

The Washington Post Magazine is getting photobloggy, publishing photos from D.C.-area photobloggers. The Washington Post Magazine is launching a new feature showcasing the work of area photographers: “Blog City.” People living in the metropolitan Washington area who regularly post photos …

may
22
2005

all dolled up

Last night, I had the privilege of joining some of my coworkers at the annual White House News Photographers’ Association awards dinner. In the organization’s annual “Eyes of History” photo contest, a Post photographer was honored as photographer of the …

may
04
2005

the colbert report

Daily Show senior correspondent Stephen Colbert is getting his very own spin-off, reports today’s New York Times. (“‘Daily Show’ Personality Gets His Own Platform” - 05/04/05) It sounds like they’ve turned the Colbert Report fake program teaser — in which …

mar
27
2005

straight scoop

Random online discovery: The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has a section on their Web site specifically devoted to rebutting or clarifying Metro-related stories in the local media. Interestingly, the site even responds to Metro-related questions asked in washingtonpost.com …