Rants & Ramblings

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

jan
18
2007

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Atlas - Mapping for Online Publishers Atlas allows publishers — national chains, hyperlocal news sites and bloggers — to add interactive maps to their stories in seconds. (tags: tools gootlemaps maps webdesign onlinenews)

jan
17
2007

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Winner-Take-All: Google and the Third Age of Computing | Skrentablog It turns out that owning the starting point on the Internet is really, really valuable. (tags: google business internet search advertising seo via:holovaty) Appropriate Discoverability | Skrentablog 95% of SEO …

jan
16
2007

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24-Hour Newspaper People | New York Times David Carr writes, “Like a lot of modern newspaper people, I have a blog … Having a blog makes me approachable, reader-friendly and engaged. Perhaps too engaged.” (tags: blogs journalism nytimes onlinenews)

jan
13
2007

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Take a Blogger to Lunch (And Other Radical Ideas for Journos Struggling to Understand the Web) | Poynter Online (tags: journalism onlinenews blogs community washpost) Have something to say? I don’t care | Los Angeles Times Joel Stein writes, “Don’t …

jan
12
2007

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Seven rules for reading the paper | Salon.com Newspapers are portable, disposable and convey a certain savoir faire. Follow these easy steps, and you’ll be leaving your laptop behind. By Garrison Keillor (tags: newspapers culture humor howto) An Insider’s Look …

jan
11
2007

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Getting Into the Act | washingtonpost.com It’s a symbiotic relationship. [TV] scriptwriters get the expertise they need to make their dramas plausible … In return, federal medical experts and health-policy wonks hope to inject public health messages into some of …

jan
10
2007

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Gladwell’s Brain | washingtonian.com Malcolm Gladwell, the quirky author of Blink and Tipping Point, writes bestseller after bestseller. He got his start in Washington, and Washington hasn’t been the same since. (tags: malcolmgladwell writing journalism washingtondc washpost toread via:fishbowldc) Fresh …

jan
09
2007

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A Candidate’s Not-So-Candid Camera? | washingtonpost.com The 2008 campaign is “totally going to be on steroids this time in terms of what a candidate can do,” says Joe Trippi. “You’re going to see reality, and you’re going to see savvy …

jan
08
2007

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The Hot and the Not | washingtonpost.com Will those gleaming stainless appliances help sell your home? How about that spiral staircase? Hmmm. Maybe hardwood floors, installed throughout the house, would be a better bet for resale value. (tags: realestate home) …

jan
06
2007

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Why Whole Foods’ stock is tanking, and why it shouldn’t be. | Slate Magazine (tags: groceries food health business shopping) Washington Post aims for closer print, Web ties | Reuters.com The Washington Post Co. plans to have its veteran editors …

jan
05
2007

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Death to User-Generated Content | Powazek Derek Powazek writes: “Let’s all stop using the phrase ‘user-generated content’ … If we must have an umbrella term to describe the whole shebang, I have a suggestion. Try this on for size: Authentic …

jan
04
2007

links for 2007-01-04

Photographic Palettes | 24 ways A perfect palette looks easy when it’s done right, but it’s often maddeningly difficult and time-consuming to accomplish. (tags: color photography toread webdesign)

jan
02
2007

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Robots That Fill an Emotional Vacuum | washingtonpost.com These are the days when liberal-arts majors finally crossed the line, falling into an emotional relationship with a real robot. (tags: technology psychology hci roomba) Friends at Hand and in Your Face …

jan
01
2007

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New Job Title for Druggists: Diabetes Coach | New York Times For the past 10 years, the city of Asheville has given free diabetes medicines and supplies to municipal workers if they agree to monthly counseling from specially trained pharmacists. …

dec
31
2006

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For Saddam’s Page in History, A Final Link On YouTube | washingtonpost.com “The media’s efforts at gatekeeping are now almost entirely irrelevant. The public will find exactly as much of the death of Hussein as it wants, and people will …

dec
29
2006

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Taking a Design Risk On A1 To Protect Readers | Poynter Online The Seattle Times took a different approach to Wednesday morning’s front page: They devoted all the space above the fold to a public service message. (tags: newspapers design …

dec
28
2006

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The anatomy of a shopping mall | The Business Gazette Retailers hone strategies for prime locations to target shoppers (tags: shopping business psychology via:alsmorningmeeting) Barack Hussein Obama and the history of bad middle names in politics | Slate Magazine (tags: …

dec
26
2006

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Airports Take Aim At Holiday Shoppers With Canny Planning | washingtonpost.com The airport duty-free store, not the mega-mall, has become the international multitasker’s holiday shopping center. (tags: shopping travel airport) Unhappy feat: biologists baffled as millions of penguins vanish | …

dec
25
2006

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The Gift Right Out | The New Yorker The boom in gift cards is also a rational response to the most important economic fact about Christmas gift giving: most of us just aren’t that good at it. (tags: christmas holidays …

dec
22
2006

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Top ten animal geeks | Crave at CNET.co.uk Non-humans who have made outstanding contributions to science. (tags: animals science technology via:slashdot) Cartoon: Illustration of a Product Design Process (tags: cartoon business process collaboration webdev) Photoshop CS3 Beta One-on-One Preview | …