Rants & Ramblings

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

nov
26
2006

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Holidays Get Surreal at Target | washingtonpost.com Designer Tord Boontje’s vision for Target meant forsaking the holiday season’s holly and ivy for New Age, fairy-tale imagery. In his meticulous dreamscapes, antlers become trailing blossoms that converge with looping, bird-filled tree …

nov
24
2006

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A ”Buffy” comic! Joss Whedon gives us a sneak peek | Entertainment Weekly’s EW.com After writing the first four issues (a premise-establishing pilot), he’ll oversee other scribes who will write the remaining issues (think: episodes) in what is planned to …

nov
23
2006

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Court says blogs can’t be sued for postings | USATODAY.com Bloggers and website owners cannot be sued for posting libelous or defamatory comments written by third parties, the California Supreme Court has ruled. The court said only the original authors …

nov
22
2006

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The Kid With All the News About the TV News | New York Times When people in the television news business want to find out what’s going on in their industry, they turn to a blog called TVNewser, run by …

nov
21
2006

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Jeffrey Zeldman Presents : IE7 Bugs and Fixes, Part I While IE7 seems to have fixed the peek-a-boo bug, the Holly Hack has, with decidedly sardonic irony, reintroduced the very problem it was created to circumvent. (tags: ie webdesign webdev …

nov
20
2006

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listpic: washington, DC A slightly more visual way to browse craigslist listings that have photos. (tags: craigslist mashup washingtondc shopping via:swissmiss) Emma: Email Marketing in Style. (tags: email marketing tools software business via:dcww) Colors on the Web - Color Theory …

nov
19
2006

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New Apple Commercials | Offering Booze to a Deity in Kowloon Apple’s Mac/PC commercials for Japan, starring Japanese actors (tags: japan advertising apple television) OLD BAY Recipes | McCormick (tags: recipe food oldbay) Buying Into Your House | washingtonpost.com An …

nov
18
2006

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The Star Maker of the Semipopular | New York Times ‘Morning Becomes Eclectic,” and KCRW as a whole, are renowned for purveying the contemporary music equivalent of art-house films or literary fiction, marked less by style than by a certain …

nov
17
2006

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Two bloggers begin the Pam vs. Karen debate | TV Squad Thursday’s going to be fun, isn’t it? That’s when we get to see the worlds of Stamford and Scranton collide on The Office, as Jim returns to his old …

nov
16
2006

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Olbermann taps a well of discontent as the anti-O’Reilly | San Francisco Chronicle Keith Olbermann concluded a broadcast of his MSNBC cable news show, “Countdown,” with an indignant rant in the rat-a-tat-tat cadence of his idol, Edward R. Murrow. And …

nov
15
2006

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JK Rowling Flash website - Case study - Web Access Centre The relaunch of JKRowling.com saw LightMaker push the boundaries of accessible Flash. This case study provides an overview of key issues tacked to make the site as accessible as …

nov
14
2006

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Va. State Police Swap ‘10-4’ For ‘Message Understood’ - washingtonpost.com Starting this month, Virginia State Police have banned the “10 codes” used by generations of officers to flag everything from murders to bathroom breaks. Gone is the language of “10-4” …

nov
13
2006

daily links

Regular visitors to this blog may have noticed that I’ve had almost-daily posts with lists of links and a scant number of actual posts from me. For the past few weeks, I was off in Elections Land and didn’t have …

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New Math On the Old Commission | washingtonpost.com Traditional agents who once had a lock on the business of selling and buying homes now face pressure from firms that offer deeply discounted but limited services. The rivalry threatens to shake …

nov
10
2006

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Most Popular Now | BBC NEWS A listing of most popular articles on the BBC News site, “on steroids” (tags: onlinenews journalism statistics flash bbc via:paulc) Flash graphics take part in US election coverage | Editors Weblog In the run-up …

nov
09
2006

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TV Checkup - WebMD gets the answers to TV’s medical mysteries We’re obsessed with television. As employees of America’s No. 1 health site, we often question the medicine behind our favorite shows. Do the docs on ER and Grey’s Anatomy …

nov
08
2006

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The Internet and Politics: No Revolution, Yet | Pew Research Center To understand how technology might reshape politics in the years ahead, consider what we’ve learned from the initial decade of online campaigning, and the degree to which both our …

nov
07
2006

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Newspapers to Test Plan to Sell Ads on Google | New York Times Many of the largest newspaper companies, including Gannett, the Tribune Company, The New York Times Company, the Washington Post Company and Hearst, have agreed to try the …

nov
06
2006

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In Online Mourning, Don’t Speak Ill of the Dead | New York Times Dissing the dead, as these screeners call it, has become a costly and complicated problem for Legacy.com and other Web sites where people gather to mourn online. …

nov
05
2006

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The Colbert Report reviewed. | Slate Magazine I present a few simple guidelines for [surviving an interview] with Stephen Colbert. Regular Slate readers will note some overlap between these rules and the recommended strategies for surviving The O’Reilly Factor. (tags: …

nov
04
2006

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Are weekend polling numbers really skewed? | Slate Magazine While it’s a common claim that weekend polls favor the Democrats, there isn’t much hard evidence to support that idea. (tags: polling politics) How Oprah and other infotainment programs encourage the …