Say it ain’t so… The killer election site FiveThirtyEight.com runs on the megacrap program Blogger? Major D’oh! moment.
UPDATE NOV. 5: The Boulder police had other options. They could have cited streakers for disorderly conduct instead of indecent exposure. Also, the Daily Camera interviewed me on this controversy…
Yesterday, after much prodding from local bloggers (including me) and commenters on its site, the Boulder Daily Camera finally reported that the streakers who got busted by Boulder police at the 10th annual Halloween Naked Pumpkin Run will, if convicted, have to register as sex offenders. Today, the paper also published the names and ages of the 12 streakers who were cited for indecent exposure. All of these people are over 18, and thus under current CO law must register as sex offenders if convicted.
No acknowledgement of the community/independent media role in pressing this issue was offered by the Camera.
I just called the Boulder Municipal Court (303-441-1842), which informed me that Boulder County Courts (303-441-3750) are handling these cases. The county court rep I spoke was surprised, since normally misdemeanor citations handed out within Boulder City Limits get processed through the municipal court system. However, he did say that if indeed the county will be handling those cases, they should have more information on Friday. So I’ll call back then and will post an update. I’ll also check back with the municipal court, just in case they gave me incorrect information.
I’m contacting the local courts because I want to learn the dates and locations of arraignment hearings for the busted streakers. As far as I know, the public (including media) can observe these hearings. It’d be here that we’d learn whether these cases are being plea bargained down, whether there are motions for dismissal, and in general the attitudes of the judges, cops, attorneys, and defendants.
Right now I’m producing an excellent post Barbara Iverson just wrote for Poynter’s E-Media Tidbits on Twitter Vote Report. Here’s an example Google Map she mentioned that shows data from this project:
This map shows Georgia, filtering for long waits and “bad” reports.
Great review of one of my favorite podcasts — and podcasters!
|Scene of Boulder’s 2008 Naked Pumpkin Run busts, plus two nearby real (violent) crimes earlier that same day.|
UPDATE NOV 4. The names of the 12 busted streakers have been published, so I’m following up on this case via local courts…
On Halloween, as I wrote earlier, I went down to Boulder, CO’s Pearl St. pedestrian mall to check out the costumes — which are always spectacular — and to see the annual Naked Pumpkin Run. (Note: that link above goes to my blog post which includes a video containing nudity.) This loosely organized event has a lot of local fans.
The Naked Pumpkin Run is nothing more than that — sometime around 9-10 pm on Halloween, a bunch of people get naked, put jack-o-lanterns on their heads, and run en masse down the Pearl St. Mall. It’s not sexual, violent, dangerous, or threatening. It’s just silly. It’s unique. It’s fun. It’s exuberant. It’s positive and life-affirming.
And: It’s illegal.
Unlike in previous years, the Boulder police were out in force for this event, where they ticketed several runners for indecent exposure. Consequently, several fun-loving local folks may end up suffering life-altering public stigma as registered sex offenders.
The Colorado Daily posted this video of the event, including some footage of the busts:
Need some irony? All this happened less than 24 hours after two remarkably violent assaults, which occurred just a half-mile from the scene of the Naked Pumpkin Run busts.
Here are the details, as best as I’ve been able to gather them so far… Continue reading
This happened back in Jan 2008, but it's still worth noting for context: "Automattic, the commercial arm of the popular WordPress publishing platform for blogs, has received $29.5 million in financing from four companies, including a small portion from The New York Times Company."
"By meeting people in such a casual, open atmosphere where people speak freely about everyday things, complain unanimously and argue openly, Twitter becomes a platform that promotes hyper-speed relationship development simply because people are sharing information that they normally wouldn't disclose right away."
Oooooh, nice formatting on his daily links via Delicious.com. I'll have to see if I can make mine look more like this…
Rich Gordon: "Meeting with my students, [Gazette Communications' Chuck] Peters fleshed out this concept by describing a Twitter "tweet" (140 characters) as perhaps the most elemental unit of content. Imagine that you're covering a live event with a series of 140-character updates, each potentially supplemented with a photo, video or audio file. With these assets stored in the right production system, people running any of the company's media products could assemble the appropriate package for its audience.
"It may seem a little futuristic, but Peters' company is investing to try to make it happen. It has created a subsidiary called e-Me Ventures, based in Chicago, to license and/or build the technology platform that would store and tie together all of the content collected by journalists or submitted by people in the community. Peters has been speaking with industry groups and seeking other media companies interested in investing in e-Me Ventures."
My neighbor here in Boulder & her six-year-old daughter saw this amazing phenomenon a couple of days ago. Wish I'd seen it!