links for 2010-06-22

  • The Coen Brothers Masterpiece, as writ by William Shakespeare. An adaptation of an adaptation of a parody of a farce. White Russians served at 7p. The Dude Abideth at 8p. Advance tickets encouraged!
  • "CNN announced on Monday that it will no longer use content from the Associated Press, ending a partnership that had been in place for decades. Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide, said in a memo to employees that the decision to discontinue the network's use of the wire service was part of an ongoing strategy to "more fully leverage CNN's global newsgathering investments."

    "We will no longer use AP materials or services," Walton wrote. "The content we offer will be distinctive, compelling and, I am proud to say, our own."

  • "I've been using iCal for quite a while, but finally need to share my calendar with some others on my team but I don't have a ".mac" account, so… so I think I'm going to switch to Google Calendar and live in the Web 2.0 world. My question: how do I export my iCal calendar events and import them all into Google Calendar?

    "Dave's Answer: This process is pretty darn easy, actually, as Google has paid a lot of attention to letting people transfer their existing calendars into the Google Calendar system. Similarly, Apple has made it pretty easy to convert iCal calendars into a different system too, perhaps unusually so for a company that likes to import your data into proprietary data formats. Let's get started!"

  • Audio podcast

    "Vice President Joe Biden is in Midland, Michigan today. He’s there for the groundbreaking of a new plant that will make advanced batteries for electric and hybrid cars. Michigan’s governor, Jennifer Granholm, says she wants Michigan to be the battery capital of the nation and guide a revival of the state’s economy and the automotive industry. It’s a nice idea, Michigan getting back on its feet finding a growth industry, but what needs to happen for it to work?"

  • "For a variety of reasons, cultural as well as economic, the digital revolution has yet to wreak the same havoc on the news media here that it has in the United States and most other advanced countries. Personal blogs thrive in Japan, as do shopping sites and chat rooms appealing to groups from pet lovers to angry nationalists. But sites dedicated to news have found only a small foothold, and most of those are run by major news organizations, which often treat them as sideshows.

    "Most glaringly, there have been few of the alternative news blogs and news sites that have appeared in other countries, like The Huffington Post. Citizen journalism sites have earned the most attention here, largely for taking the lead in challenging media taboos and criticizing Japan’s press clubs. But they are far from prosperous. A well-financed startup from South Korea, OhmyNews Japan, shut down two years ago and Tsukasa Net closed last November."

  • Great, imspirational audio podcast. I especially like her idea of mashing up a museum with a pub!

    "According to Nina Simon, museums should be centers of social interaction and creativity. Too often, they force us to be merely a passive observer, able only to admire and witness. The ideal museum engages the audience, uses their comments, and allows them to create works of their own. Nina Simon's goal is to make every institution reach this utopian state.

    "The first step is to change the structure of our museums: Exhibits should be designed for interaction. People should be told to participate, and should feel good doing it. Comments should be promoted, shared, and implemented. And unity and involvement should be paramount; no more wandering by yourself, but real connection with others. Museums belong to the public. Shouldn't they be all they can be? Nina Simon thinks so, and she has the formula to make it happen."

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