Why canâ€™t I be bisexual on your site? “That was a database decision. We allow you to be straight or gay, but bisexuality requires searching the entire database, and thatâ€™s a big load on the servers.” (Intriguing angle on technology & identity.)
Another take on identity, from Al Gore: “I don’t like that phrase party elder,” Gore said. “I am not anxious to be playing that role. I just turned 60, which is the new 59. I am just a voter, and a recovering politician, and watching it carefully.
“Several popular bloggers have complained that itâ€™s time to ditch Twitter and move to a decentralized version of the service that wonâ€™t go down every time usage spikes. one aspect of Twitter – itâ€™s openness – could also be its Achilles heel.”
Anyone in the Louisville, KY area? My friend, environmental reporter Jim Bruggers of the Courier-Journal, needs readers’ help for a crowdsourced journalism project. Help him out!
Pretty good article on polyamory, although it does seem to imply that it’s all about sex, rather than relationships and emotional commitment. The comments are particularly good.
“Skribit is a user-generated content suggestion application for blogs. Effortlessly assemble what your readers really want to hear.”
On Saturday I attended an event held by the Northern CA chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. I was covering the keynote panel, “New Money, New Media, New Hope,” live via my amylive Twitter account. Fellow journo and Twitter user Saleem Khan submitted a couple of questions for me to ask the panel. However, the panel ended before I got a chance to pose them.
Fortunately afterward I caught up with one of the panelists, Geneva Overholser, who’s about to take the helm at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism. She was kind enough to offer some thoughtful answers to Khan. Here’s what she had to say.
(Note: My apologies for the different audio levels between the intro and the interview. I recorded on two different devices and edited in iMovie HD, which I don’t yet know very well, so it’s a little clunky. I’m still learning.)
Here’s more info about who was on this panel…
“Nielsen Online has unveiled a new syndicated Internet measurement tool, TotalWeb, that will track both Internet and mobile use. Stats on the unduplicated, unique audience for more than 200 Internet sites across computer and mobile platforms.”
1-person operation — govt. data resource — info and analysis. Recommended by Bill Allison of the Sunlight Foundation.
Wiki for NewsTools 2008 session notes
Apparently this group is having a conference in CO next week.
2001 in-depth study into newspaper culture, recommended by Michele McClellan
Just launched. Their beta Mac online backup disappointed me pretty badly before, but who knows, maybe they got better. I hope so.
“On Apr. 17, Nokia reported the number of phones it sold in North America in the first quarter plummeted 46%, to 2.6 million. Nokia’s biggest problem has been the unusual nature of the U.S. market.”
Mike Williams of KU just showed this to me, way cool!
Here’s why I’m going to get myself some “internet insurance.” I never want to deal with this situation again.
And BTW, Nokia (you’re still listening, right?) this NewsTools 2008 conference I’m out is a big reason why I bought my N95 last month — remember, the one that bricked after your firmware update and that you wouldn’t replace immediately for free? The one I don’t have with me right now? Grumble….
|I’m not exactly Blanche DuBois, but…|
I’m at the NewsTools2008 unconference at Yahoo HQ in Sunnyvale, CA — where 150 news/media people, academics, and technologists are gathered to figure out better tools to support journalism that matters. (Follow my live coverage on my amylive Twitter account.)
…And I have apparently come down with a cold. It hit me at the opening reception last night, and it’s continuing today. My friend Maurreen Skowran kindly gave me some Sudafed, so I’m functional — but just feeling slightly spacey. So anyone meeting me here, if I seem a little weirder than normal, that’s why.
Like many Mac users, I had a LOT of trouble getting onto the wifi here at Yahoo HQ — something that galled me. I’ve had this laptop on a lot of wifi networks. Why should I have problems with access at Yahoo HQ , of all places?
Anyway, my Poynter colleague Ellyn Angelotti showed me how to get online here. (Thanks, Ellyn!) Mac (Leopard) users who are guests at Yahoo, here’s how you do it:
- Click on the Airport icon to bring up the Airport menu.
- Select "join other network"
- Select "show networks"
- Selecting the network you’ve been told to usehere today, and enter the password you were given.
Don’t ask me why, but that makes it work for me and Ellyn. Spread the word.
Just before Ellyn solved my immediate access problem, Scott Karp of Publish2 solved my long-term problem. He talked me into finally buying a wireless modem card for my laptop as "internet insurance" — I might need it rarely, but when I need it I tend to really need it. I’m finally sold, dude. I realize why it’s worth the money. Thanks.
It all reinforces to me the value of having a posse. Right now, so many people in my personal and professional posse are available to me online, via Twitter, instant messaging, e-mail. It’s nice, at least for a few days, to have my posse so close at hand. It’s nice to see their real faces and hear their real voices. I never want to take my posse for granted. Thanks.