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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Net Neutrality event in Montpelier

If you, like me, could not be at the net neutrality rally today, feel free to check out the event's video stream on the Channel 17 website.

Here's a report from WCAX and preview coverage from the Vermont Guardian

August 31, 2006 at 04:14 PM in House Rules | Permalink | Comments (16)

Meghan's last day...

Meghan...as a localvore. Don't know how she made it a month without chocolate or coffee.  Reading her blog, sounds like she's been feasting pretty well, though.

August 31, 2006 at 11:02 AM in VT Blogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Weekly Post

This week it's Philip Baruth's recap of Green Mountain Daily's online Lt. Governor debate. Find Philip's Vermont Daily Briefing roundup here. My favorite part? The fart joke reference near the end.

You can also read the post on the Letters page of this week's Seven Days.

And while we're talking about VDB, I should point out this morning's post about the upcoming net neutrality action in Senator Jeffords' Montpelier office. It's tomorrow at noon. See VDB for more details. More info on the urgent issue of net neutrality here (via We Are the Web).

August 30, 2006 at 09:59 AM in The Weekly Post | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Online Journalism Awards

I just saw this list of finalists from the Online Journalism Association. It's worth checking out to see what kind of work is considered exceptional in this field.

I scrolled down to the Outstanding Use of Multiple Media (large) category, and wound up reading the BBC's coverage of the London bombings last July. The diary of Londoner Rachel North kept me reading all the way to the end. She was on one of the trains that was bombed. Amazing — isn't it? — that we can just press a button or whatever and read such an intimate, compelling account of a far away tragedy.

August 29, 2006 at 01:37 PM in Media/Keeping an eye on the competition | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday! Deadline Linkdump

For most people, the week begins, when, Sunday? Monday? For me, it more or less begins on Wednesday, so Tuesday is like my Sunday. Er, except I'm at work. But I work Sundays, too, most of the time...

Anywho, I usually have a little time Tuesday to read yer blogs. Hence the linkdump.

They're back: The Bad Colonies guys made it all the way to Ulan Bator and back, and you can read all about their adventures, via Bad Colonies Motoring Cooperative.

A short disquisition on what is real: Cartoonist Alison Bechdel explains the recent "speculative" episodes of her comic strip. Did Sydney really arrange an affair with Madeleine while Mo was listening? The short answer is no. Writes Bechdel,

"Being very fond of the first formulation of Kant’s categorical imperative–”Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it would become a universal law”—I like to take it out for a test drive occasionally.

Not often that you see a cartoonist citing categorial imperatives, via DTWOF.

The secret hold: Carpetbagger Steve Benin Benen explores the mysterious secret hold some Senator put on a bill that would have created a searchable database of government grants, contracts and types of financial assistance, worth $2.5 trillion last year. It's a crazy little trick that's holding up a bill with broad barpartisan support, via Carpetbagger Report. Go Steve! I want to search that database.

Weekly Hum, via Vermont Hum.

My last Pluto post, via Tom's Astronomy Blog.

• Sky Barsch of the Burlington Free Press writes a love note to Snarky Boy, via Gadabout.

"This isn't a racist comment...": Yeah right. You knew those Essex shootings would provoke some kind of outrage on the gay gun nut's blog — indeed, Jeff Soyer describes alleged shooter Chris Williams as "a mutant" and "a low-life thug." But the comments attached to his post say so much more... Via Alphecca.

• More on that mysterious Montpelier performance artist, via False 45th.

August 29, 2006 at 11:07 AM in VT Blogs | Permalink | Comments (19)

Monday, August 28, 2006

Online Debate is on

Green Mountain Daily's online Lt. Governor debate between John Tracy and Matt Dunne is happening right now. Find out how you, too, can join in here.

It got started a little late, and it looks like there's only about 38 people in the chatroom, and that includes the candidates.

Here's question number 2. Writes Odum,

"Matt, my property taxes are kicking my butt. Any thoughts?"

August 28, 2006 at 12:34 PM in VT Blogs | Permalink | Comments (14)

Saturday at the Fair

Dscf6534Ann-Elise and Graham and I went to the Champlain Valley Fair on Saturday. This is my explanation for why I haven't finished my blogroll changes yet.

And look! Ann-Elise won first place in the "other" houseplant category for her remarkable haemanthus albiflos (right), which is blooming for the first time in, like, 8 years. She won a bunch of other awards, too, for her cut flowers and her cacti.

I never knew you could win money by entering plants and flowers in the fair competitions, but it's true, you can. There's not even an entry fee. It's not that hard, either, because not that many people enter. There's another round of judging on Wednesday, so there's still time to cash in.

Not to diminish Ann-Elise's achievement. She actually won us back our entire price of admission and parking — a whopping $24 total. Unfortunately she didn't make enough to pay for our kielbasa dogs, onion rings and butter pecan ice cream. Maybe next year.

August 28, 2006 at 06:51 AM in House Rules | Permalink | Comments (2)

Friday, August 25, 2006

Monday's Online Lt. Guv Debate

The online debate between John Tracy and Matt Dunne is happening at noon on Monday. Some details, via Green Mountain Daily:

There will be only 9 questions. Approximately 5 will be issue-based... Another couple questions will be on leadership-slash-character topics. There will be a "philosophy of governance" question, and also a question that will invite each candidate to contrast themselves with the other. For this contrast question, each candidate will be given a 30 second rebuttal. In the case of the other questions, a 30 second rebuttal will only be triggered if a candidate characterizes their opponent in the course of their normally allotted 90 second answer. Candidates will be given a brief opportunity for opening and closing remarks.

These time limits are not hard and fast - that is, there wont be a buzzer if they're a little off. There will also be a parallel "live blogging thread" on GMD proper for folks who want to make comments.

Jack McCullough and Vermonter will be onsite with each of the candidates to verify they (or their appointed typist, if they don't type very quickly) are indeed answering the questions themselves and aren't doing any cutting-and-pasting from crib sheets.

Interesting. To find out how you can access this debate, follow the link above.

August 25, 2006 at 03:39 PM in VT Blogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Essex shooting on Free Press website

Is anybody else following the alleged shooting at Essex Elementary School that's apparently in process? The Burlington Free Press is updating their website every few minutes or so with new news. Looks like they're posting stuff directly from the police scanner. Sounds like they're also in contact with neighbors.

Nobody else has any details yet, so I am refreshing the page every few minutes.

A good way to get web traffic, but I wonder how reliable the info is. Not sure if they have anybody on the ground there.

UPDATE: WCAX is also reporting the shooting. The Free Press says there has been more than one.

UPDATE II: The WCAX page has mysteriously disappeared, and there's no link on the homepage. What happened?

UPDATE III: A report from CNN.

August 24, 2006 at 02:45 PM in Media/Keeping an eye on the competition | Permalink | Comments (11)

Economist says newspapers are getting it

I feel like I've seen other articles recently about how newspapers are finally picking up on online trends. This one from the Economist — More Media, Less News — is a good one. It summarizes some of the latest trends, and offers some rays of hope for our struggling industry, though not many.

Here's something I hadn't heard before:

Gannett, the world's biggest newspaper group, is trying to make its journalism more local. It has invested in “mojos”—mobile journalists with wireless laptops who permanently work out of the office encamped in community hubs.

One question: what the hell is a "community hub" if it's not an office? Is it, like, a shack in the woods somewhere? I mean, it's gotta at least have internet access, right? Am I a "mojo," since I often work from coffeeshops and libraries and places that have wi-fi access? I prefer the term backpack journalist.

August 24, 2006 at 02:15 PM in Media/Keeping an eye on the competition | Permalink | Comments (2)