Archive for July, 2011

Anagram of the Day

July 10, 2011

Today’s anagram is for Neil Gaiman, the Graveyard Book :

A night dirge above no malarkey

I was actually at the epicenter of nerd culture last month, where Neil, Adam Savage, Wil Wheaton, Josh Ritter and the Mystery Science Theater 3000 guys came together at Wits. The entire evening felt specially planned for geeks, and the podcast is out on MPR’s website. I met Neil Gaiman’s dogs, who are apparently rather famous themselves. And, of course this was the evening of Adam Savage’s karaoke version of Gollum singing I Will Survive:

One thing you miss in that video is Gaiman singing a song he wrote with a giant backing band.

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Phone hacking and the HuffPost’s list of journalism scandals.

July 9, 2011

This British phone-hacking business is nothing new. If you didn’t read Vanity Fair’s timely article on the subject just weeks before the latest scandal, you must check it out. It provides context to understand the gravity behind Prime Minister Cameron’s comment that authorities should follow the scandal “wherever it goes.” If the authorities do their job, it appears some in Scotland Yard could be in serious trouble as well.

The fact that James Murdoch shuttered News of the World, a 168-year-old paper, immediately should be even more reason to look into all other media sources. One of the biggest newspapers in the world, and one with such a history, should be worth fighting for. It was just one arm of a media empire that is interconnected and heavily managed from the top down. That arm was amputated quickly in a public display of bravado, and I think it had more to do with getting out of the airy scrutiny of the hospital gown and hiding a terminal illness in the entire industry. We’ll see how well that works out for him.

In the spirit, The Huffington Post lists “10 Jaw-Dropping Journalism Scandals

I’m back

July 9, 2011

Between becoming gainfully employed and doing social media for a nonprofit, I haven’t had time for my blog. That shall change.