Media

Debate between Lessig and Conyers

Larry Lessig and Michael Eisen call out a bill in congress that’d restrict publishing of government scientific research to subscription-only journals. Representative John Conyers is a sponsor of that bill. “The law would forbid entities like the NIH from requiring that recipients of government grants make the product of their research openly accessible. (The current […]

Presentations, Powerpoint, &cetera: Link roundup

At this week’s Toastmaster Club meeting, which included two slide show presentations (one of which was my infant foray into Keynote) I was reminded again of the need for simplicity as expressed by Tufte, et. al., when it comes to powerpoint/keynote and other slide show presentation apps. The damn software application launches and its default […]

How to condense “blog wisdom” from 9 years into 1 hour

(UPDATED) I’m going to be a guest speaker at a class at CSUF tonight, taught by Steve Scauzillo, who works at Pasadena Star News by day, and teaches an editorial opinion writing class by night. This is my thinking-out-loud post where I gather my thoughts. Post will continue to change as I update things. If […]

The talking television box: KPCC’s Offramp and Yaroslavsky

I went to visit my folks last night and this morning. Dad had the TV going, and –strangest thing — he had it dialed in to the feed of the LA County Supervisors meeting. Strange, especially as my folks live in Orange County. I was just about to switch it off (or mute it) when […]

The man speaks truth

What I’m most looking forward to after the election I will finally get my brain back. It’s been extremely difficult for me to focus on anything but the election since about midway through September, which has not been a good thing; I admit I’ve been one of those people who has been refreshing FiveThirtyEight.com like […]

Newseum

Front pages of newspapers from across the country at the Newseum. There’s an international collection of front pages, too, but I can’t tell if they have a permanent link for the day-after-US election day.

Must listen show: This American Life tackles the economic meltdown

From the great NPR–TAL collaboration that brought you The Global Pool of Money, comes a much-needed update show about What The Hell Just Happened. Or, as they title it, Another Frightening Show About the Economy. Tho I’ve been reading here and there about breaking the buck and Credit Swap Derivatives, I found myself getting it […]

Keith Olbermann has a special comment about… Subway?

OMG, Teh funny, it hurts! Direct YouTube link [hat tip Ezra Klein, who’s got all kinds of bailout bloggy goodness right now]

Who’s doing “news”? Who’s doing “comedy”?

Each time I’ve seen Jon Stewart in an interview confronted with the statement that what he’s doing is journalism, he always counters that he’s doing comedy. Michael Ventre at MSNBC re-introduces the Jon Stewart does journalism statement with this, about the traditional news media: As Stewart has transformed into someone who can deliver the news […]

Distillation

A question that distills so much…. Do you think if Barack Obama had left his seriously ill wife after having had multiple affairs, had been a member of the “Keating Five,” had had a relationship with a much younger lobbyist that his staff felt the need to try and block, had intervened on behalf of […]