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Wednesday, July 19, 2006
The Miami Herald blog that replaced this one, Infomaniac, is no longer being posted to. Since I'm no longer working in any capacity for the Herald, all blog posts are now at my original news research blog, Behind the News. I also post photos of the Appalachian mountains at my Southern Highlands Cam blog.(1) comments
This blog hasn't been updated before now for over a year, aside from comment spam.
posted by liz at 10:41 AM
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
This is the old blog. The new blog is here. The archives of this blog, covering 10/04-7/05, will remain here.(18) comments
posted by liz at 9:49 AM
Monday, August 01, 2005
I've started posting to the new Infomaniac blog on Herald.com. If you need to change a link, the address is blogs.herald.com/infomaniac.(3) comments
This blog will stay where it is (the archives will not be moved to the new blog) and so far the blogroll is more complete here than on the new blog. So you may want to keep this link for reference purposes, although I won't be adding new posts.
Note, again, the even older blog is still on Herald.com along with its archive (July 2003-October 2004. It seems longer than that.)
Please come visit me on the new address. The new blog is done in Type Pad so it has more useful features, including easier commenting, Trackback, and an XML feed.
posted by liz at 10:54 AM
Friday, July 29, 2005
(I'm finding more and more as the day goes on. New links being added at bottom of this post.)(2) comments
As expected, there's discussion of this story in local blogs, giving a different perspective beyond the journalistic ones I pointed to yesterday evening. The Cuban bloggers, who have strong feelings about DeFede, have lots to say about The Herald, its coverage of this story, and the journalists who are signing the petition of support for DeFede:
From The 26th Parallel:
...What's really disappointing to me is the relatively large number of people who've signed the letter, including several current Herald reporters whose work I've been reading for quite a few years now."
'Conductor' at Cuban-American Pundits has a different take:
George Moneo at Babalu Blog reacts to those commentators that suggest opposition to DeFede from the Cuban community may have fueled the firing:
As far as the other blogs, CriticalMiami, is well, very critical of The Herald's role in this whole story. Read it yourself, I'm not quoting it.
The conservative Peer Review links to the on-line petition, and signs it.
The comments on the online petition are also pretty heated, and interesting. Among the commenters: Babalu Blog's Val Prieto.
For more reaction, stories in The Washington Post and the New York Times (registration required).
And, in blogs outside of Florida, as this story resonates, it looks like it's going to attract the attention that other big media ethics stories got: interesting discussions in C aptain's Quarters, Reidblog, Mark in Mexico, for example. a Technorati search finds much, much more.
posted by liz at 2:03 PM
Thursday, July 28, 2005
The Arthur Teele story has been raising a lot of questions in journalism circles; there are several postings and letters on the Romenesko site, for example. Now some journalists have set up an online petition in support of Jim DeFede.(4) comments
And, some readers are upset about this story, too. Note this comment was added to the last post:
In all the discussions about whether what DeFede did was legal or not, there is disagreement. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has a guide, called Can We Tape? which lays out the law on taping in each state. But there seems to be a dispute even over whether the RCFP's account is accurate. This seems to be a case where expressing one's personal opinion isn't going to add much.
posted by liz at 7:18 PM
Someone posted to Metafilter today that it's the 60th anniversary of the day a plane hit the Empire State Building. It was an Army Air Corps plane, trying to land at Newark airport. The pilot, flying in bad conditions, saw the East River below, and thought it was the Hudson. This was a terrible tragedy, but now mostly forgotten. Many people don't even know it happened. According to this historical report,(8) comments
14 people, including the plane's crew, were killed.
Speaking of forgotten tragedies, did you know that in early 1953, a runaway train loaded with passengers arriving in Washington, DC for Dwight Eisenhower's inauguration, crashed through a wall and into the concourse of DC's Union Station? 87 people were injured.
posted by liz at 12:53 PM
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Last night we were sitting outside and looking at the stars, and wondering: would the Space Shuttle pass in view any time during its voyage? Of course, there's help from NASA:(1) comments
Realtime Tracking draws a map of the earth and shows you exactly where the shuttle and the International Space Station are in relation. Right now the shuttle is over the Indian Ocean and the ISS over New Zealand. I had no idea how fast they move; a few minutes ago the shuttle was over South America and the ISS over the Indian Ocean. Looks like the shuttle has made one pass over North America since.
Unfortunately the shuttle won't be over the east coast during dark hours until this weekend, and it will require getting up really early in the morning, and hoping it's not cloudy.
Want to keep up on other things going around the earth? NASA's J-Track tracks satellites, Hubble and Mir.
(Thanks to Gary Price for the hints.)
posted by liz at 11:12 AM
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Lots of posts everywhere about this, but a new blog scanning site from C/Net, Blogma, seems to have the best summary. When Microsoft released their beta version of MSN Virtual Earth just a few weeks after Google launched Google Earth, bloggers were bound to try to compare them.(0) comments
Funny thing. They looked up the Apple headquarters in Cupertino, CA, and found that it showed a bare piece of land there. Google Earth clearly shows lots of buildings. Did Microsoft try to eliminate any trace of their competitor? Not likely. It turns out they're using satellite images from 1991. Not what their copyright notice says. Either way, MS is the butt of blogosphere jokes right now....
posted by liz at 3:15 PM
Finally, the blogging bug seems to be hitting Florida. You may have noticed I added a couple more blog links to the Florida list on right side: here's another, and it's local. Critical Miami has been around since April, and posts on South Florida news and living. (Check out their recipe for Miami Hummus, for example. Now I know I've had this before...)(4) comments
I also found a link here to another site: Coconut Grove Grapevine. Wonderful photos of the Grove, with news and links. The first posting was in early May, according to the archive. What better place than the Grove for a photoblog?
I'll be adding these to the blogroll too.
(Added later:) Speaking of statewide blog lists, there are a few organized ones. Check out Rocky Top Brigade for Tennessee bloggers, for example, or NC Blogs or North State Blogs for North Carolina blogs. Sheila Lennon at the Providence Journal is putting together a list of Rhode Island bloggers.
posted by liz at 2:08 PM
Here's an astonishing story, from The London Review of Books, Where has all the money gone? (a shorter version is in The Guardian: So, Mr Bremer, where did all the money go? ) The story actually ran a couple weeks ago; the link from Digby , says "I urge you to read the whole story. It was published earlier this month and fell down the memory hole. It's simply unbelievable."(6) comments
I've seen some references to this but never this detail. It's stunning. From the Guardian's version:
...Both Saddam and the US profited handsomely during his reign. He controlled Iraq's wealth while most of Iraq's oil went to Californian refineries to provide cheap petrol for American voters. US corporations, like those who enjoyed Saddam's favour, grew rich. Today, the system is much the same: the oil goes to California, and the new Iraqi government spends the national wealth with impunity."
Meanwhile, Knight Ridder correspondents report that things are worse than ever in Baghdad: people are finding worms in their drinking water.
posted by liz at 1:48 PM
Artist, marketer and blogger Hugh Macleod of Gaping Void (check out his cartoon cards if you haven't seen them yet) has come up with a genius idea for bloggers who have a need they'd like to get spread around. Have you written a restaurant or movie review? Have a freelance business, need a job, want to find a date? If you've posted it on your blog, Hugh's created the HughPage Wiki where you can post links to your announcement or information. He calls it "an open-source 'Craigslist' for bloggers".(1) comments
(Via Doc Searls.)
posted by liz at 12:18 PM
There was a blog on Herald.com that lasted over two years before this blog switched over to a Blogspot address (see below for coming changes). The links to the old blog somehow disappeared along the way, but yesterday I was Googling something and ran across a link to one of my blog pages from 2003. Lo and behold, there were all the links to the entire two-year run of the blog! I haven't checked every link to see if they all work, but for a look at what this blog used to look like, it's here.(0) comments
posted by liz at 12:12 PM
Londonist discusses the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes and has some interesting things to say about what this will mean for people in London, and the rest of us:(13) comments
A commenter says one enterprising Web entrepreneur is already selling T-shirts that say "Don't shoot! I am not a terrorist!"
A neighbor of Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame, who is also their attorney, tells what the family is really like and how the leak to the Novak column devastated them:
Left I on the media wondered why only one newspaper mentioned one thing that Lance Armstrong said after winning the Tour de France:
I hadn't seen this site before but they do seem to link to news I haven't seen anywhere else.....
(The following story is about Jane Fonda's new antiwar protest: "In a related story, right-wingers across the land died of an overdose of ectasy.")
posted by liz at 11:51 AM