While all the news is focused on Boston, I’ve see the helicopter at Harborview twice this workday, saw an accident blocking the viaduct, and not a word on either in the local press.
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Really, you don’t say?
I only check my twitter feed about once a day, so sometimes I miss the beginnings of things. Like when a local jazz place started retweeting a bunch of #stoprush emails, it took some digging to find out they’d had an ad accidentally run during a Rush Limbaugh show. Without context, it seemed kind of odd.
Context is hard in 140 characters.
Scratch that, spelling and grammar are hard in 140 characters. Nuance and context are nigh impossible. Unless you are Emily Dickinson. Then you can do both. Most people on twitter are not Emily. Quite possibly 100%, if rumors of her death have not been exaggerated. Twain could probably twit a good tweet, too. But again, rumors of death are likely not exaggerated at this time, prior occasions not withstanding.
While I was busy playing with Lego, one pair of friends was having a grandchild, and a co-worker was having his child as well.
I’ve always had a non-sexual thing for Kristy McNichol (loved her in Empty Nest), and now I’m wondering if it wasn’t awareness of shared circumstances. Of course, of the two stars in The Pirate Movie, she’s not my first choice for coming out announcement hopes. Because when a star you have a crush on announces they are coming out, it’s obviously implied that they are looking to date a fan =p
When I went to try and visit the Seattlepi.com website earlier today, from a text-only browser, I was getting forced onto the mobile version of their site, even when clicking the link that claimed to lead to “full version”. In an unexpected turn of events, emailing their generic “Comments” contact link actually fixed the problem, with the guy who answered writing back, after fixing the problem, in less than an hour.
Compare and contrast with the effectiveness of writing directly to the news department, when the situation in Egypt was building, and they had no obvious major story about it. The editorial staff were unhelpfully arrogant and assumed that just because they had pushed the “publish it” button on their side, and it was visible with their internal browser, that it had also made it to the production site.
I have been very impressed with the live translations Katz at Yokosonews.com has been providing for several of the press conferences on NHK. Comcast in Seattle unblocked their channel for free right now, but the english sub-channel isn’t consistently on, so it’s been nice to have a backup, and an alternate take on the translation even when it is up.
It’d be funny listening to him talk with American radio dj’s prep people before and after they interview him for a talk radio appearance, if the subject wasn’t so serious.