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Another awkward internet juxtaposition

27 Nov

In Nicholson Baker’s review of Ken Auletta’s new book on Google, technology imitates text.

Well, sort of. Better yet, elucidates text. Arbitrarily.

Award juxtaposition

Read text on left, see right

In the Times article, Baker notes why, according to Auletta, media execs resent Google: their advertising programs, AdWords and AdSense, rake in an unwieldy proportion of consumer revenue. “Last year almost all of Google’s revenue came from the one truly annoying thing that the company is responsible for: tiny, cheesy, three-line text advertisements,” Baker writes. Meanwhile, to the right of his text, is a little bulletin titled, “Ads by Google.”
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Fireworks, stakeouts, St. Louis

6 Jul

Weekends have a peculiar quality. Even though I work Sundays, my week somehow resolutely starts on Monday. Hm.

The night of the 4th was nice. As we drove into the city, different fireworks shows cascaded around us—on land, sea, etc. Beautiful (and loud—I am so so so scared of loud noises). Failure of the evening: I left On Beauty somewhere. I was about 70 pages into it and this is a problem. I wasn’t loving it, more like enjoying it. And wanting more of it.

Today was also my first News stakeout. Thank goodness for the nice weather and lovely location. It doesn’t get much better than that. Afterwards, I went to a family barbeque in New Rochelle. I saw many relatives and lost several flesh battles to mosquitos. Time to pile on the calamine lotion.

(Conversation from the BBQ: There was also a family who was friends with my aunt. A seven-year-old boy went up to me and said, “you want to hear something funny? I was watching family guy and a student had a crush on his teacher!”
Me, playing along: Ha, that is funny.
Kid: You know what’s funnier? After he told her about his crush, she suggested that he kill her husband! *bursts out laughing*
Me: … That is NOT funny)

Also, check this out. Not only is it a great example of an interactive newspaper graphic, but it showcases a landmark I unfortunately missed last summer in St. Louis. Look at all that art. I wish I could go back!
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Woah

21 May

This is shocking and numbing. I’m not quite sure how to react. But I can say that I have relatives who live near those synagogues, and may be congregants there.

Four men were arrested Wednesday night in what the authorities said was a plot to bomb two synagogues in the Bronx and shoot down military planes at an Air National Guard base in Newburgh, N.Y.

I’m just thankful that no one got hurt. But to think of what could have happened … I wish the hatred that sparks these events did not exist. It’s an ugly, ugly thing.

PDF’ed at 2:12 a.m.!

28 Apr

Yes! THAT is when we put the paper to bed tonight, not 5, as we have done earlier this semester.

Today was … eventful. Aside from that chat with my favorite professor, which I have to elucidate later, certain news stories kept tripping us up and stalling my day. So I was late to return to my dorm, late to turn in a paper, late to get ready for an event I was hosting (featuring an excellent NYT reporter), and late for doping.

But all’s well that ends well, I suppose. The night ran smoothly, despite the event/sensitive news. I still have a bit of work to do before sleep, though.