Thirty years ago, it wasn’t hard to understand why readers began to flock to USA Today. It was in color. It featured graphics. The stories were short. There was this Al Neuharth-dictated emphasis on USA. Mainstream media made fun. Called it McPaper. Of course, McDonalds hasn’t done badly the past 30 years. But USA Today? […]
Archives for May, 2012
AARP has a nice video feature on Rolling Thunder, a nonprofit organization dating back to 1995. Members bring attention to soldiers who are prisoners of war or missing in action. Annually on Memorial Day weekend, Veterans and non-veterans gather together in Washington, D.C., to ride through the city to remember and to remind. All the […]
There are songs Rod MacDonald sings — “Every Living Thing,” “The Aliens Came In Business Suits,” and especially “American Jerusalem” — that resonate more in my memory, but this song, “Big Money,” from Rod’s latest CD, “Song of Freedom,” has a fun (and very political) YouTube video along with it. I go back a long […]
Nike knows how to do advertising, as you can see with its new Euro Cup epic commercial featuring the biggest names in soccer: Franck Ribéry, Wesley Sneijder, Neymar, Andres Iniesta, Mario Gotze, Gerard Pique, Mesut Ozil and Cristiano Ronaldo. And all in 3 minutes. The ad features a match between the Netherlands and France, but […]
You write, you press send, it shows up in someone’s inbox. Email. Simple, right/write? Pretty much, but here’s a little more about how email works if you’re interested.
What is journalism? These first graders know. Thanks to the PBS “NewsHour” and April Brown.
This is for my oldest son, Adam, a big James Bond fan (OK, so I am, too). We’re both looking forward to the new Daniel Craig Bond movie, “Skyfall,” this fall. This is the trailer.
I don’t look at the NPR website as often as I should. Here are just a few recent stories and info graphics that help make sense of our lives and world: 50 years of government spending What America buys What America sells to the world What America does for work All four come from NPR’s […]
Here’s how the world works in a nutshell: guess, compute, compare, experiment. This thanks to a lecture by Cornell physics professor Richard Feynman in 1964.
From Gizmodo, this is a science video about fluid dynamics phenomena called “Compressed Experiments,” created by Kim Pimmel and set to the “Katamari Damacy Theme.” I have no idea what it is, what it means, or what the music is all about. But I think I’m going to play it at the start of my […]
The John Tortorella press conference is fast becoming an art form in how not to deal with the press.
Talk about a scratchy guy, Martin Luther takes the cake. Luther became so disgruntled with the sale of indulgences by the Roman Catholic Church that he nailed his earth-shaking 95 Theses to the door of a German Church in 1517, ultimately resulting in the Protestant Reformation. If not for the advent of printing press in […]