Monthly Archives: January 2007

Downsizing drama at Backfence

Poynter’s Amy Gahran has a good roundup on the bloodletting (that is, the CEO leaving and the big staff cutbacks taking place) at the hyperlocal site Backfence. Gahran wonders whether an operation such as Placeblogger has a better shot at … Continue reading

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Holy cliché finder! Reporters quiver in their boots

If you’re a line editor, you’ll be happy as a pig in mud when you bookmark the wonderful Cliché Finder and use it with an iron fist. The Cliché Finder does its best to leave no stone unturned when it … Continue reading

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Big day for the Gators tomorrow

Ah, it feels like Christmas Eve. Tomorrow is the big national football championship game, where the righteous, mighty Florida Gators will take on the abominable minions of Ohio State. I’m here at the Swamp –Gainesville, that is– to break out … Continue reading

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Design inspiration: Chihuly glass art

Chihuly glass art Originally uploaded by DannySan. I visited Fairchild Botanical Tropical Garden in Miami, Florida over the holiday to see the glass installations by world-renown artist Dale Chihuly. The sculptures, as well as the plant life, were absolutely inspirational. … Continue reading

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Martin Luther strikes back at Joel Stein

Oh, the irony. Joel Stein, in his rant against hordes of opinionated Web users, cited Martin Luther and his theses in arguing that a piece should stand alone without commentary. And along comes economics/politics blogger Brad DeLong to give Stein … Continue reading

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Comics about the Iraq war

Slate has an interesting roundup about comic book creators who are addressing the war in Iraq. These comics are indicative of an increasing willingness among creators to tackle current events. Hopefully, modern-day wartime comic creators will address the subject better … Continue reading

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Making CSS redesigns practical

Web designer Mani Sheriar has written a brilliantly easy-to-understand piece on ThinkVitamin.com about making your Web pages flexible in their design. If you’re looking to understand the good practices of making your site stand up to the test of a … Continue reading

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Jimmy Wales on ‘crowdsourcing’

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales summed up the spirit of working together online in an e-mail to folks working on the new Wikia search project. In part of his message, he wrote: “One of the things that I believe in passionately … Continue reading

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Digital photography tutorials galore

I ran across this great list of digital photo how-tos as I was poking around the Lifehacker archives. Being that I’m a bit of a Photoshop gimmicks enthusiast, I’ll create a tutorial one of these days of my favorite Photoshop … Continue reading

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Joel Stein doesn’t care what you think

Writing for the L.A. Times, Joel Stein has unleashed a haymaker to those who worship blogs, social networking and message boards in his latest column, ‘Don’t E-mail Me.’ He writes: “I get that you have opinions you want to share. … Continue reading

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Box model got you down? Try the CSS cheat sheat!

Boy, do I wish I had this nifty CSS cheat sheet when I was burning the midnight oil trying to figure out what the heck an inline element is. Yet another wonderful nugget brought to you by Lifehacker. (And thanks … Continue reading

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Software for starving students

Being not far from my Ramen noodle-eating, credit card-maxing days, this neat software package really captured my heart. Software for Starving Students is a package of free applications designed to help you get through school without plunking down change for … Continue reading

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