BBC reports that a ferry tragedy occured near the city of Kagoshima on the southern island of Kyushu when “the boat collided with a whale or another large sea animal.
Archive for April, 2006
Apr 09 2006
Just turned in answers for an email interview with Christian Hall of .Net (UK). Most were about the Blooker, but there were also a few about blogging in general. One question got me thinking (see below). What if every bit of Free Software carried the Universal Declaration of Human Rights within it? There are versions in over 300 languages so it could be truly viral in a good sense, discovered and read worldwide.
Apr 08 2006
Sally writes to remind us of our neighbor, Roger Hannay’s memorial concert tomorrow:
As Easter approaches, I am reminded that we are in High Season for Peeps.
Found at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4885100.stm
Apr 06 2006
Apr 06 2006
TJ alerts us all to The Southeast Electronic Music Festival taking place here in Chapel Hill this weekend April 7 and 8. The Fest is a multi-venue event with music at Avalon, NightLight, Fuse, Talulla’s, Local 506, and Penang.
Apr 06 2006
Looks like I’ll be a panelist at the Berkman Center‘s Beyond Broadcast confab May 12 – 13 at Harvard. Working on travel details. The Conference/Non-conference is subtitled Reinventing Public Media in Participatory Culture.
Apr 06 2006
Glyn Moody did a nice piece in the Linux Weekly News on Gutenberg 2.0: the birth of open content. Amongst the paragraphs are good bits about the early ibiblio participation in cooperative creation of open content and support of Gutenberg.
One of his most memorable hits was “Town Without Pity” a movie title song from 1961. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gene Pitney was found dead in the Hilton Hotel in Cardiff this morning.
MySpace is the second quickest growing site on the Internet over the past year (WashingtonPost.com reports), having grown 318% since last February to take the place as the 10th most visited site on the Net. Number one in growth, but lower in rank, is Blogger.
Apr 04 2006
WillR reports that he saw the BBC-TV Blooker story last night. It’s online now (or for now). They did a cute trick with video effects that makes it look like you are seeing the series of interviews in a QT player on a large Mac OS X box. You may be, in fact. Well, almost — you can only watch the BBC stream in WinMedia or Real. Julie Powell, our Blooker winner is there, I am there, Russell Davies of Bacon, Egg, Chips & Beans, the anonymous Iraqi blogger (not Saleem Pax) and a rather confused editor from a traditional publisher in LA.
Journalism School Dean Tom Bowers reminds us that this evening (or very early morning) at two minutes and three seconds after one a.m. the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06.
Tucker picked a gallon of violets and we converted them in to seven jars of violet jelly using the same procedures as last year, but we left off the wax and went for self-sealing jars this time.
BBC’s Outlook gave worldwide air to the Blooker Prize. Mark McCarthy writes from Khartoum where he is working with Humanitarian Information Center for Darfur – Sudan:
Over 120 stories on the Blooker are out now and I’m in a few of them. Odd to see myself in a Dutch paper and in Australia and in South Africa in slightly different takes on the Blooker.
Apr 03 2006
Ken alerts us that IPv6 late-comer, Virgin Radio, is claiming that they are the first commercial radio station to simulcast using the IPv6 protoco. Unlike, WXYC and WCPE both of which have been on IPv6 since November 2004, Virgin is off the air after their servers have gone down in flames (according to their website).
Apr 03 2006
Between returning from the University of Pennsylvania and heading up to Boone for the Odyssey of the Mind competition, I did a bit for Marketplace about the Blooker. Several of my collegues heard it, but not me. Stephen Fraser sent me the link to the story (my/Blooker part begins about 3:30 into the 8:24 segment. Lasts about 1 minute).
Not as bad as I feared.
UPDATE: Stephen sends this better link (if you only want to hear the Blooker segment).
Apr 03 2006
Diesel, death and dinosaurs
Overall winner and winner of non-fiction category
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen
[A great blook isn't a website shoveled onto paper. Julie and Julia successfully makes the transition and grows as it goes having learned from the blog readers. The deeply personal story here, the story of an obsession, leads us all to see what could be trival and indulgent as a personal and as it turns out communal art, an art of transformation and of conquest (of egg dishes and of selfdoubt). - pj]
[This blook too is about obcession and drive and community. The blook is printed and bound in the most environmentally friendly manner true to the last drop of ink to the higher goals for the writer. This attention to detail, to harmony inform the writing and the story telling while the self-reflective humor in the stories keep the blook from become preachy and sour. - pj]
[I am not a reader of the gothic, but this blook captivated me with its gusto, its invocation of a dark South both in mountains and in swamp. Priest can tell a tale and she can write a sentence that competes with the best out there. Stephen King should be very afraid. - pj]
Hackoff.com: An Historic Murder Mystery Set in the Internet Bubble and Rubble
Comic books winner
[I teach people about the same age as Joe. I thought this comic blook was a non-fiction documentary. The humor cuts to the bone. It's that true. That's why it hurts but you laugh. - pj]
Dinosaur Comics: Huge Eyes, Beaks, Intelligence, and Ambition
[A single set of illustrations manipulated into dozens of different stories by the words alone. The art, i mean the skill and imagination, dazzles me at every page turn. Everyone I hand this blook to is delighted and laughing. - pj]
Apr 02 2006
It’s Monday somewhere. Specifically in the UK. Stephen Fraser is a little upset that the word of the winners is out already, but hey Lulu didn’t plan an awards ceremony so Monday is midnight GMT if you are a leading UK paper. The Telegraph has their story here. The Independent has theirs here. And USA Today has their story here.
Who was the overall winner? The person who worked as nanny to the only two-time winner of the Booker Prize.
I’m waiting til Monday here in NC to announce any more than that.