Saturday, November 15, 2008

the Fairness Doctrine

The Center For Individual Freedom -- There are rumblings about the Fairness Doctrine, and you can read NewsMax' rendition of the issues at the link. NewsMax is usually shrill, but I wonder if there's anything to this?

The URL is dead, and the blast email carries a price tag. This alone reduces credibility, for me. Where is there an intelligent discussion of this Fairness Doctrine?

Friday, November 14, 2008

blogging as an economic cornerstone

Six Apart - Blog - Changes at Six Apart: The people from whom we purchase TypePad for some of our other blogs are making some changes in staffing levels. One thing that stood out for me was the following quote, leading into a larger discussion of SixApart's providing an economic cornerstone for enterprise:

"We've been reminded lately that blogging was born out of the last recession in 2001 - 2002, and that during tough economic times creative voices look to powerful, cost-effective ways to connect and communicate with the world around them."

Thursday, November 13, 2008

help save me from the Nellies

One of my business relationships uses Yahoo groups for a collaboration/connectivity space, and here is one of the unwelcome and unintended consequences, random notes from the Nellies of the world. Help me help Nellie, whatever way you see fit. Thanks.

-----Original Message-----
From: Yahoo! []
Thursday, November 13, 2008 8:03 AM
NellieD sent you a message

This is NellieD's message:

hot damn Tim u look fine! i luved ur profile, i will visit Cleveland, Ohio this weekend, wanna go out? i got some pics at:, i even got videos, hit me up and get my number from , for real hit me up on on screen name tightp! p.s. im online for couple more hours! :) xwsjzygf

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable -- The book The Black Swan has come up in many discussions lately. Here's a review by Mike Ryan.

to profess the law

I was having a discussion with my older daughter about friends in the legal profession, and it reminded me that I had just run across this old DOONESBURY clipping on the hard drive--I think I used it for a talk years ago.

This is one of my favorites, and I wanted to share it. Somehow, it just tickled me years ago, and still does. I bombed the LSAT in 1968 after a full sleepless night of revelry. I couldn't get serious about it then, and can't now.

It's interesting to me how the learned professions have come under fire these past few generations. Whether they ceded their status or had it taken from them would make for an interesting discussion. Could it merely be a function of supply exceeding demand, of too many people thinking they should be something they're really not suited to be, or don't actually want to be?

How many are attracted to the bar for the same reasons they are motivated to take karate classes, like self-defense and the concomitant powers to intimidate and inflict?

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CoveritLive has a record day on November 4, launches Twitter integration...and turns one year old

[Tim Ferris] We just got this from our friends at


Keith McSpurren here. President of CoveritLive. Three short pieces of information for you about our software.

Record Day for CoveritLive
When we had the idea for CoveritLive back in early 2007, I circled November 4, 2008 on my calendar. By election day in the United States, I figured if we had built something of use to people, we would know it by then. We also knew that it would be the biggest test of our ability to provide a scalable, reliable solution for our users. Thanks to thousands of our users CoveritLive was used in 30 countries around the world that day to serve up close to 3,000,000 pageviews between November 4-5 (the 'Replay' readership the day after the election made it the second biggest day in our history). Special thanks to our many users at Gannett, Tribune, Huffington Post, The Times in London and Le Soir in Belgium.

Twitter Integration
Our friends at Mashable wrote about this idea a few months ago and I've felt guilty about not delivering on it until now. A number of you are avid Twitter users so I know you'll be excited when I tell you it is now possible to integrate up to 12 Twitter feeds into your CoveritLive event. Just type in the Twitter accounts you want to autopublish and every minute, CoveritLive will go get any new Tweets and publish them directly into your Viewer Window with a little 't' logo so your readers know it was a Tweet. As for more integration? We think this was the most important one, so we'll wait a little to see how it works out.

CoveritLive Turns One
It's always awkward when you have to tell people it's your birthday. But ours is November 15. We're growing, but we've got a long way to go. Given how far we've come in the first twelve months, I'm looking forward to seeing what CoveritLive looks like at the end of 2009.

As always, we welcome feedback and suggestions. Please email us at

Keith McSpurren
President, CoveritLive

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Sunday, November 09, 2008

a surprising collection of Maxfield Parrish illustrations

Golden Age Comic Book Stories -- Somehow, this "Golden Age" illustrator, Maxfield Parrish, turned up in my Google Alerts this morning. He's always been one of my favorites; we have Parrish calendars, Parrish books, and a nicely preserved, larger "Daybreak" (1922) on the wall in the front room, situated away from the light. The latter comes from the dining room of my Uncle Jack and Aunt Francie's (Tante's) place over in Cleveland Heights, where it hung until the early '80s.

At the link is a collection that is largely new to me, of Parrish and a few of his contemporaries. Enjoy.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Join us today for Midtown Brews with Meet The Bloggers...

  • Branding Stories: Art, Advocacy and Global Networks
  • Date: Thurs Nov 6, 2008
  • Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Live Video Broadcast and Chat Conversation 6:00PM - 7:00PM (EST)
  • Location: Insivia, 1900 Superior Avenue, Suite 105, Cleveland, Ohio 44114
  • Ph: 216.373.1080 Map
  • Register:
  • Join our online web space Midtown Brews
  • Donation: $5.00 (or whatever you think is proper, or whatever is possible) and your favorite beverage
  • The visual arts are a powerful tool of communication.
  • Join us to learn more about art and advocacy with Pat Fallon, Painter and Printmaker, Professor and Chair, Art Department, and students from Ursuline College. Learn best practices to tell your story.
  • Participate in a round table discussion. Understand how branding sociopolitical stories strengthen transparency, engage humanity and accelerate prosperity in communities and nations.
  • Moderator: Gloria Ferris, Meet The Bloggers,
  • And You...Everyone is welcome. Share your experience.
  • Listen to this conversation with Pat and Ursuline students to learn more.
  • Learn from civic leaders defining economic development priorities for Northeast Ohio:
  • Carolyn Jack, Co-Director of Geniocity, talks about the value of creativity and innovation to civilization. Read the story. Watch the interview on You Tube.
  • Questions? Contact: Betsey Merkel, The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open), 4415 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44113 Ph: 216-246-2447

Six Apart - Blog - politics and blogging

Here's an excerpt from a post-election post by Anil Dash, from SixApart/TypePad/Movable Type.

Now that the election is over, we're sincerely hoping that politicians across the political spectrum, and citizens of any stripe, will demand that these social publishing tools be used for a lot more than just raising funds online or getting out the vote. We firmly believe that our platforms, used intelligently and in combination with the many other services and networks on the web, can be powerful tools for better governance.

Blogging, especially when combined with a social publishing platform that bridges multiple social networks, is far too powerful a medium to be dragged onto the national stage once every four years. If, as has so often been stated, this is a "change election" here in the United States, then we hope that one change we'll see, not just at the national level but at a state and local level, is our government making better use of the web.

Given the long tradition of bloggers leading the conversation around politics, policy and government, we hope to play a part in encouraging government to make the same leap into the social web that so many of us have made in our personal and professional lives

Six Apart - Blog - Barack Obama and Blogging

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

live blogging the election results at WKYC channel 3, Cleveland

BCNaturalists Meeting Reminder

Dear  Blogger-

We adopted a new name at our last meeting--Brooklyn Centre Naturalists

Our next meeting will be-- Saturday, November 8th at the CPL-Brooklyn Branch, 3706 Mapledale from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.  At this meeting we will outline goals, action steps and a time line for our projects.

Thanks to Sharon Martyn our application for pre-certification is on it way.  We should have an answer-j ust in time for our December meeting scheduled for December 13-same time and same place.

Other news-We have a blog. Still under construction.  There is a calendar of events on the sidebar- one of the things still under construction.

Note that there are details for the Southwest Citizens Area Council's fundraiser November 8th at Brown's Lanes from 7 p.m. to ?  Please support this fine group of people.

As always we hope to see you:

November 8th, Saturday
2-4 p.m.
Cleveland Public Library-Brooklyn Branch
3706 Mapledale Avenue

Gloria Ferris

I once gave a speech like this

This. Fucking. Election. -- Years ago, in my downtown Mid-Day Toastmasters phase, I gave an end-of-year speech doing nothing but reading the headlines; it seemed to play well. This graphic, at the link, does it in black and white with an occasional red. I think it's sort of nifty. Katie, take note that I note the value of the juxtaposition of the everyday.

Decision '08: Meet WKYC's 'Meet the Bloggers'

Decision '08: Meet WKYC's 'Meet the Bloggers' -- I think we need to have WKYC change the article to read, not ".com."

Anyway, I'm trying to get the video onto this blog, so here's another attempt: