Category Archives: Links

links for 2009-07-09

  • Not hilarious. It makes sense. Over 90% of Politico’s revenue comes from its print edition, even though it’s only distributed in D.C. The truth is, as the CFOs of both the NYTimes and WSJ will tell you, print advertising, on a CPM basis, generates 75x more revenue than Web ads.
    — Patricia
  • In the past several weeks, I’ve been playing with a new format that my friends at TopTenSources developed. We’ve seen the Citizen Journalist; this idea is the Citizen Editor. Several of us have been using a new bookmarklet-style tool that makes it very easy to tag a story when you’re reading it, provide a bit of analysis, and have it posted to a dedicated website on the topic. It’s in many ways what lots of bloggers do anyway. I remember Dave Winer showing me an aspect of Manila that renders a river of news and then lets you check off stories that you want to appear somewhere — dead simple and fun; this idea is in the same vein, only using different tools and with a different output.
  • Time was, newsrooms were instantly fact-checked by a handful of groups, sometimes with a political point of view, sometimes simply hobbyists and aficionados. Gun owners, railroad buffs, retired English teachers … we knew them fairly well.

    Today, the Internet has brought countless communities of interest together. Some of them blog and some of them chat among themselves. They can connect with each other — and with us — using only a few keystrokes and the “send” button.

    They are the citizen editors of our journalism.

  • United has demonstrated they know how to keep their airline in the forefront of their customer’s minds and I wanted this project to expand upon that satirically. I’ve been done “being angry” for quite some time and, if anything, I should thank United. They’ve given me a creative outlet that has brought people together from around the world. We had a pile of laughs making the recording and the video while the images are spinning on how to make “United: Song 2” even better than the first. So, thanks United! If my guitar had to be smashed due to extreme negligence I’m glad it was you that did it. Now sit back and enjoy the show.

  • The kind of people who are affected by The Ann Arbor News becoming are generally less hardcore about their sports coverage.

    But with the transition to the web, they are promising to link out a lot, so having more of a two-way relationship with the local news sites would help, probably just in terms of Google ranking and maybe some traffic. Right now I link to them and The Free Press fairly often, and I don’t think I’ve ever received a link from any of those sources. That seems a little unbalanced.

  • Chef Eve Aronoff — chef-owner of eve restaurant in Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown district — will compete this fall on Bravo’s “Top Chef: Las Vegas,” the sixth season of the top-rated cable series, the network announced today.

    Aronoff, 40, was classically trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, but her contemporary cooking style is known for its bold, exotic flavors and eclectic international influences that range from Cuba and Africa to Vietnam. Her intimate restaurant, opened in 2003, features a seasonally changing menu, an outstanding wine list and a casually sophisticated ambience.

  • We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve completely sold-out of our initial print run of VIP Starter Decks. Many thanks to all our players for making the first edition of the VIP Starter Kit such a success.

    Based on feedback from the community we’ve taken this opportunity to improve the original VIP Starter Deck.

    Along with being much shinier and easier to read we’ve added more of your favourite missions (”Thanks Someone”, “Make Someone Smile” and “Give Someone a Surprise Gift” and removed a couple of missions that weren’t getting as much love (”Send Drinks to a Couple in Love” and “Give a Compact Florescent Bulb”).

  • Four old-media veterans may have solved the future of news with the Politico Web site, whose audience of six million obsessives and insiders consumes–and feeds–a real-time download of power data. The twist? Politico’s print version is what’s helped make it profitable.

  • Relying on an advertiser-supported business model is archaic, not to mention dangerous. If it is to survive, the print industry needs to revisit the era when they answered to the reader. When they fought to bring down crooked politicians instead of fighting to clutch onto advertisers. As we can all see now, the advertisers were never loyal companions anyway.


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  • It won't be long before one of Southwest Michigan's largest crops starts making an appearance at area farmer's markets. MSU Extension District Fruit Educator Mark Longstroth says the region is one of the largest producers of strawberries in the state, and they're typically ripe for picking in mid June.
  • So with only 5 months until we can harvest fresh rhubarb, we'd better keep eating our canned and frozen rhubarb. I'm going to be taking some of our canned stewed rhubarb to a Michigan Lady Food Bloggers "Summer in January" gathering where we are bringing food that reminds us of summer. However, there are many ways to use rhubarb in savory dishes. Here is a favorite of mine as it combines so many unusual flavors and healthy foods all in one dish! I took it to the last Slow Food book club. There was not much left over, but I was glad to see a little that I could take home to enjoy the next day.
  • This is a delicious, unusual and quick brunch that I made for my friend Pat Smith visiting from Ann Arbor, MI. I like the balance between sweet, salt and tart tastes, as did Pat. French toast is something I knew in France as pain perdu or lost bread, I never had it for breakfast until I came to this country. There, it is always served as a dessert and mostly to use up stale bread. My batter is pretty simple and the secret is in the bread: I use good french sourdough country bread. The duck bacon is of course from d’Artagnan, it’s slight gaminess reveals itself only after the pleasant tartness of the fresh rhubarb. There is no need for extra maple syrup as I sweeten the rhubarb compote with it.
  • Line an agate or white-lined pie plate with good pastry. Have all ready a pint of rhubarb, cut in thin slices. Beat an egg, and into it beat
    1 1/4 cups of sugar, 2 tablespoonfuls of flour and a scant 1/2 teaspoonful of salt, mixed together and stir the rhubarb into the mixture. Turn into lined plate, dot with bits of butter, and cover with pastry. Brush the lower edge of paste with water, before putting the upper crust in place, then press the edges together firmly, and brush over again with water. Bake
    in a moderate oven until the pastry is well browned.
  • Strawberries and rhubarb are the classic pairing that everyone knows about, but in Michigan, rhubarb is ready well before strawberry season. I wanted to find a simple recipe that used only rhubarb, but oddly so many of my cookbooks don't feature rhubarb-only dessert recipes.
  • On top of the ice, pour equal amounts of rhubarb juice and a tasty tequila like Patron Gold. I suggest that this is not the moment to be shy or to go light
  • Rhubarb is an wonderful plant, with many uses and application. a rhubarb plantSince June 1994 these web pages have been available to anyone interested in gaining an understanding and appreciation of this fine vegetable. This compendium is a collection of rhubarb information from many sources. Some of the information is from world wide web pages or postings to various news groups (rec.gardens,,, some is from my own personal rhubarb growing experience, and some has been directly contributed by friends, associates, and visitors to The Rhubarb Compendium.
  • "The hothouse rhubarb industry prospered for decades. At one time root houses appeared on virtually every farm in Macomb County. The crop became so important that in the late 1940s and early 1950s, an annual Rhubarb Festival was held in Utica, complete with a queen and her court. A headline in the Utica Sentinel in October 1953 proclaimed Utica the “Rhubarb Center of the World.”
  • Here's my recipe for rhubarb pie. Make it with a lattice top, because for some reason, that is what rhubarb pies always have. If you are pie crust phobic, a lattice top is very forgiving. All you need to do is cut your top crust into slices, and lay a row of slices on top of your pie. My favorite trick is to lay the center cross lattice first, weaving over and under. Then place the outboard cross lattices from that center stripe, weaving them opposite of the one next to it.
  • Those who are self-conscious about using white crystal sugar can blend rhubarb with raisins, dates, prunes, honey, maple syrup, and even molasses. Consider other sour foods such as lemons, vinegar, sorrel, and sour cream. They make wonderful sweet and sour combinations: lemonade, chutneys, pickles, sweet and sour spareribs, Chinese hot and sour soup. Try substituting rhubarb, either raw, cooked, or as strained juice, in some of these dishes. Why not rhubarbade or rhubarb chutney?
  • Herein a recipe for producing what looks like some kind of careful long term reasonable insight into a question, but what is really a coping strategy for the complete inability to be attentive to anything for very long.

links for 9 april 2008 (by hand this time)

the usual deliciousing of links has paused for a while, but things still need to be linked; here’s a brief narrative.

Festifools 2008 photos are up (thanks to Myra Klarman) – quite a few awesome puppet pictures.

I missed Festifools this year for a memorial service for Wilfred Kaplan, University of Michigan math professor emeritus and long time friend. 

If you have a Mac with no passwords, you can still get in by booting to single user.  These Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts detail many "special" commands you can do.

A query on Twitter (thanks @awd) led me to the MELCAT collection of books and materials with the catalog subject Telegraph – History.  The AADL only has 4 titles with that topic, but state-wide there’s lots more.

Generally, Twitter is awesome for reference questions, esp. when you manage to collect reference librarians as friends who are working desk shifts.  With the Twitter mobile interface and the right people on the other end of the line it’s way better than Google (since at worst people Google for you and sort through the results).

The Early History of Data Networks tells a story of the (optical) telegraphs that went through Sweden and France starting as early as 1794.  The Swedish system of Edelcrantz was a 10-shutter system connected by telescopes, capable of sending coded messages a distance of 10 km between stations whose operator would then set up the same configuration for the next station in line.

The 2008 Burns Park Run is Sunday, May 4.  If all goes according to plan I’ll be walking the 5k.  There’s nothing better than walking briskly past a runner who has slowed down to catch their breath.

The last lecture in the "Wikipedia and Academia" series is scheduled for
this Thursday night. Marshall Poe will be doing the honors with a talk called
"Please Listen to Me: Wikipedia, Web 2.0 and Human Nature."  Thursday, April 10th, 7:00 p.m., 201 Pray-Harrold Hall, EMU

Metascope is a new tool for visualizing and analyzing networks of up to 10000 nodes.  There are versions for Windows and for Mac, and the download includes a dataset based on network data extracted from the Enron corpus of 200000 emails.  (via ona-prac)

Everything’s Cool is a documentary on the impact of the media on the public perception of climate change.  (Sent to me by my cousin who has a PhD in clouds.)

thus ends the emptying of the inbox into the blog

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