Blues for Mai Cramer


"...myself and the handful of other professional journalists who blog do so precisely because it is such a liberating medium. It gets us back to the roots of why we became journalists in the first place: To tell the truth and raise hell!"
Paul Andrews





Obscure bookmark
of the day

Ascii Art Dictionary

USS Saratoga Museum Foundation
(My brother's project)

My other sites
Subterranean Homepage News

Providence Newspaper Guild

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The Reader
Vacation edition

July 5, 2002

Doc Searls bemoans NYT expired links that slip into the paid archive: "I'd rather link to the original piece in the New York Times, but it's more than 30 days old and has herefore scrolled behind the paper's $2.95/link costwall. Earth to Times: Durable links to archived editorial add immeasurably to your paper's value as a source and an authority."

Doc, I don't think they'll do it: Archives generate a lot of revenue. Lawyers buy subscriptions to archives. And the runaway best seller among single-copy sales is obits -- compared to an official death certificate in most states, $2.95 is a bargain. In lean times, archives pay the rent.

Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of archived stories are never bought by anyone. The "first drafts of history" languish, unbrowseable and unread.

It might be possible to broach the idea of a personal subscription, or even request that specific stories be be made linkable in the public interest. Worth a shot, Doc.

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My porch fantasy came true last night,
built by the love of my life, Joe Landry,
with help from John Walker and Oz (David Ryan).

I'll be adding to this page throughout the day. Now, I have to set up lights, tables, plants on the porch, and think about wi-fi and a notebook. Back later...


July 4, 2002
98 degrees at 3:15, too hot to blog. Tonight...

Doc Sheldon
Happy birthday to you, too, Uncle Sam!


July 3, 2002
Happy birthday to me
As a tot, I thought everybody was celebrating my birthday.(wav) I still do.(wav)

The title of this blog comes from the way I learned to view journalism 17 years ago as a baby newspaper editor: We work for the reader. More...

Buddha gets a comfy chair.

See it and say it

Poster on a dumpster in Amsterdam (enlarge)

DOGMA 2000
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The manifesto :-->
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the rule is only in YOUR head
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