A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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The legacy of a life ended too soon
Thursday, 21 Apr, 2011 – 12:45 | Comments Off

The guys are not squeamish about the news – there’s really no way a kid can be growing up in a military community, where events continents away can flare and invade your life. So …

Hoping for an end to the green pastures on the content farm
Monday, 14 Feb, 2011 – 19:21 | Comments Off
Hoping for an end to the green pastures on the content farm

The latest out of Mountain View is news good enough to make me consider switching to Chrome.
According to Forbes, Google is creating an extension to its browser that would let users block sites from their …

It’s not the price of news. It’s the price of everything else online
Monday, 24 Jan, 2011 – 17:29 | One Comment
It’s not the price of news. It’s the price of everything else online

It  sounds frivolous to compare the New York Times to a children’s Web site and instant movie access, but those are the economic facts at my house.
Club Penguin: $12 a month – $6 per kid. …

When Dora is outlawed, only outlaws will wear Dora
Thursday, 6 Jan, 2011 – 18:16 | Comments Off
When Dora is outlawed, only outlaws will wear Dora

The guys’ backpacks are camouflage. Their lunch boxes, though, are Buzz Lightyear. We have a camouflage model left over from last year, and since only one guy takes his lunch these days that means they’d …

Paywall anyone?
Wednesday, 17 Mar, 2010 – 18:41 | Comments Off
Paywall anyone?

The worst news for the newspaper industry out of today’s the Pew Internet and American Life Project report was not that 82 percent of those polled said they’d go to another site rather than pay …

A SWAT for making readers think about going mobile
Friday, 1 Jan, 2010 – 14:45 | Comments Off
A SWAT for making readers think about going mobile

I’m not exactly a road warrior. If I were, my Blackberry home screen already would be filled with apps that keep me informed on the fly.
So it was a pleasant surprise this morning to click …

A SWAT for tearing down the walls between advertising and news
Thursday, 3 Dec, 2009 – 22:11 | Comments Off
A SWAT for tearing down the walls between advertising and news

Once upon a time, in a land long ago and far away, news was news and ads were ads and never the twain did meet.
Oh, sure, the advertisers would try and occasionally succeed. I can’t …

Relax, bloggers. The media are not out to get you
Wednesday, 18 Nov, 2009 – 23:17 | Comments Off
Relax, bloggers. The media are not out to get you

I suppose it’s human nature for defenses to go up in the face of criticism.
But still, it’s perplexing when those being criticized – or even mildly questioned – still are lashing out almost two months …

Bummed out? It’s really not the media’s fault
Monday, 30 Mar, 2009 – 2:49 | Comments Off
Bummed out? It’s really not the media’s fault

The headline – Feeling stressed? You can combat the worry line – was enticing enough that I clicked.
It included some interesting anecdotal nuggets about how the economy has taken its toll on our health – …

A SWAT with a rolled-up newspaper for the nonprofit proposal
Friday, 27 Mar, 2009 – 1:29 | Comments Off
A SWAT with a rolled-up newspaper for the nonprofit proposal

The obvious punch line to Sen. Benjamin Cardin’s bill that would make it easier for newspapers to become nonprofit organizations is that many companies have mastered the “nonprofit” part.
The reasons are partly economic, partly corporate.
The …

Watching an industry pass on in slow motion
Tuesday, 3 Mar, 2009 – 1:44 | 3 Comments
Watching an industry pass on in slow motion

My God, this is like watching an old lover stricken with cirrhosis and emphysema hobble around with a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other.
Your heart aches for him. You want to …

A 30 on a near-30-year career
Saturday, 6 Sep, 2008 – 10:04 | Comments Off

I’ve been through five “”last days”" in my professional career. I’ve survived downsizings, and I’ve been downsized. But I’ve never been through anything as wrenching as today.

It was departure day at The Modesto Bee, where I’ve cheered, cried, gloried and groaned as a mid-level editor for a decade. Ten newsroom employees were leaving — I among them.

I was the junior member of the group — one is younger than I, but she had more years at The Bee. She and I have spent much time since having kids hiding out in locker rooms and restrooms, gnashing our teeth at the frustration of being a working parent in a tough, tough business.

The wake was Thursday, when I went to lunch with two people I’ve worked with from the beginning.

We’ve spent hours querying databases for illegal campaign contributions –