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There was a distinct lack of Mickey in the video. I demand a reshoot.
1 week, 1 day ago on What happens in Vintage Vegas…
@ginidietrich The one thing about the PleaseRobMe example: Most (yes, I know more and more people work from home, but still) people leave their house EVERY DAY and go to work. At the same time. Then they come home EVERY DAY AT THE SAME TIME.
Why in the name of the flying spaghetti monster would a burglar need a 4sq checkin to know that?
That said, I think the biggest security hole for many people would be the metadata contained in their photos. That's worth thinking about.
1 month ago on #146 – Kids and Social Media – It’s Not Parental Snooping When the Whole World Can View It
DAMMIT AMY. After reading that piece, I now have to go and get a handle on this new-to-me way of presenting content. Don't worry about having felt like you missed the boat; given where you are compared to me, my boat is still in the shipyard being built!
1 month, 1 week ago on Flipping for Flipboard: Making Magazines
@ClayMorgan I really resent you having the exact same thoughts I had before I had mine and putting them in a comment under your name.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on PR, Charles Dickens, and A Tale of Two Cities
My former dentist was in Men Without Hats. That is all.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: The Dance Edition
@ginidietrich You wouldn't say that if you had 11 pounds of purr cuddling on your shoulder as you lounged on the couch.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Basketball, Baseball, and Puppies
@jasonkonopinski I thought we had something. And then you have to go and do that, man. Why?
@belllindsay @bobledrew Maybe a little: "I love the feels of books." So. Many Feels.
3 months ago on The Three Things, Edition 58
@belllindsay @bobledrew So many feels.
To be non-mocking for a moment, I have an e-reader that I won, and I have from time to time used my partner's as well.
But there's just something about the physical heft of the book that is different from the e-versions. A device is... a device. And as things progress, perhaps everything will merge into tablets with some sort of enhanced e-reading function. But by definition, those devices are multipurpose.
A book is the content and the delivery method combined. Something special.
I love the feels of books too, belllindsay
@ginidietrich @bobledrew I was an editor at some city mags back in the day, and when there was a "regime change", I came under increasing pressure to tie my editorial to whoever was advertising.
My suggestions of "special advertising sections" or other hedges to keep "real" editorial real were dismissed; I left not long after that and went back to school to become the flack you see before you.
3 months ago on Journalistic Ethics: What Every PR Pro Needs to Know
I sometimes look at magazines (one in my city comes immediately to mind) and wonder if I'm the only one who sees the fact that their editorial lineup is almost entirely "sold". Story page 12, ad page 18; story page 4, ad page 5; story page 32, ad page 28.
I think that there's a missing link that allows this to go on: publications / broadcasts sell space (and editorial) based on "circulation numbers." So perhaps X number of copies are circulated. That may even be verified circulation. But it doesn't verify that savvy readers look at this stuff and see it for the selling-out that it is.
When we talk about media, the concept has been well established that the value of "earned" media was closely associated with the "third party endorsement" of the media outlet choosing to cover that story. When communicators and organizations are party to this sort of arrangement, they are, in the end, participating in the reduction of that endorsement's power among readers.
I think it's sad that journalists allow themselves or their publications to participate in this; I think it's equally sad that communicators and organizations become complicit.
What I already knew: you were my kind of people. What I didn't know: last rites!?! Whoa.
Your post has me thinking: as (I hope) you know, I am a teaser. I love to do it. And for me, there's a very defined correlation between how much I tease someone and how much I like them. I also have a well-defined sense of sarcasm.
But there have been times in my "real" life and (probably more so) in my online life, when the teasing has ended up offending the recipient -- or even bystanders. In addition to being less mean, I'm thinking about learning to manage my teasing behaviour in 2014 a little better.
My somewhat less-known facts, FWIW, in no particular order:
* I've been in six federal prisons, including Kingston Pen. WORKING. Not "vacationing."
* I became an atheist the day of my brother's funeral. It was thanks to a minister. I also had my first kiss that day.
* I got threatened with a lawsuit by a video company in Boca Raton over a blog post.
* I was coeditor of a student paper that got kicked out of its office, had its equipment seized, and published a "guerilla paper" for a year out of student computer labs. The student government tried to ban me from the labs.
* I can't listen to side 2 of "Breakfast in America" by Supertramp. It's related to my brother's death.
* My whole family on my father's side worked the Sydney Steel plant in Cape Breton. My dad did 44 years. And as the product of that heritage, I can very easily perceive "rich" people as oppressors and go all "Solidarity Forever" on their ass. I once visited a NYC apartment with a friend on July 4th and had to leave because the people were such upper-class snobs that I would have punched them out.
* I am petrified of dancing. One of the reasons I love playing music is so that I will never have to.
* I can eat bananas, and often do when I ride my bike. But I despise them. The taste, the texture: blarghblech.
* Inefficiently-packed dishwashers are a crime. I am the only person who knows how to properly pack one.
* I respond very poorly to mothering-type behaviour. If I'm sick, leave me alone until I get better.
* If I could change anything in my world, high on the list would be to have a better relationship with my brother. 12 years age separation and very different life paths have left us very different people.
Thanks for writing this, amiga.
3 months ago on Truth, Lies, and Facebook Memes
@Digital_DRK @Howie Goldfarb @TaraGeissinger @bobledrew pfft.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on PR Firm Accused of Wikipedia Sockpuppetry
I think your post is spot on, Ms. D. However, I want to go off on a tangent about Wikipedia.
For a while, I was in a FB group that was attempting to engage with Wikipedians about how to better involve PR people in making appropriate edits that would be accepted.
I watched (mostly) with incredulity. It was like the Star Trek: TNG episode where Picard is on a planet where an alien only speaks in metaphors. The Wikipedians have a singleminded focus on process. I find the process of wiki article editing to be only slightly more frustrating than trying to nail Jello to a wall.
While Wales may think that WP is a self-editing, self-policing community, in my experience it's quite susceptible to dangerous bias that is perserved by a pedantic super-contributor group.
While it's still not right for communicators to do unethical things, I understand why a frustrated flack might turn to the dark side.
Thank you, lovely Tinu. I might not snatch your weave for that, but I wish I could give you a very large hug.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Help #TeamJacob Save Lives – Updated
Seven years! That's like 49 years in old media.
6 months ago on Seven Years of Blogging. Happy Birthday, Spin Sucks!
@Laurie Kingston Thank you, Laurie. I think almost everyone finds themselves in darkness from time to time. Sometimes we just need someone's hand to be led back to the light, step by step.
6 months ago on Off topic: help Team Jacob in IMAlive suicide prevention fundraiser
@mickeygomez Thanks, Mickster.
Gotta like that smile. Welcome to the FF club, Ms. Mader. If, of course, you end up here to respond to comments.
6 months ago on #FollowFriday: Chris Mader