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Pranks International

Matt tells us the office pranks he masterminded a couple weeks ago got reported in Saturday’s Daily Mirror (scan above): JOKER Matt Batchelder had the last laugh after he was left out of an office conference trip. Alone at his desk for a week, the snubbed computer geek dreamed up a series of pranks to […] » about 200 words

We Regret The Error

Not all errors in news reporting are as trivial as this one: THE COST of beer kegs has risen by about 30% since the end of 2003. In addition, Neil Witte is the draught beer quality-control specialist of Boulevard Brewing Co., and Steven Pauwels is the brewer’s brewmaster. A March 14 page-one article on beer-keg […] » about 200 words

Pravda March 18 Headline: US To Collapse on Feb 5

| I regularly check the <a href="http://english.pravda.ru/">English language online edition</a> of <a href="http://pravda.ru/">Pravda</a> for laughs and sometimes for their take on US domestic affairs. But today's headline left me scratching my head. <a href="http://www.mille.org/scholarship/1000/AHR9.html">What calendar</a> are these people using, anyway? The <a href="http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/feedback/17-03-2006/77430-bush-0">headlined story</a> is offered without any context or explanation. As it turns out, author Ian Magnussen <a href="http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/feedback/77430-1/">really did mean</a> <a href="http://www.superbowl.com/history/recaps/game/sbxl">February 5th 2006</a>, not 2007 or later. Had it appeared two months ago it might have been called speculative fiction, though more likely seen as a crazy conspiracy theory. I just find it a bit scary. But still, why publish it now? » about 100 words

The Bathroom Reader

Somebody at Gizmodo found this Agence France-Presse story about the intersection of American surfing and bathroom habits in The Hindustan Times. It’s based on a report by the USC Annenberg School‘s Center for the Digital Future. For five years running now, the center has tracked internet use (and non-use) in a 2,000 household representative sample of America (choosing a new sample each year).

This year, researchers found: “Over half of those who used Wi-fi had used it in the bathroom.”

Gizmodo is going a little farther than I’d initially care to by asking readers to comment on their behavior, but I found this gem that reminds us that this may just reflect the evolution of our media: “The laptop in the john is the new newspaper for the millennium.”

I apparently have too many neatnik issues to go down that path, but rather than devolve the discussion, I’d like to point out that this Center for the Digital Future report appears to be a good complement to OCLC’s latest report and the regular stream of reports from the Pew Internet Project.

Now back to the funny: RSStroom Reader.

Time-Picayune In Exile

Times-Picayune editor Jim Amoss answered questions for On The Media‘s Brooke Gladstone. Amoss and his staff have been covering the catastrophe in New Orleans as only locals can.

Some of the best reporting I’ve seen on this has come from the Times-Picayune, and I was quite amazed when I discovered the electronic edition Wednesday. Despite the damage, they appear to have start releasing a print version again and are distributing it in the city and in communities where refugees have fled. For so many displaced people, and in areas where power prevents other communications, I can imagine how valuable this thread is.