A short (15min) online documentary:
via Susie Madrak
Josh Long: “A Survival Guide to Maven, OR, Why Maven’s Still Cool” – nicely done.
(defvar my-dir-root (expand-file-name "~/elisp")) (set-default-font "-apple-consolas-medium-r-normal--13-0-72-72-m-0-iso10646-1") ; appending to the elisp load path for our stuff (setq load-path (cons my-dir-root load-path)) ; stop that splash screen (setq inhibit-splash-screen t) ; set the fill column (setq-default fill-column 79) ; set the default tab width (setq-default tab-width 4) ; always show the line number (line-number-mode t) ; always show the column number (column-number-mode t) ; allow selection deletion (delete-selection-mode t) ; yes-or-no will always take "y" or "n" (fset 'yes-or-no-p 'y-or-n-p) ; stop automatic insertion of new line (setq next-line-add-newlines nil) ; enable selection highlighting (setq transient-mark-mode t) ; enable search highlighting (setq search-highlight t) ; show matching parens (show-paren-mode t) ; have backspace be backspace (normal-erase-is-backspace-mode 1) ; have emacs scroll line-by-line (setq scroll-step 1) ; prevent emacs from making automatic backups (setq make-backup-files nil) ; switch dabbrev-expand to hippie-expand (global-set-key "\M-/" 'hippie-expand) ; turn off backups (setq backup-inhibited t)
Think Progress: Uninsured 22-Year-Old Boehner Constituent Dies From Swine Flu
The New Republic: WealthCare
The Atlantic: How American Healthcare Killed My Father
Kimberly Blessing: Craftmanship can change the world
Chris Smith: “What To Know Before Debating Type Systems”
Making Good Software: “Programmers top 10 sentences” (painfully funny)
Ethan Zuckerman covered a Clay Shirky talk given at the Shorenstein Center” on journalism today and its future. It’s an absolute must read for media/info/com future thinkers: “Clay Shirky and accountability journalism”.
Mark Bowden traces the path a story takes, from political operatives, thru social media, to mainstream news, in the The Atlantic piece“The Story Behind The Story”. Another must read.
The Atlantic: The Rise of the Professional Blogger
And finally, Timothy Egan attacks an entire subset of the population for their passion based on a lack of facts, missing the point that he is working for a member of the industry that has a role in that: “Working Class Zero”
The Nieman Journalism Lab: Mathew Ingram: Newspapers get the kind of communities they deserve:
many newspapers still see comments as some kind of necessary evil: a bone tossed to readers to help drive traffic, but something that produces little else of value
That attitude is behind what renders the commenting at most newspaper websites so defective.
Surfacing the community around your news has way more to do with participating with it online than just enabling comments and walking away. In fact, doing the later by itself never works.
The web is littered with sites where commenting is enabled, and the hosts do not participate, do not curate, do not even moderate in a transparent fashion. The results of which are never good – thread after thread of trolling, personal invective, and lack of communication. This leads to far too many finding commenting as worthless add-on that you must have for a website, but for no other reason.
It’s a missed opportunity and for many of these sites, part of their failed web strategies.
If you have 10 million visitors a month and only 1 person focused on ‘community’ or ‘commenting’ – you have already failed.
Joshua-Michéle Ross : Stop Giving the Newspapers Your Advice – They Don’t Need It
Realistic views I heard at the norgs unconference maybe finally taking hold.
Alfresco Tech Talk Live: 4.17.09: FSR Callbacks – Deploying to eXist and CouchDb.