Some blog posts, time-wasters and resources I’ve come across during the past week that I just haven’t had the time to post about. I’ll be back on Tuesday with some more new college media web site redesigns and other stuff. Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend.
Media On The Move: The Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting has put together a Flash-based module discussing how to cover a story. Hosted by the Knight Citizen News Network. From the PCCR web site: “The Center focuses on under-reported topics, promoting high-quality international reporting and creating platforms that reach broad and diverse audiences.”
Internet Anagram Server: Ever wonder what your name would spell if the letters were rearranged? The IAS will scramble them for you. ICM is “A Cad Levee Oiling Tin Moon” among others. I am “Manly Rub Rye.”
GraphJam: From the people who brought us icanhascheezeburger and other LOL sites, this is a site that lets people create humorous non-statistical graphs. More of a time-waster, but could be useful for editorial cartoonists. Here’s one I like:
see more Funny Graphs
Inside Peek: How the New York Times uses blogs: Paul Boutin writes a post about how the Old Gray Lady’s blog production system works. The most surprising part of the story is that they use WordPress. There’s also this:
In many ways, the Times’ blogs are no different from anyone else’s. But there’s one organizational trick they employ very effectively: Division of Labor. Times bloggers don’t work on their own. They don’t handle every aspect of their blogs. Who does what is divided up to bring specific expertise to bear on different parts of each post. The result is I can crank out more posts, and those posts are better overall, than if we writers did everything ourselves. I know, not everyone wants to have other people involved in their blogging. But there’s a reason people work in teams.
CPC Computer Prompting and Captioning: Several states are adopting ADA requirements for web accessibility for all state agencies and affiliated organizations, which means some college news orgs. are having to rethink their video and audio offerings, specifically offering transcripts and close-captioning. Using QuickTime to close caption is a pain, and it doesn’t provide captioning across file types. Eastern Illinois U.’s video production crew (part of the technology support staff) is using MacCaption, which they say is easier to use. Here’s a page with info about Windows and Mac versions.
Fire Eagle: Location awareness is one of those buzz-generating Internet phenomenon which I find a little bit creepy. But if you’re into location awareness, Fire Eagle is a Yahoo! product that:
is a site that stores information about your location. With your permission, other services and devices can either update that information or access it. By helping applications respond to your location, Fire Eagle is designed to make the world around you more interesting! Use your location to power friend-finders, games, local information services, blog badges and stuff like that…
(thanks to colleague Brian Poulter for the tip)
Xslimmer: This nifty little program goes through and removes the old PPC code from universal binaries of Mac software programs, dramatically decreasing the size of the files, and therefore freeing up mucho hard disk space. Especially useful on older Intel chip Macs. It is shareware, but $14.95 is not a huge price to pay for a few gigs of space, is it? (thanks to colleague Brian Poulter for the tip)