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Daily Freeman Life Editor Ivan Lajara talks about journalism, living in the Hudson Valley, language, the Web, cats and even politics. But he shouldn't.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Here comes the rain again


The prism of our perception allows us to process information in a positive or negative way. If it's pouring over your head, the plants are getting what they need, and it gets cooler. Here's a nifty experiment: Think of something that happened to you today that was inconvenient, or even made you angry. Can you see, in the macroverse, a positive consequence of such an event?

Good! Now let's look at some terrible things.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

DFM chat on free journalism tools


Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat Wednesday at noon, Eastern Time.

Today we are talking about free tools you can use in journalism.
Simple as that.
Now go grab them!


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A hot take on the heat


I started biking to work a while back.
It's been generally OK when I start in the morning and go home late in the afternoon. But nowadays I have some funky hours on some choice days, and biking to work in the middle of the afternoon makes for some sweaty situations, no matter how easy you take it. Anyway, I think I'm in better shape, so I'm eating a ton of ice cream to compensate.
I take this over winter any time. 
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Not set in stone


I've had Google Glass for more than two years now, and it's starting to get old, in that the device is no longer being supported by developers and Google has moved on.
This is a very strange realization, because it means that the quasi-augmented reality computer face device is now obsolete. Welcome to the future. 
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Everything is linked

Broadway in Kingston, with a funky sky. Note that the Burning of Kingston trail also is snow emergency route.
Why, newspapers, why?



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Thankfully for all of us, Yesterday's Internet, Today! is a newspaper feature that's not in the newspaper (but in a free newsletter form!) that includes many, many links, because Internets. Note how the previous sentence could have included, many, many links, but it didn't, because irony.

Personal news: Today I did sports duty and it was like this. I've also been moderating the comments on the website this week, and commenters noticed. 



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The Four: 
* "Democratic principles." That's for big-D Democrats, though, so that's just a party fight, because Democrats.
*  Solar group needs more sunny faces.
* There are 86 comments, and counting, on this 144-word letter. It's about the rail-trail thing, obviously.
*   This story could have used this map to make a lot more sense. If only I knew someone who worked at the paper...

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Today's video that's trending because pageviews: 




You be you, Japan. You be you. 
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One cat: Hurricane.


Yesterday's Internet, Today! doesn't let friends watch Sharknado. 

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Explanation needed

???

Some things scream for an explanation. But sometimes the answers are simpler than what one imagines them to be.
So let us innocently wonder, if only for a bit longer. You can always google for answers anyway.

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The Donald Trump insult generator is as serious as I'm going to get about that.
Related: "persistent swerves into sheer idiocy."
This newspaper idea is brilliant. HINT HINT.



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The Four: 
* Airbnb, meet Woodstock. 
* KICKBALL! 
* On the mountain and on the edge.
* Of course, he did. 


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Today's video that's trending because pageviews:  6ft Man in 6ft Giant Water Balloon



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One cat: One water balloon.





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DFM chat on updated Twitter use in journalism


Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat Wednesday at noon, Eastern Time.

Today we are talking about updated Twitter use in journalism. Let's talk hashtags, images, engagement, gifs! Bring your tricks and your grab bag.

If you want to chime in, post a comment in the container or a tweet with the hashtag "#dfmchat" so it can automatically appear below.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Signs of the times


When you carve your own path, finding surprises is part of the fun. You also get scratched more. And even if you end up back on the trail and it took you longer to get there, the little adventure is worth the detour.
Take that little conceit where it needs to go (preferably off trail).

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Monday, July 20, 2015

There's news and and there are takes. And then there's this.


I was planning on writing a long essay about the state of local news and other seemingly important things, after having a nice break and having a bit of time to think.
But that's boring.
Because distilled from particulars, the current state of news is as it was: There is news that needs to be covered, and everything else is just takes.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

No peas


Let the links speak for themselves. Then let's throw our computers out the window and enjoy the summer.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The path to answers that needed no questions


The path is— as it's wont to do— the destination.
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Butterfly attack and flying cats


A classic sports car going through a classic Kingston street is a good reminder that the Hudson Valley is a living idyllic painting. You just have to look.
Sometimes, though, the beauty of the valley just comes to you.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Suspended in the middle


Is there a balance between positive and negative things, or is it a matter of perception? Is it better to be exposed to terrible things, if they're seen through a positive lens? But can even that be too much? And aren't some things simply irredeemable?
It's up to us, really, to find that right balance. Let's hang in there for a moment.

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DFM chat on experimentation (when you have no time)

This is from my newsletter. Seriously.

Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat Wednesday at noon, Eastern Time.

Today we are talking about experimentation! And when you have no time! CRAZY! How do you even go about it? What kinds of things can journalists try when the workload is so heavy? Are there experiments that might save time? What tools can journalist use and/or experiment with?
The feed is posted below. You can also check out past chats over here.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Rolling with the weirdness


Today is a weird day, full of weird things. And that's OK! Let's embrace the weirdness.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

New perspective


Experiment! How much different would it be if you only read the opening of Yesterday's Internet, Today! Would it feel pretentious? Optimistic? Thoughtful? Vapid? Would you miss the links and/or the cat? Does the photo make it feel different?
Let's look at things with new eyes. Just for kicks.
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Don't look too far

The Ashokan Reservoir in the distance, from somewhere up the hill in Shokan.
Things look smaller far in the distance, and their immensity is sometimes overlooked. But if you try to look too far ahead, things begin to become blurry. There's no point in guessing what's there.
You'll know once you get there.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

DFM chat: Disrupting the summer coverage

I was using Google Glass as well. Hence the photo.
Journalists, members of Digital First Media and pretty much everyone else who wants to - are going to be taking part on the weekly Twitter chat Wednesday at noon, Eastern Time.

Today we are talking about ~disrupting~ the summer coverage. You've got your festivals, parades, concerts and gatherings. What are the best ways to cover such events? What tools do you bring? How do you maximize your audience and participation? Bring your toolkit!

The feed is posted below. You can also check out past chats over here.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Reading

Camp Seewackamano in Shokan. I'm on a boat.
Is it summer yet? We can all use a break and read some things while enjoying the weather. I've recently started reading fiction again, after years —to many to count—of sticking exclusively to nonfiction, and I'm not talking about books, but news and online articles, also too many to count.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Sit down


Whenever you read a Facebook comment, or a story comment or a tweet that makes you angry, what do you do?
Let that sit in your head for a moment.

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