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.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Fact-checking the Freeman
That's right. We want you to help us (I'm pointing at you right now, look behind you).
Still, I can't help but feel that if there was a conversation about this new feature between a fictitious and snarky Freeman reader and an equally snarky and fictitious (maybe) Freeman editor, it would probably go like this:
READER: What? Don't you people get paid to do this?
EDITOR: Yes. But we want you to help us be better, because 45,000 people are better than seven and a half editors (the half editor is only legs). And, WHAT DO YOU MEAN 'YOU PEOPLE'?
READER: But who checks the fact-checkers?
EDITOR: We do. But we are trying to crowd-source with our readers to improve the Freeman's news coverage - and to figure out what "crowd-sourcing" means.
READER: You are just trying to pass your work to us, aren't you?
EDITOR: No. But we are trying to enhance and improve upon the coverage you demand every day. We're not perfect and we know we make mistakezzzzz. We're human, after all and ... THIS PROGRAM HAS PERFORMED AN ILLEGAL OPERATION AND WILL BE SHUT DOWN. THIS PROGRAM HAS PERFORMED AN ILLEGAL OPERATION AND WILL BE SHUT DOWN. THIS PROGRAM HAS PERFORMED AN ILLEGAL OPERATION AND WILL BE SHUT DOWN....
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I think (I'm going to blog), therefore I am (writing something nobody's going to read)
* Ulster County Legislator Michael Madsen talks about the most important issues to county residents: Parks, mixed martial arts and something called "RACIING"
* Ulster County Comptroller Elliott Auerbach reads the Freeman's police blotter.
* City of Kingston Alderwoman Andi Turco-Levin learns that you don't mess with Crazy Cat Lady.
* Kingston Main Street Manager Nancy Donskoj highlights some local organic dead animal parts.
* Over At The Farmer's Market, Grilled Romaine Salad. It goes great with local organic dead animal parts.
* The Ulster County Development Corp. notices that The New York Times wrote about Rosendale again, because it's like Brooklyn, but without the hipsters.
* A Study Abroad SUNY New Paltz student is in Wales, so he talks about some TV shows.
PERSONAL NOTE: The three of you who follow me on Twitter already know that I'm spending some time at the newsroom of the New Haven Register - where you can read "Hooters waitress files lawsuit - says she lost weight." I'm pretending that I'm helping upgrade the Daily Freeman's editorial system as we enter a new era (did you know there's a thing called The Internets? Wild stuff).
Anyway, here's a present I found at the New Haven Register's mailroom.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Bob Dylan, the mystery
Buff said the image from Dylan's passport is from the liner notes the the "Bootleg Series Vol 1-3 Boxset."
"Note the date," Buff wrote. "My theory is Bob is happy to let the world celebrate the wrong date. Maybe I’ll ask (Bob Dylan's son) Jakob when he comes to Woodstock in July."
We will too.
Jakob Dylan and Three Legs are performing at the Bearsville Theater on July 9.
Tweets that make less sense than a 'Lost' series finale
I don't often do this but feel I must: Friday, I was misquoted in a story published by the Albany Times Union. My... http://bit.ly/bRMup1
* Alderman Tom Hoffay gears up for a fight by some crazy people.
Ulster Dem Convention tonight at Holiday Inn, food, fights, speeches...
* The New York State Senate did many things, except what it is there for: To pass a budget.
Senate session happening now. Live video here: http://www.nysenate.gov/live
* Radio Woodstock is celebrating the birthday of a dude named Bob.
It's All About Bob today on Live at 5! We'll celebrate the Great American Singer/Songwriter's 69th birthday with a... http://bit.ly/b2RBRh
* West Shokan writer Martha Frankel is not celebrating the birthday of a dude named Bob.
Happy b/day to the amazing 38 year old @roseannecash
* The Associated Press covers the most important issue of the day.
* WAMC-FM CEO Alan Chartock's tweet does not go beyond the headline.
Going beyond the headline that you read - http://bit.ly/c7xHDo
* The Kingston Digital Corridor doesn't know I won't be there because I wasn't invited and/or I will be out of town and/or working and/or sleeping.
Will you be there? http://bit.ly/bB6sCK
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Meet featured blogger Claudia D'Arcy
It's a good read, especially in the wake of the whole Facebook privacy issue.
You don't want to end up on some crazy person's video, after all ...
Meet 'The Kingston Neighborhood Watch Guy'
The Kingston Neighborhood Watch is having its first 'Watch Walk' on Thursday.
Friday, May 21, 2010
City Hall welcomes you to 2001!
Ok, geeks, non-geeks, and anyone else who likes to take their laptop, iPad, iPod Touch (iPod Touch fan/owner here), and netbooks where ever they go – Kingston City Hall has officially become a wi-fi hot spot. Choose the “public” option after your comp finds a wi-fi signal, and key in: “cityhall2001.” You’re in!
That's right, "cityhall2001"
They are not in the map by the Kingston Digital Corridor, yet, but should be soon. Regardless, log in and complain about cats!
see more Lolcats and funny pictures
Don't vote for Kingston (because you can't)
Remember the Kingston Digital Corridor's attempt to bring Google Fiber to the city?
Well, apparently, Kingstonians didn't either, as the city didn't make the final list for voting at GoogleFiber.com, the unofficial page for all things Google Fiber." The public poll (Round II started May 7, you guys!) by the site doesn't include the first capital of New York. Or Woodstock. Or Saugerties.
I won't tell the Kingston Digital Corridor if you don't.
UPDATE: They were told. The folks from the Kingston Digital Corridor have been aware of the site for weeks, I'm told - and "it's solely about traffic and not legit," so I stand corrected.
So the city is not officially out. But given the interest kept by other communities, I sense that Kingston needs to pump up its efforts.
The Kingston Digital Corridor is meeting at Keegan Ales, 20 Saint James St., Kingston, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Troy made it to the next round. The city's efforts were commendable. So send them some love. They don't have Joe Bruno for freebies anymore.
There, there. At least Google has given us Pac-Man today.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Mid-Hudson Valley blogging-heads
* Kingston Alderman Bill Reynolds doesn't know how to spell "and" in his announcement that city greenbacks for the Andretta Pool and Kingston Point Beach have been restored. That's good news. Once again, you'll be able to swim in other people's pee. WIN!
* Legislative Barbie (?) Brittany Turner needs an explanation about why Democrats, Republicans, Greens and Progressives suck (I'm badly paraphrasing, obviously. She said "WTF").
* The Ulster County Development Corp. advances a seminar that will tackle the question, "How can we give our Main Streets the best chance for success?" Here's an idea: Don't put it in Newburgh.
* Also, the UCDC mentioned that the Mohonk Mountain House was featured on the "Today Show," not today. It's a great trip if you live in New York City! Oh, yeah, but you don't.
* Kingston Main Street Manager Nancy Donskoj want's you to check your teeth and eyes.
* The Kingston Neighborhood Watch met on Tuesday and decided to take a hike.
* Uber photographer Jen Kiaba talks about how to get some freebies, for $15
* Mid-Hudson music follower Ethan Barnett writes a sentence using "Onderrock," "Dusk," "Seminal Stain," "Very Important Businessmen" and "Loud Youth."
* Bistro-to-Go talks about grilled vegetables, which would look even more delicious if they were next to a dead chicken.
* The Kingston Digital Corridor is drinking again.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Peregrin Falcon feeding young at Mid Hudson Bridge
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
YouTube turns 5, so here are five YouTube videos
I thought I could share my own favorites. So let's go, or - as we say online - "LEEEROOOOOOOY JENNNNKINS!!!!"
1. Slap! (I'm kind of cheating here, because I posted this one)
2. "Star Wars Cantina." Eddie Izzard. "Star Wars." Legos. 'nuf said.
3. "Saturday Morning Watchmen." Wrong in so many levels.
4. Sleepy Cat. because he's sleepy. And a cat.
5. The whole "You Suck at Photoshop" series. Originally located at MyDammedChannel.com. Here's part one.
Monday, May 17, 2010
When Tweeters tweet, the world still doesn't care
* Kingston Alderman Tom Hoffay makes an important promise to his constituents, which has to do with moving furniture.
Okay...I vow...never to change my home office around again....ever..
* Chickens: the new tomatoes.
In my town, backyard chickens are the new tomato plants. Everyone seems to be growing their own! #HudsonValley
* Marist College has a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, but it won't tell you what it is.
BIG announcement will be made at these events that will impact HS Class of 2011 and beyond.
* The New York State Senate has live coverage of the New York State Senate not passing the late budget.
* Assemblyman Marc Molinaro is an angry man.
Back to Albany... I share your anger. http://bit.ly/cEhssf
* Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders comes to the area:
Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders will be playing a live show with her new band at the farm Saturday 5/29! http://bit.ly/aObNOs
Wait! Did I just learn something on Twitter?
Once upon a blog
* Ulster County Legislator Michael Madsen is not in Ulster County.
* Ulster County Legislator Mike Sweeney has another post that can be summarized in one word: "No."
* The Kingston Neighborhood Watch has a Korrecshun.
* Rebecca Martin at KingstonCitizens.org talks about a "City Gardens Coalition" or "Coalición Ciudad Jardín Conjunto," which actually translates to Coalition of the Garden City Band. But "A" for esfuerzo (If you need to know, that's "A," in Spanish).
* Bistro-to-Go has something to say about dead chickens.
* If, for whatever reason, the idea of a large number of dead chickens doesn't make you hungry, you can try Rhubarb Ginger Oat Squares, courtesy of At the Farmer's Market.
* 90MilesNorth is not interested in your list of cool web sites.
* Over at SUNY New Paltz, nostalgia, good-byes and emoticons, :P Also, why study if you can go to Paris? or Wales?
Friday, May 14, 2010
'Law & Order,' Ulster edition
Sings of the Times
The New York Times' ridiculously popular slideshow, "A Sampling of Chinglish," above, which accompanied an interesting story but still was a completely original ripoff of "Engrish Funny," below, prompted the gray lady to ask readers for photos of strange signs from around the world.
The feature, "Strange Signs from Abroad" showcases some of the weirdest and funniest signs I've seen in a long time.
Yet, I can't help but feel the the New York Times' is turning into the LOLCat Network.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
This week in blogdom-land-place-stuff-WHAAAA?
* Ulster County Legislator Mike Sweeney has a post that can be summarized in one word, "No."
* Kingston Alderwoman Andi-Turco Levin says that the city's planning board, "gave away the store." This being Kingston, I bet the store was a pharmacy.
* Kingston Alderman Bill Reynolds touts the bike racks on Broadway, and then posts this photo of people not using them.
I've got a better one:
* Also by Reynolds: CATS ATTACK!
* The Ulster County Development Corporation likes booze.
* The UCDC also notes that The New York Times wrote about Rosendale (in April, you guys!) and the Walkway Over The Hudson on Monday. Unrelated attraction (as in, not in Ulster and not quite an "attraction"): the Newburgh gangs story by the Times on Tuesday - and FBI raids today.
* Kingston Main Street Manager Nancy Donskoj reminds you that Kingston is a destination. Also good for Kingston: Not being called Newburgh.
* The Kingston Neighborhood Watch IS WATCHING YOU! The group also has a new writer, Allison Teetsel, who - spoiler alert! - writes.
* KingstonCitizens.org talks about very foreign concepts called "taxes" and "voting." Strange stuff.
* In a moving post, Claudia D'Arcy shared that she did not quite enjoy Mother's Day and needed one more card, hopefully not like this one:
* Jen Kiaba talks about ... HER CAT!
* Ethan Barnett posts a video of a band with a name I can't pronounce. For the record, I also can't pronounce "juice." I'm told it sounds like "jews," which sounds pretty weird. Example: "Who drank my jews?"
* Bistro-to-go has a Popeye moment.
* Something's rotten in the state of Hudson Valley Gardens online.
* At the Farmer's Market shares a recipe for Rhubarb Ginger Syrup, not to be confused with high-fructose corn syrup.
* Over at Dragon Search, a blog about how to blog (Hint: don't write about how to blog); an online marketing post about peanuts; the successful UCDC tourism conference not being so successful; and hoking up (not in that way).
* Kingston Digital Corridor's Alex Brown talks about "common grounds" and drops the name of a crazy person who works at the Freeman.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Kingston, the hot spot
As mentioned previously, The folks at the Kingston Digital Corridor are producing a Hot Spot map of the city's, um, hot spots, highlighting the venues and locations in and around the city that provide a series of magical waves that go into your computer to let you watch porn, or whatever it is that you're into, you pervert.
The map is still in its infancy, but it is growing. And it will get better - with your help. So if you know of a hot spot, let them know, and they’ll put the venue in the map and get them a sticker, shown at right.
You can't pass up a free sticker, can you?
View KDC HotSpot Map! in a larger map
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Formspring soup for the soul
If clicking on links proves too difficult, there's a box on the right hand bar of this blog. Feel free to ask me any questions.
What follows is my first day of questions and answers:
I actually think it could work - especially to crowd-source, if I ever figure out what that means.
But since the question assumes that I don't like it, I'll let the New York Times' readers answer:
Arrested, in Arizona.1 hour ago Delete Your Response
Next to your memory.
If one is creative enough, there's always a way to make things funny. But, generally, I try to stay away from anything regarding dead kittens. I'm told they're not funny. At all.
In journalism, however, nothing should be off limits. A story is a story is a story. If it's news, it must be covered.
Great question, by the way.
Three, if you are an owl
Only if they ask if it's ever socially acceptable to spit on people.
Call circulation at (845) 331-5000. Tell them I sent you and I bite.
Ask Stephen Colbert
I get paid to afflict the afflicted and to comfort the conflicted, or something like that.
No comprendo tu pregunta, muchacho.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sidney Schanberg once called it "quirky," but I don't think he meant that as a compliment.
The one reality show where people dance or sing or model or do anything and then they get berated by a judge and kicked off the show.
Formspring.me, without a doubt.3 hours ago
Monday, May 10, 2010
Twitter fails, and the Twitterverse declares Twittmageddon
After Twitter discovered the bug, it set everyone's follow/follower count to 0.
Follow count display is set to 0 and follow/unfollow is temporarily offline while we fix a bug.
Shortly thereafter, Twitter fixed the problem.
Follow bug discovered, remedied. Read our status blog for details. http://bit.ly/dhQ3fF
But not before the Twitterdom declared the end of times. Here are but some examples:
* Trentonian columnist Jeff Edelstein decided to use one social network to talk about the other.
* Social Media guru (and Journal Register Company advisory board member) Jeff Jarvis had a moment of maturity.
You mean no one is following me right now? I can do anything? OK: Fart.
* Teen sensation Justin Bieber put his army into motion.
hackers i send a warning...u have now pissed off over 2 million teenage girls. They are more dangerous than Navy Seals.
* Conan O'Brien thinks of the future, probably IN THE YEAR 2000!
Twitter exploded today! I guess my dream of a world where Twitter runs our stock market, phones, and nuclear defense is still a ways off.
* Ashton Kutcher was happy.
twitter is being hacked by some turkish hacker. haha I have 0 followers.
* Tom Fletcher of McFly was sad.
I have no followers...It's the end of the world! I'm alone and miserable again. HELLO...hello...hello (echoes through the empty void)
* Wired Magazine freaked out.
Twitter.com says everybody has 0 followers and is following 0 people. Twitpocalypse!
* P. Diddy decided to use his magical powers to solve the problem.
I will use my magical powers to fix this! Never fear @iamdiddy is here! HERE I COME TO SAVE THE DAY! Nothing nor no one can keep us apart!:)