Wednesday, June 30, 2010
* New York Post: "Fighting the good fight";
* New York Daily News "Dave comes up big: Paterson shows real leadership in the battle of the budget";
* New York Times "What Is Albany Doing?";
* Albany Times Union: "Here a tax, there a tax."
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
* The Frankenstein people at the Ulster County Development Corp. want you to know that the county is ALIVE!
* KingstonCitizens wants you to know there's stuff happening — in Detroit.
* The folks of At The Farmers' Market have found a way to do things with dead fish other than wrapping them in newspapers. Who knew?
* Over at Hudson Valley Good Stuff, rain at a Renegades game is not good stuff.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The U.S. Geological Survey agency has been compiling responses to the 1:41 p.m., 5.0 Richter-scale quake in some country to the north. It occurred 12 miles beneath the Earth's surface and lasted about 30 seconds, the USGS said.
Here are the responses, broken into towns, intensity, number of responses and distance from the episode, in kilometers, because you should've learned the metric system in the 1970s like Jimmy Carter wanted.
In Kingston, it felt like a 2, from 25 responses. In Catskill and Ellenville, the report says it felt like a 3. In my desk, it felt like a zero because I'm originally from Peru and anything below 6 there causes less panic than rain.
Also from the USGS, a winning lead sentence: "There's a 100 percent chance of an earthquake today."
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
* At The Farmer's Market gives you a recipe for delicious dead shrimp.
* These animals don't want you to smoke. I'm not criticizing the merits or faults of the new $1.60 tax on (cigarette) butts, but the inability of state lawmakers (also known as "butts") to pass a budget in time.
* In a post about food, new Freeman featured blogger Lagusta Yearwood reveals that Tasmanian devils do run in circles.
Well, that's all folks.
That crazy bloodied nose guy not looking at the road while he's driving with a manic laugh is none other than U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colorado, breaking rule No. 5.
Thankfully, Hudson Valley politicians who tweet behave much better. Sometimes.
Oh, yeah, the rules. Here they are:
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
The sign was "fixed" the following day...
But to the left of that sign, there was this ...
I'm not the only one who's noticed, either.
And I'm also told it's a classic album by Sebadoh.
I guess it could be worse.
Friday, June 18, 2010
* Kingston Alderman Tom Hoffay doesn't like the sound of bagpipes in the morning.
* Also, hairless person Hoffay wants a piece of my scalp (a reference to my decision to crowdsource the fate of my hair to you). Voting ends today.
* Ulster County Legislator Michael Madsen discovers Kingston can be seen on Google Maps' StreetView (don't tell him about Saugerties or New Paltz or Woodstock or Rosendale or Rhinebeck or Red Hook or the entire Hudson Valley).
* State Assemblyman Marc Molinaro is working hard on the budget - which was due April 1. Legislature FAIL!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Upon reading an incomprehensible tweet about this, Crazy Person Derek DeFilippo, who is not crazy, suggested I use this:
That's just crazy - like avoiding the conjugation of "tweet," as the New York Times has debated recently:
“Tweet” may be acceptable occasionally for special effect. But let’s look for deft, English alternatives: use Twitter, post to or on Twitter, write on Twitter, a Twitter message, a Twitter update. Or, once you’ve established that Twitter is the medium, simply use “say” or “write.”
Sure, gray lady. Tweet this.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Here's the catch. You're going to vote on the band that he will cover. Barnett has compiled a list of up-and-coming groups, featuring indie music, hip-hop, punk, rock and hard rock.
Voting ends June 26. Make your vote count.
If you are unfamiliar with them, check out their MySpace profiles, listen to their music - and vote.
* Battle Ave. Tea Club
* Set Sail
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
* Months late on the state budget, the Senate picks up important issues.
* Alderman Tom Hoffay is very specific when he talks about a letter to the editor.
Monday, June 14, 2010
* Craig Shelley, Scout Executive and CEO of the Jersey Shore Council of the Boy Scouts of America, thinks that revealing that you were a Freeman carrier is not so cool:
* Kingston Alderman Tom Hoffay hates repetition. Kingston Alderman Tom Hoffay hates repetition. Kingston Alderman Tom Hoffay hates repetition. Kingston Alderman Tom Hoffay hates repetition. Kingston Alderman Tom Hoffay hates repetition.
Freeman publisher Ira Fusfeld does not care for vuvuzelas.
* Photographer Jen Kiaba begins an innovative "expe ..."
* Area techie and jazz singer Nancy Tierney is not having lunch with the famous CEO of Black Entertainment Television Bob Johnson.
* The Freeman needs your help with its version of parent company Journal Register Company's Ben Franklin Project.
Part of that project, by the way, involves highlighting your tweets. Do you have or know of one? Send them! Post them at http://bit.ly/HVtweets or send me a tweet using #HVTweet.
It involves short attention spans and Legos.
The dudes at LegoFussball.eu are recreating the matches.
Here's the opening game between South Africa vs. Mexico.
And The Guardian has the now legendary (in the U.K.) and soon-to-be-forgotten (in the U.S.) tie between the U.S. and England.
That video catches the following event, minus OMG Cat:
Saturday, June 12, 2010
BP kills Mario
BP on Twitter
I know you've found some. What are your favorites?
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
You might have noticed that I periodically highlight Twitter updates from around the Hudson Valley. But you might have also noticed that I maybe haven't highlighted a particular Tweet that you might have liked.
Well, here's a crazy idea.: Do you know or have a Tweet you like to highlight from around the area? Let me know.
Let's get the pulse of the Hudson Valley Twitterverse together.
We're printing this, by the way, with your sexy Avatars, so be nice.
Or not. Your call.
Let's do this!
If you're on Twitter, use #HVtweet.
But why would I write about Men's Health in a column that has "Men's Health" in the headline?
The magazine, by the way, is responsible for gems like "9 Deodorizers to Eliminate Your Worst Smells," and "7 Reasons to End a Friendship."
Reason No. 8? You caught your friend reading Men's Health's "9 Deodorizers to Eliminate Your Worst Smells."
Anyway, since men are dying younger than women, here's Men Health's "11 Ways to Live Longer."
I sense that the magazine needs more lists.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Yay! The excitement was then passed along by Ulster County Legislator Michael Madsen ...
Garbled English and something positive out of the council? YES! Unless, of course, NO!
'Miffed,' apparently, was too soft of a word.
And then, the kicker ...
This direct quote bears repeating: "People are gonna start throwing this stuff on city hall's front lawn!"
Indeed, Alderman Tom Hoffay - master of understatements:
Unfortunately, none of this important Twitter stuff was in the agenda.
But the Freeman was at the council meeting and will have a report with, I'm told, news.
In the meantime, this:
UPDATE: Reynolds coins a word.
Monday, June 7, 2010
* Vassar College makes no sense:
* Quick! End Dutchess Tourism tweet! Here's mine: "Culinary grads do battle to ... determine who will teach Dutchess Tourism how to spell "tomorrow."
Tomoorw is the second night of the Iron Grad
Cooking Competition at the Rhinecliff. Culinary grads do battle to... http://fb.me/AwWu6b9Dless than a minute ago via FacebookDutchess Tourism
* Freeman reporter Paul Kirby reminds you that some strangely looking people are going to be looking at your strangely looking porch.
* Justin from WDST-FM survived the Attack of the Hippies (in 3-D!).
* Notable Rhinebeck person and New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly re-tweets a notable person's tweet about a notable person.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
If you are one of the unlucky people who didn't get to go to WDST-FM's Mountain Jam, because you make as much money as a journalist or something, fear not. You can still enjoy the experience in a virtual way.
You can follow what everyone is saying about it - live on Twitter and you can watch the live webcast - or you can ignore the whole thing because you don't like hippies.
Better yet, if $146 is too much for you, try Keegan Ales' $1.46 Valley Jam. The Kingston brewery is offering (I'm not making this up), "VIP streetside parking, VIP access to Keegan Ales Beer Garden, VIP INDOOR Bathrooms, Access to Stage Viewing Area, Free individually packaged roasted Legumes, Free directions to our VIP commisary, VIP access to our Keegan Ales Gift Shoppe and Art Gallery, Climate Controlled-Earth Friendly Indoor environment."
The money raised will go to the Queens Galley soup kitchen in Kingston. Land and Sea and The Amendment will perform. Those who don't purchase tickets will have access to the same things, but will be stared at with disdain. Or not.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Simone Felice - front man of The Duke & The King and once the charismatic drummer for the The Felice Brothers - was rushed to Albany Medical Center late Tuesday for open-heart surgery, his site announced Wednesday afternoon.
The Palenville native was scheduled to play Mountain Jam in Hunter on Saturday and was about to embark in an Australian tour. All dates for June and July have been canceled, the site announced.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
What is the Ben Franklin Project, you say, before noticing that you're speaking to yourself and are freaking out all the people around you?
It’s an opportunity for the Daily Freeman to rethink the entire process of putting out our daily online and print editions.
No, really. We're actually doing this. And we are opening our doors. Virtually, of course, so stay away from my cubicle.*
We are going to use free, open-source tools and social media - like the Twitters or whatever it's called - to empower, involve and engage you more than ever before.
Do you have a story idea? Tell us about it. Do you think the Life Editor needs a haircut? Go away or I shall taunt you a second time!
The goal of the Ben Franklin Project is to enable readers to participate in how our print and online editions come together. So starting now, we want you to let us know how to better serve you, with great ideas like, "Don't let the Life Editor announce the Ben Franklin Project!"
Here are but some of the ideas we're working on:
* We are going to find out the best camping spots in the mid-Hudson Valley. How? You're going to tell us. And once we have enough candidates, you'll vote on your favorites. I will then send our reporters with a broken flashlight, wearing high heels and wrapped with meat - at midnight - to check out the sites (we're still working on the reporting details, so that might change).
* We also want you to share with us your camping pictures via Flickr. And you'll get to vote on them.
* I'm personally compiling your craziest camping stories for an upcoming - and extra -column to be published on July 4, the day we're declaring our independence from the old newsroom models of thinking and publishing (I'm told there's another independence something that day, but who knows?).
* We're going to do some live chats with our featured bloggers, and want you to be part of it by bringing your questions and comments, live.
* And yes, why not? I might even cut my hair. I'll put it up for vote. And you'll decide. I then I'll blame a hanging chad or something.
What else? You tell me.
And what about the News and Sports departments? Just tell them!
Because those people don't listen to me.
* Actually, our doors are open. So you can actually pay me a visit.