Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What are you thankful for?

Journalists, members of Digital First Media, and anyone who wants to are going to be taking part on our Twitter chat Wednesday at noon, Eastern Time, to talk about all things journalism.

It's a holiday week and we are thankful for that. Or are we? What should we be thankful for in journalism, considering all the things that have been going on in the industry? BONUS! Today's chat will be turned into a listicle, maybe with some animations? In 3-D?


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.

Thanks for coming!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Let's turn the corner

Thanksgiving is around the corner. I can smell the pie. And I can't wait.
In the meantime, let's see what's out there.

Can public documents be funny? LOLOLOL that's not a trick question, apparently.
The guy who owns the Washington Post and sends you 'Prime' packages and rents you movies is landing rockets now because the future or he got tired of playing with delivery drones. 

Also in the future, which is now: Mistletoe drones.  And in the past: This did not end well. 

One video: Star Wars auditions.

The Four: 
* The owner of the Nevele wants to turn the former hotel into a casinsports complex. 
* ER's in. ER's out. ER's in again. ER's out again. Now it's in. 
* This Midtown Kingston building sold for more than $1 million.
* He lives in Kingston.

One cat: Fighting Animated Gif Paul Krugman, a Nobel Prize winner and New York Times columnist and blogger, can't cat.

But Yesterday's Internet, Today! can cat.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello from the other side

Yesterday's Internet, Today! is back and I have lots of ideas! But having great ideas is not the same as trying to put those ideas into practice. So, expect some (more) experimental weirdness in the coming weeks. If some work, they might graduate to Freeman proper. That's how we roll.


This guy lies so much and so blatantly that the media don't know what to do about him, mostly because he's running for president and people are taking him seriously?
But before you get all worked up about the prospects of enduring political debates during your Thanksgiving dinner, here's how to navigate the whole thing. 
OR you could use some Adele.

In other news, this is happening:
Link to the dress: <a rel="noreferrer nofollow" target="_blank" href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0142M5M72&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=j0b21-20&amp;linkId=Y3FBZBEMWF76OFLE">;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0142M5M72&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=j0b21-20&amp;linkId=Y3FBZBEMWF76OFLE</a>
One video: Here's Adele impersonating Adele:

The Four:

* This should be very easy to sort out, honestly.
* Democratic leaders in 11 counties want Ulster County Executive Mike Hein to run for Congress.  You might remember Hein as the guy who, when directly asked (by you and yours truly!), "Are you running for Congress?!", answered "I love this question" and then quickly proceeded to not answer the question, because politics.
* Orange and Dutchess are competing with New Jersey for a Legoland theme park and I'm an adult and I'm not squealing like a 5-year-old at all, no sir.
* Onrust.
Twitter cats: ".. to the Rescue in Brussels Lockdown" <- via the New York Times, no less.

Yesterday's Internet Today! says 'Hello, can you hear me?'

Saturday, November 14, 2015

360 all the things

What you are seeing here are a number of images of Kingston, all shot with an iPhone 5S, using either Google Street View (those would be the less stellar images) or Sphere, both free apps in the Apple store.

The purpose of this experiment is to see how much can one do in 360 and virtual reality with essentially all free tools.

The images were stitched together using MediaImpression, though you could easily use whatever video program you have. You could even use Windows Movie Maker (and convert it to MP4 with a free converter or even uploading and downloading back from Youtube).

You can see the black bars as black circles above and below because the images were not tall enough for the widescreen video format (I am trying to see how much I can do with free software so I’m willing to cut some corners, sometimes literally).

I then added the 360 metadata (with a free program from Google) that tells Youtube (and Facebook!) that the video is, indeed, 360.

So, if you have an Android, you can probably see this in virtual reality with a Google Cardboard viewer or something similar.

I have an iPhone, so I use the Homido app that allows users to see everything in virtual reality.

The iPhone's Youtube app currently doesn't support virtual reality, though you can now see these videos in 360. That is expected to change soon.

The Facebook 360 version now works in Phones as well, and since the social network owns Oculus Rift, I'm expecting to see Virtual Reality there as well.

360 Kingston
Posted by Ivan Lajara on Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Wee Tipple (Scott Holmes) / CC BY 4.0

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

All hearts and no stars

People have strong feelings about cosmetic changes— feels, faves and likes, in a starless world of random hearts.


Monday, November 2, 2015

All roads lead to somewhere

But what are you going to do when you get there?