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The mission of the CMLP is to provide legal assistance, education, and resources for individuals and organizations involved in online and citizen media. We also provide research and advocacy on free speech, newsgathering, intellectual property, and other legal issues related to online speech.
harvard  nonprofit  ethics  copyright  law  media_law  citizenjournalism 
march 2009
Readability - An Arc90 Lab Experiment
READABILITY is a simple tool that makes reading on the Web more enjoyable by removing the clutter around what you’re reading. Follow the steps below to install READABILITY in your Web browser.
design  usability  tools  typography  accessibility  reading  bookmarklet 
march 2009
In Baltimore, No One Left to Press the Police
Half-truths, obfuscations and apparent deceit -- these are the wages of a world in which newspapers, their staffs eviscerated, no longer battle at the frontiers of public information.
journalism  newspapers  reporting  accountability  transparency  baltimore  david_simon 
march 2009
Principles of Journalism | Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ)
In 1997, an organization then administered by PEJ, the Committee of Concerned Journalists, began a national conversation among citizens and news people to identify and clarify the principles that underlie journalism.
journalism  quotes  reference  principles 
february 2009
Greg Rutter's Definitive List of The 99 Things You Should Have Already Experienced On The Internet Unless You're a Loser or Old or Something
Greg Rutter's Definitive List of The 99 Things You Should Have Already Experienced On The Internet Unless You're a Loser or Old or Something
lists  toread  ohgod 
february 2009
What I've Learned from Hacker News
Hence what I call the Fluff Principle: on a user-voted news site, the links that are easiest to judge will take over unless you take specific measures to prevent it.
culture  community  ranking  crowdsourcing 
february 2009
Rocky Mountain News: Final Edition on Vimeo
After 149 years and 311 days, the Rocky Mountain News published its final edition on February 27, 2009.
newspapers  video  paperdoom 
february 2009
Dave Brubeck vs. Radiohead: Five Step | Radiohead At Ease
Dave Brubeck’s Quartet most famous songs is ‘Take Five’. The jazz classic is mixed with Radiohead’s ‘15 Step’ and gives a surprising result.
video  mashup  radiohead  jazz 
february 2009
P.O.V. Blog | Outside the Frame: Talking with the Producers of the NYTimes.com Web Series "One in 8 Million"
"I also wondered how they chose who to profile, and whether there were plans to add interactivity to the series (I hoped so). I caught up with the producers, Sarah Kramer and Lexi Mainland, over email..."
nytimes  multimedia  nytmm 
february 2009
John Hodgman on "meh" - Waxy.org
"it almost universally seems to signal: I am just interested enough to make one last joyless, nitpicky swipe and then disappear ... It's part of the toxic Internet art of constant callous one upsmanship. And it is a sort of art, but not for me."
language  culture  twitter  internet  meh 
february 2009
#122 Moleskine Notebooks « Stuff White People Like
In fact, it’s a good rule of thumb to know that white people like anything that old writers and artists liked: typewriters, journals, suicide, heroin, and trains are just a few examples.
writing  hilarious  culture  moleskin 
february 2009
San Francisco Likely Leading Creative Newspaper Destruction -- Seeking Alpha
The problem is the numbers for converting a newspaper from print to Internet-only work about as well as converting from a computer systems company to an OS company (ask NeXT how well that worked out).
newspapers  prediction  economy  sanfrancisco  sfchron 
february 2009
Welcome to The Food Map
The aim of this project was to shed some light upon the United States food network, as well as provide a (semi)comprehensive resource with which to gain knowledge.
maps  food  mashup  sustainability  nutrition 
february 2009
Renegade Cybergeeks at the nytimes.com
"I’ve been in the New York Times newsroom at 5 pm on a Friday, when a reporter dropped in with brand new test score results from across the New York public school system—suddenly, it was like a machine springing to action..."
nytimes  nytint  rails  cbq 
february 2009
SND meetup in New York City - March 7 - Facebook
RSVP: The Society for News Design's hosting an informal meetup at the NYT where media pros can present ideas for magazine, newspaper and online design... Speakers include: Nigel Holmes, Sarah Slobin, Joe Hutchinson, Matthew Ericson and Shan Carter.
nyc  news_design  snd  me  events 
february 2009
Op-Ed Columnist - Banking on the Brink - NYTimes.com
What we want is a system in which banks own the downs as well as the ups. And the road to that system runs through nationalization.
obama  economy  nytimes  krugman  nationalization  greenspan 
february 2009
New Search Technologies Mine the Web More Deeply - NYTimes.com
“Most search engines try to help you find a needle in a haystack,” Mr. Rajaraman said, “but what we’re trying to do is help you explore the haystack.”
google  algorithm  search  seo  databases  semantic_web 
february 2009
Advertising - Tropicana Discovers Some Buyers Are Passionate About Packaging - NYTimes.com
“Now, every minute is a cocktail party,” he added. “You write an e-mail and in an hour, you’ve got a fan base agreeing with you.” That ability to share brickbats or bouquets with other consumers is important because it facilitates the formation of ad hoc groups, more likely to be listened to than individuals.
advertising  community  identity  branding  consumers 
february 2009
YDN Theater: NYTimes Open with Derek Gottfrid
We sat down with Derek Gottfrid, Senior Software Architect to talk about their first Times Open event today and also learn a little about what the NYTimes is doing in the developer community:
video  nytimes  api 
february 2009
Wikipedia Names Your Band
New meme: here's a totally random way to make your new random band's new random album cover. Post one!
photography  hilarious  music  art  wikipedia  crowdsourcing  random 
february 2009
Hugs to the NY Times (Scripting News)
"I think it was Alan Kay who said the Macintosh was the first computer worth criticizing. I think that's what the NY Times should understand, that as long as people are telling you what to do, it means they care. When they stop, that's when you need to start worrying!"
nytimes  criticism  innovation 
february 2009
MediaShift Idea Lab . Janet Robinson's Remarks at TimesOPEN | PBS
"What's remarkable to me about Ms. Robinson's remarks is the attempt to link the Times' past -- and its journalistic cred in the form of Pulitzer prizes -- with what developers do."
nytimes  nytint  janet_robinson  nytco 
february 2009
Terry Heaton’s PoMo Blog » Blog Archive » The personal media revolution in one picture
This amazing picture is worth more than a thousand words I could write about how much things have changed in just a few short years
photography  politics  mobile  technology 
february 2009
'NY Times' Settles Lobbyist Lawsuit Over McCain Report
The settlement, which does not include any payment, retraction or apology from the Gray Lady, includes an agreement for the Times to post an online Op-Ed from Iseman's attorneys. Executive Editor Bill Keller will counter with his own Web essay.
nytimes  politics  mccain  law  libel 
february 2009
Secure Website Authentification Questions - McSweeney's Internet Tendency
Why did you choose a liberal-arts degree when your entire family urged you to go into finance? ... If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?
lists  hilarious  mcsweeneys  security 
february 2009
Top 10 Reasons Why Corporate IT Sucks
There are so many reasons why working for the 'IT Man' sucks. Badly managed companies have high turnover, low morale, and employees who hate their jobs. Obviously, many of the causes overlap, so this will be a living document, changing over time and with your feedback.
agile  IT  corporate 
february 2009
Phenomenal... Application by Taylor Barstow | Content by The New York Times
nytimes  api  timesopen 
february 2009
JavaScript dependency management and concatenation: Sprockets
Sprockets is a Ruby library that preprocesses and concatenates JavaScript source files.
javascript  ruby  rails  37signals 
february 2009
Gallery: The Michael Jackson auction | Music | The Guardian
In April, an auction by Julien's Auctions at the Beverley Hills Hilton will provide an unprecedented look into the private world of Michael Jackson. Observer Music Monthly has obtained this world exclusive preview of some of the items going under the hammer
wtf  michael_jackson 
february 2009
Mark Porter » Blog Archive » Internazionale column (2)
Papers like [The New York Times and Neue Zürcher Zeitung] can sometimes feel like magnificent dinosaurs lumbering towards extinction. But resistance to change might soon start to look like an interesting strategy, in print at least.
design  news_design  mark_porter 
february 2009
Paul-Rand.com :: Thoughts on Design
This site is meant to honor and pay utmost respect to the life and work of Mr. Rand.
design  history  paul_rand  tribute 
february 2009
WaPo Working with Roger Black - City Desk - Washington City Paper
The patronizing tone of Brauchli’s words conveys the current reality of the Washington Post—that the newsroom is swallowing the Web site, for better or worse. Says Brady: “They’ve wanted to control it forever and now they have their chance–and I hope it works out for the best. I think they’ll find it’s not as easy as it looks from the outside.”
news_design  washingtonpost  roger_black 
february 2009
NYTimes Visualizations - a set on Flickr
Some experiments with the New York Times API.
nytimes  visualization  api 
february 2009
Neighborhoods - Mapping L.A. - Data Desk - Los Angeles Times
As you explore the neighborhoods, you can leave comments and even draw the boundaries as you see them. For several weeks, we plan to listen as we finalize what will become The Times' standard for L.A. neighborhoods and the basis for more interactive projects to come.
maps  innovation  latimes  losangeles  crowdsourcing  neighborhoods 
february 2009
Not all information wants to be free. - By Jack Shafer - Slate Magazine
Not all successful paid sites are alike, but they all share at least one of these attributes: 1) They are so amazing as to be irreplaceable. 2) They are beautifully designed and executed and extremely easy to use. 3) They are stupendously authoritative.
journalism  newspapers  economics 
february 2009
The League of Moveable Type
We're done with the tired old fontstacks of yesteryear. Enough with the limitations of the web, we won't have it. It's time to raise our standards. Here, you'll find only the most well-made, free & open-source, @font-face ready fonts.
webdesign  design  opensource  css  typography 
february 2009
Public School Intelligentsia » Blog Archive » From The Desk of Schadenfreude Esq.: What’s Good for Facebook is Good for America
If, after reading this, you’re still tearing your hair out worried that you’ll have to pay royalties next time you quote yourself saying “omg, lol, like totally 4 shur,” I’d like to ask you a serious question: have you ever met a fucking corporate lawyer? ... Jesus fucking Christ, like you were going to write Finnegans Wake on someone’s wall or some shit?
facebook  law  tos  conspiracy 
february 2009
Ted Kennedy. A Life in Politics. - Boston.com
The Boston Globe launched an impressive series on Ted Kennedy this Sunday. The patriarch of the Kennedy clan is a fascinating subject — and the Globe’s storytelling captures his rich, complicated personality.
politics  news_design  kennedy  boston 
february 2009
On the Web, the New York Times Really Is the Paper of Record | Peter Kafka | MediaMemo | AllThingsD
it’s worth noting that in a world where all of us are supposedly creating our own news aggregators and building our own microsites full of news that appeals only to us, more and more of us end up visiting the paper of record. Surely that’s worth something, no?
nytimes  metrics 
february 2009
Bristol Palin More Comfortable On The Record Than Van Susteren : CJR
So. Much. Weirdness. "Yes. I don't know. I just -- I hope that people learn from my story and just, like, I don't know, prevent teen pregnancy, I guess."
wtf  media  palin  foxnews  pregnancy 
february 2009
... every second
so_many_a_second is a visualizer that shows mondial statistics on a human scale.
design  statistics  visualization  flash 
february 2009
Goodbye Dubai | Smashing Telly - A hand picked TV channel
Short of opening a Radio Shack in an Amish town, Dubai is the world’s worst business idea, and there isn’t even any oil. Dubai threatens to become an instant ruin, an emblematic hybrid of the worst of both the West and the Middle-East and a dangerous totem for those who would mistakenly interpret this as the de facto product of a secular driven culture.
recession  economics  architecture  dubai  middleeast  cities 
february 2009
the sopranos, uncensored. on Vimeo
this is every single curse, from every single episode of the sopranos, ever.
hilarious  language  profanity  sopranos 
february 2009
Why Small Payments Won’t Save Publishers « Clay Shirky
"The invocation of micropayments involves a displaced fantasy that the publishers of digital content can re-assert control over we unruly users in a media environment with low barriers to entry for competition. ... The lesson of iTunes et al. is that if you want something that doesn’t survive contact with the market, you can’t let it have contact with the market. ... Superdistribution, despite its unweildy name, matters to users. It matters a lot."
journalism  newspapers  prediction  strategy  brilliant  economics  clay_shirky  micropayment 
february 2009
God save National Public Radio - MarketWatch
As I listened to Schiller evangelize the virtues of NPR, I half expected her to close her eyes respectfully, place a hand over her heart and declare: "God save National Public Radio!"
npr  vivian_schiller 
february 2009
How Not To Sort By Average Rating
You are a web programmer. You have users. Your users rate stuff on your site. You want to put the highest-rated stuff at the top and lowest-rated at the bottom. You need some sort of "score" to sort by.
usability  reference  algorithm  sort 
february 2009
Ways Charles Darwin Could Jump the Shark - McSweeney's Internet Tendency
3.Reviews movies -- Darwin becomes a staff writer at Rolling Stone. Is asked to critique animal-related movies. Loses credibility when caught gushing over Catwoman.
hilarious  mcsweeneys  darwin 
february 2009
Times Labs Blog » Search engines agree on ‘canonical URL tag’
Brilliant news – Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft have agreed on a ‘canonical tag attribute’ to avoid duplicate content from being indexed. This will make it much easier for websites owners to solve the issues of having self-created multiple URLs pointing to the same page.
google  seo 
february 2009
Sunday Browsing - First Look Blog - NYTimes.com
Think of it as an attempt to provide the Sunday Times experience anytime. Of course, there are parts we can’t replicate: the satisfying crinkle of the paper; the circular stain of your coffee; the smell of newsprint.
nytimes  news_design 
february 2009
Top 278 Star Wars Lines Improved By Replacing A Word With "Pants"
"You are unwise to lower your pants. ... Pants leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering”
lists  hilarious  pants  starwars 
february 2009
Barack Obama is tired of your motherfucking shit
You’re about to hear the President of United States using language that would finish Cheney off once and for all. "This shit's getting way too complicated for me"
obama  hilarious  politics  audio 
february 2009
The 5 hidden costs of running a CMS | Think Vitamin
Many think of a content management system as a magic bullet that solves all of their content woes. Unfortunately the cost of a CMS is greater than its price tag. Before making a decision about whether to adopt a CMS, or indeed which CMS to choose, you first need to be aware of the hidden costs. These include:
strategy  webdev  cms 
february 2009
Mindfuck Movies by Matthew Baldwin - The Morning News
Some movies inform. Some movies entertain. And some pry open your skull and punch you in the brain. MATTHEW BALDWIN gathers up the films that have caused him to clutch his head and moan.
movies  review  towatch  list  entertainment 
february 2009
MICHAEL KINSLEY - You Can’t Sell News by the Slice - NYTimes.com
The Times is more svelte and more expensive. It might even have a viable business model if it could sell the paper with nothing written on it.
prediction  nytimes  kinsley 
february 2009
On Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ - Interactive Graphic - NYTimes.com
But his writing can still offer surprises, insights and pleasures, and it can be sampled here, with selections by prominent scientists of their favorite passages and discussions of why these passages are important.
nytimes  nytint  evolution  darwin 
february 2009
The Salvage of Flight 1549 | PDN Photo of the Day
Photo by Stephen Mallon. The fuselage of the U.S. Airways passenger jet that landed in the Hudson River is moved through a New Jersey neighborhood on January 31.
photojournalism  wtf 
february 2009
Requested Reading Recommendations — School of Visual Arts — MFA in Interaction Design
These could be landmark texts, underdogs, or critical reads, or stepping stones to other fields. The following is what resulted from our request, comprising in part: a sneak preview of what will be assigned in courses; what some consider to be cornerstone interaction design texts; and what some consider important connections to other fields.
webdesign  design  usability  interaction  toread  books  list 
february 2009
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