Storm porn: (From Mark Glaser’s OJR piece, “Six lessons from online coverage of Hurricane Rita”) “It’s storm porn,” Simon told me. “Quit hyping it, quit standing in the middle of it, and tell people where the shelters are and inform people. Don’t stand out there in the wind. If you’re going to do that, then get an inflatable monkey and put it out there and let it blow around. Anderson Cooper is no better than a crash-test dummy when he’s doing that.”
Here’s something we can all do to support the hurricane relief effort – eat out: On October 5, 2005, restaurants across the country are joining together in a “Dine for America” day, a national fundraising project to support the American Red Cross’ Gulf Coast hurricanes efforts. Already, over 15,000 restaurants have signed on to participate, including 20 restaurants in Nashville, with more being added daily. To find a restaurant near you that is participating, visit this directory on the Dine for America website, DineForAmerica.org.
100 most misspeled, mispelled, and misspelled words: Last week, after I bragged about a team from Hammock Publishing winning the Nashville Corporate Spelling Bee, a recently retired blogger pointed out that I misspelled a word in my post. Of course, in the post I noted that one of team’s keys to victory was not inviting me to be on it.
Someone else sent me a link to Dr. Language’s “100 Most Often Misspelled Words in English.” Ironically, one of the most misspelled words is misspell (often misspelled mispell).
Rollyo – wow!: Rollyo.com is
one of those web applications that is so brilliantly obvious you can’t
believe someone hasn’t already done it. It gives you the ability to set
up a narrow search parameter of up to 25 websites of your choice (a “searchroll” — get it, like a “blogroll”), name
it, and even share it.
As a test, I’ve set up a narrow search (okay, a “searchroll”) of
some of the magazine-related web resources I use and named it
“Rexblog’s magazine resources.” Say, if you want to search for
“circulation scandal,” and you just want to search a universe of
magazine-industry related websites, it would be a good place to start.
As soon as I figure out how to, I’ll link directly to it. You can find it by going to my rollyo profile page
uses Yahoo! APIs for the actual search function. You can export a
blogroll and set up a search for that parameter of websites, for
As search engines continue to brag about indexing
billions of sites, this takes search in the opposite direction. Just
search the 25 or fewer sites you trust (or someone who is an expert in
that topic trusts).
This is big. Actually, it’s small. Actually, it’s big because it is small.
(via: lots of folks, but not, ironically, media blogger and Rollyo founder Dave Pell.)