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February 23, 2009
  • This is one of the best blogs I read, but this idea really stands out. Learn from your mistakes by making a “never again” list: e.g., “I already got Mom a set of bagpipes as a gift” or “Seriously, quit ordering the Naruto roll, even though it looks awesome on the menu.” Geez, can I use this one!
  • Oh, SWEET. The iPhone app Stanza supposedly has books on the iPhone, and other apps/companies are getting this functionality in the hopper. Doesn’t give you the same quasi-page-turning functionality as the Kindle, but it’s something…
  • NY Times columnist Virginia Heffernan takes a look at the subtle art of the Facebook update.
  • “They’re no Strunk and White, but Dom Sagolla and Adam Jackson are aiming to do for Twitter what “The Elements of Style” did for good writing on paper: outline elementary rules of usage, composition and grammar.”
  • When Alexandra Pelosi made the Emmy-winning documentary “Journeys With George” in 2000, about her 18 months on the campaign trail with soon-to-be-President George W. Bush, her mother, Nancy, was not yet speaker of the House, and the name “Pelosi” was not yet an epithet on the lips of Republicans. Eight years later, Pelosi went back out on the GOP campaign trail. In her latest film, “Right America: Feeling Wronged,” Pelosi attends McCain and Sarah Palin rallies in 28 states and puts her microphone in the faces of some very passionate conservatives. As defeat looms, she watches the Republican base go through a very public grieving process, with most of the stages that psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross described — denial, depression and a whole lot of anger — but not very much acceptance.
  • WGN-TV weekend anchors Robert Jordan and Jackie Bange do a little dance number each Saturday and Sunday night during their telecast’s first commercial break. Word is that it started out as a short 10-second dance, but now they have choreographed it into the full 2:40 of the break.
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