Until recently, I was strictly a newspaper guy. Dead trees slathered in ink.
Now I find myself thrust into the world of web-based journalism. It started with the Alibi offering me a slot on its blog. (This post, by the way, will be the very first I put on the website, and you’re reading it.)
I have spent much of the last six years scoffing at bloggers. An editor once told me that a reporter without an editor is a blogger. He was fired for watching internet porn, so I guess everything is on the internet.
At my college paper, the other editors had Facebook and MySpace pages. I laughed at them, and proclaimed that I would never sink so low. (I have a Facebook page now.)
So I’m a hypocrite perhaps. But I’ve always been resistant to technology. I just can’t follow every new thing over the cliff like an E-Lemming. Call me stubborn. Thinking I needed one to be a serious writer, I bought a typewriter when I was 19. Soon I had a collection of IBM Selectrics cluttering my apartment. Slowly, however, they have been left behind during subsequent moves or I have suckered someone into taking one. (“Oh you’ll love it,” I lie. “Much easier than a computer. The IBM Selectric Mark Two, the big mother. Trust me.)
The worst thing about my typewriter phase is the large amount of bad, typed poetry circulating out there. It turns out that I’m not Charles Bukowski.
Web-based everything. It’s not just the wave of the future. It’s here. And I’m catching up. I’m also taking a crack at the coveted “Full Time Freelance Journalist.” It’s not easy to do, but I’m determined. This will also require a significant web presence.
A colleague who has already jumped into the abyss told me last week over cappuccinos that I’ll need a website, blog, Twitter account, etc. It’s all about shameless self-promotion, I guess. I can do that. No problem.
I’m working on the website, though it appears to have been put together by a team of monkeys. The blog account is up. I’m holding off on the Twitter account. I just can’t do it.
Right now, I feel like one of those apes in 2001: A Space Odyssey dancing around the monolith. But I have arrived late, and all the other apes have iPhones.
The gunman’s name is released in the Emcore shooting.
New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner dies of a massive heart attack at age 80.
There’s a major design flaw in the brand spankin’ new iPhone 4.
A woman gets nine years in prison after having sex with her adopted son.
Guacamole and salsa have been responsible for an increase in food poisoning reports, according to the CDC.
Twittering can get you up to 11 years in prison, like these two Venezuelans.
Fidel Castro to make a public television appearance, predicting the beginning of nuclear war.
A study shows that the position of your belly-button impacts your success in sports.
The burqa ban in France passes the lower house in an overwhelming vote.
Listen to the audio recording of Mel Gibson’s angry rant to ex Oksana Grigorieva.
The chile harvest this year is expected to be later and smaller due to the weird weather patterns.
An Española man thought it was OK to bring a gun into a Chili’s restaurant.
Top-secret Russian spy Anna Chapman’s UK citizenship is revoked.
The iPhone/iPod Touch Netflix player that was revealed in April headlined the software demonstrations, and now has a semi-solid release date of "this Summer." It looks to boast the same functionality you get with both the home and iPad versions; you'll be able to see your instant queue, browse for titles, pick up movies where you left off etc. It works on both Wi-Fi and 3G, though now that ATT has removed the option of an unlimited data plan, that could be a bit of trouble.
The Facebook phenom Farmville is coming at the end of June. The integration with Facebook is all there, so you'll have the same farm, same friends, etc. Is this exciting? If you play it, you already know what it is. If you don't play it, you still know what it is from getting spammed in Facebook about it. Also, I'm not sure if it's such a great idea to have bent-necked Farmville junkies out wandering the streets, though that touch control tractor does look pretty awesome! Yikes.
Finally, the Guitar Hero iPhone was announced during the WWDC keynote for immediate release that same day. To my untrained eyes, it looks nearly impossible, though seeing the Activision guy 5 star "Death By Diamonds and Pearls" by Band of Skulls was completely impressive. The packed in track list includes: Queen - "We Are The Champions", Rise Against - "Savior", The Rolling Stones - "Paint it Black", The White Stripes - "Seven Nation Army", Weezer - "Say It Ain’t So", and Vampire Weekend - "Cousins". Currently, 15 more tracks are available from the in-game store.
Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicked off yesterday with the traditional packed-
Here's the rundown:
The shell is a complete redesign, and now acts as part of the antenna to improve reception. The newer, faster, and substantially smaller A4 chip leaves room for a much needed larger battery.
The new camera is 5 megapixels, and now sports an LED flash. HD (720p) video recording is available, as well as the ability to edit the video directly on the iPhone. At 960 by 640 pixels, the Retina Display is double the resolution of previous iPhones. This won't, of course, make the most of your 720p video, but the iPhone can display 720p via the dock with VGA adapter (not included).
A forward-facing camera allows for true face to face chat, and Apple has packed in their own video chat application (kind of nauseatingly) dubbed FaceTime. One wonders how this will compare to Skype? The iPhone 4 hasn't forgotten gaming, and significant improvements have been made to the motion-sensing/tilt control as well.
As usual, Apple never reveals something until they're ready to sell it, so pre-ordering through ATT begins in about a week.
Libyan plane crashes near Tripoli, killing more than 100, a 10-year-old boy is the only survivor.
WTF China? A fifth (!!!) Chinese kindergarten class is attacked by a knife-wielding maniac.
Good news! The oil companies are not at fault for the Gulf Coast oil spill.
David Cameron is the UK's new Prime Minister.
Albuquerque corrections officer is arrested for smuggling drugs to inmates.
14-term West Virginian Congressman loses his primary election to a more conservative Democrat.
Someone is poisoning Afghan schoolgirls.
Apple loses another iPhone prototype.
A new study says the earth may be too hot for humans by 2300.
What should you do if your 'epic boobs' become an Internet meme?
74-years-ago today: The Dvorak Keyboard is patented.
Never trust the the automatic tip-calculator at the bottom of your receipt.
These new Coke machines can make 104 different flavored drinks.
Who was the last person to play Halo 2 multiplayer and why does he have so much free time?
Here are nine movies being remade for no apparent reason.
Finally, someone invents a cone of silence.
After suffering an epic 4-0 loss, a Seattle soccer team is offering refunds.
Mr. Show is probably the best American sketch-comedy show ever made. Here is someone's list of their Top 10 sketches. My list would have included Wicked Scepter, Ronnie Dobbs, Marylyn Monster, It's Insane This Guy's Taint! and my all time favorite Change For a Dollar.
Time Waster Alert: the rest of your day will be spent watching Mr. Show clips.
I wonder what the the cast of The Love Boat is up to?
No one wants to take blame for the massive oil spill in the Gulf, now up to 4 million gallons.
Playing hooky a thing of the past? Northern Arizona University proposes an electronic monitoring system for student attendance.
Playboy jumps on the 3-D bandwagon with a 3-D centerfold spread.
The Pope calls the Catholic church sex abuse scandal “terrifying.”
AT&T has the iPhone exclusively through 2012.
After Betty White’s wonderful SNL appearance, Facebook now campaigns for Carol Burnett.
The Arizona boycott over the new immigration law, including a boycott of the MLB All-Star game in 2011, is expected to put a huge dent in the tourism industry.
Las Cruces to remove its red light cameras over the next few days.
Thieves are stealing iron water covers throughout the city, and no one really knows why.
Those ridiculous gale-force winds are coming back late this afternoon.
Technology blog Gizmodo published photos and a video of the unreleased next-generation iPhone, exposing new features and a new design for one of Apple’s signature products.
The phone now boasts two camera lenses, and the presence of a front-facing camera indicates that video calling will be a feature on upcoming iPhones. Gizmodo wrote that other new features include a higher-resolution screen, a larger battery and a glass back that should improve cellular reception. In early April, Apple demonstrated the upcoming version of its iPhone OS, announcing that it will include sought-after features like the ability to run multiple applications at the same time. With the hardware and software of the new iPhone now public knowledge, a clear picture of the upcoming device is beginning to form.
The iPhone was given to Gizmodo by a man who found the device in a Redwood City, Calif. bar close to Apple headquarters The blog’s editors thoroughly examined the phone, pointing out on video that it now has not one, but two volume buttons. Trivial details aside, they also cracked open the case to uncover several “Apple”-labeled parts, and essentially proved the legitimacy of the device when Apple sent a letter requesting that the blog return “a device that belongs to Apple.”
For those seeking more information, Gizmodo is treating this leak as the biggest tech story in history and has published multiple features about the new iPhone, ranging from a play-by-play account of how the Apple employee in charge of the phone lost it and how it ended up at Gizmodo to a rebuttal of “conspiracy theorists” who alleged that Apple had staged the leak to ensure that the phone received plenty of pre-release hype and media coverage.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney rushed to the hospital after experiencing chest pains.
More than two dozen frozen fetuses found after a doctor’s office raid.
Check out China’s pollution-fighting fish, coming to a lake near you.
The Love Boat; 350 get sick aboard a cruise ship headed towards the Caribbean.
Apple to ban many “sexy” iPhone apps.
Former NBA star Jayson Williams sentenced to 5 years in prison for shooting his limo driver.
The UNM Lobos men’s basketball team is ranked 10th in the country, their highest ranking since 1997.
In Plain Sight star Mary McCormack apologizes for anti-Albuquerque statements she made on an E! Network TV show.
Two are arrested for squatting at the abandoned Silver Moon Lodge on Central.