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I know that not everyone wants to use RSS to keep track of new items as they’re posted to this blog. So I’ve added an e-mail option, courtesy of Feedblitz. Just look for the “Subscribe me!” button in the right column, below the Technorati links. (Enter your address first.) You’ll get a daily e-mail only…

Note to Ricky: Apparent greed doesn’t become you

No big surprise. I was right that if Ricky Gervais & Co. think they can charge $1.95 per episode for their podcast of three (funny) guys talking, they’re nuts. The first run of 12 “Ricky Gervais Show” podcasts were free. Now there’s a second series of four shows coming online; the first episode is available…

A nice way to treat news photos

Longtime pet peeve: How poorly most news websites handle photos. They’re typically too small. I’ve often seen sites that run small photos that you can click to get an enlarged view — but the bigger view is only a tiny bit bigger than the small view. Ugh. So I’m thrilled to point out a site…

First entry for the Press page

I guess this marks the inaugural entry to the Press Coverage page for my new venture, the Enthusiast Group. Publish (part of Ziff Davis) online media columnist Stephen Bryant interviewed me yesterday about my transition from the non-profit world (the Poynter Institute) to the for-profit world. As part of his “Five Questions” feature, we discussed…

YouTube, TV networks should learn to love each other

While I’ve been busy and haven’t had time to blog about it, I’ve been paying attention to the conflict between YouTube.com and CBS and NBC. You’ll recall the great Saturday Night Live skit “Lazy Sunday,” which people posted to YouTube, a video-sharing website, and which went viral. NBC insisted that YouTube remove it, along with…

I’m in love with Pandora

I can’t stand commercial FM radio stations. Between the boring playlists, the DJs who talk too much, the incessant commercials, and the lack of a way to know what song or artist is currently playing … yuck. Which is why I’m a satellite-radio customer (Sirius, but not because of Howard Stern). But even though Sirius…

Web design tip: What not to do

Projo.com has a nice story about 8th graders as they prepare for the coming transition to high school. (That’s a topic near and dear; my oldest daughter starts high school next fall.) But check out the story’s online layout. Ugh. The four photos of the kids profiled (all with braces! mine, too) are stationary on…

Flickr hacks

I love Flickr. If you’ve used the photo service (now owned by Yahoo!), I’ll be surprised if you don’t too. A great thing about Flickr is its API, which allows programmers to gather and parse data from Flickr and incorporate it into their own applications. (An example of that is on this very blog; click…

Vargas’ big chance

“Elizabeth Vargas to Go One-on-One With Bush,” proclaims ABCNews.com. The ABC News co-anchor gets an interview with the U.S. president on Tuesday at the White House. I hope the tone of that promotional headline is accurate, because I’d really like to see a journalist be seriously confrontational with Bush, who has much to answer for….

The clueless governor

Is there anyone who doesn’t know that The Daily Show With Jon Stewart is a fake news program? Oh, yeah. Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, went into a recent interview with Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones and had no idea that the interview was a joke. The poor governor thus comes off looking like…

3 guys talking: Worth $1.95?

A colleague in Norway clued me in on Ricky Gervais’ podcast. Gervais, who played the bizarre boss in the British version of The Office, just completed a 12-part podcast show that became, apparently, the most-downloaded podcast ever. The show features a 3-way conversation between Gervais, “Office” co-writer and actor Stephen Merchant, and “unemployed radio producer”…

Welcome to my solo blog

I’ve been blogging for many years, on a weblog called E-Media Tidbits, which is published by the Poynter Institute. I started Tidbits (in 2000) with co-blogger Amy Gahran to cover the new-media scene, but when I went to work for Poynter in 2001 (as senior editor), Tidbits went to Poynter, too, and we then added…