The New York Times is presenting videos with people in a fascinating series "The New Hard Times." They're inviting you to interview your neighbors and friends and send your own. Tip: Shoot it in black-and-white.
Program note: This afternoon on All Things Considered, Jess Mador looks at mortgage modification scams. I suspect the story will be on the Web site here by early afternoon.
Local writer Erik Hare took me up on my challenge. How'd he do?
Posting might be a little light today. I'm filling in for Jon Gordon on Future Tense today.(9 Comments)
The Web site that published the database of Norm Coleman's campaign contributors has been banned in Australia.
Australia's Communications and Media Authority added the site on its blacklist for leaking a list of Web sites that have been banned in Denmark. "It comes after it threatened the host of online broadband discussion forum Whirlpool last week with a $11,000-a-day fine over a link published in its forum to another page blacklisted by ACMA - an anti-abortion website," according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
The will be blocked for everyone in Australia if the federal government there implements a planed Internet filter.
Unclear in all of this is what the overriding interest is in the Australian government over what people in Denmark can or can't see in their country.
Wikileaks was created by an Australian and more than 100 Australians reportedly work on the site.
(h/t: News Cut reader Kyle)
I generally don't get too upset at potholes; they are what they are and they are a fact of life. This year, however, they seem particularly bad and each time I reset the curvature of my spine to and from work, I wonder to what extent they're particularly severe because of the difficult winter, and to what extent they're severe because municipal officials want me to scream, "Go ahead, raise my taxes! Just fix these potholes!"
If keeping our streets safe to walk on is widely recognized as an important duty of government, where does keeping them safe to drive on come in on the list?
But, to give the officials a break: Maybe they don't the potholes are out there.
Here's a few links you can use to help them out:
In the meantime, we'll accept pictures as nominations for the meanest pothole in Minnesota. Use this form.
Alternately, you can report the location in the comments section below, and I'll go take a picture.(11 Comments)
Posted at 4:34 PM on March 17, 2009
by Bob Collins
Just comparing today's press releases with the subsequent headlines.
Press release from the Department of Employment and Economic Development:
Headline from Finance & Commerce (one of the few news sources to cover the story)
Press release from Gov. Tim Pawlenty on his revised budget:
The DFL's press release:
The Star Tribune's interpretation:
Hometown Source (ECM Newspapers)
I'm balancing filling in for Jon Gordon on Future Tense with the crushing burden and awesome responsibility of News Cut this week.
For tomorrow's (Wednesday) show, I interviewed a professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead, who has developed a system that my makes my cubicle neighbors weep, but appears to put a glint in the eyes of the bosses.
While you're reading this entry, the chances are pretty good that you'll get some e-mail. You'll stop what you're doing and read it, and it probably won't be all that important. That's the problem. Every time you get some e-mail, you drop what you're doing to read it.
Ashish Gupta, an operations management professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead, along with his colleague Ramesh Sharda at Oklahoma State University, has developed a computer model -- called SIMONE -- that allows your organization to release e-mail to you in batches, and you wouldn't miss the important ones -- the ones that are important for you to do your job.
It can be configured to allow messages from your boss to zip through. Through the use of keywords, other important e-mail can get through. But the e-mail that isn't critical to your job, wastes up to 30 minutes of your time each day, compared to a structured four-times-a-day release of e-mail to you, according to Gupta.
Some of this you can already test. Just set your e-mail client to check for new mail every two or three hours instead of shooting it to you instantly. But would you want that? Do you hang on every e-mail? Does it interrupt your day and if it does, how much of it has anything to do with your work?
Here's an extended interview with Professor Gupta. Listen(8 Comments)