Posted at 8:09 AM on February 19, 2010
by Julia Schrenkler
Filed under: Five by 8
Bob Collins? He's out today. Let's roll up the rug and rock a little with the Retribution Gospel Choir, courtesy The Current.
Now on to the news.
1) Fire in the headlines. Yesterday Collins had the Austin-based plane crash updates which now accounts for two deaths. A Minneapolis neighborhood also lost a business building in their community. From James Lileks, courtesy his Bleat:
See MPR's on-site scenes from that fire.
2) Is there an easy answer? Any answer? According to the LaCrosse Tribune, Craig Meyers, the college student who drowned in the Mississippi river was intoxicated. As reported - in 2007 - by our own newsroom, La Crosse struggles to stop drinking and drowning.
4) Tiger Woods is back in the news by holding a press conference today at 11 a.m. ET. NPR's Monkey See Blog says he's taking The Worst Possible Route To Redemption and Fox Business Network outlines What Tiger Woods Needs to Say. (Caps both theirs from the respective link titles, left for emphasis.)
5) There are renewed calls to remove gray wolf from federal protection.We have a related slideshow about wolves in Northern Minnesota. One of the images is a graphic/clear depiction of a domesticated dogs' remains, so it may not be for everyone.
Bob's notes reveal some information...I've nabbed some points from him:
Sen. Evan Bayh says Congress is trapped in partisan gridlock that keeps it from addressing serious problems. Chief among those problems is the deficit, which is averaging about $1 trillion a year. Is our system of government broken?
WHAT WE'RE DOING
Bob is off today, so posting (at least by him) will be light.
Midmorning (9-11 a.m.) - First hour: New York Times travel writer Matt Gross talked with a group of young travelers who have documented their travels with a twist, now documented in the MTV series, The Buried Life. The group sets out to not only visit new places but accomplish something from their list, like give a toast at a stranger's wedding. Matt Gross and frequent flyer expert Randy Petersen also give tips on finding the best fares and the latest on accumulating miles.
Second hour: Folk trio The Wailin' Jennys won the Canadian version of a Grammy award by wooing fans with their organic three-part harmonies. They've performed on A Prairie Home Companion and with Roseanne Cash.
Midday (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) - First hour: Congressional scholar Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute, on the way Congress works, and doesn't work.
Second hour: Rev. Joseph Lowery, speaking at the JFK Library about his leading role in the civil rights movement.
Posted at 3:55 PM on February 19, 2010
by Than Tibbetts
If you're plugged into the Twitter or the Facebook, or still receive the odd forward from your goofy aunt, you've likely stumbled upon Chatroulette, the transcontinental Internet sensation.
Developed by Andrey Ternovskiy, a 17-year-old high school student from Moscow, the site has a simple premise: it takes your webcam and randomly pairs it another webcam with the implication that two suddenly connected strangers might chat.
It's not quite sitting down to a cup of coffee, as In the Loop host Jeff Horwich found out.
Here's Jeff's five-minute foray in the strange world of Chatroulette. (As you might imagine, things can—and often--get a little ahh... inappropriate... when you combine a webcam with total anonymity and the opportunity to surprise a stranger.)
Take Jeff's word for it:
Note: [The interview] contains one borderline NSFW word. (Chat Roulette itself is deeply, profoundly NSFW. As I discovered.)
If you've dared to try Chatroulette, what do you make of it? Just another loop in the downward spiral of decency, or a real chance (minus the exhibitionists, etc.) to harness the power of tech to connect with a broader world?(2 Comments)