"As America’s newspapers shrink and shed staff," says the New York Times, "and broadcast news outlets sink in the ratings, a new kind of Web-based news operation has arisen in several cities, forcing the papers to follow the stories they uncover." Go check out The Voice of San Diego. Some columnists are saying it could be "the future of Los Angeles journalism: small, independent, online, aggressive and above all smart — content with value trumps attitude, and there are no petty fights or celebrity worship." Interesting. Worth watching.
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This just in from former Lockheed Martin co-worker Lee Graham: If you live in Arizona, please read carefully! This new law takes effect Jan 1, 2009. Please understand you can have a license plate frame holder as long as it doesn't cover the name Arizona on the top your license plate, if the license plate frame holder covers the name Arizona, you'll receive from the nice police officer a $130.00 ticket! It is your responsibility as privileged Arizona drivers to know new motor vehicle laws - the state doesn't send out mailings. For more info on new motor vehicle laws click on the link below. So if you have a frame holder that covers the name Arizona on your license plate remove it before Jan 1, 2009 and replace it with one that doesn't cover the name Arizona. http://www.azdot.gov/MVD/WhatsNew/whatsnew_2008.asp License Plate Holder Law - State law* requires that the state name at the top of Arizona license plates must be visible. Any license plate holder or cover that prevents the license plate from being clearly legible is in violation of this new law. * A.R.S. 28-2354(B.)
Time for an early morning meeting in Phoenix. Community service organization. I had email directions and my Google map directions. In Phoenix, there's a big difference between streets and avenues, and my directions were slightly off. After about five tries, I stopped at an AM PM to find a phone book so I could get the office number and directions. Gary helped me get the book, and once I had the number, I used my cellphone to call the office. Only problem was that I couldn't hear the person in the office. Not surprising, given my hearing loss. You can hope the hearing aid and the phone are compatible, and that all people and lines are doing their part, but stuff happens. Once again: Gary to the rescue. I handed him the phone, he got the directions, and gave them to me. Duck soup. Thanks, AM PM for having people like Gary on staff. He would have been within his rights not to help, as he was busy, but he took a few moments to give my day a Judy Jump Start. I found the office building within moments of leaving the AM PM parking lot.
Dozens of volunteers (including me) joined together at Seth Godin's "Triiibes" website, and collaborated on an e book made up of questions and answers members put before the group. This is our first collaboration, and, aside from the usual bumps in such a project, we got to the heart of the issue and created a document hundreds of thousands of people can read and consider. I say "we" and "our," and yet what I did was miniscule. But that's not the point. If you find this eBook valuable, send the URL to others. It's copyrighted and allowed to go to everyone at no cost, as long as nothing is changed. All of this goes to show that like-minded people who (in a sense) are strangers can, with similar goals, produce something quite amazing via a website (on ning.com). We are just a small group of people who want to help initiate healthy change and the exchange of ideas in settings where no one is patronized. Or to put it another way, where every idea is respectfully considered. The times are still changing.