Monthly Archives: July 2013

Starbucks Gifts Available on Facebook

I was about to send a “happy birthday” message to a friend on Facebook and was also given the opportunity to send a Starbucks Gift Card as well.


Journalism May Be Collapsing, But With Pressfolios, At Least You Can Build A Nice Portfolio


If you’re a working journalist (or even an aspiring one), you’re probably getting tired of hearing that it’s important to build your personal brand. Now, leaving aside the obnoxiousness of the phrase “personal brand,” I suspect we hear it so much because it’s kinda true. A startup called Pressfolios aims to make it easy for journalists to build that brand through an online portfolio.

“Journalists probably best served by adopting the mindset of entrepreneur rather than a serial employee,” said co-founder Marc Samson. “If they can put their best foot forward, they’re going to be better served in their careers, and a big part of that is keeping track of your published work and developing a professional identity.”

There are some obvious questions: Isn’t an online portfolio just a website? And aren’t there already tons of website-building tools? Well, yes, but there are some unique challenges for journalists, like the fact that old articles can be taken offline, and that you may be generating new…

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Scriversi addosso

contro analisi

Gli editoriali di Repubblica rivelano inconsapevolmente uno dei tragici problemi di questo paese: la totale autoreferenzialità degli intellettuali, ossia di quel ceto che potrebbe e dovrebbe aprirsi all’esterno per cogliere i segni dei tempi, soprattutto dei tempi di crisi, e analizzare, riformulare e esprimere le esigenze del paese; e che invece si limita a parlarsi addosso, ad ammiccare agli amici e ai potenti, in sostanza a conquistarsi Napolitano-Scalfario difendere una posizione di privilegio all’interno della casta.
Esemplare l’articolo di ieri (21 luglio) di Eugenio Scalfari, proposto in prima pagina come ogni cosa che scriva Scalfari, per quanto banale, ripetitiva o datata possa essere. Sul contenuto, infatti, è inutile soffermarsi. Ma è interessante evidenziarne le modalità comunicative e in particolare le formule usate per definire, più o meno esplicitamente, la posizione in cui l’autore colloca sé stesso e il suo intervento. Fin dall’inizio Scalfari si premura di segnalare che le sue…

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When Will Doom Come To Hollywood?


Jane Austen? Shakespeare? Tolstoy? Hacks. Beethoven? Bach? Mozart? Wildly overrated. Statistically speaking, at least.

It’s a curious fact that while the long-dead titans of literature and music are revered above all others, they were working in a time when the talent pool — the educated population of the planet — was a tiny rounding error compared to today’s. What’s more, today’s writers and musicians have the advantage of learning from those who went before. Simple statistics implies that most of history’s great works of art must have been created within the last 50 years–

–but you’ve probably never heard of them. These days it’s nearly impossible for even geniuses to elbow their way out of the teeming masses of would-be writers, musicians, and other artists. It was bad enough back in the 18th century, when Samuel Johnson’s biographer Boswell wrote:

I told him that our friend Goldsmith had said to…

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TSA’s New Instagram Account Highlights The Crazy Things People Try To Sneak On Planes

Apparently, an effective PR effort on the part of the TSA.



Seemingly tired of being chewed out by every third traveler to step through their scanners, the TSA is trying something new to connect with the people: Instagram. And, uh… it’s actually pretty friggin’ effective.

Over the last few days, the TSA has been Instagramming some of the crazier things they’ve confiscated at their checkpoints from people who apparently didn’t get the whole “don’t bring things that can kill people on planes” memo. Guns! Grenades! Secret spy knives!

This one is probably the strangest so far, confiscated in Cleveland:
It’s like someone thought to themselves, “Well, they say I’m not allowed to bring a knife on the plane. I’m also not allowed to bring a gun on the plane. But no one said anything about a knife gun. LOOP HOLE’D!”

They’ve been posting one or two pictures per day, mainly focusing on the zanier stuff — from a knife hidden in…

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