Category Archives: news

The importance of Proofreading

I’ve recently found myself editing papers and looking at heaps of copy. Which has reminded me of the importance of writing. Which then lead me to re-read (for a countless time) Zinnser’s On Writing Well. If you don’t have a copy, you should. Regardless of what you do. Get a copy on Amazon.

Recently, two stories have caught my attention that remind of the importance of proofreading. And that spell-check, while nice and convenient, is not the be-all end all.


$2 Billion bail

The story itself is not a cheery one. But the headline printed in the local Eugene Register Guard But the headline borders on shockingly absurd and reminds us of the need for good proofreading. And it reminds us that spell-check has become a taken-for-granted crutch that apparently doesn’t always work well.


Man Charged with Threatening to Bomb State Office Sign over Typo

This story is exceptional. It gets even better and goes beyond the sign with this:

The man also complained that the instructions he downloaded to make his pressure cooker device contained misspellings, Chamberlain said.

Just proof that it’s always a good idea to proofread before submitting/sending/printing/distributing. You never know who might be reading.

Gulf Coast Relief Tee: Threadless “PeliCAN”

So it’s been a while since my last post. much longer than it should have been… life has been crazy (which I’m sure I can explain sometime…) but not just for me. In case you haven’t heard, it’s been a bit crazy in the Gulf of Mexico lately too. To lend a helping hand, t-shirt site has reached out to artist members Frederik Wepener and Ross Zietmaz to create this pretty impressive shirt, with 100% proceeds going to the fifteen-year-old Gulf Restoration Network. It’s intended to give a glimmer of hope to the situation in the Gulf, no matter how bleak it may seem. It’s a true collaboration concept to help the Gulf. The printing (water-based inks, of course) of the tee was donated by Threadless’ local friends Sharprint, and both designers have donated their standard designer payment to the cause as well. Pretty cool.

peliCAN - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Click on the image above (or Click here) to check it out over at Threadless.

And for more Gulf Restoration Network stuff, check out

Probably Bad News: probably awesome

While a regular fan Failblog, I’ve somehow overlooked it’s sibling, Probably Bad News, until now. It’s quickly become one of my regular sites to check.  Plus it quickly washes away any regrets I had at not going into news journalism.

When the news seems generic

Wow… it’s been a while since I’ve had the time to make a post on here. And for that, I apologize (just incase there happens to be someone out there expecting an apology). It’s been a crazy few months, pretty much dominated by working 80 hour retail work weeks. Not really enjoyable. at all. But alas, it pays the bills. and reminds me I need to do my taxes.

Anyway, despite being completely separated from the world of the internet over the past few months, save the few glimpses into my inbox and the occasional ebay purchase, I still manage to stumble across some interesting stuff, most of it coming my way via a few good friends. So with that, I give you the best thing I’ve seen on the internet in a good while:

[via TodaysBigThing via moT (thanks!)]

MCA, Cancer, The Beastie Boys, and how social media is changing the news

Yesterday, The Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch and Adam Horovitz  (more commonly known MCA and Ad Rock) put up a YouTube video as a splash page to the Beastie Boys homepage basically announcing that MCA has cancer of the parotid gland and a lymph node and they would be postponing tour dates and their much-anticipated upcoming new album release.

Fortunately, they didn’t seem all that concerned, so hopefully all will work out well. It’s interesting to see YouTube replacing the traditional press release. The Beastie Boys release their message via YouTube, and the news outlets, including giants like the New York Times, are writing articles entirely based from the video. (NTY article) It’s a unique format in that it offers both information (assuming the creator provides it), and quotes that one can’t extract from a traditional press release. The reporters can comment on mood, atmosphere, setting, and tone, all of which don’t exist in a normal press release. Interesting to see, and certainly speaks volumes for the validity of (at least some) social media outlets.

And as expected, as soon as the news broke, MCA’s Wiki Page was ammended like clockwork.

On a side note I’m amused by the NTY article referring to the guys as Mr. Yauch and Mr. Horovitz. makes me chuckle a bit.

And in other Beastie Boys news, there’s a recently released closer-to-finished version of “Too Many Rappers” featuring Nas. You can check it out here.

illcommunicationAnd one other Beastie Boys tidbit: Fifteen years have now passed since Spike Jonze directed the video for “Sabatoge” and the Beastie Boys have released a remastered version of Ill Communication, complete with a bonus disc of extra tracks. Definitely worth picking up.

Political signing events: they are a-changin’

Political “signing events” have always intrigued me… politics combined with blatant photo opportunities. They’ve been known to produce some famous photos. But others can be quite bizarre, and this one is no different:


This photo has been making the rounds on the interwebz, and popped up on The Daily Show last night. Originally via the New York Times. Now I just need to find a baby to arm myself the next time I venture to a political event.

The Right Ringtone for the Job

I’m always intrigued when I hear unique and bizarre cell phone ringtones. Some are impressive, and some are just weird. But regardless, there’s a time and a place for (almost) every ringtone. And then there are the times and places when it’s never the right time:

chose your ringtones carefully (and remember to silence your mobile devices when appropriate.

In Memoriam Part II: Remembering Billy

While the King Of Pop passing is quite the story, crippling the internet and captivating the 24 hour news channels, there’s another shocking loss to the world: the venerable king of the sales pitch, Billy Mays. His sudden death sent shockwaves through the infomercial circles and his enthusiasm and outside voice will be greatly missed. He’d just got into promoting his new Discovery channel show, Pitchmen.

While any of his many pitches would make a fitting tribute video, the following clip shows him in both an innocent and mischevious character that was rarely seen in his polished pitches.

In Memoriam Part I: Remembering Michael

It’s been quite a week/weekend in the world of celebrities, and unless you’ve been living under a rock far away from a wireless signal, you’re probably well-aware of the news of Michael Jackson’s death (and quite possibly exhausted of the enthusiastic round-the-clock news coverage). I can’t say I was ever a huge fan, but the impact The Gloved One had on the world is undeniable. So I present you with the video clip that most succinctly sums up the impact of the King of Pop. With nearly 27 million views, it’s not exactly new, but at times like these, it pays to revisit some of the YouTube viral classics.

Headline of the week and a monkey in a diaper

Every now and then, there’s just one of this headlines… this morning was one of those days:

police_seek_monkeyI feel bad for the police… and for the monkey. I also particularly enjoy some of the writing of the AP story…like

Salem Police Sgt. John Hardy says he is confident the man and his monkey, who was wearing a diaper, will be found.

And just to be clear, I also feel bad for the girl who was bitten by the monkey, and realize it’s a serious matter. but police looking for a monkey in a diaper just seems so Oregon. Fitting that it’s in the state capitol.

story (and screen cap) via