Category Archives: newspaper

Sometimes headlines can actually be clever?

I’m not going to lie… I’m not a huge fan of The Oregonian. between some of their political viewpoints, public policy stances, and honestly mediocre writing, I barely glance at anymore. But that’s no reason not to point out the brilliance of this headline:

and the photo ain’t bad, either. In the doldrums of the winter-spring-greyness season, a bit of humor is difficult to muster up, let alone slap across the front page of the paper. I’m digging it.


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 Changing Face of Everyday Design


I just stumbled across this piece from The Guardian showing what they call “The Changing Face of Everyday Design.” Pretty simple, but pretty effective and interesting. If you click through, you can view all of the images at a larger scale. Somewhat ironically, they printed a few corrections noting that several of the police cars pictured were from the incorrect era. It shouldn’t be that difficult… and The Guardian is usually on top of stuff. I guess it just goes to show that some design is ahead (or behind, as the case may be) of its time.

Mac vs. PC continue to battle on


I know some people are sick of the Mac vs. PC ads (and I’m not just talking about those who hated them from the beginning). I’m still on the fence as to whether they should be cut or continue on. Regardless, their continued bantering is somehow completely transformed when it takes place on internet instead of on-screen. There have been several iterations of the Mac vs. PC banner ads taking over the bulk of the homepage on the New York Times website in the past, but the one up today is a bit different. Not only do the two banner animations reference each other, but they actually interact as PC crosses from one field to the other. I know it’s simple, and I know it’s been done before, but somehow, it just seems to work in this context.

Check to see if it’s still up at for the full effect.

Newbies: not just internet jargon anymore

I was somewhat surprised when I looked at the front page of the Living section in The Oregonian yesterday. The subhead of the feature story mentions “crowds of newbies” invading the gym. For some reason, seeing “newbies” in print on the front page of the paper made me a bit uncomfortable. Maybe I’m just used to internet jargon staying on the internet. I don’t expect newb and p0wnage to become regularly used in common English, let alone enter the lexicon of print journalism. I expect it from some of my friends, but not from The Oregonian. Maybe a weekly like Willamette Week and I wouldn’t be surprised, but for some reason, newbie just doesn’t feel very AP to me. Then again, it’s not like the headlines are being written in L33t yet. But I have to wonder how far off that really is.