October 16, 2007

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Phoenix by the Sea

Many interesting news efforts rise from the ashes of the News-Press, even as that local institution continues burning down (approaching the cremain stage on an asymptotic curve). The latest is Noozhawk, an effort by Bill MacFadyen, who left the NP many years ago, and put other instructive newspaper experiences under his belt in the meantime. Backthanks for the pointage goes to Dan Gillmor.

Bonus link.

Tom at UrbanAgora: Folks, if every bit of data on everything is available, it will include ways of subverting the systems to cause events that will make 9/11 look like a Sunday picnic. Very shortly, the continued existence of civilization is going to depend on the good-will of script-kiddies.

Read the whole thing. Read the comments. Then go to Mike Taht’s blog, where I found the link to Tom and his thoughts here. A nice bonus is Mike’s Open letter to the mainstream media, particularly CNBC. Interesting thinking and reading there too.

Rocking talk on modeling cooperation being given right now by Oliver Goodenough here at the Berkman Center. Streaming live.

Trick as treat

If that pumpkin brings to mind, there’s a good reason. The artist (it says here) is Glenn Chadbourne, scary illustrator for the scary author. I know King lives in Maine (and is highly associated with the state), and now (since I just looked him up) see that Chadbourne is quite the Maine dude too. (Which is why I just added the link for him.)

Anyway, all are part of a photo set from the trip, my first to Maine since I drove through there in 1967 with my college pal Barry Bourassa, whose contact info I have long since lost. I’m hoping he’ll look himself up one of these days, find himself mentioned here, and re-connect. Last I saw, he and his wife Cheri had a bed & breakfast up the coast somewhere, I think in Cherryfield. Not sure. Can’t find a sign of it when I try to look it up.

Anyway, the pumpkin above is 404 pounds, and I believe still stands on display in front of King Eider’s Pub, where we had an excellent lunch. There are other pumpkins, mostly of the carved sort (rather than painted like this one), in front of other business establishments up and down the main street of Damariscotta. If you’re in the area, check ’em out.