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Archives for January, 2009

How Not to Fix the New York Times

In explaining How Not to Fix the New York Times, Felix Salmon identifies many assets that help make the Times so invaluable — and which may be hard to replicate in a more fragmented media world. The challenge for a New Media that seeks to replace newspapers rather than supplement them will be to either…

“‘I would die if I had to live here.” – Tweet from a PR consultant landing in Memphis to give a presentation. “A hazard of social networking is people will read what you write.” – Email sent soon afterward to PR consultant from client he was visiting in Memphis. Careful what you tweet. Read the…

“If I have to be male, I was hoping for a younger, more fit body, and a better head of hair. It does however fulfill one of my greatest fantasies, which is that I have long had subpoena envy.” New Yorker writer Jane Mayer, author of “The Dark Side,” who has done much to expose…

In response to my post on himself, the NY Times, Zyprexa, Infinite Mind, etc.

My brother, who started his medical career as a pulmonary tech at a naval hospital and is now the medical director for the National Disaster Medical System — a system that draws heavily on medical personnel normally employed outside government — sent me this account of his Inauguration Day, which he spent overseeing the NDMS…

Obama as neuroanthropologist

An impressive list of (mostly overlooked) readings about Obama, from Neuroanthropology. I kept wondering yesterday why, along with being deeply moved while watching the ceremonies, I a deep sense of dread and foreboding. Narrowed it to three things: – a sadness my mother (who died soon after 9/11) wasn’t around to see this, as she…

The mark of the man of the day

Off my usual route — but isn’t Obama on everyone’s today? Much to admire in the man. Seems almost too much to ask that his signature could be so attractive as well. But there it is. This is from the first proclamation he signed soon after taking office. That’s from Reuters . Another site has…

Why do I love paper art so much? Intersection of book, art, and (by presentation here) new media? Or is just because it’s pretty? This certainly is. A video of a walk through a highly literary society. I love the nighttime section. From the folks at 4th Estate Hat tip: Alice

One theory about antidepressants is that they relieve depression by encouraging neurogenesis — the creation of new neurons. Neuroskeptic reviews a study that argues against this idea. the neurogenesis hypothesis has problems of its own. A new paper claims to add to what seems like a growing list of counter-examples: Ageing abolishes the effects of…

The flubby oath explained

Today’s inaugural oath got bumpy, and I was among many who dropped the ball got confused about whether it was Roberts or Obama who originally dropped the ball. Benjamin Zimmer explains: Chief Justice John Roberts’ administration of the presidential oath to Barack Obama was far from smooth. … the error that emerged from their momentary…