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Archives for March, 2009

The shepherds responsible for the sheep art I featured earlier (i.e., Sheep + LEDs – Mona Lisa, Fireworks, etc.”) explain how it was done. Via the BBC:

A heads-up: to those in or near NYC: Tuesday, March 31, at 6 pm, at 20 Cooper Square in NYC, I’ll be giving a talk/discussion on blogging and long-form journalism — particularly on the different demands, pros and cons, possibilities and constraints, and reader and writer experiences those two different modes of writing (and reading)…

From Jay Rosen: As the crisis in newspaper journalism grinds on, people watching it are trying to explain how we got here, and what we’re losing as part of the newspaper economy crashes. Some are trying to imagine a new news system. I try to follow this action, and have been sending around the best…

Skip this post if you don’t want to read a writer responding point by point to a self-indulgent, insubstantial attack by a major academic. I should say right off that I’ve long admired the more measured critiques that J. Douglas Bremner, a PTSD researcher and professor of radiology and psychiatry at Emory University, has offered…

Now this makes my day: I’ve been nominated for a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award. Beard, foodees know, was a great eminence in fooddom, and won my heart years ago by stressing in one of his cookbooks that (to paraphrase) the quantity of food in a meal can be as important to its enjoyment as…

I’ve had mixed reactions to Gladwell’s writing over the years: I always enjoy reading it, but in Blink, especially, when he was writing about an area I knew more about than in his other books, I was troubled not just by what seemed an avoidance of neuroscientific explanations of attention and decision-making, but by an…

A few days ago I had a brief post on a team of Spanish kids who used a latex balloon and a $60 camera to take photographs of the earth from near the edge of space. My info was sketchy at the time, but an alert reader found and sent me a link to the…

A few weeks ago, Matt Stevens, the National Guard captain and medic who served in Iraq and whom I mentioned in my Scientific American article, “The Post-Traumatic Stress Trap, wrote me an email about the social unease he often encountered when he showed any behavior that might remind people he had served in Iraq —…

Were the makers of that sheepherding-art video I put in an earlier post (and further below in this post as well) pulling the wool over our eyes? Can you really get sheep to do that stuff? My sister Ann, who sent me the link to start with and who has spent some time training sheepdogs…

“Faith” is a fine invention For gentlemen who see — But microscopes are prudent In an emergency. Emily Dickinson, poet (1830-1886) via A Word a Day, 3/17/09