Chris Anderson responds to Malcolm Gladwell
NYT article about the Here is Where project.
A quirky and brilliant project to document forgotten US places of historical interest.
"When we decided to launch HuffPost New York we decided that if we were going to cover the city it was not only crucial to reach out to the best local sources, but to also explore ways that HuffPost could partner with these sites."This is going to be really interesting. Collaborating with the Gotham Gazette, The Brooklyn Rail etc.
Earlier today, one of my closest friends was on Leonard Lopate talking about how to cook in a small kitchen and the team at WNYC shot the video below. I built Melissa's site several years ago and it has been a place for her to post her articles, her books, and her contact info. For years now I've been saying blog this, blog that but she wasn't interested. Nor was she alone among my more established author friends in saying - "why should I write for free?" I would respond with things about brand, online presence, broaden her following, etc. Well she's decided it is finally time, or it will be once I get off my ass and update her site, for her to start blogging
Melissa has sold a book based on her fantastic New York Times Good Appetite columns, and we are going to set up a blog that shares the creation of the book. The blog will let people follow along in the making of the book; from testing and photos to fun little videos. Melissa is also one of the leading co-writers for cookbooks, by which she helps transform a chef's vision into something usable for the home cook. She also lives a far more glamorous life than you or I. Perhaps my standards have been lowered a bit lately as the mere act of leaving the house to eat in a restaurant mid-day or after 6:30 qualifies, but she does eat well, and she eats everything, so the blog will have some things to keep an eye out for. It may even have some kitchen disasters. I'm so pleased and I think I've even gotten her to try twitter to broadcast new posts. So watch out there is a new food blog on the block - um or there will be by next week.
We spotted the car of one of our favorite restaurants parked in this seemingly custom parking spot on Third Avenue. Until some of the SMART car owners up in the Slope decide to risk parking their little bright cars down the hill, the owner of the ChipShop should be able to park his tricycle here on a regular basis.
We love the ChipShop, because of the food and not just because it is around the corner, and we've recently discovered a great trick for ordering there. Get a child's size portion; plenty big, you'll have room for a pudding, and it won't send you off hungry or feeling ill. If you go before 6:30 there is also a discount.
I'm a member of the Park Slope Coop which is its own kind of local food animal in itself so I have a bit of a problem joining a CSA, but if it weren't for the fact that I'm already working 2.5 hours a month for my food I would seriously consider joining and supporting the Upper Meadows Farm CSA. Members of the CSA pick up their shares at the Farmer's Market at the Old Stone House Park on 3-5th Street & 5th Avenue. In fact if they keep sending me newsletters with links to the haul of the week that includes things like; cardoons, nettles, onions, kale, and amaranth, I may break down and just join. Their rates seem very reasonable and the folks at their booth are very nice. Their site has a photo of the farmer playing a trombone to some happy looking geese so what's not to like? If you don't want to join you can buy most of these things at their booth.
The list of winners for the Knight News Challenge were just announced. They look really interesting. Gotham Gazette, one of my daily reads for NYC, got one to form a wiki on the City Council. A big grant went to ProPulbica and the NYT for a db of public records, a really interesting one went to create tools to make community news data visualizations.
Jake Dobkin of Gothamist and I were finalists for this contest for a project we collaborated on. We wanted to create a site for placebloggers to collaborate and share stories. The project also gave them access to tools like Reuters, and Lexis Nexis so they could compete with professional journalists. Looking at this list I see that we asked for much to much money. I'm sure there were other reasons we didn't win too but that really stands out. I don't see an everyblock in this group but who knows.
I rarely, if ever, click through banners. In fact I was going to post something making fun of the banner below I found it annoying as the GPS usage only went up and there were no postings of celebrity sightings it had a pseudo real feel. I'm not entirely sure why I clicked through maybe I thought there was something local going on but I'm really glad I did as I happened upon a nice piece of art.
Look at it, other than the Sprint promos which as is my usual practice I'm ignoring, there is some amazing fun stuff going on. In fact I don't even know what the page is trying to sell me. What I do know is that it is full of odd factoids, little cranes, pong, music, moving numbers, and music. There is some ambient music in the background as a women's voice says things like, "13,600 letters are being mailed each now, Your body just made 50 million new cells....your heart is beating now, and now, and now". Plus it seems to come in different flavors. The link above is to the page I clicked through. Going to http://now.sprint.com takes you to a different version of the site and a widget. It also led me to discover the wonderful Atlas Obscura, which is a kind of geographical Ripley's Believe it or Not (and probably already a book too), from the Boing Boing link on the top left which I think is some kind of rotating RSS feed.
8. Readers like database projects: It’s all about getting local; readers want anything that focuses on their particular world. Mapping and database initiatives are pretty novel ways of attracting readers.
9. You’re in the directory business: Newspapers missed out early on by not broadening their advertiser mix to include plumbers and pizza places. Online directories snapped up those dollars when the space was still growing substantially. Still, better late than ever, a number of newspapers have been turning to local businesses they previously ignored. And given newspapers’ continued brand advantage, they can set up their own local directories and beat the interlopers at their own game.
I'm probably not alone in wondering about who the parents of the Emanuel brothers (and sister) are, so here is a link to an article in the Washingtonian from May 2008 that paints a picture and is worth reading. Take from it what you will but I think I have a better understanding now and can appreciate them even more. Before reading the article I didn't know that a third brother was so accomplished and is probably a loud voice on the healthcare plan.
In any case despite their accomplishments Duck Rabbit while a fine read isn't something I think they should tackle, nor is Don't let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. "Let me drive the #@$@$@$ bus or I'll $%$%^ you!"