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Archives: May 2010

Ipad + Velcro = Never Having to Interact With the Real World Ever Again

iPad + Velcro from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.

H/T to Boing Boing, who also notes the existence of transparent Velcro.

MTA to Change New York’s Subway Map

mtamap05282010.jpgMichael Grynbaum, the most poetic scribe of subterranean infrastructure since Victor Hugo, reports for The New York Times today that the MTA is changing its subway map:

Next month, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will unveil a resized, recolored and simplified edition of the well-known map, its first overhaul in more than a decade.

Manhattan will become taller, bulkier and 30 percent wider, to better display its spaghetti of subway lines. Staten Island, meanwhile, will shrink by half. The spreadsheetlike “service guide,” along the map’s bottom border, will be eliminated, and the other three boroughs will grow to fill the space.

Spaghetti! The guy’s a genius.

Grynbaum also documents the discontent surrounding the old map, which dates back to 1979. The clamor for change has recently made itself manifest in the form of complaints and suggestions by online map enthusiasts and mobile-device application designers. “The authority now concedes that the map became overcrowded,” writes Grynbaum in a dramatic one-sentence paragraph.

There’s also a neat interactive feature showing how the map has changed over time alongside the new design. The map is due for release next month, so there’s plenty of time to get some studying in.

Los Angeles Under the Gulf Oil Spill

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Nice juxtaposition by Adam over at Beowulfe.com.

What’s Next for True/Slant?

In a conference call to contributors yesterday, True/Slant founder and chief product officer Lewis Dvorkin gave more details about what the future holds for the site and its 300-plus contributors, now that it has been purchased by Forbes. Though Dvorkin said True/Slant business would continue as usual in the month of June, this Fishie and True/Slant blogger sat in on the conversation, and came away with the obvious conclusion that huge changes are on the way.

“Forbes has a mission, Forbes has a voice and that’s not going to change,” Dvorkin said, in perhaps the most revealing quote of the phone conference.

Reading between the lines, one can assume it’s True/Slant’s business and content delivery model — niche-targeted content and incentive-based pay, compensating writers who draw more eyeballs — that interested Forbes, not necessarily the content itself. Which is too bad. True/Slant gave its contributors a fairly high profile online home for all kinds of alternative points of view. Though Dvorkin insisted Forbes was adamant about widely expanding its blogging network, one has to wonder whether an increased number of writers will translate into an actual diversity of content.

Time will tell.

In the meanwhile, Dvorkin said he would take the month of June to figure out how exactly the blending of True/Slant and Forbes will happen. He encouraged writers to pitch new niche-targeted blogs to the True/Slant team for consideration at Forbes.

Previously on FBLA: Forbes Acquires True/Slant

New York Observer Politics Writer Leaves for WNYC

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Azi Paybarah, politics writer for the New York Observer, has confirmed with FishbowlNY that he is leaving the salmon-colored weekly to join up with WNYC.

This week, Paybarah is apparently doing double duty between the Observer and WNYC.org; here’s his Observer post from today about Andrew Cuomo’s gubernatorial campaign, and here’s his Tuesday WNYC post on the 2010 New York state democratic convention.

The list of departures from the Observer continues to grow, and the politics desk is looking especially thin. Editor Katharine Jose took off last week to join ex-Observer editors Tom McGeveran and Josh Benson at their new Web project, Capital. In recent months, quite a few other Observers have left their posts, including: managing editor Joe Pompeo, managing editor of digital content Tyler Thoreson and reporter Gillian Reagan (who recently left The Business Insider to also join Capital).

But the old revolving door goes both ways; The Observer is apparently hiring to fill Paybarah’s spot.

W Hires New Design Director, Ends Fairchild Column

w_magazine05282010.jpgThe revolving door keeps spinning in the early months of the Stefano Tonchi era at W. Women’s Wear Daily reports that Tonchi has brought Joseph Logan on board as design director. Says WWD:

Logan, 38, succeeds W’s longtime group design director, Edward Leida, who was shown the door soon after Tonchi came into power. Logan — who has also worked at French Vogue and Arena Homme Plus — will report to W’s new creative director, Jody Quon. In a conversation with Tonchi and Quon, Logan told WWD, “What we’ve talked about is making something extremely refined and something in line with, or maybe built around, the interests of the first W that existed under Mr. Fairchild.”

In another editorial changeup, 83-year-old John Fairchild will no longer be penning his society column under the pseudonym Countess Louise J. Esterhazy, the New York Post reports.

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Gossip Gossip: Frank DiGiacomo Heading To The Daily News

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Frank DiGiacomo will be returning to his former beat as he takes over the Daily News‘ gossip column. DiGiacomo, who contributes to Vanity Fair and has formerly covered celebrity and entertainment gossip for Page Six, is taking over the Gatecrasher column as the section’s current writer, Amanda Sidman, moves on to become a features writer at the paper.

DiGiacomo’s hire comes in in the wake of fellow gossip scribe George Rush‘s decision to take the buyout package offered to Daily News staffers. In fact, DiGiacomo co-edited Page Six with Rush’s wife, fellow Daily News columnist Joanna Molloy, who most recently co-wrote Rush & Molloy before her husband’s departure.

The Journalists Memorial for Memorial Day

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Journalists tend to write only about the military as serving their country and losing their lives. So in the interest of the dreaded “naval gazing” by the press above is a picture of the Journalists Memorial at the Newseum in Washington DC.

[P]ays tribute to reporters, photographers and broadcasters who have died reporting the news. The names of 2,007 individuals from around the world are etched on the glass panels of the soaring, two-story structure.

And just in the last 24 hours news of reporter Anibal Archila died from a volcanic eruption in Guatemala.

Our thanks to all who serve in the name of telling the story.

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