Use your daily rag to paper the walls


Lori Weitzner weaves strips of newspapers on a hand loom to create this wallpaper.

I like the look, but it seems to me to be a lot of work.

In old cabins in Colorado built in the late 1800’s you can still see where miners and homesteaders papered their cabin walls with newspapers. In that case, though, it was more to cut drafts than to make a design statement.


2050: The end of newspapers?


According to the Pew Research Center poll, most Americans say that newspapers will go the way of the 8-track in the next 40 years.

I happen to think that those folks are being overly optimistic. It won’t take 4 decades. Try one or two for the traditional newspaper be fade away.

The new beast go by a new name (suggestions anyone?) and will be online except for the highly expensive “print” issue that they’ll offer as keepsakes and for executives too busy to boot up their iWhatchamacallits.

Old vs. new: Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan mentioned in this post!

Call me a grumpy old codger, but I liked the old way better. For one thing, I used to have at least a rudimentary idea of how a newspaper got produced: On deadline, drunks with cigars wrote stories that were edited by constipated but knowledgeable people, then printed on paper by enormous machines operated by people with stupid hats and dirty faces.

Washington Post columnist grouses about the “new” newsroom. Read it. It’s funny. The best part is when he complains about heds on the web and how they’re written for SEO.

Best part of the piece is when he says that the printed hed on the column is “A digital salute to online journalism,” but the online hed will probably say “Gene Weingarten Column Mentions Lady Gaga.”

And of course, it does. But I’ve one upped the Wash Post hed by including LiLo.

Bring it on SEO!

Out of the pens of cartoonists . . . “a strong breeze just blew it away”


From last Sunday’s One Big Happy® by Rick Detorie. Funny that my wife were commenting about the slim pickin’s of the Sunday paper and then we see this.

Back in the olden days when I threw the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News, I hated Sundays because those issues were so frackin’ heavy that I could only carry 12 at a time. Six in the front pouch and six in the back. In addition, I had to work for a few hours before hand collating inserts and stuffing them.

Yup. those were the good old days.