Stranger Things 2 births a newspaper

Hawkins Post

Fictional The Hawkins Post from fictional Hawkins, Ind., makes its debut in episode 2 of Stranger Things 2. Since 1947!

Kudos for having a real story about Baby Fae’s baboon heart.

The fake copy editor needs to work on their fake headline writing skills: “Hawkins’ Halloween Celebrate” Really?! It doesn’t even fit.

Notice that all the heds have possessives? By design or not? I wonder.

If you don’t subscribe to Netflix, or can borrow someone’s account, watch Stranger Things 2 for free.


Old visual metaphors still strong


These images were included in a recent email newsletter that the HR department of the company that I work for sent out.

A newspaper, of course, is still used as a visual metaphor for news … because it looks stupid to show someone hunched over their smart phone!

I’ve also included the second image of the blackboard .. because when’s the last time you saw a real live chalk and blackboard instead of markers and a whiteboard.

Some visual metaphors are going to take a really long time to die off.

Quick, call the cops! There’s a newspaper in my yard!!!

Post-Star Publisher Robert Forcey was served Monday with seven counts of “throwing refuse on highways and adjacent lands” in connection with delivery of the weekly paper This Week to residents in Queensbury who complained about it.

I haven’t gone so far as to call the local PD to complain, but I have called the offices of several fee weekly newspapers to tell them to stop delivering to my driveway.

Responses have ranged from, “Sure. No Problem,” to “We can’t do that.” Thankfully the latter has since gone out of business.

Some local free newspapers I want to read, others, well, let’s just say that I’m just the middle man between the carrier and the recycle bin.

It doesn’t help that the people who throw these, at least on my street, don’t seem to be aiming anywhere in particular, with newspapers even ending in the middle of the road.

True confession time. For one brief summer in my early teens, I threw the free Fountain Valley (Colo.) Times. Back then I think it may have been the Fountain Valley Advertiser. And, I seem to always hit the koi pond bullseye at one particular house every single week.

Got caught and yelled at once. I’m glad the homeowner never called the cops on me!