Archive: July, 2008
To those of you who complained that I was "phoning it in" because I've been taking a 5-minute break to have up-to-date posts for you to talk about while I'm frantically WRITING A BOOK...it gets worse. I'm going to be on real vacation between now and Aug. 11 -- completely away from the computer. So you're really on your own for the next two weeks -- I'm sure you won't digress into a long argument about the human waste elimination process or anything like that. Talk about, you know, McCain, Obama, baseball, sex...important stuff.
I feel bad because any newcomer expecting the "Best Blog" in Philadelphia is in for a real disappointment (even more than usual!). So, for any stray visitor, below are some links to what I foolishly consider to be some greatest hits:
It's the "new normal" start of the fall campaign season -- the heightened terror alert:
Government officials have been quietly stepping up counterterror efforts out of a growing concern that al Qaeda or similar organizations might try to capitalize on the spate of extremely high-profile events in the coming months, sources tell ABC News.
The rumor since Monday is that Philadelphia Magazine named Attytood "best blog" or some such thing -- in my world, it doesn't exist if it's not online, so I guess I'll need to buy the magazine for myself, and so should you. If it's true, I am grateful, humble, honored, and just like you, puzzled :-).
To anyone who saw the magazine and is visiting for the first time, hi! -- I'm on "book vacation" (how's that for an oxymoron?) and the regular blogging of multple daily posts won't resume until mid-August or so. I hope you'll stick around.
There's a story that's running currently in a well-known American paper that is exactly the type of thing that critics of modern journalism -- which is most of us, nowadays -- have been arguing has been missing in today's world of shrinking newsrooms and warped priorities.
It's investigative reporting on an issue that is locally important to its readers. It's pointing up major flaws in the hometown police department. What's more, the story is a good read that's presented with all the high-tech bells and whistles that you'd want in 2008 -- in an era when news organizations need more Internet traffic to survive, it is driving a ton of traffic to their site. Rather than dump a ton of information in a large unreadable blob, like newspapers did in the 1980s when circulation started dropping, the story has been neatly re-packaged into 12 bite-sized parts.
Of course, it always helps to get good press coverage with headlines like this: "McCain Will Be in Lehigh Valley Today -- But Where?"
Unrelated...no blood in ants.
Wachovia, one of the more prominent banks that isn't based here in Philly but happily takes our money, just announced that it lost nearly $9 billion and is laying off 6,350 workers.
Do you think maybe this has something to do with it?
1. Promote the living daylights out of this study that shows Philadelphia is the fifth most walkable city in America. This was already one of the city's secret assets, but with gas at $4.08 a gallon, the whole world needs to know.
2. Bench Jimmy Rollins for the first game of the upcoming Mets series, for his ridiculous failure to run hard yesterday on a Victorino bloop on which he had a 50-50 chance of scoring, which would have snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat.
We can't let this kind of talk inside the United States:
QUNU, South Africa — Nelson Mandela celebrated his 90th birthday Friday by calling on the wealthy to share with the poor and wishing that he had been able to spend more time with his family during the long anti-apartheid struggle.