September 11, 2010 · 8:42 am
I don’t tweet much. Once a day or so, just to blast out blog updates.
On Twitter, I follow more than am followed. I follow 26 people and only 15 follow me. I really must do something about this.
The reason I follow most of the tweeters I do is to get information. While it might be mildly relevant to know where someone is lunching, I am more interested in newsier Tweets. These often include items that don’t make the major newspapers, are written with esoteric angles or are relevant to narrow industry sectors. Or they’re just plain funny. Those I follow are publications mostly—The New Yorker, Fast Company, Vanity Fair, Advertising Age, Politico. Freaknomics puts out good stuff. I’ll make another pitch here for Fake AP Stylebook.
One night recently, as I was scrolling the latest Tweets before bed, the most bizarre collection of headlines jumped off the screen.
I wondered how these would look to someone having just awakened from a decade or two of hyperbaric sleep and wanted to catch up on the latest developments in fashion, politics, the environment, cable news or travel. Then again, Twitter in and of itself might buckle the brain of anyone who’s been out of touch for, say, 10 years.
Here is just a sample of the headlines I read within in just five minutes’ time:
New York Fashion Week to Include Designer Sex Toys
Barbara Boxer aide charged with possession of pot
China Beats U.S. to First Offshore Wind Farm
Scandal Glossary: The Complicated Past of Piers Morgan, Larry King’s Replacement
Airport “Naked” Body Scanners Get Privacy Upgrade to Anonymize Your Naughty Bits
Pinch me; I must still be dreaming.
Please remember, there are no blog updates on Sundays. I’ll be opening the Sunday paper with caution.
Filed under News, Politics, Reading, Technology and Social Media
Tagged as Advertising Age, air travel, Barbara Boxer aide, environment, Fake AP Stylebook, Fast Company, Freakonomics, headlines, Larry King Live, New York Fashion Week, news, Piers Morgan, Politico, The New Yorker, Tweet, Twitter, Vanity Fair, wind farm
May 7, 2010 · 7:44 am
Good morning and greetings from Boone, North Carolina.
My husband and I are here for our son’s graduation from Appalachian State University. I just couldn’t let the festivities begin without telling you a little about this charming place, where we’ve been coming a couple of times a year for the past four years.
Not everyone knows about Boone or Appalachian State. App State entered the national consciousness in 2007 when its then-two-time Division I-AA national championship football team beat the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in the season opener. It was the largest upset in college football history and landed the Mountaineers on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Later in the season, they won the championship for the third year in a row.
Appalachian State sits high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, in what’s known as the Ski Capital of the South. The student population is about 15,000. One of the institution’s most famous alumni is Steven J. Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics.
Boone itself is artsy and bohemian. It’s surrounded by a number of elite resorts, so there’s a cultural dichotomy that sometimes causes friction on the local political scene.
I think what stands out most about downtown Boone is the absence of chain stores and restaurants. Up and down King Street, Boone’s main avenue, you’ll find one character-filled small business after another.
On King Street, you’ll find no Gap; just The Jean Pool. There’s no Abercrombie; there’s the Mast General Store. I was sad to see that the second-hand store, Love Me Two Times, has closed its doors. There’s no CVS; just Boone Drug, which still has a lunch counter. There’s no Panera; it’s Our Daily Bread. There’s no Hair Cuttery; there’s Split Endz. No Starbucks, only Higher Grounds and The Beanstalk. No Chipotle; only Black Cat Burrito. The closest Chili’s is an hour away, which is fine because there’s the The Boone Saloon. And if are you are looking for a cheap place to stay on King Street, you’ll find no Days Inn; only a nondescript motel with a sign that reads: 2 people 1 bed $29.
What more can I say?
Filed under All Things Wordish, Family and Friends, Marketing/Advertising/PR, Travel
Tagged as Abercrombie, Black Cat Burrito, Boone, Boone Drug, Boone Saloon, Chili's, Chipotle, college, CVS, Days Inn, Freakonomics, Gap, graduation, Hair Cuttery, Higher Grounds, Love Me Two Times, lunch counter, Mast General Store, North Carolina, Our daily Bread, Panera, Split Endz, Starbucks, The Jean Pool, University of Michigan