From the monthly archives: July 2011

A bittersweet farewell to print; a difficult preference for me to justify due to papers media’s environmental costs. Also, a fond farewell to my last post in my July residency. It’s been wonderful and intense and it’s made me, a New York Times subscriber whose day could not start properly without a paper on the […]

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Farewell fellow news scavengers – it’s been fun and challenging! This was my first time using a digital camera and it took me a few days to discover its functions and advantages. The the exciting part is that there are images and discoveries made in this process that I’ll be exploring further and incorporating into […]

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Ruling Upholds Gene Patent in Cancer Test From today’s New York Times Business section: “In a closely watched case, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday that genes can be patented…Critics say it is unethical to patent something that is part of the human body or the natural world. Some also say that the cost […]

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A recent fresh air segment on the etymology of the word “compromise” inspired me to map the history of today’s lead headline. The map shows a collection of words floating together from distant centuries, informing our understanding of something so strange as a debt-ceiling. This also reminds me of a great radiolab on language. Tweet

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Who is Nafissatou Diallo Really? Today the New York Times ran an article about the maid in the Strauss-Kahn case deciding to go public with her identity and show her face in order to defend herself against claims (made most prominently by The New York Post) that she is a prostitute and perhaps try the […]

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House Republicans Try to Roll Back Environmental Rules From today’s New York Times Science Section: “With the nation’s attention diverted by the drama over the debt ceiling, Republicans in the House of Representatives are loading up an appropriations bill with 39 ways — and counting — to significantly curtail environmental regulation.” List to Date: Blocks […]

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The compendium of all the Arab Spring topographies, creating a new territory knit together by the events taking place within each country. Tweet

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Early Media Prophet Is Now Getting His Due From today’s New York Times Art Section: “Last week events in Europe, Washington and three Canadian cities honored the centennial of the birth of the man who is now widely credited as the world’s first media theorist and who introduced ideas like “the medium is the message” […]

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In solidarity with Oslo and against xenophobia. Today also happens to be the anniversary of the Cuban Revolution Tweet

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After Long Wait, Same-Sex Couples Marry in New York I think given the joy and festivity of the occasion I can be forgiven to celebrate the moment by creating some absolutely non-ironic clip-art style disco graphics. This day, long overdue, screams for bling. Tweet

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Amy Winehouse, British Soul Singer With a Troubled Life, Dies at 27 Subtitled: Through the Looking Glass Tweet

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At Least 80 Dead in Norway Shooting I started to build up the mass of an abstract representation of the island Utoya by painting over stencils of silhouettes of small bodies. The repetition became extreme and my hand got tired. I began to wonder how tired the trigger finger of the man who murdered over […]

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Under Fire, PMS-Related Milk Campaign Shut Down Early Today the New York Times reports that an ill-advised advertising campaign for milk was shut down early due to public outcry over what many see as the campaign’s misogynistic subtext. The advertising firm that launched the print ads and the associated website (all of the people interviewed […]

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Social media history becomes a new job hurdle From an article in today’s New York Times: “Possible employers may look at everything you’ve said or done online in the past seven years” Tweet

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Panel Recommends Mandatory Coverage for Contraception From the front page of today’s New York Times: “A leading medical advisory panel recommended on Tuesday that all insurers be required to cover contraceptives for women free of charge as one of several preventive services under the new health care law…But the recommendations immediately reignited debate over the […]

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The Hated and the Hater, Both Touched by Crime Today the New York Times interviewed Rais Bhuiyan, a Muslim man born in Pakistan who was the sole survivor of three men shot in a hate crime against perpetrated against Arabic-looking men by a man in Dallas who claims he was seeking retribution for 9/11. Mr. […]

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  On January 14th, protests broke out in Jordan and have persisted to this day. Kareem Fahim’s article  in the NY Times discusses the latest peaceful protests that erupted in violence when police officers attacked the protesters.   Tweet

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  Major protests in Egypt began on January 25th. According to the NYTimes, more than 800 people died in the 18 days it took for protesters to oust Mubarak. I’ve been meaning to include a link to a graphic by Sergio Pecanha and Alicia DeSantis, which summerized the protests throughout the region, but I cannot […]

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Today The Wall Street Journal caused quite an outcry with its editorial entitled News and Its Critics, an missive that stood in stark contrast to the advertisements that News Corp ran three days ago in most of the top UK papers which apologized for the hacking scandal and seemed to show at least properly calibrated […]

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This is the first in a nine part series devoted to the nine (and counting) Arab countries experiencing revolutions. Here is some analysis and thoughts on the Arab Spring that I found interesting: NY Times Blogging Heads A This American Life story by Nancy Updike   Tweet

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Our poor, young, beloved cat Ollie suddenly became critically ill this weekend and was rushed to the vet with a fever over 106 degrees. We were told that usually means seizures, probable death, and at the very least lasting brain damage. He was loaded up with fluids, antibiotics, and steroids and after much agonizing we […]

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Sony Forced to Remove Illegal Sidewalk Ads (again). Yesterday’s New York Times reports that New York City has issued a reprimand for just under 10 illegal sidewalk ads. Letters are sent to businesses who use these guerilla advertising techniques requesting that all illegal decals, stencils, and other items be removed from city owned property, and […]

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THE RACE TO DOCUMENT A REVOLUTION BEFORE IT IS LOST TO THE OFFICIAL LINE. On any given evening Cairo’s Tahrir Square creaks under the weight of its own recent history/  The Guardian/Jack Shenker, Cairo Tweet

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A visual tally of all of the photographs of subjects deemed important enough to make it into today’s New York Times A section. Concept: Max Whitney. Layout/design: Max Whitney and Beth Whitney. Men- 73 Women-16 Baboons-2 Dog-1 Gas Jockey-1 Car-1 Children-3 Dying Trees-2 Website-1 Ghoul-1 Paintings of Important Men-2 Statement about the work from Max […]

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Utility Shelves Ambitious Plan to Limit Carbon Tweet

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A number of articles by Tim Arango on the complexity and tragedy of Iraq and the American occupation inspired this piece, a charred newspaper in the shape of Iraq.       Tweet

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G.O.P. Bid to Void Light Bulb Law Fails The incredible struggle for the freedom to waste as much energy as possible hit a roadblock today. The New York Times reported that a Republican bid to overturn lightbulb efficiency regulations that were signed into law in 2007 by then President George W. Bush as part of […]

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Crazy that we are trying to produce better robots, while the butterflies are endangered…. hmmm Tweet

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A map of all the countries covered in today’s NY Times conveys the partial worlds that our media creates. Tweet

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In Midwest, Flutters May Be Far Fewer In Midwest, Flutters May Be Far Fewer Today the New York Times cites a study by the journal Insect Conservation and Diversity that finds the Monarch butterfly population is dwindling, due in no small part to crops having been genetically engineered to withstand being sprayed with Monsato’s Roundup […]

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