Touch Tech

posting this entry from morning light using my ipod touch…

UPDATE: the new love of my tech life is indeed my iPod Touch. It automatically detects any available WiFi signals (such as at Morning Light, or Planet Earth, etc), and uses a mobile Safari browser. Surfing the web is sweet on this little baby! It plays YouTube videos, too, which is pretty fun. And, of course, since it is an iPod, it also serves as a music and video player. Me likey! Continue reading

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Trib Crit

I’ve received some mild criticism of my criticism of the Tribune, so let me clarify: I don’t hate the Tribune. I don’t hate the people who work at the Tribune. I think they do a pretty good job covering our community. Could they do better? Probably. But they are people, not factory-produced news robots that are created solely to gather and report news. The several reporters that I’ve met and been interviewed by from the Trib have all been nice people, and they really do enjoy their work and take it seriously.

But regarding my entry below about the Trib’s posting of brief, canned candidate videos, compared to GeeGuy’s posting of entire chunks of our debate: darn it, the Trib DOES have more resources than me and GeeGuy. As I stated, the Trib has money, people, and technology at their disposal: they have dozens of people whose sole job is to gather and report news; they have money to spend solely on gathering and reporting news; and they have technology that is used to gather and report news. GeeGuy and I have…an internet connection, a cellphone, and a video camera. I’m not saying that what GeeGuy and I did is worthy of a Pulitzer, but seriously – if WE can do it, then surely the Trib can. Right?

Don’t get me wrong: I appreciate that the Trib did post some video and covered all three debates. But since the Trib is actually in the news business (“No other news media can deliver the local, communities news like we can.”), well…it just seems that they should be able to at least match the bloggers’ level of effort on something as important as municipal elections.

And I hope that my mild rant is taken as constructive criticism, not bashing. Seriously.

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Candidate Videos via Trib

Well, better late than never: the Trib finally has some videos of the candidates posted. The quality of the videos is good, and the pages have some good bio info on each candidate. I’m not criticizing the Trib for posting them…but with all of their resources (staff, money, technology), I just figured that they would have posted more than 2-minute “canned” clips from each candidate.

You know, sort of like what GeeGuy and I did.

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Election 2007 Issues

What is the most important issue facing Great Falls in the 2007 municipal election? Here are some of the “hot button” topics that grab the most attention.

If you answered “Other,” sound off in the comments and let everyone know.

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Election 2005

Two years ago, I posted an entry that remains one of the most popular (in terms of comments and # of times viewed); it’s titled “They Report, They Decide?” In that entry, I ranted a bit about KQDI ‘s (1450 AM) attempt to solicit questions from voters and answers from candidates. Hmmm…if you replace “KQDI” with “Tribune,” that entry could apply to our 2007 election. Reading through the comments on that 2-year old entry is pretty interesting; recognize some of those names?

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

How many of you absolutely love Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas?” Yeah, I figured you did. What a classic! Jack, with his scary, sweet sincerity…pretty pining Sally…the befuddled Mayor…dreadful Oogie…and the incredible songs and visuals…there is no other movie like it.
And sure, you can watch it around Christmas time, but really — optimal viewing occurs during the week before Halloween (that’s now, people!). And here’s the really cool part: it’s been re-released to theatres…in 3-D!
I checked it out on Monday and was completely awed. Unlike some of the cheesier 3-D movies from decades past, this really popped — as magical as the movie is, it is even *more* so now! So if the weather is too cold/wet/snowy this weekend to enjoy the cornfield maze, do yourself and the kids a favor and see it!


It’s playing at our Marketplace multiplex, but if you don’t get there soon, you’ll have to wait until next year!

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