Monday, May 31, 2004

A thank you

Tom's Print the Chaff blog has been most interesting reading. He now feels he needs to move on.

Undoudtedly his words of wisdom will pop up in other forums.

Template change

It looks good on my large monitor and prints out out neatly on A4 without the background. Archives, links and previous posts are now on the left.

I've given up on the news ticker.

Friday, May 28, 2004

On the move

I'm about to do the last two pages from our offices in Forest Road, Hurstville.. Next Monday sees me at Rockdale

I'm feeling a twinge of nostalgia.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Lack of ticker

Ticker offline while I plan and learn coding for a subtle format change.

Back soon

Monday, May 24, 2004

About the news ticker

It's from

It's basic, but free.

The Big Dry

Great excitement here because a reader reports having to use windshield wipers at lunchtime.

Dams are at about 50% of capacity

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Danto link

This is now fixed.

Thanks Danto and DM

Friday, May 21, 2004

Heard on the street

I have to go to a sale.

No, the operative word is I want to go to a sale.

Young ones are getting far too perceptive

A reader of The Earley Edition makes this observation:

I figured out Paul Wiggins's secret to his short and sharp blogging style: hyperlinks...


Guilty as charged, your honour.

Smart thinking 99

I've repaired the faulty link to Mark.

Spot the hidden hyperlink on this post.

Page links

A quick round up:
Earley edition link corrected to give correct entry point.
I an having having difficulties with link to Danto, Clay, and Mark Harrison that previously worked, though the hyperlink in the body copy does.

Can anyone shed light on the matter?

Thursday, May 20, 2004

This bulletin board has been up and running for a couple of months and is a brainfood feast. It is a smorgasbord of the arcane and the snarky.

Copy editors advisory: contains cheesy bits.

Good to see

This in my editorial internal mail: Hi all,
In our Tuesday edition we ran a small piece about the fall in food
donations at Anglicare. Many St George & Shire families are doing it
really tough this winter so we've decided to help them out. We are
collecting donations of non-perishable food which will be sent to
Anglicare. Please donate whatever you can spare to someone who
might otherwise go hungry. Donations can be left on ......s desk
[they will be collected by Anglicare on Thur May 27]. Thanks in advance!

Journos all a bunch of goddam tree-hugging communists!

Blogland grows

Latest blog to catch my eye belongs to Harrison Goodman, a
newspaper designer from Fredericksburg, Virginia. A hearty hello.
When I get time I'll separate the copy editor links from the designer links.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

A photojournalist's blog

Mark Hancock writes about matters that touch the lives of copyeditors and page designers.

A link will be added at right sometime after I have completed today's duties.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Not born yesterday

A gent looked over my shoulder today at an internet cafe. He penetrated one level of security.

But no further

Monday, May 17, 2004

Buy this book

Mr Walsh knows his trunks from his tails.

And the nails of tales

And is another thing.

Those of you who believe you can't start a sentence with the word and are referred to Genesis 1:

Genesis 1
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

King James Version, one of several available online at Bible Gateway

And so this post ends.

For my own good.

My employer is offering free influenza vaccination.

Smart move

Friday, May 14, 2004

Some academic reading for you

The State of the News Media 2004
I've read next to nothing of it, so have no opinion on its content.

Real estate section crops.

Cardinal rules for cropping:
a) more house, less sky
b) for interiors keep in as many light sources as you can.

Excellence can be applied to even the most mundane of chores.

Tip for reporters, even on small papers.

The more you get into the habit of turning the press release upside down before writing the more effective you will be.

And the faster you will become at it.

Some self-indulgence

One turns 44 years of age today. The evil reporting staff did five things to mak the occasion.

Memo to self: Increase the testiness factor.

Thursday, May 13, 2004


A kind gentleman has described these posts as taciturn.

I've had too many years as a headline writer methinks.

The Earley Edition

Dave from NSW is up and running

Earley Edition's editor, Dave, pores over HTML code. "It's not procrastination if it's for a good cause," he said.

About Me
name: Dave
age: 25
occupation: poverty line student
dream job: poverty line journalist

He gets a gong

Postscript: Dave is from Queensland, the state where they have 12 toes.
He still gets a gong.

Shooters. We have shooters

I am impressed by the blogspot update. Fully sick, as they say in the classics. What I have not figured out yet is how to upload jpeg file to profile.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Federal Budget

The government has given me a substantial tax break.

I'd rather it was spent on health, education and welfare.

Worth a look

There's a nifty list of over-used science fiction cliches here.

Thanks to Tom for the link.

About the body type

Body type is a work in progress and will be improved when I get some time.

I'm incorporating the Blogspot comments default, so previous comments are no longer there

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

About the blog colours

They will be all over the place and ugly over the next few days as I work on the coding.

A work in progress, will declare it over when over.

Federal idiocy: time to pick and stick

More mucking about from the Australian Federal Government.

Must be an election in the air

Monday, May 10, 2004

Keep your love forever young*

A great weekend, now back to business.

I did but see her passing by ... **

*Powderfinger lyric
**Sir Robert Menzies 1963 see film clip

note revised, corrected link

Friday, May 07, 2004

It's not official until it's in the paper.

Tom Mangan starts off an interesting post at Prints the Chaff with the following observation:

Last Saturday I saw the San Francisco Giants defeat the Florida Marlins. I knew the score but I had to read the Merc's account of the game in Sunday's paper. I'm habitually going to the Internet Movie Database or to read reviews on movies I've already seen.

I imagine most avid readers have similar tendencies; we read for the joy of translating and digesting the written word, but also because it validates our experiences.

Quite right. I feel great sadness for folk who deprive themselves of this pleasure.

Thursday, May 06, 2004

About the poll

Thanks to the fine organisational skills of a colleague I have a bit of time up my spleeves today to ponder HTML mark-up and have some fun at the same time.

Thanks, Deb

The Getty of Wisden

Those seeking to understand that there is a nexus between cricket and serenity, see this item in The Bulletin. It's by Tim Blair, whose blog spot can be found here.

Sadly there is just one cricket reference in the Bible:

Leviticus 11
21 quicquid autem ambulat quidem super quattuor pedes sed habet longiora retro crura per quae salit super terram
22 comedere debetis ut est brucus in genere suo et attacus atque ophiomachus ac lucusta singula iuxta genus suum
23 quicquid autem ex volucribus quattuor tantum habet pedes execrabile erit vobis

Fan page ethics

The webmistress at has an ethics page on her site.

Most interesting

Tuesday, May 04, 2004


I've signed up for this, even though my browser doesn't yet support, just like the Hotmail and Yahoo address using my full name it might prove handy one day.

Unfortunate name though (theirs not mine)

This doesn't happen often

A reader rang to ask if they could take a headline I'd written in and use it in another context.

I said yes. If I wanted to get snarky, Mr Shakespeare and the evangelists might come after me.

Monday, May 03, 2004

Nevil Gibson's Editor's Insight

Those of you wishing to understand a little about New Zealand could do worse than visit this page.

Nevil is the editor in chief of The National Business Review and his insight is bloggish, though not labelled as a blog.

He once had a dog called Scoop.

This from this morning's Sydney Morning Herald

Sitting on Central Station on Friday, Michael Brown noticed that, according to the recorded announcements, trains to the Rugby World Cup 2003 are still departing from platform 11.

Business as usual at CityRail

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