Frontier Former Editor

February 15, 2009

Is Facebook making me more social or more anti-social?

Filed under: blogging, observations, societal niceties, writing — Tags: , , — Frontier Former Editor @ 11:27 am

I got bit by the Facebook bug about a month ago (along with a nip by Twitter) and I’ve left my blog abandoned.

 

Part of it was because I may have the germ of a teaching and consulting gig in PhotoShop. That’s not a bad thing.

 

The other part may very well be Facebook.

 

It’s getting addictive. I’m getting a little less literary (like I’ve ever been literary).

 

I don’t like it.

 

Being a former newspaper person, I was worried that blogging had made me even terser than I had to be for print.. But now, it’s quit being even terse.

 

I’ve got to do better.

At least I’m not doing this: www.thenadyasulemanfamily.com

July 12, 2008

To the tall comely redhead of Irish descent with fierce hands and a huge heart (not to mention three cats).

Filed under: blogging, fake journalism, journalism, newspapers, politics — Tags: , , , , — Frontier Former Editor @ 9:39 pm

Stiletto suggested that I try and convince you to start a blog.

Seeing that you have some appreciation for reporters, yes, you should start a blog and for some very good reasons, such as:

  • Lou Dobbs. Express your disgust for pandering, middle-age, modern-day Know-Nothings and mugwumps who cite thinly-veiled racism as a justification for a Father Knows Best smugness and self-serving garbage. And not all of them are white, middle aged or male, either.
  • ‘New Journalism.’ What was wrong with ‘old journalism,’ where you went out and reported fairly, factually and in context about what mattered in one’s community and country, regardless of how uncomfortable and infuriated it made the subjects or the readers, and where good reporters and editors knew how to keep their beats at the proper arm’s length while getting to know everyone who had a stake in knowing just what in hell was going on behind government and business doors?
  • Entertainment journalism. The biggest f’in oxymoron since Bush’s ‘compassionate conservatism’ and ‘military intelligence.’
  • Ambrose Bierce. Sometimes a reporter needs to stand up during an interview and tell the subject – especially a politician, policeman, lawyer, judge or other appointed official – ‘bullshit’ and have the education and background to make it stick.
  • Reading. Reading anything – especially anything other than a journalism or web design textbook – can broaden a young reporter’s mind. Read up on how sewer and water treatment works. Snag a copy of your local school system’s curriculum to seem just what in hell they are teaching. Read that piece of legislation to see just what’s tucked in among ‘the good this bill will bring to our constituents.’ Read anything about the nuts and bolts of your particular beat. Read some damn history. Read a probability and statistics textbook so you can start to understand some of the statistical BS flowing from your local, state and federal government.
  • History. Again, read lots and lots of history. Read about Jesse Jackson standing on the balcony of a Memphis hotel and see what kind of perspective it puts around him wanting to see Barack Obama’s nuts cut off. Read about Nixon – that alone is a textbook on the last 40 years of American politics.
  • Faith. Learn to discern between faith and pseudo-religious bullshit. Go back and read some theology (and not the damn tracts and free inspirational scripture you find laying around these days.) Read about Martin Luther, Francis of Assisi, the Popes, the Protestant movement in all its guises, Islam, Judaism, Orthodoxy, atheism, agnosticism, Shintoism, Buddhism, religious reformations and counter reformations, and then realize just how little you and we all know. Then go back and read more.
  • The world. If you’ve done any of the above, you may have noticed that the world is a cruel, faddish and nasty place tolerable only because people still manage to show some humanity. Do what you can and don’t get discouraged because the cruelty and stupidity seem endless. The capacity for humanity is pretty endless too.
  • Humor. You gotta laugh at some of the crap that goes on, and sometimes humor is the best way to corner and kill it.

Besides, maybe Stiletto will let you run some pictures of her all oiled up and wearing nothing but a towel.

Oh yeah, and there’s Krispy Kreme donuts too . . .

July 9, 2008

I’d like to thank the academy, the studio, Mr. DeMille . . . .

Filed under: blogging, cool stuff — Tags: , , , , , , , — Frontier Former Editor @ 2:13 pm

for this award. Apparently Miss Cellania doesn’t think I’m as large a git as some might, so she gave me this . . .

 

 

The ‘Arte y pico’ award, which can be found here (Azahar will have an unfair advantage, since it’s been 29 years since I’ve even used more than four consecutive words of Spanish).

If I’m following the instructions correctly;

1) You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award, creativity, design, interesting material, and also contrubutes to the blogger community, no matter of language.

2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.

3) Each award-winning, has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the ward itself.

4) Award-winning and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of “Arte y pico” blog , so everyone will know the origin of this award.

5) To show these rules.

Well, I suppose I’m also in the same quandary as Miss C, except I know of no gits to whom this award should go. On the other hand, there’s plenty of good ones, like:

Azahar, for a clean, bright design and a variety and literacy missing from my own offering;

~M, for much the same reasons;

Raincoaster, for being a general enemy of the establishment;

Max, for much better taste and sensibility than I’m capable of, and;

Stiletto, for the sort of blog that leaves one challenged and on-edge in the best possible way

June 29, 2008

In honor of . . . .

Filed under: anatomy, blogging, cool stuff, humor, observations, sculpture, The View — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — Frontier Former Editor @ 8:07 am

nursemyra and daisyfae, who managed to get their most recent postings in under the wire while visiting azahar, I offer this small cultural tribute. And it also includes a touch of neon green . . . .

A true synergy of culture and lingerie this blog thing is!

And, Az, the color the two smuggled in alone should bring you back to full health and a long life. I’m sure it probably burned out the sensors on several digital cameras already . . . .

September 25, 2007

Why I blog (with apologies to Metro for my lack of punctuality)

Filed under: blogging, Metro, societal niceties, survey says!, Wordpress, writing — Frontier Former Editor @ 2:06 pm

I’m an idiot on many levels. One of those levels is not knowing when I’ve been tagged by my friends and acquaintances (thanks, Metro)

Five reasons why I blog:

1) Because 14 years of professional writing left me too word-weary to put down all the thoughts I had before

2) Because it makes me think about the crap that comes out of my thought processes

3) Because I like talking with people despite my anti-social exterior

4) Because everyone wants their existence to be acknowledged

5) Because I want to define what I’ve been and will be

That hurt my brain. I’m going to go bleed out my nose and ears for a bit.

August 30, 2007

And if you’ve got nothing better to do . . . .

Filed under: blogging, free speech, Wordpress — Frontier Former Editor @ 11:25 am

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via raincoaster

RE: Freedom of Speech

Dear Mr __________,

My name is __________. I live in ______ and I’m writing to you regarding an action a Turkish court has taken that is of great concern to me.

On August 17th, 2007, the Turkish Fatih 2nd Civil Court of First Instance blocked access to the WordPress.com domain. The ban on WordPress, a blogging platform hosting some 1.3 million blogs, was a response to a suit filed by lawyers for Adnan Oktar alleging that defamatory statements had been made about their client by several blogs on WordPress.com.

The ban has resulted in all blogs hosted by WordPress.com being made inaccessible to Turkey. I feel very strongly that this is an overreaction. I am a blogger on WordPress; I have done nothing wrong, but my readership is being impacted.

Even more serious is the fact that there are many innocent Turkish bloggers on WordPress.com who now cannot access their blogs or are being forced to use other means to access them. It is a violation of their free speech and that of readers from all over the world.

Please understand, this is not about whether Adnan Oktar was slandered, or about the Turkish legal system; I respect your country, as I hope you respect mine. But it has gone beyond that. Now it is about innocent Turkish bloggers being forced into silence, and countless others being denied the freedom to be read. The court could have ordered that the offending blogs and any subsequent offenders be blocked, but instead ordered the complete ban of WordPress.com. It’s the equivalent of closing a library because of a single offending book, rather than just removing the book itself.

Many websites and blogs on both WordPress.com and on other platforms are initiating campaigns in support of Turkish bloggers, and I am writing to you to express my concern, and to ask that the Turkish authorities reconsider their position.

Yours sincerely,

____________.

Steal, copy and paste at will! Vive la Resistance!

http://raincoaster.com/2007/08/19/wordpress-is-blocked-by-turkeys/

August 28, 2007

Take my friend’s blog, please . . .

Filed under: blogging, cool stuff, humor, Places I've been, societal niceties — Frontier Former Editor @ 6:27 am

Hey, I’ll admit that my last week of entries have been of esoteric or limited interest (or of no interest at all), but try this on for size . . .

 Teeny Manolo

August 26, 2007

I’ve also been extraordinarily remiss in . . . .

Filed under: blogging, Blogroll, Places I've been — Frontier Former Editor @ 11:51 am

updating my blogroll to reflect my visitors and my forays outside this blog. So, let me post a few links today (and update the roll) . . .

azahar

Metro

G Eagle Esq  (hint, hint . . .)

~M

 Miss Cellania

 Wanda Harland

A.M. Moscoso

Homo Escapeons

Stilletto

Celluloid Blonde

August 20, 2007

And some Christians say all Muslims are backward-assed?

Thanks to Bagel, I get another midday reminder of how enlightened some of our God-fearing Christians really are:

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Wasn’t this already done as “The Stepford Wives”?

From the Author (via Amazon.com)
“Dear Friends,

My name is Leah Kelley. Though I am the author of several stories, novellas, and novels, I am first and foremost a stay-at-home wife and mother. As far as my writing goes, romance is my passion. I grew up in the late 70’s and early 80’s with Kathleen Woodiweiss, Johanna Lindsey, Amanda Scott, all those authors who used to write the best books with alpha-male heroes. Unfortunately the romance genre has decided to “reform” itself to look better in the public eyes (more politically correct), so you no longer find those good old-fashioned romance stories. As a matter of fact, I rarely find a book on the shelf I want to read anymore. It’s so disappointing.

So I write, as I have done since I was thirteen years old. I love to create stories with strong heroes teaching and leading their feminine heroines as set up in the Bible. Men were never meant to be the wimps the world and the church have taught them to be. They were meant to lead their families, not be a joke to them. They were given authority over all in their families and with that comes the right to back up that authority. Nowhere in the Bible is authority given without the means to back it up. The Bible even says the person in authority has to give account for the ones under his authority. Do you think it would be fair to expect a husband to answer for his wife if he has no control over her actions? I don’t. That’s why I believe he has the right to spank his wife if need be.

In my stories I try to strike a balance between love and discipline. The hero has that “edge” but it is tempered with the knowledge that he loves the heroine and wants only what is best for her. To date I have completed three novels, two novellas, and a host of short stories with many more works in progress. I hope you will enjoy them.

Blessings,

Leah ”

More reading here

August 19, 2007

Turk 182

Filed under: blogging, Come again?, free speech, Gallipoli anyone?, Only the beginning — Frontier Former Editor @ 8:09 pm

See here

In keeping with my duty to defend free speech . . .

 Adnan Oktar was walking down the street in Istanbul. As he walked by two secularists, one said to the other, “What is Adnan Oktar doing out of jail?”

The other secularist said, “I don’t know, but he must be Harun Yahya!”

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