Monday stuff

Now it makes perfect sense. It is only because you watch that there are problems with this World Cup. Look away, world, the poor officiating and obvious errors will go away. FIFA is infuriating. Even so, the games continue. Netherlands struggled to play their game and steal beat Slovakia easily. They are rapidly becoming a favorite of the remaining teams.

The Flying Dutchmen will face Brazil, who offed Chile 3-0. Suddenly, in the quarterfinals, we’ll have one of the matches of the tournament.

At the gym this evening I ran a 7:30 mile. That was painful, think I’ll have to dial it down from there. I only rode 10 miles on the bike. Showered, visited the grocery store and picked up a few things for the next few days. I felt like a big boy because I found the capers all by myself. I even told the cashier when he asked if I’d found everything OK. He was impressed, too.

And then I spent the evening working on the outcome assessment program for Samford. We test graduates on law, quantitative and qualitative. I’ve spent the last week or so harassing grads to return the material, so I can grade it. I’ve spent an hour or two telling people “No, you’ve graduated. This is for us. You can keep your diploma.”

Since there’s not much else I’ll leave you with a few things I’m reading today. From the oil spill there comes research opportunities. Anyone up for helping me brainstorm ideas? I don’t think there’s a lot of research there for me, but I’m sure there will come some great work from it.

Reasons the Sentinel and have added mobile jobs:

“If there’s breaking news, you need to make sure it’s on mobile first and then online,” (Tribune Interactive’s Mobile Product Manager Jeff) Dalo said. “By having a mobile manager, you have someone who’s responsible for making sure that happens.”

Increasingly, mobile is where users tend to get their news. A recent Morgan Stanley study found that mobile users will surpass desktop Internet users by 2014 and that the mobile Web is growing much faster than desktop Internet usage ever did.

Maybe newsrooms will come around faster this time, too. The final quote in the piece: “If you don’t have someone responsible for your mobile content and parts of the revenue side of it, then who’s going to take responsibility for that?” ( President Ryan Davis) said by phone. “We hear so much about mobile and it’s because it’s so useful and because it enables us to reach people and places that we never could before. It has tremendous potential.”

Jeff Jarvis redefines, and defines down, hot news:

The most dangerous defensive tactic parried by legacy news organizations today is their attempt to claim ownership of “hot news” and prevent others from repeating what they gather at their expense for as long as they determine that news is still hot. It is a threat to free speech and the First Amendment and our doctrines of copyright and fair use. It is a threat to news.


Hot news is ridiculously obsolete. What’s hot today? As Tom Glocer, head of Thomson Reuters, said, his news is most valuable for “miliseconds.”

News, it’s gathering, the architecture of dissemination, it’s perception, audience, everything has changed in the 90 years since hot news was defined. In that view Jarvis is right, and change is past due. We’ve already seen it in practice and now it is left to the courts. Jarvis distills this down to rights. As he notes in his own comments “Considering that PEOPLE now send more links than aggregators — via Twitter and Facebook and blogs and such — do you think they, too, should be stopped? I doubt that.”

Want something webby? Fifty Powerful Time-Savers for Web Designers. There’s some good stuff in there for you.

And, finally, a delicious flank steak recipe.

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