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Thursday, July 02, 2009
We all have Friday off at work (as does my wife), so it's definitely a strange, compressed week with lots to do and a much shorter amount of time to do it.
Oddly, though it's been a bit of a slow time for me. I have one big story due soon, but all the reporting is done and for once I feel like I have a really good handle on a major project. It's a nice, relaxed feeling.
I did get caught up in lots of small things, though, and completely forgot to post this week's NPR segment, which was about the future of screens and displays. One reason I may have forgotten about it is because I feel like I've blogged on the subject to death since I attended a conference in San Antonio last month, but it was definitely new to the airwaves and it was nice to be able to share that information with All Things Considered. I am a master recycler.
I also had a story in the paper about green remodeling, a Masters of their Domains feature on a Web site called My Green Casa.
Oh man, I am writing a lot about recycling! And I've been catching up on episodes of The Goode Family (which, after some initial resistance, I kind of like).
Oh no! I'm turning one of those Austin greenies! Nooooo!
by Omar G. at 12:56 PM
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Teardowns: gadgets and celebrity news
Another busy week, with unexpected twists and turns (some of which you've heard about, I'm sure).
On Saturday, I had a Life & Arts lead in the paper about a company called Portelligent that does teardowns of gadgets like the iPhone 3G S. They take the thing apart, document every single little minute detail, and provide that information to clients. It's an amazing little business and I had a lot of fun visiting them and doing a quick-turnaround (a teardown of sorts) the next day. They were really great to work with.
The big surprise of the week was, of course, Michael Jackson. I spent a big chunk of Thursday following the news, like everyone else, and my grouchy posts on Twitter about how people weren't willing to accept that what TMZ.com was reporting was almost certainly true let to a blog entry that led to an A1 story (which ran the same day as the teardowns piece).
The story, strangely, didn't end up back online, but the original Digital Savant blog post (which is almost word-for-word what ended up in the paper, but a little longer) is still available for reading. It's called, "The day online news took over."
I'll be on NPR for the "All Tech Considered" segment tomorrow and will tell you all about that in the afternoon.
It's so hot in Texas right now (many consecutive days of 100+ degree heat) that it's hard to get motivated about anything right now that involves leaving the air conditioning. We can't even take Lilly swimming because it's so hot, which is a complete bummer.
We're trying to stay cool and wish for rain. In the meantime, we're watching The Wire: Season Two, doing lots of cooking and gearing up for the rest of the summer.
by Omar G. at 11:41 PM
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