Thursday, June 30, 2005

MOY REPLACEMENT ANNOUNCED


MOY REPLACEMENT ANNOUNCED
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
To avoid confusion, David Kordalski has annouced that Lil' Kim will replace Lil' Kim as page designer on the night news desk.

Hey now!

WHY THE SMILE?


WHY THE SMILE?
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
Because this woman has just taken a job as a page designer for the New York Times. Kim Moy, you will be missed.*

*Also known as Lil' Kim.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

ALANA'S BOOK COMING OUT VERY SOON


ALANA'S BOOK COMING OUT
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
Alana's book is coming out soon, and she has a cool Web site about it. Check it out.

And congratulations, Alana!

Check out her site.

Some of her award-winning obits.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

THE PICTURE IS THE DOOR


MORE FROM FANTASY GALLERY
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
QUESTION: "O waste of loss, in the hot mazes, lost, among bright stars on this most weary unbright cinder, lost! Remembering speechlessly we seek the great forgotten language, the lost lane-end into heaven, a stone, a leaf, an unfound door. Where? When?" -- Thomas Wolfe, "Look Homeward, Angel"

ANSWER: Cleveland, East 21st and Superior. Friday, June 24, 2005. The picture is the door. Wolfe needed a camera.


P.S. Here is a link to a wonderful book -- not new by any means -- especially for journalists who love literature, since Max Perkins started as a reporter and ended up as book editor for Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Wolfe and many others. "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius"

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

HEAVEN'S GRATE


HEAVEN'S GRATE
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
Went out to move my car and found a picture. This garage repair parking mess has an up side.

Monday, June 20, 2005

NOT GOING THROUGH A PHASE


NOT GOING THROUGH A PHASE II
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
Rooflines from Phase I. Back to front. Meant as a companion picture with the shot below. I still say this building was designed along the lines of "Fallingwater." (This shot is also on the photo site.)

Sunday, June 19, 2005

SMILE!


SMILE!
Originally uploaded by blsbls/.
You never know when Jon is going to take your picture.

This is my first Action Sampler lomo picture. To view it in animation CLICK HERE and then click on the thumbnail. When you get the larger picture, click on the little picture/icon of four frames in one picture -- it's the fourth icon from the right -- to start the animation. To end the animation, click on the up arrow.

There are a total of seven pictures there. Just click on the smaller thumbnails on the opening page to see them.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

GOING THROUGH A PHASE


ROOFLINES
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
Here's where Phase I and Phase II of our new building came together with the sky on a cool Friday evening in June as I waited for stories to come over from the city desk.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

JOE'S NEW BOOTS


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Originally uploaded by blsbls.
I didn't know that Merrells came in ruby!!!

HEY, JOE! SHOE CHECK!


HEY, JOE!
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
Bill was lamenting the fact that you were not at work Tuesday night to check out his new shows, as is your custom whenever he gets new footwear. Care to take time from your vacation and render an opinion on line?

LISA'S LOMO HALO


LISA'S LOMO HALO
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
We all knew Lisa was an angel. This lomograph -- shot Tuesday night by Spanish lomographer Fernando Llomo -- proves it.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

TEAM PD PEDALS CRACK FOR CHARITY


DON'T FORGET THE SUNSCREEN
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
Jim Nichols and Tim Graham bring up the rear as Team PD gets in a practice run for its annual summer ride to Cedar Point.

The team decided to donate the money they usually spend on expensive riding togs and thereby boost the overall contribution. Way to go Team PD!

Note: It was suggested the name be changed to "Team PuD" but the ladies auxiliary, led by Denise and Lisa, threw cold water on that idea, suggesting it might prompt titters and wisecracks from the other teams. Way to go Denise and Lisa! Let's keep it dignified!

PS. Support your favorite rider. Not much else is.

TAGS ARE IT

Let's say for some strange reason -- total boredom perhaps -- you want to view photos from the Nightsider Web site but you don't want to scroll endlessly through all the posts on Blogspot. Or let's say you want to revisit images from the hit series, "If the PD were Carnivale." Here's how: Click any photo on the blog and you will be taken to Flickr, our photo-storage partner. Then call up my photostream and click the "TAGS" link. Then click NS or CARNIVALE.

You will get the specified photos. You can view them one-by-one or as a slideshow. It's a quick way to tour Nightsiders' visual history. Here's a link to my TAGS. You may even find that you're a tag!

I am still adding some of the very early Nightsider photos to the list, so check back later for the earliest posted pictures. And, of course, I will keep adding and updating tags.

I BEAT IT: HEE, HEE, HEE!*


I BEAT IT: HEE, HEE, HEE!
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
Yes, even print journalists gathter around the television when news breaks, even if it's only celebrity nonsense like the Michael Jackson verdict.

There were two good things to come from this verdict:

1. The trial is finally over.

2. Denise got to practice her "Hee, Hee, Hee!" imitation.

*As Bill Lammers suggested, this headline would work win or lose.

OHIO'S LARGEST LOMOGRAPH


LARGEST LOMO
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
Speaking of lomography, our art wall also features Ohio's largest lomograph called, "Car Turning off Superior Onto West 21st" by legendary Spanish lomographer Fernando Llomo.

LONGING FOR LOMO


LONGING FOR LOMO
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
We may soon see some real lomography on the lomo site because Bill was taking shots with his four-lens lomo special at work last night!

Thursday, June 09, 2005

NO WEB WIN THIS YEAR


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Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
Nightsiders did not win a Webby award this year, but lots of other sites did.

See the Webby Award page. Flickr, our photo-partner site, won a major Webby. There's a link to Flickr at right.

And don't miss the Web site about NOISES sent by Kim Moy.

And how about this: Al Gore got an award for his worldwide Web efforts. His acceptance speech was: "Please, don't recount this vote." (All acceptance speeches were limited to 5 words. See comment area for more on Gore.)


WHEN GULLS ATTACK


ART WALL
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
Mystery solved: Here's the item with the $28,000 price tag; it's a surreal vision of life on Superior Avenue called, "When Gulls Attack, Hide Your Big Mac."

Jon & Judy


Jon & Judy
Originally uploaded by blsbls.
Jon has his own plans for Judy Woodruff's semi-retirement!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

ART AT WORK ON SUPERIOR AVENUE


MANY WONDERFUL ITEMS
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
The lobby has become something of an art gallery, featuring various works from the artists up and down our street. Wonderful idea!

All items are for sale. One carries a price tag of $28,000. See "comment" area for more info.

SOME INTERESTING CHOICES

I don't know who was involved in picking out the various pieces for display, but I can make a wild guess.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

"SIX FEET UNDER" FINAL SEASON

The first episode of the final season introduced the crucial theme for the entire series: Can any of these damaged people grasp their condition and get on track for a better life? Is that possible?

Or does severe damage destroy insight, the ability to reflect on one's experience and learn from it? Will the Fishers end up right back where they started, still fishing but pulling up nothing: bait gone, hooks bare! And how did this group of misfits get so messed up anyway? From living in a house of death? Or was it just being around Ruth? And why is there so often a tree in pictures and logos? Tree of life? Family tree? Live wood versus Deadwood?

In short, can damaged people live and learn or will they just keep screwing things up for themselves and their loved ones, seeking out and creating more damage in the process? What would Al say to the chief's decapitated head about that? Are the Fishers hoople heads in disguise?

Do you really think David and Keith would make good parents? No, but probably better than Nate and Brenda! Or maybe we'll find in the end that David and Keith are the sane ones. Or if Claire is really creative, she will -- like Chief Broom in "Cuckoo's Nest" -- go sane and escape; but if she drives off in a hearse we'll know she's not free. (That's hearse not Hearst.) And it's interesting that Vanessa has seen the Fisherness in Federico when she says that he "does better" with somebody. Only not really better, of course; it's just that misery loves company. It's always more fun to circle the drain with a partner.

"Deadwood" generated lots of conversation; SFU's bigger themes ought to generate even more. I have high hopes.

Or we could simply see which show generates a higher body count. Any takers?

Thursday, June 02, 2005

NIGHTSIDERS SAYS, "WE APOLOGIZE! ..."


WE TALK THE TALK
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
As Andy (gambler turned knife-wielding preacher) said repeatedly in Season 1 when Jane found him near death in the woods, we "APOLOGIZE!" if you were offended by some of the rough language associated with the "Deadwood" posts.

A few episodes of that series can drastically change the way one speaks in more ways than one: Sometimes it's hard to discuss the show at work without lapsing into whispers!

Actually, we could have done a lot worse, which is to say that the truly offensive dialogue never appeared on this Web site. Like when Al said ... oops, never mind.

P.S. Thanks, Allison. Good idea.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

MY DARK SECRET REVEALED


CLICK IMAGE FOR BIGGER FILE
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
Ever hear of the PostSecret Web site?

Visit it, and you may find yourself confessing your deepest secrets. It's fun to share.

Thanks to Haki for the link.

PostSecret Web site.