Are Journalism Internships a Joke?

Photographer: davidfg. Used under a Creative Commons license.Last week I came across The Editorialiste’s blog, and this post in particular: Journalism Internships Are A Joke (Financially). Period. Mr. Nusca makes some good points, and yes, there are many who take this same viewpoint, but I believe there are some things the naysayers don’t address. As … Continue Reading

Why America is never going to meet Kyoto

Over the weekend, Bush finally laid out his plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. I say finally because the report was due over a year ago. His plan is, unsurprisingly, pretty wimpy–but there are a few more plans on the table, one by McCain and Lieberman, and one by Bernard Sanders (the socialist, who, by … Continue Reading

More on the Splasher

The Splasher is still at it. He/she made NYT’s B1 today, with one good picture and one photo that is completely irrelevant to the story. (Oh, wait. Behind the dude, there’s a Splashered painting. I have to say I’m not too impressed with whoever edited these photos today.) Marc Schiller, who runs a Web site about … Continue Reading

Florida legislator wants to ban term “illegal alien”

“I personally find the word ‘alien’ offensive when applied to individuals, especially to children,” said Sen. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami. “An alien to me is someone from out of space.” She has introduced a bill providing that: “A state agency or official may not use the term ‘illegal alien’ in an official document of the state.” … Continue Reading

Garbage Land

Anyone who lives on this earth should pick up a copy of Garbage Land, by Elizabeth Royte. I won’t say this book will change your life, but it may. After you finish reading, “out of sight, out of mind” will be a foreign phrase. Royte, a resident of Park Slope, Brooklyn, a fairly well-off, educated, … Continue Reading

A hope for a new era in street art

Street art fascinates me. I admire anyone who is willing to risk life, limb, or incarceration for the sake of creative expression. For example, Jennifer Toth’s The Mole People contains a chapter about graffiti writers. Some would work all night on a subway car, dodging cops and literally running for their lives, even though they … Continue Reading

Gore’s Inconvenient Message

With the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releasing their latest report last week and the news that Al Gore has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his documentary, I felt it appropriate to post my review of “An Inconvenient Truth.” I’ll admit it: Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” had its heart in the … Continue Reading


Partly due to a fantastic article in Harper’s I read over the weekend, and partly because I’ve been meaning to do so for a while, this blog is now licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. What does this mean? Not terribly much, unless you feel like posting this work elsewhere. This license gives you … Continue Reading

How Green Driving Changed My Life

Among other things, I resolved this year to drive slower. The California Energy Commission as well as almost every other government organization and eco-conscious group will tell you that higher than 55 mph, your car’s efficiency drops dramatically. ING, admittedly not the best source for transportation information (but pretty dang right-on-the-money when it comes to … Continue Reading