Found this on p105 of The Tenth Census of the United States, 1880, Vol. 8: Newspapers, ZSR fourth floor:
THE TRANSMISSION OF NEWS
The general use of the magnetic telegraph for the transmission of news to the daily press has eliminated from the business much of the exciting and characteristic enterprise which marked the career of the daily journals in existence just previous to the successful introduction of telegraphy. Many and ingenious were the devices of rival journals to anticipate their neighbors in the publication of important intelligence, and when the event was one expected and prearranged this enterprise at first took shape in the flying of carrier-pigeons, the equipment of pony expresses, with relays of spirited horses, and afterward in the chartering of special locomotives and steamboats from distant points. The achievement of Mr. Henry J. Raymond, then a reporter of the New York Tribune, in th first publication of a speech of Daniel Webster's, delivered in Boston, is a fair illustration of the methods adopted by one journal to surpass its rivals. He wrote out his notes of the speech while journeying back to New York on the boat, and as fast as he transcribed them the copy was passed over to printers, whose type and cases had been brough on board for that purpose. When the vessel arrived in New York the speech was in type and ready for instant publicatoin. It was in order to anticipate its rivals that the New York Herald first became possessed of a swift sailing yacht in New York harbor for the prompt collection of the shipping news.
With the advent of the telegraph all the journals which were able to pay the expenses of transmission were placed on precisely the same footing, with respect to priority, in the recipt and publication of news, and the ingenuity and expense formerly incurred to outstrip each other became a matter of the past.
in today's periodicals mail bag WSJ: Barry Diller's InteractiveCorp is buying the Hotwire web property for $665 million; Intel says it will be spending $300 million in advertising dollars for its Centrino brand... Maclean's: "Canada is to offer a new face to the world at large. Ottawa has decreed that there will be no smiling on passport photos."; Canada's "skinny-tie-wearing" sons of rock 'n' roll Hot Hot Heat rock college airwaves with Bandages and No, Not Now...
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thoughts from another morning immersed in ZSR periodicals: I'm coming to
adore the carnal cynicism of Peter Bagge's editorial cartoons in Reason,
especially with this month's four page feature on gambling... New York
Times Magazine's August 31, 2003 profile of Sofia Coppola highlights her
superb atmosphere creation skills, a most attractive quality in any
Woman... Reason Aug/Sept 2003 paints an admirable picture of super millionaire geek turned
liberal activist John Gilmore... FYI the cover photo on The Nation
September 22, 2003, it's not Cancun (as indicated) but the tiny (former)
Club Med resort in Huatulco, Mexico... and finally, Kate Moss is back
with her 40 page portfolio in W, bravo Queen of Rockstars (note to self,
aspire to Valentino's hosting skills per Paltrow's comments on his
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Friday, September 12, 2003
I've been dreaming about Her a lot lately; last night's was a rough one. Reading Harpers this morning, I saw a painting by Mamma Andersson, Today is Yesterday Tomorrow. I wanted to buy it or tear it out and give the piece to Her, until I found this one which looks more like my dream from a few nights ago, Kompisar från förr/Old Friends, also oil on canvas.
Ray Charles had a quote in last month's Esquire that went something like this: Addiction ain't such a bad thing. I can be addicted to my woman, alright. It's like money- depends what you do with it.
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Surrender Control was "somewhere between a game and a set of dares," delivered to people via SMS in late 2001 under the cover of an experimental art project. A participant named Jill relays some of the messages that she received via her mobile in her weblog:
28. Write the word SORRY on your hand and leave it there until it fades.
29. Look at the stars.
30. Think about an ex-lover, naked and tied to a bed.
31. Call someone. Tell a lie.
32. Call them back. Admit that you lied but do not tell the truth about why.
39. Touch your skin in three places where another has touched you recently.
This is beautiful. The things I blog almost make me cry. Here is a snippet from an interview with Tim Etchells, author/artist behind Surrender Control:
What interests me about SMS is the intimacy inherent in the form - messages go direct to the phone of an individual, direct to a 'place' which is normally occupied by that person's friends, family or lovers. To create an art work for this context is an invitation, one could say, to whisper in the ears of strangers as they go about their daily business. Surrender Control tries to explore and push the boundaries of what is possible or even permissible in this context.
Today, I finally got the movie Microcosmos. IMDb accurately describes it as "A documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. It includes bees collecting nectar, ladybugs eating mites, snails mating, spiders wrapping their catch, etc."
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To succeed, mobile devices must feel like an extension of your main machine: they must provide what's required, but no more, and add the ability to reach home and grab anything you need but didn't bring.
Zach says that Jakob Nielsen gets ridiculed in graphic design circles, but I think Mr. Nielsen's absolute simplicity is beautiful in regards to mobile content evolution. The fact that he's been using a Danger device for more than six months almost brings a proud geek tear to my eye. You go, Danger! C.T.W.W.L.
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Complementary Currencies for Social Change "There are about 300 or 400 private currency systems in Japan to pay for any care for the elderly that isn’t covered by the national health insurance. They are called “fureai kippu” (caring relationship tickets). Here’s how they work: let’s say that on my street lives an elderly gentleman who is handicapped and cannot go shopping for himself. I do the shopping for him. I help him with food preparation. I help him with the ritual bath, which is very important in Japan. For this help, I get credits. I put those credits in a savings account, and when I’m sick, I can have other people provide such services for me. Or I can electronically send my credits to my mother, who lives on the other side of the country, and somebody takes care of her.
Here is an agreement within a community to use as medium of payment something other than national currencies, to solve a social problem."