MacBlaze’s Weekly Tweets for 2011-03-27

  • @lavermeer Hear PROW students read w/ published authors Edmonton Voices @ Audreys Books 10702 Jasper Ave #yeg Mar 31 & Apr 6 @ 7pm #writing #
  • We wish! @HolesOnline: See their eyes widen.
    Celebrate the senses of spring! #
  • @lavermeer: Sound familiar…? Confessions of a book hoarder #
  • RT @briansholis The Oxford English Dictionary found a use of "OMG" from 1917: #
  • Rt @davecournoyer: When did the start mining in Ken Kowalski's office? Oldest dinosaur found at mine site #ableg #
  • Because someone, somewhere thought I was clever: friday:: meetings:: resolutions:: beer– this is how a week should end. #
  • Has Facebook blocked public access ti business pages again? Can't seem to see work-links: #
  • Bruce's COR safety meeting for Friday: Fuck off. But don't fall. #
  • Apparently i needed those beers #tgif #

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MacBlaze’s Weekly Tweets for 2011-03-20

  • Absolutely! RT @KarenUnland: Must read: @jayrosen_nyu on bloggers vs. journalists. Belongs in the syllabus #
  • @EnjoyCentre: Ducks Unlimited board walk in Lois Hole Provincial Park well underway. Across from Enjoy Centre. #
  • Like plants? Like bugs? Like getting bugs to eat other bugs? Hole's is looking for an IPM coordinator; apply now! #
  • @illustratedword No, drawing bugs isn't enough, but we really should talk about what you can do for the @EnjoyCentre ! #
  • iPads make waiting at the pub reasonably enjoyable. The beer helps too! #
  • @IrvingsFarm: Received our first order today for the Prairie Bistro at @EnjoyCentre in St. Albert. #
  • Hmmmm, What is luxury food? A local mushroom that takes a year to nuture? Or farmed caviar you can get everywhere? Be a gastronaut. #tedxobs #

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The Internet is not a community, it’s only a community hall

Not long ago, according to the new-media guru Clay Shirky, the Sudanese government set up a Facebook page call ing for a protest against the Sudanese government, naming a specific time and place – then simply arrested those who showed up. It was proof, Shirky argues, that social media can’t be revolutionary on its own. “The reason that worked is that nobody knew anybody else,” he says. “They thought Facebook itself was trustworthy.”

the Guardian article

Pay for a real editor.

An incredibly awkward way to go about a straight forward process… but at least they arrived at the right conclusion…

Editing Woes

The very first edition of this book was rife with errors. Only a few technical errors, but plenty of spelling, grammar, and formatting issues. Isn’t that what the editing process is for? It sure is. We didn’t skip that part either, it’s just that we didn’t take it seriously enough. We relied on friends, family, and ourselves to read through the book, catch errors, and provide notes. We are hugely grateful for their help, because without it, that first edition would have been much worse.

After the release, emails started coming in pointing out problems. These emails were responded to as promptly and nicely as possible. People that take the time to report problems are excellent customers and responding to their emails with the utmost respect will hopefully keep them that way. Thanks to all of the editing help we received from many generous people, the next update produced a much higher quality, more accurate book.

At first, we tried responding to errata emails as they rolled in – checking and fixing errors sort of on the spot. With everything else going on, we soon decided to automate and simplify the errata process as much as possible. Our errata system is now threefold: 1) setup an official Errata & Changelog page to help streamline communique, 2) tag incoming errata email as such, and 3) check & fix all errata at the same time, during book updates. This system helps to save time by keeping things streamlined, efficient, and thorough.

After putting up the Errata submission page, we encouraged people to use it. Later, when the print book came out, we gave folks that did the most work in finding errors free copies.

With each update, the accuracy of the book continues to improve. At first, we were inundated with editing woes, but I think we reacted well to the the situation and ended up with a solid book that continues to evolve. Looking back, we probably should have been more thorough with the initial editing process.

Takeaway: Pay for a real editor.

Altogether, an interesting bit about the pros and cons of self publishing…

MacBlaze’s Weekly Tweets for 2011-03-13

  • Looking for some simple animation software. 2d vector art to export to Premiere. OS X preferred but I will settle for XP if I have to. #
  • How the heck do I get Twitter app's URL shortening to kick in? #
  • Baristas & Meatcutters, Estheticians & Produce Managers, lots of jobs this weekend @enjoycentre Job Fair! #
  • "If God had of meant us to be vegetarians, he wouldn't have made cows out of meat. — Meatatarians unite." -Philbox #
  • Carmen is tall! OMFG! #
  • RT @learnpublishing DISCUSS: How Can E-Books Revolutionize Literacy and Publishing in Africa? #
  • It's like he knows me…Lol @brucekeith1: Dealing with a "Grump" #
  • @HolesOnline: Looking for a great job? Join us today for out job fair: from cafe to groceries, we've got tons of new… #
  • @StacyCowley: Things you learn interviewing the VC behind Costco is the largest casket retailer in the U.S. #sxsw #

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Understand what the media is, not what you want it to be

Read it.
Learn it.
Understand it.

If you ask journalists why they chose their profession, they give a range of answers: to see the world, something new every day, I like to write. The most common answer is some variation on: to make the world a better place, to right wrongs and stick up for the little guy. Social justice, in other words. No one ever says, “I went into journalism because I have a passion for being… objective.” Or: “Detachment, that’s my thing. I’m kind of a detached guy, so I figured this would be a good field for me.” #

And yet… When they get there, people who always wanted to be journalists and make the world a better place find that the professional codes in place often prevent this. It’s hard to fight for justice when you have to master “he said, she said” stories. Voice is something you learn to take out of your work if you want to succeed in the modern newsroom. You are supposed to sacrifice and learn to report the story without attitude or bias creeping in. And then, if you succeed in disciplining yourself, you might one day get a column and earn the right to crusade for justice, to move and convince

There is a lot of crap inherent in the way we think about journalism, the only antidote is to think. For your self.