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January 28, 2006

It's all about content

Interesting Jack Shafer article on Slate about how newspapers are going to have to pony up with some quality content if they want to survive. He paints an economic picture that makes a lot of sense. What I didn't know: newspaper conglomerates were kicked off by 1970s estate tax law that made it too expensive for families to own the papers any more.

Posted by sedda at 03:51 PM

January 24, 2006

The Bathtub Mitten State

So I'm seaming an unfinished bathtub scrubbie mitten that someone donated to our knitting group. I put it on my hand and wave my fingers and say to G. , "Look, I just finished this, someone donated it. Cool, isn't it?"

He says, "It's a knitted Michigan!"

And I laugh and laugh. I didn't even think of that.

He says, "What? It's blue like the Lakes."

Posted by sedda at 07:25 PM

January 22, 2006

There is great value in being fearless.

Inspiration on living from Diane Keaton on the Huffington Post, via LAObserved.

Posted by sedda at 11:33 AM

January 01, 2006

Thailand Tourism, One Year after the tsunami

In today's LA Times, Beverly Beyette writes a simple roundup about the regrowth of tourism spots in Phuket and lower Phang-Nga provinces. The Merlin resort she talks about is the one that was so generous to volunteers, allowing us to swim in their five pools whether we were guests at the hotel or not. An absolutely gorgeous resort.

Many places on Phuket have made a remarkable recovery. Hotels and restaurants are open, and the beaches are clean, the water clear and green. Tourists will see little physical damage, but economic damage is significant. "We lost about half of our [tourism] income" in 2005, compared with 2004, Pattanapong Aikwanich, president of Phuket Tourist Assn., told me. "And we had to repair everything."...

...And everywhere, I heard the same appeal: Tell the tourists to come. It's safe. Phuket is back.

Said Phuket Tourist Assn. President Aikwanich: "If people want to send money, clothes, thanks. But what we need now is tourists."

Posted by sedda at 11:08 AM