'Calif Majority Report' crashes, scrambles
Bill Bradley posts an explanation from the new website site for Democrats:
We've now been "launched" for 48 hours. The good news: world-class commentary, an unexpectedly-high level of traffic to the site and reams of constructive feedback (one favorite: that we are the "Vanilla Ices of the California blog community"). The bad: our site has already crashed, our layout is confusing and many of the features we wanted simply aren't working.
When Kos is right (which is often), he's right. On the modern blog evolutionary chart, we're still dragging our knuckles.
So, over the next few days, we're switching server and software and building a better mousetrap. New features will include: a revamped layout, an easier-to-access archive, up-to-the-minute blogging and, of course, a blogroll to others in the California Democratic/progressive netroots community - all ready by September 1st.
Jim Hahn spotted—at Starbucks
considered exchanging a few words, but opted to take his mother's advice.
No decision on Aqua vs. rose
The Expo Line will still be called that because the MTA and councilman Parks can't break their impasse. Just why does he care so much anyway? LAT
He likes it
No surprise there
A Times editorial
called on the FCC to to relax the rules on media cross-ownership, a move that would let the Tribune keep both the LAT and Channel 5.
Patterico rants, but not what you expect
Title of the post doesn't say it all
, but gives you a taste: "Memo to the Scumbag Sitting in the Row in Front of Us Or Behind Us on the Plane Today on the Flight from Atlanta to New York."
Lisa Sodders has left the Daily News
, where she covered higher education, for a job at the Rand Corp.
Looks normal to me
Nikki Finke-hater Cathy Seipp has claimed recently
to know that her target is grossly overweight, as in "looks like Jabba the Hut, if you can imagine Jabba after he's said to hell with the diets already. She doesn't allow herself to be photographed..." That doesn't jibe with my info, perhaps because Seipp admits she hasn't actually seen Finke in years. In any case, a newly shot contributor photo
of Finke is up at the Huffington Post.
Curry on the cover
Ann Curry, who made her mark her at Channel 2 before going to NBC and "Today," adorns the best-selling cover of More to date, says Eat the Press
McCaw goes after editor
The owner seeks
$500,000 from Jerry Roberts, who resigned as her editor at the Santa Barbara News-Press.
WashPost on Quinceañera
Stephen Hunter's review
says that "it's not fierce, it's not angry, it's not radical, it's polite and what might be called "life-affirming," which may be why it won two big awards at the very safe Sundance Film Festival. But it does have a couple of attributes most movies don't. First, courage to look realistically, instead of idealistically, at some dubious civic practices; and second, honesty about the painful feelings of kids coupled with their desperate need for love and guidance and their ultimate desire to do the right thing.
Valet parking costs going up
Franklin Avenue notes that $5.50
seems to be the new $3.
She thinks not
Shana Ting Lipton
wonders if it can really be coincidence that just over 24 hours after Tom Cruise is ousted from Paramount, Pluto is kicked off the planet list.
A For the Record
in today's LAT reads: "Paramount and Tom Cruise: An article in Thursday's Business section and some copies of the Patrick Goldstein column in today's Calendar section about Paramount Pictures Corp. and Tom Cruise severing ties misstated the age of Sumner Redstone, chairman of Paramount parent Viacom Inc. He is 83, not 84."
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