Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Dino Rossi and Robin Edmondson (and others) on the same sign

I saw the weirdest signs while driving around today. Throughout southern Pierce and eastern Thurston County, there were Dino Rossi signs that featured local candidates. Signs along Highway 507 in Pierce County had Dino Rossi's name on one side and Randi Becker (who is running for state senate) on the other.

There are similar signs in Thurston County with Rossi on one side and Robin Edmondson (county commission candidate on the other.

I took a short video of the Rossi/Edmondson sign on Pacific near Marvin outside of Lacey:

Just a few questions:

1. Who's paying for the sign? Dino Rossi trying to establish coattails? Local party? State party?

The individual candidates (who are both challengers) working together to try to establish connections with a popular Republican candidate who will likely win in their districts, while they have a harder go at it?

2. What is the reporting requirments on a sign that supports two candidates?

3. No matter who paid for it, does this mean that Dino Rossi is bigger than the Republican party in these rural districts that elect Democrats?

Monday, September 29, 2008

Couldn't avoid embarrasment, and I checked out

Mariners, ech. I wish I could have kept looking, but with the one person I-continued-to-talk-about-the-Mariners-with being out of town and that losing streak, I had to look away.

For the last three years I've kept a tally of wins and losses, until about a week into September. I stopped marking the calendar about a week into September.

I'll update the calendar later today to finish out the year. It was probably trying to blog about the Mariners not losing 100 games that pushed me over the edge, ironically.

In a couple of months I'll be looking forward to baseball (and North American soccer), but for now I'm glad the train is good and wrecked.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

TVW to hire a blogger

Well, a producer/host/blogger:


POSITION: Executive Producer / News Editor / Host


TVW – Washington Public Affairs Network – is offering a unique and challenging career opportunity for a professional communicator. TVW is looking for an Executive Producer to oversee the content and creative direction of the network’s produced programming.

Not only does TVW’s Executive Producer get the opportunity to consistently do in-depth reporting on substantive issues, but this position is also a civics educator responsible for maintaining TVW's meticulous reputation for trusted, unbiased, politically balanced coverage.

Specific responsibilities include:
- Producing, writing and hosting a weekly public affairs news magazine program
- Writing, editing, managing and promoting the network’s news blog
- Creating, writing and coordinating production of on-air promotions
- Developing additional issue-oriented documentary programming

The position requires energy, innovation and leadership; a strong working knowledge of television; the ability to write, edit, report and make news judgments – all under tight deadlines; and the temperament to work cooperatively and positively with others while under pressure.

A minimum of two years' television experience and a degree in communications, broadcast journalism or a related field is required. Washington state public policy expertise or experience is preferred.

To apply, submit résumé, cover letter and demo DVD – by Oct. 3 – to Mike Bay, VP of Programming, TVW, P.O. Box 25, Olympia, WA 98507-0025 or email mikeb@tvw.org. EOE.

In my perfect world, they'd split up the job of host/producer and blogger into two jobs. It probably has to do with budget constraints, but the job of a blogger and broadcast person are two different jobs.

Well, maybe someday.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

New local blog list at the Olympia wiki

Started a list of blogs at the Olympia wiki. This is essentially my effort to chart the olympiablogosphere and to remind people that the wiki even exists.

So, if you have a blog, list it there please.

Got started this morning and was basically able to outline two big categories: community blogs and individual blogs. I think this is an important distinction because the first group the places I would suggest people to go if they wanted to participate directly in a community, the second, for one on one conversation with a blogger.

I was only able to list two blogs in the individual blog list before I got called away, so since this is a wiki, feel free to add to it.

Hey Jim Anderson of Olympia

I'm not sure I've ever suggested this to you, and I don't know if you even listen to podcasts, but I think the Sound of Young America would be a good listen for you.

Especially this episode. Not sure why exactly, I just thought of you when I listed to it this morning/last night.

Felix, blogger, fail (march to not being embarrassed)

Felix Day was empty, and so was this blogger. I was up after the game, and I was online, I just forgot to post anything.

The Mariners still have seven to win to avoid embarrassment.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Please, answer me this newspaper/media question

I read a lot about newspapers and the business of newspapers, but I hardly blog about it. Son of Ronald Roland reminded me that I had a thought to ask of people that read this particular blog.

Ok, recently we've seen an exodus of the "adult in the room" of the Washington press corp:

Dave Ammons and John Hughes to the Secretary of State's office.

Robert Mak for City of Seattle.

David Seago for retirement.

David Postman to Vulcan.

Ralph Thomas to Katz Communications Group.

Given that Ives Galarcep, a ten year veteran reporter from a mid-sized east coast newspaper, can make the successful transition from his print job to a self-sustaining niche blog.

Also, given that Crosscut has a place in Seattle media world.

Ok, so here's the question to answer:

Do you think after Postman, Ammons, Hughes, Thomas and Seago left their print jobs, and instead of going into the government and PR worlds, they started a group blog, that it would work out for them?

My answer in the comments.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Mariners win, magic number to 7 (March to not being embarrassed)

I thought Carlos Silva was supposed to start today, and I'm sure to learn why that didn't happen if it was supposed to happen. But, I didn't actually watch the game (my son's baptism was today), but I checked the score.

Sweet, we won the series against the Yankees. Awesome.

Well, today's story shouldn't be about Silva, but about the Yankees, but yesterday I promised a Silva thought, so here goes.

Last year I had a thing for Jorge Campillo. The thought of a Mexican junkballer just appealed to me. But, we let him go and he ended up with the Braves and now sports a 7-7 record and sub-4 ERA.

Instead of keeping him for the cheap, we signed Carlos Silva (4-14, plus 6 ERA). This was my symbol of the team in trouble, we signed a guy seemingly just so we can spend more money on him. Eh.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Yankees win, Ms magic number still at 8 [March to not being embarrassed]

Tried to watch as much as the Mariners game as I could, but had the US v. Cuba World Cup qualifier on DVR, so I switched back and forth.

United States of America wins, Seattle Mariners lose.

Tomorrow, win or lose, a thought on Carlos Silva.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Oly2012 not netroots, for now

You're doing it wrong (from their email tonight):

Oly2012 is a net-roots organization dedicated to helping decision-makers significantly improve downtown Olympia before 2012 by mobilizing an active network of well-informed citizens.

Things I know about Oly2012 so far:

1. They don't have a blog, a online bulletin board, or any sort of online exchange (private or public).

2. One of their founding members Pete Stroble does post at Everyday Olympia and Olyforums, but I think that's a far cry from actually being a netroots organization.

I don't have a quick definition right now, but being netroots is more than having an email newsletter and posting stuff to your site every once in awhile. They could add a blog, but its more about an online democratic decision making process than simply discussion.

Being at Everyday Olympia and Olyforums is a good start, but its not enough to call the organization netroots.

I need to think about this some more and email Pete. Or something.

Morrow wins, magic number at 8 [March to not being embarrassed]

Morrow wins.

And, if I'm doing this correctly (trying to find out the minimum number of wins the Mariners need to avoid 100 losses) the Mariners magic number is at 8.

Since we had a win from a youngster tonight, I'm reminded of another young Mariner pitcher: Bob Wolcott, who was famously thrown to the wolves against the Indians in 1995, but came out a winner. He ended up a big fizzle.

My story goes that when I was at Delaware State studying journalism, in one of the classes we had to write a fake half hour news script to tape. My sports section referred to Wolcott winning the Cy Young while pitching the Mariners into the World Series.

Hopefully Morrow ends up like my fantasy Wolcott, not the real Wolcott.

OH NOES, he's steeling our content!

more animals

Yeah, really he's not.

Olympia Online RSS is a sweet idea.

A bit... uh... janky, but it does the job ok. Its basically a feed aggregator for a handful of blogs in Olympia, a lot like feedtacoma.com, but that website is less on the janky side.

The arrival of Olympia Online RSS is hilarious because of Jason (enpen)'s reaction to a similar effort by Rick over at Olyblog. Read here.

S6 over at Olyforum does a really good job at not really getting it here as well.

The whole thing drives off the RSS course very quickly into Rick and Jason's personal issues with each other, but Jason's initial point of "using my rss feed on your site is wrong" is very wrong on its own.

It is not stealing content. There are spam blogs out there that blatantly copy content from rss feeds, but neither what Rick is doing at Olyblog nor Olympia Online RSS are doing that. They're linking. Automatically linking, but linking in any form is good.

From cluetrain:

Thesis 7: Hyperlinks Subvert Hierarchy

The ability of the internet to link to additional information – information which might exist beyond the formal hierarchy of organizational structure or published material from such an organization – acts as a means of subverting, or bypassing, formal hierarchies.

March to not being embarrassed (the explainer)

So as of right now, the Mariners have 23 games left and 15 possible losses before they reach 100 for the season. Which, would be embarrassing.

What is more embarrassing is that from the middle of July until right now I've hardly paid attention to the Mariners, which if you've met me before this year, is weird.

I used to be the type of person that would come home and turn on the t.v. or radio just to have the Mariners in the background. Before this year, my family and I used to attend at least half a dozen (at the very very least) games a year. This year I went to one, and only because the ticket was free and I was invited.

When I lived in Delaware in the 90s, I would stay up late watching Headline News, waiting for the Mariner's score. When I moved back to Olympia, I felt immediately blessed that the Mariners were not only on t.v. a lot, but on the radio.

It was a variety of reasons that put me over the edge. Two kids are much harder than one. The Mariners are historically and embarrassingly bad. I want to quit blogging bad. Soccer is also suddenly fun to watch. etc...

I'm here to make amends. So, this I promise: From now until the end of the year, I'm not only going to watch the Mariners as much as I used to, I'm going to blog every game.

For every loss, you'll get the death march countdown to 100 losses. For every win, you'll get a memory from Emmett's Mariners memory bank. For example today, it was the one about staying up late watching cable when I was 17 on the east coast, waiting for the yellow lettering telling me the Mariners were done.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

community organizer v. mayor

It might be a pretty good comment on the type of political blogs I am subscribed to, but the most numerous negative reactions to Palin's speech so far on my feed reader was to this quote:

I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities.

said it the best:

Obama's decision to go to the trenches and work with the poor is my favorite thing about him. Palin's decision to say this solidifies the idea the Republicans could care less about the poor. (Were the poor or struggling families mentioned at all tonight?)

5.7% of families in Wasilla live below the poverty line, according to Wikipedia.

Yeah, that sounds about like Chicago's South Side. (I wonder what that number is in the neighborhoods Barack Obama worked in. 90%? More?)

Palin, McCain, and their party don't get it. This speech solidified it. Obama's choice to be a community organizer shows his values are immensely Christian. Have you noticed, Gov. Palin, how often Jesus discusses the poor? Those who value those teachings go to where the poor are and work with them. You know, in the community. Organizing it.

I think it also shows a certain amount of tone-deafness towards the sort of politics of the outside that the Obama campaign is trying to push forward. The meta-message of civic engagement is the most important thing for me right now, in terms of the Presidential race. Obama is showing that "serving your county" can go beyond military service.

So, Palin's contrast of a position of political power with a position of service is striking. Granted, people who take up the rigors of running for office and being in office are "serving," but there is a fundamental difference between what Palin did as mayor and what Obama did as an organizer.

If Palin wasn't elected, would her service to Wassila been less valuable? She seems to imply that. The Obama example shows that anyone can and should serve, not just those that win an election. Standing up and putting your shoulder to the community grindstone isn't just for those who win elections, but for everyone.