MinnPost.com’s First Video

MinnPost has an excellent story with accompanying video about people who are working to identify the graves of people who lived and died in Minnesota’s state hospitals and were buried in numbered graves. This is a great example of well done web journalism:

Grave by grave, group restores Minnesotans’ forgotten lives

In death as in life, a name symbolizes a human being. Yet at least 8,700 persons who lived and died in Minnesota state hospitals still lie in unnamed graves.

In life, their days were marked by mental illness, developmental disabilities, tuberculosis, alcoholism, epilepsy. In death, their graves are marked by numbers scratched on metal tags or chiseled on tops of concrete cylinders about the size of a coffee can.

The video is larger on The Deets than on MinnPost because I decided to use more space for it. If you decide to embed a MinnPost video in your site, just change the width and height settings to something suitable. I went with 492×400 here.

John Hines Dropped by Clear Channel

I can’t say that I’ve followed John Hines’ career closely in recent years – not being a country music fan (his last stint was at 102) – but every time I hear his name I think back to Hine & Berglund doing the morning show on WLOL, 99.5 FM.

Remember when we had a choice of crappy top-40 stations in this town? Those where the days.

The Wikipedia crowd says that the LOL in WLOL stood for Land of Lakes rather than the more common “Laugh Out Loud” associated with the initials these days.

Hines hasn’t reached Wikipedia status, unlike Jason DeRusha, or Dave Ryan’s morning show. Although it’s worth noting that Dave Ryan’s morning show page is categorized under, “Articles with topics of unclear notability from November 2007.” DeRusha’s categorized under “Living people” which sounds about right.

TV News Talking About Newspaper News

Jeff Jarvis noticed something different about how news is covered in the UK: Newspapers will talk about what’s in the paper. Stuff they didn’t have time to cover themselves, or showing off the various angles newspapers took with their headlines on big stories, I believe:

Talked about

I’m in London watching a morning BBC show made up in great measure of four people sitting on a couch discussing stories in the Sunday papers. Every day here, TV news shows share what’s in the papers. Can you imagine this happening in the U.S.?

Does anyone do this locally?

Why Was The Brackett Rocket Removed in the First Place?

When I read the following snippet from Building Minnesota’s article on the return of the Brackett Rocket, I thought, “Was Cara Letofsky’s daughter’s head responsible for the removal of the rocket from Brackett Park?

The return of the Brackett Park rocket

“Two summers ago, Cara Letofsky’s daughter managed to get her head stuck in between the vertical slats on the rocket’s third level.

“”She freaked,” Letofsky said.

“Letofsky, who was pregnant at the time, couldn’t squeeze through the 15-inch openings between levels. However, she had the foresight to have another adult follow her two-year-old up the rocket. That person unlodged the young girl, who wasn’t injured.”

I’ve mentioned before that other kids have gotten their heads stuck in the rocket and have grown up to become healthy adults.

So, what was the real motivation for the change?

IBS CEO Profiled in StarTribune

If news stations make it easier to embed and share stories, I’d say this is a move in the right direction.

Agent of change

Lebow’s new emphasis is on Web 2.0, the new consumer-centric theory of Internet presentation and marketing. Instead of forcing people to use a TV station’s website, the company might provide it in snippets that consumers could import to their personal websites, such as a page on Facebook, the popular social networking service, he says.

“We want to give control to the consumer,” he says.

However, it’s not clear how much control is in the hands of IBS vs. the stations they build sites for. You can move a lot faster if you don’t have to justify every move to non-techies.

Hopefully, this has some sort of strange trickle down effect that leads to the un-truncating Jason Derusha’s blog feed. As of this writing I’m subscribed to 339 RSS feeds in Google Reader, but Derusha doesn’t make the cut. Sorry, but I can’t deal with clicking out to read stuff when 339 other sources DON’T force me do to so.

However, I do catch some of Jason’s stuff indirectly through the occasional reference on MNSpeak or other local site.

Perhaps Jason should just limit his posts to one sentence so nothing gets cropped?

Taxi vs. Star Tribune

Taxi vs. Star Tribune, originally uploaded by edkohler.

I don’t know if the coverage of the airport taxi issues at MSP by the Star Tribune is to blame, but something aparently inspired this taxi driver to aim his cab at the Star Tribune’s HQ along 4th St in downtown Minneapolis this evening.

The Deets was immediately on the scene after taking down some bangers & mash at Keiran’s.

FUH2 Canada Style

FUH2 Canada Style, originally uploaded by edkohler.

Spotted this bad boy at the Radisson near the Pearson airport.

I learned earlier today that Ontario has reduced it’s greenhouse gas emissions over the past year. I think I know a way they could be reduced even more.

Frustrated Skyway Protestors

School of Americas Protest, originally uploaded by radio.sputnik.

The photographer taking this picture of a woman passing out information regarding the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) (formerly the School of the Americas) in the Minneapolis skyway system mentioned that few people (1:10) bothered to acknowledge the group and even less (1:25) would take printed materials.

radio.sputnik (the person writing the photo description) concluded, “I guess we are just too busy with our own lives to concern ourselves with human rights abuses.”

Frankly, I think that’s an unfair description of the people in the skyways. Chances are pretty good that they were rushing to or from work, rushing to grab a quick lunch, rushing to get their driver’s license renewed, rushing to their court date, or rushing to a job interview.

Chances are pretty good that they didn’t head downtown to walk the skyways to with excess time on their hands, just waiting for an opportunity to arise where they can educate themselves about an issue others are clearly passionate about.

The same people who brushed by the issues group may be open and receptive to the same information in a different situation, so assuming they’re “just too busy with their own lives” to listen to every skyway pitch is a dangerous proposition.