May 2nd, 2008

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I (want to) hear voices!

A reminder, posted on a slow day at work:

If you have a Sponsored/Plus, Paid or Permanent LiveJournal account, you can make LJ Voice Posts.

I'd love to hear more of you do voice posts.

I'm a voice geek. It's partly why I'm a media geek and keep getting to know DJs; I enjoy the sound of people's voices. (It can be a big part of who I find attractive; my former girlfriend Alicia is definitely cute, but I really like her voice: very rich, like a slightly higher-pitched Julia Stiles. Alicia's a pleasure to listen to.)

So here I am encouraging you to do a voice post. If you haven't before, here's the FAQ with instructions. (And this should take you to your settings set-up, if you haven't done voice posts before.)

Try it, you might like it. And it'd be neat to hear more of your voices.

And if you feel that anxiety lots of us have about our voices, remember: you're speaking among friends. (You also can choose to make your voice post Friends-Only after you record it.)
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Whale fluke

Allow me to diss the Trib. Impugn the 'Bune. Your pick.

So the Portland Tribune ("the 'Bune," I call it) is making changes. Changes so far have included firing my friend coffeeinhell from her freelancing gig, so I'm already inclined to think that their further changes will not be good ones, either (though coffeeinhell landed on her feet: she'll write reviews elsewhere, and she's started a chocolate-making company. Woot!).

Said changes (linked here) aren't described until halfway through the piece, after the jump in the print version, but the 'Bune's going from twice-weekly to once-weekly (Thursdays) and laying off more people. And get better with fewer. (Would Klingons be better at that? "The Higher, The Fewer," y'know...)

The Page One stuff is all "We Love Us" fluff, explaining the paper's greatness to those who just don't get it. After the jump to Page 2, it says that its greatness will extend to an online daily paper. Since the 'Bune already has a daily online paper at Local News Daily, I'm unclear whether that site's getting folded into this other daily paper, or what...

In the process of announcing all this, the piece (at varying levels of passive-aggressiveness) disses several other Portland publications and bloggers at large, which it calls "prone to vitriolic negativity." Oh, I'm waiting for how the Portland Mercury's Blogtown USA reacts to this diss! Smartassedly, I believe.

So the 'Bune will serve all your Portland journalism needs provide less fishwrap. For Great Success and Glory!


(The reason I call it The 'Bune? Back in 2001 I was in downtown Portland, pulled a Tribune from a box near Pioneer Courthouse Square, and found that guerrilla marketers had inserted copies of a Portland sex industry magazine in that box's papers. Ah, I thought, poon in The 'Bune.)
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The March to the March of the Lebowskis

Soon I will leave my place and head north, then east, then north again, to get to Laurelhurst Park and join -- I hope -- hundreds of people waiting to follow Cort and Fatboy to the Bagdad and tonight's screening of The Big Lebowski.

Bathrobe? Check.

Knowledge of relevant bus schedules? Check.

Caffeine in system? Check.

Longer hair than normal, plus a Van Dyke? Check. (It's as close as I can come to looking like Jeff Bridges.)

This will be fun.

I should practice the Jeff Lebowski slouch...