A Slow News Day

In Montana, bald is a hair-color option on license:

You also can choose to declare your shiny pate on your driver’s license.
“It’s a newer option, along with other hair colors, such as sandy,” said Patrick McJannet, manager of field operations for the state Motor Vehicle Division.

Yes, they had to get an informative quote in there.

(via Dave Barry’s Blog)

4 Replies to “A Slow News Day”

  1. Whole Wheat Radio inspired idea! If you’re talking about reporting the news, how about this?

    Preface: Jenny and I decided that we can’t listen to WWR every day for now on because it’s coming through our crappy limited-time dial-up, holding up our phone line, and we don’t want to be stuck at our computer just to listen to the webcast anyway. So we’re not going to tune in for extended periods until we get high-speed (in a couple months) and we’ve hooked up an FM broadcaster to the computer so we can listen to the webcast on our regular radio in the kitchen or wherever — and not be stuck at our computer while we’re listening. Anyhoo…

    I told Jenny yesterday that I’m looking forward to being able to listen to WWR in the kitchen while we’re making supper, and Jenny said she’d prefer the CBC because they have news — that WWR doesn’t read the news, only Achorage stuff. Then I said:

    What if Jim looked up the location of WWR listeners who were tuned in, say, for instance, “Phillip Cairns in St. John’s, Newfoundland,” did a quick search for a news from St. John’s (from an online newspaper or the CBC, wherever), and began reading a news item from St. John’s? That’d be cool. Really give us a sense of where the listening are coming from.

    Anyway, Jody, that’s an idea I had for WWR — but why not give it a go on Steel White Table? Find out where people are logging in from and post something they can relate to? Give us a sense of the Steel Whitel Table community. For instance, at WWR radio, people are tuning in from all these places:

    San Jose, California
    Stafford, England United Kingdom
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Ypsilanti, Michigan
    Dover, New Hampshire
    Flushing, New York
    Appleton, Wisconsin

    I wonder what’s going on in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and how different it from what’s going on in Flushing, New York or St. John’s, Newfoundland?

    It’s easy to shoot this idea down, but it’s not a bad idea.

  2. Haven’t had coffee yet, so just a quick reply. I tried reading local news once, but it seemed uninspired. That was just me, of course… I didn’t put much heart into it. May try it again though cuz it always seemed like it should be interesting as you said.

    We’ll look forward to seeing you on high-speed. I understand dialup limitations and frustration completely.

  3. I’m too lazy to:
    – get visitors’ IP addresses
    – determine where the IP address is coming from
    – search for local news in that area
    – post local news that’s interesting to more than just local people

    I can show you, Phillip, how to do it and allow you to post, if you want.

  4. > I can show you, Phillip, how to do it and allow you to post, if you want.

    I’ll do it when I get my own show.

    However, as Jim said, it might be one of those ideas that looks good on paper but comes off as uninspired in practice. Or maybe doesn’t even look good on paper. It was my impulsive solution to the question, “How can we listen to WWR and still listen to the news?” A more practical answer might be: Switch over to the CBC when the news come on, and back to WWR after the news (which usually doesn’t last longer than 5-10 minutes anyway).

    Still, it might be funny (yet informative) to hear Jim read news about St. John’s, Newfoundland — and pronounce all the names wrong.

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