Monday, November 19, 2007

Bumper sticker

Update - from the looks of Cafe Press, this thought has occurred to others.

Let me know if you want one, or some, or feel free to use the image and make some of your own.

(Click to enlarge; for some reason Blogger seems to shrink it, here on the page)

[God forgive America]

Friday, November 16, 2007

If you missed Van Jones in Grass Valley last night...

...I'm sorry. You should have been there. It was wonderful, enthralling, freeing, inspiring.

He gave a similar talk last Friday, in Seattle; here's an excellent writeup. And for those who did get to see him last night, here's a video of his "Clean Energy Jobs Bill" press conference moment with Nancy "if Bush and Cheney choke on a pretzel, she's President" Pelosi.
(Thanks J.!)

Fortunately, Yuba Gals was (were?) filming his talk last night, so those who didn't see him will be able to.
Next time, let's bring him to the Center for The Arts.

And the woman asking Jones the question about how he retooled his organization? That was Shawn, blogger at Project Simplify.

Thanks to the Woolman School for giving us the opportunity to hear him.

Martin Luther King didn't get famous for a speech saying "I have a complaint"...

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Blog status: Pining for the fjords

NCFocus isn't dead, it's just been down toward the bottom of the priority list of late. And you shouldn't be visiting it directly anyway, instead you should bookmark Nevada County Voices, from whence you'll be able to see at a glance if anything new has been posted to this or (almost) any other local blog that I'm aware of - along with news from The Union and KNCO and Yubanet, movie schedules, weather etc.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Sacramento Bee Suggestion Box

The Bee doesn't appear to have an online suggestion box, but the nice thing about blogs is, you can make one of your own...

For subscriptions -
  • Provide a "Monday through Friday" option, like the NY Times does, to make workplace subscriptions more attractive - I don't want to have to pay for and dispose of a small mountain of unwanted paper every week.

    (I probably don't know what I'm talking about, but isn't increasing readership the name of the game? so shouldn't promoting/enabling workplace-friendly subscription options yield a particularly high return on investment?)

  • Fix the Subscribe page so its personality (and treatment of visitors) isn't 180degrees off from the Bee's - make it so that it actually tells readers what they want and need to know. It hurts your brand, folks, when I want to - but can't - find out how much a subscription's actually going to cost.
    (the page gives the promo rate, but not the normal rate you'll end up paying, and not the rate for - or definition of - "outlying areas".)

    See the NY Times Subscribe page, for how it could be done.

And a thought for new editor Melanie Sill -
By overseeing both the news and the editorial pages (though not the editorials themselves) you have an unparalleled opportunity to make the paper into a source of good information, no?
It would be very, very cool if you could expose and/or evict the Op-Ed shills, by doing something along the lines of what Cline suggested.

And please, think about what a drought/flood/heat hellhole Sacramento will become, if global warming isn't stopped, and cover this slow-motion train wreck accordingly.

(Mark Lynas - On climate change, neutrality is cowardice)