Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Grading the PD's Web site

Posted By on Tue, Jun 3, 2008 at 1:57 PM

The financial web site 24/7 Wall Street has graded the web sites of the country's biggest newspapers. The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle get well-deserved As., the Plain Dealer's site, earns a C-, which seems about right. Granted, it's harder to hell to navigate, and sometimes when you're clicking around you accidentally stumble on an old Sam Fulwood story, which can really ruin up your day. But we went to public school, where they only give out Ds if you stab the teacher, so C- seems fair enough. Here's 24/7 Wall Street's take: ...

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Masters of Metal Tour skips Cleveland. How do you feel about Pittsburgh?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 1:07 PM

The Masters of Metal Tour -- the most metal tour ever, assuming you're a die-hard old-school guy -- featuring Heaven and Hell (that's the Dio-era lineup of Black Sabbath), Judas Priest, Motorhead, and Testament has announced tour dates. Cleveland's not on the itinerary, but Pittsburgh is. Maybe it has something to do with gas prices. Dio's a big sports fan, and he's from upstate New York; maybe he doesn't like the Browns. Pittsburgh's a good metal town, but not like Cleveland is. Who knows? It's a weird business. ...

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

O'Brien Factor: Kevin fears Obama's race speech was full of hidden blackness

Posted By on Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 7:41 AM

We read Kevin O'Brien so you don't have to ... Column: Obama's response to Rev. Wright is a split decision Topic: Kevin’s stern disapproval, and savvy decoding, of Barack Obama’s race speech Kevin's Sanity Level Today: 47 percent What Your Head Would Feel Like if You Read it Yourself: Ever see that video of Fabio riding a rollercoaster and a goose smashes into his face? Reading this mimics that experience: you’re meandering through, following his logic, and then—splat!—a large waterfowl of Kevin-brand nonsense smashes into your nose. Charting Kevin's Logic: ...

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Friday, March 14, 2008

At South by Southwest, nothing says alt-country like booze and beards at the New West day party

Posted By on Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 12:28 AM

There was an odd dearth of bearded people on the streets of Austin Thursday afternoon. Turns out, they were all at one of SXSW’s best day parties, hosted by New West Records, home to such alt-country acts as Drive-By Truckers and the Old 97’s (as well as former Kinks frontman Ray Davies). There may be hipper day parties happening during the four-day music festival, but none embodies the spirit of SXSW’s Americana roots more than New West’s annual bash. (I also wasn’t invited to any of those. But that’s not the point). ...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

O'Brien Factor: Kevin wonders, If Global Warming's real, why did I spend the weekend shoveling?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 4:35 PM

We read Kevin O'Brien so you don't have to. Column: For global warming worry-warts, an inconvenient cold spell Topic: O’Brien’s old standard: if global warming is real, why is my windshield iced over? Kevin's Sanity Level Today: 19 percent What Your Head Would Feel Like if You Read it Yourself: You’ve strayed into Apache territory, and they’ve buried you to your neck in sand, coating your cranium in honey to attract hordes of bees, ants, and flies. Vultures are pecking your ears. And your nose itches. Charting Kevin's Logic: ...

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Dear Public Radio: We love your stuff and really want it to keep going. But what's with the Pledge Drive?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 3:32 PM

We love you, Diane Rehm. Your show, too. But mostly just you.
Dear Public Radio, You do things no other media can do. Every show is insightful, demanding, and intelligent. You help the world multi-task. Why just last month, with a mere ten minutes of listening in the car on the way to quaff pitches of Miller Lite at Pannini’s, you helped me understand the role super-delegates play in the Democratic primary, explained why the new Russian president Medvedev is less Putin than one would think, and changed my carburetor. Amazing. ...

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Carl Monday’s back, and he’s not better than ever, which makes us sad

Posted By on Mon, Mar 10, 2008 at 8:14 AM

Ah, the goold ole days, when Carl tricked unsuspecting Buckeye fans into admitting they crank it in the library.
In late January, we questioned whether Carl Monday had gone soft. He hadn’t done a Carl Monday Investigation worthy of that title in two months, instead wasting his valuable time and even more valuable moustache on two boring Cleveland Clinic stories that didn’t even require a trench coat. Monday, apparently, reads C-Notes. And he’s heeded our call. Like Picasso’s Blue Period, the last month and a half may go down as the most prolific epoch of Monday’s career—he’s aired four investigations. ...

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