What’s killing off newspapers?

Its the internet (duh) but not in the way you might think. Sure, the tech savvy and the newer generations are increasingly turning to the web for news and shunning newsprint, but the real giant killer is Craigslist!!

Classified advertising has been the solid foundation of newspaper revenue since forever. Its local, its personal, its extensive, and its searchable (its “classified”). But Craigslist does it better, no question. More analysis is in this piece from the New Yorker magazine, “Out of Print; The death and life of the American newspaper

MRI results

We got results and they are unambiguous and visible to the untrained eye. Its a textbook stress fracture of her left tibia. Gina has been totally off the leg for two weeks, and the clinic says two weeks more, after which she can start putting some weight on it while wearing the foam/plastic boot.

It will be three months until recovery. Gina has not missed a practice yet. She departs Friday morning for spring break training and sightseeing in Philadelphia with the women’s team.


She plans to keep working out and stay in shape best she can in prep for next season.


I may be a little behind on this current internet phenom – Stuff White People Like. Pretty damn funny. It’s not about all white people, but the types that are NYT readers, socially-aware, eco-concious, and privileged in a way that is rarely-if-ever associated with people of color. Among nalgene bottlethe things THESE white people like are: Barack Obama, Whole Foods, David Sedaris, and public radio. ouch.

…like one of those expensive “Nalgene bottles.” White people are always talking about their “Nalgene’s” and how they won’t break, even if they’re dropped from the top of a rock wall or something

The dinner party is the opportunity for white people to be judged on their taste in food, wine, furniture, art, interior design, music, and books. Outside of dictatorships and a few murder trials, there might not be a more rigorous judgment process in the modern world

Yes, that Ira guy (of This American Life) deserves such an incredibly hard kick to the groin. So annoying and smug. Smugness is the worst when it’s (poorly) masked in that mix of complacency/bewilderment/innocence with which those pussy NPR commentators tinge their whispering.

If they are hit on by a member of the same sex, it provides them with a valuable story that they can use to prove to their other friends that they are more progressive and tolerant. “(at the gay bar) this guy/girl hit on me, I said I was ’straight but not narrow,’ and it was totally chill. Oh, you went to an Irish bar this weekend? That’s cool, I guess. “

Soooo funny. Is “re-useable shopping bags” on here yet?

The site is not without its detractors, in fact the critique here is how I discovered the site. And its not entirely original. I recall visiting http://www.blackpeopleloveus.com with amusement a couple of years ago (read the letters section for reallife morons who don’t get the joke.)

all’s well

Old and new trailer

I took the day off Monday and headed to Titusville while considering my options for resolving my stranded boat and trailer. I called a towing company and found that it would be $175 to get a flatbed truck out there to haul the rig into Titusville for repairs. There is a well known marine shop in T-ville which I planned to consult with.

The Gheenoe boat, a Gheen-designed canoe. But just off the highway on the outskirts of town is the Gheenoe boat factory and I stopped there first. Gheenoes are a well known boat in these parts with a unique super-stable hull design that was invented by a NASA engineer who quit the space industry in the 1970’s to develop a line of boats. I stopped in at the plant to see if they sold trailers. I had photos of my predicament. They carry only one model of trailer, and it was well suited for my boat. And they offered to go out to the beach with me to get the boat swapped and set up a new trailer.

It went just fine. The big risk was that the axle would give way entirely and the boat would crash to the ground, but it didn’t. With three of us, we had enough muscle to make the boat swap. This trailer is a big upgrade for me, and it does tow like a dream.

All for less than $900, and I was contemplating replacing the trailer last fall anyway. I only regret that I sunk some money and time into replacing parts instead.

Oh…almost forgot, the other cool part is while hanging around the Gheenoe company I chatted with this old guy and showed him my boat photos. Turned out he was Harley Gheen – the NASA guy who designed the innovative hull!