Obviously, I’m not talking about me.Â I’m talking about Newscoma, who normally writes more before 9 am than I get to read all day.Â How lucky am I to get to work on a new project with someone like that?
There’s a lot of buzz in the blogosphere right now about the demise of newspapers and changes in the media.Â This “citizen journalism” thing seems to be a little more than just a fad.Â It’s leaving a lot of journalists with some choices to make, and it’s a tough row to hoe for some to learn new technology.
So we’re developing a resource to help them along the way, answer questions, and discuss the changes that are occurring in media right before our eyes.Â We were even able to persuade Michael Silence to write our first featured article.
NewsTechZilla is where tech (me) and journalism (Newscoma) collide, duke it out, shake hands, exchange barbs, and hug it out for the good of all.
Actually, there’s good stuff theree for everybody, not just journalists.
We just decided to do this a couple of weeks ago, and we’ve been working like mad over the holidays to generate content, work on our site layout, get our feeds up, fix the things I break, etc. and “officially” launch today.Â Go over, check it out, SUBSCRIBE (it’s free) and jump into the fray.
Light blogging (and other stuff) for the last few weeks because I’ve been pouring a lot of time and energy into remodeling my old place (yes that place).Â I’ve learned a lot during this process, not only how to do a lot of stuff I didn’t know before, but also some tricks and lessons.Â I’ve also learned that I hate doing remodel projects.Â I’m not a carpenter (or plumber, or electrician) and I don’t want to be.Â I have a ton of respect for people who are good at these things, but that’s just not me.Â So what tip could someone who sucks at handy work give you?Â It’s pretty simple really:
The amount of time you have left on a project is directly proportional to the amount of money you’ve spent at your most recent trip to Lowe’s.
To clarify, your third trip of the day because the water to the entire complex is off and you need a tool to complete the job so you can turn it back on doesn’t count.Â I’m talking about the trip you made based on the list you made of things left to complete.
For example, on my first trip to Lowe’s when starting the project I spent a lot of money on tile and wood flooring.Â My subsequent trips were less expensive, but the cost went back up when the real estate agent said to replace everything in the kitchen and baths.Â So I was back to spending a lot of money (again) on appliances and vanity tops.Â In general, I spent less money on each trip.
Yesterday I had to buy a set of masonry bits and some new light switches–around $16.
Today I bought 5 magnets for cabinet doors and a sponge–just over $6.
Tomorrow I’m taking some stuff back and not buying anything.Â That’s right.Â They are going to give me money.