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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Blogger handles graphics, media better than Wordpress

One of the problems with Wordpress is that you have limited capacity to embed media and graphics. YouTube and Vimeo work. Storify seems to work sometimes.
The Value of Visualization from Column Five on Vimeo.

Love this app but wish it worked on Wordpress. This goes for all the great Knight lab apps -- timeline and Story map. The way to get around it is the screen shot and link. But, that doesn quite work for that.

It can also be a little easy to embed your Piktochart. Here's where a little HTML comes in handy. You can set a custom width in the Piktochart code. I set mine too wide at 1,000.

Here's what the code looks like. I'm going to change 1000 back to 600

<iframe frameborder="0" height="1266" scrolling="no" src="" style="overflow-y: hidden;" width="1000"></iframe>

There are probably a couple of different ways to embed an Excel chart. Here's I saved it as a JPG and put it in. This will work fine on Wordpress, What's the problem with this chart? Goes in the wrong direction. Let's fix it in Excel.

I did this by going back into Excel and  sorting the dta column from lowest to higehc

Friday, March 13, 2015

Draglines at my heart: Goodbye to a feminist folks singer

Back in the second wave of the women's movement, we all listened to the The New Harmony Sisterhood Band. They told stories of cotton mill girls, strip mining and feminist icons like Sojourner Truth.  Yesterday, a member of the 1970s group was killed in a bike accident. Her music carrries on, thanks to The Smithsonian, which rereleased the album "And Ain't I a Woman?" in 2006.   She plays fiddle on the song "Draglines."

More on her recent work from WBUR

From the Globe:

Friends say Marcia Deihl was always the first person to think up a witty song that perfectly captured the moment, and to encourage the same lyrical invention in others with her “Bizarre Song Parties,” where the price of admission was a ditty of one’s own.

Deihl was a Cambridge activist who spent her life fighting — and singing — for what she believed in, and who had embarked upon retirement with joy that she could finally dedicate all her time to her art.

And she loved to ride her bicycle, a clunky old three-speed decorated with paper flowers and streamers. With her long hair streaming behind her, she cut a distinctive figure, one familiar to many Cambridge residents.

On Thursday, friends mourned the untimely death of the 65-year-old, who was killed Wednesday after being hit by a dump truck while riding her bike on Putnam Avenue.
“She was an icon of Cambridge life. She was a very colorful figure, beloved by the people who knew her,” said Pam Chamberlain, a longtime friend who described Deihl as “a riot” with a keen sense of irony and a gift for bonding with people. “It’s a great loss for the folk community and the feminist movement.”

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Audio slideshow: Bill Cunningham on the NYC marathon

The audio slideshow lives via Bill Cunningham. He's a national treasure.                                               

Thursday, September 25, 2014

It's still a man's world, sweetheart #journalism #sexism

Lately, my journalism classes have been all female. I didn't even really notice until one of my students said that was a plus for the class.

So, I  tell them at the start: It's still a man's world out there, in and out of the newsroom. This
summer, we had the hideous school-boy banter between Red Sox announcers, teasing one of their producers on air about her new boyfriend.

Today we have a gubernatorial candidate calling a reporter "sweetheart." On camera  Go get him Yvonne! From Abrahman's Globe column: 

 Oh no, Charlie Baker, not again!

Don’t you have enough problems with women voters already? What were you thinking, calling Sharman Sacchetti “sweetheart,” and on camera, no less?

The FOX 25 reporter was asking you a question about your dropping the firm responsible for that ad with your daughter Caroline — the spot meant to make you more appealing to women.

“Last one, sweetheart,” you told Sacchetti, hand on her shoulder.

That giant thwack you hear? That’s the sound of women – and your poor campaign staff – smacking their foreheads.

Could you have been more patronizing?

Listen students: Remember that AP style on females over 18 is "woman." Adopt it.  Embrace it. I know it sounds weird to use it. But if you stop calling yourself girls, its a step toward getting people to stop treating you like girls.