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  • Ted Mann 4:38 pm on September 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    How Lo(Hud) Can You Go? 

    My employer, the powerhouse that is The Journal News, is currently in rebranding mode. Starting last October, the newpaper started calling its web portal LoHud.com, an abbreviation of Lower Hudson Online.

    It’s taken me a little while to get hip to their new web strategy, but as you all know, I pride myself on falling in line with the man sooner or later, so I’ve spent the last month bringing all of the magazines I work on under the LoHud umbrella (with the help of LoHud guru Nicole Jones). A few of you have pointed out (rightly so) that our previous site was awful looking. Even though there were PDFs that you could see, we managed to make even those look awful, filtering them through some wacked service called Print2Web. Worst of all — they weren’t indexed by search engines, which essentially meant they were invisible. What’s the point of having a website if you can’t find it on Google?

    Well, no more. Now you can see, search, and print most of our articles in a clean format. I especially like how we’re also able to post photo galleries, which make use of a fantastic slideshow viewer, which you can check out here. (Thanks to superstar LoHud programmer Chris Vannoy for writing that baby from scratch!) Soon we’ll also have a podcast of the magazines, plus blogs and other good stuff. But best of all, the magazines will finally be visible to those benevolent Google-bots.

    InTown Westchester: http://www.intownconnect.com
    Rockland Magazine: http://www.rocklandmag.com
    Putnam Magazine: http://www.putnammag.com
    Scarsdale Magazine: http://www.scarsdalemag.com

    Update: I keep noticing little glitches and mistakes on the sites. If you happen to see any of them, too, please email me. We’re still sort of in beta mode here, so I can use all the extra sets of eyes I can get. Thanks!

    • Chris Vannoy 5:37 pm on September 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      For the record, the pretty front end of that slideshow is a fairly stock version of SlideShow Pro. The from scratch part is the backend of it.

      But thanks for noticing.

    • Ted 11:07 pm on September 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Aw, quit being modest, Chris! Throw in the image gallery viewer that you created, the U.S. Open site, and the LoHud blogs, and it’s no wonder they’re calling you the Sergey Brin of White Plains.

      I’m amazed you saw my post. I should be the one to thank you for noticing!

  • Ted Mann 4:38 pm on September 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Tunstall Lash 

    Is it just me, or has every single TV show premiere this fall used a KT Tunstall song? It’s freaky. I swear, we watched one night of TV where three shows in a row had the same tune, “Suddenly I See.” Much as I dug KT when “Eye to the Telescope” came out earlier this year (even posted over on Plugs about it), this is getting out of control. I just hope the same overexposed fate doesn’t befall my new love, Regina Spektor.

  • Ted Mann 1:29 am on September 9, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Hobos Wanted 

    Ana and I are headed off to Portugal this weekend for a long-overdue two-week vacation. Whether we actually do come back to the U.S. depends on a variety of factors: the state of the Portuguese Communist Party, Ana’s mother’s cooking, the definition of “shustu,” and how much absinthe can be imbibed in 10 straight days.

    But whatever the outcome, you can be sure of one thing: I won’t be playing the role of “activity boy,” as Ana refers to me when I’m coming up with itineraries galore and planning what to do from sun up to sun down. Ana has expressly forbid this. Which is precisely why I’m instead going to occupy myself searching for European hobos and their secret hobo symbol, the h in sunrays. And I don’t just mean half-heartedly keeping an eye out; no, I’ll be in balls-out hobo hunting mode.

    In case you’re wondering what the hell I’m talking about (and really, you should be), the interest in hobos and the h in sunrays stems from the great John Hodgman, who wrote about both in his excellent book, the wonderfully titled “The Areas of My Expertise,” which I referred to in a few superior posts below. Hodgman has also been keeping tabs on both — the hobos and the symbols — on Flickr. The “700 Hobos” page is a kind of open-source illustrated directory of, well — the 700 different species of hobo. And “The h in sunrays pool” is a similar sort of project, except showing photographs of the hobo unification symbol, as documented on signage and sidewalks throughout the world.

    As you can see, I’ve already posted one of my very own “h in sunrays” sightings — taken back during my days in the village, when I put my trust into a no-good, fesity hobo named Electronic Ed (note the h on the sidewalk in front of and to the right of Ed). I hope to document many more sightings during the coming two weeks in Portugal. But rest assured, I will never put my trust in hobos again.

    Unless they were victims of the Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919. My jaded cynicism has limits.

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