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Thursday, December 31, 2009
Good-bye 2009.
And good riddance. Ever have the feeling of deja vu?


Saturday, December 26, 2009
We apologize for the technical difficulties.
You may have noticed that some images are missing from my posts. You can thank my 1&1 hosting service for this. After losing my data (along with many others), they claimed it would be be restored from a backup. Unfortunately their backup of my files omitted this blog. I had to resort to an old backup of mine, and republish from Blogger, which restored the text but no images from the missing 21 months.


The end of a year always brings far too many lists and summaries of things that happened. Here's a rather specialized one that fits my sense of humor: The Year in Media Errors and Corrections. A few (tame) examples:

News Tribune (Washington State):

A photo caption on Tuesday’s Page A8 said a student was performing the Heimlich maneuver on a dummy. The student was actually playing around and pretending to choke the dummy.

Denver Post:

Because of a reporter’s error, Bill Husted’s column on Page 3B on Sunday contained an item about a tombstone for “Elway the Drug Sniffing Dog.” The tombstone was digitally fabricated for a blog and does not exist.

Los Angeles Times:

Bear sighting: An item in the National Briefing in Sunday’s Section A said a bear wandered into a grocery story in Hayward, Wis., on Friday and headed for the beer cooler. It was Thursday.

The Justice (Brandeis University)*:

The original article provided the incorrect location of New York University’s new institution. It is in Abu Dhabi, not Abu Ghraib.

Canadian Press:

The Canadian Press moved a story April 3 that erroneously reported The Wilkins Ice Shelf was originally part of Jamaica. In fact the Ice Shelf, located on the western side of the Antarctic was originally the size of Jamaica.

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