29 fevereiro 2008

Estados do jornalismo

Matt Drudge: world's most powerful journalist: Welcome to the world of the Drudge Report. A world in which the successor to Walter Cronkite and Bob Woodward is a loner with no university education or journalistic background. He is now surreptitiously courted by the media and political elites that once derided him but now fear he has the power to change the course of an American election.

Act.: não foi Drudge quem revelou a história do princípe Harry no Afeganistão: "The story was leaked first by an Australian magazine (on January 15th!), the German newspaper Bild, and by Drudge Report in the U.S."
Razões? Media's embargo on "Harry's war" sparks debate: In a series of meetings at the Ministry of Defence late last year, British media and selected international outlets agreed not to report Harry's deployment in exchange for getting regular pictures, video and text of his day-to-day activities once the planned four-month assignment was completed. [...]
Until the U.S. Drudge Report blog picked it up.
"Once Drudge had it, it went global and the agreement was basically over," the Ministry of Defence said on Friday.

Por cá: Adelino Cunha demitiu-se do cargo de director da revista Focus: O jornalista, que assumiu a direcção da Focus no final de Dezembro passado, resolveu deixar a revista e «mudar de vida», garantindo que «não houve nenhuma razão específica para deixar agora o cargo».

Mais uma...

Acclaimed photo was faked: Chinese prizewinner merged two images.
An award-winning photograph of a herd of endangered Tibetan antelopes apparently undisturbed by a passing train on the controversial Qinghai–Tibet railway has been exposed as a fake. The image was widely hailed in China as a symbol of harmonious co-existence between man and nature and strong testimony against any adverse effect of the new railway on the animals.

[act.: aparentemente, a divulgação da fraude foi feita aqui, a 16 de Fevereiro]

Técnicas de persuasão para aumentar a produtividade

Employee's suit: Company used waterboarding to motivate workers: A supervisor at a motivational coaching business in Provo is accused of waterboarding an employee in front of his sales team to demonstrate that they should work as hard on sales as the employee had worked to breathe.

28 fevereiro 2008

Um continente de espiados

The most spied upon people in Europe: Germany's highest court has ruled that spying on personal computers violates privacy, but governments across Europe are under pressure to help their security services fight terrorism and organised crime.
Here, BBC reporters give a snapshot of the extent of surveillance across Europe.

"The threat of terrorism has forced the German government to take stricter measures"
Paul Kirby on Germany

"Privacy campaigners say the UK has some of the world's leading surveillance systems"
Dominic Casciani on the UK

"On the whole, the French are not big fans of surveillance equipment."
Emma Jane Kirby on France

"Italians are among the most spied upon people in the world, says the Max Planck Institute"
David Willey on Italy

"Greece has such strong constitutional protection against state sponsored spying"
Malcolm Brabant on Greece

"CCTV monitoring, while extensive in other parts of Europe, is not widespread"
Julian Isherwood on Denmark

Um mundo de bloqueios

Uma sugestão

Why let all of your ideas die with you? Current Copyright law prevents anyone from building upon your creativity for 70 years after your death. Live on in collaboration with others. Make an intellectual property donation.

A nova estação do Rossio de Lisboa

Por falar em pobreza

Os custos da guerra no Iraque para os Estados Unidos

The true cost of war: Next month America will have been in Iraq for five years - longer than it spent in either world war. Daily military operations (not counting, for example, future care of wounded) have already cost more than 12 years in Vietnam, and twice as much as the Korean war. America is spending $16bn a month on running costs alone (ie on top of the regular expenses of the Department of Defence) in Iraq and Afghanistan; that is the entire annual budget of the UN. Large amounts of cash go missing - the well-publicised $8.8bn Development Fund for Iraq under the Coalition Provisional Authority, for example; and the less-publicised millions that fall between the cracks at the Department of Defence, which has failed every official audit of the past 10 years. The defence department's finances, based on an accounting system inaccurate for anything larger than a grocery store, are so inadequate, in fact, that often it is impossible to know exactly how much is being spent, or on what.

This is on top of misleading information: in January 2007 the administration estimated that the much-vaunted surge would cost $5.6bn. But this was only for combat troops, for four months - they didn't mention the 15,000-28,000 support troops who would also have to be paid for. Neither do official numbers count the cost of death payments, or caring for the wounded - even though the current ratio of wounded to dead, seven to one, is the highest in US history. Again, the Department of Defence is being secretive and misleading: official casualty records list only those wounded in combat. [...]
The figure of $3 trillion includes what it will cost to pay death benefits, and to care for some of the worst-injured soldiers that army surgeons have ever seen, for the next 50 years.

By way of context, Stiglitz and Bilmes list what even one of these trillions could have paid for: 8 million housing units, or 15 million public school teachers, or healthcare for 530 million children for a year, or scholarships to university for 43 million students. Three trillion could have fixed America's social security problem for half a century. America, says Stiglitz, is currently spending $5bn a year in Africa, and worrying about being outflanked by China there: "Five billion is roughly 10 days' fighting, so you get a new metric of thinking about everything."

É bom pensar nisto

Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business: Because free is what you want — and free, increasingly, is what you're going to get.
What Are You Worth in a Free Economy? Chris Anderson Explains How 'Freeconomics' Will Change the Media World

"Intellectual property" is a silly euphemism
: If we're going to achieve a lasting peace in the knowledge wars, it's time to set property aside, time to start recognising that knowledge - valuable, precious, expensive knowledge - isn't owned. Can't be owned. The state should regulate our relative interests in the ephemeral realm of thought, but that regulation must be about knowledge, not a clumsy remake of the property system.

Um gráfico de filmes

The Ebb and Flow of Movies: Box Office Receipts 1986 - 2007: how movies have fared at the box office

A. H. é Hitler?

Did Adolf Hitler draw Disney characters? The director of a Norwegian museum claimed yesterday to have discovered cartoons drawn by Adolf Hitler during the Second World War.

William Hakvaag, the director of a war museum in northern Norway, said he found the drawings hidden in a painting signed "A. Hitler" that he bought at an auction in Germany.

The Snow White characters Bashful and Doc, which the museum director William Hakvaag believes were drawn by Hitler, along with a sketch of Pinocchio

He found coloured cartoons of the characters Bashful and Doc from the 1937 Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which were signed A.H., and an unsigned sketch of Pinocchio as he appeared in the 1940 Disney film.

Hitler tried to make a living as an artist before his rise to power. While there was no independen confirmation yesterday that the drawings were the work of the Nazi leader, Hitler is known to have owned a copy of Snow White, the classic animated adaptation of a German fairy tale, and to have viewed it in his private cinema.

Mas não há seguranças no parque?

SJ condena agressão a Rui Santos: O Sindicato dos Jornalistas (SJ) repudia o ataque contra o jornalista Rui Santos, ocorrido na madrugada de 25 de Fevereiro, no parque de estacionamento da SIC, depois da apresentação do programa “Tempo Extra”, considerando-o um acto completamente inadmissível num Estado de Direito.

Imagens e sorrisos

These three images show her face filtered to show selectively lowest (left) low (middle) and high (right) spatial frequencies.

So when you look at her eyes or the background, you see a smile like the one on the left, or in the middle, and you think she is smiling. But when you look directly at her mouth, it looks more like the panel on the right, and her smile seems to vanish. The fact that the degree of her smile varies so much with gaze angle makes her expression dynamic, and the fact that her smile vanishes when you look directly at it, makes it seem elusive.

24 fevereiro 2008

Web 2.0

The Wisdom of the Chaperones - Digg, Wikipedia, and the myth of Web 2.0 democracy: Digg and Wikipedia would do well to stop pretending they're operated by the many and start thinking of ways to rein in the power of the few.

Jail for Facebook spoof Moroccan: A Moroccan computer engineer has been sentenced to three years in jail for setting up a Facebook profile in the name of a member of the royal family.

GrandCentral: receive calls and post voicemail with your blog: With GrandCentral, a free service from Google, you can receive phone calls and post voicemails right on your blog. Though GrandCentral is currently in a private beta test, bloggers can skip the wait and get a free account immediately.

22 fevereiro 2008

Diz o roto ao nú

Google's Brin: Microsoft bid 'unnerving': "And when you start to have companies that control the operating system, control the browsers, they really tie up the top Web sites, and can be used to manipulate stuff in various ways. I think that's unnerving."

Quem disse isto?

I hope that readers will be willing to pay subscriptions or watch ads or things that will keep the high quality and breadth of journalism alive and (make it) even better than it is today," [...] said. "In some ways, we have better journalism today... (With) in-depth, certain kinds of journalism...there's still a question of how that gets funded.


Três anos de Governo

A entrevista a José Sócrates foi vista por um total 2.954.000 indivíduos que viram em média cerca de 21 minutos, isto é cada espectador viu em média 41% da duração total do programa. [...]
Desde que foi eleito Primeiro-ministro, a 19 de Fevereiro de 2005, José Sócrates foi por 5 vezes à Televisão de onde se destaca a entrevista concedida na RTP1 a 11 de Abril de 2007 com 17.2% de audiência média e 38.1% de share.

20 fevereiro 2008

O dever

Isto é spam no telemóvel

Por muito meritório que seja mas é assim que se abrem as portas para outras iniciativas mais comerciais...
Campanha contra cancro do colo do útero chega a quatro milhões de pessoas via SMS: Cerca de quatro milhões de pessoas vão receber um SMS a alertar para a importância da prevenção do cancro do colo do útero. A campanha, que começa amanhã, insere-se numa iniciativa da Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro em parceria com uma operadora de telemóveis [a TMN].

Uma questão: se a TMN tem mais de seis milhões de clientes, porque razão esta campanha só chega a quatro milhões?

Tráfico de dados

New York Talk Exchange illustrates the global exchange of information in real time by visualizing volumes of long distance telephone and IP (Internet Protocol) data flowing between New York and cities around the world.

on exibition at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art
Design and Elastic Mind
February 24th - May 12th 2008

Uma fotografia interessante

Gaga Over a Gargoyle: From Margaret Bourke-White to Annie Leibovitz, photographers have scaled dizzying heights to frame the perfect prop

"This was all...very scary-looking, but was it going to be an interesting picture?"

Estranhas câmaras fotográficas

These are fully functional pinhole cameras.

Evolução ou não?

France's favourite encyclopaedia falls victim to Wikipedia: The 2008 edition of Quid, France's favourite encyclopaedia, has been cancelled by its publisher for lack of interest. The annual sales of the 2,000-page tome, which reached more than 400,000 in the mid-1990s, collapsed to just over 100,000 last year.

The book's publisher, Robert Laffont, says the whole concept of the print encyclopedia can no longer compete with the free information available on the internet.


Análise semântica dos discursos do Primeiro Ministro, com algo semelhante no P2 do Público.

Tecnologias a ter em atenção

10 Emerging Technologies 2008:
Modeling Surprise
Probabilistic Chips
Wireless Power
Atomic Magnetometers
Offline Web Applications
Graphene Transistors
Reality Mining
Cellulolytic Enzymes

Mais da secção "É sempre bom saber"...

British Airways is second-worst carrier in Europe for lost baggage: The only airline with a worse record was TAP Air Portugal, with a delayed-bags ratio of 27.8 per 1,000, but the figures will be more grim news for BA which was found to be the poorest performer in Europe in 2007.
Although TAP lost more bags on average last year, the data shows BA's record is getting worse.

Expresso? "Surprise"!


This year’s “World’s Best-Designed Newspapers™” are:
• Akzia in Moscow, daily, circulation 200,000
• Expresso in Paco de Arcos, Portugal, weekly, circulation 140,000
• Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung in Frankfurt, Germany, weekly, circulation 320,000
• The Guardian in London, daily, circulation 355,750.

Surprise: We liked a large and striking portrait in the Lisbon weekly Expresso. The story concerned what lies ahead for Portugal in 2008. Analysts Jorgé Pacheco Pereira and António Barreto were pictured, seemingly life-size, while chatting in a hotel garden. Suddenly, we became the third person in their private conversation. Expresso regularly displayed this kind of intimacy and crafty intelligence.

Sismos 7.0

Number of Magnitude 7.0 and Greater Earthquakes per Year, Since 1900 [selecção apenas dos anos com 30 ou mais ocorrências]:
1906 - 32
1909 - 32
1910 - 36
1943 - 41
1944 - 31
1946 - 35
1949 - 36
1950 - 39
1957 - 34
1968 - 30

Total 1900-2005 = 2061 earthquakes
Average: 19.4 magnitude 7.0 and greater earthquakes per year

Coisas que é bom saber para emigrar a tempo

The towns where people live the longest: Something remarkable links the remote Japanese island of Okinawa, the small Sardinian mountain town of Ovodda and Loma Linda in the US. People live longer in these three places than anywhere else on earth. [a ler os comentários...]

19 fevereiro 2008

À venda na eBay até dia 21

The World's Greatest Music Collection: 3 Million Records, 300,000 CDs, 6 million+ Song Titles

(e ainda sem licitações para os 3 milhões de dólares)

Se a Vanity Fair vai ser lançada em Portugal, é bom alguém ler isto

The trouble with exporting glamour: Condé Nast's German version of Vanity Fair cost €50m to launch. But, one year on, is it a must-read glossy for the wealthy or a very expensive flop?

Coisas que é sempre bom saber

How the Oscars leaked online, for the past 6 years

This year, all but six of the 34 nominated films were available in DVD quality by the last week of January.

Is the MPAA doing a better job at preventing screeners from leaking online? It's hard to say.

18 fevereiro 2008

As pessoas como carneiros e pássaros ou uma teoria sobre as multidões

Sheep in human clothing – scientists reveal our flock mentality: Results from a study at the University of Leeds show that it takes a minority of just five per cent to influence a crowd’s direction – and that the other 95 per cent follow without realising it.

The findings could have major implications for directing the flow of large crowds, in particular in disaster scenarios, where verbal communication may be difficult.

Para ajudar a pensar a RTP/RDP

Is PBS Still Necessary? FOR the eighth straight year the Bush administration has ritually proposed taking a hefty whack out of the federal subsidy for public broadcasting. The cuts would in effect slice in half the money that public television and public radio get from the government. If we follow the usual script, this means it’s time for upset listeners and viewers to rally to the cause, as they have in the past, and browbeat Congress into restoring the budget. [...]

Considering how much it costs to create new topnotch programming, the best solution to public television’s woes is the one that will probably never happen: more money, not less.

Papel e digital

Media Work Force Sinks to 15-Year Low: Newspaper Slump and the Shift to Digital, Direct Take Toll on Employment
U.S. media employment in December fell to a 15-year low (886,900), slammed by the slumping newspaper industry. But employment in advertising/marketing-services -- agencies and other firms that provide marketing and communications services to marketers -- broke a record in November (769,000). Marketing consulting powered that growth.

[act.: Media Workforce Shrinking: Sometimes you do not want to be right. And I certainly do not want to claim credit. To a large extent many have written about it, signaled it at various talks and debates, blogged about it, and heard about it from many sources throughout the industry: the media workforce is steadily shrinking.]

Notícias reais

The man who would be king - of Portugal: Duarte Pio is a soft-spoken, unassuming 62-year-old who would be king of Portugal. [...]
"The conclusion we can draw is that the cause of our decline was the creation of a republic, which destabilized the country. We lost a lot and didn't gain much," Pio said.

Organismos geneticamente alterados

Portugal: Cultivation of GM maize extended without co-existence problems
In 2007, 164 farms in Portugal grew genetically modified maize on a total area of 4,199 hectares. Nationally, the cultivation of GM maize occupies thereby 3.6 per cent of the total maize area and has tripled in comparison to the previous year. Upon examination, no neighbouring fields were found to contain a GMO content greater than 0.9 per cent. [...]
Officials also polled farmers on their reasons for using GM maize. 86 per cent of farmers cited the reduction in the application of insecticide, 69 per cent cited better yields and, again, 86 per cent cited the higher quality of harvested products.

OGM LEVAM AO CONSUMO DE PESTICIDAS: O cultivo de transgénicos a nível mundial está a conduzir a um aumento massivo do consumo de pesticidas e só as empresas que os vendem podem lucrar com tal situação.

Fundos de ecrã


16 fevereiro 2008

Sobre o spam, um comentário Certamente!

O nível de "imbecilidade" que grassa no spam não é nada de novo.

Salvo melhor opinião, como dizem os advogados :), é bom atender ao seguinte:
1) O "abrigo do DL 67/98 de 26 de Out." não serve para nada porque esse decreto-lei 67/98 é de 18 de Março desse ano, é do Ministério da Agricultura e "o disposto nos artigos 10º e 11º" diz o seguinte:

Artigo 10º - Defesa da saúde pública
1 - Sem prejuízo da aplicação das sanções previstas nos artigos anteriores, quando a violação das regras de higiene for susceptível de comprometer a segurança ou a salubridade dos géneros alimentícios, as autoridades competentes devem tomar as medidas adequadas para fazer cessar tal ilicitude, podendo determinar a retirada ou destruição dos géneros alimentícios ou o encerramento da totalidade ou de parte da empresa por um período determinado.

2 - Na determinação do risco para a segurança ou a salubridade dos géneros alimentícios deve ser tido em conta a natureza do género alimentício, a forma como foi manipulado e acondicionado e toda e qualquer outra operação a que tenha sido submetido antes da sua entrega ao consumidor, bem como as condições em que o mesmo é exposto ou está armazenado.

3 - Sempre que a conduta do agente seja susceptível de qualificação criminosa, a autoridade sanitária deverá comunicar os factos ao Ministério Público.

Artigo 11º - Admoestação
Quando a reduzida gravidade da infracção e de culpa do agente o justifiquem, pode a entidade competente para a aplicação da coima limitar-se a proferir uma admoestação escrita.

Com esta lei, apenas a salubridade da actuação dos spammers pode estar em causa: cheiram mal. Mas há mais...

2) O envio de um mail para remover o endereço de email é óptimo para as listas de spam validarem que aquele endereço está activo;

3) Diz o Paulo: "É evidente que eu não vou proceder à remoção do meu endereço de uma lista onde o meu endereço foi enfiado à força e sem o meu consentimento".

4) O problema é o que diz a legislação sobre "Comunicações não solicitadas", ou seja, o spam, esclarecido no Decreto-Lei n.º 7/2004, de 7 de Janeiro, arrumada e ajustada (mal, quanto a mim, em diversos aspectos) a partir da directiva comunitária sobre o comércio electrónico:

1 - O envio de mensagens para fins de marketing directo, cuja recepção seja independente de intervenção do destinatário, nomeadamente por via de aparelhos de chamada automática, aparelhos de telecópia ou por correio electrónico, carece de consentimento prévio do destinatário.

2 - Exceptuam-se as mensagens enviadas a pessoas colectivas, ficando, no entanto, aberto aos destinatários o recurso ao sistema de opção negativa.

3 - É também permitido ao fornecedor de um produto ou serviço, no que respeita aos mesmos ou a produtos ou serviços análogos, enviar publicidade não solicitada aos clientes com quem celebrou anteriormente transacções, se ao cliente tiver sido explicitamente oferecida a possibilidade de o recusar por ocasião da transacção realizada e se não implicar para o destinatário dispêndio adicional ao custo do serviço de telecomunicações.

4 - Nos casos previstos nos números anteriores, o destinatário deve ter acesso a meios que lhe permitam a qualquer momento recusar, sem ónus e independentemente de justa causa, o envio dessa publicidade para futuro.

5 - É proibido o envio de correio electrónico para fins de marketing directo, ocultando ou dissimulando a identidade da pessoa em nome de quem é efectuada a comunicação.

6 - Cada comunicação não solicitada deve indicar um endereço e um meio técnico electrónico, de fácil identificação e utilização, que permita ao destinatário do serviço recusar futuras comunicações.

7 - Às entidades que promovam o envio de comunicações publicitárias não solicitadas cuja recepção seja independente da intervenção do destinatário cabe manter, por si ou por organismos que as representem, uma lista actualizada de pessoas que manifestaram o desejo de não receber aquele tipo de comunicações.

8 - É proibido o envio de comunicações publicitárias por via electrónica às pessoas constantes das listas prescritas no número anterior.

Confusos? Claro, apesar de alguns esclarecimentos no ponto 2.3.4. deste documento sobre COMUNICAÇÕES PUBLICITÁRIAS EM REDE E MARKETING DIRECTO.

O que é admirável, já o disse antes, é que quando estes diplomas estão a ser negociados na Comissão Europeia e em Portugal, ninguém se queixa. Quando lhes toca à porta, directamente, admiram-se!

A proposta comunitária é de 2000, a transposição para a lei nacional é de 2004, e várias questões como o spam estão inseridas numa lei sobre comércio electrónico.
Em 2008 andamos a conversar sobre o quê? "Opt in" ou "opt out"? Ah, ah (desculpas pelo sarcasmo...)

15 fevereiro 2008

Concurso sem resultado

Redesign the Google Logo (Resultados)

Notícias em Flash

NewsGlobe: See where on earth big news is breaking

O pintor de batalhas

It was in that darkest hour that Hetherington took the picture that moved the world. A young soldier, leaning against the earth wall, his helmet off, arms smeared with dirt. He wipes the sweat off his brow, looking directly into the camera, his eyes foggy, his mouth ajar, part shocked, part weary, part desperate. He is wearing a large ring on his left hand.

The image is dark, blurry, lacking contrast. Some have criticized that now, arguing that a photo like that "was not appropriate to win," says Hetherington. But the shot captures the moment perfectly, and it works on two levels: It gives the viewer the sense of what happened then and there, and at the same time it has timeless, symbolic meaning.

PS.: "O Pintor de Batalhas" é o título de um livro de Arturo Pérez-Reverte.

Pelo menos no caso dos tablóides e dos blogues

Plagiarism is the first rule of journalism: Kevin Smith is the co-founder of Splash News, one of the world's largest independent news and picture agencies [cujo moto é: "We cover the good, the bad and the very ugly"].
Key points:
* "Suing Perez Hilton sent shock waves through the blogging industry, resulting in a lot of bloggers becoming clients."
* Splash uses face-recognition software to check published snaps against its 1.2 million archived images.
* "Often we have to look into people, use private eyes to find out whom they are because often these people hide and use pseudonyms, but it's not that difficult to find people. The problem is that often when you track them down it turns out to be a 13-year-old girl who is doing it from her Dad's work laptop."
* "We have a company put an indelible watermark in the image; the image can still be used, you can't see it."
* Splash send out 10 'cease and desist' notices every day.
* Splash now deals with 250 blog sites: "It's really is a boom industry. It's like the gold rush again."
* Do you see blogs and message boards as potential clients? "I think we do so now, they are very agile and adept at knowing what the public wants… It's the way of the future and we can resist it, we just have to find a way of adapting ourselves and letting everyone now this is the way its done."

14 fevereiro 2008

Coisas do dia

Quatro anos

Um caso que interessou em 2004 os blogues de media (e não só) terminou finalmente:
Primeiro de Janeiro desiste de processo contra jornalistas: O jornal O Primeiro de Janeiro, do Porto, desistiu da queixa no processo de difamação que tinha apresentado contra três jornalistas por alegada difamação, disse hoje à Lusa uma fonte judicial. [...]
Os três jornalistas eram acusados, pelo jornal, de difamação e ofensa a pessoa colectiva, estando em causa o que aqueles profissionais escreveram no blogue http://diariodeumjornalista.blogspot.com, em Abril de 2004.

Um segredo mal guardado?

How to make Coca-Cola at home

Comissão da Carteira e de Direitos de Autor?

Decreto-Lei que aprova a organização e o funcionamento da Comissão da Carteira Profissional de Jornalista e regulamenta o sistema de acreditação e o regime de deveres e incompatibilidades profissionais dos jornalistas

Este Decreto-Lei vem estabelecer a organização e o funcionamento da Comissão da Carteira Profissional de Jornalista (CCPJ) e regulamentar o sistema de acreditação e o regime de deveres e incompatibilidades profissionais dos jornalistas.

A CCPJ é composta por nove membros, oito dos quais jornalistas, designados igualitariamente pelos seus pares e pelos operadores do sector de entre os que possuam pelo menos 10 anos de experiência profissional, sendo o último elemento um jurista de reconhecido mérito por eles cooptado, que preside.

A CCPJ tem como atribuições proceder à acreditação profissional dos jornalistas, garantir a aplicação do regime de incompatibilidades e assegurar o funcionamento do regime disciplinar profissional.

Refira-se, ainda, que a CCPJ passa, também, a ocupar-se da organização das comissões de arbitragem em matéria de eventuais litígios relativos a direitos de autor dos jornalistas cuja constituição lhe venha a ser solicitada.

sQuba e fósforos

Undersea Auto: a Swiss specialty carmaker has unveiled what it claims is the world's first completely submersible automobile.

Man Builds Full Scale Mercedes F1 From 956,000 Matchsticks

13 fevereiro 2008

Um pouco de história gráfica


creator of Howard the Duck died of complications from pulmonary fibrosis.

Donald Duck heresy rife: Referring to the work of the English historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Cardinal Pell said he was concerned about the consequences of support for a Donald Duck heresy.

"Too many Donald Ducks produce the feel-good society which works to remove personal guilt, anything that would make people feel uncomfortable so that complacent self-satisfaction becomes a virtue; confession is replaced by therapy and self-reproach by self-discovery."


EA AND MAXIS TO SHIP SPORE IN SEPTEMBER: Spore, the highly anticipated game from the creators of The Sims, will be available at retailers worldwide the weekend of September 7. Spore will be available for the PC, Macintosh, Nintendo DS, and mobile phones.

[act.: Will Wright Gives Level Up the Scoop On Why Spore Is Taking So Long to Get Right--And Why It Will Be Worth the Wait (I & II)
Designer Will Wright Walks Us Through Spore]

Qualidade e fa(n)queiros

Se um jornal vende o dobro por oferecer um DVD, não vale afinal ele próprio metade do que aparenta? É claro que quando leio o “El Pais”, o “Le Fígaro”, o “The Guardian”, reconheço-lhes uma consistência global, e uma ligação a um tipo de informação privilegiada, que lhes apara o golpe diário de um preço a pagar.
Mas acho que o meio a que ainda sinto que pertenço não percebeu o beco onde está metido E como tem de aprender a voar para sair dele.

[act.: Chris Anderson Whipped by Long Tail Says Ad Industry Actually Gets It: "The curse of my own book is that my biggest competition is the long tail," he replied. "[I compete] with 1 million blogs and social networks and micro engagements." His own industry, the publishing world, has "not really figured how to do it yet," he said. "We can launch web properties that are successful but very expensive, we have not figured out how to scale it down to very narrow competition."]

12 fevereiro 2008

O nível

Anónimo Da Guarda disse...

Pois é, meu caro «imb», descobriu: sou do SIS. Mas também faço uma perninha na Mossad. Mas nem com todo o esforço de espionagem consegui, ao longo de mais de uma semana, obter respostas para perguntas muito objectivas que deixei nos comentários deste blogue. Vê como sou um mau spin?

Segunda-feira, 11 Fevereiro, 2008
Anónimo Anónimo disse...

O que você é (ou não é) só a si lhe deve interessar.
Cá para mim, tanto faz...

Mas não desista, homem.
Sempre dá motivo para alguém, logo a seguir, ajudar a traçar o retrato do pior primeiro-ministro que Portugal teve nos últimos 50 anos!

Segunda-feira, 11 Fevereiro, 2008
Anónimo Anónimo disse...

ó da guarda, o teu trabalho tá feito, já meteste a malta toda a falar da carta.

agora põe-te na alheta e vai pregar para outra freguesia. não agridas mais a nossa inteligência.

Terça-feira, 12 Fevereiro, 2008
Anónimo Da Guarda disse...

Muito bem. Sendo assim, como diz o anónimo supra, vou ver se necessitam os meus serviços noutro lugar. Aqui está feito o trabalho: pus «toda a gente a falar da carta» e quase ninguém a falar do «pior PM dos últimos 50 anos», como refere o acima de supra(aí até estaremos de acordo, exceptuado a curta passagem do Almirante Pinheiro de Azevedo).
Antes de partir, só uma questão a JPMenezes: uma vez que ninguém o fez, sempre vai (como admitiu há várias luas), expor todo este caso ao Conselho Deontológico?

Terça-feira, 12 Fevereiro, 2008
Anónimo Anónimo disse...

...como isto vai!!!vai lindo vai, então não interessa para nada a honestidade moral para se ser chefe de governo????????????

Terça-feira, 12 Fevereiro, 2008
Blogger jpmeneses disse...


How Writing Changed the World: About one in five people today, concentrated mostly in Third World nations, are illiterate.

Avisos ainda actuais

Esqueçam o dinheiro, é para ver o gráfico de adopção das tecnologias

Aquecimento global

(recebido por email, sem autor)

Sem palavras e sem cabelo

(recebido por email, autor desconhecido)

Boas notícias... para alguns

Survey highlights widespread concern about future of US journalism: Altogether about 1,300 people were interviewed, including almost 1,000 working journalists, about half of them male, average age about 46.

More than half reported their readership or audience has shrunk more than 60 per cent over the past five years . Asked if they thought the trend might change and perhaps stabilize, about three-quarters replied pessimistically: “It's hard to say it ever will.” [...]

Another disturbing aspect of the changes taking place is that accuracy no longer seems to be important as it was. About 94 per cent said that accuracy was important when they started their jobs – but the figure is dropping, The expectation that journalists should “serve the public”, as well as providing “credibility” is also falling, many felt. Making a profit and attracting a big audience is now regarded as more important to many news companies.

The Perfect Storm Hits Newspapers: So now we see the beginning of the end for print newspapers. The tipping point has been passed. The economics of publishing has taken its toll.

The simple fact is that dropping circulation and ad revenue has led to the logical conclusion that publishing a print edition, where 50 percent of the cost is paper alone, is not sustainable.

Inteligência naturalmente bem feita

(Recebido por email, ainda um óptimo meio para o marketing viral...): A Ikea criou uma assistente virtual feminina para ajudar os seus clientes na navegação da página. Ao entrares em http://www.ikea.com/pt/pt podes ver que no canto superior direito tens uma opção "Perguntar à Anna". Se lá clikares vais abrir uma janela e aparece a Anna. Podes perguntar o que quiseres, pergunta por sofás, flores e ela responde... Agora vem a parte divertida:

Experimenta escrever o que está abaixo e vê o que ela responde:

1 - Gosto de ti!

2 - Mostra-me os peitos!

3 - Que olhos tão giros!

4 - Feia!

5 - Amo-te!

6 - Queres fazer sexo?

7 - Vamos pinar? (a melhor!)

8 - Gostas de mim?

9 - Tens namorado?

10 - Onde vives?

11 - Posso convidar-te para jantar?

Altamente... Nota máxima para os informáticos que programaram a pagina da Ikea!!!

[é uma adaptação desta Fråga Anna]

09 fevereiro 2008

08 fevereiro 2008

Música em mudança

Neil Young Admits Music Can't Change World: "I think that the time when music could change the world is past," Young told reporters, according to the AP. "I think it would be very naïve to think that in this day and age."


06 fevereiro 2008

O conforto é mesmo assim

Surveillance states: the world is becoming a less private place, though not necessarily any safer

Do jornalismo nacional

Foi o Correio da Manhã quem primeiro deu a notícia: "Fui censurada pelo Expresso", e continuou aqui.
O Expresso emitiu dois comunicados, um da Direcção e outro com as conclusões do Conselho de Redacção.
No primeiro, onde se pode ler a interacção do director do Expresso com comentadores anónimos, divulga-se o texto da crítica [?].
Fiquei só com uma dúvida: a publicação online do texto obriga ao pagamento do trabalho à senhora, ou não?

É de olhar igualmente para os fantásticos ataques e comentários a "O Público e Sócrates («aquela casa foi feita pelo primeiro ministro?»)", com resposta do visado (que assume ter usado o nome de José Mendes, infelizmente nome de outro jornalista com o número de carteira 1598 quando António José Cerejo é o 549 - e não, não é ilegal, pelo que li). [E sobre o mesmo assunto]

A incredulidade
"A partir de agora todos vamos poder ver o planeta Marte a três dimensões" [...]
"Até 2009 a equipa conta conseguir reunir imagens de todo o planeta a três dimensões."
A ler também a diferença entre as declarações no Público e na ESA.

Um Flash!

Pirated by iTunes, Artist Turns to BitTorrent: The Flashbulb, aka Benn Jordan, became so outraged when he discovered that iTunes was effectively pirating his music, that he uploaded copies of his latest album to BitTorrent. TorrentFreak caught up with Benn to learn more about the decision to stop distributors and ‘coked-up label reps’ from getting all the cash.

Coisas que é bom saber por quem cobra impostos:

são os saudáveis que dão cabo da saúde económica dos países!

Fat People Cheaper to Treat, Study Says: Preventing obesity and smoking can save lives, but it doesn't save money, researchers reported Monday. It costs more to care for healthy people who live years longer, according to a Dutch study that counters the common perception that preventing obesity would save governments millions of dollars.
[act.: Amigo, ajude o Estado: mate-se mais cedo]

[Esta é antiga mas tem piada, até para evitar falar dos impostos sobre a Internet] Councils chew over gum tax plan: A tax on chewing gum is needed to help meet the £150m annual cost of cleaning it off streets, council representatives from across the UK are expected to say.

Doações tecnológicas

Silicon Valley Donations: Microsoft Loves Hillary; Google, Obama
Microsoft employees have donated a total of about $130,000 to Clinton, far more than any of the other six major candidates, according to a searchable database of the political donations at Fundrace, a project of the Huffington Post.

At Google, donations favored Obama over the New York senator by $97,771 to $46,610.

Yahoo staff also donated more money to Obama's campaign by almost two-thirds.

O petróleo nos candidatos presidencias dos EUA

Follow the Oil Money

Quem quer saber dos resultados da Super Tuesday?

Aqui e aqui (com Twitter)

04 fevereiro 2008

Como vender um candidato?

Marketing the Next President of the United States: "Republicans tend to do better when they look like a high-school quarterback or a CEO — square jaw, cropped hair," [Michael Lewis, a marketing professor at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis] said. "Democrats did better when they had the look of a college professor."

[também a propósito disto]

O problema não são os jornalistas

What's really wrong with newspapers: What’s most frustrating is that the discussion fails to focus on the more significant reasons behind the decline in newspaper journalism. They are:

-The creation of monopoly markets and, through consolidation, cartels of newspaper ownership. [...]

-Consolidation of newspapers into large, publicly held companies. [...]

-A largely defensive strategy took hold, even though history shows that no company under siege ever merely cut its way to recovery. [...]

-Groupthink was a natural outgrowth of monopolies and the demands of Wall Street. [...]

-Leadership collapsed under the weight of these forces. [...]

-The biggest problem, of course, had nothing to do with the newsrooms.

A quem Portugal adquire armas?

Portugal Arms Imports, 2006
From Austria: 1
From Italy: 7
From Netherlands: 216
From UK: 4
From USA: 203


Juan Francisco Casas

Simply birolliant - the incredible 10ft 'photographs' drawn with a ballpoint pen
[Juan Francisco] Casas said: "I guess it started off as a joke, to try and make something so realistic that people would think is a photo. [...]

The only drawback is that he can't erase any errors. He said: "Mistakes are the main problem. It's better if I make them at the beginning."

03 fevereiro 2008

Kevin Kelly dixit

Better Than Free: The internet is a copy machine. [...]

When copies are super abundant, they become worthless.

When copies are super abundant, stuff which can't be copied becomes scarce and valuable.

When copies are free, you need to sell things which can not be copied.

Well, what can't be copied?

02 fevereiro 2008

Smiley em Marte

Isto não são boas notícias (nem remodelação...)

MV: no passado dia 15 de Dezembro solicitei ao Sr. Secretario de Estado da Justiça a minha saida do cargo de presidente do Conselho Directivo do ITIJ, na altura que fosse considerada mais adequada.

Francisco José Viegas abandona direcção da Casa Fernando Pessoa

Alto-Comissário para a Imigração e Diálogo Intercultural, Rui Marques, foi substituído no cargo, a seu pedido, por Rosário Farmhouse