Brutal, blunt piece on the future of newspapers, or the lack thereof

For an industry built on a foundation of truth-telling, the newspaper business sure has trouble telling the truth about itself.

Last month at the World Newspaper Congress in Turin, Italy, the chief spokesperson for U.S.-based dailies, Newspaper Association of America President Caroline Little, gave publishers, editors and educators from around the world a presentation on “the current state of newspaper media in the United States.”

Little’s PowerPoint show was a work of art. With her palette of selective statistics, context-less trend statements and stock photos of smiling, young news consumers, she painted an uplifting masterpiece worthy of the Italian master Botticelli. His cherubic angels were Little’s news-hungry Millennials; his dancing nymphs were her nimble publishers.More.

Good piece in USA Today on TN football

HOOVER, Ala. — The basement in Butch Jones’ home is where you’ll find his personal trophy case, a glass-encased collection of the various rings, mementos, souvenirs and keepsakes accumulated during the course of a seven-year coaching career.

It includes no major hardware from Jones’ single season at Tennessee, which ended with the program’s fifth losing season in six years; it does, however, with its glittering markers of past successes, serve as a painful reminder of just how long it’s been since Tennessee’s name resonated on a national scale.

Tennessee has four losing seasons in a row, the program’s longest such streak since 1903-6. The Volunteers are 33-41 since the start of the 2008 season, the second-worst record in the Southeastern Conference, and have just 15 wins during the last three years – in comparison, long-suffering Vanderbilt has 16 wins in its last 20 games. — More.

Can air travel get any more uncomfortable? Well, yes.

Airbus has filed a seat patent that appears to pack people in without all the clunky cushions and awkward folding tables, in an apparent bid to save valuable space on its aircraft.

Its cushions are shaped liked bicycle saddles, and when the seats aren’t being used, they fold vertically to save space. Cutting down all that “bulk,” as the patent application puts it, lets you do a lot more with the limited real estate on board. — More.

Sometimes I wonder if the airline industry is doing it’s best to go out of business.

Please indulge a proud father


My daughter recently competed in a national dance competition in Connecticut. With the above performance, Motown Gold, her dance company, Studio Bleu, brought home the gold in the category of age 12 and over Grand Line. She’s 10 and was chosen to be a part of the production when she was nine. She’s easy to spot. She’s the smallest dancer and often on the left side of the video near the back. She’s one of the few “minis” in the dance, who are the youngest dancers. When I saw the performance my jaw dropped. The dancers in all black are instructors and they are incredible talents. Be sure to check out the performance by the tall, skinny male instructor in all black wearing shades.

A tip of the hat to Angela Floyd Dance Studio in West Knox.

Well, this isn’t playing nice

Got this the other day:

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Okay, so I’ve been off doing other things. Plus, I’m bored with social media. My support for it, however, has not diminished at all. It’s just “back in the day” it was the Wild Web of the West. Now everybody is doing it. Having said that, I still follow several people on blogs and Twitter. Facebook I’ve punted for all the reasons many of you know about.