Almost Heaven: A Visit to West Virginia

When the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad was being built in the mountains just after the Civil War (last week I walked on its old tracks), the work crews were worked hard. The most famous worker was John Henry, a steel driver who hammered spikes into the mountainside to make space for sticks of dynamite that would blow away mountain to make room for the tracks. The steel driver and the…

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Disney Erases Hand-Drawn Animation

In the 1960s, Walt Disney joked that one day he’d replace his elite corps of animators, known as the “Nine Old Men,” and their slow, expensive way of making hand-drawn movies, with Audio-Animatronic figures. At the end of last month, Walt’s joke came true. The studio bearing his name announced that, due to a “changing creative climate and economic environment,” it will be shutting DisneyToon Studios Australia next year. The…

Behaviors of the Blogosphere: Understanding the Scale, Composition and Activities of Weblog Audiences (PDF)

· 50 million U.S. Internet users visited blog sites in the first quarter of 2005. That is roughly 30% of all U.S. Internet users and 1 in 6 of the total U.S. population · Five hosting services for blogs each had more than 5 million unique visitors in that period, and four individual blogs had more than 1 million visitors each · Of 400 of the biggest blogs observed, segmented…