Sunday, September 24, 2006

And Again

Drop Off, Come Back

Eleven days have gone by since I last checked in here, but it doesn't feel like it.

The last two weeks at the online desk at Canadian Press have been busy ones only because we're running the staff with only one full-timer (The Good One), and the other three are either recovering from surgeries or on vacation.

In the last two weeks, between running the mildly successful RyersOnline and working extra shifts at CP, I've worked 70+ hour weeks. It's awful and disgusting.

Now that I'm finished my run as managing editor, the pressure is off and I can focus on __________ (I'll leave that blank).

Please, give me a chance. I'm only warming up. I promise to be much more cruel in the future.


Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Launch

That Went Well

Inside the Eaton Centre. See one freak--dirty clothes, medical pants, ugly beard--asking for money. See another freak--muttering to self--walk by. And I wished: wouldn't it be nice if the muttering freak gave money to the begging freak.

My masthead finally launched RyersOnline this morning. It was a disaster. The only thing that prevented it from being a fucking disaster was the small detail that nobody knew we launched or saw us launch.

We're a long way away from being a good site. Four more weeks to make it good.

Also, round one of the Ryersonian vs. the Eyeopener goes to the Eyeopener. And not by a slim margin.

Got the new BNL disc playing on a infinite loop (or until my battery dies) on my iPod. Back to that.


Sunday, September 10, 2006

September 11

On Conspiracies

At work and so-called journalists are seriously talking about 9-11 conspiracies. They're questioning the science. They're questioning the air planes. They're making me question their qualifications for this job.

What they really need to do is read this so they know how fucking stupid they are.

If someone is in the area, please come and kill me. Unbearable.


Saturday, September 09, 2006

Stolen Paper

Okay, Not Really A Stolen Paper. Just One Section or: An Overreaction

Despite my long-standing (four months long) feud with the Globe and Mail, I will read a copy if one is in front of me. This was the case today at work.

The weekend Globe is perhaps the best Globe of the week; you feel full after reading it. And so I had plans to read it in it's entirety when I finished catching up with the wires.

But before I had the chance to read the Globe in its entirety, I stepped away to grab lunch. I returned a few minutes later to see the Travel section pulled out of the paper.

Upon further inspection, the Weekend Review had been stolen. The Weekend Review stolen! I left the desk for minutes, and some spineless coward (which word is unnecessary?) stole my Weekend Review. I'm not fucking kidding you.

Who the hell goes around stealing sections from other people's newspapers? And it's not like my copy of the Globe was lying in plain view: my copy was under a copy of the National Post and barely in view.

The pulled out Travel section indicates to me that the ball-less thief was in full steal-and-run mode. I'll get to the bottom of this, though. It may take weeks (I only have five left after tomorrow), but I will get my vengeance.

Or probably not.


Friday, September 08, 2006

The Masthead

Ready To Launch

I'm only two days into the start of my semester and I already feel the pressure of the upcoming work.

When you're working with a skeleton crew for a masthead, there's far more work to go around than available bones (and I know that analogy makes no sense). And because I'm the most experienced masthead member, I feel it's up to me to keep everything going for the first few weeks. At the same time, I don't want to be overbearing.

My reign as the first-ever RyersOnline* managing editor is half finished because of the short week, but there's not that much power in the job. At least I'm not going to put much power into the job -- I need space to maneuver when my time is up and I still have four weeks left on the masthead.

The site, which I previewed on Wednesday, needs some work. The soft launch is this upcoming Wednesday, but I'll be running it as the real deal.

One of my duties on the masthead are to act as a liason between other mastheads, specifically, one broadcast masthead and the Ryerson Review of Journalism.

Next week I'll be meeting with both groups, which means a week in meetings and in front of a computer. Very journalismy.

*Like the name? Try pronouncing it. I'll just refer to it as RyeLine.