Laptop on the fritz

I probably need a new power cord again, because I keep tripping over it and wrenching it out. It’s now totally malformed, so there goes another $80 down the drain…. Man, in the four years I’ve had this laptop, I’ve had to shell out for two – soon to be three – power cords. I think I need one of the new MacBooks, with its new and improved MegaSafe connecter that don’t get wrenched if you trip over it…

I’m still sort of trying to get myself back into a normal cycle after Hawaii – I’ve been feeling extremely lazy and have only made it to the Y for classes/working out twice this week. And the laptop being all dodgy isn’t helping. But don’t think I’ve been slacking off in my news reading.

I saw Metroblogging got a nice mention in Poynter’s E-Media Tidbits column earlier this week:

Mumbai MetrobloggingMake this your first stop. It’s one of the increasingly diverse and popular Metroblogging family of hyperlocal sites — group weblogs offering text, photos and more from people in more than 50 metro areas around the world.

I loved the 10 Questions with Amanda Congdon feature on, but I’m sure that the following tidbit floored all aspiring vloggers hoping for fame and fortune:

It’s been reported that you’re moving to L.A. When will you move out there?
I’d like to move out west, but I can’t just move without having anything set up. I’m living in Connecticut with my parents right now. I need a job, and the offers are flooding in. I’m going through over 2,000 e-mails.

Emphasis is mine. I bet most bloggers and vloggers like the idea of working all day from home, but not from your parents’ home.

And yes, I’ve been paying attention to what’s going on at the News-Press – in Glendale, that is. (Turns out the Glendale News-Press doesn’t have it so bad, compared to its doppelganger in Santa Barbara. If you have no clue what I’m talking about, check out LA Observed‘s coverage.) Publisher Will Fleet is resigning to take a new job in Florida, and it has some recent GNP alumni (the ones who have worked with him, anyway) wondering if he’s just doing as rats do and jumping ship before it sinks. Is the LAT and its other properties (i.e. the Daily Pilot, the GNP and its other newspapers) headed for a third straight year of cuts? Only time will tell.

It’s kind of sad, though. The GNP has had a long history of long-standing publishers, and Fleet’s only been there a little bit more than two years. However, maybe his short stint is only indicative of his own work history:

Before joining Times Community News, Fleet was publisher at several Southern California newspapers, including the Santa Barbara News-Press from 2001 to 2003 and The Signal in Santa Clarita, from 1993 to 2001. He is president of the California Newspaper Publishers Assn., which represents daily and weekly papers throughout the state.

Interestingly enough, it looks as though Wendy McCaw was the one who hired Will Fleet to helm the News-Press after she bought the paper in 2000. Is there a connection? You decide.