I find it interesting that the advent of alternative media formats, like blogging, have not only enabled millions to publish by removing barriers to entry, but have also forced those same would-be self-publishers into a strange situation. That is they’re not just reporting, writing, and publishing. They’re also editing, formatting layout work in terms of text/pictures/etc., and acting as photographers.
It’s also interesting that this “jack of all trades, master of none” scenario is playing out in traditional print media as well, though it’s being driven less by independence and need and more by financial cutbacks (which themselves are in part a result of the alternative media phenomenon).
It also means that the modern-day reporting warrior carries not just a notepad, but a camera and lenses; one eye on their story, the other on the lookout for a decent shot.
I consider myself a terrible photographer. Which is why I’ve not invested thousands of dollars in a decent SLR camera with primo lens attachments. It would be like giving a Stradivari violin to a monkey. I do, however, at least try to take pictures that are not uninteresting and that give me a chance of sparking some memory of an event…
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Today marks the 58th Wine Blogging Wednesday event, this month hosted at the witty, pull-no-punches and cleverly-named Gonzo Gastronomy blog.
The theme selected by Gonzo ringleader Katie Pizzuto is one that’s near & dear to my heart – the pairing of wine and music, both topics that I’m passionate about seeing as how much of my free time each of those endeavors takes up!
I’m not actually submitting a separate post for this WBW – instead, I’ll offer up my recent wine & music pairing giveaway, in which you’ll find lots of tasty wine & jazz pairings in the comments section. However… I did want to throw some WBW love over to Katie, both for keeping it real on a regular basis, posting thought-provoking and entertaining articles, and picking a fantastic theme for this month’s WBW.
I’m looking forward to seeing the tasting “notes” (ha-ha!) from this WBW roundup.
Reality sometimes has a way of bringing strange and awesome congruence to a situation by weaving previously unrelated streams together into a better-together, greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts style mash-up. Bananas & pancakes. Peanut Butter and Chocolate. Bacon and… well, bacon and anything.
At the congruence of wine and Web 2.0, we now find two friends of 1WineDude.com, Dirty South Wine’s Hardy Wallace and the Vintank wine & technology think tank, matching strengths. Sort of.
1WineDude frequent visitors will recall Vintank from my recent coverage of their social media report release, which generated quite a bit of lively discussion on the virtual pages here (not quite as lively as the time I basically called Robert Parker a jerk-wad for dissing bloggers, but pretty darn lively).
Seems that Vintank is now providing over $100K in pro bono work for a hand-picked group of candidates who are currently vying for top spot in the on-line competition to land a 6-month paid stint as the social media guru for Murphy-Goode winery.
Just in time, as the Really Goode Job competition is really heating up good…
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Back in March, I pondered if wine appreciation was becoming cool, drawing a parallel between wine’s place in the cultural lexicon of recreation beverages and the newfound popularity of the long-running Canadian power rock trio Rush – or as I like to refer to them, The Greatest Band in the History of All Mankind. The comparison seemed apt to me, as Rush’s front man Geddy Lee is a huge wine geek (and I’m a big Rush geek).
Word on the street (well, maybe on the street named “RUSH NERD BLVD”) is that Geddy’s favorite wines come from Burgundy, specifically the region’s ultra-premium Pinot Noir.
Lucky for him that he was invited to Barberian’s Steakhouse for a lavish shin-dig that was hosted there three weeks ago to celebrate the 150th birthday of Burgundy producer Maison Louis Jadot (apparently it was also the steakhouse’s 50th birthday). I use the term lavish loosely, as some of you might not consider a four-course dinner that includes “vintages easily costing hundreds, if not thousands, per bottle,” “wild asparagus Fed-Exed from France,” bottles of ’78 Gevrey-Chambertin and ’69 Clos Vougeot, and a parting gift of “a magnum of 2007 burgundy packed in its own wooden box” to be “lavish.”
By some strange oversight, I don’t seem to have been invited.
Anyway, sounds like it was quite a night. Though I’ve heard no reports if the ultra-premium Burgs being poured caused anyone in attendance beak into a spontaneous acapella rendition of Red Barchetta…