Friday, July 16, 2010

Weigel's Punishment

Hey, kids, remember the one where Roger Healey said something mean about Jeannie on NASA's off-the-record email list and Tony accidentally had it open on his office computer when she blinked in...
UNALASKA, AK -- So here's a question that no one has asked me.
"What's it like to blog from a remote location like historic Dutch Harbor/Unalaska, America's largest fishing port?"
Well, I'll tell you. It's rife with difficulties! In previous posts I've mentioned that everyone on this island gets Internet access from a satellite, and I have now learned that the mountain the satellite pickup rests on is called "Haystack." So it's slow. It's also hard to finesse. I'd like to work closer to the girlfriend I came out here to visit when I'm at her radio studio. But the connection is slow near her office and, relatively, fast in an adjacent room where a bunch of high schoolers are recording a radio show that, for reasons that elude me, makes frequent use of a dance remix of Air Supply's soft-rock classic "All Out of Love."
Dave Weigel's gonna be just fine, or at least he will be as long as good reporters get rewarded, but: kids, never, ever, ever, write something anywhere that you don't want to see on the front page of the newspaper.  Forget the WaPo; the universe is going to make you suffer, and it's just brutal.

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