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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Last post by BLeafe on October 16, 2017, 02:00:00 PM »
Things started out interestingly in the sports section and then quickly went downhill.

They used an eye-catching, one-word headline in the print edition that anyone who watched the Jets game yesterday would understand immediately. In very bold letters, it says "ROBBED.", with the top half of the letters in black (and outside the picture) and the bottom half of the letters in white and inside the picture.

Online, there are actually two versions: one copies all the pages of the print edition, looking just like the newspaper (online print) and another that's basically one long column of nice, solid-looking print (online straight). Sometimes, I show one version and sometimes another.

When it comes to this particular picture, I'm showing all 3, since they're all quite different.

1. The two-tone print edition, as described above

2. The online version of the supposed exact copy of the print edition made the letters 100% black.

3. The online straight version showed only what was within the borders of the picture: the bottom halves of the white letters, including slivers of the black top halves - rather bizarre-looking.

One other problem: why is there a period after the word? Periods end sentences and this isn't a sentence. It would be a different story if the headline said "WE WUZ ROBBED."............but it doesn't.

4. The 0-5 Giants were absolute underdogs going into Mile-High Stadium - or whatever they call it these days - as reflected in head coach Ben McAdoo's statement in this paragraph, yet the beginning of the paragraph states that they were favored to win by 13.5 points. How did that go unnoticed?

5. There's an "a" where an "and" should be and a space where a hyphen should be between "especially" and "powerful".

6. When filling space at the end of an article with a scoring rundown, chronology is always in order (do we watch games by starting at the end and working our way backward?). Here, apparently, someone thought it would be a good idea to do it blog-like: latest post first. It's like reading an email thread - start at the bottom and work your way up.

7. Over in "Better Living", someone forgot "Better Grammar" and neglected to use a "Neither" before using "Nor". It just doesn't make any sense when read.

Well, almost.

You can see the Tappan Zee Bridge (with some new Cuomo Bridge mixed in) on the far left. After you click to enlarge and scroll all the way to the right, you can make out what appear to be Manhattan skyscrapers in the hazy distance. If part of the cliff was missing, you'd see the GWB.

This is a 9-image photo stitch that I took from the Stateline Lookout in Alpine two weeks ago when I attended the "Hawks Over The Hudson" event. There are plenty of glitches to be found in it, but considering the number of photos involved in a hand-held shoot of connectivity guesswork and changing brightnesses from image to image, I'm happy with it.

Hackensack Discussion / Hearing aids & meat
« Last post by BLeafe on October 15, 2017, 01:55:31 PM »
Talk about screwy junk mail! Actually, I'm not sure it's totally junk mail - it seems to be a legitimate company in Paramus.

It was addressed using my nickname and middle initial (who does that?) and to some apartment that's a couple of floors below me.

And what sort of professional medical group doesn't put their name on the envelope and tries to entice people to come in to get their hearing checked by offering "filets" in the form of a $10 store gift card (with which you could probably spend on anything)?

The only thing I can't hear is the explanation of what the connection is between hearing aids and meat.

Oh doesn't help when you write "except" when you meant "expect".

Who does their proofreading.............The Record?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Last post by BLeafe on October 15, 2017, 12:59:59 PM »
Wow - contributions from 3 different sections!

1. "its"

2. "it's"

3. Geez - they spelled it correctly in the same sentence just 6 words prior............

4. Corrected below

5. "Severino" + a different correction below

6. "ala" is not a word. "a la" is the common use, but " la" is the technically correct use.

7. One addition and one subtraction (below)

8. Where are Ahmad and Reham? Why was it important to give the ages of people who aren't shown?

Events & Calendar / For all you dogs out there............
« Last post by BLeafe on October 14, 2017, 03:33:00 PM » now have plans for October 22.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: New(?) Historic(?) local Medical Center
« Last post by BLeafe on October 14, 2017, 02:18:40 PM »
1. Looking for a new, fun place to go on Friday the 13th, I headed out to Paramus.

2. I wanted to get a shot of the sign while the flowers were still new and attended to (you never know when that nosy press might show up).

3. Don't smoke the sidewalk.

4. I was tempted to write "BRMC" on it.

5. Missing image caption wants you to only wash one hand and use no more than 14 drops of water in doing so.

After you've sanitized that hand, click to enlarge.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Last post by BLeafe on October 14, 2017, 01:45:26 PM »
1. We all know what photo captions are, right? And most of us are aware that they belong as close as possible to the photo they're describing. For many photo captions lately, someone at The Record disagrees.

On the front page of today's sports section, the lead photo is a large shot taken at last night's Yankees/Astros ALCS Game 1. Its caption is placed below a lot of writing from two stories, the ACLS schedule and some large, bold-faced statistics. It's over 3 inches from the photo that it's desperately trying to describe, but less than 1.5 inches from a hockey game photo.

2. Speaking of captions,

The dullest generic caption occurs when more than one person is shown. The first person is mentioned and it always says that the second person "looks on" - a meaningless/useless phrase that shows not a drop of thought or imagination. They've used it quite a bit lately.............let's see how long it takes before that little gem pops up again (remember a Beatles' song called, "It Won't Be Long"?).

It took 8 days.............longer than I thought.

Nine days later, they doubled up on the vapid vacuity (redundancy intentional) in two articles ON THE SAME PAGE, with one story on top of the other:

a. Without mentioning any other people in the picture (it could have simply stated that the two managers were meeting with the umpiring crew, it just says that the managers "looked on". That's it? Looked on what? Usually, that idiotic phrase is used after some other person or action is mentioned.

b. This time, it's only one manager who.......... all together now............"looks on".  The caption claims that this occurred during batting practice - and maybe it did - but it's just a shot of the manager. There's not a speck of batting practice imagery to be seen in it.

These are both empty-headed, say-nothing captions.

So, until next time............

3. Can we all agree that relief pitchers follow starters in a baseball game? That's super-basic stuff, but this caption says that manager Joe Girardi is doing the relieving.

Strange thing for a former catcher to do.

For the record (and for The Record)..........Chad Green relieved Severino.

4. Somebody needs a reminder to not leave out any words.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: New(?) Historic(?) local Medical Center
« Last post by Homer Jones on October 13, 2017, 07:18:39 PM »
Why not find some guy willing to kick in 10 mill and name it after him or her.  The _____.  ___ Regional Medical Center. End of problem.
Hackensack Discussion / Re: New(?) Historic(?) local Medical Center
« Last post by BLeafe on October 13, 2017, 04:29:14 PM »
"NEW Bergen Pines"! It keeps the "New", loses the "Bridge", sounds fresh and spiffy (and slightly crazy).

Hackensack Discussion / Re: New(?) Historic(?) local Medical Center
« Last post by ericmartindale on October 13, 2017, 04:00:40 PM »
I got a great name for Bergen Regional Medical Center.  How about "Bergen Pines".
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