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May 12th, 2008
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Fun with headlines
Ah, the life of a paginator. I can do without the daily deadline pressure, but there are some parts I've missed.

Like laying out today's Annie's Mailbox advice column on the page. For space reasons, we just ran the final two letters -- from vampire fans who met their spouses via that corner of the Internet, a little peeved at Annie's earlier joke at vampire chat rooms' expense.

For one thing, the exchanges were remarkably cordial (at least compared to the screaming dramafests that usually occur whenever mainstream media catches wind of us oddballs). But also because I got to write the headline:

"When love bites: Vampire fans weigh in"


Then there was this story, on today's front page. Nickel summary: A new stretch of the American River has been opened to river rafters, who are discovering that the formerly secluded stretch of water is home to a gay nude beach.

Alternate (rejected) headline: "Boaters now penetrating gay hidey-holes"

Heh. *cough* Ahem. Anyway. Who says small-town papers don't cover hard news?

Current music is genuinely what's playing now, with Winamp choosing at random from most of my music library. Truth, fiction, stranger, etc.

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Date:May 13th, 2008 07:19 am (UTC)
Oh, I just can't xpost this to Paradice... for I am not a paginator. Also, because I think they'll kill me if I place any more puns on the forums.

Date:May 13th, 2008 12:26 pm (UTC)
Interestingly, the Snap LJ preview reads:
"Nude, gay beaches* exposed by river opening"

The website itself has the rather less graphic:
"Boaters' new reach opens awkward conflict"

* I think it's beaches, it's a little hard to read.
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Date:May 14th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
What must have happened is that Snap cached a version from last night when I wrote the post. Shortly after posting to LJ, I updated the Journal's site from the "author's originally uploaded headline" to the "headline used in the paper."

The system isn't perfect, but it does allow us to get the stories online earlier in the day.

(And yes, it was "beaches".)
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Date:May 13th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
The headline they went with reads to me as if the beaches themselves are gay and nude.


I demand that my beaches be depressed and properly attired!
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