Position: Design Editor
Software used: QuarkXPress 6.0
As design editor of one of New England’s best college newspapers, my team of 10 designers work with the staff to create a professional-grade weekly newspaper.
Apple has announced its new line in the dominant iPod series and plans to distribute Walt Disney Company’s Disney, Pixar, Touchstone and Miramax line via direct download on iTunes.
Among the new additions to the technophile’s sweet tooth, an 80gb iPod for $349, a thinner iPod Nano with 24 hours of battery life, and a teensy 1gb iPod Shuffle. Apple also plans to launch a $299 device that will allow users to stream content to their televisions and home theater setups. The product, tentatively called iTv, will cost $299.
We all knew they were coming soon, but I think one colleague worded it best: the new iPod killers are being made by Apple, not Sony or Microsoft.
These toys are good. They are everything the previous version of small iPods should have been.
The Nano is no longer a scratch magnet for starters. The piano black iPod Nano was shiny and beautiful out of the box, but as a car depreciates as soon as you leave the dealership, the Nano is prone to scratches as soon as you plug in your earbuds.
As for the Shuffle; it just wasn’t ready when it first came out. The new iPod Shuffle is the most portable ever. Instead of buying an armband or belt clip (and instead of Apple letting third party manufacturers take a piece of their pie) the new Shuffle IS a belt clip. It’s small, but still functional.
The 80gb iPod finally enables the user to take a full library of media files with them. It is the next logical step in the right direction.
Apple has, once again, set the bar high as the competition does what it can do to catch up with the last generation.
Today’s date raises different emotions out of each person.
For some, the only reaction is sadness. The loss of a relative, friend or colleague due to the attacks of September 11, 2001 have made some of us numb.
Some of us feel anger and outrage and a desire for revenge.
Still some of just don’t feel anything.
I organized and ran Northeastern University’s September 11 Memorial and Vigil between 2003-2005. Each year, fewer people attended.
Finally, in 2005 someone wrote a letter to the editor of the school’s newspaper, basically saying that it was time to move on and forget about 9/11.
Indeed September 11, 2001 has been used by both sides of many issues to create political arguments about war, terror and individual rights.
For this reporter, that day was not about war, or terror or individual rights.
September 11 was about people at their worst and at their best.
It was about the sheer lack of hesitation shown by hundreds of fire fighters as they ran up 100 flights of stairs to save a few people locked inside their offices. And while the office workers ran down, freed, the rescuers continued upward.
If there is going to be a political argument about September 11, I will make the argument that when everyone else is running away from something, these people are running towards it. Yet fire houses and police stations continue to close nationwide while health benefits start to slide. The American hero worship that took place immediately after 9/11 has been lost, and I consider that a true shame.
The movie “World Trade Center” was emotional and moving. It was a tasteful portrayal of the suffering that took place that day and the bravery of rescuers that takes place every day. The movie is a true story, and if anything, the literal sea of rescuers the movie portrayed was underestimated.
I know this because my father, a veteran Connecticut fire fighter, was there.
So, while police and fire stations continue to close and benefits continue to get cut, a new great tragedy arises. Most of the rescuers that volunteered their time and energy saving lives in the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center have or will soon develop serious respiratory problems, according to reports.
So far, almost 70 percent of all New York City 9/11 rescue workers have been affected.
The loss of life on 9/11 was unimaginable and terrible, but we now face an aftermath that may take or shorten more lives than originally lost five years ago today.
But fire houses and police stations continue to close. Medical benefits continue to be cut.
And then you can make every other political and cultural argument you’d like, but you will find me insistent on the argument for the rescuers.
Many people said that the two Hollywood films released about the September 11 attacks were “too soon.”
I say, if we have forgotten so much, so soon, perhaps they were too late.
Join John Guilfoil tonight at 7:00 outside 360 Huntington Ave, Boston for a vigil and memorial.
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