June 2008

General and work (kinda)11 Jun 2008 08:57 am

I was able to get a few shots this past week from work. But it’s hard to do when you work with naturally curious people, and so I missed some things. Plus, I actually had to work, and this weekend was a bit busy.

I have quite a few photos, so I’ll probably split this post up into a few. Today, the old cop room and photo desk, mostly.

The cop reporters used to be in a room at the back of the news room, mostly because their police scanners are quite loud. They’ve moved into the centre of the room now, but a lot of their old notes and things hang in the old room (which is becoming our recording room). Here, a tracking list of the fatalities in the city, and numbers to call for info. Reporters spend a lot of time on the phone.

Again, an old map showing victims from murders. Sadly, a lot of murdered prostitutes are found in and around the city. During the years this was happening, they were keeping track with pushpins and a map.

Yeah, always on the phone. These are yellow pages from last couple decades, hanging around. Some from Edmonton, but some from other parts of the province, too.

My desk! We get the Sunday Times, so I was reading that and having a tea.

I hadn’t actually been inside the old photo studio and processing lab before.

Photographers keep all their concert passes and stick them on our supply cabinet.

Most of the time, if you see a shot of a product in the paper (for a contest or giveaway) this is where it was shot. I’ve been meaning to replace that shabby paper for some time now.

We have our own negative library, and everything from 1985 on is kept in here. I can’t remember exactly when we switched to digital, but it was a slow process over a few years. We archive our stuff on discs now.

We go through a lot of batteries. There are three bins for batteries. Reporters use them for recorders and digital cameras, and photogs for their flashes and camera bodies.

General08 Jun 2008 09:19 pm

WordPress, the software I used to blog with, released a new version a few months back. I’ve been having fun with the blog tracking stats tool, something I hadn’t really paid attention to before. It lists popular search terms used to find the site and the entries that get the most reads.

My most popular posts/pages are the Photos page, and also my post on the Tokyo food scene. Among the mysteries are why my archives got 287 hits last week (best day ever for traffic!), but more inexplicably, a post titled zzzzzzzzzzz (from 2005!) keeps coming up. Time and time again;  “ZZZZzzzzzzz” is one of the most used terms used to  find this site. For the life of me, I could not figure out why.

Then, last week, this comment on the post:

“my 9 month old son just used google for the first time and your sight is what he found”

An infinite amount of infants on the internet…

General and work (kinda)07 Jun 2008 09:00 pm

I haven’t been posting lately as I am trying to gather enough photos for a post on the newsroom here at work. It’s an oddly fascinating place, but I feel somewhat self conscious snapping photos as everyone works. So I will probably return at a less busy time and get the remaining photos.
For now, an introduction to the snappy, witty personalities I work with. A message on the soda machine at work:

Hopefully I’ll have a photo package ready to go next week.