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Dean Kirkland

Leave it to Barney

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My favorite new gadget in at least a decade is my Samsung Gear S3 Classic. It buzzes on my wrist every time I get one of the 10,000 or so work emails a month. Does that sound like Hell on Earth to you? Well it’s heavenly, to me. A flick of the wrist, and I […]

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Even though my name is Barney, I’m not really Barney Google (younger folk – look it up – especially the song;-) I use Google a lot, but I am not neck deep in the Google ecosystem (docs, plus – still trying to make that work for me in a great way – etc.) — but […]

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I have other things I could do – tons of pretty weekend sunset/other pics for example, but just wanted to thank all of our friendly loyal viewers and online visitors for your kind words over the past wildfire-ravaged week. It means a lot. To all of us. Our long hours are nothing compared to a) […]

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It almost becomes mind-numbing for a veteran reporter: The weather warms, more people hit the roads and … tragedies result. I’ve written far, far too many fatal traffic crash stories over the years. You’d have to be inhuman not to ponder, while waiting for the road to reopen and the tragic details to emerg

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As I try to decide how my book/blog/Website/workshop/consultancy/business should go (too many slashes, but I still believe it’s got plenty of potential), my blog posts have become a bit less regular than I’d like. And the apologies get old, but I will anyway. Sorry. So let me throw out there two ideas I’ve

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Interesting article from the NY Times in today’s Bulletin about a Times reporter and new mom who decided to start a “side business” on Etsy.com. It’s something my brain has been wrestling with for many a moon — the idea of doing some consulting, workshops and book-writing on the side about what

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We get all sorts of news tips and comments, as you can imagine. Some, well truly deserve no reply, not even a thanks. Rudeness can know no bounds, as you might expect. But I’m thrilled in little ways when I can provide an answer, a direction to an answer, offer up what someone needs, shed […]

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I think I’ll use ‘Riding the news tide’ as the name for blog posts where I try to explain a bit how us reporter-types work, in TV, online or anywhere else. It ties back to my way of telling that my job is “riding the tide of the daily news.” Case in point: Tonight, a […]

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Coming up on six months with my Fitbit Flex, My Fitness Pal combo — and back down to 180 pounds. Down like 30 pounds (my darling wife Deb has lost more than I have, but that’s just fine by me;-) Fitting old clothes, ‘shopping in my closet’ as Deb puts it – can’t be beat. […]

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It’s perhaps only fitting in the world of purely pageviews – and Web pageviews at that — that not a single news article makes the top 20, 30, 40 or even 50 in the most-popular list for KTVZ.COM in 2013, courtesy of Google Analytics. That is a list from the “old-fashioned” dub-dub-W computer-vis

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Some days I really wonder why I ever volunteered to moderate 100s, even 1,000s of comments on our Website all the time. (I know why, of course – because a news Website without comments seems cold and sterile and one-way to me. So either you have no comments allowed, you let them say just about […]

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I am now listening to a live version of a favorite ELO song on Spotify that I NEVER would have known existed, if not for Spotify. Some swear by Rhapsody, others by Pandora – I Googled for comparisons and still feel I’ve settled into the right home. I’ve followed a few friends there, and they […]

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I often tell people I ride the tide of the daily news. And that means I often have less than full control over where the day takes me — because you can never know exactly what’s going to come into the e-mail box, pop up on the police scanner or just… happen. (Like an ER […]

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I started hearing about power outages this evening near Sunriver and La Pine. I asked about it on our Facebook page. In minutes, dozens of reports – well before I got hold of the Midstate Electric Co-op representative to start providing reports. I used the Facebook friends’ info to help tell the story – th

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Heh. Well, the morning I wrote that last entry, my order for a desktop WAS in at Staples. Then I looked at the laptop right next to it in the ad – same i5 chip, same amt. of memory, pretty much the same specs – but a laptop! So I went there that day and [...]

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They used to be beige, now they’re black. All the ports were in back, now some are in front. And by my reckoning, they are still the best ‘bang for the buck,’ in terms of the fastest chip, most memory etc. you can get for a sub-$1,000 price. I speak of the lowly desktop computer, [...]

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A rally on climate change was held in Bend Sunday. For a moment, I’d like you to step back from your personal views on the topic and consider this perspective: You are the reporter, or the editor who assigned such a story. In some cases, such a rally brings out counter-demonstrators with a different perspective. [...]

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My employer was kind enough to provide me with an iPad – something I hadn’t exactly drooled over, but had been mighty curious about. (I’d probably have gotten an Android tablet if it were my dollars, since they are tight in the situation of my wife’s unemployment, but even that wasn’t an option

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If Friday wasn’t an emotional day for you and those close to you, you weren’t paying attention. And that just might have been a better path to take, all things considered. There’s no way anyone was indifferent about the awful events in Newton, Conn. The very idea, the mental image of innocent children fell

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We got new desks in the newsroom this week. Big whoop you say? Well, they are a grand step up from what we had, let me tell ya. We’ve had one of our periodic waves of staff turnover this year in the newsroom — not unusual for small-market TV stations. But it also scrubs the [...]

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I don’t care as much about Election Day as the day after, and the four years after. I have blogged quite a bit about the Blame Society over the years. And yes, presidential politics have been a nasty, brutish sport since men wore wigs and stockings. But if we come out of this nasty election [...]

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You may have noticed fewer videos on KTVZ.COM this week. (Then again, maybe not.) Our video service provider, Syndicaster, is located in a data center in lower Manhattan, so … power was cut off there as floodwaters rushed in. Their (Critical Mention is the co.) gear is upstairs and all fine, they say – but [...]

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Neil Armstrong died today. A man who didn’t seek out the hero’s mantle, and surely didn’t cash it in as some have. I grew up to be quite a space nut – and not just because my father, an engineer who worked for Boeing, actually got to work on the space program. It was just [...]

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This is a blog. Blogs are usually one person’s posts, thoughts and comments, usually presented chronologically. A blog is NOT an online forum system, or a commenting system on news articles. Somehow, many folks have gotten confused about just what a blog is — and isn’t. Our daily paper has a front page sto

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OK, what a month June was. Last day ends with a boom and a storm-induced power outage - how fitting, and proud of our weekend anchor/producer Kim Tobin for managing to get dang fine 10 and 11 shows out when it took hours after the hour-long outage to get everything back up and running (a lot of [...]

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My wonderful wife Debbie and I are closing in on ‘done’ with our first move in a decade. We were in our 40s the last time. Now we’re … not. And for the first time in close to a quarter-century, we’re in a 2-story home. “Are you sure?” I asked Deb, more than once. “Yep [...]

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Here’s The Central Oregonian’s, wonder what percentage of our comments at KTVZ.COM would survive if we firmly enforced such a set of rules? (Heck, I’m guilty of ‘random thoughts’ myself now and then;-) Commenting guidelines: This is intended to be a constructive forum for the use of civilized p

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Thank you for responding to this request from the National Survey Association Our research has shown that the number or surveys the average American encounters in an average month averages 1,034 — up 94.2 percent from our last survey survey conducted a year ago. We know you may be feeling overwhelmed with the number o

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Thank you for responding to this request from the National Survey Association! (Which popped up on your computer screen and won’t go away, so what choice do you have?) Our research has shown that the number or surveys the average American encounters in an average month averages 1,034 — up 194.2 percent from our

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A quick note to say how much I love my Nook Tablet (when I can tear myself away from the keyboard to read on it.) Books? A few. Web? Yep, looks fine. But I’ve always been a magazine junkie, and had faltered and let many lapse because of my hoarding instincts, and also because of [...]

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