Open-plan offices offer few pleasures; one of them is snooping on other people’s browsing habits. When, years ago, I began working for tech companies in San Francisco, I noticed that my co-workers were always scrolling through a beige, text-only Web site that resembled a nineteen-nineties Internet forum. They were reading Hacker News—a link aggregator and message board that is something of a Silicon Valley institution. Technologists in Silicon Valley assume familiarity with Hacker News, just as New Yorkers do with the New York Post and the New York Times. For some, it’s the first Web site they pull up in the morning; it captures the mix of technical obsession, business ambition, and aspirational curiosity that’s typical of the Valley. On any given day, its top links might include a Medium post about technical hiring; a 1997 article from Outside magazine about freezing to death; an open-source virtual private network hosted on GitHub; an academic paper, from … [Read more...] about The Lonely Work of Moderating Hacker News
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Dolly Parton had become a regular subject of my camera after 41 years. We first crossed paths in 1978 when I worked for the Tampa Tribune. She was touring with a stop at the Lakeland Civic Center, and I was sent to get photos of her and make deadline before her concert that night. As you would imagine, she was a kind and sweet person. I met her at her dressing room which was not very photogenic. She suggested, since she needed to do a sound check, that we go to the stage and we could accomplish both things at once. Dolly proceeded to sing two complete songs to just me - and the sound guy. I can tell you she was then, and is now, friendlier, cuter, kinder, sweeter, and more everything than you have imagined. More: Happy Birthday Dolly Parton: Here are five facts about the country music icon As I wrap up my 40 year career at the Knoxville News Sentinel, I decided to share a gallery of my favorite photographs of Dolly Parton and Dollywood as I’ve captured … [Read more...] about Dolly Parton photos: Never-before-seen and favorite shots from photographer Michael Patrick
Story highlights Serena Williams continues winning run against Eleni Daniilidou in Cincinnati World No. 2 says her "super crazy" hair was a distraction during the match Serena's sister Venus also victorious against 12th seed Maria Kirilenko Andy Roddick loses to Jeremy Chardy in the men's draw after suffering a back injury Not many opponents have come close to beating Serena Williams in recent months, but the tennis star had to overcome her own "super crazy" hair to win her first match since claiming double Olympic glory. The world No. 4 continued her imperious recent run with a 6-3 6-4 win against Greek qualifier Eleni Daniilidou at the WTA Tour's Cincinnati Open for her 35th victory in 36 singles matches. Williams has won singles and doubles Olympic gold at London 2012 and the Bank of West Classic since being crowned Wimbledon champion for a fifth time last month. However, the second seed was left frustrated after making 44 unforced errors against Daniilidou on Tuesday as she … [Read more...] about Serena Williams battles ‘super crazy’ hair in Cincinnati win
Once December gets here, Christmas music takes over radio stations, television commercials, shopping malls, etc. The same could be said for Knoxville concert venues. KNOX CHRISTMAS EVENTS: A guide to Knoxville and East Tennessee holiday events Several artists will make stops in Knoxville in December to showcase their versions of holiday tunes. Here's a list of upcoming Christmas concerts in Knoxville. Get tickets sooner rather than later because some have sold out already. WINTERFEST INFO: Smoky Mountain Winterfest 2018: A guide to Sevier County's holiday events Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Christmas in Knoxville through the years Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Buy Photo The Christmas parade is pictured Nov. 28, 1963, on Gay Street. News Sentinel Archive, KNS Archives Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Santa rides his sleigh down Gay Street during the Knoxville Christmas parade in December … [Read more...] about Christmas 2018: 11 Knoxville holiday concerts to check out in December
If you have unfinished business for 2018, get off the couch and get busy. But first, read this. Like most years, 2018 bore both good and bad news for University of Tennessee sports fans. It certainly won’t be recalled as the best of times. But it was an improvement over 2017. UT wasn’t the laughing stock of any coaching searches of which I’m aware. In related news, Phillip Fulmer has calmed turbulent waters in his first 12 months as athletic director. Summaries of the UT sports picture must start with football. The jury is still out here. Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn The best UT Vols football photos of the Year Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Tennessee offensive lineman K'Rojhn Calbert (74), Tennessee wide receiver Jauan Jennings (15) and Tennessee running back Jeremy Banks (33) celebrate the Tennessee Volunteers' 59-3 victory against ETSU in Neyland Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Brianna … [Read more...] about Mike Strange: How much progress did the UT Vols make in 2018?