(Not) Possible pricing for the Enquirer’s paywall?

Jun 4, 2012 by

CORRECTION/UPDATE: This will teach me about speculating. I received an email from Brain Butts, Director of Digtal Strategy and Development at Enquirer, who informed me that the price in question is actually the price for a package that reproduces the printed paper in electronic form here. I had no idea that such a product existed, but it has apparently been around for years. According to Mr. Butts, “(they) have yet to consider and set our full-access digital only subscription pricing and likely won’t announce specific details until late summer.” So, essentially, we still know nothing about the price. Sorry for the mix up, everyone!


For serious?This is by no means official, and I can’t find an official statement on price anywhere,  but if you take a gander here, you will see that it appears that the price is currently set to $14.13… a month. I’ll be honest; my first reaction was to swear that there was absolutely no chance that I would ever pay that much to read the Enquirer, and then to proceed to preach on Facebook about how “out of touch” the Enquirer and her parent company, Gannett, are.  Now that I’ve had a day or two to ponder it, I still think that it’s extremely steep, and I’m not thrilled about it, but I can’t promise you that I won’t pay it. I’m a news junkie, and while the four TV station websites and WVXU do an OK job of keeping up on the news for free, the Enquirer still blows them away on most topics, which is something I didn’t really realize until I pulled all the RSS feeds side-by-side and compared. The Enquirer hits a fair number of things that the others don’t get to until upwards of a day later, and many things don’t make the TV news sites at all.  Griff covered this pretty well on Cincinnati Blog a few months ago when the announcement of a paywall first came down the pipe, and he made some pretty good points. I don’t want to swipe his post (you should go read it), but the statement he made that’s most relevant to this is that

We as a public have long been coddled by having free news websites. It costs money to gather and write news articles. Sure, I wish the Enquirer did a better job of doing that, but that does not make the economics of reality go away.

That’s pretty much it in a nutshell. I will be very interested to see how well the model fares if they stick with this price point, though. People will pay for news to a point, but they’re 87 cents away from what the New York Times charges, and I don’t believe that anyone will be confusing those two papers anytime soon.

I’d like give a big hat-tip to whomever runs the Covington Kentucky Facebook page for pointing this out originally.

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Northside: Factory Square Fine Arts Festival Happens This Weekend, Needs Volunteers!

Oct 21, 2011 by

Northside: Cincinnatians either love it or they don’t. If they don’t love it they just don’t know. That’s my opinion anyway.

Diverse. Eclectic. Artsy. Green. Activist. Locally-owned businesses. Food. Music venues. Farmers Market. Organic. Fun. Community.

All good words to describe Northside. The Cincinnati neighborhood’s undergone several near-renaissances over the years, but one eyesore remained, the American Can Factory, right in the center of the business district and across the street from Hoffner Park, Northside’s town square. The building is a hulk of an industrial space, built in 1920, empty since 1973, and, as the tallest building in the neighborhood, it’s visible from many angles throughout the area.

The old Can Factory needed someone to show it some love. It took several years, but Bloomfield/Schon + Partners have managed to create an outstanding example of good design using sustainable building practices and community engagement. These are all things we like in Northside. The American Can Lofts‘ 110 apartments range in size from a studio to a big 3BR, beautifully finished. Tenants have been moving in since September, with more moving in each month. The building is about 80% leased. There’s life where there was no life before.

Life needs art. That’s where ParProjects comes in. The American Can Factory sits on several acres in Northside, and the parcel in front on the Hamilton Avenue side of it is owned by the city. So ParProjects proposed an art center for that front parcel. An art center made from shipping containers. Again, the words “good design using sustainable building practices and community engagement” immediately spring to mind. ParProjects’ immediate goal is to build a community-centered art center, made from shipping containers all stacked and arranged as one. These are good goals in Northside.

Life needs parties. So, this weekend, there’s going to be a party in Northside. The Factory Square Fine Arts Festival happens Saturday, October 22nd from noon until midnight, & Sunday, October 23rd, from noon until 8pm. There will be shipping containers with art installations, and most amazing sculpture garden pieces installed in the lot. There will be art installations inside of the American Can Factory factory bays. There will be a Prairie Gallery installation in the American Can Factory Lofts’ lobby.  There will be music. There will be beer.

And there will be City Flea! The Flea is holding a one-time satellite market at the American Can Lofts in the big high bay, on Saturday, as part of the Factory Square Fine Arts Festival. This is one of the most fun flea markets ever. And did I mention there’s beer?

Would you like to help? Volunteers are truly needed, can you help? As much or as little time you can give is appreciated. Click here to volunteer, or contact the volunteer coordinator Jeni Jenkins at 513-885-0504. Or just show up and you’ll be put you to work. The Festival can use volunteers at any time, but they especially need volunteers for the start up or knockdown periods of the day.

That’s what we do in Northside. 

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YottaQuest and Gateway Games and More to kick off Gamerati Tour 2011

Aug 8, 2011 by


Having just returned from GenCon you would think I’ve had my fill of gaming, but the tabletop beckons nonetheless. Here are the details of Tuesday’s events, shamelessly cribbed from the Yellow Menace Gamecast (check ’em out, a local gamer’s podcast from right here in the Queen City):

Ed Healy (Atomic Array, Iron GM) will be in Cincinnati on Tuesday, August 9th to kick off the Gamerati Tour 2011! This is a one-day event to raise awareness about and celebrate gaming; Ed will be hitting two local game stores – Yotta Quest in Mt. Healthy and Gateway Games and More in Eastgate. If you live near Cincy, come on out and help us make this thing a big success…we’re hoping to bring in as many gamers, gamer media personalities, and game professionals as we can.

Better yet, do what you can to spread the word – Ed’s launched a new site athttp://tour.gamerati.com to help promote the tour. Share the link and help us kick this sucker off! The fun starts at 10am at Yotta Quest, with the second event kicking off at Gateway Games at 5pm. Hope to see you all there!

I will be at the YottaQuest event and have a 70/30 shot at being at the Gateway Games event. Hope to see you there. [Transparency: Both Alex at Yellow Menace and Todd who owns Gateway Games are friends. I also assist Todd with the Southwest Ohio Gathering of Gamers.]


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A Cincy Boy In Boston – Call For Kickstarter Support

Jul 19, 2011 by

One of the first friends I made when I moved to Cincy two and a half years ago was an inventive little character named Judah Sher.

A lively and interesting young man, he was studying at DAAP and playing around with robots that make things. He had one built at the KOI Pound Artspace and was refining his designs. The technical term for his gadget is a “CNC machine.” Here, let me allow him to explain in his own words as posted recently on Sindrian Arts:

Put simply, CNC machines are one of the quickest ways to turn your ideas into physical objects.

When I was little I told anyone who asked that I wanted to be an inventor when I grew up.  I would spend hours every day just staring off into space dreaming up everything from pedal-powered airplanes to Nerf-based siege weapons.  I got into 3D computer modeling when I was around ten or so, and was amazed by how quickly I could take the images in my head and turn them into 3D objects on my screen.  Years later when I entered design school and I was introduced to the school’s CNC machines, I realized that these tools could take the 3D objects on my screen and actually make them real.

I was in love.

The fantastic thing is that he is making this a reality. He has developed two different designs for CNC machines that an individual or small business could afford and is funding things through Kickstarter. Here is his video showing the machine in action:

Even better he has someone who is backing all contributions on a dollar for dollar basis so if you throw a single at the project it becomes $2. [The minimum donation to support his project is a $1.]

Please, go check out his Kickstarter page and watch the video of the device in action. If you have any friends that are into open source, open hardware, or just plain making things pass it on to them. Having just relocated to Boston I’m sure Judah would appreciate some home town support from the Queen City.

There are only 11 days left and need to raise about 8K (as of my writing this post), let’s help get the Kikori out there!

Disclosure: I am also assisting Judah in a professional capacity on this project, but I would have posted it even if I were not because it has a Cincy angle and I dig open source stuff.

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Cleopatra: The Queen of the Nile in the Queen City (pt. 2)

Feb 28, 2011 by

Brought forth from beneath the waves, marvels unseen by human eyes for many generations have arrived in Cincinnati. Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt is showing at the Cincinnati Museum Center, and it is a stunning exhibit.

I had the good fortune to get a few moments with Franck Goddio, the underwater archaeologist who founded the Institut Européen d’Archéologie Sous Marine (IEASM) in Paris. It is his aquatic efforts that are primarily responsible for bringing us this fantastic array of artifacts. I’ve set the interview to a slide-show of photos from the exhibit that were shot for CincyVoices by local designer / photographer Mickey De Silva. (Thanks Mickey!)

Once the credits at the beginning roll the slide-show begins. Enjoy!

Part one of this series includes Goddio’s opening statements as well as those of several other notables. You can find it here.

-Loki Founder and Curator

Media access provided by the Cincinnati Museum Center, or as I like to call it- The Hall of Justice!
Content of this post is copyright 2011 SocialGumbo, LLC. This supercedes the blanket creative commons license.

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Cleopatra: The Queen of the Nile in the Queen City (pt. 1)

Feb 17, 2011 by

#CleoCincyThe Queen of the Nile has come to the Queen City!

Two thousand years after her death Cleopatra is the subject of an amazing exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center. Recent finds, mostly underwater excavations, are  finally yeilding tangible evidence of Egypt’s most famous queen. (The Romans tried to obliterate all mention and images of her.)

I had the pleasure of attending the media preview of the exhibit and I must say it is impressive. Let’s set the tone with a slide show of some of whats in store when you go. (More after the slide show)

The presentation of this show is simply stunning. The designer went all out in exploiting the underwater archaeology motif to great effect. Rippling blue lights gave the interior the feel of being beneath the waves while artifacts unseen for thousands of years loom above and around you. It’s guaranteed to have appeal to both the Tomb Raider generation and their seniors.

As to the contents of the exhibit itself I’ll allow those more deeply steeped in the project to explain in their own words. Let’s start with John Norman (a Cleveland native) the president of Arts and Exhibits International.

Next let’s hear from Kathryn Keane, director of traveling exhibitions development for The National Geographic Society as she tells us more about this titanic effort:

And to round out the video offerings here is the one I shot of Franck Goddio’s opening remarks. I must admit he is the one I was excited about seeing. Goddio is the director of the European Institute of Underwater Archaeology, he is the man who discovered the submerged Royal Quarters of Alexandria, the lost city of Heracleion, and the suburb of Canopus.

So thats round one. I’ll be returning soon with part two which will include more pics from Mickey DeSilva and audio interviews that I did with both Goddio himself and Mark Lach, creative director and senior VP  of Arts and Exhibitions International.

Cleopatra opens Friday and will consist of a wide variety of lectures, a book club, and many more ways in which to immerse yourself in the land of the pharaohs beyond the exhibition itself. Details on the Cincinnati Museum Center’s page for the show- Cleopatra: The Search for The Last Queen of Egypt.

See you soon with part two!

-Loki, Founder and Curator
Media access provided by the Cincinnati Museum Center, or as I like to call it- The Hall of Justice!
Content of this post is copyright 2011 SocialGumbo, LLC. This supercedes the blanket creative commons license.

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