Amy Poehler is the 2015 Woman of the Year

first_imgThe award is Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ oldest honor, bestowed annually on performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. Established in 1951, the Woman of the Year award has been given to many notable and talented entertainers, including Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, and most recently, Marion Cotillard and Dame Helen Mirren.The Woman of the Year festivities, presented by The Related Companies, will begin at 2:45 p.m. on Jan. 29, when Poehler will lead a parade through the streets of Cambridge. Following the parade, Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for the actress. At 4 p.m., Poehler will be presented with her Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, Hasty Pudding’s home in the heart of Harvard Square since 1888. A press conference will follow the presentation. Afterward, Hasty Pudding cast members will perform several musical numbers from the group’s 167th production, “¡Oops! … Madrid It Again!”“We are extremely excited to announce Amy Poehler as our 2015 Woman of the Year. She is an accomplished performer, incredible comedian, and an inspiration to everyone in the Hasty Pudding,” said Hasty Pudding president Jason Hellerstein ’15. “We look forward to welcoming Ms. Poehler and celebrating and honoring her achievements in a truly unique and memorable way.”Hasty Pudding Theatricals will announce its Man of the Year at a later date. That recipient will be honored on Feb. 6.For more information about the production of “¡Oops! … Madrid It Again!” visit <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Golden Globe Award-winning actress, comedian, producer, writer, and best-selling author Amy Poehler has been named Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 2015 Woman of the Year. Poehler, a former “Saturday Night Live” cast member and star of the hit show “Parks and Recreation,” returns to campus four years after delivering the Class Day address in 2011.last_img read more

L.C.’s Coming-out.

first_imgIn Athens, Ga., scientists and a crowd of reporters had a big coming-out party for L.C. the calf and her seven sisters June 26. But, why would anyone, besides maybe a cattleman, have an interest in eight cute, healthy, playful calves?You may be interested yourself when you go to your grocery meat counter in two to four years and find cheaper beef.Less Expensive Production”We believe the cloning process will make it less expensive to produce the animals, and the industry will pass it on to the consumer,” says Steve Stice of the University of Georgia’s animal and dairy science department, in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.As it is now, you might buy just the tasty beef you want, but find it’s not quite as good as the same cut was the last time you bought it. But cloned cows could help make sure you get the same quality meat purchase after purchase.Passing along good qualities from one cow to another is iffy at best. But two and a half years ago, Stice and a group of 20 scientists thought they saw a new way to clone a really good cow that produced a lot of calves but had come at the end of her reproductive life.Mama Cow’s SkinThe scientists took microscopic pieces of the old mama cow’s skin, removed its genetic code and stored it. Later, they took eggs from other cows, removed those genetic codes and replaced them with the DNA codes from the old cow.The modified eggs were placed in individual cows for nine months. There have been other cloned animals, but it’s how Stice and the scientists prepared the cells from the old cow that rate as a scientific breakthrough.Their vision of cloned cows became real when the first two healthy calves were born last February. In the next four months, another six came along.What Next?What happens to the calves?”They will be producing offspring that will go to the meat case,” Stice said.They’ll provide more than uniform quality beef, too.L.C. and her sisters, all genetically alike, will keep alive, one calf at a time, the genetic ancestry their mother would have taken to the grave. Photo: Brad Haire Along with her seven genetically identical sisters, this nosy calf had a big coming-out party in Athens, Ga., June 26. She and the other clones may pave the way to cheaper, better beef for shoppers.last_img read more

No Wilshere issues for Wenger

first_img Press Association “He can always give you a different option in the game and that is of course vital.” Wenger hopes Walcott can offer support to lone frontman Olivier Giroud and record signing Mesut Ozil, who was rested for Germany’s internationals with Italy and then at Wembley following a sickness bug. “You always want to have a perfect balance (in attack), and if you look at our results our balance was not too bad,” he said. “But Theo has different qualities to other players and I am very pleased that he’s back.” Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky could also feature against the high-flying Saints following his illness, while German forward Lukas Podolski is closing in on a return from a hamstring injury which has sidelined him since the end of August. “He is doing fitness training on the pitch and starts to do some ball work too,” said Wenger. “He still needs two or three weeks before we see him on the pitch for Arsenal.” England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, meanwhile, is “at least one month” away from a return after knee ligament damage, while France Under-21 forward Yaya Sanogo could be fit from his back problem in January. Wenger feels Les Bleus’ remarkable comeback in their World Cup play-off against Ukraine that booked them a place in Brazil next summer can only prove positive for Arsenal trio Laurent Koscielny, Bacary Sagna and Giroud. “You want overall the players to be in a positive mood, to have a good self-esteem, and that of course comes by thinking you have the job done,” Wenger said. “It is positive for France because it was a big relief and the country needed it. “There is a lot of unrest between the French national team and the country, since South Africa (at the 2010 World Cup), and that they could turn a situation like that in a positive way will help people to love the national team again.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had no issue with Jack Wilshere playing in both of England’s friendlies against Chile and Germany. The midfielder, who has again been troubled by fitness problems this season, featured heavily in each of the internationals at Wembley, where Roy Hodgson’s men suffered back-to-back defeats. Wenger, though, played down any talk of a club-versus-country row and reports of a fresh ankle injury for Wilshere as the Gunners boss prepares for the resumption of Barclays Premier League action against Southampton at the Emirates Stadium. “First of all Jack is not injured, that was not the right information,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “Secondly, I have no problem with the FA, they respected completely what they told me and it was (for Wilshere) to play in one game and be on the bench in the other. “They did that very well, so there is no misunderstanding there. (It was) exactly (what we agreed).” Arsenal – who also saw left-back Kieran Gibbs represent the senior England side over the international break – are expecting to have Theo Walcott available again to tackle his former club this week. The winger has now recovered after spending two months out following minor abdominal surgery. Wenger hopes the return to action of the pacy forward will give his team an added dimension as they look to respond to defeat at Manchester United to remain top of the Premier League. “Of course you miss a player like Theo Walcott,” he said. “Strikers who get behind the defenders have a very important quality and Theo [Walcott] has that quality. “Theo had a good start to the season, he scored goals, he provided chances and had assists. last_img read more

Trophy Stall on board for Sprint Classic Horse Race meet

first_imgThe Trophy Stall at Bourda Market, which is one of the leading trophy and engraving entities in Guyana, continues to make good on its many promises.Trophy Stall, through its Managing Director, makes good on promises to sponsor Nand Persaud Sprint Classic Horse Race meetThe entity with outlets now in Bourda Market, City Mall and South Road, through its Managing Director, Ramesh Sunich, has made a significant contribution to the Nand Persaud Karibee Rice Mega Sprint Classic Horse Race meet, which is slated for this Sunday. The event, which is organised by the company’s Sky Plus Promotion Group, is slated for the company’s Number 36 Village, Macedonia Estate, Corentyne, Berbice racing facility.The Trophy Stall has consented to donate the Champion Jockey and Champion Trainer trophies along with other incentives for other outstanding participants on the day.There are seven races carded for the day with over $4 million in cash, trophies and other incentives up for the taking. The event will see the horses running in a straight line on Guyana’s only grass track.So far, over 40 horses have been entered, and a number of other sponsors are on board. Among them are ANSA McAL under its Stag Beer brand, Republic Bank, Jumbo Jet Auto Sales, NTN, Prem’s, retired jockey Abdul Latiff, and businessmen Deo Persaud, Jaikaran Sergobin and Jaikishan Persaud among others.The feature is for animals classified D and lower over four furlongs for a winning purse of $400,000 and trophy, which will see the likes of TNT and Isn’t She Charming powering for the attractive purse.The other events are for horses classified H and Lower for a take-home prize of $260,000 and a trophy over three furlongs.The race for three-year-old animals has a winning purse of $200,000 and a trophy; it will be over a distance of three furlongs while the two-year-old animals will race for four furlongs with a top prize of $200,000 and a trophy.The K Class and Lower animals will have at stake a first prize of $140,000 and a trophy over three furlongs.There is an event for male animals classified L and Lower over a distance of over four furlongs. The top prize will be $100,000 and a trophy while the L class event for female horses over three furlongs also has a first prize of $100,000 and a trophy. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Man fined over incident after drinking ‘north of 20 shots of vodka’

first_imgA MILFORD man who consumed ’somewhere north of 20 shots of vodka’ has been fined for a public order incident.Lee McLaughlin (24) of 4 Moyle Road, Milford, was before Letterkenny District Court over an incident at Port Road, Letterkenny on September 15 last. Sergeant Jim Collins told the Court that Gardaí observed McLaughlin stepping into a fight between two females and pushing one of them.McLaughlin became abusive shouting ‘f*** off’ to members of the public and was arrested by Gardaí.Solicitor for McLaughlin, Mr Rory O’Brien, said his client had no recollection of the night in question due to his ‘high level of inebriation’.“He had a complete and utter black out,” Mr O’Brien said. “He drank a ridiculous amount, somewhere north of 20 shots of vodka. It was remarkable that he was standing.”Mr O’Brien said that McLaughlin, accompanied in Court by family members, wanted to apologise for his behaviour.Judge Paul Kelly warned McLaughlin that he was in a downward spiral and needed to ‘get a grip’.McLaughlin was fined €150 and given four months to pay.Man fined over incident after drinking ‘north of 20 shots of vodka’ was last modified: November 10th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Judge Paul KellyLee McLaughlinLetterkenny District CourtMilfordlast_img read more

Newly engaged Jennifer Lopez faces new Alex Rodriguez cheating claims — this time from, ahem, Jose Canseco

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceIt’s been looking like Jennifer Lopez has finally found the man of her dreams in Alex Rodriguez. The entertainment diva and former MLB player announced over the weekend that they had become engaged by sharing Instagram photos of the very big diamond ring he had given her while on a recent tropical vacation.Maybe the fifth time, engagement-ring-wise, is going to be the charm for Lopez, who has previously been engaged …last_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup squads: Group G

first_imgThe final 23 players for the 32 squads competing in South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup were announced after the deadline for confirmed teams passed on 1 June. Get the low-down on the 736 footballers who will be battling it out for the sport’s biggest trophy from 11 June to 11 July.More statistics on the 32 teams  2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: FIRST STAGE GROUPS Group A South Africa Mexico Uruguay FranceGroup B Argentina Nigeria South Korea GreeceGroup C England USA Algeria SloveniaGroup D Germany Australia Serbia GhanaGroup E Netherlands Denmark Japan CameroonGroup F Italy Paraguay New Zealand SlovakiaGroup G Brazil North Korea Côte d’Ivoire PortugalGroup H Spain Switzerland Honduras Chile GROUP GBRAZIL Coach: Dunga # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperJúlio César3 September 1979 (aged 30)47Internazionale2DefenderMaicon26 July 1981 (aged 28)56Internazionale3DefenderLúcio (captain)8 May 1978 (aged 32)89Internazionale4DefenderJuan1 February 1979 (aged 31)73Roma5MidfielderFelipe Melo26 August 1983 (aged 26)16Juventus6DefenderMichel Bastos2 August 1983 (aged 26)3Lyon7MidfielderElano14 June 1981 (aged 28)41Galatasaray8MidfielderGilberto Silva7 October 1976 (aged 33)86Panathinaikos9ForwardLuís Fabiano8 November 1980 (aged 29)36Sevilla10MidfielderKaká22 April 1982 (aged 28)76Real Madrid11ForwardRobinho25 January 1984 (aged 26)73Santos12GoalkeeperGomes15 February 1981 (aged 29)9Tottenham Hotspur13DefenderDaniel Alves6 May 1983 (aged 27)33Barcelona14DefenderLuisão13 February 1981 (aged 29)40Benfica15DefenderThiago Silva22 September 1984 (aged 25)4Milan16DefenderGilberto25 April 1976 (aged 34)32Cruzeiro17MidfielderJosué19 July 1979 (aged 30)26Wolfsburg18MidfielderRamires24 March 1987 (aged 23)11Benfica19MidfielderJúlio Baptista1 October 1981 (aged 28)45Roma20MidfielderKléberson19 June 1979 (aged 30)31Flamengo21ForwardNilmar14 July 1984 (aged 25)15Villarreal22GoalkeeperDoni22 October 1979 (aged 30)10Roma23ForwardGrafite2 April 1979 (aged 31)2WolfsburgNORTH KOREA Coach: Kim Jong-Hun # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperRi Myong-Guk9 September 1986 (aged 23)28Pyongyang City2DefenderCha Jong-Hyok25 September 1985 (aged 24)31Amrokgang3DefenderRi Jun-Il24 August 1987 (aged 22)26Sobaeksu4MidfielderPak Nam-Chol2 July 1985 (aged 24)35April 255DefenderRi Kwang-Chon4 September 1985 (aged 24)41April 256ForwardKim Kum-Il10 October 1987 (aged 22)11April 257ForwardKim Myong-Won15 July 1983 (aged 26)9Amrokgang *8DefenderJi Yun-Nam20 November 1976 (aged 33)23April 259MidfielderRi Chol-Myong18 February 1988 (aged 22)10Pyongyang City10ForwardHong Yong-Jo (captain)22 May 1982 (aged 28)40Rostov11MidfielderMun In-Guk29 September 1978 (aged 31)42April 2512MidfielderKim Kyong-Il11 December 1988 (aged 21)7Rimyongsu13DefenderPak Chol-Jin5 September 1985 (aged 24)34Amrokgang14MidfielderPak Sung-Hyok30 May 1990 (aged 20)3Sobaeksu15MidfielderKim Yong-Jun19 July 1983 (aged 26)52Pyongyang City16DefenderNam Song-Chol7 May 1982 (aged 28)41April 2517ForwardChoe Kum-Chol9 February 1987 (aged 23)16April 2518GoalkeeperKim Myong-Gil16 October 1984 (aged 25)10Amrokgang19ForwardAn Chol-Hyok27 June 1985 (aged 24)16Rimyongsu20DefenderRi Kwang-Hyok17 August 1987 (aged 22)15Kyonggongop21DefenderPak Nam-Chol3 October 1988 (aged 21)12Amrokgang22MidfielderAhn Young-Hak25 October 1978 (aged 31)24Omiya Ardija23ForwardJong Tae-Se2 March 1984 (aged 26)20Kawasaki FrontaleCÔTE D’IVOIRE Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperBoubacar Barry30 December 1979 (aged 30)45Lokeren2GoalkeeperAristide Zogbo30 December 1981 (aged 28)6Maccabi Netanya3GoalkeeperDaniel Yeboah13 November 1984 (aged 25)4ASEC Mimosas4DefenderKolo Touré19 March 1981 (aged 29)76Manchester City5DefenderSiaka Tiéné22 March 1982 (aged 28)55Valenciennes6DefenderArthur Boka2 April 1983 (aged 27)54Stuttgart7DefenderEmmanuel Eboué4 June 1983 (aged 27)52Arsenal8DefenderGuy Demel13 June 1981 (aged 28)26Hamburg9DefenderSol Bamba13 January 1985 (aged 25)16Hibernian10DefenderSteve Gohouri8 February 1981 (aged 29)11Wigan Athletic11DefenderBenjamin Angoua28 November 1986 (aged 23)7Valenciennes12MidfielderDidier Zokora14 December 1980 (aged 29)80Sevilla12MidfielderAbdul Kader Keïta6 August 1981 (aged 28)55Galatasaray14MidfielderYaya Touré13 May 1983 (aged 27)47Barcelona15MidfielderKoffi NdriRomaric4 June 1983 (aged 27)38Sevilla16MidfielderEmmanuel Koné31 December 1986 (aged 23)12International17MidfielderCheick Tioté21 June 1986 (aged 23)8Twente18MidfielderJean-Jacques Gosso15 March 1983 (aged 27)6Monaco19ForwardDidier Drogba (captain)11 March 1978 (aged 32)63Chelsea20ForwardAruna Dindane26 November 1980 (aged 29)54Lens21ForwardSalomon Kalou5 August 1985 (aged 24)28Chelsea22ForwardGervinho27 May 1987 (aged 23)15Lille2323ForwardSeydou Doumbia31 December 1987 (aged 22)5Young BoysPORTUGAL Coach: Carlos Queiroz # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperEduardo19 September 1982 (aged 27)12Braga2DefenderBruno Alves27 November 1981 (aged 28)28Porto3DefenderPaulo Ferreira18 January 1979 (aged 31)59Chelsea4DefenderRolando31 August 1985 (aged 24)7Porto5DefenderDuda27 June 1980 (aged 29)14Málaga6DefenderRicardo Carvalho18 May 1978 (aged 32)60Chelsea7ForwardCristiano Ronaldo (captain)5 February 1985 (aged 25)69Real Madrid8MidfielderPedro Mendes26 February 1979 (aged 31)5Sporting CP9ForwardLiédson17 December 1977 (aged 32)7Sporting CP10MidfielderDanny7 August 1983 (aged 26)8Zenit Saint Petersburg11MidfielderSimão31 October 1979 (aged 30)79Atlético Madrid12GoalkeeperBeto1 May 1982 (aged 28)1Porto13DefenderMiguel4 January 1980 (aged 30)53Valencia14MidfielderMiguel Veloso11 May 1986 (aged 24)10Sporting CP15DefenderPepe26 February 1983 (aged 27)24Real Madrid16MidfielderRaul Meireles17 March 1983 (aged 27)31Porto17ForwardNani17 November 1986 (aged 23)34Manchester United18ForwardHugo Almeida23 May 1984 (aged 26)23Werder Bremen19MidfielderTiago2 May 1981 (aged 29)49Atlético Madrid20MidfielderDeco27 August 1977 (aged 32)71Chelsea21DefenderRicardo Costa16 May 1981 (aged 29)6Lille22GoalkeeperDaniel Fernandes25 September 1983 (aged 26)2Iraklis23DefenderFábio Coentrão11 March 1988 (aged 22)<3BenficaPREVIOUS: GROUP F << •>> NEXT: GROUP Hlast_img read more

R1bn boost for South African farming

first_img22 June 2012 South Africa’s emerging and commercial farmers will benefit from financial assistance after the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved a R1-billion line of credit to the Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa on Wednesday. The support will be also used to assist agricultural co-operatives and agri-related businesses; it will help mobilise financial resources, ultimately contributing to job creation and income generation. “The line of credit from the AfDB will be dedicated to the agricultural sector which is generally labour-intensive,” said the AfDB’s private sector and micro-finance department director, Tim Turner, in a statement. “Its benefits are expected to emphasise low-skilled workers, especially with the Land Bank’s focus on emerging farmers.” Turner said that the projected 2 700 loans to be given to emerging farmers are expected to generate some 14 000 jobs, while the financing to the commercial farmers, cooperatives and agri-related businesses is expected to create at least 2 000 jobs. “This will have multiple positive inclusive growth effects by targeting underserved populations such as rural communities, women and black emerging farmers,” he added. The credit also includes a technical assistance component for capacity building at Land Bank and will enable the government to support, promote and facilitate the development and transformation of the agricultural sector in South Africa. As one of the most employment intensive sectors of the South African economy, agriculture’s potential impact on empowerment and poverty relief is much larger than its actual weight in the economy suggests. While the primary agricultural sector contributes about 3% to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), it represents about 7% of formal employment. If the entire value chain of agriculture is taken into account, its contribution to GDP actually reaches 12%. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Arlington FFA hosts Farm Day

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On May 11, 2017 the Arlington held Farm Day, where most of the FFA members brought in either a tractor or some kind of livestock.  On this day Zoie Young and Holly Lee brought their rabbits. Seth Courtney and Dylan Miles brought  calves. Gavin, Caden, and Jared Isenbarger  brought pygmy goats and piglets. Lillian Swails brought her Alpaca. Tyler Vanderhoff brought his mini sprayer. Colin Tobin brought his duck. Tessa Bowling and Ivy Kidd brought their horses. Meaghan Hummell brought her ewe and two lambs. Courtney Fox brought her donkey and her miniature horse.  Brittani Wright brought her chickens. TheFFA Alumni President Mr. Brad Beach brought three different varieties of eggs for the FFA to take care of and to watch hatch. The following individuals brought their tractor’s; Ashley Glick, Chayton Newman, Brayden Bushong, Seth Richards, Colton Kidd, Tyler Rowlett, Bailey Parke, and Blake Bishop. Our gates were provided by Charlie Beagle. The FFA had students k-6 and the Shining Star preschool come and see all of the farm animals and tractors. The students were required to teach the kids about what it is that they brought.last_img read more

Why Magazines Are Using Digital To Boost Prices, Not Bolster Innovation

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Well, this is disappointing.As magazines make the transition from print to pixels, some publishers are using the move as an opportunity to jack up their prices – in some cases, to more than they were charging for print editions. And that’s for tablet versions that are too often crappy afterthoughts. To be fair, magazines are contending with legitimate financial concerns. Their advertising revenue has been declining and the historically discounted subscription rates they’ve charged for print delivery just aren’t enough to pay the freight. To cope, many publishers are asking readers to chip in more – on digital versions as well as print editions.There are some problems with driving up prices too much, though.For one, everyone knows it’s cheaper to distribute content digitally than to print it and mail it. Asking buyers to pay more for something that costs you less to deliver is the kind of tactic that makes many subscribers feel exploited. It’s a head-scratcher, if not a subscription-canceler. Sure, magazine makers may still be coping with meaty legacy cost structures. But that’s not our problem, is it?  Readers Have Way More ChoicesThere’s also much more competition. Long gone are the days when magazines competed only with each other. Today, the entire Internet churns out content at a volume too great for any one human to keep up with – and it’s all instantly available at any time. In addition to traditional magazines gone tablet, there are the digital-only magazines, sitting right there on the skeuomorphic newsstand shelf. For every frustrated TIME subscriber, there’s a free download of the Huffington magazine, not to mention personalized, social-fueled digital “magazines” from Flipboard, AOL Editions, Google Currents, Zite and an ever-growing list of others. If Wiredjacks up its prices, there’s always digital mags from The Next Web and Engadet, not to mention the huge selection of tech coverage available through news aggregator apps and feed readers. How Publishers Have Fared With TabletsNot everyone in the publishing industry is enamored with the idea of publishing native tablet apps for readers to flip through. MIT Technology Review editor Jason Pontin vowed to kill his magazine’s native apps, citing high costs, technical challenges and the walled-off, un-Web-like nature of apps. The Financial Times famously pulled its iOS apps in favor of the HTML5 approach and isreportedly seeing more traffic and revenue since making the switch. Indeed, research has suggested that most readers prefer Web apps to native, platform-specific publications. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts Tags:#digital publishing#iPad#ipad magazines#magazines#tablets john paul titlow Still, some magazines have done pretty well with their digital editions, especially when they bundle them with print. In the United States, tablet publications are the second highest-grossing category of apps on iOS, according to an independent audit. Time and Conde Nast are selling the most digital mags, with news and women’s interest magazines dominating those sales. Half of Wired‘s revenue now comes from digital, which is a rare but promising milestone for a legacy publisher. I still subscribe to Wired in print, and I appreciate the fact that the iPad edition comes at no extra charge. I also happily pay for Marco Arment’s experimental publication The Magazine, because it consistently publishes content I enjoy in relatively small doses, rather than flooding me with irrelevant features and full-page ads.“The Magazine was profitable from day one,” says Arment. “As subscribers increased past break-even, I’ve been able to reinvest the additional income into more articles, higher author payments, original illustrations, photos and a professional editor.”While Arment won’t disclose hard numbers, he says he’s satisfied with what he calls The Magazine’s “fantastic success.” By utilizing what publishing expert Craig Mod calls “compact publishing” and monetizing it fairly, Arment has managed to build a profitable, if small media business in an age when industry trend lines have the stubborn tendency to slide downward.There’s clearly a limit to how much people will pay for magazine-style content. And it’s not at all clear that number is rising instead of falling. Folks who want to remain in the publishing business need to figure out a hybrid model that works, and not just jack up their prices to make up for shrinking subscriber rolls. Digital Magazines SuckThe business model isn’t the only issue here. Just as important is the consensus that most digital magazines just aren’t very good. In far too many cases, subscribing to a magazine on your tablet means downloading a bloated, glorified PDF that hardly delivers the potentially magical experience the form factor allows. Even some of the digital-only magazines from online publishers mimic print page-for-page in disappointing pinch-to-zoom layouts.  There are some promising alternatives. Wired‘s iPad app is pretty print-centric but at least the editors go to  the trouble of adding multimedia bells and whistles.  The Magazine takes an attractive minimalistic approach – both in terms of publication design and pricing.Traditional publishers may want to look to The Magazine for inspiration, as well as to social news aggregators like Flipboard and Zite, which have managed to produce truly addictive reading environments worthy of a slot in one’s home screen dock. Rethinking magazines for tablets will require publishers to get completely out of the print mindset. That means different layouts, lighter file sizes, deeper social integrations and yes, occasionally pointing readers toward content published by others. On the whole, digital magazines have a long way to go. When they get there, those of us who are most hungry for the news, analysis and entertainment they provide will happily pay up. Hopefully, there will be enough of us to make the best digital magazines into viable businesses.last_img read more