Snowmageddon

March 27, 2010

During the series of snowstorms now known as Snowmageddon, I was stuck in the Stripes central office for six days. There were no buses running near my house, and none of my other web colleagues could get to work. Stripes reserved hotel rooms for us so we could continue to put out the paper and update the website. This was one of the worst snowstorms I've ever seen, up there with the Blizzard of 1996 and the President's Day Snowstorm of 2003. (Click on image to see photo gallery. Note: not all the photos are mine.)

Haiti page screenshot

I created a special asp page for our Stripes coverage from Haiti. It included an embedded google map, a feed for all our Haiti stories, and a Flash slideshow at the top of the page that loads external dynamic content. That allowed my colleagues to change the photos and captions without ever having to open Flash. The page is already down, though, because we pulled our last reporter out of Haiti.

Pedestrians brace against snow and wind as they pass in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. (Click on image to see photo gallery.)

Spc. Victoria Montenegro, of the 563rd Military Police Company, is one of a growing number of veterans who write poetry in order to cope with their war experiences. (Click on image to see interactive audio slideshow.)

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My coolest interactive graphic to date. (Click on image to view)

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Sports are a fun time to experiment with blurred motion.

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A runner cruises under the Memorial Bridge.

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These guys are amazing.

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Ret. Capt. John Poindexter, center, applauds as President Barack Obama shakes hands with members of the Alpha Troop 11th Armored Cavalry regiment, who were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for their heroic actions in Vietnam nearly 40 years ago. Poindexter, who led the troops into battle, also wrote a book called “The Anonymous Battle,” which detailed the events and called for his men to be recognized with the award.