Calendar catharsis

Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review.

You’ve probably noticed we’ve gone through a bunch of changes on our Web site. The world is changing, and we’re trying to keep up, indeed, trying to improve the way we offer our stories, information and opinions to the world.

I wanted to tell you about the changes we’ve made to the online calendar in particular. It’s essentially this: Every week, we get more events, classes and shows than we could ever hope to put in the newsprint newspaper. So we winnow out anything that won’t fit. Occasionally, even some good stuff gets cut. Sometimes, the reason something doesn’t get printed is simply because our deadline was missed. Well, there’s no shortage of space on the Web.

So anyway, for the reader, go to the Web site, and you can search for a particular type of event, where and when it’s happening and the distance you’re willing to travel. It’s even more complete than the calendar you’re accustomed to in the paper because the deadlines can go right up to the minute of the event.

Now, if you are one of those people who hosts parties for moveon.org or is active in the GOP McCain campaign or is having an open-house to announce the birth of your new variety of patty pan or you’re a band with a CD party, you can post your event, and all the online world can see it.

Just go to the Web site, www.newsreview.com/reno, register in the box in the upper right corner of the page. Once you get registered, all you have to do is sign in. I don’t know what we do with the information you give us … I think we send it to Diebold so they know what votes to eliminate—just kidding.

You can create events for up to 15 months in the future. We’ll still have to winnow events out for newsprint, but if it’s put on the Web site, there’s a good chance it’ll make the newspaper. (But not guaranteed—freaking lawyers.)

The world spins so fast, sometimes I can barely keep up. When I started in this business, we used wax to stick our stories to the flats. What’s next—bloggers?