Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Post 4015 - Tuesday Night Stuff

Well, hello again, my lovelies.

It is nearly 1:30 on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. I slept in until 11:30 on Tuesday morning and have been on the go ever since. Well, if you call "on the go" sitting around the house. But I didn't take any naps or anything.

We spent probably too many hours on Tuesday watching "Line of Duty" on Netflix. One of those British crime dramas. We watched all of season one today. Five episodes. Then we started watching season two. The first season had Lennie James in it, and season two doesn't, and it kinda shows. Patricia expressed boredom and I may have looked at my watch a bit as well. 

I spent the last hour or so mucking around with this computer's webcam. I can't get a good frame rate when I record video. Everything looks choppy when I play it back. Then I read that good frame rate is a function of how much light there is, and the light here in the home office is not the best at the best of times, and certainly not at this hour. I guess there isn't much I can do about it. 

I probably shouldn't have, but I sent an email to a source regarding a long-ago murder. I found out a bit more information about the victim this evening and wanted to confirm some stuff with my source. He has been quite helpful over the years.

You know, I had always wondered how reporters develop sources. I still wonder a bit, actually, but it seems to come down to just knowing people and getting them to trust you enough that they can tell you things and you don't tell anyone who they are. Gradually, sometimes over the course of several years, you just build up a cadre of people who can give you information and you can ask questions of them.

I keep thinking of Mike Gorman at the CBC in Halifax. A few years ago, he broke a major story about how the CEO of the IWK was allegedly involved in financial regularities. Gorman got the story from someone who contacted him I guess out of the blue. He admitted a couple of years later in a tweet that he still didn't know who the source of the information was. The people charged with these crimes have yet to face their day in court; they keep delaying the trial for whatever reasons. Innocent until proved guilty and all that tommyrot.

This process continues to interest me, how people will just contact you as a reporter and trust you enough to share some potentially explosive information with you. I am not sure I am that trusting toward anyone that I would risk a job or a career in that manner, so my hat's off to those who are brave enough to step forward.

Not really going anywhere with this. It is just late and I had this observation is all.

I think I will turn in. I am determined to get up before 11am.

See you tomorrow.


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