Posts Tagged ‘adventures in blogging’

Adventures in blogging: 27bslash6

In Blog Culture, Culture, Humor on December 2, 2010 at 1:36 am

Who: David Thorne is the seemingly annoyed Australian genius behind this website.

What: 27bslash6. It is most assuredly a site to be experienced rather then discussed, but what I will say is that it is one of the funniest things I’ve ever stumbled upon while on the web. When I say that I’m even thinking back to that whole Did you mean: french military defeats? meme from the middle 2000’s.

When: Thorne began his website in 2006 but gained a more global audience in 2008 after this article began to circulate.

Where: If you missed it the first time: 27bslash6. My all time favorite, however, has got to be either “I have read your website and it is obviously that your a foggot.” or Missing Missy.

Why: Because this is a fabulous humor site wherein your posterior will, most likely, be laughed off.

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Adventures in blogging:

In Blog Culture, Fashion on December 1, 2010 at 1:01 am

I am a man. Therefore, it is imperative that I understand certain things about being a man.

What sort of things does this include?

  1. Change a roll of film.
  2. Defeat an internet virus.
  3. Drive on icy roads.
  4. Brew a good pot of coffee.
  5. Fold laundry.
  6. Tie a tie.

In fact…I think everyone should know these things, not just us guys. You know why? Because, lets face it, women look fantastic in ties. That being said, people should know how to tie a tie.

I first seriously contemplated my lack of tie tying knowledge when a photographer friend of mine (dressed-to-the-nines in a fashionable grey suit) helped put on a political debate between two senatorial candidates. Needless to say he looked great but was having serious tie trouble. In the end, a female friend of his fixed him up.

What: This event ultimately led me to discover the not-so-secret art of tying a tie. I did so here:

Who: Caspar Isemer.

When: The site was begun in 2003 and has been helping people know what they heck to do with a tie ever since.

Where: In case you missed it the first time:

Why: Because every fashionable person should know how to tie a tie. Ties look good which means they can help you look better. Besides, our state’s (Alaska) late great former senator Ted Stevens went to Congress in a Hulk tie.

Oh yeah, when he put the tie on you knew this guy meant business.   AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke.

If Stevens did it, it must be alright. 🙂

Adventures in blogging: Coilhouse

In Blog Culture, Culture on November 17, 2010 at 10:04 pm

I am loquacious. However, my tongue falls short in describing Coilhouse. As such, I can do so only by reinterpreting lines spoken in the film Kingdom of Heaven.

What is Coilhouse?
Nothing…and everything!


Who: Coilhouse was founded by Nadya Lev, Zoetica Ebb and Meredith Yayanos.

What: “COILHOUSE is a love letter to alternative culture, written in an era when alternative culture no longer exists. And because it no longer exists, we take from yesterday and tomorrow, from the mainstream and from the underground, to construct our own version. We cover art, fashion, technology, music and film to create an alternative culture that we would like to live in, as opposed to the one that’s being sold or handed down to us.” – From their Mission Statement.

When: October 2007.

Where: Coilhouse.

Why: Because you need a break from watching re-runs of The Daily Show and from scouring the Huffington Post‘s comment section. Yes, that is all well and good but sometimes you need something a little bit different. Which is to say: better.

Better? Yes. Here’s why: Go to their main page and scroll through their list of categories. What do you see?

If you’re going to be lazy about it I’ll give you my favorite five (which is an arbitrary number): Better than coffee, Crackpot visionary, Cthulhu, Grrrl and Testing your faith.

The number of topics they cover within those awesomely-worded categories are also impressive: documentaries on this death cult in Mexico, Islamic fashion, a food fight photo shoot (NSFW), William Shatner mouthing “KKaaahhn!” on an infinite loop and a list of the top ten most preternaturally beautiful men.

I’m not even chuckling wryly. You need to check the site out NOW.

Adventures in blogging: SCOTUS Blog

In Blog Culture, Justice on November 15, 2010 at 11:48 am

Who: Allow me to dork out for a moment on this: a blog dedicated to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). It’s name? SCOTUSblog.

What: It’s a blog that lets non-poli-sci majors like me keep track of Supreme Court decisions. It also provides a reference resource, a list of case histories and even has a detailed calendar of what the SCOTUS has planned for each day. For example, did you know that on Nov. 29, a petitioner’s brief is due in Ashcroft v. al-Kidd? Can you believe that? That’s amazing! At least I think it is…to be honest, I have no idea what Ashcroft v. al-Kidd is, but you know what? SCOTUSblog does. And they’ll tell you…FOR FREE.

When: It was founded in 2002 by Tom Goldstein and Amy Howe, a married couple who are also lawyers. Lyle Denniston, a journalist, joined them a few years later. As of 2010, more than twenty people either work on the blog or write for it.

Where: SCOTUSblog.

Why: Because it’s just cool and also bloody helpful. If you want to keep an eye on the Supreme Court this is the way to do it. What’s the coolest feature? “This Week at the Court.” It’s on the main page, next to the calendar. Because of SCOTUSblog, I now know that the court will not be hearing any oral arguments this week.

Cool? Cool.

Adventures in blogging: An introduction

In Blog Culture, Culture on November 10, 2010 at 6:59 pm

A new web series

I’m starting a new series were I look at blogs and personal websites that I feel deserve to have a wider audience.

I will discuss them and rate them.

If you have a website or blog you would like me to review just send me an email or post in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

As such, this will be a series about people doing fascinating and noteworthy things on the web. As I said before, if you have a recommendation please send it my way!