You wake up. Yawn. Wipe the sleep and other detritus that may have accumulated from your eyes. God, last night sure rocked. But... what did you do? It's all kind of hazy. Something about a bottle of rum, a statue, and some clown portraits by Red Skelton. Or at least you hope they were portraits. You remember sending out some text messages... but you'll be damned if you remember what they were. That's where Texts From Last Night
comes in. Now your very possibly true, but most likely fake, nocturnal e-missives live on in the imaginations of the rest of the world forever. Much like your shame.
Etsy has a YouTube channel
where they have all kinds of profiles of their users and how-to guides
. My two favorite series are the Process
series (e.g. New Books with Old Materials
& Tin Toys
) and Handmade Portraits
(e.g. Armor Guitars
& Wood Mosaics
). In the description of each video there is a link to the corresponding entry on Etsy's blog, The Storque
. The blogposts have more information on the users and sometimes further links and videos. [via Work in Progress]
"Josh and Nina are two friends. Every day, they each take a photo. Operating under a pact of absolute secrecy, neither knows what the other is working on. Each morning, they post their photos on Minty Forest side by side.
Despite the diversity of their subjects the individual days often have consistency
is a film blog with a proposal for an interesting experiment called 10/40/70
: write a film review of a DVD with three screen captures taken at arbitrary intervals (10, 40, 70 minutes into the film) and see how it changes the way you look at films. This 10/40/70 approach has led to some interesting interpretations of The Conversation
, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
, Blue Velvet
, Godard's Vivre Sa Vie
, and 12 Angry Men
, as well as a contrarian appreciation of Hudson Hawk
. The blog Spectacular Attractions
has even upped the ante by using a random number generator to determine where to select screen caps. Results include Jaws Randomised
and This Is Spinal Tap Randomised with Two Brains
. It's like Dogme 95
, but for film bloggers.
John Gruber of Daring Fireball
"My friend Merlin Mann and I had a session at SXSW Interactive about two weeks ago. It certainly wasn’t a panel, and it wasn’t really a presentation. It was more like an hour-long duet rant, the main goal of which was to inspire anyone who wants to publish or write on the web to pursue their obsessions in a serious way.
We got the audio recording of the session from SXSW a few days ago, recorded short intro and outro segments, and Merlin spliced it together and has published it on his 43 Folders podcast. I encourage you to go ahead and listen to it."
"R, and G, and B
" is a very well-curated — and, seemingly as yet undiscovered — film review blog by the video artist Blake Williams covering pictures by filmmakers like Werner Herzog, Chris Marker, Chantal Akerman, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Carl Dreyer, Michael Haneke, Stanley Kubrick and, best of all, Abbas Kiarostami.
is a community blog devoted to "the art" of rationality. It revolves around discussion of short essays. Less Wrong is a project of Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute and a companion site to Overcoming Bias
; how to read
). [more inside]
The OMB has a blog
) -- Peter Orszag started one
at CBO (still going under Douglas Elmendorf
née Bob Sunshine
) and carried blogging over to the White House. The Atlanta Fed has one too
(not to be confused with Macro Man
). David Altig unofficially began it as an economist at the Cleveland Fed and then, when he became research director in Atlanta, made it official (altho still hosted on TypePad). Are there any other (federal/state/local/non-US) worthwhile government blogs (wikis sure
) out there from our shiny new iPod gov't
? cf. DoD live
(check out the other service blogs
.)/air force live
& USAgov on twitter
: spectacular recipes and memorable food experiences. This blog
is a feast for the eyes. [more inside]
From sugary-sweet Cannelle et Vanille
to Southern comfort-style Homesick Texan
, the Times Online highlights 50 of the world's best food blogs
. (Link goes to print version -- multi-page regular version here. See also the Food Blog Search.)
I bang the worst dudes (Sorry Mom
Interview with Jon Schindehette
, senior art director at Wizards of the Coast for Dungeons and Dragons
. See more fantasy art at his blog, ArtOrder
blog to the oldskool
, collecting obscure & long forgotten 91-95 oldschool hardcore/jungle gems, live sets, and more
oldies from the golden era of jungle .
Top 10 Science Fiction Flicks For The Thinking Man (beerandscifi version)
- The Portland based blog (with a very admirable focus) takes on the Rotten Tomatoes list
with a less dull alternative. (via
[Music + YouTubery + BornOnThisDay]
= Mincing Up the Morning
, an eclectic music video birthday blog that's about to celebrate its own birthday--it's been updated daily since January 15, 2008.
I am a Palestinian refugee;
my parents are refugees too, as well as my grandparents. I have been raised in a place called a refugee camp. With Israel still banning
foreign Journalists from Gaza; read some of the Blogs from
or with friends
and relatives inside
zone. Then there is The electronic
I work as a film location scout in New York City.
My day is basically spent combing the streets for interesting and unique locations for feature films. In my travels, I often stumble across some pretty incredible sights, most of which are ignored every day by thousands of New Yorkers in too much of a rush to pay attention.
As it happens, it's my job to pay attention, and I've started this blog to keep a record of what I see.
#$^$ the heck? Fire Joe Morgan
, one of the interwebs' most beloved baseball geekery/Sabermetrics/media-criticism blogs, calls it quits (for now). [more inside]
Trolling the Head of the TSA: Bruce Schneier [previously
], consummate voice of sanity on all issues of security, co-authors an article in The Atlantic
] demonstrating how weak and ultimately pointless most of the new security practices put in place at airports since 9/11 are by, among other things, boarding airplanes with large amounts of liquid, using fake boarding passes he printed off his computer, and wearing an "I <3 Hezbollah" t-shirt. TSA head Kip Hawley then responds
on the TSA's blog. Schneier then responds to the response
blog. Hawley then leaves a comment
to that post. Schneier fires back again
in his monthly newsletter. Quite an interesting and intelligent debate, despite both men humorously falling victim to the idioms of the medium and getting increasingly snarky with each passing post. [via this month's crypto-gram, a good read all the way around.]
Pattern Recognition, mostly serene paintings, illustrations and photographs from a variety of sources, grouped according to similar motifs: Interiors in paintings
l light and shadow
of quiet intimacy, daydreams, dreams l very early Vogue and Vanity Fair covers 1
l portraits of children
l children's book illustrations
. [more inside]
The Daily Beast
is the latest venture from Tina Brown
. (mis)Named after the newspaper in Evelyn Waugh's
(awesome) novel Scoop, the site is a mixture of original journalism and curated links from around the web, and of middle and low brow. Already it's attracted attention for both a (previously spiked) feature on Jennifer Lopez
and for its logo, which some allege is remarkably familar
. Reviews have been so so
, but its stated aim to "sift
, and curate
" finally allows us to get the best of the web...
As of today, the truly excellent media filter & news digest Cursor.org
is suspending publication. [more inside]
the most engrossing corporate-based blog I've ever experienced, tells "The Story Behind Johnson & Johnson
and Its People", from the days
of the company's inception
. Posts include strange products like silk and velvet Beauty Spots
, a sherry-based cola drink
, pain relievers laced with belladonna
and kidney plasters
; the difficulty marketing early feminine products
to a prudish society; Doctor Dan the Bandage Man
; why J & J is allowed to use the Red Cross on its packaging
; and the iconic artistry
behind the company's early ad campaigns.
…if you are the single newspaper in San Francisco or Kansas City or St. Louis, you are just highly constrained about how rigorous you can be in the accuracy of your reporting. Because the whole model is: You are appealing to everybody. Because the whole model is: You are appealing to everybody. … That's why the existence of an independent media sector is so important.
Talking Points Memo
is one of the more notable successes in independent journalism and using blogs as a format for journalism. It has broken at least a couple of stories that got picked up by the mainstream press: The Duke Cunningham
bribery scandal, and the U.S. Attorneys firing scandal
. It's grown from being a one-man shop in 2000
to a staff of ten today.
Josh Marshall talks about how it came to be
When I was growing up, I did not dress up as a nun for Halloween. When I was a young, impressionable Catholic school girl, I did not secretly (or otherwise) pine for the veils, habits, odd religious names, and overall mystique of the nuns who taught me. The whole “nun” thing kind of snuck up on me when I wasn’t paying much attention. A Nun's Life
is the eclectic personal blog of Sister Julie
, a Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
and a Star Wars fangirl
So one time, Dave Secretary provided
much happy distraction. Consequently, I thought a link to his blog
might be welcome. [more inside]
The world premiere of Blog Theatre.
Please give a warm applause for this evenings production of George Washington.
- a blog about pens, with links to lots of other pens and stationery blogs.
Daniel Keys' classic 1959 Science Fiction story "Flowers for Algernon", which takes place in a series of diary entries, has been posted online as a blog
. Of course, you'll need to read it backwards, from the earliest entry to the latest
, to avoid giving away the ending... [via
A Good Poop
is an entertaining blog by an occupational and environmental health student who enjoys finding oddities in medical and scientific research from PubMed. (via Look at This...)
Food Porn Daily.
Brought to you by Amanda & Tyler from What We're Eating
and Nicole from Pinch My Salt
. Click, Drool, Repeat. [more inside]
Le Bernardin chef Eric Ripert's got a blog where he serves up demos of recipes he makes in his toaster oven
Journalist Leroy Sievers
has lost his fight with cancer. He passed away Friday night. He was 53. His blog, My Cancer,
and his commentaries on NPR
, documented the progression of his disease while creating a community of those touched by cancer themselves.
The Waiter unmasked.
After several years of consistently great writing about his experiences as a high-end waiter on his blog Waiter Rant (previously)
, Steve Dublanica has finally revealed his identity. With the release of his book, Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip- Confessions of a Cynical Waiter
, he is trading in his apron for a book tour
NPR's On The Media
presents a short set of pieces about comments on news websites and the challenges of "digital democracy," with discussion from Ira Glass
about responses to a show about teenage runaways, and New Republic editor and critic Lee Siegel
, who posted anonymously to respond insultingly to comments on his own blog. And a Roanoke newspaper editor
discusses how one paper sees the integration of comments into online news sites and whether it's a valuable reader service. [more inside]