Over the course of four months earlier this year, Dave at Goodfella's Movie Blog posted 100 (!) sharply written analyses
of a wide range of classic Noir films. The top position
was a bit of a surprise amid the obvious standards
, but the real meat is in his informative takes
of lesser-known gems
. [more inside]
In all my years of architecture school and practice, there seems to be a pervasive myth that my job is pretty and easy. Here, I reveal the painful, ugly truth about why it takes so long to build a building, what it is exactly that we do, and why that's not creamer you smell in my coffee.
"The mark of a real
writer is that she cares deeply about literary joinery, about keeping the lines of her prose plumb. That’s what makes writers writers: to them, prose isn’t just some Platonic vessel for serving up content; they care about words
. Any chief product officer who says “quality online does not equal craftsmanship” is channeling the utilitarian gospel of the managerial class, an instrumentalist vision of journalism that presumes writing, online, is just a turkey baster for injecting content into the user’s brain." Mark Dery, on writing for the web
Look, I just like guitars. And I think this is the best guitar blog
I have ever seen. For example, this great story about a punk rock bass from New Zealand
. And this one about the Maton Phil Manning Custom Stereo
. And it's always nice to find some good Antipodean content.
The Schoenberg Code is a serial novel in 12 chapters, a parody of Dan Brown’s novel, “The Da Vinci Code,” as retold from a musical perspective by Dick Strawser.
And there is much more enjoyable musical reading on his blog, Thoughts on a Train
. For example, this three-part article on the strange story of Alban Berg's opera Lulu
Metafilter's own zaelic
has a blog
. For a long time I've been addicted to this blend of music
, treyf food
, but my greatest vicarious pleasure in ages has been in a graveyard
American Ethnography Quasi-Weekly
is a somewhat gonzo cabinet of curiosities -- a mix of photography, academic essay, archival materials, and bloggy postings on "outlaw aethetics" and outsider culture, presenting glimpses of American subcultures past and present, from Califormia low-riders
dancers to blackface tambourine jugglers
, and plenty more. [more inside]
Prince and Kelly Clarkson Marry? Idaho No Longer A State? A Pomeranian Blight? Is this flimflamery? No, it is LIE BLOG
, a place for lies.
[via mefi projects
"My web site will encourage kindness among those who support it, and creative punishment for those who do not."
Mefi's own Shepherd
"got a little carried away" creating his blog's under construction placeholder page. The result is a terrifying dystopic epic. [via mefi projects
An attempt at a collaborative translation of Plato’s Protagoras
. Every day for a few months, Dhananjay Jagannathan will post roughly a page of the dialogue, side by side in Greek, in his own translation, and in Jowett’s classic 1871 translation. He's invited readers to comment and offer suggestions to improve the translation. Jagannathan's goal is to communicate Plato in English the way readers of his would have interpreted his Greek.
Time has released their list of the best blogs of 2010
. [more inside]
Not Safe For Work writings by Chelesa G. Summers
are below the fold. [more inside]
“People talk a little more of the war, but very little. As always hitherto, it is impossible to overhear any comments on it in the pubs, etc. Last night, E[ileen] and I went to the pub to hear the 9 o’c news. The barmaid was not going to have it on if we had not asked her, and to all appearances nobody listened.”
On May 28, 1940
, George Orwell
began keeping a war time diary
. Printed in “full and in chronological order
” by the Orwell Trust
, 70 years after he wrote them
, with selected historian’s notes. Pre-war entries are a little duller, focusing on topics like recipes
!), the weather, gardening and farming.
Andrew Shane Huang is a 35 year old hardware hacker, known to some as bunnie
, and others as that guy who hacked the Xbox
and went on to write a book about it
. Finding the hidden key to the Xbox
was an enjoyable distraction
while he worked on getting his PhD in Electrical Engineering from MIT as part
of Project Aries
. Since then, he has written for
(and been written about
) in Make Magazine
, has giving talks on the strategy of hardware openness
and manufacturing practices in China
, as experienced with the development of the opensource ambient
" called Chumby
. When he's not busy on such excursions, bunnie writes about hacking
(and more specifically, Chumby hacking
), technology in China
, and even biology
in exquisite detail on the bunnie studios blog
). [more inside]
Restoring Journalism Maureen Tkacik talks about her life as a journalist, the nothing-based economy, and the future of journalism. She suggests abandoning authority and productively channeling narcissism.
) [more inside]
is a slightly
surrealistic often disturbing
French photographic blogspot often NSFW.
Look at This Little Thing!
A tumblr collection of the perfectly tiny and miniature. [via mefi projects
Between the art nudes and fashion shots, Doug Kim's Chasing Light
photography blog (front page mildly NSFW, archives more-so) is fast becoming a secret museum of photography with examples and insightful quotes from great photographers. One need go back only as far as December for posts on Dennis Hopper's photography
, Mary Ellen Mark's on set photography
, Annie Liebovitz on Hunter S. Thompson
, Jousef Koudelka on The Soviet invasion of Prague
, Robert Frank's visit to London and Wales
, and Akira Kurosawa's group compositions in Seven Samurai
The Rosa Parks of Blogs
and other absurd comparisons by real people of famous people.
Your Old Crap Website
- This blog is to celebrate the time when web design wasn’t limited by web standards and convention, and when the office geek was given full reign to set up the website on his own since the bosses probably couldn’t see the point in having one.
"This is a story about a different thing. Something I call Man to Man (M2M)"
entry describes the events of a clay pigeon shooting outing as experienced by young woman of color. She muses about whether she should have removed her invisibility cloak and called out the M2M business at play.
Natalie Tran (communitychannel
on youtube) is a bit of a Youtube sensation, with more Australians subscribing to her channel than any other. She has made over two hundred videos on a variety of subjects. Whether she's teaching you important
, teaching us home decor
, or dazzling us
with her music, it's true that her forte lies in discussing the everyday. (NSFW, cursing) [more inside]
is a daily updated guide for people who work in garden offices and other shedlike atmospheres. There is also a book
on the subject. [more inside]
Family of four maintains a book review blog as hobby
A New York Times
story of family spending time together via blogging their book reviews. So far, 600 followers and media credentials for the 2010 BookExpo America. Oh yeah, and book reports are easier.
not quite a comic
but not quite all text,
funny with a nice occasional sharp edge.
You may too. via metachat and metafilter's own ThePinkSuperhero
The Semiotics of TiK ToK.
An in-depth analysis of what makes Ke$ha's hit song work, stopping by Beyonce, Barthes, and the Beastie Boys on the way. [more inside]
: "In the fast paced world of tech, we often lure ourselves into believing that everything is different now, and old rules don’t apply. Well, quite often they do (if not always) and checking out our collective tech-past can help us get a perspective on the present."
Not enough time to dig up the most interesting new music yourself? The MP3 blog for busy people
is here to help, with once to twice weekly compilations of the best new tracks in a variety of genres, downloadable in .zip format.
[via mefi projects
Ping pong, school, gardening...
days in the life of a 12-year-old, circa 1975 and posted to a blog 30+ years after the fact. [more inside]
Never Seen Lost
is a blog by 'papa durbin' aka John Durbin
, detailing his journey through watching the final season of Lost. The twist: he has never seen any other Lost episodes, and he attempts to understand whatever occurs as best he can. There is, however, some contention
about whether the author is truthful about his lack of background in the show.
"is a blog that examines topics in Asia through the perspectives of interesting people interviewed by a group of bloggers in Mainland China, Vietnam, Taiwan, and more." Meet Gao Qingrong and family
, who along with seven other households are part of an organic farm co-op in Anlong Village, Sichuan
. Or there's the tale of how one of the bloggers met Jun Jun, a male prostitute in Beijing
; an encounter with Silang Laji, a road maintenance worker in Kham
, a Tibetan region of China; and Gege, an enterprising journalist in Chengdu
"Older women are awesome.
Hi, I'm Vincent "Vinny" Van Gogh...artist, mad man, dead guy.
I live with James T Kirk and Jesus in the City of Industry--where we pretty much just watch TV all day.
This is my blog about it.
My Life With Death
: is the personal blog of a funeral home "first responder." It occurred to me this morning as I sat before my employer being lectured about my "availability" on my days off, that my life is singularly joyless. I have effectively traded in my own life for other people's deaths.