Pictured: Charles Bukowski and Mickey Rourke
Parsing Politics and Finding Cool Stuff on the Internet
Pictured: Charles Bukowski and Mickey Rourke
What would you take? I came across a tumblr blog that has people write and picture their lists:
I was thinking the other day about changing around some of the logistics here on my blog. I thought one place I could start was with the name. VMG, yes, is my initials, but I wanted the blog to go beyond simply me and my identity (for obvious reasons – I have other people write here who are not me).
What I just came up with is this: The Twenty-Something Experience (TTSE). I originally thought to have experiment instead of experience but I didn’t think that was a fit.
In the end, I see the material shared through here comes through a world view from the twenty-something realm and addresses things in that experiential lens.
And of course, the address stays the same (for now, at least). If it changes, I will let you all know.
Alissa J. Rubin goes undercover in Afghanistan in a burqa.
The difference between capital punishment and killing Osama Bin Laden.
How can we fight a drug war in America when we can’t keep drugs out of our prisons?
Finally, a tumblr blog perfect for me and other teachers.
Here is a bunch of goodies for ya that I just stumbled upon while spending ten minutes in my reader.
I have tweaked the blog layout for a few reasons. Possibly the day after New Years, I said to MJ that I wanted Spring to begin. Now.
With my birthday coming up next month on a certain superstitious holiday, there is indeed anticipation in the air for green to replace grey.
I kept the layout white to still reflect the snow on the ground (and in the air, which is suppose to come down in the next day). Enjoy!
I have updated some of the images or text descriptions around the VMG blog. Also, I am in the process of creating the Keepers page. It will be a page for you to go to for all keeper posts worth bookmarking, going back to, or seeing as stand out posts by the writers here.
WordPress sent me a nice little email telling me things about my blog from 2010. Some of the stuff I already knew but it was nice to see everything wrapped up. I started my blog in the mid summer and was able to pull off the stats as seen below. I added my comments in the red font.
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,700 times in 2010. That’s about 19 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 1224 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 146 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 40mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was December 4th with 159 views. The most popular post that day was The Bush tax cuts’ effect on the deficit in one graph.
The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, en.wordpress.com, alphainventions.com, seehere.blogspot.com, and freesexmovie.irwanaf.com. Do I really want to know how hits came to my blog from the last website?
Some visitors came searching, mostly for awkward moments with putin, ground zero strip club, hip hop taxonomy, taxonomy of hip hop names, and taxonomy of hip hop.
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
The Bush tax cuts’ effect on the deficit in one graph November 2010
The Taxonomy of Hip-Hop Names September 2010
The Beer Half-Marathon August 2010
Uncomfortable Moments With Putin December 2010
The Ground Zero Mosque…and Strip Club? July 2010
Yep, there is a tumblr blog for that.
Caption: A playful moment as Putin has the translation of his speech into Hungarian replaced with the sound of a woman and her five children screaming.
This is why you are fat – a blog I came across this morning that has users submit pictures of food that, yup, will make you fat.
(Above: The Philly CheeseSteak Pizza Combo. Two hometown favorites: Jim’s Cheese steak wrapped in Lorenzo’s Pizza slice.)
Wonkette, a political blog that I assume is run by a female wonk, seems worth checking out.
A whole slew of topics related to blogging, conservatism, homosexuality, politics, and religion are included in an interview with Andrew Sullivan. Enjoy!
Sullivan is the man. I toast to him, for his blog was the first that I began reading consistently. I love that he does a daily wrap, covering in very brief the 40+- posts he churns out a day in case you miss any. I learn so much from the links he and his co-bloggers find. Cheers!
Peaceful Tomorrows: a group started by some families of 9/11 victims. They opposed entering Afghanistan and push for causes that include but are not limited to human rights, Gitmo, and peaceful dialogue.
YouTube Time Machine: A website that allows you to set the year and it will give you a YouTube video from that time period. It dates videos back to 1860.
A tumblr blog dedicated to pictures from bathroom stall walls. You can find just about anything on the Internet these days.
Her blog here.
The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion, and the Public Sphere.
“The Immanent Frame is a collective blog publishing interdisciplinary perspectives on secularism, religion, and the public sphere. The blog serves as a forum for ongoing exchanges among leading scholars across the social sciences and humanities, featuring original essays that have not previously been published in print or online.”
Oxford University Press Blog: “Since July 2005, the talented authors, staff and friends of Oxford University Press provide daily commentary on nearly every subject under the sun, from philosophy to literature to economics. OUPblog is a source like no other on the blogosphere for learning, understanding and reflection.”