Archive for ‘Blogs’

May 27, 2011

Awesome People Together tumblr

by Vince Giordano

A pretty cool tumblr theme.

Pictured: Charles Bukowski and Mickey Rourke

May 17, 2011

If Your House Burned Down…

by Vince Giordano

What would you take? I came across a tumblr blog that has people write and picture their lists:

May 12, 2011

New Name/Slogan, Same Address

by Vince Giordano

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.

May 7, 2011

Reading Materials

by Vince Giordano

Alissa J. Rubin goes undercover in Afghanistan in a burqa.

Reactions and full video to the GOP debate in Greensville, SC. (plus what the GOP debated on during their last primary)

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.

March 23, 2011

Before Bed Links

by Vince Giordano
  • The Oxford University Press blog created a neat chart (above):
    Political discontent has cascaded across North Africa and the                Middle East. Entrenched dictators with decades of experience                controlling political life have fallen or had to make major                          concessions. In the West, some observers discount the role of              digital media in political change, others give it too much                        emphasis.
  • Filmdrunk – your one stop place for movie info.
  • Another site to peep – URLesque.
  • I’ll keep this coming. The Economist has a blog dedicated to charts and info graphics. How sweet!
  • Glenn Beck is thinking of leaving Fox and starting his own new channel. He could also want to start a new channel if Fox doesn’t renew his contract.
  • Finally, pole dancing…for Jesus?
March 22, 2011

Too Tired To Blog X5

by Vince Giordano

Here is a bunch of goodies for ya that I just stumbled upon while spending ten minutes in my reader.

  1. Above, an info graphic guideline for having a rational discussion.
  2. A new app for Gmail, ActiveInbox, is worth checking out for the Gmail lovers out there.
  3. Ever wonder how many bones of other people Steven Seagal has broken in his movies?
  4. The history of the world in 100 seconds.
  5. A stop-motion video covering a 24 day, 2,000 picture trip.
  6. Mike Drane found a neat new blog on lost (and maybe new?) states.
  7. Ben Harper’s new album Give til it’s gone comes out in May and is worth peeping his single Rock and Rock is Free.
January 10, 2011

Cosmetic Changes

by Vince Giordano

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!

January 7, 2011


by Vince Giordano

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.

January 2, 2011

2010 – Year in Review: The VMG Blog

by Vince Giordano

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 mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

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.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and 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.

Attractions in 2010

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
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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

The Ground Zero Mosque…and Strip Club?
July 2010

December 2, 2010

Uncomfortable Moments With Putin

by Vince Giordano

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.

November 23, 2010

This Is Why You’re Fat

by Vince Giordano

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.)

November 7, 2010

In Need of Autocorrect

by Vince Giordano


November 2, 2010

Blog Shout Out: Wonkette

by Vince Giordano

Wonkette, a political blog that I assume is run by a female wonk, seems worth checking out.

October 23, 2010

BigThink Interview with Andrew Sullivan

by Vince Giordano

A whole slew of topics related to blogging, conservatism, homosexuality, politics, and religion are included in an interview with Andrew Sullivan. Enjoy!

October 14, 2010

The Daily Dish at 10

by Vince Giordano

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!

September 11, 2010

Neat Sites For Ya

by Vince Giordano

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.

August 31, 2010

Notes From The Stall

by Vince Giordano

A tumblr blog dedicated to pictures from bathroom stall walls. You can find just about anything on the Internet these days.

August 14, 2010

Add ‘Em to your Blogroll Ctd.

by Vince Giordano

Swiss Miss: “a design blog and studio run by Tina Roth Eisenberg, a ‘swiss designer gone NYC'”.
Above is an example of work on swiss miss: a retro TV mashed with an iPad.

Her blog here.

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August 13, 2010

Fake Science

by Vince Giordano

A tumblr blog – Fake Science.

August 8, 2010

Add ‘Em to your Blogroll

by Vince Giordano

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.”