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DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on April 4th, 2014 by dcblogs

Dr. James Hansen, the NASA scientist, is often credited raising the alarm about global warming in his 1988 in testimony before a U.S. Senate committee. He made it quite clear that global warming was taking place and changing the climate. Here’s a transcript of Hansen’s testimony. Amazingly, it was easier to find Hansen’s testimony on the Guardian, a UK publication, than in the government archives. But you will discover, quickly enough, in a search for Hansen’s testimony on government Web sites, climate denial nonsense publish by our bought-and-paid for lawmakers. This is a long way of bringing attention to The Green Miles, who has an interesting link to a 1980 CBS News report on climate change that seems right on target based on what we know now.

A delicious photo tour of brunch at Alba Osteria. FoodDCrave.

The turnout for the DC primary was so low, below 22%, that it has people speculating about its cause. Here are some thoughts. (1) This was a lackluster, over-populated, unenthusiastic and confusing field of candidates at a loss for something interesting to say beyond Mayor Gray and his ethics. And regarding the 2010 “shadow campaign,” the source of so much trouble for Gray, it’s a modest abuse of our Democracy compared to the recent decision by SCOTUS to lift limits on campaign donations. (2) There were certainly important issues, education, homelessness, and affordable housing, for the candidates to talk about. But what usually motivates voters is a rotten economy, and DC still has a roaring building boom with a 1,000 plus people, net, moving into the city each month. Richard Layman has an interesting analysis as to the cause of the low turnout. He blames April, not apathy, as a rotten time for a primary. DCist has the data.

This story on Urban Turf, DC Area Has Too Many Apartments, Too Few Condos, generated discussion.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on April 3rd, 2014 by dcblogs

Nothing is better than DC in the spring. DC Rocks.

Candy Sandwich has to find a new place to live.

My Amused Bouche goes to Roofers Union in Adams Morgan and files her impressions. She calls the space cool, and writes: A menu featuring mostly classic American fare and all-over-the-world favorites – stuff like sausages (Merguez, Andouille, Italian, Brat), BLT’s and burgers – is spiked here and there with eyebrow-raisers, such as Trotter Arancini.

The three styles of dress for men. Cloture Club.

Happy Endings: A lost dog apparently has found his way home. Frozen Tropics.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on April 2nd, 2014 by dcblogs

The prospect that Jonathan Pollard, a spy for Israel, may soon go free is opposed by Econo-Girl, who has a history with the local intelligence community.

Rounding up the DC blogosphere’s April Fools pranks is CurbedDC.

Follow-up: Our resident anthropologist, Mean Louise, is cautiously optimistic about the postponement of Nazi War Diggers.

Fans of the TV show, Sleepy Hollow, may appreciate this bit of background about Washington Irving. Library of Congress Blog.

Southwest breaks the news: Trader Joe’s coming to the Wharf.

Interesting: The local DC area drone user group has over 1,000 members.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on April 1st, 2014 by dcblogs

The blogger, Rice Quips, a retired military lawyer, takes full aim at the District’s government, in the post: A License to Steal.

Today is the Democratic primary in DC. Will you vote? There’s a discussion on Reddit about the contest: Who are you voting for tomorrow and why?

The DC Metro area is on track to build a lot of apartments, and if the market behaves as it should, that should make the District a little more affordable. Or will it? StreetsBlog isn’t so sure, based on some odd trends. The post: Our cities can’t afford so many rooftop spas.

The group that calls itself the DC Library Renaissance Project, (A better name for it is Save DC Libraries, its URL) has asked the mayoral candidates where they stand on the MLK redevelopment project. Five of the candidates responded.

If you are confused or clueless about the push to allow developers to offer units without RPPs (Residential Parking Permits), Urban Turf can help. Lark Turner wrote a great analysis about this controversial issue. Developers are trying to get around minimum parking requirements by restricting tenants from getting on-street parking permits.

DC Past, which offers a photographic history, is a year old. Check out the photos.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 31st, 2014 by dcblogs

After 20 years, Church of the Big Sky is being forced to move out of her apartment. She recounts the various neighbors, the Hooters girls, naked rugby player, the guy who wore the Valkyrie wig in the laundry room, and other assorted people.

A four part show on National Geographic, Nazi War Diggers, is digging up some serious controversy. Mean Louise, a bio-cultural anthropologist, has two reports so far, Part One, and Part Two.

DC Spinster tells the story of an unforgettable kitchen accident.

The District government delivered a defective trash bin to this writer, despite her protest to the bin delivery men. All Life is Local.

This report by Wish I Knew DC appeared in January, but only recently came across it. It’s very helpful, especially in pothole season: How I Filed a Successful Claim for Car Damage with WSSC. That’s the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission in Md.

Spring is in the garden, writes a local botanist. DC Tropics.

A Brookland ANC will hold a meeting with the DC fire chief on Thursday. The topic concerns the recent passing of a man on a sidewalk and DC’s response to it. Brookland Bridge.

Recent additions to live feed

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 30th, 2014 by dcblogs

A few months worth of requests:


P.S. in Excess

Design In Third Person

Small Biz Boomer

The DC Bike Blogger

DC Vacant Properties

Roommate Column

You Signed Up for What

Mak Photography

Washington Lobbyist


Raw in the Middle

Mystery Incorporated

DC Tropics

the democracy diva

Epicurean in DC

Greatest Escapist


Supreme Cart

By Way of Kingston

Wish I Knew DC

Best Thing on the Menu

arlington darling

The DC Ladies

Gluten Free? Gimme Three!

The District Digest

Short Articles about Long Meetings

The Unapologetic DINK


Real Talk

DC Curbed

Tenleytown, DC

Theodore Carter

Pefectly Peace Yoga

Notes and observations:

Trend 1: Most of the blogs in this update are using Word Press. While Blogger is well represented, that platform seems to be getting less use by local bloggers.

Trend 2: There has been no real increase in the number of blogs specifically covering neighborhoods. The trend is mixed. Some neighborhood blogs appear to be fading away or on pause. But, clearly there are a good number of blogs that provide regular neighborhood news and comment and a few that offer a forum for District-wide issues. One shoutout: A relatively new arrival, Short Articles about Long Meetings, is a great addition to the local scene. The writer is providing regular coverage of some area ANC meetings. Covering meetings isn’t easy but it can be particularly valuable, since many neighborhood issues bubble up at ANC meetings long before they hit the mainstream media.

Technical note for Blogger publishers: Due to the way Google works on our live feed, you need to set your blog time zone to GMT 00, London time for the best experience. Doing so will ensure that your post appears on the top of the feed. But it’s not essential that you do it. Your blog will still be in the feed but will appear approximately four hours deep into it. For most users of the live feed, who may scan once a day, appearing on top doesn’t necessarily matter.

Blog listings: The static blog lists aren’t being updated. Partly it is a code problem. This blog has to migrate off its current platform and is in great need of a refresh, but this blog operates without raising revenue, and the server cost used to host the live feed are expensive. We need some professional design help, but don’t have a budget for it. The other issue is practicality. Ten years ago, a static listing made sense because local blogging was really taking off. There remains much local blog activity, but the typical blog last less than a year and many rarely make it past three months. Keeping a static list current is a Sisyphean chore for us and for you, dear reader, since the links may yield little. However, once a blog is listed in the live feed it stays there. If a blog publishes, it appears on the live feed.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 28th, 2014 by dcblogs

Baltimore’s Butchers Hill appears as a very attractive place to live in these photos by Bensozia.

House History Man goes a little beyond houses and writes about the Washington Nationals when they played at Swampoodle Grounds.

Beyond DC presents the data to show that DC’s population is growing more than other local counties.

This is my so-called life learns what it means to fall asleep to sirens.

DC Film Girl reviews ‘Sabotage,’ starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington and Olivia Williams. Calls it mean-spirited and creepy.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 27th, 2014 by dcblogs

Who knows how the Ward 1 race will turn out, but Brianne Nadeau appears to be giving four-term Council member Jim Graham a run. The two had a dust up, which Capital Comment reported on.

Vacation Report: Taking a bath inside a Columbia Mud Volcano, complete with actual mud bath photo. Eat Read Run.

Here’s a photo of Word Perv’s home office and pet.

Curbed DC has an opinion about GW’s recent dorm naming contest. The headline tells what it thinks of the outcome: GW announces boring winner of dorm naming contest.

Capital Cooking got a sneak preview of a new restaurant, Toro Toro.

Very good question: What happened to that snowy owl that got hit by a bus in DC? City Desk.

Do you like Bluegrass? Check out the DC Bluegrass Union site. Many listings.

U Street Flea Market opens Saturday. Washington Informer.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 26th, 2014 by dcblogs

Scott P. Donaldson designs a Twitterbot for Columbia Heights Metro, @colheightsmetro.

Owen gets a guinea pig, names him Flash, but several weeks later circumstances change in an unpleasant way. A sad ending is fixed. Rude Cactus.

Alia goes to the new Trader Joe’s on 14th with her camera and takes many photos.

A Columbia Heights bar has a drink named for each mayoral candidate and is keeping track. Roll Call.

A rather shocking video shows cell phone robbery in Capitol South Metro Station. MyFoxDC.

Does anyone need a roommate? Future Senate staffer promises not to talk politics. Craigslist.

Near-North Reston neighborhood discovers it is in 665th place on the list of the nation’s wealthiest communities. Restonian.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 25th, 2014 by dcblogs

Written in caps: 10 things I won’t miss about living in DC.

Four years ago Monday, the writer of Journalistic Rants and Raves took an internship at Roll Call. She’s still in DC, although it was never her “destination city.”

If it seems as if Georgetown’s commercial district has grown, it’s because it has. The Georgetown Metropolitan has the “state” of the neighborhood report, and it has interesting details, such as shops and restaurants that opened in 2013, 42, versus that closed, 33.

Design in Third Person has a report, with photos, from the March150 Art Party at Target Gallery.

Gluten free bakery opening in Adams Morgan. The 42.

Afternoon tea at the Willard Intercontinental. Many photos tell the story of this outing. Ferreting out the Fun.

City Desk makes a point about people behaving badly at the ShamrockFest.