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Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 29th, 2006 by dcblogs

Flooded Out of Home Diary of an Ad Man Geoff Livingston, our writer, was flooded out of his Fairfax house after water broke through his basement windows. The Washington Post interviews him and quotes Geoff describing the scene: “The street had turned into a river.” Now, through his blog, Geoff is detailing (scroll down through the posts) what he faces, his emotions and resolve to overcome his fears. Thanks to blogging, here is the story behind the headline.

Faith in the right actions, processes, and commitment will in the end prove victorious. And though this flood has been a set back, I know in the long run, it will yield positive results that I could never have imagined.

Also Noted: The Liquid Muse profiles the woman behind Metrocurean, a popular blog reaching its one year anniversary. The Metrocurean’s Amanda McClements is a consistently entertaining writer and enterprising reporter, who has broken a number of stories about DC restaurant developments. The Muse’s interview offers genuine insight into this widely read blogger. With photo. Political hyperbole and self-serving comments get toasted by Too Many Words in a clever post that took work to assemble, no doubt. What was Sen. Leahy really talking about he said he had “never seen anything like it” – gay marriage, President Bush, electronic voting? Blogging doesn’t lead to lower grades. Barzelay posts his law school grades. Superman reviews are in. I loved this movie, writes The Conservative Futurist. There’s a lot to like about the movie … but on the other hand … writes Boz at Total Information Awareness. The cab drivers smells exactly like her ex-fiancé, reports Confessions of a Cartographer. (While we’re on the subject of cabs, dc cab rider says there’s a gas station in Van Ness that gives cabbies a 5 cent break.) How many laptops were stolen in DC last year? At least 1,009 laptops disappeared in burglaries and robberies, but the actual number is probably a lot higher. And what happened to all the information, the photos, and everything else on them? A report at Computerworld by KOB’s alter ego. Thanks to Wonkette for the shoutout) Site Note: Back Monday.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 28th, 2006 by dcblogs



The aggravation of dealing with packed Metro cars is compounded by people who don’t get out of the way. Our writer has a suggestion for fixing this problem with his “Don’t Block the Box.” From Life Outtacontext.


Toothless isn’t a word that describes these two writers but in this case it applies. See: Lonnie Bruner (with photos) first and second and DC Bachelor’s report. Thanks to Sweet for this suggestion.

A woman starts yelling at another on the Metro. It’s one of those seemingly random incidents that are part of city life. But it leaves this writer with questions. We pick up the report: The strange part was everyone’s reaction, or lack of. No one did anything, not even the girl being harassed. And the more I thought about it, I wasn’t sure what could be done anyway. What would I do? From Team Wet Dog, and recommended by Reya.

Velvet in Dupont’s writing is sharp and tough and so is she. So when a city police officer blocks her car in for a 7-11 refill, she’s not shy about asking him to move the cruiser. But her request gets a rude response and now Velvet weighs her next course of action, with the help of many readers. This post was no doubt one of the most popular in the city yesterday, thanks to shoutouts at Wonkette and the Express.

DC Rant. Excerpt: Coming from the Mid-west I was first shocked when I realized the first question asked was, what to you do? not how are you doing. By Another Day in DC.

Heartbroken over the storm damage to Sligo Creek Trail, writes Oh So Something. Photo.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 27th, 2006 by dcblogs

The Car is Floating Backward Where’s my Cape The rain has dampened everything but the humor of many bloggers. Here’s a well told story that involves a Beltway trip in the torrential rain that, well, our headline says it. An excerpt: What made this situation even worse was comparing our predicament to others. Like how the car next to us had three men pushing it and lapped us like we were on walker-speed. Like how certain mammoth beast vehicles drove right past us, throwing dirty waves in our faces. (Also check out Medical Advice Monday) Also Noted: Rain-induced hysteria among DC rail commuters leads to some rude Metro behavior. This post by Secret Simmerings and Shameful Scandals of the Singular Smash came recommended by DC Mr. Anthrope, who wrote in a note: When I read this, I felt like I was right there – and I wanted to start swinging! It’s pouring sardonic wit on the Metro. Overheard, one of many, by our writer: “Do you think the White House will flood?” (little girl) “I’d like to see Bush stuck on top of his roof for a few days.” (dad) From And that has made all the difference. Rock Creek flood damage photos at A Feel Good Production. Search line: I’m sorry your mom blew up. At Angry Pregnant Lawyer. Pedicabs starting up operations in DC July 4th, reports The WashCycle.

DC Blogs 2.0

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 26th, 2006 by dcblogs

Site Note: Welcome to our site redesign. Major changes include tabs in the upper right corner to speed navigation, as well the postings from seven latest live entries. The full feed appears on the Live page. We hope you find it attractive and easier to use. And who did this work? The project is the incredible effort of Meghan, a professional Web designer, talented writer and skilled photographer, who also has a personal blog Cocoricamo. She conceived and executed the redesign. The introduction of the live feed on the main page is due to Tom, a longtime friend, who built the live feed engine, which also runs his blog, CTweblogs. This work illustrates their belief in the importance of self-publishing in our world today, and I personally can’t thank them enough for their wonderful help, KOB. And now some links:

Strength in numbers on the Metro. A pair of strangers team up on the endlessly long Woodley Metro station to defeat a tourist blockade. By Zhubinness. This post came to us via a recommendation by David Barzelay. Property rights magically disappear in Wheaton. This post recommendation also comes to us from David Barzelay, who writes this about it: Jacob Grier at Eternal Recurrence reports on a thirty-one year old small business about to be destroyed in Wheaton, MD, all so that the county can expand an alleyway as part of a redevelopment project. Barry’s Magic Shop was forcibly taken by the county, despite being a thriving, privately owned store that uniquely catered to an underrepresented niche in DC. Adams Morgan has taken on an almost Jekyll/Hyde-like quality, writes trudi jo davis at Metroblogging. The area goes through a total transformation from day to night, she writes. Strange little one-post blog: The accounts of a young Federal employee working hard not to work very hard. He illustrates the claim. From the blog, How to Succeed in Washington Without Really Trying Macbook unveiling with photos at Crazy is just sane on a lunch break.

DC Blogs Groceries

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 23rd, 2006 by dcblogs

DC Grocery Store Complaints Carrie Broadshoulders and In Shaw KOB household fridge. In response to query, I must point out that the cans are Safeway-brand diet soda. You can't buy diet soda at Whole Foods. They attempt to charge you for shopping carts in the parking lot, pre-bruise the produce and then make you stand in long lines next to cell phone loud mouths. It’s grocery shopping time in DC. Read the comments at In-Shaw. Here’s the vocabulary builder excerpt: "dirty," "crappy," "liquefied and snotty," "dysfunctional," "isn’t fit for a mule," "surly," "rotten," and "sometimes I just want some damn Cheetos." Carrie Broadshoulders writes (strong language note): Yesterday I made the tragic mistake of going over to the Giant on 9th St, NW. … Also Noted: Showdown at the DC Corral by The Pied Piper. Two homeless men exchange words and threats. What followed was the most surreal, most baffling, most absurd altercation I have ever been witness to in my life. Why are the Metro cars hot? Our writer says on five occasions this week the Metro cars she was in were unbearably hot. Oh, and the smell! As you may or may not know, some commuters are not a fan of deodorant, writes Chase-ing Complacency. Rules for sandals at work from Is This It? The problem with dating in DC and a story about the worst date ever is told by Adventures of Plan B in DC. Please visit dcblogs.com/live

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 22nd, 2006 by dcblogs

Life after Blogging WonL Good bloggers connect with their audience and so when a writer decides to end a blog readers often feel a sense of loss. That’s what makes WonL’s Life after Blogging a standout project. She’s interviewing ex-bloggers who succeeded in finding an audience and asking them to explain why they stopped. In her first installment she interviews AUA, whose popular blog, Direct Current is still missed. (That’s judging from the 120 comments – and rising – that have been posted by the AUA fan club on his blog.) Excerpt from the interview:

My blog was discovered by the Bartender at my neighborhood dive. He and I had never talked about blogging before and as far as I know, his involvement with the internet is essentially limited to the Google search engine. When someone who isn’t very “plugged in” finds you, you know there’s too much out there

Also Noted: Washingtonians are busy people, writes Beauty and Beltway. We walk faster than most people run. But that all changes when the coffee is free. Washingtonians are angry people. Circle V offers a report about a cup of coffee, a car and a pedestrian. Credit card fraud stories are turning up on local blogs this week. Jawn discovers someone is using his ATM card in Japan to run up $800 in charges. Dennis at More than my Luggage gets a call from Crutchfield and writes: I backed up and listened to the Crutchfield message again, and I’m pretty sure the blood drained from my face. City Desk says the media attention on the David Rosenbaum case has become DC’s answer to the Laci Peterson case. He runs a long list of unsolved murders in DC and points out: What distinguishes these cases from the Rosenbaum death? Well, for starters, not one of them occurred west of the park. (Background on the Mr. Rosenbaum case here)

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 21st, 2006 by dcblogs

Smart People Behaving Badly Prod & Ponder In a part of Bethesda where 49% of the residents have graduate degrees, there’s some impolite behavior afoot at the local Starbucks, including job interviews, table hogging and cell phone yelling. An excerpt:

And so at 8:30 am, the line at this coffee shop goes out the door, conversations range from genetic sequencing to macro economics, and the stereotypes many urban-centric folk make about unreflective and daft-dominated life in suburbia are launched right out the window. I’m becoming a fan. That said, there’s some bad behavior that needs calling out…

Also Noted Uncle Sam Wants Gas, an extremely funny report about a government worker on the open road. With photo. By Sour N Sweet. Five reasons Chinatown is an "interesting" place to work, writes DC Pussycat Doll. What do Ninjas eat? The well stocked refrigerator at Home Improvement Ninja, but even better is what this writer cooks for dinner and why. By Ocean of Realty. Strange little blog, GW Urban Legends, including this one about freshmen. Read the first two comments. Blogger Meetup Group tonight at Pharaoh’s in Adams Morgan. Starts at 7 p.m. This is a low-key get together and everyone is most welcomed. Please visit dcblogs.com/live

DC Blogs Noted:

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 20th, 2006 by dcblogs

Interesting read by Non Fluffy Wicca who was sworn into the Supreme Court Bar, but also gets to hear the court’s decision on an important wetlands case. Excerpt: … as Justice Scalia recited through rather twisted reasoning, that the "waters of the United States" aren’t really all of the waters of the United States unless they are directly connected to waterways. This basically paves the way for those who want to fill in wetlands to destroy habitats if, for example, it’s a pond. (WaPo report) Ken and Belly’s Bellies. The power and humor of self-publishing. Just scroll down for all the photos at Ken and Belly. The Culture of DC. A 29-year-old single professional woman offers a cutting take on the city’s ambitions. Excerpt: So you have the yuppies with their pearls and Lacoste shirts with the popped up collars in Georgetown. Then you have the puma wearing, urban outfitters artistic types in the Adams Morgan area. The further out in the suburbs you get, the more Banana Republic crowd … From Good Grief- Single in the City. The 7-year-old who solved Rubiks Cube at Finding Blanche. Madam Mayo, who is Mexican, gives Nacho Libre a nine. It was nonstop giggles, she writes. Paradiso review excerpt: Our Sicilian had lots to savor: tomato, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, red onion, capers, garlic, oregano, mozzarella and pecorino, all veggies slightly crispy but not dried out. From He She in DC . Fiction and poetry events listing for this week at Hebromeros Blogger Meetup Group Wednesday night at Pharaoh’s in Adams Morgan. Starts at 7 p.m. This is a low-key get together and everyone is most welcomed.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 19th, 2006 by dcblogs

Dad and Cleveland Revisited. Melissa the Misanthrope shares touching anecdotes. It starts: When my dad passed away back in January 2002 after a long battle with cancer, I couldn’t look at his pictures. I’m a daddy’s girl, and those pictures shocked me to the core. City in Blue. Pink Monkey Knits has a clever take on DC. On Saturday’s live feed, two posts, one with the title of Mean by Finding Blanche was immediate adjacent to a post titled Nice by Lucky Spinster. This alignment was pointed out by OSS. You can go home again, but it’s changed. Dop, the writer of My View from the Jeep who moved from DC to Chicago, was back for a visit and went to a festival in Cumberland. But what was once a thriving two-day festival has become something else. In a note about it, Siryn called it “a great and sad post.Failed Southern Lady, a consistently funny, sharp and entertaining writer, has ended her blog. When something begins to feel like a chore, it’s time to stop, she writes. Please visit dcblogs.com/live

DC Blogs Noted:

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 16th, 2006 by dcblogs

Career Change Chronicle: Computers to Chef Deglazed You have to love the name of this blog, Deglazed, because it sums up its subject matter perfectly. This is the story of a man who has decided to switch careers from “computer guy” to chef. I am scared out of my ever-loving mind, he writes in his first post earlier this month. Among the discoveries about his new career: Can you believe there are people who are going to cooking school who won’t eat seafood? Or try blue cheese? Scroll to the bottom and read through his posts. Also Noted Our writer, Good at Drinking, Bad at Life, turns out a clever and engaging post about people obsessing about food preparation at Chipotle, Subway and any other place where food preparers are watched as closely as bank tellers counting out hundreds. City Sparkle produces a sharply organized post on a range of topics, but the one that drew comments was this observation about DC dating: I have tons of gorgeous, skinny, smart, laidback and cool girl friends that are single, and people ask why. Why? Life without bug spray. An excerpt: … she figured there was a reason that I had left a bowl upside down in the middle of the floor, writes Recovering Overachiever. Will the bowl be used again? A professional artist and sign designer has a photograph of her recent sign work. It was completed for the restaurant, Nage. She writes: I was not only paid in money for this work, but was given a complimentary dinner there. I had a deep-fried lobster and cornmeal appetizer with jicama and mango julienne. For my main meal, I was served the “wolf-fish” … From Electron Blue