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DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on December 11th, 2006 by dcblogs

 

 

The Mark Pike discovers a new way of studying that doesn’t take up much time. You basically just leave a video camera running on your book, he writes. Video illustrates. 

Someone who grew up on a Christmas Tree farm and now lives away from home in DC, writes about her first very own Christmas tree.  And it’s a fake. The Scarlett Letter.

Doggie Mojo. What Spencer the Retriever delivers to someone in a new home. Media Concepts.

Quite Foul: A Story of Weird Service at Suburban Tasteland.

A note: The blogger end-of-the-year-bash was, in every way, a very nice time. The crew here at dcblogs is deeply moved to have been honored again with overall superlative. What makes this a worthwhile effort is because of the support by DC bloggers. You are all special – Thanks, kob.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on December 8th, 2006 by dcblogs

Do you go to the movies by yourself and wish it wasn’t so? Then wear a white hat this Saturday and be recognized by other theater attending singles.  This strategy stems from an email published on the Post Secret blog (scroll down it) or go first to this DCist post, If You’re Single and You Know it Wear a White Hat.

KC at Where’s my Cape writes from experience in explaining how racism and prejudice and stereotypes can permeate into the strongest and happiest of childhoods.  Racism exists because of adult behavior, and that something that can be changed. An excerpt:

Our children absorb so much of what they observe in us, how we relate to others, how we treat others who look different than us. Monsters aren’t born, they are made. We can improve the environment for minorities in this country, for the countless children of color who grow up carrying an inherited burden that weighs. And sinks.

Men, here’s your chance to do good by volunteering to participate in the No Sex and the City Charity Auction.

We need all you single, male readers out there to volunteer to be put up on the auction block. Think of all of the benefits of selling yourself like a piece of meat: (1) giving to a good cause; (2) the opportunity to meet a potentially cool girl; and (3) an ego boost when bids go high.

Sandblower’s pregnant condition gets many comments and she doesn’t mind.  Excerpt: … from a hobo on M Street last Friday night: “Jingle belly, jingle belly, baby’s on the way!”

The Winesmith meets Tony Snow (action photo), the White House press secretary, and asks him about his taste in wines.

Metro Bus Driver Orders Man to Litter in Our Neighborhood, a blazingly accurate title about a hard-to-believe incident on a Metro bus.  This post should find its way to whomever claims to be in charge of Metro. From Commissioner-elect Kris Hammond (ANC 5c-02)

America’s Young Theologian draws attention to a man who is about to be evicted because of city rules for people in group homes. There’s a personal connection and he hopes readers send a note to elected officials to take action. 

Reya takes note of DC-now-Ga. blogger, and writes:  Once this blogger was known here “No taming this shrew,” but then she finished her Ph.D and moved to Georgia. Her new blog, The Devil Goes Down to Georgia is as inspired as her pre-doc DC based blog. And this post is just hilarious.

It’s atrocious, sums up the Temple of the Code Monkey’s assessment of the White House Christmas Tree

Year-End Blog Bash Tonight. Yeah, So I’m has the details.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on December 7th, 2006 by dcblogs

My friends call me a gay man magnet, so begins a post by an OC girl living in an extraordinary world about a relationship that was never meant to be.

The Blue BMW and the Blonde, overheard at Big Sky Girl.

Nice work if you can get it, is Countersignature’s take on the plan by DC lawmakers to give themselves $22,000 raise for part-time work.

Preparing for gastric bypass surgery, writes Radical Flower.  … I want what these people have to offer. I want fast…drastic. You lose roughly 75% of your body weight* in the first 8 months following surgery. That’s the prize my eye is on.

The mass observation movement is embraced by American University students. Yesterday (scroll down) we cited an AU blog devoted to observing people interacting with gizmos. Here’s another blog attempting to observe the world dispassionately: Mass Observation on Race Performativity.  In this post, Riding the Red Line, the writer takes note of where people sit.  An excerpt:

Sitting in the back of the train I noticed specific actions that people took when looking for a seat or the way they acted, specifically geared towards race. While looking for a seat the older women of most races entered the train and found a seat that was empty of any race/gender while the men usually sought out women of the same race.

New paintings by renowned artist, Deborah Shedrick. Her new paintings are featured in a unique exhibition, entitled Introspections, at B. Smiths Restaurant at Union Station in Washington, DC, writes Black Artists of DC.

A tourist from Austin tries Ethiopian food in DC. “It’s like the new sushi,” writes Ramblings of a Hopeless Khowaga. Nod to Erika for recommendation.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on December 6th, 2006 by dcblogs

Can I call you back? I’m in class.” — This is the title to a post that explains how an American University professor dealt with a cell phone ringing in class. It’s from the American University Technology Observers blog, the work of a group of AU students documenting how technology has come to influence our culture. But when you read their reports, such as a Tale of Two Airports, the experience is Andy Warhol-like: it gives new shape to the unnoticed and ordinary. This is from a short post called Adams Morgan:

On 18th St. in Adams Morgan at about 11:30am on a Sunday, over the course of fifteen minutes thirty-eight people were observed using cellphones. Of these, twenty-seven were speaking and eleven were looking at the screen (presumably text messaging or looking up a number). Five of these people appeared to be walking with one or more other people, and the rest were obviously alone.

Bar Pilar, a review by a new blog, Eat.Drink.DC. Excerpt:

It’s amazing to think that a little bar unobtrusively tucked away on 14th Street is doing such wonderful things with food.  I mean, how many neighborhood joints are serving grilled eel?

Metro is going to sanitize the street performers so as not to offend anyone’s sensibilities, writes why.i.hate.dc on Metro’s plans for music at Metro entrances.

Rock Creek Rambler’s taxi reform plan. Top on the list are meters, but he also argues for a taxistand in Adams Morgan.

So this is the direction the holidays are heading, eh? Pet Night with Santa at Sour N Sweet.

Attention: Year-End Blog Bash Friday. Yeah, So I’m has the details.

A note: Planning for a pandemic is not on the charts of DC bloggers. It’s not on the charts of most people. But some businesses are giving it a lot of attention.  Gartner Inc.,  an information technology advisory firm, is recommending that companies consider planning for a quarantine, the worst-case. That may require having enough water and food on hand for six weeks.  (Water may still flow through the pipes but it may not be treated if water utilities can’t get delivery of treatment chemicals.) Work-at-home is part of this. I recently spoke with an employee at an insurance company who said that one third of its 30,000 employees will have the capability of working from home by the middle of next year.  No one knows whether the bird flu will morph into a pandemic. And I’m not suggesting running out to buy supplies. I don’t have enough food on hand to make dinner and my water supply is 12-years-old. But this blogging community may have a role in helping deal with this. If local bloggers, at some point, become convinced that this is something worth paying attention to, your readers may as well. For more information, the federal government has some planning recommendations at its Web site, pandemicflu.gov. Another site, fluwiki, is a great resource to find news sites, research and educational material. — kob.  

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on December 5th, 2006 by dcblogs

If you are in need of some holiday downtime reading, The Happy Booker has assembled links to the ‘best of’ books lists.

This humorous headline says it all:  If a woman pees in the forest and no one sees her, does she make a sound? Okay, what if two people see her? Quite in the Stacks.

Good Grief: Single in DCity turns to online dating to satisfy a holiday desire. She writes:  For some odd reason, this time of year makes me crave a relationship like most women crave chocolate when they are PMSing. But usually, the craving kind of fades come January 2nd.

White House holiday cookies that can bite back. Princess Sparkle Pony’s Photo Blog.

Cops, deers and other near misses. Driving adventures at This is Me, Honest.

Fractured Prune donuts are sampled by Celeste Dawn Mitchell and dl004d, in blog form.

This fellow hangs upside down on a Metro train while being video taped. What’s interesting is the lack of reaction of Metro riders. Poofygoo has the You Tube link.

A Trip Within the Beltway is an interesting new arrival. Just one post so far, but a detailed history with photos of a plan called the 1959 Northwest Freeway

Black Paper Dolls at Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum writes Fly.

Chevy Chase seeks historic district status, similar to Cleveland Park and Woodley Park, reports Ward3DC.

My Life on Capitol Hill, an intern and “Arizona Conservative,” writes about DC.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on December 4th, 2006 by dcblogs

A list of cold and perceptive realities by Lucky Spinster, such as: … that the most charming men are also usually the most dangerously fickle … (Nod to Erika)

A fantastic and unreal accounting about an experience in Target by Merujo of the Church of the Big Sky. Read this one. An excerpt:

“Did I move my fat ass fast enough for you?” I spoke sweetly, like a southern woman asking if she’d like another mint julep.

All software has bugs but the TSA’s airport screening database has more than its share of human and software bugs, reports this career Army officer, who seems to get tagged for extra screening. From A Silent Cacophony.

Home alone on the balcony and rescued by the DCFD, MR. T. in DC reports.

Big change: First Date DC — an often entertaining and perceptive blog that took the dedicated work of two of DC’s most popular and engaging bloggers, Roosh and Kathryn, is ending. An excerpt:

My final advice is for everyone still working on that one crush. I know it is fun to have a project, to work on that one guy or girl you really like. But it never fails that the more you really like them, the less chance you will get with them. Liking a person a lot before intimacy occurs is a good sign that they their value is considerably higher than yours. In other words, they can do better. It is not until I stopped valuing women that things fell into place for me.

A short but true story, as told by KOB to a third party.  It begins: KOB returns Sunday to his city after two weeks away.  After finding a fantastic parking space near his apartment on 24th Street near GW, KOB starts to unload his car. In between trips to his car, he does all the normal things: gets his mail, opens his jury summons, boots up his PC, sees what Netflix has sent, as well as make some calls. When that’s finished, he leaves his apartment and steps outside on his way for some adult beverages and immediately comes across a police scene. The police have blocked off part of 24th Street, between K and New Hampshire. Police dogs are barking, lights are flashing, and KOB,   sensing blog material, inquires. “There is a suspicious bag,” a police officer informs him, and says he’ll be “safer” if he walks on the other side of the street. Walking in that direction, KOB spots the bag, his bag, mostly filled with laundry, on the sidewalk. The bag he forgot to haul upstairs. He embarrassedly explains the situation to a DC police officer who is very gracious and said they suspected it was something like that all along … meanwhile, everybody is the building lobby is having a belly laugh …

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on December 1st, 2006 by dcblogs

Roosh V (formerly DC Bachelor) argues that our lives are governed more by random events, by statistical probabilities, than something that leads to a final purpose. He writes this after learning of the death of a 24-year-old-woman in an accident. This well written post, titled Not that Important, has drawn more than 60 comments.

DC Drinks is sponsoring an End-of-Prohibition party at Billy Martin’s Tavern Tuesday, Dec. 5. The party, according to DC Drinks, will continue to Dec. 6. It’s an ad hoc celebration. An excerpt: For teetotalers and prudes who don’t know, December 5th, 1933 was when the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) was repealed by the lovely 21st Amendment—ushering in freedom and stamping out gangsterism for a generation. It’s a juicy example of democracy in action and worth a proper celebration.

The Home Improvement Ninja spies a very VIP DC celeb, with the help of his date, which he won’t write about because, he notes, only chicks write dating blogs.  The celeb is Michael Chertoff, the person responsible for ensuring the US is protected from hurricanes, terrorists and bird flu. But the thing Chertoff was protecting the night he was spotted was his diet.  He sends back the French Fries, the Ninja reports. (Nod to Erika for this recommendation whom we believe is suffering from the bird flu, or something close to it, but had enough energy to graciously send a note about this post.)

On the subject of urgent care … DC Mr. Anthrope searches for medical care and gets a Catch-22 instead. 

Free Doughnuts! And Coffee! Reports Metrocurean. She writes: D.C.’s newest doughnut purveyor, Fractured Prune, will be giving away free coffee and doughnuts on Friday [today] from 4 to 8 p.m. (There’s also free Internet, but that part will stay free.)  Details at her site.

Another worker fatality on WMATA. A serious safety problem, writes live from the third rail. This makes the third worker fatality if just over a year.