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DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 29th, 2009 by WashWords


DC Basket Cases takes us with her on the roller coaster ride that is Mystics fandom. If you’ve been a mystics fan for as long as I have….

What a difference a floor makes …Lachrochan feels lucky having to move offices only six times and shares the difference between the First Floor Turkish Bazaar and the Second Floor Zen Spa, complete with considerate bathroom etiquette. “Been in so many places” –Jim Croce

File this under “overhead in DC,” “Zen wisdom” and frankly how I feel some days … Just Matt is sending a drunk on his way

Things change with time but Thunderstorms Highly Likely points out some essential truths, such as this: There’s (Still) No Such Thing as Free Beer

A recent obituary makes DC Peg ponder Men Doing Needlework

Just don’t go there, to the lows, the dark places, a roomate advises Hannah, just breathe. So she doesn’t. Swing high, swing low, or maybe, she decides, just swing. And surely enough, the world rolls out and back again. The swing set.

Important Cause Alert The President Wears Prada invites you to help her and her scientist friends team put an end to breast cancer. Susan Komen Global Race for the Cure

DC the fittest? Depends on the context, writes Random Duck in response to a study by the American College of Sports Medicine that ranked DC “as the fittest of America’s 50 most populous metropolitan areas.”

Memo to men on the Metro: Offering a seat to a person who can use it is noticed, writes Anonymiss in DC. She writes: We think it’s attractive.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 28th, 2009 by Foilwoman


Wow. Some people have better different dreams than others. For me, a complicated lace knitting project is an accomplishment. For Liebchen of Learning to Fly the goal is flying through the air with the greatest of ease, yes, you guessed it, on a flying trapeze is the dream. Again, wow.

Standardized form letters for online dating: boon or bane? Or, do women really want to get dating spam that’s been sent to other breathing female in the geographic area as well as many for-profit entities posing as women? Fresh Muddy Waters addresses this pressing (or avoidable and easily deleted) issue.

The Prince of Petworth — a prince among men — is sharing this public service announcement: put jazz at the Sculpture Garden on Thursday evenings (5:00-8:30 P.M.) on your to-do list. I agree. I haven’t been since last year, but the concert is free of charge, you can buy a glass of wine or beer or whatever, the music is often good, and the location is lovely. What’s not to like?

The dream of home ownership still seems distant for Multi-talented & Menially Employed J.D., who has debt, no savings, and no professional employment.

There are lots of posts and comments about Judge Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court. A DC Birding Blogs looks at the jurist from an environmental perspective.

Google Translate, which is not-so-surprisingly, the new Google translation product, gives Kyle Semmel, writing at First Person Plural (the Writer’s Center blog), some pause.

And here’s a nice picture, just because it’s pretty (it’s a jack-in-the-pulpit, in case you are wondering) on Picus Blog.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 27th, 2009 by RestaurantRefugee


DCist was first to report it, The Heights Life and Global Chameleon have a problem with it, City Paper’s Blog is hosting a Contest about it, and now there is no stopping it – Real Housewives of DC is coming.

Finding a blog post about the California Supreme Court decision on Proposition 8 was easy.  Finding one with a different perspective than the arguments so frequently heard was not.  DC Poppycock wrote a Diatribe from a Queer Spawn on Gay Marriage.

The DC Universe urges kids to Keep Their Hands off His Balls

Baby Bird is approximately ten weeks away from her world premier, and her parent’s to do list is long and funny.

City Girl in DC does some house cleaning and reflecting while on vacation.

Girl of Words reflects on the end of particular commercial era.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 26th, 2009 by dcblogs


The threat that the writer of Sexy, single, and… celibate? faced in a parking lot — I calculate the risk, practically lunge for the door, and shut and lock it as fast as I possibly can — becomes a metaphor about blogging and co-workers who read her blog. This persistent anonymous commenting and behavior is creepy, stalker-like and threatening. She has quit her blog.

I Need to Stop Judging People’s Hair. Kings of the Road. Comments made are quickly regretted.

Missing Screen on the Green? The Restaurant Refugee, and DCBlogs editor, wonders why no one has stepped up to save this summer attraction. He writes: Where is the organization which understands the incredible public relations opportunity this presents?

DC Girl at the Movies reviews Terminator and writes: The movie is crap.

Artomatic opens Friday, May 29. Check out the cool postcard on Brainworks. Artomatic blog.

The Trolling Code of Blogland. Rantings of a Creole Princess

Brunch at Old Ebbitt Grill. A review. brunch and the city.

New blogs added to the live feed

Posted in Views on May 23rd, 2009 by dcblogs

These are blogs that recently requested to be added to the live feed. I should be making these lists more often, and will do now that there’s this beta page for postings other than the main Noted page. — kob

About DC:

DC Crime Blog

Local Nature:

The Natural Capital


Run Amok Amok
Lisa Bee
Holden It Together


Dad Can Cook
Haochi DC

Technology, trends:

Group blog, eclectic:

Is It Luck?

Gardening: (best name for a new blog …..

digging the district

Art, design:

The House that Lars Built

Fashion, shopping:

Apartment 102

Business, advice:

Black Lab Advisory



DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 22nd, 2009 by WashWords


Rent catches up with another DC relic. Culture Me, DC notes that Cleveland Park Magruder’s to Close this weekend.

When someone asks DC365 what a falafel is, there’s no time to be wasted. Thing 151: Amsterdam Falafel

Sweetpea’s Garden takes us through the maybe-less-known but no less real (at least these few weeks) Indian Spring

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do. Especially with a favorite restaurant, says Capital Spice

Graduation springs inspiration for Como lo veo, yo veo, who likewise inspires us. Success Doesn’t Equal Marrying a Kennedy

Written in Caps shares the results of ultra-scientific, uber-serious study on Latest research on DC drivers’ attention.

Where’s my Cape encounters the unthinkable: mouse poop. That’s not a piece of fuzz.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 21st, 2009 by Foilwoman


RudeCactus sees (and hears) dumb people (which is really scary boys and girls). And about that: no matter what librarians tell you, there really are stupid questions out there. Here are some.

An OC Girl Living in an Extraordinary World gets stressed by rude drivers, unless their bumper stickers agree with her world view. Then they get a bye.

Greater Greater Washington applauds DC’s summer jobs program in some ways, but has real problems with the idea that the city’s youth should be breadwinners for their families.

Maybe Buddha’s Wii Whiskers is a feminist, and maybe he isn’t, but here’s a guy who actually notices how loathsome street harassment actually is and what a toll it takes on women.  Go Buddha!

Why I Hate DC posts again (at long last), hating crime in the city (does anyone not hate crime?) and listing a bunch of recent crimes, arguing that anyone who thinks [a whole bunch of neighborhoods are safe] is a fool.

If anyone has any questions about a Creative Commons “some rights reserved” copyright, Diary of a Reluctant Blogger links to an explanatory sideshow. I’d love to read comments and more detailed explanations from those in the know, but the explanations looks good to me.

People use calendar transitions as a way to jumpstart personal change. Here are Esther-Now-And-Then-Some’s resolutions for change some parts of her life after an ending.

Lady Brett Ashley (Rather odd literary nickname to choose for oneself — thanks you Hemingway — or actual name?  You decide.) of (That’s Why) The Lady Is a Tramp says she’s judgmental.  Well, yeah, aren’t we all.  Her judgments may or may not match up with mine or yours (or may do so, not that there’s anything wrong — or right — with that), but here they are.

The New England Review is in danger of ceasing to exist if it doesn’t become self-supporting by 2011, according to First Person Plural. To help this journal avoid this fate, you are encouraged to subscribe. There’s a discount if you’re a member of the Writer’s Center.

And now for something completely different:  are there any transgender guys who can give Alex in Oz of Queerer than Queer some feedback and advice?  He’s feeling a bit shaky.  I had enough trouble as a heterosexual teenager (eons ago), and this kid embraces the angst as a transsexual.  Go alex.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 20th, 2009 by RestaurantRefugee


There are keepers of all things; and the keeper of words, the Global Language Monitor, announced recently that we are about to reach the one million word mark in the English language.  Franco Beans takes umbrage at the word that may get that honor and wonders about the cumulative contributions made by the electronic generation.  Where did all the Words Go? – It’s a damn good question.

Former and much missed DC resident, BettyJoan of Trouble with Toast is running two triathalons this summer (and there is a charity behind them both, so please click here and donate if you wish) and has been seeking the balance between healthy eating and good taste.  We can all benefit from the wisdom gained from her experiments through her new series Eating for Athletes: A Trouble with Toast Special Event

One of the funniest people in the DC Blogiverse (who I think that we can declare officially internet-famous) admits that her little sister is funnier than she is.  For supporting evidence, LiLu gives us It Runs in the Family.

“Put the Crackberry down and step away from the device” is the essence of the message from the Foggy Dew.  He’s even using one of my favorite words to describe what he hopes will be a growing trend – The Luddite Party.

Vox Pupuli takes exception to the general Washington perception that Young Hoya’s ruin the fun of Georgetown bars by over-populating them with denim mini-skirted girls [with invisible tiaras] and the Miller Lite swilling frat boys who love them

The author of the Hello Negro blog has a self-described “black moment…amidst the vanilla mall” which is lent extra poignancy in our “post-racial” world.

Because blogging for a good cause never gets old, I give you, via the Johanna Knows Good Food blog, The Great American Bake Sale.

Are you looking for a way to generate revenue from your blogging?  Do you think that there are Bernie Maddoff inspired business models that are ripe for investment?  Then, wow, does Lacochran have an idea for you!

The Washington Blogger May Meetup is tonight (May 20) at Regional Food and Drink (better known as RFD) 810 7th St NW, steps from Gallery Place Metro, Chinatown exit. Everyone is invited. Make some new blogging friends!


DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 19th, 2009 by dcblogs


Overheard on the Metro: “I don’t think my husband would appreciate that.” Is it Luck?

Is there a place where you need a surfboard and snowboard? In Town. Observed on the street.

Interview: DC Mini Gallery. ReadysetDC, A soon to be open space on 14th.

On District Love: 90 minutes in Dupont. Americornization a blog by a “mid 20s Danish professional working in media production in Washington, D.C. – a place she is convinced is the epicenter of the world.” Customer Reviews Are Funny. B&T Crowd. Excerpts from some Amazon reviews.

Safeway favoring NW for renovations? Bloomingdale (for now).

My $3,000 Hand-Knit Sweater. Kings of the Road.

Matchbox at Barrack’s Row review at Liza and Gary’s DC Pizza Blog

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 18th, 2009 by dcblogs


SciWonk tells how Dr. Margaret Ellis Bourdeaux Saves the Life of Dr. Gene Dresselhaus. Excerpt:

Suddenly, from the adjacent table, Dr. Margaret Ellis Bourdeaux, who was in attendance, stood and rushed over, like a breeze. Her curly, bright red hair, fair skin, and teal full-length gown were striking, but not as striking as her calm and direct actions.

This video of a daytime robbery of Universal Gear on 17th is the most amazing thing. A group of men, perhaps 8, brazenly walk into the store, take clothing off the racks and then leave. Color video, posted by store owner on YouTube, captures the drama. Borderstan and DCist have the background. Friends of Jack calls it a mass shoplifting.

Frozen Tropics believes Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan are more dangerous than the H Street, Trinidad area. Consider the Crime…Elsewhere.

Why should it matter if DC residents raise chickens?

Don’t Buy the Lie. Sweetpea’s Garden. Pantyhose.

Meet Lucia Merritt Armijo. Beyond Friendship Gate.

DC has dozens of blogging subcultures. Here’s a report of a get together of PF bloggers (presuming that means Personal Finance) and it includes links to some of the locals. Finance for a Freelance Life. It met at the Black Squirrel in Adams Morgans. Food prices were within budget, it reported.