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DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 17th, 2010 by dcblogs

The babies in bars debate spills over at Frozen Tropics.

Regarding children: the forebearers, a stunning photo essay. Couture Urbano

The Taming of the ‘Ewwww': An evening of speed dating. Date Me DC

Bloggers Without Makeup Day? LaurieWrites goes to work without any makeup on.

The end of Heroes, and not too soon. The DC Universe.

Should mommy bloggers be paid? Scary Mommy.

Meeting Notes from Retired DC Bloggers Union Local 202

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 16th, 2010 by Hammer

Only one agenda item this time around, but it’s a doozy.  The Playaz Ball is no more.  There are those who doubted this day would ever come, but I never did.  Because on a long enough timeline…

Ah yes, timing.  One of art’s least discussed but most indispensable attributes.  Too soon, and you languish in obscurity.  Too late and you’re a derivative hack.  And I’ll tell ya folks, if there’s anything the Retired DC Bloggers Union Local 202 hates more than slow bartenders, it’s derivative hacks.

Phil and the Playaz arrived when we needed them most.  They were many things (several of them illegal) but you gotta hand it those guys – they were utterly original.  And they were ours.

Five or six years ago, before the medium matured and entered the mainstream discussion, folks around here started blogs in much the same way they might have formed punk rock bands in 70’s.  No one to emulate, no formal training, no rulebook, no plan.  Just a simple desire to be on the vanguard of a new form of artistic expression, get on the stage, and make some hellacious, snarling noise.

And sweet jaysus, what a noise we made.  For a while anyway.  But on a long enough timeline…

Phil’s candidacy is assured of course.  First-ballot, and likely to be unanimous if someone could just shake the Rock Creek Rambler a few times and wake him up.  Phil?  The Charles Barkley of DC Blogging?  A larger-than-life figure who could say absolutely anything and always get away with it?  No question.

Direct Current makes a motion to accept Phil into the Retired DC Bloggers Union Local 202, and it is seconded by Baby Bird.  And as Phil stands before us, smiling proudly as the votes are taken, I can’t help but notice that we remain confronted by one glaring, inescapable fact.

He is not wearing any pants.

The motion passes anyway.  Welcome to the other side, buddy.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 14th, 2010 by WashWords

Nats concessions selling, Leon Panetta, and Buzz Aldrin, oh my. Slashfood shares the deets on Top Chef: Washington DC.

Life in Mount Vernon Square asks you to Help save the facades of 216 and 218 Morgan Streets NW

Prince of Petworth weighs the merits of local e-bboard options: Dear PoP – Craigslist or Freecycle?

Greater Greater Washington on how Metrospeak’ camouflages bus cuts

Washingtonian’s After Hours blog asks Is This the End of Screen on the Green? Again. Sigh.

Like drinking? Like spelling. Yuh-huh, I thought so. Well you’re in luck.DC This Week highlights the fun at Rock & Roll Hotel Spelling Buzz this Friday

DC Rainmaker sums up a race gone awry. 75 Cents

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 13th, 2010 by Foilwoman

Good neighbors:  the author of Livin Mi Life has them and appreciates them.

The current Facebook privacy kerfuffle pleases Manifest Destiny, even to the point of coining a neologism:  Schadenfacebook.

GLAA Forum posts a DADT spoof video by service members overseas who clearly don’t have enough entertainment options.

Beepers, deadlines, and urgent assignments — The Life and Times of Accounting reconsiders “urgent” requests upon being told that a request isn’t all that much of a rush and recalling being paged with an “accounting crisis” at the same time a surgeon was being paged.

Peace Love Nicole has a request for the office mooch, which is, please don’t take half the pastry.  Take the whole thing, or leave it there.

If you wouldn’t even consider going to see the movie Babies, maybe you should just skip this post on Sarah and the Goon Squad.  Otherwise, enjoy the cuteness.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 12th, 2010 by RestaurantRefugee

San Francisco, downtown off Market, May 2010

I will never forget the moment when my father told me that Lena Horne was the most beautiful woman in the world.  I was seven years old and girls were still icky, but looking at her album cover, I was transfixed.  She was a singer of tremendous talent, and a prolific performer.  She died on Monday.  A few bloggers have offered tributes, stories, or words of homage.

A Fine Romance – A*cute, where sharp style meets polished professionalism

Lena Horne – Coffee & Dreams

Remembering Lady Lena Horne- Déjà Vu U A.D.

Ever notice the tendency that Harh-vaaard* people have of working their alma mater into every conversation and usually within the first few minutes of such?  Apparently some NRA members have the same affliction according to Not Afraid to Use It.

When one thinks of “rage” road, steroid, subway, and sometimes coffee-shop are the most likely preceding modifiers.  Not many people think of Yoga-Rage, but Hannah, Just Breath might change your mind.

She Who Has a Why is the blog from Elissa, a “26 year-old civil rights lobbyist and soon-to-be rabbinical school student, chronicling my 1st and 2nd relapses of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and [her] many good reasons to fight.”  It might break your heart just a little bit.

In what might be a good meme exercise, Jerzey Girl, the author of the blog Black Pearls & Bitch Boots, answers the question What Makes Her Tick.”

Photograph of the Day: Spring Flowers from Brightwood Living.

* I kid because I love, heck, some of my best friends… oh, never mind.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 11th, 2010 by livitluvit

DC Beer is throwing their first Tweetup this Wednesday, celebrating their venue’s launch of a “big bottle (aka 22 oz) program.” Needless to say, I support this.

As one of the first people to have joined Facebook, Barzelay encourages us to join him in being part of the first wave to leave it behind as well.

Feast After Famine warms my heart with the one characteristic she most wants to see in her children. Hint: it’s not intelligence, a fancy education, power, fame, beauty, or wealth.

As a die-hard Always Sunny in Philadelphia fan, Peace | Love | Nicole‘s post entitled Green Man Festival 2010 was not at all what I was expecting… but still full of win.

Washington DC Metblogs wonders whether the District is a good city for Moms after reading a list of Best to Worst declaring that- you guessed it- it ain’t.

In my experience, it’s hard to make a wedding recap interesting or relevant to anyone that doesn’t, well, know you. But I dare say, I Have Two Dogs & Love Wine has done it. Congratulation to the happy, unique, and hilarious couple.

Testy Aardvarks simultaneously calls out an ex-boyfriend while justifying the existence of sweatpants. I think I’m in love. (Both with her, AND the existence of sweatpants.)

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 10th, 2010 by dcblogs

Is DC Ready for This? Inside the new Buddha Bar with Urban Marinade.

I have geek in my blood, writes The Dumping Ground, after an electronics store opened by his grandfather in 1929 closes its doors.

I think I am Starting to Enjoy Mowing (with my iPod), writes Sarah and the Goon Squad: Mowing my yard has become Sarah vs. Nature. When Slayer is on – no mercy, when Mozart is on la vendett. Pixies? Wave of Mutilation.

Obviously, there’s a Curse. On Frozen Blog. Red Sox replacements arrive on skates.

Ten Things Never to Say About a Painting. My Third Eye Scratched.

Who irons shirts? Looking2Live, who writes: As our daughter and her boyfriend were getting ready to go to a rather formal garden party tonight, she was overheard asking him if he wanted her to iron his shirt.

The ‘Ricky Martin-izing’ of Cinco de Mayo, writes The Penn Brangler, who points the way to Carlos in DC, who calls it a forced tradition.

Iron Man 2 is reviewed at DC Girl at the Movies.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 7th, 2010 by WashWords

My journey out deals with that familiar D.C. story: transition. 13 problems.

DCist explores the reinvention of a DC landmark. Heat Is on for Former Dupont Trolley Station Proposals

DC Foodies who I happen to know is also a DC Beerie has the early word on Biergarten Haus, coming as soon as May 14! Mmmmmm…. beer. Biergarten Haus: A Whole Lotta Deutschland on H Street

A reader of New Columbia Heights asks Why is there a steamroller on 15th Street? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Still crying over the Caps? or Duke winning March Madness? Cheer up sports fans.The DC Sports Page tells you why It’s time to rock the summer red

Pamela’s Punch celebrates all the city has to offer. Open Sesame.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 5th, 2010 by RestaurantRefugee

Formerly Active Duty Marine*, The Foggy Dew, has a few thoughts on the currently viral remake of Lady Gaga’s Telephone video.  The terrific Eleanor Roosevelt quote is worth the click of admission all by itself.

DC residents of a certain age and longevity can easily recall the pre-internet dating connections that earned the “Social Safeway” its moniker.  Completely remolded to include a lounge, flat screen TV’s, and an open till midnight sushi bar, the new Social earns the name with those amenities and a few more.  It opens to the public on Thursday and DCmud has all the details.

… Speaking of grocery stores, the Disaffected Scanner Jockey got in the wrong line at one recently.  “As a Nat’s fan and a divorcee, [she] knows when [she’s] been defeated.”

Vittoria, the author of the perhaps presciently named blog Always a Drunk Never a Bride, asks the largely rhetorical question: Is there something wrong with being 27 and not wanting to get hitched and procreate?

Cue the Obligatory Whitehouse Correspondent’s Dinner Posts…

Donovan McNabb surrenders some of his street-cred, US Attorney General Eric Holder is too old for a school-boy crush**, and how did the marginally talented, and minimally socially significant get invitations? – DC Universe

Notice to Justin Bieber’s ParentsAlyssa Rosenberg

Filed Under: Everyone is a little bit Mexican on Cinco de Mayo

Easy tortilla dessert recipeGoing Apes in the Kitchen

Pomegranate Margarita RecipeAt Least I’m Enjoying the Ride

General Shout-out #1 to Firecracker’s Follies who left a really interesting and thought provoking comment on yesterday’s DC Blogs Round-Up

General Shout-Out #2 to I Wanna Sing Like Sassy Sarah Vaughn who just experienced a loss.

General Shout-Out #3 to Eat More, Drink More, one of the better DC Food Blogs going.

* I’ve learned more than once that there is no such thing as an “Ex-Marine.”

**The first commenter to correctly name the artist and song reference (without the Google) will have their first drink purchased by me at tonight’s DC Food Bloggers Happy Hour.  Arugula Files has details, food bloggers and food lovers welcome to attend.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on May 4th, 2010 by livitluvit

Mascara & Microchips bares it all for us, at least in the online-dating-profile sense.

Curiosity Killed the Kat informs us that in Korea, “…a kid born on December 31 is 2 years old the next day.” And in Soviet Russia, birthday pwns you!

Whoa, Nelly. Apparently, someone hasn’t learned the consequences of leaving a digital footprint; Life After Ramen posts the text of an email from a Harvard Law student who argues “that blacks are genetically inferior and less intellectual than whites.” Yes, in 2010. I know.

The Gold Puppy contemplates how important diagnosing a learning disorder is versus living a childhood free of labels.

Want to do something different for Mother’s Day? The Washington Humane Society has a plethora of low-maintenance mama cats who need a little tender love (and foster care).

The Anti DC uses a multitude of fancy graphs to express the progression of douchiness throughout the District… all the way to H Street corridor?! Say it ain’t so!