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DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 30th, 2010 by RestaurantRefugee

The author of The Dithering of a District Diva contemplates the quandaries of being African American but out of place at a South African World Cup Party.

The following inclusion to the daily round-up is dedicated to everyone who ever had the displeasure of hearing something hurtful from someone who loves them: You Gotta Start Somewhere by Life Goes On, I Think.

It doesn’t seem like much of a stretch to suggest that many people around the DC Blogosphere were saddened when the space of Who Invented Roses went dark.  Perhaps Hopefully It’s Been Long Enough That My Mom’s Not Reading will indicate a return to regular blogging.

Style Cribbing or Style Coincidence? Capitol Hill Style ponders the question as it relates to Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan’s adjustments to her look.

The Countersignature Blog offers a more critical look at the life of the recently departed Senator Robert Byrd.

Two different post requiems on a recent break-up: Always a Drunk, Never a Bride uses lists of things that suck and things that don’t; Hilarity in Shoes has a more contemplative assessment.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 29th, 2010 by livitluvit

Pop the champagne! Two of DC’s own got engaged last Saturday. Huge congrats from the DC Blogs crew to local bloggers Brando of Not Enough Tequila In The World and Shannon of Disaffected Scanner Jockey. Make sure to check out their recaps of the event: His and Hers. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

And for the ensuing nuptials (and nuptial planning), City Girls World has this advice on keeping your wedding drama-free.

Blonder Than You takes this summer heat wave to a whole new level, poetically speaking. Yowza.

If you’ve been in the area long enough, you surely know this by now. But I Spy Things DC proves once again that the Tabard Inn is without a doubt one of the best brunches in town.

People’s District takes us to the expert: “The Only Way to Eat Corned Beef.”

Eric of experience. unexpectedly finds himself in tears at a Dave & Buster’s while watching a child take careful aim and studiously slaughter her foes. Is it really “just a game”?

The Blogger/Journalist War Quote of the Day,” via State of the Fourth Estate.

I’m including this post about an ex from Brutalism, if only because I feel she deserves an answer to what constitutes a “circus-like penis”.

Overall shout out: a new site, Blogger Happy Hour, is devoted to keeping tabs on all of the happy hour comings and going in our fair district. Check it out!

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 28th, 2010 by dcblogs

The writer of City Girl’s Blog gets an early stage breast cancer diagnosis and shares her reaction. (Thanks to Live It, Love It, for note about it.). Excerpt: On Tuesday, I was sitting in the chair at the hair salon when my cell phone rang. I looked at the number and recognized it as Sibley’s main line …

In my hands, a faded history. Church of the Big Sky shares telegrams with bad news.

This high-calorie content post moves from pastries to beer, and from Annandale to Adams Morgan. Lele Lurves Plants.

Regarding the president’s burger habits and his Twittering friend from Russia. The Anti DC writes: What really bugs me about this jaunt out to Ray’s is that it’s located in Virginia. Honestly, that truly gets my goat.

Ben’s Chili Bowl cupcake. Stilletos and Coffee.

FAQ: Are bloggers virtuous?

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 27th, 2010 by dcblogs

Some bloggers use the experience of the everday to take us into ideas that go beyond it. In doing so, they tell us what they think is important. Their stories are easily missed and eventually lost because more often than not, blogs disappear.

When DCBlogs began in 2005 there were islands of blogging in DC, disconnected from each other; the idea was to connect these bloggers, or at least make them aware of a larger, more expansive local community, and then let them determine what they wanted of it or not.

As part of this effort, a goal of the DCBlogs contributing editors is to draw attention to the stories that take us outside ourselves.

It’s one of the reasons why we think this work, the simple daily DC Blogs Noted column, is important and worth our time. At its core, this effort has always been about the search for these stories.

But are bloggers virtuous? What can be said is that some of their writings, either about things they have witness or are living through, carry themes that are anywhere from subtly virtuous to completely heroic.

This theme and its underlying question is part two of what has been ostensibly called an FAQ about blogging in DC. These few posts cited below do not represent a ‘best of,’ but are an effort to illustrate what will be a continuing series of the themes and observations about blogging in DC. (Part one of the FAQ)

El Guapo in DC, whose blog proclaimed, I am El Guapo. The most Guapo man in all of DC. Mucho Amor, was knocked over by someone who stole a chain off his neck. He gave chase and caught the thief.

He was up against wall on the sidewalk leading to someone’s home. I leaned down, smiled, and said, “Hola amigo.”

“Fuck you!”

Yes. Fuck me. It has been a long time since I have been in any kind of physical altercation and I thought about ending my streak with this new friend of mine, but I changed my mind. His body showed the deterioration from which I have grown too accustomed in my neighborhood. I saw the beginning of tracks on his arms. My friend had allowed a greater being to take control of his life. I could not hurt him. He was already hurting.
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DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 24th, 2010 by Foilwoman

Clean Currently looks at the Gulf oil spill through a historical lens.

According to Vox Populi, there are plenty of things to do instead of watching the World Cup, which you don’t need to watch anyway, since you’ll get billions (exaggeration, but hey) of Facebook updates about each play.

A view of General McChrystal’s little misstep from Jason’s View from DC Roosevelt Island wonder’s if McChrystal was foolish but right.

Against all evidence to the contrary, iMetro’s MetroMan concludes that God hates Silver Spring.

Stirrup Queens wishes herself a happy blogging anniversary.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 23rd, 2010 by livitluvit

Having seen quite a few “blogger summers” in my day, I think Kate of The Big Piece of Cake has a brilliant idea: giving her blog a summer vacation of shorter, lighter posts. Who wants to make an e-lanyard with her?

Always a Drunk, Never a Bride shares her tale of a, well, heartbreaking heartbreak… release date: one month from now.

A glimpse of Adams Morgan, then and now: DC Metrocentric shares a surprising lack of contrast between photos of 18th and Columbia from 1934 and present day.

Penn Quarter Living reports that the Borders at 14th and F, where I met my B for our second first real date, is going to be replaced with a Clyde’s in 2011.

With less than two months to go before her move to Boston, Liz in Limbo has made a bucket list of her must-do’s before she leaves the District.

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of the infamous Red Line Metro crash. For many of us in the area, it represents one of Those Moments; the ones you will never, ever forget. We remember where we were standing, what we were doing, and who we frantically called and texted to make sure that, God forbid, they weren’t there.

A few commemorative posts:

Make Lemons… takes a look at what’s changed with WMATA in the last year… and what hasn’t.

Unsuck DC Metro pays homage to those who were lost in the crash. You will not be forgotten.

And whatever you do, don’t miss this powerful post from Toddler Planet. I won’t say it’s uplifting, necessarily, but as a resident in the Metro area… it certainly was healing.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 22nd, 2010 by RestaurantRefugee

MTV is looking for their first Twitter Jockey and our very own DC Blogs Contributing Editor, LiLu is among the 20 people selected by the network to vie for the opportunity. She makes her pitch for your support.

Apparently, science’s ability to cross breed with unfortunate consequences has extended to the world of fashion.  Capitol Hill Style provides an example of two wrongs most assuredly not making a right.

Telling It Like It Is takes Yelpers to the wood shed while praising the newly opened Pizzeria Orso.

Esther-Now-and-Then-Some contemplates rights and responsibilities in light of a recent Supreme Court ruling that Miranda rights must be actively invoked.

The Republic of T makes a compelling and sophisticated argument comparing the crisis in the Gulf of Mexico to our country’s Crisis of Unemployment and Underemployment.  Both catastrophes have roots in government failure, he argues, but congressional leaders have failed to take steps to control the one within its grasp.

WARNING – Mature Audiences Only: DC Dating Adventures needs some assistance in deciphering the meaning, if any, behind her once ex and now current partner’s contorted refusal of an offer.

Filed Under: Aren’t You Surprised it took this long…

A movie about Facebook is slated for October release.  Bradford Pearson comments about the just released movie poster, and the concept itself.  Discuss amongst yourselves.

Countersignature issues a metaphorical Red Card for unsportsmanlike conduct in a World Cup game… and yes, I freely admit that the delightfully gratuitous comparison to “college football teams from the state of Florida” aided in this post being included.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 21st, 2010 by dcblogs

A guy from Rochester discovers something about DC while visiting a friend here. Luke. He writes: She bought her condo about a year ago … and it’s amazing. Simply amazing. I’m starting to realize I made a really big mistake by staying in Rochester all these years. I have friends that have really cool, amazing and exciting lives in terrific cities and have achieved things that I really have always wanted to do.

Here’s an unusal but serious offer. Tom Jones, the writer of 528000 Feet, a Senate staffer, father and long distance runner, says that for $100 donation to his campaign to raise fund for the Prostate Cancer Foundation, he will help you raise the issue with the father in your life.

Our wedding pictures by Dogs and Wine. Good fun here.

Jenny Clarinda reflects on life, purpose and the walk to Dupont Circle in the post, A long walk home.

A clever title goes here goes to an important work meeting without a notebook and pen, and guess what?

How to handle an Internet troll. flack rabbit. Advice for dealing with rude anonymous comments.

The new Georgetown Apple store draws a ton of customers on its opening weekend, including Kid Truant, who is also interviewed by Fox News and has the clip. He writes: They interview me for a few minutes, asking me about my thoughts on the store opening (total chaotic fun), why I thought it was so exciting for customers (because it’s fun to share your geek joy), why Apple products were worth their slightly higher costs (because they just work). Urban Turf has the photos.

An FAQ about All the Difficult Questions of Blogging in DC

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 18th, 2010 by dcblogs

With a slight update: March 28, 2012.

DCBlogs is five years old now seven years old (March, 2005) so it’s time to answer a few things. Over time, on no certain schedule, I’ll offer a little history and observations about blogging in DC. What follows is entirely my opinion about this world– KOB

1. What do Chia Pets and bloggers use alike?

Click here for the answer.

2. What is the oldest continuously published blog in DC?

It may be Mean Louise, who has archives extending back to 1999. I asked Mean Louise about the possibility that she may be running the oldest continuing blog in the District. She also pointed me to a former DC blogger as another possibility, but who writes today about his sheep farm in Vermont. Mean Louise is a very witty writer and longtime favorite.

3. Who wrote the Best. First. Post. Ever?

In a time when blogging was still seen as revolutionary, one of the best was James, the first writer of why.i.hate.dc. He began his blog with what amounts to an anthem on March 28, 2003.

This blog will contain the various reasons I hate living in Washington, D.C. There may be no rhyme or reason to my rantings, and likely no suggestion for how to solve the problems I have with the city and metro area. Frankly, my dear, suck on it.

That post focused this blog like few others and after James left other writers, including the excellent work by its last writer, David, continued the mission. The blog recently shut down.

Update March 28, 2012: The majority of new blogs are about food, personal sports, fashion, nightlife and shopping. Many of the mainstream blogs, the ones that attract advertising, operate mostly as comment farms. These blogs aren’t interested in original reporting or in challenging the powers in the District.

Even the thoughtful blogs, which mostly write about planning, transportation and things that only matter to their urban personal lifestyles, focus on reasonableness instead of outrage.

Blogging has always been fundamentally self-indulgent, but it was never meant to be tiring.

This criticism isn’t aimed at the personal bloggers. There are many bloggers who write about their lives and our times and deliver stinging critiques about our world. They are a gift to this community. This is about the bloggers that seek a broad audience and commercial reward based on content that is increasingly uninspired or enterprising. They know who they are.

One of the best bloggers ever in the District was Washingtonienne, whose work, with the passage of time, looks today more like genius in explaining how twisted Capitol Hill really is. Washingtonienne’s sheer boldness was inspirational to this blogging community in ways it has never been given credit for.

Perhaps blogging has been absorbed by mainstream media. In its short, failed attempt TBD did its best to homogenize the community. The Washington Post taps local bloggers for editorial-lite content and is gradually trying to dull down the blogging community. (Remember the days when the Washington Post was a target for criticism by local bloggers? Now the community seems mostly interested in sucking up to it.)

Blogging will get a refresh. Something new will emerge. Revolutions begin anew.

4. Should you tell your coworkers about your blog?

Why not? You may need a job change.

5. But how many people have been fired because of blogging in DC?

I don’t know how many have been fired for blogging, but people have been fired. Some have blogged about the experience. See this post, circa 2006, the cost of free speech.

Many workplaces have internal blogs. Be careful what you post. For instance, if you work at one of our local spy agencies try to avoid criticizing some of its customer services, such as waterboarding.

6. Has the risk of getting fired for blogging declined?

I think so. Even your boss may now blog or Facebook and be at equal risk of public humiliation.

7. Are there more bloggers in DC than in other cities?

I don’t know, but there are indicators. DC may be leading the nation in one area that’s important to many bloggers and writers generally. A blogger who moved from California to DC had this to say about her new home:

This town may be conservative (in its DRESS), but it is very liberal when it comes to its alcohol. There is always booze to find in this town, if you know where to go. For example, many of my friends who have been to Capitol Hill for parties have told me all about how there is so much booze that you’d go nuts. My roommate Cecily had $200 worth of fine wine for free at a wine bar last night (I have heard that they’re getting more common). Drinking at the Nationals game on Saturday night was very much encouraged, and I have never seen so much beer offered around in all my life. For a cocktail party my mentor is throwing, the invitation read “OPEN BAR! OPEN BAR! OPEN BAR! – June, 2005. Ms Reina goes to Washington

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To be continued.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on June 17th, 2010 by Foilwoman

What’s a folkway?  How does globalization affect it? Venkatesh Rao at  Ribbonfarm.com discusses folkways in a post he has been working on since 2004.

Based on identification of neighbors by lost laundry items, Average Jane knows at least one of her neighbors way too well.

Just start with the first two sentences:  “It’s hard to determine when it all went horribly wrong. I think it was when the dog peed on the living room carpet.” A wedding, a graduation, a visitor from overseas, all from The Blarney Crone.

Everyone needs a little vacation now and then.  Here’s a pictorial explanation of why, from Where’s My Cape.

Pisces Out of Water asks:  Who thought it was a good idea to make mini shopping cars for children?

If you might ever have an animal (actually a bird) in your air conditioner, WashingTina explains how to handle this eventuality, and it’s not what you expect.  Call Jim Graham’s office.