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DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on December 10th, 2010 by magnolia

Nothing like familial… interest, we’ll say, in your life, eh? Arm yourself with this handy list of rebuttals from City Girls World.

Do you ever feel as if you’re the only person who’s irked by [tiny little thing in your life that chafes you like no other]? You’re Welcome… relates that kind of pet peeve story.

So until today, your humble editor was totally unaware that a Color of the Year existed. Paint It What I Tell You analyzes this year’s pick, Honeysuckle (which, while pretty, doesn’t look like the honeysuckles I remember).

Looks like we’re going to be stuck with this unspeakably cold weather for the near future. The next best thing to hibernation in situations like this is a big bowl of chili. Enjoy this recipe with a very cool name from Spoon and Fork DC.

Ever wonder how we all woke up one day in a world where geek subculture is now mainstream? Mistopia: Post-Collegiate America brings you an in-depth analysis of the trend, along with its “complete disregard for modern physics.”

In a city filled with them, DCmud asks: “What makes a monument?

Ooh, pretty pictures of food, thanks to The Carnivore and the Vegetarian. (And I promise next time, I will not blog while hungry.)

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on December 9th, 2010 by dcblogs

If you don’t want me to call 911, don’t park in front of my house, writes In Shaw.

Elizabeth Edwards life inspired this post by Foggy Dew who tells of his family history and of lives well lived.

Like My Hat? Maybe. But you may like the photos. Peace Love Nicole.

The Hill is Home takes exception to a New York Times assessment that junk food is taking over the neighborhood. The post is titled: New York Also Thinks DC Looks Fat In Those Pants.

Insult to Injury is a story about skin cancer surgery. Alice’s Adventures Underground.

The saga of Rebel Heroes and the birth of Big Cheese. The food truck business is in transition in Arlington, as ARL Now reports.

Beyond DC calls mayor-elect Vince Gray’s decision to replace DDOT Director Gabe Klein extremely disappointing.

Frozen Tropics writes: 2010: The Year of the Fish Taco? This debate may carry into next year.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on December 8th, 2010 by livitluvit

Date the District presents their argument for why “Why We’re Just Not That Into ‘He’s Just Not That Into You'”.

Think you know everything there is to know about Santa’s birthday? DC Urban Dad shares a few interesting and generally unknown nuggets about Christmas.

UrbanTurf DC takes an end of the year, section-by-section look at the development in NoMa.

While Metro DC Mom Blog admits she’s abstaining from sending a traditional holiday card for reasons relating to laziness more than being environmentally conscious, her tips on how to make your holiday card green still stand.

Bitches Who Brunch has a guide for ladies’ attire at the office holiday party, with emphasis on looking “festive and trendy, but still conservative enough to bag that promotion the following Monday”.

Rude Cactus wishes he could be a green commuter, but his argument for why he can’t take public transportation is pretty convincing, if you ask me.

After catching the giggles when(ever) she hears the word “boner”, Sarah and the Goon Squad has decided she’ll never grow up. To this I say: “Duty”.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on December 7th, 2010 by RestaurantRefugee

Former DC blogger Average Jane explores the reasons why Geek Chic is so compelling to her.

Hating Martha Stewart but enjoying making cookies is neither a mutually exclusive nor a particularly novel state of mind. PHNX65 explains her reasons for holding those twin positions.

Hollywood rarely comes to DC with any critical mass. The annual exception to that dictum is the Kennedy Center Honors Awards complete with its red carpets and glitterati. You weren’t there on Sunday evening to catch glimpses of, or get autographs from your favorite singers and movie stars? Fortunately for you one of the correspondents to the FoBloBlog was there and gives red carpet dish.

The blogger behind Hilarity in Shoes may be lustful for a certain new ride, unfortunately she has to go through some dated sexual stereotypes first.

Awkward Sex and the City defends the rights of women to date “losers / [screw]-ups / boys who ask ‘who is Chevy Chase.’” Despite the multiple references to one sex-act this post is safe for work, but the content is most certainly Adult.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on December 6th, 2010 by dcblogs

President Obama recently announced a freeze on pay increases for civilian federal employees. One federal employee, I’ve Never Been Good With Titles, calculates its impact, as does another federal worker, Counting my Pennies.

Benign. Anonymiss in DC writes of the experience in pursuit of a medical answer.

The Aussie Embassy does Christmas Decorations. Photo. Clever and amusing. No limit, just a line.

Nicole in DC explains why she is awesome.

Is self-overexposure just another problem with being a millennial? Saltieness writes: The thing that’s difficult about writing about your life is that you open yourself up to criticism, mean comments, judgment, and it appears, rejection by hot guys in gorilla suits.

Wheaton Metro’s grand slam failure. Good eatin’ in Wheaton

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on December 3rd, 2010 by magnolia

A genetic reason for, um, casual recreational coupling? Where the Girls Go points out a study that finds just that.

A heart-wrenchingly difficult holiday for Capitol Hill 20210. Your humble editor’s PSA this time: take the advice in the last line of this one. Please.

A rock and roll biography leads to a change of heart for Velvet in Dupont.

Oh, do I identify with this kind of day. Always a Drunk, Never a Bride is tired. I think we all are this time of year.

Who’s doing #reverb10 this month? (Ooh! I am!) DC Princess has a masterful take on today’s prompt, something all bloggers, writers and creative types know well: what impinges on the writing process?

OK, this daddy’s girl could NOT let this one go. Go, Pop, Go! writes to his baby daughter. (Hey, did it get dusty in here?)

And finally, A DC Birding Blog finds the silver lining to the ickiness that plagued us this week: really nice pictures of lichen and evergreens.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on December 2nd, 2010 by Foilwoman

Barbara Diskin of Looking2Live describes the approach she takes to tutoring in math.  Or approaches.  Not surprisingly, she doesn’t have just one technique in her bag:  like all good teachers, she has a number of tools in her toolkit.

Central Michel Richard will be offering free samples for food testing. MetrocureanSee the post for details.

As part of his Every Murder Victim Has a Story, Dissenting Justice provides more detail than the two sentences in the Washington Post about the deaths of  Deangelo Bowman and Antonio Robertson.  Yesterday, Restaurant Refugee asked about a story that wasn’t covered in major media (and turned out to be a joke/fake)* whether news that isn’t covered by the mainstream media is really news.  Dissenting Justice looks at woefully undercovered stories, which are clearly still news.

The whole process of getting published involves a lot of rejection, as Skullcrusher Mountain details.  Jamy of Grateful Dating considers the problems involved in writing about the people in one’s life, describing her thoughts about a family memoir.

*The pat-down at the San Francisco Airport mentioned by Where the Girls Are and linked to in D.C. Blogs Noted yesterday:  it was humor (read:  fake).  The correction was posted in Where the Girls Are.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on December 1st, 2010 by RestaurantRefugee

A Portland, Oregon based graphic designer has reinterpreted the iconic Metro Map. It is not entirely dissimilar, but has a distinctly fresh feel and (according to the artist) more accurate dimensions and scale. Hat tip to DC Urban Turf for highlighting this new look.

Where the Girls Go posted about a man who was arrested by TSA after ejaculating during his full-body pat down. Twenty minutes of Google searching did not yield any mainstream media outlets reporting this story (editorial thoughts and questions regarding this in the postscript to this Round-Up) however, whether this story is more urban legend than actual occurrence, it is still interesting.

From the Post Requiem on Thanksgiving Desk at DCBlogs:

Snarkshelf writes in compelling fashion about her holiday encounters with the vagaries of life’s odd circle as she juxtaposes her dimentia addled father and her extremely surprising late-in-life pregnancy.

Random recaps, generally speaking, have a difficult time of making their way on to this virtual page (if only because this contributing editor finds them not usually relevant to those who do not have a personal relationship with the author.)   The Weekend in Review from The Cutter Rambles is a notable and enjoyable exception.

Nicole in DC is thankful for the realization that despite the virtue of forgiveness, somethings don’t deserve it.

There is an oddly shaped, but equally striking, building at Massachusetts Avenue and North Capitol Street. The Suntrust Bank building sits in the shadow of Union Station and it has a fascinating history that winds from turn of the century restaurants to the civil rights movement to a fast food joint and beyond. Greater, Greater Washington (insightful posts about quirky bits of DC history is among their hallmarks) did the writing.

Congratulations to I’m Gonna Break Your Heart for completing NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month in case you were not aware) 30 posts in 30 days wasn’t easy.

Editorial Postscript

Given that the new-media genie will never be coaxed back into its electronic bottle, I wonder: if something newsworthy happens but none of the traditional media report, will anyone believe it? Should we believe it?

Assuredly, a story about a man being arrested because of ejaculation during a TSA patdown, smacks of apocrypha. However, how are we to ascertain the truth of a story? At what point does a blog, or some other new media source that Edward Murrow could never have conceived, gain sufficient credibility to be used as reference? On the other side of that question, what are the ethical/professional responsibilities of citizen bloggers/journalists?