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DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 31st, 2014 by dcblogs

After 20 years, Church of the Big Sky is being forced to move out of her apartment. She recounts the various neighbors, the Hooters girls, naked rugby player, the guy who wore the Valkyrie wig in the laundry room, and other assorted people.

A four part show on National Geographic, Nazi War Diggers, is digging up some serious controversy. Mean Louise, a bio-cultural anthropologist, has two reports so far, Part One, and Part Two.

DC Spinster tells the story of an unforgettable kitchen accident.

The District government delivered a defective trash bin to this writer, despite her protest to the bin delivery men. All Life is Local.

This report by Wish I Knew DC appeared in January, but only recently came across it. It’s very helpful, especially in pothole season: How I Filed a Successful Claim for Car Damage with WSSC. That’s the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission in Md.

Spring is in the garden, writes a local botanist. DC Tropics.

A Brookland ANC will hold a meeting with the DC fire chief on Thursday. The topic concerns the recent passing of a man on a sidewalk and DC’s response to it. Brookland Bridge.

Recent additions to live feed

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 30th, 2014 by dcblogs

A few months worth of requests:

RichlyBroke

P.S. in Excess

Design In Third Person

Small Biz Boomer

The DC Bike Blogger

DC Vacant Properties

Roommate Column

You Signed Up for What

Mak Photography

Washington Lobbyist

BroCoLoco

Raw in the Middle

Mystery Incorporated

DC Tropics

the democracy diva

Epicurean in DC

Greatest Escapist

James1542

Supreme Cart

By Way of Kingston

Wish I Knew DC

Best Thing on the Menu

arlington darling

The DC Ladies

Gluten Free? Gimme Three!

The District Digest

Short Articles about Long Meetings

The Unapologetic DINK

Travelaine

Real Talk

DC Curbed

Tenleytown, DC

Theodore Carter

Pefectly Peace Yoga

Notes and observations:

Trend 1: Most of the blogs in this update are using Word Press. While Blogger is well represented, that platform seems to be getting less use by local bloggers.

Trend 2: There has been no real increase in the number of blogs specifically covering neighborhoods. The trend is mixed. Some neighborhood blogs appear to be fading away or on pause. But, clearly there are a good number of blogs that provide regular neighborhood news and comment and a few that offer a forum for District-wide issues. One shoutout: A relatively new arrival, Short Articles about Long Meetings, is a great addition to the local scene. The writer is providing regular coverage of some area ANC meetings. Covering meetings isn’t easy but it can be particularly valuable, since many neighborhood issues bubble up at ANC meetings long before they hit the mainstream media.

Technical note for Blogger publishers: Due to the way Google works on our live feed, you need to set your blog time zone to GMT 00, London time for the best experience. Doing so will ensure that your post appears on the top of the feed. But it’s not essential that you do it. Your blog will still be in the feed but will appear approximately four hours deep into it. For most users of the live feed, who may scan once a day, appearing on top doesn’t necessarily matter.

Blog listings: The static blog lists aren’t being updated. Partly it is a code problem. This blog has to migrate off its current platform and is in great need of a refresh, but this blog operates without raising revenue, and the server cost used to host the live feed are expensive. We need some professional design help, but don’t have a budget for it. The other issue is practicality. Ten years ago, a static listing made sense because local blogging was really taking off. There remains much local blog activity, but the typical blog last less than a year and many rarely make it past three months. Keeping a static list current is a Sisyphean chore for us and for you, dear reader, since the links may yield little. However, once a blog is listed in the live feed it stays there. If a blog publishes, it appears on the live feed.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 28th, 2014 by dcblogs

Baltimore’s Butchers Hill appears as a very attractive place to live in these photos by Bensozia.

House History Man goes a little beyond houses and writes about the Washington Nationals when they played at Swampoodle Grounds.

Beyond DC presents the data to show that DC’s population is growing more than other local counties.

This is my so-called life learns what it means to fall asleep to sirens.

DC Film Girl reviews ‘Sabotage,’ starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington and Olivia Williams. Calls it mean-spirited and creepy.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 27th, 2014 by dcblogs

Who knows how the Ward 1 race will turn out, but Brianne Nadeau appears to be giving four-term Council member Jim Graham a run. The two had a dust up, which Capital Comment reported on.

Vacation Report: Taking a bath inside a Columbia Mud Volcano, complete with actual mud bath photo. Eat Read Run.

Here’s a photo of Word Perv‘s home office and pet.

Curbed DC has an opinion about GW’s recent dorm naming contest. The headline tells what it thinks of the outcome: GW announces boring winner of dorm naming contest.

Capital Cooking got a sneak preview of a new restaurant, Toro Toro.

Very good question: What happened to that snowy owl that got hit by a bus in DC? City Desk.

Do you like Bluegrass? Check out the DC Bluegrass Union site. Many listings.

U Street Flea Market opens Saturday. Washington Informer.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 26th, 2014 by dcblogs

Scott P. Donaldson designs a Twitterbot for Columbia Heights Metro, @colheightsmetro.

Owen gets a guinea pig, names him Flash, but several weeks later circumstances change in an unpleasant way. A sad ending is fixed. Rude Cactus.

Alia goes to the new Trader Joe’s on 14th with her camera and takes many photos.

A Columbia Heights bar has a drink named for each mayoral candidate and is keeping track. Roll Call.

A rather shocking video shows cell phone robbery in Capitol South Metro Station. MyFoxDC.

Does anyone need a roommate? Future Senate staffer promises not to talk politics. Craigslist.

Near-North Reston neighborhood discovers it is in 665th place on the list of the nation’s wealthiest communities. Restonian.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 25th, 2014 by dcblogs

Written in caps: 10 things I won’t miss about living in DC.

Four years ago Monday, the writer of Journalistic Rants and Raves took an internship at Roll Call. She’s still in DC, although it was never her “destination city.”

If it seems as if Georgetown’s commercial district has grown, it’s because it has. The Georgetown Metropolitan has the “state” of the neighborhood report, and it has interesting details, such as shops and restaurants that opened in 2013, 42, versus that closed, 33.

Design in Third Person has a report, with photos, from the March150 Art Party at Target Gallery.

Gluten free bakery opening in Adams Morgan. The 42.

Afternoon tea at the Willard Intercontinental. Many photos tell the story of this outing. Ferreting out the Fun.

City Desk makes a point about people behaving badly at the ShamrockFest.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 24th, 2014 by dcblogs

Ice Ice Andrew writes about the new additions to his family: Twins. In two posts, Thank You and A Fantastic Beginning.

A gig that could have paid a lot is missed. Strangers Laugh at Me.

Do you live in DC and are you unfriendly, shy, or wary about people here? Bloomingdale launches a campaign to make the neighborhood more friendly, and writes: “Unfortunately, it seems, many of our neighbors have recently moved from places where saying “hello” on the street was not the custom. They look at you strangely, when you say “hi.” Or they avert their eyes.”

Palena Cafe in Cleveland Park is reviewed by Don Rockwell at DC Dining. It gets high praise.

A writer tries to explain her book in tweet-sized briefs. a girl named Sue.

The time Macaulay Culkin made a sexual innuendo at me. Kind of. Greatest Escape.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 21st, 2014 by dcblogs

Exposed DC, a great local photo show, had its opening night this week. Here’s the wrap-up.

Income inequality gap in DC is one of the biggest in the U.S. Fiscal Policy Institute.

Janel and Anthony, Cigarette at Comet Ping Pong tonight. DC Music Download.

A new resident arrives in DC. Novakistan writes: We’ll be squishing into a 2 BR/1 bath apartment in DC due to the high cost of living there. Unfortunately, this means that about 1/3 of our stuff needs to go so we can fit. I’m cool with this, as I like being forced to live a more minimalist lifestyle. The less attached to stuff I am, the better!

DC Literary Outsider writes: The gospels do talk about the greatness of those who serve the least of us, who do not claim worldly importance, the first pews in front, the proud greetings in the marketplace. And this, for better or worse, is I guess what, professionally I’ve become.

Asian taco pop-up opens on U Street. New Columbia Heights.

Different: Every Person in New York. A blog by someone who is trying to “draw every person in New York.”

More good work called, Random drawing. Ning’s Sketchbook. Compare drawing with author photo.

DC Film Girl reviews Nymphomaniac.

Naked woman arrested trying to visit husband in jail, police said. DC Crime Stories.

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 20th, 2014 by dcblogs

Thought Catalog: 24 things I’ve learned after moving to DC.

How they voted: Which name works best? Cherith, Tirzah and Ziva? Edatrix. See the results.

Lemon Gloria ponders this question: Is your self-esteem connected to your hair?

Sean’s Ramblings has a problem with checkout lanes.

Grateful Dating says she is ” facing a serious temptation to do something very stupid.” Doesn’t quite spell it out, but does ask a universal question: Given my capacity for restraint, why, in my personal life, do I so often fling myself headlong into situations that are completely doomed?

DC Blogs Noted

Posted in DC Blogs Noted on March 19th, 2014 by dcblogs

A story about a strange experience on the Metro. Tales From The Sharrows.

The recent Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is prompting debate. The route cuts through the heart of many residential neighborhoods, and makes auto and bus travel in the city difficult. Some are angry about it, but others believe the disruption is worth it. Greater Greater Washington.

Recurring automatic charges can hurt your credit score, as this writer discovered. Urban Turf.

An inside look at a cat cafe in Japan. Superbunny. Many photos of cats.

A U.S. senator buys the priciest unit available at the new City Center. Open House.