DC Blogs Noted



There’s magic in the air:  I have found the secret formula to being irresistible to women, writes Throwing Hammers.



DC’s no parking street cleaning rules are designed to raise revenue via parking tickets, not clean streets. The street sweepers rarely show and that’s because street cleaning, like everything else, is partly political. City residents can petition the city to have a street cleaned. If 65% of the residents on a block request street cleaning, the process to make their parking neighbors miserable has begun. It’s just one of the irritating things about the city, unless you move into a neighborhood that doesn’t restrict parking.  As Portable Snack writes:

I’ve never seen anyone in DC livery cleaning the streets in our neighborhood. But, like most ancient traditions, certain rituals are carried on, even after they have lost any connection with reality; in this case, DC still writes tickets for parking on the wrong side of the street on “street cleaning day,” and they still announce when they suspend and resume street cleaning.

City Girl in Alaska, a DC resident now living in Anchorage, writes that whenever she comes home to DC she realizes how Alaska has changed her. She writes: Some are subtle, like I now hate salmon. Some are more obvious, like my new casual Alaskan look.

Harmany Music’s five favorite records of 2006.

Masked Thieves Raid Kickball Bar, says commenter after reading Masked Thieves Raid Hipster Bar at City Paper City Desk Blog.

Site note: We have updated the live feed with 35 new blogs, which began appearing Monday.  Tom, the live feed master, did the database work. The art icons are the work of Meghan.  The sidebar listing will be updated shortly.  There are now hundreds and hundreds of blogs in the feed. Someday we will count them. For more information about the feed, please see the FAQ page.

Note for Blogger Beta users: Some people who upgrade to the Blogger Beta are finding that their post appears four hours down in the feed. That can be fixed with this change:
To ensure that your blog appears at or near the top of the feed when you publish, go to Blogger’s Settings and change the Time Zone to [UTC+00:00] Greenwich Meantime. Once that change is made, republish your blog. This time zone change will compensate for the time posting problem and when you publish a new post it should appear at or near the top of the feed. That’s all you need to do.
This next part is optional, but you may want to change the time stamp in Settings to just show the date instead of a time, for instance, Tuesday, December 31, 2006. Here’s something else you can do. At the bottom of each post, you will see  “Post Options. Just before you publish your latest post, change the time to reflect the current time. Your post, when it appears on the feed, should show the time you select.

We are working on a fix that will automatically correct for the time zone issue we’ve been having with the Blogger Beta, but I don’t know when that work will be completed. In the meantime, a simple adjustment of the time zone will solve this problem and your blog should appear on top of the feed when you post.