On Wednesday, September 4 last year, I sent a friend a piece of music trivia and (jokingly) claimed that it was "just like we do every Wednesday." Then I decided to actually start doing it. Yesterday marked entry 52 - one year of "True Music Facts Wednesday." All 52 entries are posted at the link, and I have previously posted 3 of the stories to the Blue (1, 2, 3). Other favorites include the genesis of the "Amen Break," the story of Vaughn Meader's rise to (and sudden fall from) superstardom, Blues Traveler's hidden-in-plain-sight taunt in "Hook," the story of Jason Everman's stints with two of grunge's biggest bands, the hip hop #1 that was inspired by Spuds MacKenzie, the joke offer that (maybe, almost) reunited John and Paul in 1976, and the accidental, serendipitous creation of "Puff, the Magic Dragon."
Hi! I just started a blog that will have short posts for upcoming music releases of all styles of music. It'll be the picture for the new album, plus a small blurb and links to the artists websites and official music videos/legal and official downloads. It'll all be nice and neat with NO links to weird mp3 download sites or illegal download hosting or places you have to sign up or any other scammy stuff. All posts will also be tagged by genre so you can click a genre tag and find a bunch (eventually) of recent releases for that genre. It's a great way to discover and explore new music. Ideally I want to be able to do many posts every day in the long run and have it be a good source of new music, not just a random album here and there. I only started it yesterday and have maybe 15 posts at the moment but I intend to work on it for a few hours every day and hope some people here can check it out and maybe bookmark it for later.
I've been focusing on photography (mostly street photography) for the last few years, and I put together this photoblog to showcase past and current work. For best results, view in correct order. If you only have time to look at one image, I suggest this triptych.
After being annoyed with the sheer amount of misinformation being spread by news agencies and social media about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, myself and a journalist based in Kuala Lumpur have been working together on a blog that debunks some of the common myths, factchecks news sources, and answers reader questions. We work on getting as close to the original source as possible and generally try to stay away from "unnamed officials" or "unnamed sources" as much as we can. [more inside]
A collection of great first lines. Just launched this week. If you want to recommend a first line, please comment! Excited to share my first project with you, I've been an AskMeFi lurker for years.
My wife came into an odd book by this title, self-published in 1888 and filled with weird recipes for cocktails mixed in 10-gallon quantities, household hints, rules of thumb, home remedies, etc. It uses units of measure and ingredients that are obscure or obsolete today, has some laughably bad medicine, and is a view into a different world in general. I'm blogging a couple of entries from it every day.
Warranty Porn is a collecting of super high quality products that come with great warranties. My thesis is that a great warranty is the best product quality indicator there is on the market. [more inside]
I work at a public garden as a gardener. I have recently started up a tumblr blog for the garden in addition to my own personal tumblr blog which I've introduced in a previous Metafilter Projects post. [more inside]
Prompted by my own fears of ignorance, I've started a daddy blog devotes to answering difficult questions such as 'how deep is the sea?'. If you have any suggestions for questions, please hit me up.
Prompts for professional writers in un-creative fields. [more inside]
I've been meditating for over a decade, which isn't that long. But now I'm writing about everything I've learned, and I'm linking to all the books that got me to where I am.
Mr. desjardins and I have left our apartment (and most of our belongings) behind and moved into an RV. I started a blog to chronicle how we (and the pets) are adjusting to our new lifestyle. The blog title is from the Muppet Movie song. [more inside]
Best left Unsent is a repository for all those letters you can't send. Why burn them when you can let the Internet read them? [more inside]
I have started a new technical blog, where I will be documenting various projects I have worked on (typically involving code, though not always). [more inside]
Subjects range from daily lives to the rapid development of the country, but I'm not beyond the odd landscape or portrait. Any feedback or criticism would be appreciated. [more inside]
I have been blogging about the creation of my latest play, a Doctor Who-themed romantic comedy called "Who Are You Supposed to Be?" that is set to debut at the Edinburgh Fringe in August. There are five posts about the project on my blog so far, tagged appropriately. We are also running a fundraiser and there is an IRL event for the show.
I am spending the next 11 months in the rainforest in Cote d'Ivoire studying monkey behavior! I'll be telling (hopefully) exciting stories of monkey chasing, fecal sample collecting, snake spotting, and the challenges of integrating myself into a village on the Liberian-Ivorian border at The Great Blue Erin.
The Oracle of Mefi is a collection of intelligent, insightful, funny or otherwise interesting comments from all over Mefi. [more inside]
Found in the Past is a blog dedicated to sharing the history of, and stories about, a family. [more inside]
Waeguk-in is (a romanization of) the Korean expression that means 'foreigner,' and that's what I am. The site is Wonderchicken Industries™ newest entry into Korea blogging for fun and no profit whatsoever. I've dismantled my old neglected Korea-focused site and built a shiny new one devoted more to fun and interesting Korea-related stuff and less to turgid essays. If you're interested in Korea, come and have a look, or just follow @iamthewaegukin for updates. [more inside]
A mystic? A shaman? A makeup artist? An esthetician? A girl wearing A LOT of lipstick? The Lab Bunny is all of these things.
I started this blog to support my game, Blade & Crown, but it's now quite extensive in itself. There are many articles of general use to tabletop RPG gamers, including adventure ideas, gaming history, reviews, worldbuilding, GMing tips & tricks and more.
Drug stories in MS Paint. [more inside]
Ten years ago in college, I had a website with clips of similar-sounding pop songs. It was a lot of fun and I received many interesting submissions (more than I ever managed to get online). Surprisingly, since then there have been very few other sites like this, so I'm trying again. Of course, there are a few rules...
You last read about Offbeat Eats, my food blog, back in early 2011. On that site, I track the interesting places I've eaten, mostly so that other travelers can find some of the more obscure places I've enjoyed. Since then, the blog has continued to grow (it's over doubled in size), and with it more than a few growing pains on the backend as various things didn't scale well. Since I've been stuck at home waiting for a kidney stone issue to resolve, this was finally a time to resolve it. Mostly based upon feedback from my earlier post, I've migrated it to the newest Google Maps API (faster), implemented map autozooming (cooler), and implemented marker clustering to reduce clutter on most of the maps (which were starting to look like the dartboard at an old bar with too many pins on them). I'm looking for more feedback and ideas.
Hello and welcome to Links to the Damn Paper, an open discussion community showcasing the best in freely-available biology research. If you’ve ever tried to have a discussion about science on the Web and been stymied and frustrated by inaccessible articles, misrepresentation of research in science journalism, or a community that seems uninterested in digging into the actual research behind a topic, then welcome: you are our people. If you’ve ever wished for a place to talk about the Science of Life where you could be sure that the actual articles were available, where compelling research was presented in a way that allowed it to speak for itself, and where you could discuss science with actual scientists and with other people who are passionate about science for its own sake, then you have found your haven. [more inside]
My NYC-based theatre company will be producing Shakespeare's "Hamlet" in April, and I've decided to post my notes about the process online. If you'd like to read from the beginning, start here. [more inside]
My friend and I are in the process of eating at every restaurant on San Diego's Convoy St. (an Asian-food mecca of sorts), Jonathan Gold-style. [more inside]
A food blog for fake-meat lovers and daring vegetarians. Filling the meat alternative niche, Sausage Pranks features super-easy, accessible vegetarian and vegan faux-meat dishes. Bittman and Isla Chandra Moskowitz are inspirations, and the blog will soon include product and restaurant reviews, asian- and spice-market field trips, and other fun outings.
A group blog written by some of the comrades from /r/Communism. I thought having a forum for extended writings by people at /r/Communism was a nice idea and after proposing it and having quite a few people interested, we set up a little home on the net. There is no single line pushed by the blog, each user has their own perspective. The project is an attempt at exposition and dialog. Current writings include: Pacifism as Privilege, Tibetan Feudalism, Marxism and Oppression, Violence in Media, the Zeitgeist Movement, and more.
Good for Me is my place for discussing healthy eating, cooking, shopping and dining out in and around Charlotte, NC. I plan to share recipes, photos, and restaurant reviews, along with anything else that relates to my food life. Thanks for joining me!
I've launched a knitting blog, on which I intend to critique and ridicule patterns from knitting magazines (both print and online) and post items about interesting and varied knitting-related stuff. I set up The Knitting Needle and the Damage Done one week ago, and so far I've posted about a couple of vintage patterns and some knitted science projects, linked to patterns for knitting your own Remembrance Day poppy and a turkey hat for your baby, told stories about knitting on the TTC, and commented on some of the knitting patterns from the Vogue Knitting Holiday 2012 Issue and the Creative Knitting Winter 2012/13 issue. My aim is for the blog is that it should have enough general interest and entertainment value that a non-knitter could read it without pain.;-)
I've started a blog about the world of technology available for academics, researchers and other people who deal with ideas for a living. While there's plenty out there on technology for writers and programmers, I wanted to bring a special focus toward brainstorming, document management and notetaking. I'm gradually expanding into non-technology stuff as the blog grows and progresses. [more inside]
Pen & Oink is a blog on children's illustration I started with two other illustrators. We'll have interviews, tutorials, and book features, among other posts. There's a lot of content about children's books, but we also plan to cover magazines, surface design, animation, and anything else with illustrated content for children.
My interviewing website, called Conversus, is a place where people can tell any story they want. My experience interviewing includes as a radio, television, print reporter and as well as a freelance videographer and writer, and through my work as a public affairs officer. Because I have talked to hundreds of people during my career (maybe thousands), I have a good sense for what motivates people to share, namely asking a simple question and then, listening. I have had many five minute conversations with strangers who's stories could've been made into indie film sagas, only to have them disappear never to be seen again. I think these interactions are the stuff that fuel us and give us empathy for each other. [more inside]
Tiny Fix is a bike gang run by female fixed gear cyclists under five-foot-two who work on making Chicago’s bike scene more inclusive and, more importantly, way more fun. We blog at tinyfixbikegang.com, organize bar nights and group rides, volunteer for bike events, and throw alleycat races that anyone can ride. [more inside]
Looking at Teen Paranormal Romance books, shows, and movies, and particularly at how they present ideas of gender performance and relationship models. (Here's the inaugural post, where I lay out what the plan basically is. Highlights so far include this particularly cogent defense of (at least some aspects of) Twilight, and this epic takedown of Hush, Hush.) And today, we've started a new, 144-week-long project: watching and discussing each and every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. MeFi bonus: named via AskMe (thanks again, argonauta)!
Randophonic is a blog for a music-based radio show that airs weekly (most weeks anyway) c/o CiTR.FM.101.9, Vancouver, Canada (University of British Columbia). Podcast links are easily accessible via the site. Since November-2011, Randophonic's main focus has been the All Vinyl Countdown + Apocalypse (the 1,111 Greatest Records You Probably Haven't Heard), as selected by Philip Random over ten years ago (and then he disappeared). Lately, the countdown just passed its midway point. Also, as I've just passed my 4th Anniversary as a numbered MeFite, the timing feels right to finally share this project. [more inside]
I write semi-frequent posts at the Political Subversities blog, which also has a lot of funny stuff written by people who aren't me. [more inside]
This is a Tumblr where I've collected bad photos of bad apartments that I've found on Craigslist. All photos come from listings of 3+bedroom apartments/properties under $1000/month from all over the country. Enjoy!
I stay in a lot of hotels for work, and have become fascinated with the bizzarre carpet patterns often found in the hallways. I have collected them here for your viewing pleasure.
A blog that attempts to mix original animation, writing, illustration and comics. We're a two person team and recently finished a setup stage that will hopefully allow us to post some varied and interesting content.
I've been developing software for around 8 years. I've discovered the basic problems people need solved over and over again to have a successful presence online. I've managed to come up with a project that has almost all of them solved from the beginning. This allows you to continue doing what you do best without having to find ways to "send email newsletters" or "create a calendar of events"; these basic needs will already be figured out for you. The best part is you can have some powerful software to focus on the success of your organization, not the troubleshooting of technical problems.
I've been keeping a blog that details my experiences as a parent of a child with multiple disabilities. In 2012, I started interspersing a series of articles that are a set of simple projects that any parent can do to help their child with Down syndrome (or any child with gross or fine motor issues). Finally, in a bout of craziness, I have signed up to run the Falmouth Road Race in order to raise money for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, an organization that has been immeasurably helpful to our family and so many others.
I adopted a dog from a dog rescue and tried to teach her to love me or at least come when she's called. And then, because it's 2012, I started a blog about it. And then, because sometimes life is really shitty, I discovered that my brand new doggie is horribly sick.
Great videos longer than 5 minutes are shared everyday on the blog Video For Lunch. It's so named because the found videos are nourishing and good to watch while you eat lunch. Things like a short doc on climbing photography, a New York Times op-ed video on P.T.S.D, and Tom Waits putting a fish in his pants. No gratuitous time-lapses, music videos, or the usual viral video fare. A la #longreads, sharing is encouraged with the hashtag #qualityvideos. Shorter #VideoSnacks are served on the side and @VideoForLunch.
The Long Bleep will be a public forum for discussion of four-letter words, "dirty" words, swearing, cursing, obscenities, and more. The first step is a questionnaire. Its results will be used to create podcasts and blog posts structured around things that really happened when taboo language was used: confrontations, first encounters, eureka moments, learning situations. Those stories will lead us down cultural and historical paths as we tease out the complicated relationship English-speakers worldwide have with "dirty" words. More information on the blog.
[Citation Needed] - The Best of Wikipedia's Worst Writing is a collection of some of our all-time favorite entries from the blog of the same name. It has over two hundred examples of so bad it's funny Wikipedia writing with commentary from me and Josh Fruhlinger (from the Comics Curmudgeon blog.) And best of all, it's free for the Kindle for the next few days!