Crocheted On TV

As Crocheted On TV

Crocheted On TV

The Crochet Time blog has an entire category that discusses crocheted blankets seen on TV. The blog’s author figures out the patterns and yarn types used in all kinds of throws and blankets from tv shows like Roseanne, Mad Men, Taxi (as seen above), and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Most of the afghans use a variation of the basic granny square but there is great variation in color, style and stitch.

If you google around you’ll find all kinds of people replicating blankets from their favorite tv shows. Things like this are why I love the internet.

Bookslut Is Dead. Long Live Bookslut

RIP Bookslut. It has published its final issue. I’m sad to see it go. I was never a heavy reader the site but I always had an affinity for it. See, my foray into the blogging world started fourteen years ago with a book blog that started just a month after Bookslut. So I have always considered Bookslut to be a much more worthwhile, articulate, entertaining and much smarter stepsister-blog to my little “I Love You Too” book blog.

There is an excellent interview in Vulture with Jessa Crispin, the site’s founder and editor. Here’s a favorite pull-quote to get you salivating:

There’s always space to do whatever you want. You won’t get as much attention, but fuck attention. Fight for integrity. Now everyone has a TinyLetter instead of a blog. As soon as the first writer got a book deal for a TinyLetter, everyone’s TinyLetter just became book-deal bait, written the same way. This weird conformity just takes over as soon as the possibility of money or access or respectability comes up. That’s disappointing.

Pretty Colors

Noteworthy Tumblr #4: Pretty Colors

Pretty Colors is exactly what it says on the tin: a tumblr filled with pretty colors. Currently there are nearly 10,800 pretty colors posted. Under our current system only 16,777,216 colors that can be represented on the web. Given that Pretty Colors doesn’t repeat a color (which I already know they have – color #7900BC has been repeated at least 12 times already) and that it continues posting at about the same rate (which isn’t even close to consistent), the tumblr should be around for about another 1,830 years before it runs out of colors.

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Photo credit: Pretty Colors

Additionally, the archive is pretty to look at too. Of course, a properly calibrated screen will be needed to bring across each color’s true prettiness.

Pony and A

Noteworthy Tumblr #3: Pony and “A” Take Over The World

This one is good for a lite chuckle. “A” is A Japanese student taking ESL (English as a Second Language) classes over skype. Pony is her English teacher. As a learning/writing/visual exercise, Pony will show “A” a picture and the have her write two or three sentences about the picture. The images and the sentences then get posted on tumblr for everyone to enjoy. See below for a sample entry:

Pony and A
They came out from their graves because they are bored with sleeping in the graves. They are wearing ragged clothes and their makeup came off with their messy hair. However, they don’t worry about it because they could walk out of the graves.
Photo credit: Pony and “A” Take Over The World”

Noteworthy Tumblr #1: The Artifacting Tumblr

So I decided I want to blog about the interesting and unusual tumblr blogs as I come across them. I’ll be calling this series Noteworthy Tumblr. Of course the best way to kick off this series would be with a link to my own Tumblr called Artifacting. Basically this Tumblr is just a storehouse of images that I come across on the internet that get an emotion out of me (whether it be nostalgia, fear, happiness, or just plain kick-ass-ness). Some of the more popular images I have posted lately include this one, this one, and this one.

Grantland (And ESPN Page2) RSS Feed

Grantland is now up and running. Grantland is Bill Simmons’ new sports/pop culture thing with ESPN. Grantland will feature long-form articles and has an impressive roster of contributors including Malcolm Gladwell, Dave Eggers and Chuck Klosterman, Katie Baker, Molly Lambert, and others. The New York Times Magazine did a great profile of the new site last weekend. The site takes its name from the legendary early 20th century sportswriter Grantland Rice.

In some respects, Grantland is meant as an antidote to the revolution Simmons helped start. The site will more closely resemble a traditional print publication than a Web site. Its name is a homage to the legendary sportswriter Grantland Rice; its designer is a former art director for New York magazine and Esquire. Unlike news aggregators like The Huffington Post, Grantland will feature only exclusive content. Stories will run long and often include original reporting.

A lot of people have been disappointed that Grantland doesn’t have an RSS Feed. It’s a little hard to find, but it does. Here is the official RSS feed for Grantland. Try this if you’re looking for the full-article feed for Grantland.

UPDATE: Upon frequent request, here is the RSS feed to ESPN’s Page2.

A Geek’s Journal From 1976

I have recently been enjoying Steven Thompson’s new blog A Geek’s Journal 1976. Steven was a teenage geek in 1976 and he is blogging all of his old diary entries from that year. Each entry is from the current date – 35 years ago. Here’s an excerpt from today’s entry:

After school I took the bus straight over the river again. I picked up one great comic, one great magazine and two not bad comics…as well as finally giving in and buying HUSTLER. Tried to avoid that last one but guess I didn’t try hard enough. I did manage to avoid actually opening it or even flipping through it, though. Stuffed it right under the chair pillow unread. Maybe the more I learn about myself, the more I realize I don’t really need that kind of thing. I can do without it. Maybe I can hold out past my limit this time without any trouble. I hope so.

While I was over there, I ordered my very first triple from Wendy’s but when I got home I found dad had got my usual six coneys. So…I ate all of it!

In the midst of all the posturing, bravado, and “personal branding” in the blogosphere these days, it’s refreshing to see a project with this much heart. There’s a certain level of exposure and vulnerability to a project like this that I find appealing not only because of the often cringe worthy events recorded there in, but because of the both funny and sad way it is written.

Heavy Petting

I have no idea how people think this stuff up. This blog consists of found, amateur, pornography witch contains a pet (usually a cat or dog) in the frame (but not involved in the act thank god). The people are then colored over ,making the image somewhat SFW, but the pets are left intact. Weird.