BEST BLOGS IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE, 5/2009
THIS MONTH HIGHLIGHTING SMALL PERSONAL BLOGS THAT SHOW GENUINE HOSPITALITY
Well Designed, Well Written, Interesting, Funny, Informative And Cosy Hangouts Online
It doesn't hurt that these blogs have blogrolled us, either. The term "blogroll" comes from the ancient Etruscan term khkoiugiggittigiggitti, or "logrolling," meaning you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours. The idea is to create crawl-able links between websites so as to catch the search engines' attention, introduce more people to the sites, and drive up traffic, which may result in more blogrolling and listings on the various blog-ranking and rating websites.
All this is done purely for egotistical purposes, to get a message out, make friends and influence people, shill for a job or an invitation to post on a bigger blog or media site; or to make money through selling ad space or merchandise. In our case, we just wanted everyone to look at the graphic photos of our perineum imbedded on every page. DON'T JUDGE US! DON'T YOU JUDGE US!! DON'T YOU DARE JUDGE US!!!
There are no perineii on any of these pages, as far as we know. We did see a preputium clitoridis in the corner of one of them. That could just be our imagination, though. Preputium clitoridis on the brain, lately. We can't even remember which one of these it was. You'll just have to scrutinize them all:
"A Wine Key, Party Crashing, and A Nerf Football"
Skyewriter tells a story. You'll have to click on this to see the ending. It's so...
' My dissertation chair is taking us out for dinner on Tuesday after my defense. In addition to some friends I have invited, some faculty members will be there, too. One of whom is the chair of my department, who has seen me buzzed on more occasions than I care to recall. The 2nd worst time was at the start of my second year here. At the end of orientation week every August, the department throws a party for the new *first year graduate students* (this is key). It involves cases of free booze and good food. The party is held in an historic house two blocks from where I live. My first year I got pretty toasted and ended up being out until 4 AM after bar-hopping with a group of other new students. At the end of orientation week my second year... '
I [HEART] THE MUDFLATS
"For the Birds"
The social-networking/ fansite for The Mudflats. Everyone is welcome to join & post.
' My View from The Right Reverend: I am Radagast the Bird-Tamer. Well, no, but the birds in this sanctuary are pretty bold. Even the woodpeckers. I suppose the same can be said for all the little creatures here. Spring is a wonderful time of year. I may be projecting, but it seems all the creatures emerging from the cold winter share the same sense of eagerness and energy, and general joy just to be alive. OK, I’m not projecting at all. They’re just as happy it’s Spring as I am. '
"A letter from Obama on Healthcare Reform "
A regular contributer to SUZIE-Q, this is WordGeezer's personal blog. Fascinating stuff.
' Can this be the same Obama that we heard when he was campaigning for POTUS. I voted for him because I wanted universal health care or a reasonable facsimile thereof. I recieved his email asking to send his (cough cough) bedrock requirements to representatives in congress. President Obama has announced three bedrock requirements for real health care reform. It must: ' [continues]
IT'S MORNING SOMEWHERE
"Friday Cat Blogging - Boy, will my cats be pissed!"
Ms. OWL and her kittys, careers & cat-tastrophes. Nice fotos & paintings, too. A really kewl chick! [for a Missourian]
' A friend of mine has five cats. Two of the cats had kittens. The first one had one kitten, then the second had four. Since that made ten cats, in all, I told her I would take one. She gave away the first kitten, already, because it was older than the second batch. That still leaves her with nine cats. When she told me what colors they were, I told her I would take the white-with-black-ears-kitten. The first pictures she showed me were of a very ugly little kitten, of course, the kitten was only about four weeks old, at the time. Last weekend, I took my camera with me when I visited the kitten. In the picture above, the kitten is walking with mom. I thought that was a cute picture. ' [click link for foto]
"In the eyes of a child"
Consistently the best of the blogs, and always hospitable. Libby needs help moving. Can you carry a refrigerater? No? OK, then make a donation to her blog. We know you have money. Do we have to waterboard you?
' I've been following politics so long that I don't trust any politician, not even the ones I vote for. So I've been rather conflicted about Obama. While I think he's the best president we've had for a very long time, and he's done a lot of good, it still makes me uneasy when I see him continue bad policies and cover up for the last administration. But it's photos like this that ease my mind somewhat. Children, especially babies, have a sixth sense about people and when I see them engage with our president like this, it makes me think he's probably a good man who is going to do all right by us in the end. '
"SPONTANEOUS APPLE CREATION: 5/12-13/09 "
Pocono radio personality, DJ Jimi The Hippy, aka Rainbow Demon.
' Had a bit of trouble getting set up this week. After the minor delay, things seemed to run smoothly. The little car needs a brake job - and two new tires - it was a bit scary getting in - but we made it. Big old "Bessie the Bronco" needs a new idler belt. I'm broke till payday... Seems that the new casino just discovered the station, and it was a bit of fun talking to them on the phone. They were requesting Zeppelin. It sounds awesome in SHM (super high material). You can actually hear Jimmy page touching the 12-string if you listen... but do we really need another CD format? This is the way things should have sounded from the beginning... Damn the record companies. '
From the ancient Etruscans to the modern Blogniks, the logs keep a'rollin'.
' Logrolling is the trading of favors or quid pro quo, such as vote trading by legislative members to obtain passage of actions of interest to each legislative member. It is also the "cross quoting" of papers by academics in order to drive up reference counts. The Nuttall Encyclopedia describes log-rolling as "mutual praise by authors of each other's work." American frontiersman Davy Crockett was one of the first to apply the term to legislation: The first known use of the term was by Congressman Davy Crockett, who said on the floor (of the U.S. House of Representatives) in 1835, "my people don't like me to log-roll in their business, and vote away pre-emption rights to fellows in other states that never kindle a fire on their own land." The widest accepted origin is the old custom of neighbors assisting each other with the moving of logs. If two neighbors had cut a lot of timber which needed to be moved, it made more sense for them to work together to roll the logs. In this way, it is similar to a barn-raising where a neighbor comes and helps build your barn and then you go and help build his. Here is an example of the term's original use. "A family comes to sit down in the forest," wrote an observer in 1835. "Their neighbors lay down their employments, shoulder their axes, and come in to the log-rolling. They spend the day in hard labor, and then retire, leaving the newcomers their good wishes, and an habitation. Though most sources support the above etymology, another possible origin is from the sport by the same name in which two contestants try to topple each other into the water by standing on a log. Each must keep up with the other or risk taking a spill, so it appears to be cooperative. Spy Magazine ran a feature entitled "Logrolling in Our Time" that cited suspicious or humorous examples of mutually admiring book jacket blurbs by pairs of authors. Private Eye magazine regularly draws attention to alleged logrolling by authors in "books of the year" features published by British newspapers and magazines. '
The Cosie Awards
All the Cosie winners, so far.
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