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Archives: August 2008

BlogDay 2008: 5 blogs worth reading

I rarely ever blog on weekends to ensure I enjoy life outside of the internet, but today is no ordinary day. It’s BlogDay, a time when bloggers all over the intertubes recommend blogs “that are different from their own culture, point of view and attitude.” A full list of some of the best multimedia journalism blogs can be found in the sidebar, but in honor of the day here are 5 blogs that I personally enjoy.

1. Neatorama

I like cool stuff. And whether that’s a cow with its head stuck in a washing machine or tips how to personalize your pancakes, I can always count on Neatorama to blog something that piques my curiosity.

2. geeksugar

Geeksugar was created with women in mind, but I think its posts on technology as it relates to personal life is something everyone can identify with. The site is a part of the Sugar network of blogs and is an ingenious cross between Gizmodo and Perez Hilton.

3. Inspiredology

If I could pin down my design aesthetic, it would be bold colors, unique fonts and nontraditional layouts. That said, Inspiredology totally gets me and my aesthetic. The blog showcases web and graphic design that is eye-popping and memorable and gives me something to aspire to.

4. fourfour

I first started reading fourfour for its skewering of the TV show America’s Next Top Model, but stuck around when I realized everything that comes from blogger Rich Juzwiak’s brain is genius. Whether its a thoughtful dissertation on modern R&B or a passing observation of Winston the cat, I can always count on reading each post from beginning to end. I also credit Rich, along with Fresh at Crunk & Disorderly for keeping me in the loop of pop culture and making me a better entertainment reporter.

5. The Consumerist

It’s no secret that I am a fan of The Consumerist. It is my all-time favorite blog 1) because it exhibits a standard of community journalism that mainstream media should take note of and 2) its advice on consumer rights is helpful to everyone… and I do mean everyone. The Consumerist is one of a handful of blogs that is not lumped into a category in my Google Reader, simply because it defies categorization.

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Spotted in L.A.: "Print Ain't Dead."

From an LA Weekly newsstand: “If you can read this, PRINT AIN’T DEAD. LONG LIVE PRINT.”

The 5 commenters typically found on news sites

1. The Lister

Has more talking points than John McCain and isn’t afraid to share them.

Typical comment: “You are wrong and I have 10 reasons why. Number 1…”

2. The Colage Proffeser

Thinks they are smarter than every else and uses ten dollar words to prove it — except they are often comically misspelled.

Typical comment: “You all are so nieve. Your asersions are apolling.”

3. The Essayist

Writes comments that take several scroll lengths to read; includes detailed rebuttals to every previous comment.

Typical comment: “And to the person who said [XYZ], research clearly shows…”

4. The Toddler

Hurls profanity-laced and horribly misspelled insults at fellow commenters. Thinks everyone, including the writer, sux.

Typical comment: “OMG WTF U all r so stoopid!!!!!!!!!!”

5. The Martin Luther King

Typical comment: “Can’t we all get along?”

Word cloud analysis of 2008 DNC Speeches

Democrats like “change” and “promise.” An analysis of the speeches given by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Al Gore and Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colo.

Senator Barack Obama

Senator Hillary Clinton

Senator Joe Biden

President Bill Clinton

Al Gore

Michelle Obama

Source: The Huffington Post; created using Wordle

Click here for word cloud analysis of the speeches given at the 2008 Republican National Convention.

10 Mind-blowing maps (and 3 ways to create them)

1. Panedia

Panedia has combined two great online technologies — panoramas and maps — to create an annotated virtual tour of some of Australia’s most beautiful sites.

2. terraSound

TerraSound has found another great multimedia combination — this time maps and sound — to create the sense of a walking down a city’s sidewalk while monitoring your position on a map.

3. Twitter Weather Map

The weather map parses tweets about climates in the United States and with a little bit of math displays the information on a simple map.

4. 2itch

2itch answers a simple question “What is open 24 hours a day in my neighborhood?” with an interactive Google maps mashup.

5. Ride the City

New Yorkers who prefer two wheels to taxis and trains can input their starting and stopping points and get the safest route for biking through the Big Apple.

6. World News Map

While there are several sites that display current news on a map, maplandia.com displays geotagged news going back to 2005, which is an impressive feat.

7. Olympic medalists map

If you’re still in Olympics withdrawal, this comprehensive map of the hometowns of Olympic medalists around the world should do the trick.

8. OnionMap

Many maps may be mind-blowing, but at the same time are also mind-numbingly flat. OnionMap puts a new angle on things by showcasing a map that is both visually striking and, through its search features, incredibly useful.

9. Breaking News Map

Another news map, except this one has filters for viewing particular topics such as business, politics or entertainment.

10. 08 DNC Events

To all the journalists hanging around Denver this week for the Democratic National Convention, be sure to take a little time to enjoy yourself by attending any of the mapped events held this week in The Mile-High City.

And the 3 ways to create them:

1. UMapper

UMapper has a simple interface for creating map mashups and allows for importing data feeds as well as creating lines, labels and shapes. The finished map can be exported to Flash ActionScript 3.0 or KML.

2. Yahoo! MapMixer

Now that maps are all over the internet, it’s time to bring some uniqueness to the party. MapMixer is a simple way to overlay an existing map on top of a Yahoo! Map, thus giving an image the functionality of a map mashup.

3. map a list

The latest in mashup technology lets users create a map from a Google Spreadsheet. And, like the best things in life, the service is free.


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