Category Archives: Blogs

Brilliante Weblog Winners

I am lucky enough to have been awarded the Brilliante Weblog Premio 2008 by two blogs so far: first Readerville, a great blog about books and literature, and The Modern Gal, one of my favorite blogs, about life, love and all things girly.  Thanks so much, ladies!

Tradition dictates that you pass this award on to seven favorite bloggers of yours.  Here are my favorites:

  1. Crazy Days and Nights — This celebrity blog is written by an anonymous entertainment lawyer who has connections to the stars and therefore has TONS of information nobody else has.  He also releases eight blind items each week and does mass blind item reveals twice a year — if you’re even only mildly into celebrities, you MUST check the blind item reveals out!!  They are incredible!
  2. On Common Ground — I got my current job because of this blog!!  The writer, The Missus, and I became blog friends last fall.  I told my friends that this blogger had the life I wanted to have ten years from now (great job, married, living in the South End), and boom — now I work for her!  She blogs a few times a day about life, funny incidents, fashion and bikram yoga.
  3. Megorious — In this case, I knew the writer before I knew the blog, but this guy is so hilarious.  I love his writing.  He combines original writings and videos with links to politics, news and strange things.  And nothing can top his Republican Chat Room Debate.  It’s one of the most creative and funny things I’ve read in a long time.
  4. Hot Chicks With Douchebags — because there are few greater pleasures in life than laughing at Jersey guidos and the girls who love them.  I went to college in Connecticut with a LOT of guys like this.  The spiky hair, the bling, the muscle tees, the faux gang hand gestures…
  5. Serving Up Life…One Latte at a Time — I love personal blogs, especially those that chronicle people’s lives, and CelticBuffy has one of the best ones out there.  She’s a single mom and she’s incredibly honest about her feelings, which is a rarity these days.  At the same time, she keeps it totally anonymous, unlike me.
  6. Kate’s Wedding Blog — If/when I get married, it’s going to be quick, private and simple — think Vegas, courthouse or maybe a deserted beach.  That being said, I LOVE the concept of wedding planning, especially fashion and decor, and Kate has amazing style.  Sometimes I’ll see something in a store and think of her!
  7. Random Ramblings About My Crazy Life — Vanessa’s blog, to me, is the perfect representation of what the modern American woman’s blog is today.  From contests to BlogHer to recipes to wonderings, her audience always comes first.  Her entries are always written with her readers in mind.

If you’re looking for more blogs to add to your Google Reader, any of these would make a worthy addition.


The German Grammar Vandal

I’m very happy to post this next entry.

One of my readers, Christina — better known in the comments as “junior alien” — has been reading this blog for quite some time.  She is from Germany and she’s a fan of the English language, especially of the errors found in advertisements and street signs.

So, what did she do?

She started the German version of The Grammar Vandal — Sprachvandali.  Check it out!

I know a little German — and he’s sitting over there!  Badum-ching!

Seriously, though, even after living with a German girl for almost a year and traveling to the Jungfrau region of Switzerland, my German is limited to danke schoen, prost and lederhosen.  (Thank you very much, cheers and funny traditional German garb for men.)

Check it out!

Thanks to Christina for reading my site and being lovely enough to create her own grammar blog!

Now blogging from WordPress!

I have now finally, finally, finally made the long-awaited switch to WordPress, at the insistence of many of my friends (particularly Ryan).  I started working on this a few months ago, but it was the horrible cold that I’ve had for the past few days that gave me the gift of time to actually finish it!

What do you think?  Are any of you largely for or against Blogger or WordPress?

Do you like the layout?  The image at the top was designed by my friend (and WordPress lover) Andy over the summer.

At this point in time, what I’m looking forward to most is being able to write posts in advance and arrange for them to post at certain times.  This way, I’ll be able to get posts in every day, even on the days when I’m out of the house from 8:00 AM until midnight or later.


For those of you missing dlipkin….

One of my most prolific commentators, dlipkin, hasn’t been on the blog lately, and for the greatest reason possible — he’s spending a few months touring the world with his girlfriend!

He just arrived in Singapore after some time in New Zealand. He just started writing in his blog, which you can check out here. There are some links to pictures, too. I hope he writes more — it’s great so far!

Hope you’re having a blast, Derek — and I hope to follow in your footsteps within a few years!

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

After my interview on NPR, I received a message from Jane Straus, a popular grammar writer and author of The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation. I hadn’t heard of the book before, but I was so glad to learn about it!

The book is excellent. It’s part tutorial and part workbook. The rules are explained really well and the voice is lovely. I’ve got a copy of my own!

Jane has a great grammar Web site, She features much content from the book, in addition to grammar quizzes, Youtubes and a blog of her own.

If there’s anything in particular that you should check out on the site, it’s the newsletter. I highly recommend subscribing.

Also, the next edition will feature an endorsement from me on the back cover!

Check it out. I’m so glad that I met Jane. She’s my Californian counterpart, and she knows her stuff!

En francais!

I first saw this on the “Good Grammar Is Hot” group on Facebook. Since my (film major) sister just saw Pulp Fiction for the first time, I knew I had to put it up. For those of you who don’t know, in France, they call a quarter pounder a “Royale with cheese.”

I saw this picture and knew that it was incorrect French grammar. First of all, fromage is the correct spelling of the word for cheese. Also, it’s technically called une royale avec du fromage. I showed it to my coworker Spence.

It turns out that the grammar was incorrect on purpose.
There is this zany, weird site called I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER. Spence is a big fan, and he showed me. You have to check it out — it’s so weird! It’s pictures of animals saying weird, grammatically incorrect and somewhat gangsta things.
It’s inspirational — my friend Tricia has an adorable dog named Bandit whose Facebook profile reads like the entire site.
This is weird stuff — enjoy!