Blogroll Please…

It’s high time I started a blogroll on this page, so here goes. These are some of the sites I check on a regular basis (usually in Reader) and enjoy. This list is in no particular order, so please have a look through the whole thing. There might be something that interests you. And from now on, there will be a blogroll on the right side of this site.

Sentence First – This is a great site by Stan Carey, who also contributes to the Macmillan Dictionary Blog and the Visual Thesaurus. The post are 99% language related and 100% interesting. Check it out. [Bonus: Stan currently has a limerick contest going on. Get in while there’s still time!]

Abstract Sunday – This is a not-updated-often-enough comic at the New York Times by artist by Christopher Niemann. But it’s awesome.

Bangable Dudes in History – in one word: awesome

Better Book Titles – This is comedian Dan Wilbur’s blog that promises to “cut through all the cryptic crap, and give you the meat of the story in one condensed image.” As he says, “Now you can read the greatest literary works of all time in mere seconds!” Bonus: 5 posts a week!

Macmillan Dictionary Blog – Frequent updates on the English language by several contributors. The topics are interesting, as are the comments. I highly recommend this one. [Full disclosure: Back in May, I won a Macmillan Dictionary in one of their contests. But isn’t this just another reason to check them out? You too could be one of the lucky contestants on The Price is Free if You Win it!]

Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster – Does this one need an introduction? If you haven’t heard of it, peep this. – If you’re going to vote in America, do us all a favor and check this site out.

Johnson – From the Economist and one of my favorite language blogs. As they say, “In this blog, named after the dictionary-maker Samuel Johnson, our correspondents write about the effects that the use (and sometimes abuse) of language have on politics, society and culture around the world.”

The Pervocracy – Insightful and witty blog posts about sex, feminism, and identity. This site rules, especially because the Cosmocking articles are so awesome.

Kim Jong-il Looking at Things – Pretty self-explanatory – the Dear Leader likes to look at things.

Language Log – Keeping you up to date with linguistic happenings around the world and in real time (so you don’t have to wait years for those juicy linguistic studies to come out).

mental_floss Blog – The blog from the magazine mental_floss. Topics are across the board but always interesting. Bonus: quizzes and mind games!

Shott’s Vocab(sniff)

The Salty Droid – Making sure that scammers are exposed for the vile, wastes of space, criminals they are. The lingo can be overwhelming at first, but once you get through, you can really see (and appreciate) how much work this guy puts into each post and how important what he’s doing is.

COCKTALES, by the Thirsty Blogger – Drinking tales, with the occasional badass revolutionary tale thrown in. Homeboy knows how to party – and stick it to the Man.

Dangerous Minds – Music, art, and conservative smack downs. And you thought liberals couldn’t get irate.

Dialect Blog – Another one that needs no explanation.

Smithsonian Magazine Blogs – The Smithsonian has a couple of different blogs worth following (one of which is in the blogroll on the right). Go here for their full list of their feeds.

Babel’s Dawn – a “blog about the origins of speech by Edmund Blair Bolles.”

Love the Liberry – True tales from inside the liberry. The bat shit crazy nature of the questions that these liberrians deal with is astounding. And hilarious.

Oxford Dictionaries Online Blog – This blog was only recently made followable, so I haven’t read it too much. But they also have a word of the day, quote of the day, and writing tip of the week that I can vouch for. Go here to subscribe to those.

Schott’s Vocab I Hardly Knew Ye

To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;

I didn’t want to believe it, but it seems it’s true. Schott’s Vocab of the New York Times is no more. In the final post, entitled Such Sweet Sorrow, Ben Schott writes:

After two and a half years, thousands of posts and tens of thousands of comments, Schott’s Vocab is closing its doors.

I first came across the wonderful Schott’s Vocab blog in January of this year. I found the famous Weekend Competition, which asked for New Year’s linguistic resolutions. I promptly told them I had resolved to speak more like Snoop Dogg. To my surprise and amazement, my comment was highlighted. I was hooked.

Truth be told, I would have been hooked anyways. Highlighting my comment was merely like adding icing to my cake. Schott’s Vocab was a daily source of mirth for language nuts. And I loved it.

Fo’ shizzle my blizzle.

Missing Links – 4.22 – It’s Been Real Edition

The Missing Links is just what it sounds like – a collection of links to interesting things I found on the interwebs this week. I hope you enjoy them. This is the thirteenth in a never-ending series. There was no Missing Links column last week because I was busy, dammit.

This will also be the last Missing Links column. I started Missing Links as a way to post more often, but it has been taking up all my time. From now on, if I see something that I think deserves mentioning, I’ll write a short post and link to it.

Winner! Pat Tillman’s brother was interviewed on Bill Maher and Dangerous Minds grabbed the video. No matter what your views on Bill Maher are, check out Tillman’s brother, Richard Tillman, who has no trouble speaking his mind, and who I believe he has every right to do. Also included is a link to their other post which has the videos for the true story behind Pat Tillman’s death and the Army’s attempt to cover it up.
A Close Second: Does a church decorated with human skeletons sound like something from a horror story to you? Well, as they say, life imitates art because there are not one, but a couple of churches like this. Seriously creepy. Photos below and after the jump.
Best in Show: Unsuck It, the site that translates business jargon phrases like “win-win,” “actionable,” and “reach out to” into what they really mean.
And this week’s Crazypants Award goes to… the Republican candidates for president in 2012, who, believe it or not, all raised taxes while in office. Just my two cents, but raising and lowering taxes isn’t the answer. The answer is what you do with taxes. Do you pad the pockets of the rich? Or do you help the poor and disadvantaged? Do you piss it away? Or do you monitor the payoff?

A bone chandelier from the Sedlac Ossuary, a.k.a. the Eighth Level of Hell (courtesy asw909/flickr)

I didn’t know about this study when it came out, but healthcare costs were the number one source of bankruptcy in 2009. Does anyone really think America doesn’t need healthcare reform?
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the A.V. Club Philadelphia invented a drinking game with Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary that is sure to make you remember what all went down in those dark days – like, way better than those pesky books could ever do.
Have you heard of the dispicable use of bear bile in traditional Chinese medicine? If you haven’t, here’s an article describing the horrifying business. The pracitice of extracting bile from living bears is worse than it sounds and worse than I can phrase here.
The Anthology of Rap has been out for a couple of months now and is available on Amazon for under $25. The book is almost 900 pages of rap lyrics – no beats, just text. NPR sat down with a book reviewer to ask what he thought of the songs after he read the lyrics compared to after he heard the music. It’s very interesting and I want to pick up a copy, but there are too many errors in the transcriptions to warrant a purchase just yet. Waiting for the second edition…

A Language Link to Peeve You Off (Peeve? Does Anybody Say That?)

Johnson is peeved by people who insist that healthy can’t do double-duty. But guess what? It can and does. So do lots of other words, dummies.

Want another picture from the crazy bone churches? You got it, ace.

This is a goddam coat of arms made out of bones. Sweet dreams. (courtesy Irumiha/flickr)

The World Don’t Need A Bag

Our good friends over at IDNAB have started a petition to get stores to stop using plastic bags. A lofty goal, but a noble one. For those of you that want to be awesome and sign the petition, we’ve added the widget in our sidebar. Just look to the right.

If you want to be really awesome, click “grab this widget” on the bottom left of the widget and post it in your own blog or website.

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