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Have you ever worked in an office with a filthy kitchen and a fridge with all of last year’s lunches oozing out of it? Was there a sign above the sink reading “Your mother doesn’t work here” or “BYO Maid” and suchlike? Then check out the Passive-Aggressive Notes blog – especially if you hate people who resort to passive-aggressive behaviours instead of saving everyone time and aggravation by coming out and saying what they want. I love all the notes – and responses – from people for whom directness is NOT a way of life.

If punctuation abuse is more what gets your blood boiling – i.e. you nodded in sympathy on every page of Eats, Shoots & Leaves – there are two blogs that feel your pain (both found via the aforementioned P-A blog):

I especially liked the post on picking apart the unnecessary use of quotation marks by Truamn Capote (!) in In Cold Blood. I myself am a recovering quotation mark and unnecessary brackets abuser.

As an afterthought, I wonder if I am being passive-aggressive about my issues with passive-aggressiveness by writing this post to encourage others to recognize it and stop doing it. Man, do I ever hate indirectness and veiled commands. So just don’t do that, please.

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A bit of a roundup today – because other people write good, and you should go read it.
Matt has discovered the formula for the perfect restaurant. It’s got chicken wings, it’s got pasta, it’s got elements of every other successful restaurant in town. Except Bread Garden, because they stink and I think they know it.
Over at Van Met Blogs, Jeffrey Simpson goes apeshit on those Loose Change 9/11 conspiracy nutjobs. Gotta love the line about the the Vancouver Art Gallery being the place to have a demonstration because “if holding up a sign gets too hard there’s a big set of stairs to sit on.” And the Penn and Teller show on conspiracy theories is a great lil link. Magical.
Maktaaq furthered my education in how words=money by forwarding me this post that lays out in plain English how the publishing game works. And you thought rock n roll was vicious.
Well, back to my pile of new magazines. I bought a copy of Vancouver Review because the irrepressible Angie interned there and gets a byline and a masthead credit in the current issue. But I’m really enjoying the Archaeology of Metrotown article, despite my own feelings towards that mall.

Via Sara at i like to cook (see the sidebar for a link), behold Pimp My Snack. In urban vernacular, “pimp” does not just mean “to procure customers for a a prostitute” (according the very heavy and authoritative Nelson Canadian Dictionary), but to live big and rich. Therefore, the point of this site is to bake big ‘n’ tall versions of popular snacks, such as Klondikes Bars, chocolate-covered pretzels, and Milky Ways. According to the poster of the recipe, the Pimp My: Milky Way comes in at about 5712 calories.
If you are “other” type of smoker detailed below, be very, very careful of Pimp My Snack. Your glassy eyes may very well be too big for your stomach.

When I stare into space, I look deeply into the Blue Ball Machine. Thanks to Blueyvern Tea for lighting the way to this wonderful bit of interwub art. I especially like the soundtrack, which consists of the theme music to Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.

Via Blueyvern Tea, here’s a totally vain project you can do for your blog:
The word badge generator on Snapshirts.com takes a boo at your blog’s front page and creates this image with the words it finds. Then you edit it to make it really “you”, because you are special. I like how this looks like the tags page of Flickr, or the back wall of an Indigo store.

Maktaaq (the best blogger to come out of Port Moody) wrote a very cool companion piece to my post yesterday. She found even more photos of Woodlands buildings taken by urban explorers and as usual, found lots of other cool stuff having to do with ghosts and paranormal investigators.
Given the history of these grounds, and the history of the neighbourhood (a whole swath of heritage house to the west and the redeveloped BC Penitentiary lands to the east), it wouldn’t be so surprising to see ghosts. I just don’t want them in my house.

Today’s theme is sushi. Please enjoy some Sushi Fortune Telling. And then hop on over to Google Video for this completely fictitious and funny documentary short on eating sushi the authentic way. Your stress just melts away, doesn’t it?

Research class is really a lot of fun – there is this whole world to explore beyond Google and it’s dad-blasted keyword popularity searches. I have this not-so-hidden inner geek that loves to find out little-known facts on obscure phenomena.
JSTOR is one of my new favourite sites to browse – it is a site that features scanned versions of various academic journals going way back to the turn of the century and the Victorians. For example, you can look up the journal of the American (or Royal, if you prefer) Anthropological Society and find the original writings of Malinowski, Levi-Strauss and Meade on the Trobriand Islanders or whatever. The only catch is that you need to link to the site through a library or college that has access. I am assuming, if you are reading this, you are a library-card-carrying citizen of some description (geeks, unite!)
If you need facts, Bartleby.com is a collection of searchable reference books including Emily Post’s Etiquette, Strunk’s Style, encyclopedias and dictionaries, plus complete collections of poems, fiction and non-fiction works of the Western World. Free, free, free! We life-of-the-mind’ers must live cheaply.
I have also discovered several new search engines and directories that offer much browsing pleasure. More on those to come. Till then, smartypants.

I’m just not cool. We were talking about famous bloggers, the ones who get nominated for Bloggies, appear on the Blogebrity lists, or get paid for blogging (somehow). Maybe they write real well about things people are actually interested in (such as their sex lives or celebrity gossip), but maybe they all just live in New York and DC and know each other anyway.
If you click the Next Blog button at the top right of the screen and go surfing, however, the world of blogs doesn’t seem anything like the earth-shattering revolution it’s made out to be. Go, count how many there are of the following in about 10-15 clicks: Randomly titled spam blogs with the same links over and over, a teenager writing about their latest breakup trauma, Asian girl blogs with giant anime graphics, comment boxes and a special song just for you, and my favourite, the LDS bloggers who just about had me there.
But whether they are running big sites everyone wants a link to or moms posting pictures of the kids, blogs are getting some serious attention as New Media. This online magazine, NotaBlog, is published by journalism students at NYU and features some good articles on how to be a better blogger as well as interviews with the likes of Craig Newmark (yeah, that Craig) and Kurt Andersen.
I jumped from NotaBlog to Gothamist, another multi-city yet local weblog written by a select group of bloggers. in each town. They’ve got a Seattlest and a Torontoist. Can a Vancouverist be far behind? I’m thinking of throwing myself in there, but the guidelines said I must post at least three times a week to qualify. I suppose I should step it up, as I’ll never be a famous blogger at this pace anyway.

Sure, ridiculing romance novels is an easy sale. But I’m into a cheap laugh now and then. Fabio!

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