This series is dedicated to the proposition that Blogging is a prime example of the saying "Variety is the Spice of Life".
This week I've decided to take random peeks at a few blogs that appear as updated, or Featured, Blogs on the Typepad Home page:
1. Sean D'Souza has a business Blog:
It's called PsychoTactics: Why Customers Say, No, and How to get them to Say Yes.
I found an interesting piece there where he endeavors to explain how his readers can become experts on something:
First find out who's the best? Or close to the best.
How do they do things?
A tennis player will set his sights not on the 100th seed in the world. He'll set his sights on beating the No.1 seed. That's how a tennis player would chart his course.
Your first reaction would be 'um...too hard to achieve. There's just little ol' me.'
Don't have the resources. Don't have the time. Don't have the skill.
His answer is in How to Become an Expert in Your Field.
2. Nicole Hyde is a painter, and her Blog is called Bijou.
It is a Gallery of small-format paintings that she offers for sale to those who come across her Blog.
As she writes:
I am a self-taught artist working primarily in oils. With each subject, I strive to portray tension and mystery through the use of light, color, and texture. In my still life paintings, whimsy is important; I like to play with my food! By using various techniques, I hope to create a sense of space and depth and encourage the viewer to provide their own narrative.
My arsenal of tools include palette knives, fingers, Q-tips, papertowels, plastic wrap, both ends of a brush - almost anything within reach.
When you click on a picture you get an enlarged look at each painting.
A few of my favorites are recent entries:
Visit Bijou in its infancy, and browse through 3 months of wonderful artwork.
3. Molly has food on the brain over at SpiceTart.
She argue the merits that Mango and Orange Margaritas are, indeed, food in a piece called When Tequila is Food.
A picture of Strawberrys that will have you salivating, and drooling, in no time, and the recipe to help you match the image in Plate-licking Strawberrys.
4. Did you know that there is a Law Professor Blogs Network? Neither did I. :-D
CrimeProf Blog is put out by Jack Chin and Mark Godsey.
Mark highlights the "Winner of AALS Criminal Justice Section Best Paper Award".
The worthy article is called Speechless: The Silencing of Criminal Defendants.
Jack alerts readers to a rare Lynching case.
In South Carolina.
All involved are African-American.
5. Back in November a Guy named Phil created a Blog called Sheepdip:
He explained himself this way:
This is not a diary. This is not a travel journal. This is not a list of "rants and raves". I'm not sure what this will end up being. I plan to post a few pics of my life in Asia and Australia, write a few short stories, maybe some commentary on wine, women and popular culture, the occasional self criticism and hopefully a few good jokes.
I guess you could call it a scrapbook.
He has a photo album worth exploring: Vietnam.
In a great piece he discovers that "Teenagers can be real shitty, little dirtbags most of the time but its nice to know that on occasion - I Rock."
He begins this way:
Note to Self:-
I've still got it.
Ok this takes a little explanation.
Part of my day to day existence is giving talks and doing workshops on tertiary education to high school kids and today I had to talk at an all girls school.
He begins an informative piece about ANZAC DAY in Australia this way:
April 25th is Anzac Day in Australia, probably our most 'sacred' holiday.
In spirit, if not fact, it is closer to the American Independance Day holiday, even though Australia had been a country for 14 year before the events of 1915.
It marks the anniversay of the landing of Australian and New Zealander troops (and British, French and Indian) at Gallipoli during World War I. It's considered a turning point in our history and like any good turning point is full of mythology that doesn't really meet the facts.
That's it for this edition.
The next one will be May 7th.