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20SomethingBloggers

Since my freelance gig went under, and so did the community that followed it, I’ve been looking for ways to connect with other writers who also hustle for page hits.

Recently, I discovered SB20. They seem to fit the bill for a social networking platform that meets my needs as an online writer.

From their Facebook page:

About
Twenty Something Bloggers, the largest online community for twenty-something personal bloggers. http://www.20sb.net/

Mission

This is a place for twenty something bloggers to discover and get discovered!

Company Overview

20 Something Bloggers is the best destination on the web for digitally savvy twenty-somethings. Come join our vibrant community to discover new friends, be discovered, and get involved with a wide array of on and offline events.

My only criticism so far is that they can’t figure out if they want to stylize it to Twenty Something Bloggers or 20 Something Bloggers. I want to know for consistency purposes! Oh wait, there’s a forum for that question 🙂

I think this site has a lot of potential, but has a small enough community where you can still be able to interact with people on a fun and manageable scale. It’s a great idea and was executed beautifully; they have integrated lots of cool social networking features like chat, while keeping it simple. I would encourage other bloggers to join.

Hat Tip to Short Stories and Sustenance for hipping me to this site.

Categories: Autobiographical Stories, meta-blogging Tags: 20 Something Bloggers, 20sb, blogging, blogs, community, networking, Twenty Something Bloggers, writers, writing

Sorry to go to from funny to serious in one post. But, Jesus fuck, this is outrageous.

Via NY1:

City Council Members Demand More Transparency From Medical Examiner’s Office

On top of demanding answers about that particular case, City Council members were looking for more general accountability from the ME following revelations the office mishandled DNA evidence in over 50 rape cases.

This is on top of the picture scandal in the Bronx over a dead body hanging out in a health department truck with household trash bags.

Demand transparency from your state. Demand transparency from your health care professionals.

I’ve spent too much time working in healthcare to know that providers who make mistakes are often not above covering their own tracks.

Sigh.

Categories: Health Care, New York City Tags: bronx, health, health care, medical, new york city, NY, NYC, rape

Best of @heardinbk

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Sorry, guys. I’ve been neglectful of my cross-posting. Yes, I know tweets have an easy embed feature, but I like the way this looks better.

Kiera Feldman ‏@kierafeldman9 Jan

“I’m always afraid my sister’s profile is going to come up. She lives near here”–man talking about OkCupid at the bar #overheardinbrooklyn

tammi jean ‏@tammijean24 Feb

“There’s this great tamale place in Midtown in an abandoned elevator shaft.” #overheardinbrooklyn

Overheard Brooklyn ‏@HeardInBK7 Jun

And then she said, with firm conviction, “I miss The Harlem Shake.”

Overheard Brooklyn ‏@HeardInBK3 Jun

“My cat still has PTSD from my leash-training attempt.”

Overheard Brooklyn ‏@HeardInBK10 Jun

“Do you know your Myers-Briggs type?”

Aure Moser ‏@auremoser25 May

today is the day: “learn on the internet how to love a plant” ~ overheard in brooklyn

Brianna ‏@leiaorgana_solo27 May

Overheard near Grand Army Plaza: “Where’s the line between gossip and processing interpersonal dynamics?” (cc: @HeardInBK)

Categories: things that amuse me, Viral Things Tags: Brooklyn, Greenpoint, hipsters, New York, NYC, twitter, Williamsburg

I know two Dan Savage video Andrew Sullivan re-blogs are a lot for one week. But his advice is so so so so good. He makes great points about qualitative differences between gay and straight sex. Communication is the best thing for good sex.

The Dish

Dan suggests a four-word question that every straight couple should consider adopting into their sex life:

Dan’s new book, American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics, is in bookstores now. My recent conversation with him at the New York Public Library is here. Dan’s previous answers are here. Our full Ask Anything archive is here.

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WaPo breaks down the latest Edward Snowden/NSA news.

U.S. charges Edward Snowden with espionage in leaks about NSA surveillance programs

Federal prosecutors have filed a sealed criminal complaint against Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of documents about top-secret surveillance programs, and the United States has asked Hong Kong to detain him on a provisional arrest warrant, according to U.S. officials.

Where is Edward Snowden now? Specifically in Hong Kong? They don’t know.

But I have a guess.

The Giant Rubber Duck. Hong Kong.

It’s brilliant. C’mon.

Well, brilliant until it moves back to US. How much would that suck. If he fell asleep in the duck and wakes up back here.

Categories: News, Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: edward snowden, government, hong kong, news, NSA, obama, rubber ducky, united states, Washington Post

Dan Savage has been doing a video AMA series for The Dish too.

I haven’t read his book, but his podcast is one of my favs. I like listening to crazy sex shit or useful relationship perspectives while I clean the house.

The Dish

Last week, my old friend Dan Savage and I sat down for an extremely ill-advised public chat about, well, a lot of things. We were at the New York Public Library at a sold-out event, promoting Dan’s typically funny, moving, enraging, provoking, uplifting series of essays, now collected as American Savage. Here’s the full program. Enjoy:

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Categories: Social commentary Tags: Andrew Sullivan, Dan Savage, gay, relationships, sex, The Daily Dish

I got an e-mail from Tumblr today:

I am Anthony Weiner turned 2 today!
We hope it was a great year, and we look forward to sharing many more!

I wrote about this a couple years ago, but just in case you missed it:

My Failed “I am Anthony Weiner” Project. What I Learned about Social Movements.

Basically, I tried to start a “I Am Bradley Manning” Tumblr, expect for Anthony Weiner and with crotch shots: http://iamanthonyweiner.tumblr.com/

I thought there was a chance it might blow up. There was another crotch pics for Weiner website that pretty much copied me.

Both websites turned out to be epic failures.

I was thinking about opening it up again since Weiner recently came back to life with a bid for mayor of New York City. But now I feel like it’s too late. I made the Tumblr before the drama in which he came out as a liar.

If you’re a couple years behind on the Weiner news, Wikipedia has your back:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Weiner_sexting_scandal

I don’t feel like Anthony Weiner has a huge shot right now anyway. He probably could have survived the dick pic scandal on pride alone if only he hadn’t freaked out and and then lied about being hacked. So RIP, “I am Anthony Weiner” Tumblr. You had potential, just like Anthony Weiner himself.

Full disclosure:

I am a registered NYC voter now. (I was an NJ resident before. But now am a Brooklynite.) I am actually voting for Christine Quinn, but for reasons other than dick pics.

Categories: New York City, Politics or: the art of looking for trouble, Viral Things Tags: Anthony Weiner, christine quinn, dicks, mayor, new york citiy, NYC, politics, scandal, sexting, Tumblr, twitter, viral marketing