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09 July 2008 @ 03:32 pm
Blogs and cool sites  
Ok, so this is the post in which I reveal myself to be vacuous and superficial. Because it turns out I like really stylish, almost text-less blogs like this. :D They go well with my morning coffee.

Before I get to blogs, I feel I should pimp a website/enterprise that deserves more fame: Wine Dogs. It's two of my favourite things! Wine + Dogs (photographed superbly well) = endless entertainment. I found the Wine Dogs book at a local winery and have been obsessed ever since. It features portrait shots and profiles of wine growers' dogs, with little clip notes about them like 'known accomplices' and 'worst crime' or 'favourite food'. Adorable! And the photography is gorgeous.

OK, the blog stuff:

Bop's essentials
The Sartorialist -- street fashion photographer extraordinaire and style genius. I'm obsessed, and kind of want to do a 'Sartorialist favourites' picspam one day.

Yoga Buzz -- the Yoga Journal blog. I recommend their site in general for getting heaps of tips on yoga practice and lifestyle and generally keeping motivated as a yogi.

TreeHugger -- I hate the name (it makes me squirm) but it's an essential site for anyone interested in sustainable living. Things are moving so fast with this trend, but sometimes it's a while before we hear about them in Aus--this is a good way to keep informed on a more global level.

I have lately become obsessed with Etsy, and so their blog The Storque is a must. I trawl it to find new sellers and pieces. Etsy is the best for online window shopping!

Zen Habits has fabulous organisational and lifestyle advice for simplifying things and keeping motivated.

Design stuff
It's design blogs that I've been most fixated with recently. It's yet to translate into actually improving my own surroundings!

Design For Mankind -- indescribably delicious.

A cup of Jo -- another blog I find endlessly elegant and enjoyable.

Jenn Ski -- I love her retro/mod style and fascination with things mid-century.

Design*Sponge -- I like peeking into other people's incredibly-well-designed houses. Do people really live THAT NEATLY?! O.O

Apartment Therapy -- This site at least gives me the illusion that I could aspire to live in a well designed space... with a little bit of help from them. ;)

Other design blogs: Bloesem, Decor8

Not a blog so much as a blog browser, Tastespotting lets you quickly skim recipes (by photo) from a range of amazing blogs. You can find some weird and wonderful stuff on her!

There are lots of great food blogs out there, but so many are European or American and every recipe needs translated. Taste is not a blog, but it IS a great source of Australian recipes--collated from multiple publications. Their recipe collections are particularly useful when looking for simple, practical but creative home cooking.

Vintage Childrens Books My Kid Loves -- the name says it all. I love vintage kids books--even as a kid I loved finding old books in second hand stores, so I'm quite fascinated.

Wooster Collective -- street art from around the world.

What Claudia Wore -- I had a Babysitters Club obsession, I admit it. 'What Claudia Wore' is the perfect amusing way to revisit it, with a particular focus on the fashions. Fashion is another thing I'm finding fascinating at the moment. Perhaps it's Gossip Girl rubbing off on me!

bark -- I admit it, I love dog portrait photography, and Erin Vey's blog is full of stunning dog + human shots.

The Tin Cocoon -- claims to be demythifying Central Asia one -stan at a time. I'm hooked.

Tiny buildings -- my token 'weird shit' blog. This woman makes buildings out of cardboard packaging. I don't know why.

Be Not Afraid Zine -- kind of a zine, kind of a blog, indescribable but cool, it has recipes and miscellania as well as fashion and design.

Book By Its Cover -- explores books visually. While this is a fascinating concept, I'm often left faintly dissatisfied.

Please, please do tell me what blogs or sites you visit regularly--particularly if they're stylish, pretty, whimsical or intelligent. :)
Current Location: sofa of comfiness
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
redteekal: Redteekalredteekal on July 9th, 2008 06:33 am (UTC)
Just wanted to say thanks for your reply to my query re the Twilight reaction....I haven't ignored it but I am thinking on it. This here is a regular blog visit of mine:
Not your usual pound puppy story that's for sure and gorgeous images.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kittenbop_radar on July 12th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Hi! Thanks for the link--that's a very cute site. :)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on July 12th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
Yes, his blog is very popular, isn't it? I should check it out.
legendsinlove: life with dereklegendsinlove on July 9th, 2008 09:49 am (UTC)
Ooo...those design blogs look cool. I'll have to check them out. And Babysitters's Club! What a neat idea for a blog.

Most of the blogs I read are movie/entertainment blogs but I have a couple others:
http://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/ - It's generally NSFW because of the subject matter.
http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/potd/ - Botany Photo of the Day. Very pretty pictures.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on July 12th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
Cool! Thanks for the links!
Everywhere and Nowhere: Samallzugern on July 9th, 2008 10:20 am (UTC)
Ooooh, I love Etsy! I buy all my gifts for my family in the States there.

These actually look pretty interesting - stuff I probably would never come across on my own. *starts clicking*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kittenbop_radar on July 12th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
Ooooh, I love Etsy! I buy all my gifts for my family in the States there.
Isn't it wonderful?! I fully intend to do my Christmas shopping from there--I can't get enough!
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on July 9th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
I used to follow a bunch of different blogs, but lately I have not. I wonder why that is?

I do like grist.org for environmental news, though I fear it is quite U.S.-centric. My favorite part of it is the "Ask Umbra" column, which is an environmental advice column (e.g. is it better to be running 12 fans in your house simultaneously when it is hot, or is it more energy efficient to use central air).
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on July 12th, 2008 05:54 am (UTC)
Oh that does look like a really good site--and I like the idea of an advice column, so I will definitely keep that one bookmarked--thanks!
brokenmnemonic: Leebrokenmnemonic on July 9th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
cherylad is a big fan of the zenhabits blog - I really should check that out sometime. Although I could do with work not consistently shutting down access to blogs I read and sites I like to visit :P

I'm definitely going to have to start reading The Tin Cocoon. It sounds way too interesting to pass up :)

By way of contributions, I give you the following blogs I tend to check out on a regular or semi-regular basis.

The Ministry of Truth a deliberate reference to the ministry described by Orwell, this site is one I follow regularly. The writer is a bit too left-wing for my tastes and I disagree with him on some points, but he always writes intelligently and argues his points in depth. He's good at fisking politicians, loathes hypocrites and has the same stance on abortion I do. It's all generally UK specific, tho...

Dr Crippen's blog is a blog written by a GP employed by the NHS, and like all blogs written inside an organisation I hear a lot about but don't know that much about, it's fascinating. Like all government departments, the National Health Service is being strangled - money is down, reporting requirements are up, business speak is in and targets steal away results by stealth. Sometimes, it's downright frightening - read the lead entry at the moment on alternative health care - but mainly what I love it for is the little once or twice a month entries about general issues he sees in his surgery, the ahces and pains of ordinary people like me. Seeing things from the doctor's side is interesting.

PostSecret, a blog I now follow through the LJ RSS filtering thingy. You tell a secret via postcard, send it in, and twice a week Frank posts a selection up. Some are funny, some are sad, most are moving. I've probably mentioned this blog before - it's one of the few I've been reading religiously forever.

PC Copperfield - another blog from the inside, this one is written by a police officer about all the things that happen on the job - and all the things that really aggravate ou when you're just trying to do your job.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Audrey Tautoubop_radar on July 12th, 2008 05:57 am (UTC)
Thank you for the recs! I am intrigued by them, but I worry that the political ones would just wind me up and get me grrr too much. ;) And PostSecret is fascinating but I must confess that I usually wind up really really sad and depressed by the world from reading it.
brokenmnemonic: Amelie swirlsbrokenmnemonic on July 13th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
Ministry of Truth is very into the political side of things, but he's done some fascinating pieces on politics and issues outside the UK, on things like why Muslim extremists are so keen to get their hands on Baghdad, why Iran wants nukes, the massive holes in Creation Theory (or Intelligent Design, as they now try to call it), giving everyone in Africa access to clean water... lots of good stuff to sink your brain into. I don't tend to read that many blogs though, as I discovered when I tried to remember which ones I actually did read :P Two of the blogs I used to read I now can't find online because I can't remember the address - how old am I getting?

PostSecret can be depressing - but at the same time, there's really a week that goes by where there aren't a few in there that give me some hope for the people submitting the secrets. A lot of them are good for reminding me that lots of people have way more to grumble about than I do ;)
amandajaneamandajane5 on July 9th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
I've recently found myself to be a huge fan of Shakesville.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Aishwarya lanternbop_radar on July 12th, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)
Oh thank you! That looks really interesting.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: books!!bop_radar on July 12th, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)
No! No, I really don't! I mean I know the obvious one's but I don't actually like any of them *that* much. I am yet to find a literary weblog that consistently pleases me. :/
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: as snapped by moibop_radar on July 12th, 2008 06:04 am (UTC)
Oh, yay! I'm delighted it pleased you. I'm a fad-driven organiser too. ;) That's such a great description! :) And yes--a good new organising system can be lots of fun.

Thanks for the recs! OSX Freeware looks like a must! :D
Dionusia: jake knows alldionusia on July 16th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
Ooo, thanks for the links. WINE + DOGS!

I used to read just food blogs...Simply Recipes and Orangette are good ones, although they are in American measurements.

I just stumbled on The Happiness Project today. Who couldn't use more happiness on their RSS feed?

Edited at 2008-07-16 11:01 pm (UTC)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on July 17th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
Ohhh, very nice linkies! I like. And Wine Dogs comes very highly recommended. *G*